Arriving in San Francisco to view the famous Bluegrass festival with three friends for one night, we expected a quick and easy bag drop-off before venturing out to the town, and returning for one easy night of sleep. Wrong. So wrong. We arrived hopeful at the hostel at around 1pm: the location in itself reminded me especially of the establishing scene in an awful teen-slasher. Down a 'back alley' and accompanied by flies and the occasional homeless person (not surprising: it's San Francisco), the hostel looked more dingey than welcoming. However, we're students. Firstly, there was absolutely noone at the welcome desk, and after half an hour of waiting, a resident of the hostel who said he'd lived there for a 'while' told us the boss wouldn't be more than ten minutes. Half an hour after that and we decided we'd leave for a while in favour of some American Grub. When we'd returned from eating (where we were served politely, quickly and efficiently: maybe the hostel should learn from its neighbouring restaurants) there was still not one person sitting at the desk. Oh no, I lie. There was a resident of the hostel, cleaning, sitting in the chair. He told us we could not stay because the room had been sold, and when you book on the system it does not tell you that the rooms have been booked, it just goes straight through to the desk. A piece of paper with our name scratched through told us we didn't have a place to stay, and as I was angry I'd have to carry all my belongings on my back the entire day, and that I had nowhere to sleep that night, slight relief came over me in that I wouldn't have to try to wrap myself in my own clothing and sleep with one I open: the place gave off that sort of vibe. Worst part was the 'boss' never even showed his face. This cleaner man went upstairs, said he'd spoken to the boss, and said we couldn't say. He also told us "you can still write a review". Thanks for the permission. I learned that the earlier you book, the better chance you have of actually having a room to stay in, and that we're lucky we'd only driven from Santa Cruz, and not been travelling thousands of miles to rely on that hostel. We ended up going home that night. If you're desperate to stay here, book in advance. And I mean way in advance. Maybe, years?
- Also Known As:
- Union Square Backpacker`s Hotel San Francisco