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Youth Hostels in San Francisco

Five Top Hostels in SF

Many of the best youth hostels in San Francisco are centrally located in the city. Many have both shared and private accommodations.

I love the hostel experience since you can quickly meet up with other travelers and share stories. You can also save quite a bit of money on your lodging.

youth hostel in sf

Here are the five best hostels. I rated them based on location, overall cleanliness, atmosphere and recent guest reviews.

1. Pacific Tradewinds Hostel

Address: 680 Sacramento Street
Price Per Night:
Starts at $35

This true backpackers hostel is one of the best in the city. It's a small hostel where the staff and guests can easily mingle and get to know each other. It is in the heart of downtown and close to Union Square, North Beach and Fishermans Wharf.

Here are just some of the amenities at this hostel:

  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Free wireless internet
  • Luggage room, linens and towels included

2. USA Hostels

Address: 711 Post Street
Price Per Night: Starts at $47

USA Hostels is just a few blocks from Union Square. This popular youth hostel in San Francisco won HostelBookers 2012 Award for Top 3 Best Staff in North America.

This is one of the youth hostels in San Francisco that offers both mixed and female only dorms. Shared and private bathrooms are also available.

Here are just some of the amenities for this home away from home hostel:

  • Only 4 beds per dorm room
  • Free all you can make pancakes and oatmeal each morning
  • Free coffee & tea is available all day
  • In room lockers with power points inside for each registered guest
  • Luggage storage after check out
  • 50-seat theater with two screens
  • Fully stocked kitchen with eight cooking stations
  • High speed internet access
  • No curfew

Private rooms are also available. Grab your rooom or bed on Booking.com.

3. Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse

Address: 494 Broadway Street
Price Per Night: Starts at $39.99

The Green Tortoise Hostel in the North Beach is number three on the list. This is one of the youth hostels in San Francisco that offers both mixed and female only dorm rooms. There are also a few private rooms available with a shared bath.

Here you are in the heart of the action and just steps from many of SF's main attractions. You can walk to Chinatown, Union Square and Fishermans Wharf. You are also close to many great restaurants and bars in North Beach.

Here are just a few of the amenities at the Green Tortoise Hostel:

  • Breakfast included
  • Free high speed internet
  • Laundry
  • Linens included
  • Towels available
  • Security lockers & luggage storage
  • No curfew or lockout
  • Credit cards accepted

Book your spot today on Booking.com.

4. Hostelling International: Downtown

Address: 312 Mason Street
Price Per Night: Starts at $46

Hostelling International: Downtown is just steps from Union Square. They offer male and female only dorms as well as private rooms. You can also book a triple or double private room with a shared bath.

They completely renovated this hostel in 2008/2009. You'll find plenty of common space to hang out and meet other travelers. You also have access to both the newly remodeled kitchen and the theater style media lounge with both satellite TV and surround sound.

One thing to note before booking is that Hostelling International: San Francisco - Downtown is part of a not for profit membership hostel group. Non-members are allowed to stay at an additional $3 per night.

Here are just a few of the top amenities offered:

  • Free wireless internet
  • Free breakfast
  • Free linens and towels
  • On-site laundry
  • Secure lockers
  • Luggage and bicycle storage
  • No curfew

5. Hostelling International: San Francisco - City Center

Address: 685 Ellis Street
Price Per Night: Starts at $44

Hostelling International - City Center is another one of the top youth hostels in San Francisco. This fun, funky hostel is in the Tenderloin - a rough around the edges neighborhood that is centrally located and just steps from public transportation.

Hostelling International - City Center is also part of the not for profit membership hostel group I mentioned above. The same fees apply here with an additional $3 per night for non-members.

Here are just a few of the top amenities offered:

  • Free wireless internet
  • Free linens and towels
  • Free breakfast with all you can eat pancake and eggs for $1
  • Free and cheap activities planned for guests
  • Full private bathroom in every room
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Secure lockers & luggage storage
  • No curfew

Compare The Top Five

Not sure which one of these youth hostels in San Francisco is right for you? Here is a quick comparison chart of the top five youth hostels in San Francisco.

Hostel &
Amenities

Pacific Tradewinds USA Hostels Green Tortoise Hostelling Int'l: Downtown Hostelling Int'l: City Center
Breakfast None Free Free Free Free
Kitchen Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Laundry:
On Site
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Linens Free Free Fee Free Free
Storage
Lockers
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Towels Extra Charge Not Available Extra Charge Free Free
Wireless
Internet
Free Free Free Free Free
Location Downtown Union Square North Beach Union Square Tenderloin
Starting Price
Per Night*
$35 $47 $39.99 $46 $44

*Taxes are not included in all prices above.

Still not sure? You can also download a copy of this comparison chart. It includes a list of a few additional amenenties to help you choose one of the best youth hostels in San Francisco for your visit.

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