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Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed at the Green Tortoise San Francisco location numerous times now, and it's always a good experience. While the price for a bed may be higher than what you are used to internationally, it's what you would expect from most hostels in the US, at least for decent ones. Either way, San Francisco had the highest average hotel prices...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Thanks Steven, You summed up the City and the issues travelers face when looking for affordable accommodation in San Francisco. We are hard to beat price wise when there is so much value placed on what is included when you stay and the incentive to participate and be a part of the many events we organize. Thanks again for staying!...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

More expensive than I am used to for a hostel. Lively, colorful place for sure. Super interesting and would have loved to stay more than one night for the experience. Place was clean and safe. Parking was annoying but we got there around 11 pm and its in the middle of SanFran so that is understandable. Staff was less than...

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GreenTortoise, Guest Relations Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Chloe, Thanks for the Interesting review. Traveling to a gateway city in peak season can cut into the budgets of travelers. This is why the Green Tortoise offers a fantastic free breakfast daily and free dinners 3 x a week and an authentic community of globe trotters. It's unfortunate you arrived later in the evening after the dinner and...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to admit that Green Tortoise is a very interesting hostel that offers you a lot of things from the adventurous trips, free dinner, good locations near to a lot of tourist attractions, very sturdy and comfy bed, decent breakfast, clean kitchen, very big dining hall with a lot of activities going almost every day. Or maybe everyday. If...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Sophia, Thanks for the great review! We are proud of the global community we create, who come together under the one roof in our Ballroom to share food, play music and tell stories. You would be hard pressed to find another hostel that delivers such quality and the all-inclusive approach where you feel like you are getting something for...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a big fan of this place however the staff were helpful and friendly. There was no elevator and having to walk up 3 flights of stairs with 3 large bags is not ideal. The kitchen and dining hall was cool, access to computers was great. Laundry was a bit pricey. And wifi was ok.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely loved my stay in San Francisco and a large part of that was because of this hostel. I met so many amazing people and made great friends! The free breakfast and dinner really cut my spending costs and were a great help! Plus, they were delicious! It is an older building, but I think there's something to appreciate...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Green Tortoise Hostel is run by Sarah's and their team! All the staff are friendly and happy to help out in any way possible. The hostel is very environmentally friendly and runs events every night in the hostel. There are free dinners three nights a week, with leftovers from local cafes Mon-Fri as well! Breakfast is tasty and free!...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really great location and close to everything. The only down side is that it takes far too long to grab a shower in the morning, toilets and showers are pretty much all in use from about 7am - 10am so expect to have to wait a while and give plenty of time to get ready, climbing the bunk bed's is...

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Leavenworth, Kansas
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I stayed here for 5 days. What a great hostel. The front desk clerks were always helpful and happy to show you around or answer questions. The building is very secure at night, no one is allowed in without their key. Breakfast is provided everyday until 10, and it's delicious. You can hang out in the ballroom...

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Reviewed 1 November 2016

We rented the top floor of the house that was not in the main hostel building. Rooms were clean, shared bathroom, nice kitchen to use. This was a nice place to stay and very reasonably priced. The view of the bay bridge was wonderful (from a shared deck). This would be great if you and a group of friends rented...

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Lithia Springs, Georgia
Reviewed 29 October 2016

From the front desk to the vintage communal dining room to the spa room to the bedrooms, this one is a winner! There were plenty of bathrooms on each floor (all cleaned daily), free meals 3 nights a week, great central location, and secure place to store your valuables. They even have cute little green tortoise locks you can buy...

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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The Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bars, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a SOCIAL hostel, so come & be included in our events held nightly in and outside the hostel. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms along the hallways (but private use)*Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment & club area that can be noisy on weekends & in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE TO MAINTAIN VALUE FOR MONEY) Room types available from us are mixed (CO-ED), female, standard private (one Queen bed), twin bunk private, triple (double bed below, single above) & quad bunk style (2 double (full) sized bunk beds). Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" customized sleeper coach adventures that offer private charters & tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, Cross Country - East and West bound, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. Please contact us directly for more information, we also have a hostel in Seattle. We look forward to making your San Francisco experience a memorable one! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Price Range: £48 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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“Ask for room 23 if female dorm, great view of the city, also a window bed!”
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