Green Tortoise Hostel, San Francisco

Telegraph Hill
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This is a hostel that is perfectly suited for San Francisco. It has a strong young/bohemian vibe. There are a few cracks in the ceiling and the paint isn't fresh, but if you're looking for a sterile environment this isn't the right place for you anyway.

There is a very large common room with high ceilings, a pool table, some tables and chairs, and a TV. It was a little smoky, but they say they're installing a heavy duty ventilation system and this won't be a problem any longer. It's a friendly social hostel and there are almost always people around. There's also a full kitchen and computers for internet access.

It's located in the heart of the city in the middle of a street with several strip clubs. But it's still a safe area and it's within walking distance of some of the best bars and restaurants. Locals aren't allowed, and if you don't have a passport you need proof that you live somewhere else.

Update from the Owner: "There are several things that have changed since the review was written and should be corrected. We have repainted the interior of the hostel and refinished our famous International Ballroom- it looks absolutely different and fabulous now. The picture of the exterior of the hostel is no longer accurate- since the photo was taken we have repainted it twice as well as refinished the ground level entrances. Our ventilation system is in place and working very well and we instituted a policy that allows smoking only in one small part of the hostel and only at times when no meals are being served."
Hostelz Staff Reviewer


The Green Tortoise is San Francisco's favorite hostel for a reason! We are a full-service, fun, comfortable and welcoming hostel in the heart of San Francisco.

Our Adventure Travel Company is located right inside, too! People that love to travel run our hostel. Our knowledgeable staff will always take the time to help you with your holiday to ensure that it is the best that it can be! No matter your question, we have the answers... whether it be where to buy postcards or how to find the best deals on flights.
We know that our hostel is the best value for your euro, dollar, or peso.... When you stay, you feel like a part of our family. Our mission is to treat you better than any other place you have ever stayed before.... to make your stay in San Francisco the best possible. If you need anything, all you have to do is ask (our desk is staffed 24/7), and we will help you without any hesitation.

We offer affordable female and co-ed dorms, as well as private rooms with a host of amenities included in the price. We cater to travelers from the US and abroad, and while we do not allow residents of the Bay Area, anyone from the rest of California is welcome. We have a ten day maximum limit, but sometimes will accommodate longer stays given the season and situation.

Come join us at the Green Tortoise for an authentic, memorable San Francisco experience.

Location and Contact


We are located right at the corner of Broadway and Kearny, right in between North Beach, Chinatown and the Financial district. We are an easy walk from the Montgomery Bart/MUNI station, if you just walk straight up Kearny from Market to Broadway. Close walking distance to Fisherman's Warf, Pier 39, the Embarcadero, including the Alcatraz cruises and the Union Square area.



Address: 494 Broadway, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, California, USA

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Website Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco
Phone Number: +1 (415) 834-1000
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel



Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby


24 Hour Security


Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Table Tennis

Wheelchair Accessible

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Female Dorm Only

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