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HI San Francisco - Downtown Hostel

312 Mason Street, San Francisco, USA

In the heart of San Fransisco's Union Square. Three blocks to the World Famous Cable Car. One block away from Union Square. Walking distance to cafes, museums, theaters and shopping. Read more

91% Overall Rating 266 out of 285 customers would recommend this property based on 285 reviews

Atmosphere 94%

Cleanliness 91%

Facilities 88%

Location 94%

Safety 93%

Staff 96%

Value 83%

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What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Luggage Room
  • Towel

Facilities

  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Late Check-out
  • Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Free City Maps
  • Free city tour
  • Fridge Freezer"
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron / Ironing Board"
  • Key Card Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone Fax Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • WiFi

Important Information

We are not-for-profit
The San Francisco Downtown Hostel is operated by the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship, and world peace through travel. There is an additional daily membership fee of $3 per adult for non-Hostelling International members.

15% taxes not included in the price and should be added to the total amount payable upon arrival.

***GROUPS LARGER THAN 7 MUST BOOK THROUGH THE HOSTELS GROUP SALES DEPARTMENT. ***

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 15:00

Latest Check-out: 11:00

Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to San Francisco?

Contact us directly

In the heart of San Fransisco's Union Square. Three blocks to the World Famous Cable Car. One block away from Union Square. Walking distance to cafes, museums, theaters and shopping. Read more

Shared Rooms

Standard 4 Bed Female Dorm

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Standard

Standard 8 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite

Sleeps 8

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Standard

Standard 4 Bed Male Dorm

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Standard

Superior 4 Bed Male Dorm Ensuite

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Superior 4 Bed Female Dorm Ensuite

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Superior 4 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Superior

Private Rooms

Basic Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Basic

Double Bed Private Ensuite

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Twin Private Ensuite

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

About HI San Francisco - Downtown

Situated in the heart of the city, the San Francisco Downtown Hostel offers a jet-setter's location at a backpacker's price! Union Square is the heart of San Francisco's tourist district for a reason -- within a few blocks of the hostel, you'll find world-class shopping, plenty of arts and culture, a vibrant nightlife, and a slew of restaurants and bars ranging from the super trendy to the super cheap. You'll also be just a few blocks from the cable cars and other public transit to anywhere in the city (and the rest of the Bay Area, for that matter).

In the hostel itself, you'll find plenty of common space for befriending other wanderers, staff members who are happy to share their San Francisco know-how, a newly remodeled kitchen, and a theater-style media lounge with a widescreen satellite TV and surround-sound. This is San Francisco's best option for budget travelers seeking a modern, urban home-away-from-home.

Our guests enjoy great services and amenities including:

* Free breakfast
* Free WiFi
* Free linens and towels
* Free activities, including walking tours, pub crawls, $5 pasta dinners, more
* Low-cost tours to Yosemite, Wine Country, Muir Woods, more
* Daily housekeeping service
* On-site laundry
* On-site high-speed Internet facilities
* Vending machines with snacks and supplies
* 24-hour reception
* Secure lockers
* Luggage and bicycle storage
* No curfews or chores!

Guest rooms and services
Stay in shared Dorms or Private rooms (private bathrooms available). Free Linens and Towel as well as daily housekeeping service are included, and Laundry facilities are available on site.

A free continental breakfast is served every morning in our newly remodeled guest kitchen and dining room.

Guests can relax in our roomy guest lounges, and enjoy the free WIFI. High-speed facilities are available for rent.

The hostel also boasts a brand new theater style media room with widescreen satellite TV, surround-sound, bean bag chairs, and free movie screenings nightly.

Activities & Outings
All three of our San Francisco hostels offer free or low cost activities every day of the week! Get to know your fellow hostellers on walking tours across the Golden Gate Bridge and around downtown, and nightlife outings to museums, bars, and comedy clubs.

We offer low-cost day trips to scenic Wine Country, Muir Woods National Monument, Monterey/Carmel, and more. You can also book an overnight trip to Yosemite at our front desk, and spend the night at our Yosemite Bug Lodge or camping under the stars.

Green Practices
We are committed to eco-friendly, low-impact travel, and are proud to use green practices at the hostel including:

* providing composting and recycling programs
* purchasing earth-friendly products
* operating in an energy-efficient manner

We are not-for-profit
The San Francisco Downtown Hostel is operated by the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship, and world peace through travel. There is an additional daily membership fee of $3 per adult for non-Hostelling International members.

We welcome guests from everywhere outside of San Francisco county. At check in, all guests must present a valid government issued photo identification.

Please note that we try our best to keep people travelling together in the same room. However, sometimes we may not be able to do so due to room configuration or existing bookings. If you have a special request concerning this, please email the hostel directly.

"Just a block from Union Square, amid five-star hotels at a tiny fraction of the price." -- Lonely Planet, USA & Canada on a Shoestring

"The cleanest and most central hostel, and, consequently, the most popular." --Rough Guide

"A budget traveler's dream in the land of pricey downtown hotels." --San Francisco Bay Guardian

Accommodation Information

***Triple Houston Room is one large bed with one twin bunk on top***

Male and female dorms are 4 beds with shared hallway bathrooms

Co-ed dorms are 4-8 beds with shared hallway bathrooms

***GROUPS LARGER THAN 9 MUST BOOK THROUGH THE GROUP SALES DEPARTMENT. THIS PROPERTY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECLINE BOOKINGS OF 9 OR MORE AND YOUR ONLINE DEPOSIT WILL BE FORFEITED.***

ONLINE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE TAXES. Daily bed rates of $30 or more are subject to a 15% tourist and hotel tax. Bed rates of less than $30 are taxed only a 1% tourist tax, per city regulations. There is an additional daily membership fee of $3 per adult for non-Hostelling International members.

Location Information

Location
The San Francisco Downtown Hostel is located one block from Union Square, and close to BART, public bus lines, and cable cars.

Within 0.5 mile: cable cars to North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf, flagship stores, discount shopping, Westfield Shopping Center and Cinema, Union Square, express transportation to all neighborhoods

Within 1 mile: Chinatown, Yerba Buena Gardens and Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Metreon and IMAX Theater, Nob Hill

0.25 mile to public transit: Powell BART station; MUNI lines 2, 3, 4, 27, 31, 38, 38L, 76

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.