Where to Stay in San Francisco

Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guide by our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.

Hostelling International San Francisco Downtown

312 Mason S.t; (415) 788-5604; hiusa.org/hostels/california/san-francisco/downtown; reception open 24hr

You know the saying. When in San Francisco, do as the hipsters do. The hipsters stay at this hostel. With its modern and sleek lobby, you can get style on a budget. Shared rooms have four or six beds, and include both single-gender and mixed dorms. There is a shared kitchen, a movie room and space to spread out. It’s located steps away from Union Square and the Powell St BART station, and is surrounded by tons of restaurants and clothing stores. It’s in a happening part of town, so boredom is not one of the amenities.

Shared bunks from $39, privates from $89; reservation recommended; max stay 14 nights, BGLTQ+ friendly; wheelchair accessible; Wi-Fi; wifi, linens, breakfast included; coin and card operated laundry; free coffee in the lobby

Adelaide Hostel

5 Isadora Duncan Ln.; (415) 359-1915; adelaidehostel.com; reception open 24hr

Walk through the door of this friendly stay tucked away in an alley, and find a comfy, well-furnished living room. This hostel is a great place to rest those shin-splinted legs after a day of trekking San Francisco’s hills. Wake up to a breakfast of toast, oatmeal, bagels, or fruit, and fuel up before you get going again. It’s located right in the center of Union Square, with Muni and BART access close by. With a comfy living room and a dining space used for organic gatherings, the place feels social and communal. The staff are friendly and make you feel cared for. Dorm rooms have cubicle bunks with curtains and lockers underneath.

Dorms from $32, privates from $89; reservation recommended; max stay 14 days; BGLTQ+ friendly; Wi-Fi, linens, breakfast included; computers and coin laundry facilities available

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