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Featured Hostels in San Francisco

FOUND Hotel San Francisco
3 out of 5
140 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £75 per night from 29 Dec to 30 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, Warfield Theater and SHN Curran Theatre. Orpheum ...

4/5Very Good! (121 reviews)
Loved it

"A very nice place staff was great"…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2020

FOUND Hotel San Francisco
Amsterdam Hostel
2 out of 5
749 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £49 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Grace Cathedral and SHN Curran Theatre. Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom ...

3.1/5 (361 reviews)
awesome

"great"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2020

Amsterdam Hostel
Orange Village Hostel
1.5 out of 5
411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan

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

3.7/5Good! (659 reviews)

"It was nice to have a free breakfast every morning (no butter/spread but toast, bagels, jam and juice for vegans) and the use of laundry facilities. We stayed in a private twin room with a private bathroom which was just enough for the two of us. It was rather loud at night and the early hours with ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Orange Village Hostel
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Music City Hotel
1.5 out of 5
1353 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
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The price is £61 per night from 9 Dec to 10 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 Haight Street ...

3.2/5 (322 reviews)

"Me and My Gf Enjoyed the Room. Next to the bathroom third floor. Please scenery. The music portraits were nice and well taken care of. Bathroom is small but functional. All and all. Good place."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Music City Hotel
DC Crashpad
2 out of 5
1640 Edgeworth Ave, Daly City, CA
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Located in St. Francis, this hostel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Serramonte Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from San Francisco State University. San Francisco Zoo and Golden ...

3.3/5 (74 reviews)

"Communal atmosphere. Warm and welcoming staff. So-so beds"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

DC Crashpad
Adelaide Hostel
2 out of 5
5 Isadora Duncan Lane, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, Warfield Theater and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Orpheum ...

3.9/5Good! (504 reviews)

"Ended up with my own room. Staff was friendly. Great inexpensive option."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Adelaide Hostel
Europa Hostel
1.5 out of 5
226 6th Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is £432 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan

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

2.5/5 (238 reviews)

"First off customer service was excellent. The rooms were very acceptable with cable and all my sports channels. Having a shared restroom was not bad at all nothing like I thought. The staff was all five stars"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Europa Hostel
European Hostel
1.5 out of 5
761 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £46 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Van Ness Avenue. Asian Art Museum ...

2.5/5 (403 reviews)

"Very relaxed vibe about the place. Was a bit too noisy through the night though."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

European Hostel
Elite Inn
1.5 out of 5
116 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £53 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

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

2.9/5 (25 reviews)

"The decorations in the room were nice and the bed was comfortable. There is a flight of stairs before the check-in, which is not ideal for a large amount of luggage. There is a locked gate on the outside of the building, so it felt safe."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Elite Inn
Minna Hotel
2 out of 5
509 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £65 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of San Francisco Federal Building and Warfield Theater. Orpheum Theater and Westfield ...

3.1/5 (792 reviews)

"Conveniently located to what I need food buses my job"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2020

Minna Hotel
HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
2 out of 5
312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £55 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec

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

4.4/5Excellent! (33 reviews)
Perfect for budget, short stay

"I stayed at 4-bed female only dorm. Room is clean and nice. There is no bathroom inside the room so during rush hour the shared bathroom could get busy. Breakfast was better than the most of the hostels I've stayed at. Staff are friendly. Great location!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel
Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
2 out of 5
680 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of 555 California Street and Embarcadero Center. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ...

Pacific Tradewinds 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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (123 reviews)

"Cute hostel in the building next to the lighthouse. Full kitchen, clean bathroom, clean bedding. Felt safe and secure. Happy to have found this place!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
DC Crashpad
1640, Edgeworth Avenue, Daly City, Daly City, CA
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Located in St. Francis, this hostel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Serramonte Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from San Francisco State University. San Francisco Zoo and ...

DC Crashpad
The Sentient SF
1.5 out of 5
179 Julian Ave, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Mission District, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and Mission Dolores Park. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum Theater ...

2/5 (12 reviews)
Sharing toilets if beyond 60 yrs old, bad choice!

"I tried to stay in this hotel where you share the bathrooms, but it's not for me. I am at an age where I usually go to bathroom at least once between 11pm-6am, most nights. You have to wake up enough to take your own toilet tissue, disinfectant spray to toilet seat or seat covers. The showers were ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2015

The Sentient SF
HI San Francisco City Center
1.5 out of 5
685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Downtown San Francisco, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue, Orpheum Theater, and San Francisco City Hall. Asian ...

HI San Francisco City Center
20Mission SF
2 out of 5
3491 20th St, San Francisco, CA
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Located in Mission District, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Haight Street, Mission Dolores Park and Castro Street. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum ...

20Mission SF
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Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is £73 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
3.8/5Good! (2,229 reviews)

"What i didnt like is the parking too expensive it shld be free to customers"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
The Park Central San Francisco

The Park Central San Francisco

4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
The price is £96 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (1,297 reviews)

"It’s convenient near the BART & easy to find things"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

The Park Central San Francisco
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is £90 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan
4.1/5Very Good! (2,263 reviews)

"I love the location of the hotel and it was a cozy stay"…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
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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.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in San Francisco?
By choosing a hostel, you can cut your spending on lodging and set aside more of your money for sightseeing during your stay. You can check out this destination’s cultural highlights, such as its museums and theatres.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look the same, but these dorm-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms), budget prices and a social setting.
What are the best hostels in San Francisco?
Ready to book a hostel? These options have the best reviews from our customers and could be a good place to look first: FOUND Hotel San Francisco - Located steps from Westfield San Francisco Centre. Property features include free WiFi, a restaurant and 2 bars/lounges. Rooms come with towels, free toiletries and linens. Orange Village Hostel - Located steps from SHN Curran Theatre. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen and a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find showers and lockers in all rooms. DC Crashpad - Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Rooms come with towels, free toiletries and lockers. Amsterdam Hostel - Close to public transport, this property is within a 5-minute walk of California St & Taylor St Stop and Powell St & Bush St Stop. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen and laundry facilities. You’ll find showers in all rooms. Music City Hotel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. You can take advantage of free WiFi and tour/ticket assistance, as well as a computer station. You’ll find towels, free toiletries and TVs in all rooms.
How many hostels will I be able to find in San Francisco?
If you’re searching for an affordable place to stay in San Francisco, one of Expedia’s 14 hostels could be a great choice for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in San Francisco?
The weather is important when you’re discovering new places, so here are some stats about the seasons: The hottest months are usually September and October, with an average temperature of 16°C, while the coldest months are January and December, with an average of 12°C. Average annual precipitation for San Francisco is 594 inches.
What is there to see and do in San Francisco?
Overall, San Francisco is known for its museums, theatres and architecture. Major attractions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Orpheum Theater and San Francisco City Hall. Get out into nature with places such as Twin Peaks, Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Park. Cultural attractions include Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences and SHN Curran Theatre.
What's the best way to get to and around San Francisco while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around San Francisco in your back pocket to make the most of your stay: You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away. An alternative is Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), located 11.8 mi (19.1 km) away. Once you’ve arrived, you may want to use public transport to get around. You can access metro transport at Powell St & Geary Blvd Stop, Powell St & Post St Stop and Powell St & O’Farrell St Stop. To explore more of the surrounding area, hop on a train at San Francisco Station, 22nd Street Station or Bayshore Station.

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