Overview of Hostel
Voted San Francisco's Most Popular Hostel for 2017 & 2018, HI San Francisco Downtown offers a first-rate location and top-notch amenities at reasonable prices! This safe and secure hostel is at the center of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopp
***Please note: There is another hostel that is also located on Mason Street, just 2 blocks south of us. We've had several guests mistakenly check in at the wrong hostel. Please be sure you're in the right place - 312 Mason Street (between Geary and O'Farrell). Look for the Hostelling International logos outside our entrance.
From the airport:
By BART: Take a BART train from the airport to the Powell station. (Trains run 4 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sundays and holidays.) Walk two blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is on the right-hand side.
By Shuttle: Lorrie's Airport Service offers a discounted rate of $14 per person for shuttle service between San Francisco International Airport and HI-San Francisco hostels. Contact the hostel for more information and reservations.
By Taxi: There are usually plenty of private taxis available at the airport. Look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim. A ride from SFO to the hostel will set you back about $50.
From the Greyhound station:
From the Greyhound Station at San Francisco's Temporary Transbay Terminal, exit and turn right on Folsom. Take your first right onto Beale and walk 1 block. Cross Howard, and find the MUNI bus #38 stop at the northeast corner of Howard and Beale. Take the MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Powell. Continue walking west on Geary for 1 block, then turn left on Mason. The hostel is in the first block on your left.
The nearest Amtrak train station is in Emeryville, but Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco. When you purchase your train ticket, select 'San Francisco - Westfield Shopping Center' as your final destination. From the Shopping Center bus stop, walk two blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is on the right-hand side.
From Van Ness Avenue (US 101), drive east on Post Street. Turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is two blocks down, on the left side of the street.
Park in the loading zone in front of the hostel; front-desk staff will direct you to permanent parking. Expect to pay around $20 per day in a nearby lot..
HI-San Francisco Downtown is in the heart of the tourist district, one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown and SOMA. Easy walking distance to popular attractions including Yerba Beuna Gardens and Center for the Arts, the Metreon entertainment complex and IMAX theater, and the Westfield shopping center. Close to public transit: 1 block from major MUNI bus lines, 3 blocks from cable cars, and 3 blocks from BART trains which run to/from the SFO and the Oakland International Airport.
Conditions & Policy
Luggage Storage for daytime use only for guests checking in or out on day of use until 10pm. Maximum stay Policy: 14 consecutive nights or an accumulative 14 nights during each calendar year. Domestic guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. International guests under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We welcome guests from everywhere outside of San Francisco county. At check in, all guests must present a valid government issued photo identification. Please note that we try our best to keep people travelling together in the same room. However, sometimes we may not be able to do so due to room configuration or existing bookings. If you have a special request concerning this, please email the hostel directly. Mixed Gender dorms range from 4,6, and 8 beds. We cannot guarantee a particular dorm size for your party when booking the '8-bed mixed dorm,' as room sizes are subject to availability. If you would like to request a particular dorm configuration for your party, please contact the hostel directly and we will do our best to make these arrangements. Online prices do not include taxes. Daily bed rates of $40 or more are subject to a 15% tourist and hotel tax. Bed rates of less than $40 are taxed only a 1% tourist tax, per city regulations.Taxes are added at check in. HI-San Francisco Downtown is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit membership-based organization. Non-members will be asked to pay a $3/night daily membership fee upon check-in. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to arrival or a 'no-show' fee equivalent to the first night's accommodation will be charged. Groups larger than 9 must book directly with our group sales department to ensure availability and accurate pricing.