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Reviewed 6 January 2015

The staff at the front desk kicked me out of the hostel because I told them I did not like being called a "ching chong". I am Vietnamese American and I look Chinese. Please don't go there if you believe racism and oppression is wrong.

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi LoverOcean, I wanted to take a moment to rebut your version of these events. What actually transpired was that our general manager politely asked you to leave (and refunded your remaining nights) after you berated our staff and accused them of being racist. The Green Tortoise does not condone any form of intolerance. We have guests from all over...

Reviewed 24 December 2014 via mobile

I've stayed at the green tortoise twice and both times were excellent. Worth the price! I've always felt safe at the hostel and in the neighborhood, the staff is very friendly and answers all your questions. The common room is something quite special to behold, an old ballroom is the best place to meet travelers from around the world. Their...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Karina, A pleasure to read your review where you appreciate the hostel for what it creates. A community of real travelers that are here to communicate and interact. We also like to provide clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations where you really do get "value for money". Our free meals and events facilitate this and guests experience a sense of...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 December 2014

I Recently stayed here and I want to leave an honest review: 1) The first thing I noticed when entering the hostel was a bad smell - stale horrible 2) The staff were helpful 3) Stayed in a private room in the seperate block it was noisy with a homeless person sleeping just across from the entrance. 4) The room...

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hello Helen - Thank you for reviewing us. The annex is indeed a quieter option as it is off the main thoroughfare. We take great pride in cleanliness and the crispness of our sheets and we are terribly sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the condition. Although we don't have a regular hotel sheet changing service daily...

Reviewed 15 December 2014

Stayed here for a night during my second trip to US. I was pretty nervous because I have never stayed at a hostel and I am a stranger in the city. But have to say that my experience couldn't have been better. Cheap, clean, safe, excellent location, free breakfast, very friendly staff. Two thumbs up for Green Tortoise!!

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing us as your first stay in an Independent hostel in the US. We are proud that you could experience a safe, budget priced friendly environment. Come visit us again! Happy travels, Green Tortoise Management.

Reviewed 14 December 2014

This was my first time staying at a hostel and I didn't really know what to expect. I am 30 years old and thought it may be a younger crowd and I would feel out of place. There were people of all ages and everyone including staff made me feel so comfortable. TGT offered activities to meet people and see...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Shano, We are happy to hear we met all your expectations and you were able to experience all our free meals and nightly events. We are a very social hostel where travelers of all ages and countries can feel at home. See you again, Be like a Tortoise! Best, Green Tortoise Management.

Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 11 December 2014 via mobile

Great location, walking distance to just about everywhere. There's always something to do :) free dinners some nights and free breakfast every morning. Wifi signal is great. Even though the power was out in some rooms over a couple of days I didn't even notice and it was hardly an inconvenience. The shower pressure is fantastic and there are plenty...

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GreenTortoise, Front Office Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Sophie - We're glad that our electrical grid upgrade didn't affect you. Our grid is now running faster than ever and we'd love to have you stay you stay with us again. Front Desk Team

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 December 2014

I loved this place and wish I could have stayed longer. The staff were really friendly and can answer all your questions. The free dinners several times a week are insane, massive buffet! There was one night where we had Mexican it was fantastic. The hostel itself has a really social atmosphere. The massive common room/dining room is great to...

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Reviewed 29 November 2014

I LOVED staying at the Green Tortoise! The staff are friendly, the decor is awesome and funky, free dinner three nights a week which is lots of fun and a good opportunity to meet others, and the location is great! Easy walk to fishermans wharf, market street, and muni/Bart stations. I was also lucky enough to stay for thanksgiving and...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi there J, We feel proud of our hostel and the community it creates. Thanks for the feed back and so pleased that you could experience our Annual Thanksgiving dinner. We have the perfect Ballroom space to hold it in and we do go all out to make it a memorable experience for all. We hope to see you again...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 November 2014

We stayed for five nights at the Green Tortoise in a private room. The location is fabulous- next to Columbus Avenue and a short walk to the Embarcadero and Market Street. There are great bars and coffee shops in the adjacent streets. The room wasn't actually in the hostel itself but slightly farther down the street in a self-contained house...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Thanks Fraz, Yes, parking can be an issue and you do have to account for this extra cost in a gateway city with limited hourly or metered on street parking. We do however have a deal with a local parking garage of approx $20 per night for a compact car. We also suggest if flying into SFO that you rent...

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Reviewed 17 November 2014 via mobile

Loved it here. Met lots of people and everyone who worked there was very helpful and made you feel comfortable. Great place for sure! Their location is great too, bars...stores...china town..north beach. All of it just right there. The view is awesome too..good at day and night. Definitely coming back!

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Chicabuena, Being situated in North Beach (Little Italy) we are close to fantastic cafes, bars and restaurants as well as the famous city Lights bookstore and Beat Museum. We are also easy walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf and public transportation. We are also on Broadway known as an Entertainment district so it does get lively in peak season. Thanks...

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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The Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bars, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a SOCIAL hostel, so come & be included in our events held nightly in and outside the hostel. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms along the hallways (but private use)*Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment & club area that can be noisy on weekends & in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE TO MAINTAIN VALUE FOR MONEY) Room types available from us are mixed (CO-ED), female, standard private (one Queen bed), twin bunk private, triple (double bed below, single above) & quad bunk style (2 double (full) sized bunk beds). Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" customized sleeper coach adventures that offer private charters & tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, Cross Country - East and West bound, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. Please contact us directly for more information, we also have a hostel in Seattle. We look forward to making your San Francisco experience a memorable one! ... more   less 

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Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Price Range: €45 - €167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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