Other than the price of this hostel (which, for a private room at over $100/night is not even that cheap), I can't really say much positive about this place. For some reason, the quality of this place has declined since my and wife's last visit over two years ago.
PROS: (1) San Francisco does not have many affordable accommodations (by "affordable" I mean under $200/night) so a hostel is usually an OK bet if you're on a limited budget. SF City Center hostel offers private rooms at about $100 a night. This is a deal if you can get in and out of the room as fast as possible. (2) The hostel and room are reasonably clean. Linens are clean. No complaints there. (3) Free WiFi and free continental breakfast were good deals.
CONS: (1) Our room (215) was noisy as all hell, with the single-paned glass window looking out over an alley with garbage bags piled up in a heap and a noisy air conditioner unit and people yelling at each other at all hours of the night (remember, this IS in San Francisco's ghetto, after all). (2) One or two staff members were friendly (including the very nice cleaning lady), but for the most part were indifferent. The front desk male staff member with the German/Norwegian/something accent needs to learn to smile and show some friendliness. (3) Water pressure and temperature are unacceptable: my wife nearly scalded herself after trying to have a shower with varying water pressure. While the hostel is in an old hotel, there's a few things that every place should have as a minimum and that's steady water temperature.
As other reviewers have commented, and I'd agree, this hostel is in the heart of a very poor district. This is fine if you are just going to walk to other places in the city, but certainly not a neighbourhood for relaxing evening strolls. That having been said, if you're trying to save a dollar then I suppose this place will give you that option, but given the decline since our last visit and the negative experience I will not be returning nor would I recommend if you can afford something else or can stay elsewhere.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International San Francisco City Hotel San Francisco