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About San Francisco
San Francisco was built on 43 hills and is perhaps most famous for the Golden Gate Bridge. The central neighborhoods include the Tenderloin, Union Square, the Mission, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, and South of Market ("SoMa"). You will find San Francisco hostels in many of these districts. If you are visiting in summer, make sure to book your hostel in San Francisco well in advance since the city is going to be jam-packed with tourists.
The most fun way to get around in San Francisco is by cable car. There are three lines which take you around the city and up the steep and narrow streets. Besides that, there is a comprehensive public transport system, including, buses, trams and metro lines. You can also take a ferry to cross the Bay of San Francisco. The airport is connected to the city center by an express train (BART). It's always easy to get from your San Francisco hostel to anywhere in the city without needing a car.
While you are there, wander around, admire the Victorian architecture and enjoy the great views from the top of one of the numerous hills. Remember to bring good walking shoes since streets can be pretty steep. Take a ferry to Alcatraz, the famous former prison on the neighboring small island, visit one of the countless museums, including the renowned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and enjoy relaxed coffee and culture at Fisherman’s Wharf. Chill out at Golden Gate Park after a day of walking around and don't forget to cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (you can cross it by bus or on foot).
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Green Tortoise Hostel
"The Green Tortoise is definitely a hostel that has been created with travelers in mind! The great facilities, free breakfast and internet, and the occasional free dinner ensure that it is a great deal. Organised activities, very helpful staff, the large communal area, and the location right in the middle of a bustling area of San Francisco will make your stay tons of fun. The Location At first glance the hostel´s location may seem a...
Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
"This is a favorite hostel of many people. The hostel itself isn't anything special, but it always seems to attract a young, fun crowd and it's a great place to meet other young backpackers. It's a little known fact that the owner of this hostel was the creator of the original Hostels.com (not to be confused with Hostelz.com). (But Hostels.com has since been bought out by a web reservations corporation that now runs it.) It's located in...
HI - San Francisco, City Center Hostel
"San Francisco City Center Hostel is the newest of three Hostelling International hostels located in San Francisco. Easily accessible by public transport, its location is ideal for exploring all that this city has to offer. The building itself is smart and clean. Facilities available include a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, common area with comfy sofas, internet access with printing available, snack vending machines and luggage storage....
Adelaide Hostel & Hotel
"Adelaide Hostel & Hotel is a great hostel to stay at while in San Francisco. It is centrally located, it has a nice atmosphere, and while quite expensive and not very clean, it is one of our favourites. The Location The hostel is located a few blocks from the Powell Street BART station, which, in turn, is on the same line as the airport, about half an hour away. There is street parking available, but it might be hard to find a spot, due...
HI - San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf Hostel
"It's located in Fort Mason, which is on the north edge of the city, next to the bay. It's a little ways from the middle of downtown (10-15 by bus), but it's a 5-10 minute walk to the Fisherman's Wharf and the piers. A big advantage of the location if you have a car is that it's the only hostel in the city that offers free parking. At any other hostel in the city you would need to either pay for an expensive parking garage or park out in...
HI - San Francisco Downtown (Union Square)
"We checked in to HI - San Francisco, Downtown Hostel twice during a short stay at San Francisco and at both times, we were very satisfied with the condition of the rooms we got. The hostel is very centrally located, one block behind the Union Square and can be easily found. Around the hostel are many mini-markets and restaurants -- some even open for twenty-four hours -- so looking for food is definitely not a problem. Just across the...
Union Square Backpackers Hostel
"Union Square Backpackers Hostel is not in very good repair. There doesn't seem to be any security and the place is rundown and dirty. The people staying there are sketchy at best and everything is disorganized. Staff try to be helpful but are not always the best informed about things to do in San Francisco. The Location The location is near Union Square but actually in the Tenderloin area, which is an area with homeless people. It is...
AAE SF European Hostel
South of Market
"The easiest way to go to the European Hostel is by public transportation -- the tram or the bus. When you are arriving by car, you should be aware that the hostel does not have its own parking spaces. Parking in the street nearby is prohibited, but right across the little street there is a small parking lot, where you can leave the car for a fee. There are a lot of homeless people on the streets nearby, so it's not in the best part of town...
Mission Hostel at El Capitan Hotel
"Clean and cozy bedrooms and common bath rooms. We have rooms with private bathrooms as well as ones without. Public transportation conveniently located in front of building. Minutes away from key scenic areas of the bay. All rooms have color television. Bars, restaurants and clubs within walking distance. 30 minutes from San Francisco International Airports." … "… vision of El Capitan is currently expressed as 'Enabling...
