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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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In San Francisco just a 5-minute walk from shopping and dining in Union Square, this hostel features a theater room. Each bright room is practically furnished and includes a continental breakfast.
Score from 498 reviews Very good
Located in downtown San Francisco, in Union Square, this hotel is a 9-minute walk from Chinatown. A 24-hour front desk is offered and charming rooms provide cable TV.
Score from 867 reviews Good
In San Francisco’s Civic Center area, this motel features warmly-decorated rooms with cable TV. Free Wi-Fi is available in every room. Fisherman’s Wharf is just 2.5 miles away.
Score from 721 reviews Good
This historic San Francisco hotel is along the Powell Street Cable Car line, one block from shopping at Union Square. It features contemporary rooms with free wired internet.
Score from 1138 reviews Good
bathroom in the room; breakfast and free coffee/tea during daytime; convenient to get from the airport and from touristic places; very helpful staff ;-)
location might look strange as for the downtown - lots of homeless people in the neighbourhood. I was told in the hostel that it's historically the city district where lots of sites for homeless were established decades ago.
Very clean and comfortable, with a good breakfast and nice people
There were a lot of homeless near to the hostel
The hostel itself is really great given how cheap it is, very clean and comfortable. There is free breakfast included and for a dollar extra you can have pancakes or eggs and they also organize events and offer other services such as airport shuttle (only few dollars more than BART and you do not have to slalom around homeless people with your suitcase to get to the station). I am a rather unsociable and private person and in general not fond of hostels at all, but I am really glad I went for this hostel in the end as at the time of my booking a lot of hotels were fully booked and the remaining ones (even though more than double the price comparing to this) I later found out were horrifying, at least from outside (and that matters if you stay in this part of the city.)
I have read almost all the reviews available before my booking and naturally ended up very worried about the location of the hostel (although convenient in terms of distance, for my purpose). The whole neighborhood (and I mean very many blocks) is full of homeless people (though I am not sure whether this is the appropriate term, in fact most of the European homeless people would probably get offended if you put them in the same category, because this is a whole new level). In one of the reviews somebody sums it up nicely "You must face this dark reality of American cities..." 100% agree. I have walked these streets alone for about 10 days, early morning or late evening (this time of the year that means always at dark) and had no trouble (thought I did get called a racist, mamasita,...) but I must say that I did not feel safe at all (and I am an Eastern European according to this continent, and my country is so spooky that they film Hostel about it!). You should not be put off from staying at the hostel because of this (unless you are really worried, then better go far from this area), but you should be aware. If you going alone, my best tip is that you (don't go alone!) just walk fast through the streets, memorize how the roads go so you do not look lost or like a massive tourist and just head straight to where you want to get. And one last thing, I think the whole city has about 10 firetrucks which sirens are constantly on (always circling this neighborhood) and 1 police car (that has never even been to this neighbourhood).
friendly staff, nice vibes inside the hostel
poor wifi location isnt great, but if you're careful you can avoid the chaos on the streets
great staff great hostel
the historical interior of this hostel triggers a sense of nostalgia, the cartoons played on the silver screen early mornings, the mezzanine where i enjoyed reading books and relaxing in the evenings after a long day excursion. i also liked the free coffee/tea at the lobby, really home-welcoming.
i dislike the location of the hostel, which is exactly where the large batches of homeless people wonder around. it was a pity that only after i got back to hong kong did i read the news that this area was actually a homeless people's concentration point. if you walk alone in the evening homeless people would follow you talk to you even tho they won't attack you that still scared me a lot. that basically ruined the image of SFO in me as insecure and dirty. even tho i also went to beautiful places such as the lands end, golden gate bridge and fisherman's wharf.
Location - convenient to walk everywhere / catch a tram in the city Value for money - private double room had an ensuite (small but sufficient for a decent shower then a crash into bed after a long day of walking!) Clean towels daily (private room)
Noise from the street downstairs - boom box was going off at 3-4am from rowdy folks on the street (nothing the hostel can do I suppose), and also ambulances / police cars.
The reception is very friendly, and there is free coffee.
A bit far away from the metro station.
I like a lot of things. Staff are friendly and willing to help anytime. Clean and comfortable room. A kitchen for guests to cook and a bar for guests to socalize. On top of these, the price is great! I would recommend it.
The location. A bit far from the downtown and many homeless people around on the street. Anyway, not the problem with the hotel itself.
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).
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