Welcome to HI-San Francisco City Center!
Before You Found HI-USA, would You have Looked for Cheap Hotels in San
Help us spread the word! There are still young travellers looking for cheap hotels in San
Francisco; but only because they don’t know about HI-USA youth hostels. In San Francisco
alone, we have three safe, comfortable, affordable choices. Welcome to HI-San Francisco City
A San Francisco Hostel that Blends Vintage Charm with Modern Amenities
Vintage is in, and HI-San Francisco City Center hostel boasts all the charm and character of the
1920s, the decade of its origin. Once the Atherton Hotel, classic details accent this San
Francisco hostel's more modern amenities... Connect to free WiFi in our marble-tiled lobby.
Mingle with other travelers in the parlor-style café. Or relax in a common room on one of the
mahogany-railed balconies overlooking the lobby. For many a weary traveler, the best feature of
all is a full, private bathroom in every room -- including the dorms!
Our California Hostels are all about Location, Location, Location
Off the beaten tourist path but still close to it all, the HI-City Center Hostel is between the gritty
Tenderloin district and the clean marble columns of the city's Civic Center and arts district. This
eclectic neighborhood is a hub for some of the city's best cheap cuisine, as well as great
nightclubs and music venues, big and small. Close to public transit, this California hostel’s
central location makes it a convenient base for exploring the City by the Bay.
More Reasons City Center Shines Above other San Francisco Hostels
This charming youth hostel in San Francisco organizes free and cheap activities for guests.
They have you covered for pub crawls, walking tours, museum visits and day trips to places like
Muir Woods, wine country or Yosemite Valley. While Ivy's Place, the Prohibition-era “speakeasy”
downstairs, no longer sells moonshine, we more than make up for it with a free continental
breakfast, plus $1 all-you-can-eat pancakes or eggs each morning.
Other amenities include free linens and towels, daily housekeeping and a full professional-grade
kitchen. Just try to find all this in cheap hotels in San Francisco!
What the Travel Press says about HI-San Francisco City Center Hostel
"Stylish, newly renovated digs near alternative clubs and the city's best affordable restaurants." -
"A sensational base camp for an assault on the city." --Lonely Planet
"A spiffy new hostel… It's friendly, funky, and California cool: good for meeting other travelers,
since there are plenty of activities laid on." --Rough Guide
Hostel News & Events
The San Francisco City Center Hostel is a cut above the rest, a 99% cut that is! The hostel was recently given its "Energy Star" by the Environmental Protection Agency and rated among the top 1% for energy efficiency in hotel buildings of comparable sizes in San Francisco. "Energy Star," for those not…
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Address & Contact
HI-San Francisco City Center
685 Ellis Street
San Francisco CA 94109
1 (415) 474-5721
1 (415) 776-0775
GPS 37.784156, -122.417374
> Total Beds 185
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