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Adelaide Hostel & Hotel offers warm and comfortable accommodation in the heart of San Francisco, in a character-filled remodeled building.
Adelaide Hostel is located close to Union Square and popular Powell Street cable-car line, a tourist highlight in San Francisco. Other nearby attractions within an up-to-thirty-minute walk include the Financial District and Chinatown. There are many restaurants, takeaways, and bars close by to the hostel, so entertainment and sustenance isn’t far away.
The hostel itself is down a safe, short alley, which reduces the traffic noise from its city centre location. There are plenty of public transport options nearby, including bus services and MUNI and BART rail connections to the airport. Street parking is limited in the busy area.
While the hostel and surrounding streets are quite safe and lively, the notorious Tenderloin is a few blocks away, so it is worth checking a map in advance to avoid the area when getting to/from the hostel.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Adelaide Hostel has mixed and female dorm rooms of four to twelve beds, plus some private rooms in this former European-style pension. Access to upper rooms in the main building is via stairs only. Keys are provided for individual dorm rooms and a security code for the main hostel entrance.
The dorm beds are incredibly sturdy and comfortable, with individual lights, power sockets, and shelves; it is worth noting that the top bunks are quite high. Dorm beds each have a privacy curtain and underbed lockers for security, with padlocks available for purchase if needed. Our six-bed dorm includes a basin and mirror, clothing rails, hangers, and shoe rack.
There are multiple unisex toilets and showers on each level, contained in their own rooms and cleaned regularly throughout the day. The water-saving showerheads nonetheless provide good hot water. Towels are available for hire for a fee.
The main common space in the hostel is a downstairs kitchen and dining room area, which includes ample tables and a television; this area is designated for quiet time after 10 p.m. There is a small outdoor courtyard adjacent that acts as a smoking area. The well-equipped kitchen is available for self-catering, with plenty of glass-walled fridges for food storage. Free dinner is provided on Monday and Thursday nights, when the kitchen becomes unavailable for cooking. Complimentary tea and coffee are available anytime. An exceptional free breakfast is served 7 to 10 a.m. daily, featuring various flavours of bagels, toast, English muffins, fruit, oatmeal, and assorted spreads and Nutella!
A spacious lounge area on the ground floor has multiple couches and a generous distribution of power sockets. In the reception area, there are computers for free internet use, with paid printing services available. A solid, free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hostel.
Additional hostel features include a laundry room with complimentary washing powder, luggage storage on check-in/out days, a small book exchange, plenty of tourist brochures, and a stash of leftover toiletries for the taking.
The clean, homey Adelaide Hostel provides a comfortable base from which to explore San Francisco city. We find the dorm prices to be expensive, but in line with the generally higher accommodation costs in San Francisco. While it is by no means a party hostel, Adelaide Hostel has a friendly atmosphere and opportunities to socialise through free dinners and other organised activities.
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Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Aug 1, 2018
We are a small hotel in downtown San Francisco with 60 beds in small 4 bed dorm rooms some mixed some same sex. We also have private rooms for two,three and four persons.
Location and Contact
On Isadora Duncan between Geary and Post streets just off Taylor street in downtown San Francisco. Only two blocks from Union Square.