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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....
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 hostel has a great location, literally two minutes' walking from Union Square, considered the "centre of it all" when it comes to the touristic side of San Francisco. Hub for transportation to the rest of the city, via bus, cable car, and metro. This...
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." … "… currently expressed as 'Enabling people to dream'. This...
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-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." … "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...
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,...
"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...
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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...
"This is the best hostel I have EVER stayed in. It's more like a nice hotel, but with hostel prices and crowd. It has a nice cafe and restaurant, free Internet and a great crew! Do yourself a big favor and stay here!!" … "This is the best hostel I have ever stayed in. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. The staff and the owner were very friendly and courteous." … "Pristine rooms, friendly faces, crazy drunken Irishmen,...
"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...
"At Surf Motel we offer many amenities to our guests, including: Full, Queen or King-size beds Complimentary Continental Breakfast served daily from 7:00am to 9:00am (9:30 on weekends) Cable TV with HBO 24-Hour Free off street parking High-Speed Internet In-Room Coffee Makers Hair dryers Our goal is to provide you with the...
The Hotel Tropicana San Francisco
"Man, this hotel is elegant. It has free Wi-Fi and you can smell the great smell of pizza downstairs. Their service is first-class. The mayor of San Francisco has stayed here himself." … "I came on a student budget, and this place was very nice. It's in a very nice neighborhood, and it has great rooms." … "Extremely clean, nice neighborhood, and the room was nice and clean." … "I stayed here in October 2004 and was very...
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 local attractions, cable car, shopping and nightlife. I can recomment it." … "Great place, centrally located to public transportation and good shopping places. Great food in the area too. I'll be back next spring. Heartily recommended!"...
Taylor Hotel San Francisco
"Very convenient location. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful, and the price is unbeatable for a clean, private room." … "Very friendly staff, excellent location, free internet access. This is a good place for people on a budget." … "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...
"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!" … "… this is the perfect base from which to visit the Wine Country. The Layne Hotel offers reasonable...
"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 to get great pizza and thai food. I wish I could live here. This is the one of the best hotels i've stayed in ever and I've been in over 25 US states, Mexico, Canada, The Cayman Islands. They gave me a discount deal to stay a week on top of this. I...
Grant Plaza Hotel
"… with voice mail & data ports, a colour TV, hairdryers, clock radios, disposable toothbrush and 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...
"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...
"Situated in the centre of bustling downtown San Francisco, the Air Travel Hotel is a haven for travellers who are seeking the luxury of spacious and comfortable lodging in an atmosphere of serenity.... Our hotel consists of one hundred recently renovated rooms providing 24 hour front desk services with a friendly, informative staff to make your stay most memorable. We offer the reality of keeping within your budget. Taxes of 14% are not...
The Embassy Hotel
"… hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco, close to the Opera House, Symphony Hall, the extraordinary Asian Art Museum and a variety of fine dining restaurants. Downtown Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown are just a short walk away. The 84 spacious and comfortable rooms offer all the modern amenities guests can expect with satellite TV, phone, safe, modem connection and hairdryer. A complimentary continental...
Travelodge Central - San Francisco
"FREE Continental Breakfast, FREE High Speed Wireless Internet Access. Our three-story hotel has 84 guestrooms with one king, one queen, or two double beds. Rooms also include cable TV, coffee makers and hair dryers. Exterior corridor access. We are three blocks away from the Civic Center and the Moscone Convention Center is nine blocks away. 14% tax per room per night not included in total" … "… Our fabulous new suite is...
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
"… 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...
Inn on Broadway
"… exploring San Francisco's beauty. Located in a safe and convenient neighborhood of San Francisco, the Inn on Broadway is within walking distance of the legendary Cable Car route, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and our City's famous 'Crookedest Street'. The Inn on Broadway's spacious rooms include: Flat Screen TV's In-room microwave & fridge Modern and newly renovated rooms In-room coffee and tea FREE Hi-speed...
Red Roof Inn San Francisco Airport
"Located 2 miles from San Francisco International Airport and 12 miles from downtown San Francisco. We provide complimetary 24 hour shuttle service to the airport. Leann's cafe located on site is open 24 hours and offers a variety of american and asian dishes at very affordable prices. Our rooms have been recently renovated and include every amenity to make your stay enjoyable. Your pet is always welcome at no additional charge." …...
"Located in the heart of San Francisco in the popular Union Square District, The Post Hotel offers safe and affordable lodging. Convenient to many local attractions including Fisherman\'s Wharf and the world famous cable cars. Rooms have either 1 king bed or 2 double beds with interior hallway entrance. Many rooms feature private baths. We are within walking distance of a variety of restaurants and shopping. Please note that there is...
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
"… 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 to be as restful and convenient as...
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,...
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." … "… There...
"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. The room has 1 full size...
Civic Center Motor Inn
"… 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. 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...
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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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