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Orange Village Hostel
Reviewed 5 September 2011

Location was good, a good area and nearby to Market Street as well as Union Square, shopping, transportation and restaurants. However this also made the room very loud at night, as it was too hot to sleep with the windows closed.
Room was basic and average, bathroom (which we paid extra for) was TINY - it's a good thing we were all small people. Beds were squeaky and not very comfortable. But the room had all the basic amenities - two beds, two desks, sink, mirror, dresser, TV that didn't work, fridge and microwave.
"Included" breakfast was waffles and cereal like Coco Puffs but as I'm gluten intolerant none of this helped me. However they do supply milk if you want to bring your own cereal, which I did. They don't supply much else.
A bit overpriced for what we got but overall a good, basic hostel room,

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

Rooms:
Stayed in a 4-person female dorm (without ensuite) for a week. The place was clean and minimal. Bunk beds was creaky for the top one and the blanket provided was really comfortable. Downside was that we realized they do not send it for washing after a guest leaves so who knows how many people have been sleeping using the same blanket before you (gross).

Rooms are also not airconditioned but with the cool weather in San Francisco, that was not a problem. There are storage lockers in the dorms, so bring a lock along to store your valuables.

Did experience some problems with noise from outside (but within the hostel compound) which was audible and highly annoying when you're trying to sleep.

The shower/bathrooms are also clean but not equipped with a wash basin. So after every visit to the toilet, you need to go back to your room to wash your hands.

Location/Amenities:
Very conveniently located. 5-10mins walk to Union Square. Macy's, Westfield, Nordstrom, Powell Cable Car Station etc are all in the vicinity.

Free breakfast at the hostel every morning from 7am - 10am. They serve waffle battles, juice, cereals and milk. Not too bad. Laundry facilities also available (free detergent).

There's a lift (an old and cranky one which they claim to be undergoing beautification) in the building too which is awesome for people with luggages.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank jklqp
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Well, it has been quite a while since I have posted a review on www.tripadvisor.com, however my recent experience with Orange Village Hostel has motived me to log-on and write this review.

Actually, I think that (attached) pictures say more then a thousand words so I will try to keep my review short:

On short notice I had decided to spend a weekend in San Francisco. All my favorite hotels in town were already fully booked so I did some research on the internet and and came up with Orange Village Hostel. The website of this hostel looked professional and the pictures describing the rooms gave me the strong impression that the whole place was recently refurbished. This was also confirmed on the website of the hostel: "Newly added services, an improved experience and newly renovated interior & furniture."

So I went ahead and booked a double-room for USD 125,-- per night, which I thought was already a lot for a hostel but OK considering the circumstances (high season in San Francisco).

Well, as soon as I entered to lobby of the hostel I already got the strong feeling that there was something wrong about the way this hostel was presented on the internet and that I was actually completely misled by the presentation of this place online.

The whole place seems to have been a completely run-down hotel as you would actually imagine for the Tenderloin-district in San Francisco. Then the management changed and decided to "convert" it into a hostel.

The building makes a really bad impression as soon as you enter it. The elevator is very old - the paint peels off everywhere (ironically you will find a poster there apologizing for this fact).

As soon as I entered my double-room I was shocked. Instead of being recently refurbished all the furniture was old and shabby. The window (which by the way was full of bird droppings) of of the bedroom was facing - not as advertised on the internet the street - but a wall (appr. 8 feet away) from the neighboring hotel. As you can see from attached photos this wall was completely covered dirty, the window boards had piles of bird droppings on them which certainly is a health concern. The bed was very short (less then 6 feet).

The bathroom was even worse. I opened the door to it and a smelly cloud was my welcome. The window of the bathroom faced the same wall, but you were not even able to open it (who wants to do that anyway with all the bird droppings outside). Instead it was fully covered with bird droppings and there was also one big crack which was "repaired" with a piece of toilet paper.

All in all the situation was a big mess...and all this for USD 125,--! From a financial point of view I actually felt betrayed but what was of much more concern for me was the fact that there was NO ventilation in the room and opening the windows was not an option due to serious health-concerns.

Since it was already quite late and I HAD to stay somewhere, I spent about 6 hours in the bed and then left immediately the next morning.

What really amazes me is the fact that the public authorities in San Francisco seem to be fine with precarious situations like these...how can they issue permits to places like these? I am seriously thinking of reporting this!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank grungtheep
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

I paid $35 /night. The rooms were alright but mine did not have enough light over the sink and the two windows looked out to the walls of the next building.
Common area on the main floor was awkwardly set. It made being communal very hard. The couch was smelly and I saw bugs crawling. I felt an itch but that might have been psychological after the bug sighting. You can't be too laud as the people upstairs will hear you through the open window.

Some of the staff were great but the old Korean owners behaved like the Korean variety store owners. They appeared grumpy and unapproachable.
They have free breakfast but don't hope for a proper breakfast unless if you're into milk and cereal and waffles. Don't hope for eggs, toast or butter.
They have a wine night on Fridays. From what I understand, it starts at 8:30. I got there at 10:30 and found that it was over. Apparently it was only two bottles. They don't have to do that at all but if they say they'll do it, they should do it right and not be so cheap. My friends paid $100/night. They can serve an extra glass of wine.
Finally, the location. It is very central and close to Union square and eateries. That's great. But that also means dealers and crack users. No lie. Watch out.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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3  Thank Hikinman
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

pictures on the website make you thing is a bargain to stay in a great place at low price, but it is not. it's clean, staff is kind, and it's very well located... but don't expect what you see on the web.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
6  Thank molito
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Additional Information about Orange Village Hostel

Address: 411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-2009
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 52 Speciality Lodging in San Francisco
Price Range: ₹ 3,219 - ₹ 11,139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Orange Village Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 80
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