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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 64 Reviews

Hostel rating (64)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 92%
Location 73%
Security 88%
Service 94%
Comfort 88%
Green rating 86%

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

  • Dorm
    From $57.00
  • Private
    From $150.00
10 or more people?

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 are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 15% is payable at check-in.
  • 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.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room


  • 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

Open 24 hours
From 15:00 to 04:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-415-474 5721

Fax. 1-415-776 0775

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



Really enjoyed all the amenities the hotel had to offer! Being able to refill my water bottle in the lobby was a huge plus, and the 1$ breakfast is delicious. I only wish that the shower wasn't so finicky, it was either super hot or super cold. Other than that though I love this place and will definitely be back!


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Fri 29 Jun 2018

I really liked the location and decoration of the hostel, and the lady behind the bar was really nice and great to talk to.


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Wed 27 Jun 2018

I really liked the personality of the hostel, but the bed and pillow were the most uncomfortable accommodations that I have ever had in a hostel. Even though the staff, security, and organized events were great, the uncomfortable pillow and mattress were a dealbreaker for me. Plus, the hostel is on the pricier side for dorm-style lodging, but the surrounding neighborhood is very sketchy. Therefore, I would expect the inside accommodation to be reasonably comfortable to justify staying here.


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Mon 25 Jun 2018

Hello, overall nice stay in SF, even though there was a little mistake in the room I had booked, the staff was very helpful (Brandon) and helped me to get the good room. One thing : the room price and the tax, but you already know about this! The question is how to change this, not easy, but where there is a will, there is a way...


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Fri 11 May 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! I'll Brendan know about your feedback and we hear you when it comes to tax. We apologize for any confusion and we're glad that you enjoyed your stay. Take care! -Anthony, Guest Services Manager

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San Francisco - City Center,

Sun 13 May 2018

I loved the breakfasts, the activities and the friendly and helpful staff!


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Wed 25 Apr 2018

Thanks! We want everyone to have a great time when they stay with us and offering a great breakfast, daily activities, and having a great staff are all a part of the experience. I'm thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your time with us and we very much appreciate your feedback. Safe travels friend! -Anthony, Guest Services Manager

Manager avatar

San Francisco - City Center,

Fri 27 Apr 2018


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

BART train from the airport to the Civic Center station. SHUTTLE: Lorrie's Airport Service offers discount for HI-San Fran hostels.
Greyhound station: Take MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Larkin Streets.
There are usually plenty of private taxis available at the airport. Look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim.
BART or MUNI: Get off at the Civic Center Station and exit the station using the UN Plaza exit.
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.
The nearest Amtrak train station is in Emeryville but Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco.

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