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
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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