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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 because you can quickly meet other travelers and share stories. You can also save quite a bit of money on your lodging.
Below are the six best hostels in San Francisco. I've chosen them based on location, overall cleanliness, atmosphere, and recent guest reviews.
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Address: 680 Sacramento Street
Price Per Night: Ranges from $57 - $119
This true backpackers hostel is one of the best in the city. It is in the heart of downtown and close to Union Square, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf. It's a small hostel where the staff and guests can easily mingle and get to know each other. If you don't want to share with others, they have a "Micro-Private Double" for you and a friend.
Here are just some of the amenities at this home-away-from-home hostel:
>> Find a fun place to stay at the Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
Address: 494 Broadway Street
Price Per Night: Between $51 - $183
The Green Tortoise Hostel in North Beach is number two on the list. This is another one of the youth hostels in San Francisco that offers mixed and female-only dorm rooms. There are also a few private rooms available with a shared bath.
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 Fisherman's 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:
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Address: 1475 Lombard Street
Price Per Night: From $47 to $179
Just a short walk to the always bustling Fisherman's Wharf, the Samesun hostel is about as perfectly located as any place you could hope for in the city. They have shared rooms, with up to 6 people, or you could do private suites. The private suites also have private bathrooms so you won't have to share with anyone else. Many of the rooms even have balconies!
One of the reasons I love this hostel is that it is also just blocks away from the curvy part of Lombard Street where you can get great photos and views of the city.
The hostel also has an elevator, free parking, free internet and key card access. Samesun has really figured out how to make your stay as easy as possible and this hostel is specifically known for the incredibly friendly staff and cleanliness.
Here is a list of a few more amenities for your stay here:
>> Find out all you need to know about the Samesun Hostel and book your rooms here
Address: 1353 Bush Street
Price Per Night: From $36 - $287
The San Francisco City Center Hostel is another of the top youth hostels in San Francisco. You'll find this fun, funky hostel in the Lower Nob Hill District, a rough-around-the-edges neighborhood that is centrally located and just steps from public transportation.
Since this hostel is based around the Music Hall of Fame, each room is decorated with a beloved San Francisco musician's style. These include Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and Metallica, among others.
Here are just a few of the top amenities offered:
>> Find a room and rock on at the Music City Motel
Address: 5 Isadora Duncan Lane
Price Per Night: From $44 - 194
Located just off of Union Square, you will love going down this little lane and finding this magical hostel at the end of it. The offer a large amount of rooms, including dorms with curtains for privacy, female-only rooms, and private rooms for up to four people. The private rooms all come with bathrooms attached to them.
Some of the benefits of staying here include bike rentals so you can cruise around the city on two wheels. And, since the location is so central, it you don't feel like walking around, they are a perfect mode of transportation.
It was voted one of the best hostels in SF for 2021, so you can be sure you'll be staying in a hostel that is clean and where the staff is fantastic.
Some of the amenities here include:
>> Find out more information and everything about booking a room here
Address: 312 Mason Street
Price Per Night: From $59 - $429
Hostelling International - San Francisco/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 even have a private six-bedroom with a private bathroom.
This hostel was completely renovated in 2008/2009. You'll find plenty of common space to hang out and meet other travelers. You also have access to the newly remodeled kitchen and the theater-style media lounge with 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:
*Taxes are not included in all prices above.
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