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“Not the best place in the world” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Union Square Backpacker's Hostel

Union Square Backpacker's Hostel
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Union Square Backpacker's Hostel
Fremantle, Australia
2 reviews
“Not the best place in the world”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2011

A pretty dodgy place with a lack of working showers, the rooms were ok and the one staff member i met was pretty cool and helpful, but the overall vibe of the place was really gloomy. The kitchen is tiny and not properly equipped if you wanted to cook anything much and the common area only fits about three people and is dominated by the massive tv which seems to have the crappest tv and advertising constantly blaring. One computer only to check emails so its impossible to get on there. Due to this people hardly talked to each other and it just wasnt a nice place to come back to at the end of the day, unlike other hostels that are fun and somewhere to hang out and meet people.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank steve g
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

It is in a shady alley-way in the middle of downtown, and from outside it feels a little shady, but the rooms are okay, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Other than the outside appearance, the rest was great, and it definitely was not the worst place I stayed at. I read in a previous review that homeless people 'are let in' for whatever reason, but I found that to be false. They save up whatever money they can scratch up to stay the night at the hostel. For an average of 20 dollars they get a warm bed, a hot shower, and a warm breakfast. It makes perfect sense. And as long as they pay, it really shouldn't matter.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy J
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San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2011

DO NOT stay here!!! They are not the cheapest hostel in town, and they are definitely the nastiest! I have stayed here MANY times, and I know a lot of how this business is ran. First, every room is infested with bedbugs, and they do not have a professional address the issue. If you stay here, check under the mattress. You WILL find bugs. Second, the owner will seize ANY opportunity to steal from you, lie to you, and yell at you to "Get OUT if you do not like it!", except with a lot more cursing. You can stay across the street at a different hostel for only $2 more a night. Obviously, the owner is committing tax evasion and tax fraud on a daily basis. If you prebook online, he may (in the middle of your stay) claim a mistake was made and raise your rent, offering flimsy excuses, etc. You can sit by the main desk downstairs and listen to the poor, abused employees field complaint after complaint from guests, and are powerless to do anything to help these guests. The owner also spends NO MONEY on the upkeep of the place: for example, none of the outlets on the third floor bathrooms work, and 50% of all of the rest of the outlets are broken too. The rooms usually stink REAL BAD; the employees try real hard, but you can't polish a turd. Two of the rooms on the third floor have leaky ceilings. They often overbook, and the employess dont have a proper living area or get paid often enough, so they have to sell their beds and sleep in the common room. (Don't get up in the night for a sip of water.) Also, if you are an attractive female, be especially warned- one of the employees can be often seen following the girls around, gawking at them when they leave the restrooms, and chatting them up, offering to take them to local bars, etc., the poor sad sack comes across as rather creepy- a definite mouth-breather.
I am not a former disgruntled employee, or a homeless local looking for a free ride. I have a good job, and have had to stay at these places until I found an apartment recently, so be warned!!!! Beware!!! Stay Away!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wicked446
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

Wasnt as bad as people made it out to be. All the previous reviews of this peeping Tom, guy copying passport and credit numbers has now gone to jail. The staff were very helpful and nice people.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Travelkitty85
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San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2010

This place is a hell hole, the operation is disgusting, staff is abusive, they assault guests,

PEEPING TOMS - I heard something in Fire Stairwell/Window Well - yep there he was - cruising the ladders and looking in windows

Staff dissappears, leaves with no warning - MENTAL ILLNESS RULES THE DAY

DO NOT GIVE DEPOSIT - they have no refund policy - they will screw you to the wall

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Petercbennett
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San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2010

Imagine paying for a bed in a dorm room only to wake up with crazed,drug-addicted homeless people in the formerly empty beds because one of the staff left the gate open in the middle of the night {or worse snuck them in.} Bedbugs, dirty, stinking, stained blankets. No one on duty from 11P.M. until 8 A.M. Anything goes. Better lock up your valuables and hide your wallet. Long haired "JUNKIE" staff are criminals. They will lie, cheat and steal and I have been witness to it. When complaints are made to the owner of the business, he just says, "PROVE IT!"

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mikeytruf
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2010

Three of us stayed in the hostel for a total of nine days. It was the cheapest hostel in the area and had a great central location just two blocks from union square and the BART station. I have read a few bad reviews for this hostel but I believe they are a bit harsh. The guys who run the hostel are pretty disorganised and you often have to speak to a couple of them before anything gets done. However, it is only $30 a night for a single, which comes with a free breakfast consisting of muffins/doughnuts/buns/toast, and there is also free internet access on the three computers. If you are a student on a limited budget (as we were), or if you are only in the city for a few days then I would recommend this hostel. It has a great location close to a lot of the sights, and you can also rent bikes for the day at only $17. The next cheapest we found was $28! If you are going to be spending a lot of the day exploring the city and only using the hostel as a base in the evening then this is a good hostel. The rooms are pretty basic and theres not a huge amount of space but for backpackers its fine. If you are looking to spend a lot of time in the hostel then perhaps this is not for you.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bazfold
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Property: Union Square Backpacker's Hostel
Address: 70 Derby St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1221
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
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Ranked #30 of 50 Speciality Lodging in San Francisco
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Number of rooms: 12
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