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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The heavy metal CD sound whole night did not let me sleep. The bed sheets were damp and dirty, looked like they did not change after the earlier people left. The front desk rebuked me for complaining as if I was the one that made the sheets dirty and now asking for clean ones. Anyway, slept on that (tried best)......

15Thank lfynn2017
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience at our hostel. Most people consider our hostel to be extremely clean! It is something we are very proud of, so there must have been some mistake with your bed. There is no excuse for our staff being rude to you regarding this issue, so I will...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Doing a roadtrip while you are young, is one of the best things to broaden your horizon but it often also means traveling on a certain budget. This hostel is the ideal solution for traveling on a budget, having a nice place to sleep and being very central in the city. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the hostel...

Thank Isabel K
Shanghai, China
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

City Center San Fran ticks most of the boxes that I want from a hostel: clean, friendly and affordable. The breakfast is also pretty decent and goes on until 1130. There was always a good vibe at the bar during the evening and as a solo traveler it was easy to make friends. I want to give a special shout...

Thank Letian88
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Worst hostel I've even stayed in. What kind of youth hostel doesn't allow you to bring a girl home when you've been out in San Francisco?!? No spirits served at the bar downstairs and the hostel is located in a highly unsafe location.

17Thank Jacob L
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Jacob, I'm sorry you had a bad time with us, though it sounds like that was probably based more in your preferred type of hostel than in our not operating responsibly or respectfully. Indeed, we do not allow unregistered guests in our hostel, largely due to our commitment to providing safe and comfortable stays for all of our guests...

Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Hi Hostel on Ellis St for three nights. The rooms are small, but very clean with an ensuite bathroom. The common areas are great although a strange smell fills the hallway. Free breakfast is awesome and the option to buy eggs or pancakes for $1 is also great. The biggest con of this place is the...

Thank Megan K
San Francisco
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Based on a 3-night weekend stay: PROS Economical option for convenient central city location. Nice single room: clean, comfortable, uncluttered, tasteful décor, with own bathroom, full bed, desk, reading chair, decent lighting, closet, window, solid door lock. Room safe in closet (small extra charge/day). Pleasant, comfy lobby/lounge and common areas; big, clean kitchen with frigs for food storage; amenities provided...

Thank Likkle
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Check in was quick and easy, and we got a private room on the top floor which was clean and cute, but a bit squishy. Door to the bathroom only just opened past the bed. Also no TV in the room, which I understand might be the norm for hostels but I have stayed in 5 or 6 other private...

Thank ClareJaneP
Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 6 December 2016

If you are Asian, plus a woman, stay away from them...the staff needs some training on diversity and cultural sensitivity. When I asked at the front desk whether they had a ping pong table, the receptionist smirked at me. As I was going back, I overheard her saying  'Ching Chong wanted to play ping pong' and laughing. The area surrounding the hostel...

25Thank _phonghyuon
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I really spent a lot of time looking for a nice accommodation in SFO for a few days and think I've nailed it. Unfortunately it is a joke and I want to explain why. It's completely useless making comments on the location as is well known that Tenderloin is unfortunately the worst neighborhood in town, however I have chosen the...

18Thank BAFFO76
Molly S, General Manager at San Francisco City Center Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so sorry this was your experience with us. While you mentioned the hostel is 'really cool' and clean (glad you found it to be so!) I am very concerned to hear you were rebuffed by our staff. As the neighborhood can be quite intense, we are very...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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...

Thank Sarah M

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • 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: £38 - £125 (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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“Do not bring food to the room”
 of 5 bubbles yaels0ffer, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ensuite (private room with bathroom)”
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 of 5 bubbles MarKansaSity, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
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