I joined my friends over in San Francisco, and we stayed in a six-room dorm for two nights. The Australian that stayed with us was absolutely lovely; so this place is great to meet new people.
We arrived at midnight as our plane was delayed. Our cab driver informed us that we ought to be careful as downtown can be very rough and dangerous at night - and he was certainly right.
We were greeted by a crackhead blocking the entrance, until the receptionist swore at him and literally 'shoo-ed' him off. It wasn't the first impression I was hoping for.
As I was so tired from the exhaustive plane journey, I wanted to just head straight to bed; however, the room was too humid without the windows open. When we opened the windows, all we could hear were people partying/shouting/screaming/throwing glass bottles. I can get to sleep with a great deal of noise, but if you're a person that can only sleep in silence... then this is not the place for you.
In the morning, I was hoping to get a shower. But there was weird, orange mould growing in the bath. I felt a little sick and decided to pass on the shower. As my friend couldn't get to sleep the first night, he walked through downtown and said it was the scariest atmosphere he has ever witnessed, which was unusually for him to say.
Nonetheless, the location is brilliant, the free breakfast was sufficient and the people there are lovely. The people at the reception were very informative and gave great advice.
Other than that, if you're staying longer than two nights then please stay somewhere else.
- 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