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685 Ellis Street, Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States of America – Show map
|Single Bed in Co-ed Dormitory Room|
|Premium Double Room|
|Twin Room with Private Bathroom|
|Standard Double Room|
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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
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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 boasts a theater room. Each bright room is practically furnished and includes a continental breakfast.
Score from 394 reviews Good
Serving a daily breakfast with bagels, fruit, coffee, and more, this San Francisco hostel is conveniently located within a 5-minute walk of Union Square. Each guest room includes free Wi-Fi.
Score from 420 reviews Very good
Conveniently located near San Francisco’s fashionable Union Square, the Amsterdam Hostel places you in the center of the city and close to many of the area’s major attractions.
Score from 327 reviews Review score
Featuring a daily free breakfast and free Wi-Fi, USA Hostels San Francisco is just a 5-minute walk to cable cars and Union Square. San Francisco’s Chinatown is just a 10-minute walk away.
Score from 406 reviews Very good
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.
Free tea & coffee all day long. Very confortable mattress.
Hostel is so clean Good location
So enpensive Free breakfast have a little bit (have only bread)
Wasn't expecting much from the reviews but the hostel itself was great, staff very helpful n room was very clean and comfortable.
Travelling as 2, 21 year old females the street was terrifying!! and we wernt made aware of this the first night so had a big shock when we walked down on the 1st day. Homeless people everywhere n big gangs of drug dealers all the way down the street and the 2 neighbouring streets aswel. Not too much of a problem if you know the areas to avoid e.g Ellis and Eddy St and mainly the tenderloin in general. But still pritty freaky, wouldn't advice using these streets at night, but the hostel has a great bar n cheap food if u like burgers n pizza :)
Great hostel. Very nice staff. Very clean. New towels everday. It is located quite centrally. There are a lot of homeless people in this area, but they don't really bother anybody.
They host activities for guests. Mostly free, but the pub crawl obviously isn't.
Lots of homeless in the area.
Very cool friendly people. Great rooms, very comfortable!
Not the best area. A lot of homeless people but its okay......
I was suprised how well it was run and that breakfast was included even though it was so cheap to stay there.The staff was great and it was nice and clean everywhere. Perfect with wifi!
One of the other guests in my room took my pillow, so she had 2 and I had none!
Staff helpful and very kind.
There are many homeless people on the streets on the blocks near the subway (Bart). They didn't bother us but we were afraid of someone do that anytime. Is it possible to avoid pass thru them and the hostel staff gave us some tips on this.
location and cleanliness
I just wonder if there is any kind of like changing my pillow and blanket overnight since I was there for 4 days but I wasn't sure if I had to request for that. But everything was really nice for me. Thank you !!!
The man at reception. He wasn't American- a European I think. He was so so rude. Did not appreciate his services at all.
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