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Reviews of San Francisco Backpacker Hostel - Pacific Tradewinds

Hostel | 680 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, USA 94111

86.4% Overall Rating

192 out of 210 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (23/06/2013)

"GOOD LOCATION, TOILETS AND FACILITIES ARE CLEAN. STAFF ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL, AND EXPLAINED WHERE TO GO AND WHERE NOT TO GO DETAILEDLY. ABUNDANT UTENSILS FOR COOKING. LOCKERS FIT TO OUR LUGGAGE."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

All taxes are included in rates advertised. Please Note: This hostel does not accept reservations for more than 4 persons. Any reservations made for more than 4 persons will not be honoured and will be cancelled.

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86.4%

Overall Rating

192 out of 210 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'San Francisco Backpacker Hostel - Pacific Tradewinds'

Atmosphere
82.4%
Location
92.0%
Facilities
83.2%
Cleanliness
82.4%
Staff
92.8%
Value
81.6%
Safety
90.4%
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62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 February 2014

Liked: Location, price

Disliked: Rooms, showers

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Nils Nellessen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

26 November 2013 Nils would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, nice atmosphere. Bikes for $5

Disliked: The upper beds have no frame so it feels like you would fall out of bed easily. It didn't happen to anyone during my stay though. And the hostel is rather small, so it is not very lively such as bigger hostels. However, you might also prefer that.

42.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference

23 November 2013

Liked: Cheap

Disliked: Rooms too small. Smell is too stuffy. Not enough freh air. Washrooms too small and too few.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

18 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly atmosphere, clean

Disliked: N/A

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Amelia Kaldy

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 September 2013 Amelia would recommend this property

Liked: Great staff, awesome location, a nice atmosphere that facilitates socialising.

Disliked: The top bunks have no rails. I'm forever worried I will fall out of bed.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very central, nice staff

Disliked: Very thin matresses

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

23 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: GOOD LOCATION, TOILETS AND FACILITIES ARE CLEAN. STAFF ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL, AND EXPLAINED WHERE TO GO AND WHERE NOT TO GO DETAILEDLY. ABUNDANT UTENSILS FOR COOKING. LOCKERS FIT TO OUR LUGGAGE.

Disliked: HOSTEL LOCATED ON FOURTH FLOOR BUT THERE'S NO ELEVATOR. IT'S DIFFICULT TO CARRY YOUR LUGGAGE ALL THE WAY, BUT STAFF WAS HELPFUL IN CARRYING YOUR LUGGAGE. SNORING ROOMMATE, BUT IS NOT THE HOSTEL'S FAULT LOL

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good staff, great for advice about making the most of your stay. Communal philosophy in practoce that really seems to care about being a quality place to stay rather than seeing you as just a cash machine. Well equipped kitchen, best hostel I stayed in USA.

Disliked: Nada

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: First, just when you arrive they offer you a glass of water which is a great deal when you just come from the airport with your big backpack. Everybody in the staff is nice and helpful and they explain you everything: From the lockers, the bathroom, the neighborhood and they give you a map of the city with the best spots. The hotel is quiet and the kitchen is accessible and clean. Plus the dorms were good and you sleep well !

Disliked: I would say that the bathroom is maybe a bit tiny and shared with everyone. But that doesn't really matter after all.. You can come closer your roommate (Kidding)

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

27 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: awesome people, awesome location. enough said! if you want a chilled out hostel.. this is it!

Disliked: -

100.0%
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Mareen Nuernberg

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

21 February 2013 Mareen would recommend this property

Liked: It is the best hostel I ever stayed in. Everybody was so friendly and helpful and I felt welcome from the first minute. The rooms and the community area are nice and clean and really look like on the pictures :) You will never feel lonley in this hostel but meet many nice people. The location is also very good. Thank you so much for my great stay!!! I really enjoyed it and felt at ease. :)

Disliked: Mareen left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Marcelo Strambi

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 November 2012 Marcelo would recommend this property

Liked: nicely welcomed

Disliked: no 24h reception

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 September 2012

Liked: location

Disliked: filthy

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

31 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked the friendly staff and the free internet use- 2 computers. Also, the bathrooms and the place in general were clean. It is in a good location- a nice walk to Fisherman's Wharf down Columbus Ave (Little Italy). It is right on the fringe of Chinatown and near plenty of good restaurants.

