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HI San Francisco City Center Hostel

Permanently Closed

685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Get to Know HI San Francisco City Center

At HI San Francisco City Center hostel, we’re off the beaten path – and we like it that way! In a city known for its diverse food, drink, and entertainment options, we’re holding it down in the Tenderloin: home of SF’s very best cheap eats, dive bars, and legendary music venues. Our beautiful hostel, set in a 1920s boutique hotel, is in the midst of an artsy, urban neighborhood. Travelers love sipping local beer and wine at our on-site bar and choosing from plenty of private and dorm rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. We take hostelling to the next level with extras like original artwork in our common rooms, free tea and coffee 24/7, and upgraded breakfast (add pancakes or eggs to our standard free breakfast) for only $1.

Our awesome staff is here to help you explore every inch of the City by the Bay, from the landmarks you see on postcards to their own favorite under-the-radar neighborhoods, restaurants, and nightlife. And our central location, close to Market Street and plenty of public transit options, makes this an easy home base. Best of all, our famous pub crawls, neighborhood walking tours, and meal nights will help you meet your fellow travelers and make friends from all over the world.

HI San Francisco City Center


In a remodeled boutique hotel with great vibes


Walking and bike tours to get you out into the city


Off-the-beaten path recommendations from staff


Free WiFi

Free Breakfast

Tours & Social Activities

Onsite Bar

Private Bathrooms

Privacy Curtains for Bunk Beds

Close to Public Transit

Guest Kitchen

Luggage Storage

Smart Showers


Personal Power & USB Outlets

Free Towels & Bed Sheets

24/7 Staff

The Basics

Check-in: 3 p.m.

Check-out: 11 a.m.

Room Types

2 Bed Dorm

Number of Guests: 2

4 Bed Dorm

Number of Guests: 4

Premium Dorm

Number of Guests: 4

Private Premium Double

Number of Guests: 2
Room has Ensuite bathroom

Group Travel

While this hostel is now closed to individual and group travelers, we are still welcoming groups of 8 or more at our HI San Francisco Downtown and HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf locations. Please contact our Group Sales & Services department for information about booking your group lodging in San Francisco.

Get to Know San Francisco

What's Nearby

Little Saigon

0 mi. away

Great American Music Hall

0.2 mi. away

Civic Center & UN Plaza

0.5 mi. away