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685 Ellis Street, Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States of America – Show map
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WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 24 per day.
Vending Machine (snacks), 24-Hour Front Desk, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, ATM on site
Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private)
Dutch, Spanish, English, Greek
From 3:00 PM
Until 11:00 AM
Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Any additional children or adults stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Cribs are not available.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Pets are not allowed.
When booking for more than 8 people, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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shared bedroom, there was enough room for privacy. I also liked the breakfast, for a hostel very good! they had some activities offered. staff always tried to help you. they printed my boarding pass :) location is right in the center of the town.
location was not very good especially when you are women and alone. a lot of homelesspeople. kind of scary. people told us that this area is really bad. I didn't feel comfortbla in the night. wish I would knew this before. but location is right in the center of the town. cofusing was that on the websites there were a lot more things offering, but it was from the connected hostel in downtown. a pitty.
- common space - personnel - wifi - free coffee - free breakfast - clean rooms - price Basically everything BUT the location.
Ellis Street sucks big time. There are *a lot* of homeless people and it gets scary to walk there at night. My solution to this problem is this: don't use Ellis street, use Larkins street or O'Farrell Street to get to the hostel. These are much better.
We had a private room with a private bath, and it was neat and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious.
The location was a bit nasty, but we knew it before we booked it, so it wasn't a surprise. Anyway, it's not that bad, as some people say.
1. Wifi condition was good. 2. Common area was confortable.
1. By Any angle, filthy depressing drug or alcohol related homeless were all over. You as a traveler must face this dark reality of US cities at anytime you go out. 2. Bath & shower were in the bedroom but I prefer outside. 3. Each bedside light was too bright so it wakes other people in the room. This should be more modelete power such LED type. 4. Breakfast started 7:30am was little late. It should at least start 7:00am. 5. Common place is easy to gother people especially group traveler but hotel should set some rule for noise control at least such as between 10pm - 6am.
Excellent reception staff. Cozy and clean hostel.
The hostel was very clean and I like free tea and coffee. It's close to lots of buses making it easy to get around.
The area has a lot of homeless people. You can avoid them but it made me not want to do anything in that area. The wifi was terrible in the room but worked fine in the common areas.
great management staff very nice double room , great bed very clean friendly staff
weak wi-fi in the room no spirits in the bar location ( tenderloin )
The kitchen was excellent. You can keep your food on the ref..with complete utensils and cookware etc...
Outside the hostel..Security is not that good outside..
The hostel is great! Everything is clean, staff is super nice and helpful, they organize a bunch if stuff (did a Chinatown tour) and it's easy to meet other people. A great place to hang out! Breakfast was nice as well. Bed was comfy.
I have to say: beware of the location! It's in the worst neighborhood (tenderloin)/drug addicts all over the place. Homeless people as well. It is super smelly and you don't feel comfortable walking around at night.. Always take a cab! The hostel is perfect, but the location really made me feel uneasy.. If you're not alone, I'd still suggest to stay there. It's a good deal.
lot of young people from all over the world and the nice breakfast.
it was diffcult to go up to the upper bed. i think there was a bug in the bed.
The place has a great vibe, good facilities and there was plenty of arranged activities. Vintage and retro character. Private suite great and tidy with good space and comfortable bed. Staff are awesome. They were warm and friendly. In the morning, they have a great free breakfast and for only one dollar plus, you can ask for pancakes or scrambled eggs. Also, they offer 24 hours coffee and tea. At nights they have a bar working inside the hostel. So, you can drink some beers and have fun with your partner, friends or with another guests.
The location of the hostel is very convenient to go to everywhere, but the surrounding area is full of homeless people. Because of that, it has a bad and smelly environment on the sidewalk in this area. It was not a big problem, but sometimes it's a little inconvenient.
The inside: nice room, bathroom ok, good breakfast, great stuff, warm environment.
The outside: terrible neighbor, tons of smelly homeless, I did not felt secure walking around there ..never!!! Do not enter Turk street for any reason!!!
Very friendly staff.
Smelled like cigarette even though there was no smoking allowed.
Free coffee and tea all day. Good breakfast!
Wifi didn`t work at my room (number 5).
This Hostel is as good in Quality as HI Hostels are in general. Staff is super nice and helfpul. Beds are comfy, shower is clean, daily towelchange, all smells just nice. The lounge is comfy, they offer specials - like last week open Karaoke night - or free Movies... a very relaxed place to stay.
