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Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
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Fauske, Norway
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I love the place. it is a small hostel with 36 (?) beds. people who work there are incredible and I still have contact with them. looking forward to going back there. it's free wi-fi, linen, breakfast, towels, and about 1 time a week they arranged a dinner party for all who live there for only 5 $. (thanks for the barbeque on the roof)
It takes about 30 minutes from SF International airport. location is good, and it is very easy to get around the city on foot from the hostel.

without doubt the best hostel I've stayed at, and that´s for only $ 26 per night!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank steinmo82
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

I stayed here for a weekend enroute back to Boston from Thailand. My earlier plans to stay with friends fell through, but it turned out well in the end as this was a great place to stay.

The hostel is located near Chinatown and the Financial district. It is a quick walk up Montgomery street from the BART station (which connects to the airport). The hostel is on the 3rd and 4th floor. There is a nice common space with two computers for guest use and free wifi. It seems there are always people here eating or playing games or chatting, so it is easy to meet people. There were 3 bunk beds in my room with storage lockers under the bunks which are large enough for a backpack - need to bring your own lock. The beds were comfortable and I slept quite well. Bedding and towels are provided.

The location of the hostel made it easy to get around the city. I went to Berkeley one night on the BART and the rest of the time used the local buses/cablecars to get around ($2 for mutlple rides within a 3 hour period). I believe there are bikes for rent at the hostel as well. The staff at the hostel are very friendly and know the city quite well. They were able to give all sorts of pointers for which bus route to take, what restaurant to go to, etc. The kitchen is small (no oven!) but adequate and there is free breakfast in the morning. I have to give a special thank you to Avi, who made fabulous pancakes one morning and taught me how to make griddle pizza with some great mushrooms and fresh cheese purchased from the Ferry Building Market (definitely recommended - great food).

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Melissa H
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

I stayed here for a weekend visiting San Francisco. The hostel facilities are pretty good with fast wifi and computers free to use as well as free coffee all day. The common room is quite small but has a nice friendly, relaxed atmosphere and is very conducive for meeting/hanging out with fellow travellers. Good value, great location and great staff. Every member of staff was friendly and helpful and did everything they good to make it a great place to stay. Just don't stay here if you have trouble with stairs! 72 steps to reach the hostel from the street.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Conor F
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maui HI
Level Contributor
27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Remember, this is a hostel. Bring your hostel gear, earplugs, rubber shoes, decent pajamas. You will be brushing your teeth next to a stranger, but that's the fun of it.

Strategic location to public transportation - YES
Hot water - YES
Squeaky beds - NO
Large storage with normal lock holes - YES
Friendly staff - YES
Generous staff - YES
Helpful staff - YES
Fun staff - YES
Clean - YES
Accommodating - YES
Windows that open - YES
Full kitchen - YES
Computer Access - YES
Elevator - NO (4 flights of stairs, it'll keep the pounds off)
Location - Excellent, to most SF interests.

There was not an instance that I had an inquiry that they were not willing to assist with. Very helpful, more so than many hotels I've stayed in. As the staff are residents, they keep the place clean and fun.

One suggestion; as the community room is well used, because the atmosphere is so lovely, the cushions could use some re-upholstery, (maybe duck cloth to keep with the nautical theme).

One guest was very upset when I left due to another guest's accident. That is NOT the fault of the hostel. Guests need to be responsible for themselves.

I would stay here again anytime, it was a great find!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank chiba_grrl
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2011

This is easily the best hostel i have ever stayed in. The staff are awesome, the place is warm and welcoming and the entire place is spotless. It's perfect.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank thebread
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Property: Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
Address: 680 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111-2510
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Financial District
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Ranked #1 of 51 Speciality Lodging in San Francisco
Price range (per night): $46 - $137
Number of rooms: 8
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