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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I only stayed 2 nights with a friend in a 4 bed female dorm. It was just unlucky that our room mates were an older pair that were in bed by 9 each night but they were lovely. Reception staff were efficient and pleasant, one recommended a dive bar, where we made some good friends that we still talk to... More 

Thank Sarah M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location wasn't the best in San Fran..room was very small, hardly space to move around. Shower stream was extreamly low with almost no hot water. The toilets were almost impossible to use as was too close to sink. We had to wash our dishes after breakfast. The building and its facilities (including elevator) are very old, not the value... More 

1 Thank yaels0ffer
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry to hear you had such a hard time here. We do our very best to provide a comfortable and fun stay for all of our guests, but sometimes we miss the mark. We are actually having some corrections made to our boiler system next week, which we are... More 

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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

lovely hostel with really friendly staff. we had a private room wich was basic but OK. no TV though but didn't miss it..just go down to the bar wich is in the hostel and you'll have a great night. only downside is the location..lots of homeless people around..

Thank Erik T
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for your short and sweet review! We love to hear that our guests are happy. Come back again soon for more fun! Happy Travels ~Molly More 

Novo Hamburgo, RS
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209 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked private room with bathroom (ensuite) and it was great. Enough space to organize my stuffs, clean bathroom and very confortable bed. Breakfast is lowly. And location is very bad (chinatown), besides being dirty, it is not safe for lonely women during night.

Thank Unterleider H
Leeds, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here overnight at the start of November, wanting a cheaper, good value, downtown option. I was delighted. The hostel is situated close-by to all the different public transport systems but you can easily walk into the main shopping area (Market Street) of San Francisco. The hostel is impeccably run. The staff are friendly and informative and the place... More 

Thank Frances B
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My stay was amazing. This is home away from home with super helpful staff, very clean rooms, and awesome pancake and bagels breakfast and all that you need while travelling! The building is amazing and very well kept. Centrally located and easily accesible is definately a must go when you are planning a trip to SF. Molly, the manager, is... More 

Thank Pepe T
Kansas City, Missouri
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel was centrally located to great food, bars, shopping, and public transportation, but is surrounded by homeless shelters. You are literally stepping over homeless folks (many of them clearly mentally unstable, some visibly and vocally irate) along with their belongings, discarded items, and feces as you approach from any direction. The price was so affordable and the staff and... More 

1 Thank MarKansaSity
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We loved our stay here! Location is great. Really clean and cozy hostel. Lots of different common areas to hang out in. The building has a really unique old world feel to it. Breakfast was fab and you have an option to add on pancakes and eggs. Do it! So good! The laundry service is the best I have come... More 

Thank Jessica c
Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Fantastic hostel with eye-popping, bonkers decor (in the best way). You can see how much the people who work there care about their work, the guests' experiences and the surrounding neighborhood, which is definitely rough around the edges, but I found it to be all bark, no bite. There's a beer and wine bar inside the hostel (only open to... More 

1 Thank Dan P
Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was my first time in SF, so I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I have only good things to say about the HI City Center. The hostel was easy enough to get to from the airport, just a 10 minute walk from Civic Center station on the bart. Uber pool here also seems to be cheaper than most... More 

1 Thank scottlabelle

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience budget travel at its best: Both private and shared rooms available (only 4-5 beds per dorm), all rooms with private bathroom, restaurant-quality guest kitchen, cafe serving free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet lounge, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, keycard security, plush common areas, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. Recently renovated 1920s hotel near San Francisco's best affordable restaurants, diverse nightlife, and world-class Civic Center arts district. ... more   less 

Additional Information about San Francisco City Center Hostel

Address: 685 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109-8027
Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range: ₹ 3,290 - ₹ 10,282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — San Francisco City Center Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 75
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Do not bring food to the room”
 of 5 bubbles yaels0ffer, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ensuite (private room with bathroom)”
 of 5 bubbles unterleiderh, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the front/off the street are noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles MarKansaSity, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask manager if they have corrected their staff.”
 of 5 bubbles jeffr992016, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Rooms towards the back are quiet”
 of 5 bubbles Aliciawilde, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
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