USA Hostels San Francisco
"USA Hostels San Francisco is conveniently located four blocks up on Post Street from Union Square. When arriving at SFO international airport, you may use the BART to Powell Street -- go up Powell to Post and walk four blocks up. The hostel is on the left hand side. Otherwise door-to-door shuttle is also available for a charge. The staff are friendly and helpful, which is enjoyable after an international flight. Rooms are basic but really...
AAE Amsterdam San Francisco Hostel
"AAE Amsterdam San Francisco is one of those old-time boarding house experiences everyone should have. Well run by kind and courteous staff who are always willing to give help and assistance twenty-four hours a day, this hostel gives a feeling that you are staying with friends you have known for years. Location Just a five-minute walk from Union Square, cable cars, Market Street (where you can catch public transport to anywhere in the...
Encore Express Hotel/Hostel
"Not a bad place for the money. clean & comfortable. - Safe, clean & inexpensive, short walk to Union Square. No bugs! Plenty of hot water. fridge & sink in the room. Staff helpful. We would stay here again because of the lower cost & the bed is super comfy." … "… include all the same amenities found in our deluxe rooms. Showers and restrooms are found in four convenient locations just down the hall from the bedrooms. Please...
Orange Village Hostel
"Good clean facilities, central location, friendly staff, free waffles! - Great experience! Very centrally located, right next to the streetcar line. Neighbourhood has a fair bit of homeless characters but they seem to have struck a truce with the other residents of the district. Close to nightlife too. Rooms are basic but clean. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Security is strict and reliable. Overall good place to stay downtown!"...
San Francisco International Hostel
"Too many laughs! Good to party, quiet to sleep! - At 930, a buzzer went off, and one of the owners stood on the stage in the main bar/ pool area. He was explaining the rules, and introducing us all to 'free beer time'. As we filed down through the door into the nightclub in the basement, it seemed like I was walking onto a National Lampoons movie set. There were rooms for dancing, playing beer pong, poker, making out, and the free beer bar,...
"Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the Herbert is a short walk from San Francisco's many attractions. Restaurants, shops galleries and theaters are just outside our door. Moscone Center, Chinatown, the Museum of Modern Art and the world's most fabulous stores are a short walk away" … "The Herbert Hotel is a small historic hotel located on the Powell Street Cable Car line at legendary Union Square, San Francisco,...
"… Rooms Enjoy Affordable San Francisco Lodging near Union Square. Expect comfort, convenience and choice when you're a guest at our downtown San Francisco hotel near Union Square, which offers three types of accommodations - Deluxe Standard, Deluxe Queen and Family. Deluxe Standard. Stylishly decorated, the Deluxe Standard...
SF Guest House
"… enough restrooms and showers for every guest. With shopping, restaurants and bus stops located right next to the hostel makes it perfect for localizing or travelling to the beach or downtown. What we offer: 24 hour check-in Full kitchen area Free wireless internet Free telephone No curfew Direct TV with cable and DVD Security lockers Laundry facility Tours and SFO shuttles Tour guide and car rental What we offer for free: Tea and...
"Pristine rooms, friendly faces, crazy drunken Irishmen, free wireless Internet--what more could you ask for?" … "This place has clean, comfortable rooms, smartly decorated interiors, a great restaurant downstairs with free breakfast, free Internet computers, and friendly staff. It's one of the best hostels I've stayed in." … "This is the best hostel I have EVER stayed in. It's more like a nice hotel, but with hostel prices and...
"Dakota Hostel is a sister property of the Adelaide Hostel one block away. The staff at each hostel communicate with with each other and guests are free to use the facilities at both properties. Most of the game nights and parties are at the Adelaide, with the Dakota being more of a quiet and restful place. Additionally, most of the common areas are located at the sister hostel. The staff are very friendly and kind. There are dorm rooms but...
Global Village Hostel
South of Market
"A South of Market hostel with many small rooms. It's located less than a mile from the middle of downtown, in an area with several clubs and bars. There's a nice full kitchen, rooms that are about average in cleanliness, and bathrooms that aren't quite as nice and clean. The main common area is a small TV room. There are separate rooms for US and international travellers. It was previously called the "Travellers Inn Hostel"." …...
"At Surf Motel we offer many amenities to our guests, including: Full, Queen or King-size beds Cable TV with HBO 24-Hour Free off street parking High-Speed Internet In-Room Coffee Makers Hair dryers Complimentary pastries and coffee each morning Our goal is to provide you with the cleanest, quietest, most affordable and...
