Location, location, location! HI-San Francisco Downtown is at the centre of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopping, restaurants, theatres, and bars. With so much to do, you'll spend all your time outside the hostel -- but we keep it squeaky clean ... More
HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square)
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Location, location, location! HI-San Francisco Downtown is at the centre of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopping, restaurants, theatres, and bars. With so much to do, you'll spend all your time outside the hostel -- but we keep it squeaky clean and comfy for when you get back. The hostel is fresh from a recent renovation, and our housekeeping staff make daily rounds.Other perks to make your stay as smooth as possible include free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free linen and towels, laundry facilities, a new, fully-equipped guest kitchen and a theatre-style TV room. We have both private rooms and 4- to 8-bed dorms, including many with private bathrooms.Even better, you don't need to look further than the front desk to plan your stay - we organize free and cheap daily activities like pub crawls, walking tours, museum visits, and day trips to places like Muir Woods, wine country, or Yosemite.'Just a block from Union Square, amid five-star hotels at a tiny fraction of the price.' --Lonely Planet, USA & Canada on a Shoestring'The cleanest and most central hostel, and, consequently, the most popular.' --Rough Guide'A budget traveler's dream in the land of pricey downtown hotels.' --San Francisco Bay GuardianHI-San Francisco Downtown is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit membership-based organization. Non-members will be asked to pay a $3/night non-membership fee upon check-in.***PLEASE NOTE: Thereï¿½s another hostel that is also located on Mason Street, just 2 blocks south of us. We've had several guests mistakenly check in at the wrong hostel. Please be sure you're in the right place - 312 Mason Street (between Geary and O'Farrell). Look for the Hostelling International logos outside our entrance.Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Reviews for HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square): 2
Great Location - Good Value
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 6/15/09
I recently stayed for the better part of a week at the Downtown hostel. Being a single woman, I was a little unsure based on some of the reviews I had read beforehand but it was the only place available since I had booked late. I was really pleasantly surprised-- it's a very nice place and I found the staff to be very helpful. The room was very nice (only 2 bunkbeds, 4 guests total) with a shared full bath with the adjoining room. The room had a sink in the room and lockers for valuables in the closet. You get sheets, towel, & a blanket for the base room price. They also have a downstairs locker room which you can use free on the day you are staying/leaving which accommodates large luggage. There is a nice lounge with free internet access. I was happy to see that the staff was very careful to check everyone entering the building for a paid hostel receipt. If you stay more than 3(?) days, you get free breakfast. If you don't get up before 9:30, don't expect any bagels left but they always have bread for toast & jam until 11 AM. The food, *good* coffee, & juice were well stocked by an attendent, even half & half : ) The best part of the hostel is the location-- very close to the underground, bus, & cable car stops. The hall shower needed someone to fix the fiberglass soap dish (cracked/mildewy) but besides that, everything was very clean and well maintained. You do see panhandlers on the street corners in that area of town but I never felt unsafe walking out at night. Overall, a great place at a fabulous price! I would definitely stay there again.
After having stayed at 20+ different hostels during my RTW trip, I landed in this hostel which by my experience is the worse there can ever be. Staff at reception were rude, room was smelly and dirty, door did not lock properly, communal areas rundown... and I can go on and on. Despite getting relatively good reviews on many websites, plus their own website presenting this place as a rather decent and affordable alternative - PLEASE don't get fooled like I did and book yourself somewehere else. This really was my worse hostel experience!
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