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HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square)

Hostel | 312 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, USA 94102-1704

88.9% Overall Rating

487 out of 537 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/02/2014)

Briana Currall thinks…

"Clean and well located. Our room was very hot though and it was winter. Otherwise it was 100%"

Read all HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square) reviews

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

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

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00

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Overview

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.

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

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About HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square)

Completely renovated in 2008/2009, 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.

"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 4-6 beds with shared hallway bathrooms

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