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HI - San Francisco - City Center

685 Ellis St, San Francisco, California, 94109, United States

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Overall Rating 88%

From 81 Reviews

Hostel rating (81)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 95%
Location 72%
Security 87%
Service 93%
Comfort 90%
Green rating 87%

A stylish hostel with boutique amenities, top-rated service, and a location that’s central but off the beaten tourist track.

  • Dorm
    From $36.00
  • Private
    From $95.00
10 or more people?
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San Francisco Hostel

Hostel San Francisco

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Set in a 1920’s boutique hotel, San Francisco City Center Hostel has a vintage feel with bags of charm and character. Off the beaten tourist path but still close to it all, the hostel is between the edgy Tenderloin district and the clean marble columns of the Civic Center; a neighbourhood with some of the best cheap cuisine, great nightclubs and music venues.

This stylish hostel offers shared dorms and private rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The on-site cafe, Ivy's Place, serves free breakfast as well as $1 all-you-can-eat pancakes or eggs; in the evenings there’s beer, wine and snacks. Connect to the free Wi-Fi in the marble-tiled lobby, or relax in a common room on the mahogany-railed mezzanine.

San Francisco City Center Hostel organises free and cheap activities for guests including pub crawls, walking tours, museum visits and day trips to places like Muir Woods, wine country, or Yosemite.

Prices

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax of 15% is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room

Accessibility

  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 500m to 1km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car parking nearby - At or next to the hostel
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
Open 24 hours
Check-in:
From 15:00 to 04:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-415-474 5721

Fax. 1-415-776 0775

sfcitycenter@hiusa.org

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Asian Art Museum (Less than 500 m)
  • Union Square (500m to 1km)
  • Chinatown (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions

Reviews

Reviews

I trust HI to be clean, safe and convenient. This one also has a great breakfast and composting and recycling too. My kind of place!

100%

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Elizabeth,

Mon 04 Dec 2017

I trust HI to be clean, safe and convenient. This one also has a great breakfast and composting and recycling too. My kind of place!

100%

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Elizabeth,

Mon 04 Dec 2017

Best hostel I have stayed at in the USA and probably the world. Excellent breakfast, exceptionally clean throughout and very friendly professional staff. The decor is wonderful and I really enjoyed relaxing in the lounge areas of an evening. Thanksgiving dinner was an amazing experience for a good cause and I shall remember it forever. A friend of mine who lives in SF visited and was blown away how gorgeous the lounge and bar areas are decorated. Well done HI City Center!

100%

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Joy,

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! Thanksgiving is a big deal at City Center and we're always looking for ways to give back to our guests and our local community. It warms my heart to know that you had such a great experience with us and we appreciate your willingness to participate in an activity that lends itself to the spirit of hostelling. We truly believe that our guests are what really make the hostel such a special place and we hope to have you back soon. Welcome to the City Center family and take care! - Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 01 Dec 2017

I appreciated the easy access to public transit. The $1 supplementary breakfast was great (the fry cook was friendly and efficient.) The group tours were good, especially Anthony's walk into Chinatown.

97%

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Alden,

Mon 27 Nov 2017

I appreciated the easy access to public transit. The $1 supplementary breakfast was great (the fry cook was friendly and efficient.) The group tours were good, especially Anthony's walk into Chinatown.

97%

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Alden,

Mon 27 Nov 2017

Thank you friend! Anthony's walking tour of Chinatown is always a great time and we're happy that you we're able to participate in one of our weekly activities. Our 1$ eggs and pancakes are really one of the best deals in town and I'll be sure to send your regards to the chef. Thanks again for choosing to stay at HI SF City Center and for taking the time to leave a review. Safe travels! - Anthony, Guest Services Manager

Manager avatar

San Francisco - City Center,

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (5 to 10km)
  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (2 to 3km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (5 to 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (2 to 3km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
BART train from the airport to the Civic Center station. SHUTTLE: Lorrie's Airport Service offers discount for HI-San Fran hostels.
Bus
Greyhound station: Take MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Larkin Streets.
Taxi
There are usually plenty of private taxis available at the airport. Look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim.
Underground/Metro
BART or MUNI: Get off at the Civic Center Station and exit the station using the UN Plaza exit.
Car
Park in the loading zone in front of the hostel; front desk staff will direct you to permanent parking nearby. Expect to pay $12-$15 per 12 hours.
Rail
The nearest Amtrak train station is in Emeryville but Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco.

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