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Mexico City, Mexico
Reviewed 6 November 2014

I would definitely recommend HI - Downtown! Great location and I felt pretty safe in Downtown, despite of al lot of reviews telling to not walk alone around. They have planned things to do during the week and that's good because sometimes makes your life easier and its easy to meet new people :) Everything it was very clean, staff...

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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 November 2014

Hostel has a great downtown location, near to BART line and union square. Quite a trek to fishermans wharf and others attractions, but do-able! Stayed two separate occasions, first in 4 bed which was good. Room did get road noise from below but building is older and on a busy street! Under bed storage lockers had lots of space but...

Thank Iain G
Reviewed 13 October 2014

this hostel is located in the center of SF with a MUNI and BART station nearby. the rooms are reasonably big and clean and they have wifi. the staffmembers are friendly and know the way around SF. breakfast can be a bit annoying, since there are only around 30 or 40 chairs and hundreds of guests. all in all this...

1Thank mxfx
Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 October 2014

I found this place terrific: well run, very clean, good value, and a great location. Good security and fine to walk back to at night (there's another HI in the Tenderloin which I'm very, very glad not to have stayed at. I'm used to urban environments and hate it when people are snobby about what are ultimately vulnerable people living...

Thank CatherineS_10
Galway, Ireland
Reviewed 9 October 2014 via mobile

Very impressed with this Hostel. Location is top class & very easy to get to from the airport. The rooms are a good size & spotlessly clean. I slept in a double which was very comfortable. Gena who checked me in was very helpful & friendly. Great vibe here! Will definitely be staying here again.

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Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 9 October 2014

I was only staying one night - and meeting a mate who had been staying there for a few nights. Check-in was efficient, and the reception staff lovely. The facility has everything you'd expect from a HI property, and the range of organised activities must have numbered amongst the greatest I'd ever seen at like establishments. Made me want to...

Thank Steve K
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 October 2014 via mobile

The location of this hostel is perfect, round the corner from Union Square! The hostel isn't the best, but not the worst either. We had a private double room and bathroom, which was slightly shabby and not the cleanest. However it was a great base to explore San Francisco. We loved visiting Fishermans Warf Pier and Pier 39. Unfortunately we...

1Thank RBowler
Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 3 October 2014

As always, HI has another good property. Only downside was the noise but when you are downtown that is hard to avoid. Recommended for travellers on a budget. Close to decent food at all hours of night and both MUNI and BART. Walkable distance to the historiccable car, safe neighborhood, decent security,dont need to worry about personal safety, few drunken...

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
Reviewed 1 October 2014

Spent a few nights here with a friend to explore SF and we both enjoyed the location a lot. We've never stayed at a HI Hostel and didn't really know what to expect, but we were both pleased and any doubts about staying at a hostel for me was put at ease. I felt very safe the whole time I...

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 September 2014

Spent 4 nights here in a private double room with shared bathroom. From seeing photos and getting a glance of the other double rooms I don't think we faired too well. The room was very small and we had a bunk bed with a double bottom bunk, which wasn't quite what I'd been expecting as photos suggested otherwise. The room...

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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: $84 - $269 (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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