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HI - San Francisco City Center

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Hostelling International's San Francisco City Center Hostel is luxury living for backpackers!


Dorms $23+, Private $82+

Formerly the Atherton Hotel, this newly renovated, 75-room hostel offers old San Francisco elegance with modern-day amenities. 1920s touches abound in the hostel: marble-tiled floors, mahogany-railed balconies, and the beautiful parlor-style cafe -- Ivy's Place -- brimming with prohibition-era charm. But don't let the vintage veneer fool you -- HI-San Francisco City Center offers all the modern comforts. The hostel provides both private rooms and dorm rooms (with a maximum of 4-5 beds per dorm), and there is a FULL, PRIVATE BATHROOM IN EVERY ROOM, including dorms. Free linen and towel service, as well as daily housekeeping, are included. The hostel also boasts high-speed Internet facilities, FREE WIFI, and unlimited FREE LOCAL PHONE CALLS for guests.

FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFASTS are dished up every morning in the hostel cafe, which also offers espresso drinks for sale. Free coffee and tea are available 24/7 in the hostel lobby. Cook your own meals in our spacious, RESTAURANT-QUALITY KITCHEN, with two large ovens, 12 gas burners, two microwaves, and stainless steel countertops. Join in the FREE OR LOW-COST ACTIVITIES organized daily for our guests, including pub-crawls, walking tours, and day trips out to the Napa Wine Country or to the gorgeous Yosemite Valley. Make friends over the foosball table, or check out of one the hostel's 80+ DVDs to watch on the big-screen TV or on your own laptop.

HI-San Francisco City Center is centrally located near City Hall and the Civic Center arts district. The neighborhood is well known for its excellent, affordable restaurants, where you can sample San Francisco's world-class cuisine without breaking the bank. The hostel is easy walking distance to live music at The Warfield and the Great American Music Hall, where big-name acts, indie heroes, and local bands alike take to the stage. From nightclubs to experimental theater, live music venues to the Opera, Symphony, and Ballet, there's something for every music lover. For visual art, the Asian Art Museum is just a few blocks away, as is the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design.

The City Center Hostel is located close to public transit, 1 block from major MUNI bus lines, and 6 blocks from BART trains which run to/from the San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland International Airport. Union Square, Chinatown, SoMA, and cable cars are all within walking distance. HI-San Francisco City Center is waiting to welcome you to the city!

Free breakfast
Free WiFi
Free unlimited local phone calls
Free linens and towels
Free coffee and tea
Free or low-cost tours and activities daily
City Hall and Civic Center Plaza; Asian Art Museum; San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet; SoMA Nightclubs; Live Music Venues; Excellent, affordable restaurants

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

By Public Transit: Take a BART train ($5.15) from the airport to the Civic Center station. (Trains run 4 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sundays and holidays.) Exit the station using the UN Plaza exit. Walk across the plaza towards City Hall (the large domed building) and turn right on Larkin Street. Walk 5 blocks north on Larkin, then turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is the first building on the righthand side.

By Shuttle: Airport shuttles will deliver you to the hostel's front door, though late-night hours may be limited. Look for a shuttle stop outside the baggage claim. Lorrie's Airport Service offers a discounted rate of $14 per person for shuttle service between the airport and the hostel.

By Taxi: Private taxis are readily available at the airport; a ride to the hostel will set you back about $45.

From Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Take an AirBART shuttle bus ($3, exact change) from the airport to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station. (Shuttles run Monday - Saturday from 5 a.m. to midnight, and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to midnight.) Take a BART train ($3.35) to the Civic Center station. Exit the station using the UN Plaza exit. Walk across the plaza towards City Hall (the large domed building) and turn right on Larkin Street. Walk 5 blocks north on Larkin, then turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is the first building on the righthand side.

From AMTRAK Train Stations

From the Emeryville Amtrak station: Take an Amtrak shuttle bus to the Civic Center stop. Walk west across UN Plaza towards City Hall (the large domed building) and turn right on Larkin Street. Walk 5 blocks north on Larkin, then turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is the first building on the righthand side.

From the Oakland Coliseum Amtrak/BART station: Take a BART train to the Civic Center station and exit using the UN Plaza exit. Walk west across UN Plaza towards City Hall (the large domed building) and turn right on Larkin Street. Walk 5 blocks north on Larkin, then turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is the first building on the righthand side.

From Transbay/Greyhound Bus Terminal

By public transit: Take MUNI bus #38 ($1.50, exact change) to Geary and Larkin streets. Walk 2 blocks south on Larkin to Ellis Street and turn left. The hostel is on the righthand side.

By taxi: Private taxis are usually available around the Transbay/Greyhound terminal; a ride to the hostel costs about $10-12.

By Car

From the North on Highway 101: Drive south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Hwy 101 South becomes Lombard Street. Turn right on Van Ness Avenue. Drive south for 18 blocks until O'Farrell Street. Turn left on O'Farrell Street. Turn right on Hyde Street and immediately turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is at the end of the block on your left side. There is an unloading zone in front of the hostel entrance; when you arrive, the hostel staff can direct you to nearby parking.

From the South on Highway 101: Follow signs on Hwy 101 North to the Ninth Street/Civic Center exit, which exits from the left lanes. Exit onto Ninth Street (a one-way street). Follow Ninth Street north, staying in the three right lanes. When you cross Market Street, Ninth Street becomes Larkin Street; continue north on Larkin. Turn right on O'Farrell Street. Turn right on Hyde Street and immediately turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is at the end of the block on your left side. There is an unloading zone in front of the hostel entrance; when you arrive, the hostel staff can direct you to nearby parking.

From the East Bay: Drive west across the Bay Bridge on Hwy 80 West. Take the Ninth Street/Civic Center exit to Ninth Street (a one-way street). Follow Ninth Street north, staying in the three right lanes. When you cross Market Street, Ninth Street becomes Larkin Street; continue north on Larkin. Turn right on O'Farrell Street. Turn right on Hyde Street and immediately turn right on Ellis Street. The hostel is at the end of the block on your left side. There is an unloading zone in front of the hostel entrance; when you arrive, the hostel staff can direct you to nearby parking.

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Internet Access
  • Free/Cheap Airport Pickup
  • TV/Common Area
  • Private Rooms
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Linen
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Free WiFi
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Credit Cards Accepted

Reservations & Contact Info

685 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Reception Open 24 Hours


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