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Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
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.
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.
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.