I arrived quite late at night alone to downtown San Francisco and got quite a scare as I took a wrong turn into Tenderloin, quite a dodgy part of town, which is quite close to the hostel. If you're going back to the hostel at night alone, try to steer clear of this area!! When I arrived, I entered my dorm room to find that my bed had not been prepared at all (was still messy from the last person who had stayed there, no new sheets or anything). So I had quite a bad first impression and was very nearly going to change hostels, but ended up deciding to stick with it, as the location was convenient to get around.
Ended up having a pretty good stay - the location was good, and breakfast was nice and filling in the morning, and also did a fantastic tour of Chinatown with the hostel including tea and fortune cookie tasting, temple visiting and lots of interesting history (would highly recommend it! The guide was very informative). I also biked the bridge with the hostel (which was excellent), and did a nice wine tasting.
If you prefer a more picturesque location with a nice view, go to HI Fisherman's Wharf! Bit of a trickier location but beautiful (and I imagine a bit more safe)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in the heart of the city, just one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and the cable cars! HI-San Francisco Downtown is close to the best cafes, clubs, theaters, and shopping. You'll love our new look, low prices, and four-bed dorms (coed dorms range from 4-8 beds). Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, DSL Internet, guest kitchen, free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free/low-cost daily activities and tours, 24-hour reception, and no curfews, chores, or lockouts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International- San Francisco/ Downtown Hotel San Francisco