HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel

in the beautiful state of California
  • HI San Francisco Downtown lobby with hostellers lounging
  • bright open modern kitchen of the San Francisco Hostel
  • four bed dorm room in hostel with spacious underbed storage units
  • fun and colorful private room in HI San Francisco Downtown with headboard charging station
  • long wood table with hostellers enjoying breakfast

HI San Francisco Downtown hostel offers a first-rate location and top-notch amenities at traveler-friendly prices! This hostel is at the center of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopping, restaurants, theaters, and bars. On site, we’ve got plenty of perks to keep travelers happy, including free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a fully equipped guest kitchen, and lots of common spaces to lounge and meet new friends. Join travelers from our two sister hostels in San Francisco for one of our popular free or cheap activities: tour Chinatown or the Mission District, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy an in-hostel evening of board games and California wines, or get social on our famous tri-hostel pub crawl. Come see why the San Francisco Bay Guardian calls us “a budget traveler’s dream in the land of pricey downtown hotels”!

Housed in a charmingly renovated 1909 hotel, HI SF Downtown offers a wide assortment of room types, many with private bathrooms. Our gender-specific dorms can sleep 4 people, co-ed dorms sleep 4-8, and our private rooms come with either one double bed, two twin beds, or, in the case of our “3-person private” room, one double bed with a twin bunk up top. While you’re out exploring the city during the day, our housekeeping staff makes the daily rounds in order to have the place squeaky clean and comfy when you return each evening.

On-site amenities include:

*Free Wi-Fi

*Free breakfast

*Free linen and towels

*Laundry facilities

*Fully equipped guest kitchen

*Theater-style TV room

Tempting as it may be to stay at the hostel all day, we want to help you get out and explore! We offer lots of free or cheap organized activities including pub crawls, walking tours, museum visits, and trips to places like Muir Woods, wine country, and Yosemite. Feel like checking out the city on your own? We’re within walking distance of the Yerba Buena Gardens, the Metreon entertainment complex, Union Square shopping, Chinatown, and the cable cars that will take you to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. We’re also just 1 block from major MUNI bus lines, and 3 blocks from the BART trains that will get you to the San Francisco and Oakland airports on the cheap.


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  • Basic store available at or near the hostel
  • Breakfast at or near the hostel
  • Common room(s)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Cycle rental available at or near the hostel
  • Discounts and concessions available
  • Earth friendly hostel
  • Groups welcome
  • Individual traveller welcome
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • Lockers available
  • Luggage Store
  • Currency exchange at or near the hostel
  • Hostel open 24h
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Sheets in price
  • TV room
  • Suitable for wheelchair users
  • City centre location
  • Cultural centre nearby
  • Historical sites nearby
  • Leisure facilities nearby
  • Main attractions nearby
  • Museums/art galleries nearby
  • Nightlife nearby
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping centre/market nearby

Address & Contact

HI San Francisco Downtown
312 Mason Street
Union Square
San Francisco California 94102
Phone 1 (415) 788-5604
Fax 1 (415) 788-3023
GPS 37.786300, -122.409800

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Bed Capacity
> Total Beds 292

Opening Times
> 24 hours
> All Year

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