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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Manhattan, Kansas
Reviewed 24 January 2015

The Green Tortoise was very organized and everyone was very nice and helpful. They offered activities every night and very good dinners three times a week. We slept great at the hostel, we did have a private two person room, which may have been one reason, but the hostel seemed very quite and even though the road outside was very...

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

Hi Alison, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I’m glad that you were able to find a room that works best for you. We offer a variety of types of rooms, including standard privates, two-bed privates, private triples and quad rooms, and of course our budget-friendly dorms to help everybody finds what works best for them. I’m also...

Reviewed 20 January 2015 via mobile

Good location. Friendly and helpful staff. Short walks to Chinatown, Little Italy, Financial District, Fisherman's wharf and so on. Plenty of transport around. Good free breakfast included. Free dinners on certain days. Computers and printers. Laundry facilities. Recommend.

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Beijing, China
Reviewed 19 January 2015

I stayed 3 nights in this hostel and it was satisfying considering the price and the location. the staff are helpful on giving information and helping out. They give you a brief tour upon arrival and this is a huge building for a hostel, and also professionally run by a group of people,i stayed at the 3rd floor which was...

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Brest, France
Reviewed 18 January 2015

I had a wonderful time in this hostel. Really Clean, safe and extremely friendly. The people who worked here are awesome, you can find advices and they help you to have the best time possible. Free breakfast in the morning are a great advantages and you can meet other people from all over the world. I definitively recommend it. Location...

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

Hi Claire, Thanks for the wonderful review! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Green Tortoise. I’ll pass along your compliments to the front desk staff. We pride ourselves on having a great group of friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable staff manning the desk. I’m so glad that they were able to help you explore our incredible...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 16 January 2015

location. location. location. plus this place has everything (amenities-wise) that one could wish for and more...for only $30. including daily continental breakfasts and 3 dinners a week, bands, booze, party hostel that doesn't interfere with anyone outside there international lounge. and the kitchen is open for everyones use. and a pool table, foozball table, band set up and a huge...

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Pullman, Washington
Reviewed 16 January 2015

Location is excellent. There're many cafeterias and restaurants near this hostel. By walking from here, it takes only 15 min to Fisherman's Wharf, 15 min to union square, and 5 min to China town. The staffs and service were also good.

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Sydney
Reviewed 14 January 2015

Location is good but that's about all the positive experience I had. Private rooms (where I stayed) are in separate building a block from main building where breakfast is. There are 2 rooms on ground floor but right next to main door, kitchen and bathroom so can hear everything. 3 rooms downstairs are right in front of washing machine and...

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

Hi Jenn, I’m so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at the Green Tortoise. We do have some private rooms in an annex building located one block from our primary building. However, if a guest isn’t happy there, we always make our best efforts to move them back to the main building. If you would have...

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...

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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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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Price Range: €47 - €171 (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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“try to get room at first floor as there is not elevator”
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“get the window bed!”
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“Rooms in the Annex Building next to the school are quieter, bring your walking shoes...its San Francisco”
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“maybe specify that you don't want to sleep on a window sill?”
tascha_hk, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If you can afford it get your own room, and make sure you don't get a room next to the Laundry room. V noise”
Ramoncyprus85, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
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