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HI - San Francisco Downtown

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Hostelling International's San Francisco Downtown Hostel offers a first-rate location at a rock-bottom price!


Dorms $23+, Private $60+

Stay in the heart of San Francisco's tourist district, one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and SOMA, in a vibrant neighborhood filled with clubs, restaurants, bars, theaters, and art galleries. Of course, you'll also have easy access to Union Square's famous, world-class shopping. With scores of flagship department stores and trendy boutiques at your doorstep, you're sure to find that perfect souvenir --  and with the money you save by staying with us, you can afford it! Housed in a renovated hotel, the HI-San Francisco Downtown Hostel has all the modern-day comforts you've come to expect.

The hostel offers both private rooms and dorm rooms, with a MAXIMUM OF 4 BEDS PER DORM. Lockers are available in each room, and many rooms come with their own private bathrooms. Free linen and towel service, as well as daily housekeeping, are included, and laundry facilities are available on site. FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFASTS are provided every morning, and a guest kitchen is available for self-service meals. The guest lounges are newly renovated, and the hostel boasts a brand new THEATER-STYLE MEDIA ROOM with wide-screen, satellite TV, and two movie screenings nightly. High-speed Internet facilities and FREE WIFI are also available. Guests are also welcome to join in the FREE OR LOW-COST ACTIVITIES the hostel organizes daily, including pub-crawls, walking tours, and day trips out to the Napa Wine Country or to the gorgeous Yosemite Valley.

HI-San Francisco Downtown is easy walking distance to popular attractions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens and Center for the Arts, the Metreon entertainment complex and IMAX theater, and the enormous new Westfield shopping center. You can also catch the cable car three blocks from the hostel's door, and cruise your way up to North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf. Along with the cable cars, the hostel is close to other public transit --  1 block from major MUNI bus lines and 3 blocks from BART trains which run to/from the San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland International Airport. HI-San Francisco Downtown is your home in the heart of the city!

Free breakfast
Free WiFi
Free linens and towels
Free or low-cost daily tours and activities
Union Square, Chinatown, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, world-class shopping, Cable Cars

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

By public transit: Take a BART train ($5.15) from the airport to the Powell 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.) Walk 2 blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is 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 Powell station. Walk 2 blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason  Street. The hostel is on the righthand side.

From AMTRAK Train Stations

From the Emeryville Amtrak Station: Take an Amtrak shuttle bus to the Union Square/Shopping Center stop. Walk 2 blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is on the righthand side.

From the Oakland Coliseum Amtrak/BART station: Take a BART train to the Powell station. Walk 2 blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street.  The hostel is on the righthand side.

From Transbay/Greyhound Bus Terminal

By public transit: Take MUNI bus #38 ($1.50, exact change) to Geary and Powell streets. Walk 1 block west on Geary, and turn left on Mason Street. The hostel is on the lefthand side.

By taxi: Private taxis are usually available around the Transbay/Greyhound terminal; a ride to the hostel costs about $8-10.

By car: From Van Ness Avenue, drive east on Post Street. Turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is two blocks down, on the left side of the street. There is an unloading zone in front of the hostel entrance; when you arrive, the hostel staff can direct you to nearby long-term 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
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Theater-style media room
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Vending machines
  • Free bicycle storage

Reservations & Contact Info

312 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
24 Hour Reception


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