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Hostelling International-San Francisco City Center

Hostel | 685 Ellis St., San Francisco, California, USA 94109

84.7% Overall Rating

35 out of 40 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (16/03/2014)


"The atmosphere! The herbs in the entrance, the friendly vibe and the international faces. :)"

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  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

For bookings with 8 people or more, please contact the hostel's groups department. The property reserves the right to cancel online bookings made for 8 or more guests and your deposit will be lost.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 15:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00

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Vintage is in, and HI-San Francisco City Center has all the charm and character that goes with it. Connect to the free Wi-Fi in our 1920s marble-tiled lobby, mingle with travellers in the parlour-style cafe, or relax on the mahogany-railed mezzanine overlooking the lobby. For many a weary traveller, the best feature of all is the full private bathroom in every room - including dorms! Read more

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About Hostelling International-San Francisco City Center

The Prohibition-era speakeasy downstairs may not sell moonshine, but we more than make up for it with free breakfast, $1 all-you-can-eat pancakes and eggs, and an evening cafe serving beer, wine, and snacks from 6 p.m. - midnight.

From the hostel, join the free or cheap activities we organize for guests, which include: pub crawls, hostel dinners, walking tours of Chinatown & downtown, museum visits, tea tastings, festival outings and more.

Off the beaten tourist path but still close to it all, the City Center Hostel is in between the gritty Tenderloin district and the clean marble columns of the city's Civic Center and arts districts. The neighbourhood is a hub for some of the city's best cheap cuisine as well as great nightclubs and music venues both big and small.

We're just 7 blocks from the Civic Center Bart station, and we offer a discounted shuttle service to and from the airport. Other amenities include free linen and towels, daily housekeeping and a full professional-grade kitchen.


'Stylish, newly renovated digs near alternative clubs and the city's best affordable restaurants.' -- Collegian magazine

'A sensational base camp for an assault on the city.' -- Lonely Planet

'A spiffy new hostel… It's friendly, funky, and California cool: good for meeting other travellers, since there are plenty of activities laid on.' -- Rough Guide


HI-San Francisco City Center is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit membership-based organization. Non-members will be asked to pay a $3 per night non-membership fee upon check-in.

Accommodation Information

Boutique Hostel Rooms offer 4 or 5 beds and an en-suite bathroom in every room. Gorgeous Standard Private and Premium Private rooms for up to 2 guests are also available.

Our guests enjoy great services and amenities including:

* Free breakfast
* Free Wi-Fi
* Free linens and towels
* Free activities, including walking tours, nightlife outings, more
* Free Tea and Coffee 24 hours a day
* Add Pancakes or Eggs to your breakfast for $1
* Low-cost tours to Yosemite, Wine Country, Muir Woods and more
* Ivy's Place, serving free breakfast, and beer, wine, soft drinks & snacks every evening!
* Daily housekeeping service
* Fully equipped kitchen
* Great common spaces
* On-site high-speed Internet facilities
* 24 hour reception
* Secure lockers
* Luggage and bicycle storage
* No curfews or chores!

Location Information

The San Francisco City Center is located four blocks from Civic Center Plaza; within walking distance to City Hall, Asian Art Museum, Symphony, Opera, Union Square, Chinatown, Polk Street Shopping district, Hayes Valley Shopping district, Nob Hill, SoMa, and cable cars.

Within 0.5 miles you’ll find: cable cars to North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, City Hall, Asian Art Museum, Bus, Subway, and Street Car lines. Cinema, grocery store and lots of local eateries. Our neighbourhood is known for many affordable and delicious ethnic restaurants, live music venues, underground art galleries, and great dive bars. San Francisco locals hang out here to avoid the tourist traps.

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 Theatre and Nob Hill

5 minute walk to public transit Muni bus lines 38, 38L, 19, 47, 49, 5, Golden Gate Transit 10, 80 (to Sausalito)
10 Minute walk to public transit Civic Center BART and MUNI Metro, F Street Trolley, Cable Cars, MUNI bus lines 6, 71, 9