The Hotel Tropicana San Francisco
"Clean hotel, courteous staff, excellent room service, good location, and reasonable rates. I suggest this hostel for an enjoyable short or long stay. Try it, you will like it." … "I stayed here in October 2004 and was very pleased with the room, the use of wireless computer in the lobby and the staff. It is very affordable for people on a budget. The hotel was bright, cheerful CLEAN and I found the surrounding area was safe. I stayed...
Taylor Hotel San Francisco
"Very friendly staff, excellent location, free internet access. This is a good place for people on a budget." … "Very convenient location. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful, and the price is unbeatable for a clean, private room." … "Excellent location near Union Square, with very helpful staff and affordable rates. There is free internet access in the lobby." … "The management is very friendly. The...
North Beach Hotel
"Immaculately clean rooms with cable tv, microwave oven, and mini fridge right by the Transamerica Pyramid bldg. and close to Chinatown, North Beach (famous for restaurants and clubs), the Wharf and downtown. You can stay here for a week for a little over $200. Bathrooms are shared. I saw the staff cleaning up the place at least once a day if not more often. I still can't believe that such a place isn't booked up all the time." …...
"This Hotel is the worst I have ever seen! The room was tiny and smelled bad. Some rooms have no bath in the room. Nobody told us about that. Very noisy from street and other rooms. Staff, especially the man from the Front Desk, very unfriendly and yelled at us! We did not stay in the hotel. Not even one night. Don't book it!" … "… are equipped with the following: Telephone Cable television and remote Dataport Electronic...
AAE Mithila Hotel
"Great place, great rates! Ken the hotel guy was really nice and accommodating. Neat little elevator, very clean, some rooms with fridge and microwave." … "we had a great time in San Francisco and we liked the hotel because the rooms were nice and clean. And the price was reasonable. We were there last summer." … "… in downtown San Francisco, located near popular attractions, restaurants and shopping, offers an array of...
"… beds, Louis XVI furnishings and include refrigerators, individually controlled thermostats, cable TV with pay-per-view channels, on-demand movies and Nintendo, two dual-line telephones in each room, voicemail, high-speed wireless Internet access (nominal fee), safes, hairdryers, bathrobes and umbrellas. In tune with the best of San Francisco dining, the Warwick Hotel's La Scene Cafe' & Bar, serves Mediterranean cuisine with a...
Travelodge Central - San Francisco
"… about our Deluxe rooms, which are newly and completely remolded in a bold, modern style with added conveniences. Our fabulous new suite is especially popular, with its separate bedroom, living area, and kitchenette, with a large window view of Market Street. And we don't forget the kids--our special Sleepy Bear's Den is specially designed with young children in mind, to help them feel more at home while away from home. Travelodge...
Francisco Bay Inn
"… Street in the World' - The Francisco Bay Inn has provided spacious, comfortable accommodation for thousands of travelers each year. Our recently renovated rooms coupled with our excellent service will help make the Francisco Bay a special part of your stay in San Francisco. Our amenities include FREE parking, FREE continental breakfast, FREE high-speed wireless Internet access in all our rooms, in-room microwave / refrigerator,...
Nob Hill Motor Inn
"The Nob Hill Motor Inn welcomes you to the Bay Area. Our safe, central location just blocks from major tourist attractions and a number of restaurants and lounges is perfect for San Francisco visitors looking to enjoy our city's charms. Our list of amenities include newly renovated rooms, FREE parking, FREE continental breakfast,FREE high-speed wireless Internet access, in-room microwave / refrigerator, cable TV, and FREE tour pickup....
"Post Hotel also offers housing which is safe, affordable and quality housing for San Francisco students, Interns and professionals visiting San Francisco, rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Living in our residences you will experience the unmatched opportunity to make friends from around the world, enjoy great social activities and special holiday celebrations too. This is an ideal option for students aiming to enjoy...
"The Gateway Inn offers both smoking and non-smoking guest rooms that are both comfortable and clean. All 36 rooms feature an extended stay facility and come equipped with direct dial telephones with data ports and remote controlled color television with free cable with HBO. Some rooms are ensuite and some have common bathrooms." … "… onto 7th St 6. Continue on Charles J. Brenham Pl 7. Turn left at McAllister St 8. Take the...
Americas Best Value Inn Pacifica
"… of our scenic beaches and breathtaking coastal bluffs. If you are just looking for fun, golfing, hiking, biking, hang gliding, parasailing, surfing, or short excursions, we have a variety of exciting tours. Our facilities include a free continental breakfast, business center for business customers, in-room coffee makers, free outdoor parking and phone calls, high speed internet access a copy and fax service, guest laundromat and...
