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HI San Francisco - City Center

Hostel

685 Ellis Street, CA 94109, San Francisco, USA

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!

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Atmosphere 94%

Cleanliness 91%

Facilities 90%

Location 69%

Safety 83%

Staff 95%

Value 85%

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
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • DVDs
  • Elevator
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Steam room
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone Fax Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Wheelchair Friendly

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.

Check in time to hostel rooms is anytime after 3pm on the day of your arrival. If you will arrive to check in after 23:59 on the night of your arrival we recommend contacting the hostel to alert them so your reservation remains in tact and you do not incur a no show fee.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 15:00

Latest Check-out: 11:00

Policies

  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Not Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to San Francisco?

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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!

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Shared Rooms

4 Bed Male Dorm Ensuite

People 4

Room details

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

4 Bed Female Dorm Ensuite

People 4

Room details

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

5 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite

People 5

Room details

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Private Rooms

Double Bed Private Ensuite

People 2

Room details

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Twin Private Ensuite

People 2

Room details

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Deluxe Double Bed Private Ensuite

People 2

Room details

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Deluxe

About HI 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 edgy Tenderloin district and the clean marble columns of the city's Civic Center and arts districts. The neighborhood 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.

The San Francisco City Center Hostel is operated by 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.
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'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 travelers, since there are plenty of activities laid on.' -- Rough Guide

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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.

Online prices do not include taxes. Daily bed rates of $40 or more are subject to a 15% tourist and hotel tax. Bed rates of less than $40 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.

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

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.

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

Location
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

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 full cost of the reservation. Deposits paid are non refundable.