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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

You can't go wrong here. As stated, great city centre location, everything on the doorstep. Secure too. We had a double room. Includes a wash basin which is great as bathrooms are shared. Since the dorms have their own bathrooms though, never a queue for the bathrooms even though they are small. Great kitchen. Free Breakfast can get busy so...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, traveler! We hope to welcome you back to San Francisco soon. Take good care and safe travels! Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I had a wonderful time in SF, due largely to my experience at this hostel. Travelling solo, and my first time to the US, I was keen for a well located, safe and easy place to stay. This hostel ticked all those. The location is amazing. It was great to have a main transport hub just a few minutes walk...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this detailed review, traveler! We truly appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon. Safe travels, Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Canmore, Canada
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I've been staying here for years. It never disappoints. Clean and comfortable. Always meet interesting world travelers. Love the free breakfast, and the location is super convenient for just about anything San Francisco visitors need. Powell Street BART station is a block and a half away, and it serves as a hub for just about every other kind of transportation...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Your review has made our day, traveler! Thanks for writing. You're welcome back anytime. Safe travels, and see you next time! Lydia (Assistant General Manager)

Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I stayed here 4 nights in a male dorm. I noticed immediately that everything was very clean and people very nice at the front desk. Location is great, practically in Union Square. Breakfast is standard, could be a little more various but if you want you can bring anything. I met wonderful people coming from all over the world, great...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Matteo! Really glad you enjoyed the hostel and were able to get the most out of your stay. We hope to host you again in SF someday! Safe travels, Lydia (Interim Assistant General Manager)

Rome, Italy
Reviewed 19 October 2016

It's really frustrating to find a cheap, good place to stay in San Francisco Downtown. Well, this hostel is just the right solution: great rooms, AMAZING service and perfect location. Stayed there for 1 week, both in a double room and in a dormitory. Everything is clean, comfortable and well-equipped. You will find free bagels to fill up with marmalades...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write! It makes us so happy that you felt so comfortable here and got the most out of what our hostel has to offer. We really hope you'll come visit us again someday with friends and family! Safe travels! -Lydia (Interim Assistant General Manager)

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Lovely big house hostel with soft carpets, friendly helpful staff & Central location. Delicious fresh bagels for breakfast with coffee & juice but but repetitive after 3 days.. Incredibly expensive by the time you add all the extra charges & taxes, but not sure you can find cheaper in SF. Nice having chill areas & free wifi. Would recommend!

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Stayed in a 4 bed female dorm in October. The hostel was organised excellently, with many private and open spaces, including a theatre, a private study area and large large room. The bathrooms were so big and private, with a shower and toilet in the same room, and in the four days I stayed there I never had to wait...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this great feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay -- we look forward to hosting you again sometime! Safe travels, Lydia (Interim Assistant General Manager)

Red Deer, Canada
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Nice budget option in an expensive-to-stay city. Friendly service, helpful staff. Clean rooms, bathrooms, and shared areas. Selection of common social spaces. Simple but healthy breakfast included. Free earplugs! Central downtown location close sightseeing activities. Minutes' walk from bus, tourist trolley, and subway. Environmentally friendly. Airport shuttle is available at the neighboring store within the same building. We stayed in...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 12 October 2016

During the first week of October, my husband went to Dreamforce while I enjoyed exploring the City every day. The hostel was in a perfect location, near Whole Foods, Target, and other shopping, as well as tons of restaurants and things to do. We had an interior room, so noise was minimal. We had bathrooms/showers on either side of us...

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HISFDowntown, Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this thoughtful review! Fellow travelers will certainly appreciate your pro tips, and we always love to hear about what's going right at the hostel. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay -- come back and see us next year! -Lydia, Interim Assistant General Manager

Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Super friendly staff, affordable and reasonably clean. We stayed in the private room with our own bathroom. The hostel let us store our luggage after our check out till 10:00 p.m. Great location but street noise can be bothersome.

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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown

Address: 312 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1704
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Price Range: €55 - €167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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