SFO Travelodge Airport North
"… coffee, in-room safe, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, air-conditioning, remote cable TV with Showtime/CNN/ESPN, modem data ports, and voicemail. You can even enjoy Pay-Per-View movies and Nintendo right in your room! Our suites add extra square footage, a refrigerator and microwave oven, and a sofa-bed for your comfort. We take great pride in our clean, comfortable rooms and excellent customer service, and we want your stay...
Europa Hotel San Francisco
"… of our guests to enjoy while they stay with us. * Free WiFi in rooms * 24 hour desk service * Vending Machine/Soda Machine * Microwave/Refrigerators * Security Surveillance All rooms have been recently remodeled. All rooms in the hotel concise of queen size beds, marble top sink basins, closet space, dresser table, and free cable TV. We offer the following premium channels for our guests viewing pleasure: TNT, TBS,...
"… guest rooms offer oversized comforters, bed scarves, original paintings, hand painted walls with faux finish, designer and antique furnishings, and many additional amenities. Throughout the years the Fitzgerald Hotel in San Francisco has hosted many colorful visitors including musicians, actors and writers. We look forward to hosting you and hope you will enjoy our relaxing atmosphere and regain a peace of mind of an era past....
"… wood paneling, polished brass fixtures, and fresh flowers accentuates the hotel's Victorian style that is sublimely refreshing to the soul. Celebrate life’s appetites in downtown San Francisco at Market Street Grill or our intimate hotel lounge and Piano Bar - The Tavern. Please note: The payment will be charge 3 days before the arrival to the hotel. The hotel’s 460 spacious and beautifully-appointed guestrooms and 12 parlor...
Sweden House Hotel
"Rooms Sweden House Hotel feature cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Guests can use the shared bathroom located on each floor. The Sweden House Hotel is 2 miles from Fisherman’s Wharf. Guest will be within a 20-minute walk to Chinatown and a 10-minute walk to the Theater District." … "… stay. All rooms are recently upgraded with full furnishing for comfortable living and modern furnishings and offerings such as free WIFI, small...
The Sentient SF
"Our themed rooms are designed to amaze even the dullest of senses as we strive to become one of the only hotels in the city that caters to the creative mind and welcomes a community for artists alike. The bright rooms at the San Francisco Sentient are furnished with a refrigerator, microwave, and freestanding sink. There are showers and shared bathrooms available in the hall. The property is completely smoke-free." … "…...
"We highly recommend using public transit while visiting the City. San Francisco is a very small city by any standard, and parking is always at a premium, and very expensive. The Luz is conveniently adjacent to major city Bus (MUNI) transit lines #38, #27, and #19, all of which connect to Market Street, Downtown’s Main Thoroughfare. Fares are very reasonable, with day, week, and month passes available at a discount." … "… 1...
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San Francisco Travel Tips & Suggestions
San Francisco is a wonderful city to visit! I went with a friend during winter break from college and we had the time of our lives. Each night we stayed in a different hostel to get a feel for the different parts of the city. We also toured many attractions since we purchased the City Pass. With our passes we had access to the MUNI, buses, and even the trolley cars! We rode them every chance we got and they helped us immensely. During our time in the city we took the night tour of Alcatraz, we visited Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf, we took a Bay Cruise Tour, we visited the San Francisco Zoo and The Aquarium at the Bay (amazing!), we explored the city at night since holiday lights were up, we walked around Chinatown and the Financial District, we did Height-Ashbury and Fremont Street, we went through Golden Gate Park and wandered the California Academy of Science Museum as well as the Exploratorium, and of course we paid our dues at Ghirardelli Square. All of this in a week! Basically the point I'm trying to make is that there are endless activities in San Fran and everyone should get a chance to visit at some point :)
As someone who has been homeless here, the reason there are so many homeless is that the rents are outrageous.
Get a "muni map" (public transportation system) and it will make touring the city quite a bit easier. The drivers are some of the friendliest and helpful you will ever come across. When in doubt, ask. Consider a boat trip below the Golden Gate or walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Contrary to popular opinion, San Francisco has its share of bad restaurants, so be careful with guidebook suggestions.
It is great but expensive. Living near Chinatown and eating there is a quite smart choice.
Last I saw, San Francisco was super gentrified, and super whitified, with grimy streets that never seem to get cleaned and an endless supply of drug addicts and homeless. It's odd, as it thinks of itself as so progressive.
