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Swansea, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the HI Downtown in Early Aug 2014. The location of the hostel is great, just around the corner from Union square and Powell st, which are the central locations. On the other hand, the hostel is surrounded by homeless people which can be a bit intimidating, and a walk away from the town centre takes you to...

1Thank Mavs801
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This hostel was situation in a great location, close to what I feel the best part of San Fran. Pros - Doors don't slam! - Friendly staff - Free breakfast!! - Great wifi - Large bathrooms Cons - In the four person dorm there wasn't a lot of floor space to put my suitcase - No charging outlets for top...

1Thank CarlaLouise1992
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

My partner and i just stayed 3 nights in this hostel and were very impressed- central location, clean, friendly and helpful staff, and the breakfasts could not be faulted. Would recommend this hostel to any travellers wanting a good place in central San Fran!

1Thank Nicola C
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

We got a private room with a private bathroom. Cute, clean, modern looking room. Everything we needed was there. The shower didn't drain however which was slightly gross. It was also noisy as hell due to the traffic and construction in Union Square. Bottom line, if you are a traveller, this place was great. Wifi, laundry, free breakfast, unreal location,...

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

We're just coming to the end of a four night stay here. Positives: Great location close to all transport links Good facilities in the room we had an ensuite, plenty of hot water and individual charging points/ reading lights, a sink in our room Good breakfast - bagels, cream cheese, tea, coffee, fruit, porridge available 7-10am Clean and well maintained...

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San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Perfect located, first you thought it is expensive, but when you get in, it's totally worth it. Clean, well organized, plenty of services. At the marathon day, they allowed me to came back to pick up my stuff and take a shower.

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San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 13 July 2014

My husband and I (ages 68 and 60 respectively) got a private room with a bathroom with a shower en suite here, for quite a bit less than we would have paid for a comparable hotel. A good breakfast of bagels, fruit, oatmeal, coffee, etc. in the communal kitchen was included. There was refrigerator space and cooking utensils available if...

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HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

On behalf of our entire staff, thank you kindly for your feedback. I'm incredibly happy to hear you elected to stay at our hostel over a hotel, especially since you were able to engage with other guests at our location. Our mission to to help all gain a greater understanding of the world and its surroundings through hosteling, and it...

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Firstly it has to be said it's in a great location within 5 minutes walk of Union Square and Chinatown. As a note this hostel shouldn't be confused with the other HI Hostel in the Tenderloin where there is a lot of homeless people and can feel unsafe. The hostel is close to lots of eateries and restaurants too so...

1Thank qmania
HISFDT, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown, responded to this review

We're glad you found our downtown location a great place for starting your exploration of San Francisco! We're currently in the process of installing new bunk beds that include two power outlets, two USB outlets, a reading light, and a privacy panel. By August 1st these bunks will be fully installed in all the dorm rooms. I'm genuinely stoked about...

Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

We had a two twins private bathroom room. Ask for one on 5th floor. There are LOTS of homeless people and you'll hear some of them during the night as windows are paper-thin. I felt safer higher up and I'm used to cities. Clean place. Well decorated with a good atmosphere and a great lounge conducive to meetings others and...

1Thank Brenda C
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The San Francisco Downtown YHA is good value for money. We have stayed there a number of times in a double room with private facilities. It also has dormitory, double and twin rooms and shared bathrooms. It has a large kitchen and common rooms on each floor. They provide breakfast and staff are friendly, patient and helpful despite dealing with...

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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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  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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: ₹ 3,955 - ₹ 11,731 (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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“315 is quieter.. the hostel is on a corner of a busy intersection so there is traffic.”
 of 5 bubbles Love2travelGuelph, 3 Feb 2017 | Read review
“"Rooms on those dorm rooms are quieter and easier than ever."”
 of 5 bubbles DennisAlabaso, 2 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Queen room with private ensuite bathroom if you can!”
 of 5 bubbles DJSHOWBOY, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Far back corners of upper floors have a bathtub. Handicap accessible .”
 of 5 bubbles Taniatheawesome, 10 Dec 2016 | Read review
“City view rooms are loud. Use the freely supplied earplugs and you'll sleep well.”
 of 5 bubbles 513iang, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
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