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Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

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Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 4 March 2015

We booked a private 3 person bedroom in this lovely hostel in San Francisco. Ideal located in the downtown area, just next to Chinatown and you can easily access the piers from there too. The staff is the nicest I have ever seen, available 24/7 and always happy to help ! They offer free dinners on 3 nights a week...

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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2015

This is by far the best hostel I have ever been to. I have stayed here many times in the past. You will not find a hostel like it. Location is great. The area is very safe. Inside the hostel it has a massive dinning area. So it's great to hang out with friends or new friends and have a...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Wow, Mark! Thank you so much for the incredible review! We love being able to give travelers a space for old and new friends to come together. We have an incredible front desk staff that is wonderful at making guests feel at home. We are always excited to have you come and stay with us and hearing about your most...

Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

This hostel was fantastic, it was in a great location, easy to find and walking distance to everything. The atmosphere at the hostel is one of the better I've experienced, always an event on at night to help you meet new people. Really good social hostel!!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 16 February 2015

We loved staying at the Green tortoise. We stayed in a spacious private room which had a comfortable bed, linen, towels, hairdryer and sink. The staff were so willing to help (and available 24/7) to answer any questions we had. It was nice arriving back in the afternoons and being asked how your day was and what you got up...

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Thank Morgan H
Reviewed 1 February 2015

The atmosphere is fantastic. Such a good place to meet people when travelling. The most social hostel I've been to. The free dinners are great, some of the best meals I had travelling, they are mostly veggie which suits me and meal nights are a lot of fun and a great way to bring people together. Theres a liquor shop...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Becca, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Green Tortoise culture! We want to create a space for travelers to get together, share stories and enjoy food. We believe that our free dinners help to bring people together and create a community. All of of the meals that we provide are vegetarian so that (almost) everyone can eat with...

Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Went to SFCO suddenly by myself, no idea of what to do and where to start from… The set me up with everything I needed to know. Staff were so cool, I met bunch of nice traveler. The location is a plus!

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Manhattan, Kansas
Reviewed 24 January 2015

The Green Tortoise was very organized and everyone was very nice and helpful. They offered activities every night and very good dinners three times a week. We slept great at the hostel, we did have a private two person room, which may have been one reason, but the hostel seemed very quite and even though the road outside was very...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Alison, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I’m glad that you were able to find a room that works best for you. We offer a variety of types of rooms, including standard privates, two-bed privates, private triples and quad rooms, and of course our budget-friendly dorms to help everybody finds what works best for them. I’m also...

Reviewed 21 January 2015 via mobile

Good location. Friendly and helpful staff. Short walks to Chinatown, Little Italy, Financial District, Fisherman's wharf and so on. Plenty of transport around. Good free breakfast included. Free dinners on certain days. Computers and printers. Laundry facilities. Recommend.

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Beijing, China
Reviewed 20 January 2015

I stayed 3 nights in this hostel and it was satisfying considering the price and the location. the staff are helpful on giving information and helping out. They give you a brief tour upon arrival and this is a huge building for a hostel, and also professionally run by a group of people,i stayed at the 3rd floor which was...

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Brest, France
Reviewed 18 January 2015

I had a wonderful time in this hostel. Really Clean, safe and extremely friendly. The people who worked here are awesome, you can find advices and they help you to have the best time possible. Free breakfast in the morning are a great advantages and you can meet other people from all over the world. I definitively recommend it. Location...

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GreenTortoise, Manager at Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco, responded to this review

Hi Claire, Thanks for the wonderful review! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Green Tortoise. I’ll pass along your compliments to the front desk staff. We pride ourselves on having a great group of friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable staff manning the desk. I’m so glad that they were able to help you explore our incredible...

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco is a full service, fun, comfortable, and welcoming hostel. Located in the North Beach area (Little Italy), famous for entertainment, bars, bookstores, and Beat Generation history. The hostel is close to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, famous bars and restaurants & public transportation that can take you all over the Bay Area. We are a SOCIAL hostel, so come & be included in our events held nightly in and outside the hostel. Lots of Freebies, breakfast daily, dinner 3 x a week, wifi, sauna, massage chair and lots more! Please NOTE *No elevators, *All shared bathrooms along the hallways (but private use)*Average age 22-30 & next to an *Adult entertainment & club area that can be noisy on weekends & in peak season.** WE ARE BEST SUITED TO BACKPACKERS IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY, OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT PROVIDE "HOTEL STYLE" ROOM SERVICE TO MAINTAIN VALUE FOR MONEY) Room types available from us are mixed (CO-ED), female, standard private (one Queen bed), twin bunk private, triple (double bed below, single above) & quad bunk style (2 double (full) sized bunk beds). Group inquires welcome. We are also famous for our "hostel on wheels" customized sleeper coach adventures that offer private charters & tours to many exciting destinations seasonally - Alaska, Canyons of the West, Cross Country - East and West bound, California Coastal Crawler, Yosemite, Death Valley, Baja, as well as Burningman and the Oregon Country Fair. Please contact us directly for more information, we also have a hostel in Seattle. We look forward to making your San Francisco experience a memorable one! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco

Address: 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4515
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Price Range: RM225 - RM793 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Green Tortoise Hostel - San Francisco 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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“try to get room at first floor as there is not elevator”
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“get the window bed!”
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“Rooms in the Annex Building next to the school are quieter, bring your walking shoes...its San Francisco”
U438NAmarkt, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“maybe specify that you don't want to sleep on a window sill?”
tascha_hk, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If you can afford it get your own room, and make sure you don't get a room next to the Laundry room. V noise”
Ramoncyprus85, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
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