San Francisco is the most wonderful city that I have ever stayed. It has all that I can ask for in a city -- good people, wonderful days, beautiful nights, and awesome sightseeings. I'd come back there as fast as I can.
San Francisco is a very nice city -- lots of places to go and see. You can walk easily and there are lots of tourists in San Francisco.
I stayed twice four weeks in San Francisco and loved it so much. I want to get back there a.s.a.p. -- very European style, yet totally American. It's brilliant -- cool bars, good food, super streets!
I travel to San Francisco often because my company has an office on lower Haight. Since I am from Philly, the homeless population is not too aggressive but they are everywhere you go. The best way to see the city is by bike. Be careful in Berkeley parking your bike -- the homeless will take apart your bike in broad daylight. Go in the fall or spring (although last April it rained for a month straight). Dotties True Blue Cafe is a must for breakfast! (Jones Street in the Tenderloin). Best beers are at Tornado (Haight). Tuesdays only, try a burger at Rosamunde Sausage Grill. If you want to see music, try Cafe Du Nord, Covered Wagon Saloon,The Independent, Slim’s, El Rio, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, Make-Out Room, Hemlock Tavern, Hotel Utah, Thee Parkside, 12 Galaxies, or Rickshaw Stop -- too many to count.
— Gregg P
I lived in Frisco from 1965 to 1978 and it was perfectly acceptable to call it that, as most old timers (and now I am one of those) called it Frisco. In fact, my dad's middle name was Frisco, named after the city some call San Francisco. If it was good enough for our ancestors, it good enough for me.
A few words to help people - to avoid fog and rain come in fall or spring. Those are the nicest weather months in SF. Also a new person to the city can be put off because one of the poorest neighborhoods is The Tenderloin which is very close to Union Square and Civic Center. It is a very small area however & most people there are harmless. Stay north of Geary or west of Polk although there are some very good music clubs and night spots in the Tenderloin area. Do some research if you're a bit skittish. Altogether SF is an awesome city, very diverse and endless amounts of things to do.
As a New Yorker visiting SF, I thought SF was overrated -- in terms of diversity, cultural & intellectual stimulation, and nightlife. And as others have mentioned, the city has a terrible problem with the homeless, who essentially own the streets, espeically at night. If you go, I do recommend visiting Berkeley, which is really cool.
I love San Fransisco and especially the shopping and the cable cars. and my favorite, Lori's Diner.
If you like arts, having international trades at your fingertips, rich cultural diversity, enough restaurants and coffee to keep you busy for years, progressiveness, the bustle and rage and charm of the raw American coastal city, the ocean, the mountains, the hilly streets, the Pacific Northwest, the traffic, the history, the architecture, the celebrity, the tourism, the cheap seafood, then SF is for you - but also be prepared for everything that goes with being a major city that everybody wants to be in - crime, smog, homeless, traffic, crazy housing prices, crap employment outlook.
I arrived in San Francisco mid-Feburary. The winter can be cold and wet. The city has a great public transportation system that's reasonably priced. You will find however, the city is kind of dirty and gritty. There seems at times to be an endless supply of homeless people, beggers, and crazies that wander the streets. It is a bit off-putting, but most of the times its ok.
Don't come looking for job!!! I'm from Louisiana where a boom-and-bust economy is the norm, but it didn't prepare me for SF. It was really depression-era bad, literally. I wish I was only joking. It was delusional – all shiny, happy people telling you either it will get better – it didn’t - or it wasn’t that bad – it was worse. If you spoke against this prevailing attitude – well, you may find work as a drug dealer, but who knows?
Go to the website 511.org to get info on transportation from the train station or airport before you arrive.
The great meadow beside the Fort Mason Hostel is an absolutely perfect place for a picnic. We just had one there yesterday!
San Francisco has something for everyone - art museums, night clubs, the ocean, Golden Gate Park, the zoo, etc. Driving and parking can be frustrating, so take advantage of Muni and BART (public transportation.) Whatever you do, don't call San Francisco "Frisco" or "SanFran." These nicknames drive the locals nuts, and only a select few can call the city this. As a tourist, you're probably not one of them. Stick with "San Francisco," or for the adventurous types, "The City," (though use with discretion.)
If you don't want to wait in line for the cable cars that run from Market Street to Fisherman's Warf, it's best to go try the California cable car line instead (from Market to Van Ness on California Street). It isn't as hilly, so it's not quite as much fun, but there's almost never a line. Or if you do take the other lines, at least go at night when there's usually much less of a wait (check the schedule at transitinfo.org).
Don't miss the Haight Ashbury area (centered around the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street) to get a taste of what the San Francisco 60s was all about.
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