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The Best Backpacker Hostels in San Francisco

The Best Backpacker Hostels in San Francisco

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Updated: 27 November 2017

While traveling, backpacking, and staying in San Francisco, finding a good hostel could be difficult. Thankfully, Culture Trip has put together this list of the best backpacker hostels in the city.

Hostelling International

This location is great because it’s right along Fisherman’s Wharf, you don’t miss out on any of the San Francisco action and constant fun things to do. A free breakfast is also included to those who stay at Hostelling International. The staff are incredibly accommodating and help out any way they can, which great for the newbie travelers. Shared rooms are standard but private rooms are also offered to those looking for some quiet time for themselves.

Hostelling International, 240 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 771 7277

Pacific Tradewinds Hostel

Pacific Tradewinds Hostel takes the traveling experience up a notch. Not only are the staff here wonderfully welcoming, the hostel has also set up activities to encourage mingling and meeting fellow travelers from all over the world. There’s a full kitchen with plenty of room to store leftovers from your day out or even groceries. A stay here is a travel experience in itself.

Pacific Tradewinds Hostel, 680 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 433 7970

USA Hostels Inc.

This hostel is great for both solo and group travelers. What makes it so great is that the staff offer a bunch of different activities to guests, such as walking and biking tours, that are completely free. Plus, everything is kept wonderfully clean and welcoming. The staff are happy and really try to make your San Francisco adventure that much better. There are plenty of options when it comes to room types and USA Hostels Inc.’s includes a complimentary breakfast.

USA Hostels Inc., 711 Post St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 440 5600

Adelaide Hostel

San Francisco is an incredibly expensive city so if you’re wanting to pinch as many pennies as possible, Adelaide Hostel is the place. Both shared and private rooms are offered at amazing prices. Not to mention the complimentary Wi-Fi and the absolutely amazing breakfast that’s served in the communal kitchen.

Adelaide Hostel, 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 359 1915

Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco

This endearingly old building gives this hostel that much loved San Francisco character. The common area is huge and really makes the difference in bringing fellow travelers together. The staff at Green Tortoise Hostel treat you like you’re family. If this hasn’t convinced you then maybe the yummy continental breakfast will. Still not sure? How about the fact that the Green Tortoise serves a free delicious dinner three times a week? Sold.

Green Tortoise Hostel San Francisco, 494 Broadway, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 834 1000

Orange Village Hostel

Stay close to the San Franciscan fun at the Orange Village Hostel. It’s located near the heart of the city’s shopping and famous food options of Union Square. Rooms are cozy and clean, some even have their own bathrooms. Orange Village Hostel is a great base for easily exploring the best of what San Francisco has to offer.

Orange Village Hostel, 411 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA, USA + 1 415 655 9881

Amsterdam Hostel San Francisco

When all you need is a quality place to lay your head after a day of exploring, then make Amsterdam Hostel San Francisco your go-to. While it isn’t necessarily anything fancy, with the price you pay to stay here, it is absolutely worth it. There’s even your own bathroom in every room! The hostel is perfectly located downtown, right by restaurants, shops, and plenty of nightlife.  

Amsterdam Hostel San Francisco, 749 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 673 3277