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Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 8 December 2016

My boyfriend and I needed a place to stay for one night in San Fran, so we decided to book two beds here in the six-bed mixed dorm. The dorms are very clean and modern and we even had an ensuite in the room. The location of the hostel is close to Powell St. Station, which made travelling around super...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Lovely to read your review, traveler! Thank you for taking the time to write. :) -Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Singapore
Reviewed 29 November 2016

I've stayed in this hostel several times and it never disappoints. Great quality for a hostel - the facilities are very well maintained, and the beds are comfortable. The private room has a sink and a small fan. I love the fact that the walls are solid concrete, so you don't really hear what's going on in the next room....

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you for your stellar review, traveler! I appreciate your attention to detail and look forward to hosting you on your next visit. :) Safe travels, Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

It was very very noisy, we struggled to sleep most nights as the walls were extremely thin. You can hear people walk, talk, shower, use the toilet and fart up to three rooms away. Elevators were broken, so you could hear everyone dragging their cases down five floors of stairs at all times of the night. There were windows everywhere...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write this detailed review, traveler! We pride ourselves on our ability to offer safe, clean, affordable accommodations to hostellers, so I'm sorry to hear that our amenities did not meet your expectations. It's indeed unfortunate that your visit coincided with a time when our elevator was temporarily out of service. It was an unusual...

Anchorage, Alaska
Reviewed 23 November 2016

A friend and I stayed at this Hostel for 3 nights while attending a conference downtown. This hostel has a great, central location to the South of Market area. The breakfast every morning (bagels, oatmeal, apples, bananas, OJ, water) was great. The WiFi was really good. The place was pretty clean for a hostel. If I was looking for a...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Great to hear that you enjoyed our amenities, and nice to learn that we might have the chance to welcome you back again someday, traveler! Hope you enjoyed your conference as well. Safe travels, Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

we stayed in a double en suite room facing the street. Everything is ok except that there was loud noise and music all nights until early morning.The location is great. The breakfast has only bagels and cereals.The bagels are great. Room rates for double rooms are not cheap.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

You can't go wrong here. As stated, great city centre location, everything on the doorstep. Secure too. We had a double room. Includes a wash basin which is great as bathrooms are shared. Since the dorms have their own bathrooms though, never a queue for the bathrooms even though they are small. Great kitchen. Free Breakfast can get busy so...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, traveler! We hope to welcome you back to San Francisco soon. Take good care and safe travels! Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I had a wonderful time in SF, due largely to my experience at this hostel. Travelling solo, and my first time to the US, I was keen for a well located, safe and easy place to stay. This hostel ticked all those. The location is amazing. It was great to have a main transport hub just a few minutes walk...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this detailed review, traveler! We truly appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon. Safe travels, Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Canmore, Canada
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I've been staying here for years. It never disappoints. Clean and comfortable. Always meet interesting world travelers. Love the free breakfast, and the location is super convenient for just about anything San Francisco visitors need. Powell Street BART station is a block and a half away, and it serves as a hub for just about every other kind of transportation...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Your review has made our day, traveler! Thanks for writing. You're welcome back anytime. Safe travels, and see you next time! Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I stayed here 4 nights in a male dorm. I noticed immediately that everything was very clean and people very nice at the front desk. Location is great, practically in Union Square. Breakfast is standard, could be a little more various but if you want you can bring anything. I met wonderful people coming from all over the world, great...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Matteo! Really glad you enjoyed the hostel and were able to get the most out of your stay. We hope to host you again in SF someday! Safe travels, Lydia (Interim Assistant General Manager)

Rome, Italy
Reviewed 19 October 2016

It's really frustrating to find a cheap, good place to stay in San Francisco Downtown. Well, this hostel is just the right solution: great rooms, AMAZING service and perfect location. Stayed there for 1 week, both in a double room and in a dormitory. Everything is clean, comfortable and well-equipped. You will find free bagels to fill up with marmalades...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write! It makes us so happy that you felt so comfortable here and got the most out of what our hostel has to offer. We really hope you'll come visit us again someday with friends and family! Safe travels! -Lydia (Interim Assistant General Manager)

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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

Address: 312 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1704
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Price Range: $79 - $237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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