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Reviewed May 2, 2019

The hostel is very nice..I stayed in a shared accommodation. Bed was comfortable and the toilet was clean. Breakfast was good. The staff members are very helpful. The decor has a taste of global spirituality. The location is also very good. The neighborhood, specially in the late night feels unsafe because of a large gang of vagabonds who seem to converge at this place post evening but they did not disturb me. A perfect place to stay if you are on a limited budget.

Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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2  Thank Raja S
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Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2019

Thanks for staying Raja!

I'm happy you found our hostel to be so well suited to your travel needs! Great guests make for a great hostel, so please come on back to see us again soon!

In the mean time, Happy Travels!
~Molly

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Reviewed March 3, 2019

This place is so cool! Very spiritual property and so comfortable! Handicap accessible room worked perfect! I loved the $1 eggs and pancakes too! Several homeless people in this area, but they don’t bother you. Grocery store a few feet away so you can cook your own meals in the super clean kitchen. Most staff friendly like Sean, and Loved the manager! Carpet on floors in rooms needs replacing badly.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank angellovestotravel33
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Molly S, Front Office Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2019

Thank you for the awesome review of HI SF City Center! We are so glad you had a nice time staying with us and enjoyed our decor and your room. Our $1 pancakes and eggs and were able to use our kitchen during your stay. We appreciate your feedback about the carpet and we are always looking to improve. We are glad you had a nice experience with staff, and we also think Sean and the manger rock! Hope you will visit us again sometime soon!

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Reviewed February 1, 2019 via mobile

Easy to find .. friendly welcome and easy check-in... stayed two nights ... double room ..clean, very comfy bed (might have been my first memory mattress experience!) good sized room heated via a very efficient old school type radiator, centrally controlled .. continental style breakfast included with the additional choices of either 4 cooked eggs or pancakes for $1 ... excellent idea.Lounge comfortable and relaxing based on a Gothic /Mexican Night of the Dead theme .. it works well. An old building which has been revamped but has retained it's old style effective gated lift .. nice touch.
Hostel is located on edge of Tenderloin district which has highest number of homeless people in America .. I walked everywhere during daytime (have developed somo wrestlers' thighs after those hills) and wasn't hassled or 'begged' once .. I did receive one of the most beautiful smiles I've had for a long time after making eye contact and smiling at a street person. Treat people with respect; smile when eye contact is made and acknowledge their presence; you shouldn't be using your phone on the streets anyway nor flashing your wealth. The location is only thing that stops me awarding an excellent.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank Stuart M
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Reviewed January 28, 2019 via mobile

I found the hostel very nice, the beds were comfy and the showers worked well. Breakfasts were really good bagels were basically your only option or for $1 you could get 4 eggs or some pancakes which is an absolute deal. The kitchen was ok it would be good if there was some more surfaces to prepare food as when a few people are cooking there is not much room. The lift was uncool with the old style sliding door. The area has lots of homeless people and some people found the area rough but personally I never had a problem. The people at the desk were fine. I found the location was find if you were willing to walk for public transport, about 10 mins to bart and cable car start etc.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank liddletravels
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Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2019

Thanks for choosing us Liddle!

I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, and found our hostel to be central and convenient. We're right in the heart of the city after all :) Our great guests are what make this place so special, so thank you for sharing your experiences.. isn't that breakfast a crazy good deal??

Hope to have you back again soon,

Happy Travels!
~M

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Reviewed January 14, 2019

THE GOOD - Helpful friendly staff, clean cozy rooms, free breakfast and a terrific $ 1 breakfast deal (4 eggs or pancakes or any combo thereof), generous public areas with nooks galore, books and games to loan, low cost in-house beer and wine “pub” (only open at night).
THE BAD - the neighborhood is pretty rough. Last part of San Francisco with sub-stratospheric lodging costs, the sidewalks of the Tenderloin are clogged with winos, crazies and junkies as well as garden-variety homeless. The front desk hands out foam earplugs. Get some.
THE FIX - Uber in and out if you’re female, watch your step on the street whoever you are, don’t walk up or down Golden Gate Street or Ellis more than absolutely necessary. Staying here is good value for the $ and walk two blocks up to Geary for a different (and safer) vibe. Whatever you do, avoid the 100 - 500 blocks of Ellis - that stretch of road is is as bad as I have ever seen.

Room tip: Do not choose a room fronting on Ellis- you’ll go sleepless
Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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Thank Steve M
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