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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Green Tortoise is an amazing hostel. They have a huge common area, with the most impressive kitchen I've seen in a hostel hands down. They have so many amenities and events that will keep you occupied for your entire stay computers to use and even a bicycle room to hold your bike. The staff is so helpful and are very...

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

Hi Timothy E, It sounds like you took full advantage of our "all inclusive hostel". I hope you were able to cook some great meals in our impressive kitchen and with our awesome chef. And did you know that breakfast actually goes until 11 on Sunday so you have a "hangover hour" after going out to all the bars in...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in a private room in a separate building a block down the street. The room was small but had everything we could have needed. It was very quiet at night, heating worked well, the bathrooms were immaculate and the kitchen was fully equipped and modern. The balcony upstairs had fantastic views of the city. Service was always friendly...

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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently stayed at this Hostel for 5 nights and would definitely recommend. We stayed in a private room at the annex down the road from the main hostel. The room was extremely clean and the bed was one of the most comfortable I've slept in! The staff were all friendly and made check in/out very easy and efficient. Would highly...

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

Hi JordineR, Thanks so much for the review! We always make sure that our rooms are clean and of course that that you can have a good nights sleep. We do have an awesome staff and I'm glad they were able to make your stay easy and efficient. Happy Travels! Ms. G. Tortoise

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved my stay in the Green Tortoise, the building has so much character, the dining room ceiling is spectacular, the staff were friendly and as a solo traveller it had a great vibe and was so easy to meet fellow travellers. Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetope studio and cafe is less than a min walk down the hill, loved it!...

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

Hi Cusack R., Thank you so much for the review and the pictures that you shared. Our building has so much history and we love being able to give our guests a unique and character-filled common room to hang out in and meet other travelers. Our neighborhood, North Beach, has an incredible quirky history and it's great when you are...

Alice Springs, Australia
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

PROS: cheaper than most places. Breakfast good. More social interaction with fellow travellers. Helpful staff. Cozy. Party area close. Best mexican joint round the corner called Zorros. CONS: so many stairs. no lift. across the rd from a night club so a bit noisy over the weekend. Sometimes bathrooms were unavailable. Alittle run down. ..... All up, would still stay...

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

Hi Tonielle, It sounds like you were really able to enjoy so many of the positives of the hostel. We have a large common room and kitchen and offer nightly activities so that it's easily for travelers to meet each other. It's true that we don't have lift since we are an older San Francisco building. We are always happy...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Spent a few nights here and it was spot on. As hostel it offers the same as every other place I've stayed but the building itself is what sets it apart. It's great old place and the main dinning area is perfect for meeting fellow travellers. Location was perfect in my opinion with plenty of things locally and you could...

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

Hi LifeAsABackpacker, Thanks for the review! It's great that you were able to enjoy our friendly staff, large communal areas and our central location. The North Beach neighborhood has so much to offer and I'm glad you were able to take advantage of it while you were here. I like to think that we actually offer much more than most...

Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

This hostel is absolutely incredible. The location is very nice, right outside of Chinatown and the Financial District, moderate walking distance from a muni metro/bart station, and very close to attractions such as the Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street. The room was very nice, the bathrooms were always clean, and the common area was spacious and lively. The employees were...

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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

From the bottom to the top you can meet very nice people. Dining room big, comfortable and useful with a very big kitchen, pool table and a little stage where people can play music! Night entertainment. Bedroom and bathroom are clean, and at the second floor you can find a very nice sauna. I'll definitely be back

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

Hi Matteo, Thank you so much for the awesome review! I'm glad that you were able to enjoy so many different parts of the hostel, like the pool table, sauna and kitchen. And the Green Tortoise is such an awesome place to meet other travelers. We're looking forward to having you stay with us again soon! Happy travels, Green Tortoise...

Reviewed 10 December 2016

We did not stay at this hostel, but did need help from their staff. The front desk was very kind and accommodating, it was very much appreciated in a pinch. We actually talked about moving a leg of our stay to here because the location was so great, but they were already booked.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I've stayed at the Green Tortoise San Francisco location numerous times now, and it's always a good experience. While the price for a bed may be higher than what you are used to internationally, it's what you would expect from most hostels in the US, at least for decent ones. Either way, San Francisco had the highest average hotel prices...

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

Thanks Steven, You summed up the City and the issues travelers face when looking for affordable accommodation in San Francisco. We are hard to beat price wise when there is so much value placed on what is included when you stay and the incentive to participate and be a part of the many events we organize. Thanks again for staying!...

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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
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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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: $78 - $257 (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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