San Francisco Downtown Hostel

SF Downtown HostelHI’s San Francisco Downtown Hostel is AMAZING!

San Francisco’s own – HIDDEN BUDGET GEM!

What I bet most of you don’t know is that the non profit, Hostelling International (HI), boasts 4000 unique properties in 90 countries! In Northern California alone, they have eight hostels! I’ll be reviewing two San Francisco hostels on Urban Backpacker: Downtown locale in this post, and the Fisherman’s Wharf location in another post. Both properties have their own unique qualities, and fabulous lower priced lodging choices.

Okay, I am pretty wowed right now just thinking about this San Francisco Hostel. I was even more wowed when I took the tours and here is what I found…

During the recent renovation of the Downtown Hostel, the lobby was gifted a treasured 1909 mosaic flooring under the old carpet they pulled up. It is so lovely!

There is a fabulous second floor theater room, and a wonderful lounge with beanbag chairs, books, and couches. Pay per use computers are there for your use (when available) to email and Skype far away family and friends. They also offer a private lap top lounge and prepaid phone card machines. The filtered water towers with hot and cold water are on the 2nd, 3rd and 6th floors. There are onsite detergent vending machines, with two washers and four dryers in the laundry room. The third floor community kitchen is fully stocked for cooking and dry goods storage. Free food shelves for those of you arriving on late night trains, planes, or automobiles!

Sinks are present in every room. ADA rooms are available. There are dorm room choices with bunk beds and shared hallway bathrooms and showers. Houston room choices are available with double bed and twin bunk beds situated with shared hallway bathroom and showers. The private rooms with bathrooms are sold with either twin or double bed rooms. There are a few configurations of six twin bed options (must be requested) with three bunk beds.

Check in is after 2pm and check out before 11am. There is a pack room available for baggage storage only available before or after check in.

Step up to the 5th floor to view the art from 8-12 year olds. It will make you smile.

Additional hidden budget gem tips: Tuesday is free local beer in the lounge area. Wednesday is free pizza and movies in the theater room, and Friday is free wine and cheese in the lounge area!

Grocery/Food is walking distance at the brand new downtown Target, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, or Whole Foods. Jack in the box at corner, Lori’s Diner three doors down, International house of wine at corner for vino, snacks, and goodies. You are a block and a half from Union Square at this location.

Dorm rates currently range from $32.99-$48.00, all-inclusive, with breakfast depending on availability. Private rooms range from $89.00-$138.00, also, all-inclusive. All pricing depends on availability, en suite bathroom configuration, and how many people in a room (the ‘Houston’ rooms sleep up to 3, which adds to the rate).

Book a month or two in advance if possible – this is one popular place!

SF Downtown Hostel

312 Mason Street

San Francisco, CA 94104


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1. Of, relating to, or located in a city.

2. Backpacker redefined: Artful reviews that lead you from hidden budget gems to five-star destinations helping you find palate pleasing adventure, enjoyment, and story collection.

3. Pack bag. Travel there. See city. Eat food. Respect culture. Take picture. Share story. Be thankful. Repeat.