Sorry to say, but the location is really bad. Its easy to find ( walking from Civic center 7min), but the neigborhood is terrible. Around the streets so many homeless and drug addicts. Its terrible to see so much of poverty around the block. We got advice not to walk on several streets around the Hostel in the nighttime as ist dangerous. Though i am a tall muscular European( 180cm / 6ft) i felt somehow uncomfortable when i had to walk back home in the night. Of course this has by far nothing to do with HI Hostel itself, but you should know in what neighborhood you will end up when you book this hostel.
* Awesome staff. Very friendly, patient and knowledgeable * free breakfast in the morning * huge kitchen with all cooking instruments, and fridges etc * friendly fellow travelers * extremely clean bathrooms * reliable water supply * clean linen * bug-free bedding * Liked how secure they try to keep the place. You must show the id they give you every time you enter the premises. You have a key card that opens your door. No outside guests are allowed past the lobby area *Another great thing is that if you want, they'll hold your baggage in a locked room until midnight after you check out, which is really helpful if you want to do some sightseeing on your last day without carrying around a heavy bag * there's a shuttle leaving from the hostel going to the airport every 5 and 35 minutes past the hour
* Sketchy neighborhood. Lots of homeless people west of the hostel, on Ellis St. Not dangerous like you'll get mugged but you might get asked for a cig or a handout. Don't go about waving an expensive phone or something though. Use common sense. The hostel staff tell you alternative routes to use to avoid the homeless areas. * Sketchy neighborhood also means you get some plain crazy people doing weird things. The night before I arrived, some guy stood on the roof of the neighbouring building at 3 am and starting shouting obscenities at the top of his voice. He gave everyone a good scare because at one point it even seemed like he might jump across the 4 feet gap between the buildings into one of the hostel rooms on the third floor, Matrix-style. The night I arrived, someone was shouting obscenities again at 3 in the morning, although this time, he was on the road. * Sleep quality might be poor if your roommates come in late at night but that is true for dorms anywhere, I guess
Private room. Good breakfast! Lugagge Storage really usefull.
The hostel is located right in the middle of the slums.... There are homeless people everywhere and you never feal secure walking home, especially at night ...
Wifi works well and the room is clean. I love the common area. Hair dryer can be borrowed from the reception.
There are many homeless people around the area. I didn't feel safe once I got out of the hostel, especially after sunset.
Cheap drinks in the bar $1 eggs or pancakes Clean room and facilities
Bit overpriced but the cheapest in SF Location - do not walk alone esp at night
The personal was really friendly. The breakfast was good. I really liked that theres a big kitchen because san fransisco is expensive.
The hostel is in tenderloin. It is really dangerous and we were two girls so we were scared about going out late.
Comfy bed, brilliant shower, inviting lobby with soft seating areas in various locations to communal areas. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great communal kitchen area to prepare your own meals if needed and fridges to store food. A winner!
Not allowed to consume own alcohol in room.
First time in a hostel and wasn't as bad as people make out. Had a private room with our own barroom and felt very safe. The hostel in general felt very safe which is good.
Location is a hard one - great in terms of bus links and only about 5 blocks from Union Square etc. however, the hostel is in Tenderloin which is arguably the most dangerous area in San Fran! Google the area! I felt extremely unsafe at all times in this area (to the point where I nearly had a panic attack) and if it wasn't for the safe feeling of the hostel we would have left to stay somewhere else! Homeless people are everywhere once you leave the hostel, they have their own community in Tenderloin and you will be in the very centre of it! We ended up walking the long way round everywhere to avoid the homeless people as they made me feel extremely unsafe and panicky! If you can afford it, stay somewhere away from this area but if like us, and you're on a budget then just take precaution! Don't walk anywhere in Tenderloin at night, especially not on your own! Don't ever have anything on show (phones, money, cameras etc.), don't expect much and you will be ok. I wouldn't go back to the hostel purely for it's location! If it wasn't for having my boyfriend with me, I wouldn't have left the hostel once during my stay!
Room was clean, bed was comfy, nice staff, breakfast was a plus, walking distance to buses
It is a non-smoking place, but the halls did have a slight smoky odor to me. nothing detrimental, maybe some febreze would help. It didn't really bother me, but for those who are not used to homeless ppl around, the amount around may make you uncomfortable.
Very clean, friendly staff, quiet inside, good price, must show a pass each time you enter hotel: good security.
No room TV, no room WiFi, they do not allow food in room, no parking on site, bad location, lots of homeless and junkies around, rats around the outside, noise street.
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