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HI San Francisco City Center Review

September 18, 2016

Whether you are here for Alcatraz, the Gold Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf area or to ride the trams, you will need a place to stay.  One such place is the HI San Francisco – City Center.  Part of the Hostelling International group, you will meet travellers from all over the world at this converted 1920’s boutique hotel.  The area surrounding the hostel can be a bit confronting with San Francisco’s homelessness problem only a couple of blocks away but if you stay elsewhere, you will miss a great hostel.



Location: San Francisco, California, USA.

Date of Stay: September, 2016.

Price Range: USD$33-$135



  • Close to supermarket

  • Fully stocked kitchen

  • Clean

  • Large rooms

  • Lounge to relax in

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Free Continental Breakfast

  • Daily activities

  • Elevator



  • The area surrounding the hostel has a lot of homeless people

  • The beds are too short for someone over 6 foot


Final Thoughts

Upon walking through the streets surrounding the area, it was comforting to find this little hostel.  The area of Tenderloin, in which the hostel is located, is home to a lot of San Francisco’s social services and then in turn, homeless people.  I wouldn’t consider it a dangerous area, but do consider walking up a couple of blocks if you don’t want to witness homelessness.  Inside the front doors you are welcomed by artistic design and friendly staff.  The hostel was a former 1920’s boutique hotel and much of the features have been kept.  There are plenty of chairs and couches to relax on and there is also a bar on site which sells cheap drinks.  As with any HI Hostel, the standards are kept high and you can expect a pleasant stay.  There are activities on each night with movies played on a large projector in the morning and evening.










Itchy Feet Escapades rates the HI San Francisco City Centre 36 out of 40 Itchy Feet.


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