Disliked: The room set up was a bit weird. The walls between rooms did not go all the way to the ceiling so you could hear people very easily in other rooms. Also, each room did not have it's own door (although to access the dorm rooms you were required to go through a locked door so it was still secure). Despite this, we didn't have problems with noisy people so it was all around a good experience.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

05 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Plenty of people, travelers and staff, just hanging out in the common area chatting excitedly about everything. Well thought through facillities

Disliked: Common area was a bit small. Does not include breakfast

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Perfect hostel - clean, good location, great staff, great common area for getting to know people, all round amazing. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: really friendly staff, good value, between downtown and china town, comfortable beds. would happily stay again and reccommend to others.

Disliked: Walls don't go all the way to the celling and no doors which is fine, but it can get quite noisey when people are going to bed or the bathroom. It was very warm all the time and so the windows were open, which resulted in a lot noise from the street all the time, nothing major but a bit annoying

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Graham Hopper

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

07 May 2012 Graham would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent hostel in a safe location (Chinatown/Financial District). All the staff were super friendly and dorm & bathroom were kept clean and tidy. Very sociable lounge upstairs. Highly recommended!

Disliked: Graham left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Lisbet Lauritzen

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 April 2012 Lisbet would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was very helpfull

Disliked: The room was very small

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Andrew Wallis

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 April 2012 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were very friendly and made sure you felt welcome. They explained where to look for things and where to shop for what. They have a very nice common room with free wifi and computers, as well as games and entertainment scheduled for most nights.

Disliked: The rooms have no ceilings or doors, which allow other guests in other rooms to disturb your rest, but the security is not disturbed as you have big lockers at your disposal.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Miriam Schneid

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

17 December 2011 Miriam would recommend this property

Liked: 100% friendly and helpful people....one of my best hostel-stays so far!!!!!

Disliked: nothing

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

16 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere, friendlyness of staff

Disliked: .

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Having recently stayed at another hostel near Powell station, Tradeswinds Hostel winds hands down! It's location is not only safe but close to Chinatown, Columbus, etc. The people were also much more friendly, into taking and exploring instead of sitting around connected to the internet. I mean, you came to SF to explore, not be glued to Facebook. Beds are sturdy, people are very curteous.

Disliked: They are not kidding when they say small, but somehow it works. I stayed in a room with 5 others, and I was glad for the window.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

10 November 2011

Liked: To keep my review balance the staff were very friendly and helpful. the place is clean aside from the negative below. The location is quite good, slighlty closer to the wharfs than many other hostels.

Disliked: So first of all, we booked into a 6 bed dorm, however there are only two dorm rooms upstairs, everyone else sleeps downstairs in one big room that is partitioned off like offices. You have no roof and no door just an opening. this means that you are basically sleeping in a giant dorm of 25+ people. To make matters worse they have a master light switch that turns on and off about 40 lights which are only allowed to be turned on and off by staff, that is to say, they pretty much tell you when you go to sleep and when you wake up. There are no signs up to say this but you are not allowed to keep any of your belongings on the floor. several of our things were taken as "lost property" - we did however get it all back. The downstairs bathroom has no ventalation and smelt mouldy and disguiting. Otherwise the place was very clean but I hate when a place smells so bad that you feel like it will make you sick.

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Tanel Aruväli

Alone

City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

25 October 2011 Tanel would recommend this property

Liked: It is clean and staff is always helpful and available. After signing out in the morning it was possible to leave my luggage to the hostel until midnight.

Disliked: not enought plugs in wall in bed room.