We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

San Francisco City Center Hostel

Hostelworld.comUS$ 106*
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Lock in the lowest price from our partners
View Deal
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Professional photos
San Francisco City Center Hostel
View Map
{"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null,"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}}}
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

416 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for San Francisco City Center Hostel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 290: English reviews
Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

I had a good week here. The rooms are nice with private bathrooms. The free breakfast was really good with bagels and coffee and cheap pancakes and eggs. While close to the city centre the location is the only negative here. The Tenderloin district is a little rough and not the best after dark. Once I got the hang of...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Chris W
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the heads up about Lyft Chris! For future travelers, when you get to HI-SF City Center, you can download the 'Lyft' App and use our promo code to get $25 off your first ride! Thanks for staying! ~Molly

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 16 July 2015

This hostel was super fun. Set up in an adorable little 20s style building with some funky art hanging on the walls and some cool people hanging out in the common areas. Dorms have bathrooms and are pretty clean and the staff are super helpful about getting around. Kitchen facilities are well equipped and there are always people around to...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank Aime B
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying Aime! And for your great review! I hope the rest of your travels prove to be as fun, though I know nothing can beat our fantastic hostel! ;) Happy travels! ~Molly

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

I stayed 3 days 7/10-7/13/15. This was my first hostel stay in my home state. My friend and I found this place to have a great laid back, ecclectic vibe. The location is a little rough, but it's not so bad that you will run for the hills. It is not far from Civic Center Bart and it's close to...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank crr718
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hey! This review is awesome! You must be too! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thorough and kind review... hopefully other travelers will read it and wise up to the tricks of the dorm trade... tiptoe! phone as a flashlight! no talking if you can help it! and all the other little things we can do to...

Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

I stayed four nights and enjoyed my stay. The staff were reasonably friendly and the room and bathroom were kept clean. The street the hostel is on seems to be surrounded by a lot of homeless people. On arrival the staff advised that I shouldn't walk down one part of the street as it was unsafe. Wifi is good and...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Belinda W
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

We had read a few bad reviews before getting here so we were quite nervous about the place. Luckily we were happy surprised and had a great stay! The staff is nice, the four-bed room we slept in was clean and cozy and the breakfast was great. Bagels, toast, juice, tea and coffee (real coffe, not American coffee) was included...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Frida Ö
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Awesome Frida! Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review! Here at City Center we love love, and we're so stoked to have great guests to celebrate happy advances in social policy! Happy and Pride-filled Travels! Molly

Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

Amazing hostel! Very clean, very friendly staff that will help with anything (they booked bus type for us and helped us find other things top do in town), yummy breakfast... Best hostel so far on our trip up the coast!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank MrFlook
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Ah! MrFlook, you are the best!! I hope you're having fun out there, embracing what ever adventure comes your way. Come back and see us sometime, we want to hear about all the things you've seen and done! Happy Travels M

Brazil
Reviewed 9 June 2015

The hostel is nice and has a very good and friendly staff. The breakfast is very cheap and you can have pancakes or eggs for US$1. The room was quite small but it was clean and the bed very comfortable. The downside is the location, it has many homeless people hanging around and in one night there was a big...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank carolinafzs d
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review Carolina! I'm glad you found our hostel and our amenities comfortable, clean, and what you needed for a nice stay. While we can't control how our neighbors behave, I do hope you felt safe staying with us, and that our friendly staff were able to give you some cool tips...

Reviewed 19 May 2015

On a recent trip to San Francisco, we chose to stay at the HI hostel in the city center not only for the great price, but also for the central location, and I'm glad we stayed there! The hostel is closely located to all forms of public transportation, the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful, and the rooms are clean,...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Katy C
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Katy!! What a spectacular review! I think you touched on all the charming elements of our dear hostel, so let me just say thank you for staying. It's our great guests that really make our hostel stand out as super cool. I love when you guys love us and our spot, and it makes me happy to know that all...

Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 27 April 2015

I just write to warn everyone about this hl. Please for your own sake keep looking. In my own experience: Terrifying area: There are plenty of yonkees and homeless in the area. We were so afraid we got a taxi to get back at night after a visit to Alcatraz. Taxi driver told us to thank god for not getting...

 Report
Helpful?
18Thank enrique669
Molly S, Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, I’m sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay with us. It’s true that our neighborhood does have a lot of poverty, but it has a lot of good people, vibrant street art and great bars. I understand that you are disappointed with the lack of TV in your room. However, we chose not to have TVs...

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

I Was terrified to be staying in a hostel, I've never stayed in on and you hear all these horror stories but this hostel was actually okay, there were four of us to a room in bunk beds with the most comfortable mattress I've ever slept on, the bathrooms were tiny you could barely move and they could have been...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Anna W

146 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (134)
Viewed
Room/Suite (23)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (24)
Viewed
Bathroom (4)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
Dining (15)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (5)
Viewed
Other (61)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (12)
Viewed
Other (12)
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these San Francisco hotels
SoMa
The Mosser
The Mosser
#96 of 228 in San Francisco
2,286 reviews
Phoenix Hotel, a Joie de Vivre h...
#19 of 228 in San Francisco
897 reviews
Union Square
Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
USA Hostels San Francisco
#4 of 50 in San Francisco
1,090 reviews
Marina District
HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Adelaide Hostel
#10 of 50 in San Francisco
626 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Breakfast included
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: ₹ 3,555 - ₹ 11,118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — San Francisco City Center Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Hotels.com, HostelWorld, Agoda, Cancelon, Priceline, TripOnline SA and HotelsClick so you can book your San Francisco City Center Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hostelling International San Francisco City Hotel San Francisco
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from San Francisco City Center Hostel staff and other travellers.
7 questions
Ask a question
7 months ago
Palm Bay, Florida
over a year ago

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from San Francisco City Center Hostel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“4 bed dorm was satisfactory. Lockers available, ensuite was small but enough. Bed was fine”
Jezzman83, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“See tip in review about Ellis Street”
JimCo72, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Do not bring food to the room”
yaels0ffer, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ensuite (private room with bathroom)”
unterleiderh, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms in the front/off the street are noisy.”
MarKansaSity, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Hostelworld.com
US$ 106* /night
View Deal
Booking.comUS$ 112
Orbitz.com
Hotels.com
View all 8 deals
*Disclaimer
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates