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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
"A lively hostel, with a grand, beautifully decaying dining hall that used to be a fancy Italian restaurant, Green Tortoise Hostel is a top choice for your budget stay in San Francisco. Everything you could possibly want in a hostel is here at your disposal. Sure, it's not as modern and clean as some newer hostels, but Green Tortoise more than makes up for that with a personality all its own that you'll find incredibly endearing. The...
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....
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)
"Considering the average rates for accommodation in San Francisco, HI - San Francisco Downtown (Union Square) represents a great deal, offering very good value for money. The Location This hoste
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
"El Capitan Hostel offers affordable accommodation in the centre of San Francisco, just minutes away from plenty of attractions and local amenities. We have a range of private rooms and linen is prov
USA Hostels San Francisco
"USA Hostels San Francisco is in a great location for someone visiting San Francisco -- it's within walking distance from the popular touristic spots such as Union Square (about ten minutes' walk, but not too close either that you'd feel like you're in the middle of all the tourist traps. The Location The location translates into nice restaurants and cafes on the same street as the hostel (not just chains like in and around the Square)...
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-fo
Encore Express Hotel/Hostel
"Blockers on the internet. internet is damn-near unusable. - 4chan is blocked. Half of tumblr is blocked. nsfwyoutube is blocked. Google webcache is blocked. Anything related to p2p software, including bugtrackers and forums, is blocked. Torrent sites are blocked. Proxies are blocked. Tor's website is blocked so you can't download it. I didn't even try to look at porn but presumably that's all blocked as well, even if you're staying in a...
Orange Village Hostel
"Clean and Comfortable - Basic breakfast, clean restrooms, clean sheets. Very simple accommodation. Elevator is very old. Staff is friendly. Good experience!" …"Great staff. Really helped me out. - I did not realize I booked this hostel because when I hit confirmed the booking website said no rooms available. So I booked another hostel and when I checked my email I read I was confirmed for both. I talked to the staff and told them the problem...
San Francisco International Hostel
"DIRTY, SMELLY PLACE WITH UNHELPFUL STAFF - My friends and I couldn't even stay one night, the room smelled like pee, the sheets they gave us were old and stained, and nobody is even remotely helpful. Of course they have a no refund policy so we lost what we paid for the first night, but we thought that was better than staying in our smelly room. DO NOT STAY HERE!" …"Nice Location -- Very friendly staff - This was my first time hostel...
"Our hostel, built in august 2012 is located above our restaurant and is a small, trendy boutigue hostel located in the world famous marina/cow hollow district of san francisco. With its eclectic ni
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...
"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...
The Hotel Tropicana San Francisco
"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
The Pontiac Hotel
South of Market
"I stayed at the Pontiac Hotel for a little over a week. I enjoyed my stay very much, also with free HBO and continental breakfast. We had easy internet access. The location is excellent, close to all
Taylor Hotel San Francisco
"The management is very friendly. The location is great. However, my room was not clean and smelled badly. I have stayed at much better hostels for the same price in other parts of California. There is a TV in the room, but there is no cable. The TV catches one channel, but not very clearly. As for the Internet access, you won't be able to use it because there are two Indian guys who obviously reside at the hotel and who do all of their work...
"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
"This is probably the best hotel in SF if you like charming hosts, old style charm, library room lobby, free dsl, saving money by making your own food from the mini kitchen, strolling down the block t
Grant Plaza Hotel
"… irons & sewing kits. Grant Plaza Hotel has a special parking rate at a nearby Garage. This $27.95 per 24 hours special gives our guests in and out privileges at the garage. This Garage is conveniently located two city blocks from the Grant Plaza Hotel. The hotel is located at the gateway to Chinatown, just 3 blocks from Union Square the finest Retail District, 1 block from the Cable Car line to Fisherman's Wharf, 1 block to...
"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 l
The Embassy Hotel
"Embassy Hotel is a small Art deco boutique hotel, located in the center of down town Sn Francisco. Close to all the public transport and shopping center, this hotel is ideal for a budget traveller PLEASE NOTE: Single /double means one room with king size bed sharing and triple means 3 people in one room with 2 double bed and quad for us means 4 people sharing one room with 2 double beds. We can give a room with extra rollaway with an...
"This motel is within a one minute walk of Ocean Beach, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The Judah Bart Station is located outside the hotel and free parking is available.Microwaves and refrigerators are standard in all rooms at the Oceanview Motel. The rooms also feature free Wi-Fi and cable TV.The motel offers a daily wake-up service from the 24-hour front desk staff. The motel also features fax and photocopying services at the front...
Travelodge Central - San Francisco
South of Market
"… rooms types, Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed or Deluxe Room with 2 Double Beds. Features; Free hi-speed wireless internet access Free fresh-brewed coffee right in your room In-Room Microwave & Fridge Free 800 number access Free Incoming Faxes Free USA Today Newspaper (Mon-Fri) Data Port Phones with Modem Jack Front Desk Staff on Duty 24 Hours On Premises Tour Desk Services No Long Distance Access Charges Cable TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN, FOX...
Francisco Bay Inn
"… newly renovated rooms include: FREE covered parking FREE continental breakfast In-room microwave and frige FREE wireless Internet access 2 room family suites available All rooms are non-smoking Cable TV with HBO Direct dial phones with dataport Glass Elevator to all floors Complimentary in-room coffee Free tour pickup Complimentary coffee, tea, juice and hot chocolate served all day in...
Nob Hill Motor Inn
"… rooms and hallways are 100% non-smoking. The Nob Hill Motor Inn's newly renovated rooms include: Flat screen TV's FREE covered parking 2 room family suites available In-room microwave and frige FREE wireless Internet FREE continental breakfast 100% Non-smoking rooms Elevator access to all floors Expanded cable TV with HBO Direct dial phones with dataport Complimentary in-room coffee Free...
Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
South of Market
"… the best location at Union Square! We are perfectly situated on Fifth street, just south of Market, only one block from the cable car turnaround and the BART station, adjacent to San Francisco's largest shopping mall, surrounded by world class shopping and dining. All of our guest rooms are newly renovated as of May 10 2015, offering the most glorious mattresses in all of San Francisco! Each of our guests benefit from complimentary...
"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...
SFO Travelodge Airport North
"…For your convenience all standard rooms feature in-room coffee/tea, in-room safe, hairdryer, iron/board, air-conditioning, Cable TV with Showtime/CNN/ESPN, data port, voice mail, and pay-per-view mo
Europa Hotel San Francisco
"…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, Showtime, HBO, USA, Cartoon Network
"Established in 1910 and completely restored in 2003, the historic Fitzgerald Hotel in San Francisco is a luxurious and intimate victorian boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco's theatr
"…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,
Civic Center Motor Inn
South of Market
"… including complimentary continental breakfast buffet, free parking, easy freeway access, and nearby public transportation. Our friendly staff is at your service to help make your stay enjoyable and a place you want to return to again and again. The Civic Center Motor Inn offers 57 attractive guest rooms, each designed with your comfort in mind. Guest room features include: Free Parking Free High Speed Wireless Internet...
"Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the Herbert Hotel is a short walk from San Francisco's many attractions. Restaurants, shops galleries and theaters are just outside our door. Moscon
Music City Hotel
"…15.5% Tax is not included. Front Desk only open from 9:00am to 11:00pm (Monday to Sunday). Guest will need to call or email us at email@example.com for special late check in or early check
South of Market
"Europa Hostel is newly renovated property in the SOMA district. The hostel offers 24 hour office service and free WI-Fi to our guest. The rooms have cable tv, sink, and a fridge. All are rooms are private and the bathrooms are shared with our other guests down the hallway. Europa Hostel offers all private rooms . Some rooms have Bunk Beds/Single rooms for 1 person as well as Full size bed. The Bunk Bed accomadation could sleep upto 2 people...
South of Market
"… check-in. Tax on total room cost will also be collected upon check-in. Please note that all special requests cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check-in. Additional charges may apply. A cable TV is offered in each guest room at Winsor Hotel. A sink is available in each room, and a shared bathroom is located on each floor. Our hotel works with a valet service company called ZYRX. All the guest has to do is download...
Youth Hostel Central & Hotel
"Located 1.5 miles from shops and restaurants in San Francisco city centre, this California accommodation offers an airport shuttle and easy access to public transportation. Free Wi-Fi is included in all guest rooms.Simply furnished, all rooms at the Youth Hostel Central and Hotel include cable TV. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided.A 24-hour reception is offered at the Youth Hostel Central and Hotel. Fax and photocopying services...
"…Check out before 11:00 . City Taxes not included - 16.25% Breakfast not included. General: 24 hour Reception. We are open 24/7, when you come into the hotel press the buzzer, as soon as yo
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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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