Our social and vibrant hostel in downtown SF is the place to stay! We invite travelers and adventurers of all ages, from all corners of the globe, to rest their heads at this historic hostel in the heart of San Francisco. We pride ourselves on creating a community vibe and a space that encourages guests to gather together, exchange travel stories, and get to know one another.
Each room has 4-8 single beds, bunk bed style. There are five single occupancy bathrooms on each floor, each with complimentary essential oil organic lavender shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. We also have a free sauna on the top floor and massage chairs in the lobby for your every relaxation need.
Our Grand Ballroom is the heart of the hostel where people play music, make friends and unforgettable memories, fall in love with the city and each other, and raise glasses in celebration. The ballroom, where musicians are always invited to play, has a pool table, ping pong table, books, games, and complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day. We provide free wi-fi throughout the hostel and also free computer use in our internet lounge. Just off of the ballroom we have a fully equipped kitchen that is open 24 hours a day for you to use. We provide a guest fridge for you to store food, liquor, whatever you want!
Every morning in the ballroom we offer a free breakfast that consists of bagels, fresh fruit, organic oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, OJ, coffee and tea. We have free dinners every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We invite guests to help cook, but of course you don’t have to cook to eat!
After participating in our nightly activity, such as our famous Pub Crawl or Beer Olympics, you can get comfortable in our funky dorm rooms or cozy private rooms and enjoy our delicious free meals. If you have the time, hop on our “hostel on wheels” for a famous Green Tortoise Adventure Travel trip to Yosemite, Baja, Alaska, Burning Man, and other US National Parks! These are just a few of the reasons the Tortoise has become a legend.
All guests have 24 hour access to the ballroom, kitchen and internet lounge! No curfews here :)
Interaction with guests
We have 24-hour front desk staff that is always happy to help with directions, recommendations or even just to exchange travel stories!
Other things to note
One thing to be aware of is that we are known as a very social hostel--it isn't unheard of for our guests to have loud parties in our ballroom. We would love to have you stay here, but we also understand that that environment isn't right for everyone.
This is your home away from home, the perfect spot to leave your worries behind while you explore the many sights of the City by the Bay!