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FOUND Hotel San Francisco
2 out of 5
140 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£103
per night
4 Jan-5 Jan

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is steps away from Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Warfield Theater ...

4.3/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"I never thought I'd run across a luxury feeling hostel. Granted, the location is relatively new so everything is in great condition but I loved the small touches and amenities. During hostel stays, little things like a shelf by your bed, a nightlight, and in-room (but outside of ensuite) sinks make ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2019

FOUND Hotel San Francisco
Minna Hotel
2 out of 5
509 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£44
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Warfield Theater and Golden Gate Theatre. Westfield San Francisco Centre and Powell ...

3.1/5 (678 reviews)

"The bathroom didn't have multiple stalls, urinals or sinks"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Minna Hotel
Pacific Euro Hotel
2 out of 5
868 Main St, Redwood City, CA
£67
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Located in Centennial, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fox Theatre and Woodside Central Shopping Center. Menlo College and Hiller Aviation Museum are ...

3.5/5Good! (674 reviews)

"Very thing was nice, my second time staying there."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019

Pacific Euro Hotel
Amsterdam Hostel
2 out of 5
749 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£58
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Grace Cathedral and SHN Curran Theatre. Westfield San Francisco Centre and Golden ...

3.2/5 (327 reviews)

"staying for just one night, I felt really good with it. Strongly recommending to others. But the bathroom was, to say, out of clean and the light there wasn’t enough."…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019

Amsterdam Hostel
Orange Village Hostel
1.5 out of 5
411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£62
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, Westfield San Francisco Centre and Golden Gate Theatre. Warfield ...

3.7/5Good! (611 reviews)

"Everything is as advertised. It's a hostel that's clean, has good (free) wifi, is safe /secure entrance, and breakfast in the morning."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Orange Village Hostel
USA Hostels San Francisco
2 out of 5
711 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£128
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. San Francisco ...

4.2/5Excellent! (376 reviews)

"I stayed here before an interview in town, and got a private room. It's an old building, but everything is clean and furniture is up to date. Even though it's a hostel, it was quiet enough for me to sleep well and be up early for my interview. If I were a young person there to enjoy the city, I think ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019

USA Hostels San Francisco
Elite Inn
1.5 out of 5
116 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
£52
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is steps away from Golden Gate Theatre and Warfield Theater. Westfield San Francisco Centre and Powell and Market ...

2.9/5 (16 reviews)

"This property was in a very bad area. Unfortuantely i did nit get to stay at the hotel because i didnt have 250$ cash deposit for the hotel. But one thing that was weird is she showed me soneones cash deposit to prove to me that they charge a 26l50 cash deposit. And i didnt buy it for the simple ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Elite Inn
Europa Hostel
1.5 out of 5
226 6th Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£44
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Warfield Theater, Westfield San Francisco Centre and Moscone Convention Center. ...

2.5/5 (225 reviews)
Best deal for a budget and privacy.

"Best hostel I have found so far in SF"…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019

Europa Hostel
European Hostel
1.5 out of 5
761 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£80
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Louise Davies Symphony Hall. ...

2.5/5 (368 reviews)

"It was pretty much what I expected from a hostel. Pics were accurate."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019

European Hostel
HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£88
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre and Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround. Westfield San Francisco ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"I love HI. Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
2 out of 5
16th Street and Highway 1, Montara, CA
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Nestled on the beach, this Montara hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montara State Beach and JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Devils ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (113 reviews)

"wonderful place to stay. fresh ocean breeze and comfortable atmosphere"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
Music City Hotel
1.5 out of 5
1353 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellation
£74
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Regency Ballroom and Great American Music Hall. Lombard Street and City Lights ...

3.2/5 (305 reviews)

"Cool decor and vibe. Staff and everyone staying there laid back and friendly. If you like music it’s fun to listen to bands practice below and check out photos and concert posters in hallways. If you don’t mind the shared bathrooms it’s a deal. Comfortable beds and nice TV and sink in room."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019

Music City Hotel
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Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
4 out of 5
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
£172
per night
25 Dec-26 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (4,916 reviews)

"The staff was welcoming and the hotel itself was clean and decorated nicely for the holidays"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hotel Whitcomb
Hotel Whitcomb
3.5 out of 5
1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA
£84
per night
10 Jan-11 Jan
3.3/5 (10,619 reviews)

"Food options within the hotel were not very good; bar was excellent. Neighborhood is definitely rough, though convenient to BART. That makes the food options more important. Very clean and generally well maintained, especially for the price. The maid did come into our room the morning of the second ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Hotel Whitcomb
Hotel Zephyr
Hotel Zephyr
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
£143
per night
11 Jan-12 Jan
4.1/5Very Good! (4,868 reviews)

"Concierge staff needs to undergo additional training on assisting tourists."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Hotel Zephyr
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True to the artistic and bohemian charm of the so-called Paris of the West, there are some seriously intriguing and characterful hostels in San Francisco to check out. All of them prize budget-friendly beds over pricy suites, which means you're likely to be bunking in dormitories or staying in compact doubles with shared bathrooms. Balancing out the simple style of the accommodation is a dynamic feel and lively atmosphere, not to mention some alluring locations between the Gothic church tops and handsome Victorian rowhouses of Nob Hill, or somewhere near to the graffiti-clad walls and edgy cafes of Mission. Hostels in San Francisco also throw in a few quirky design touches, in-the-know travel recommendations and a host of other useful amenities and services.

What's so great about hostels in San Francisco?

Most travellers will be drawn to hostels in San Francisco by the price. Even with their central locations on the slopes of Nob Hill or within walking distance of the soy-scented Canton cookhouses of Chinatown, there's loads of value to be had. That doesn't necessarily mean settling for a bunk in a dorm, though there are plenty of those. In fact, there are oodles of cheap double rooms primed for couples on a tight budget. They should help you save some dollars and dimes for historic trolley car rides and salty clam chowders between the quays of Fisherman's Wharf. Of course, solo travellers might want to go for one of the lively hostels that have common spaces and complimentary breakfast spreads, instead.

Head down to the front desk in hostels in San Francisco and you'll soon see the other reason these establishments are so popular with the backpacking crowd. It's often possible to get local tips on the top music venues of Mission, the finest surf spots along wave-bashed Ocean Beach, the tastiest takeaways in bustling Chinatown – the list goes on. You can also look forward to a mix of basic amenities, from in-house laundrettes to free luggage storage.

Some of the most enticing San Francisco hostels

Looking to meet and greet fellow travellers? The Adelaide Hostel is a fine place to do just that, especially as it puts the gritty music venues and alternative rock bars of Tenderloin right on the doorstep. Inside, you can choose between female- and male-only dorms and standard double rooms, all of which enjoy a free morning meal and access to a well-equipped kitchen area. For somewhere near the bucket-list draws of SoMa – the cutting-edge San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – and the Yerba Buena Gardens, you could choose European Hostel, where simple twins and doubles benefit from a concierge at the front desk. To wake to the sound of the roaring Pacific swells and to stay somewhere with real character, consider hopping across the mountains to the HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. That puts surf-washed beaches and Californian cliff walks on the menu.

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