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    San Francisco City Center Hostel

    685 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109-8027
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    6/8/2017 7/8/2017
    US$133
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    Overview
    • Excellent31%
    • Very good48%
    • Average16%
    • Poor3%
    • Terrible2%
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    “ellis street” (24 reviews)
    “tenderloin” (31 reviews)
    Free Wifi
    Breakfast included
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Bar/Lounge
    Wheelchair Access
    Free Parking
    Pool
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    1.5 Star Hotel
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    1 - 5 of 298 reviews

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I stayed at this hostel as a solo traveller for two nights and found everything to be very clean, the building itself is beautiful and the (underused) kitchen is great! The 24 hour coffee was a lifesaver as were the bagels and fruit at breakfast,...More

    Thank Jess M
    Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 1 week ago

    I'm glad you like us - and our neighborhood too! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Much appreciated! Happy Travels :)

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Incredible staff and service backed by great Hostel facilities and a breakfast that we really enjoyed! Fresh bagels were a great introduction to American food! Only issue is it's location, not the safest looking neighbourhood for a family or lone traveller...More

    Thank Will H
    Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for staying, and taking the time to leave this sweet review Will! I hope our 'Incredible Staff' (!!!) were able to give you some good tips on good (cheap) eats and awesome art and culture to check out in our area while you were...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    A wife and mother of "mature age", I was traveling solo this trip and decided to try hosteling for the first time. My son stayed here for 2 weeks in May, along with his 8th grade class, on an experiential ed trip, as they have...More

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    Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 1 week ago

    Wow. I LOVE this review!! Thank you for staying with us, but thank you also for leaving this incredibly thorough and glowing review. We love our guests, and feel deeply they are really what makes this place awesome, so it means the world to us...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Stayed in a mixed four bed dorm. Comfortable bunk beds, a great choice of breakfast served in the morning and the downstairs bar is a bonus. Helpful staff who gave useful information regarding things to do in San Francisco. Would stay again

    1  Thank George M
    Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thanks George! Please do come back to see us soon! Happy Travels ~Molly

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I enjoyed a super clean and accommodating private room with a tub to soak in after a long day exploring the many sights in every direction. Better than most hostels I've been to, and definitely more affordable than the many pricey hotels in this city....More

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    Response from Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center HostelResponded 3 weeks ago

    AGH! YOU ARE SO GREAT! Thanks for staying and for taking the time to leave us this sweet review. Our great guest are what make our lovely hostel ever so special, so thank you for being you! Come back to see us again soon, and...More

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    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Breakfast included
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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    • Breakfast included
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    • Bar/Lounge
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    • US$60 - US$173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 75
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    Milah S
    22 October 2016|
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    Response from LaurLaur824 | Reviewed this property |
    You get one full size towel and one hand towel. There was also a hand towel hanging in the bathroom.
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    27 September 2016|
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    Response from natashabarresi | Reviewed this property |
    Yes just ask the front desk 😊
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    9 September 2015|
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    Response from Molly S | Property representative |
    Not on site, but we recommend the Cova Hostel's parking garage, just a few doors down the street. It's generally $26 for 24 hours. We do have a loading zone in front of the hostel that you are welcome to use while you are... More
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    "4 bed dorm was satisfactory. Lockers available, ensuite was small but enough. Bed was fine"
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    "See tip in review about Ellis Street"
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    "Do not bring food to the room"
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    "Ensuite (private room with bathroom)"
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