Green Tortoise Backpackers
The Green Tortoise Hostel is a popular party hostel located in San Francisco's historic North Beach, just a short walk from Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf.
We have a range of private rooms and cosy dormitories equipped with large lockers and linen. Facilities include a kitchen, a common room, internet access, luggage storage, a tours desk and even a sauna.
We organize events such as pub crawls, tours and nightly activities. Breakfast is included in the rates and we offer free dinners three times a week.
We do not have a curfew.
- We accept payment by cash and credit card (VISA/MasterCard).
- A refundable key deposit of $20 is required at check-in (payable by cash only).
- Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Airport transfers
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast Included
- Card phones
- Common Room
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Wifi
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Key Card Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- Meeting Room
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Pool Table
- Reading Light
- Safety Deposit Box
- Taxes not included
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Vending Machines
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
An additional 14% hotel tax will be added to your total reservation price at check-in on private rooms year long and on dorms daily (May 27-Oct 15) . A TID (tourist improvement district tax) of 2.00% is also charged year long by the city on all dorms and privates. A $20 cash key deposit is due per person at check in as well as the balance on your reservation. We accept, Cash, Visa & Mastercard. *a credit card surcharge is waived for initial online booking. A discount parking coupon is available at check-in for a nearby parking garage. Call us for more information.
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San Francisco International Airport:
Shuttle Van: You do not need a reservation; just walk up to one and tell the driver you want to go to The Green Tortoise - 494 Broadway. Cost is $19. Returning to SFO Airport: Shuttle bookings available at the hostel front desk $14 per person.
BART train - Costs $8.25 - Takes 30 Min. Exit at Montgomery, walk 1 mile north to Broadway or take a taxi from Montgomery BART station to our hostel (approx $8-9).
Taxi from the airport: will cost: $45 -$50.
Take the Air Bart shuttle ($5) to the BART station. From here get any San Francisco bound train and exit at Montgomery. Walk one block away from the clock tower to Kearny and turn right. Walk 1 mile north to Broadway or get the Muni Bus #8x and get off at Broadway. Walk 1 block East to kearny St, (towards water), we are located upstairs at 494 Broadway St.
From the Greyhound station - The Greyhound station is located on Folsom and Main streets. If you prefer to take a taxi the fare should be less than $10. Otherwise, you can walk (25-30 min.) - walk east on Folsom street and turn left on Embarcadero. Walk up Embarcadero and turn left on Broadway and walk about 6 blocks to Broadway and Kearny, we are on the right side. Or you can take the city MUNI bus #41 ($2.00) from the corner of Main and Howard. It will drop you by the Condor bar on Broadway and Columbus. Walk 1 block to 494 Broadway.
Public Transportation: Walk to Third Street and catch the #8x, 30 or 45 Muni Bus for $2.00. Get off at Broadway. Bus does not give change, have exact amout and keep the transfer (It's good for 90 minutes or longer after 8 pm)
Walking (1.3 miles): Walk up First Street to Market Street (the direction is against the flow of traffic on the one way street). Cross Market and First Street changes names to Battery Street. Continue walking north up Battery until you come to Broadway (10 minutes). Turn left on Broadway and walk 3 blocks to 494 Broadway.
(The Green Tortoise recommends returning your rental car after you have reached San Francisco or renting one after your stay at our hostel. Having a car in San Francisco is unnecessary and expensive!) If you do have your own car, or a rental car please call us for parking information before you arrive. + 1 (415) 834 1000. We have a deal with a garage nearby, so you will need to come to the hostel first for a discount coupon and unload your bags. Price ranges from $20-30 depending on size of vehicle. We also encourage you to go online to www.sfmta.com to familiarize yourself with parking regulations in San Francisco. Once in the site click on Parking, then enforcement to check on parking tips. You can also click on 'where to park'. A list of public garages for San Francisco is available. We are in North Beach and there are a number of other garages close to our hostel that range from $10-25 per 12-24 hrs depending on the day of the week. Parking can be free overnight in some areas, but park at your own risk. You must be aware of all signs, curb colors, street cleaning, tow away zones and regulations.
From The South:
Take 101 North, As You Pass Army Street (Ceasar Chavez) There Will Be 4 Lanes. Stay In Lane 2 (Second From Right) Follow All The Way Until It Becomes Exit Only At 4th Street (When Lane 1 Disappears At 7th St, Don't Change Lanes) Exit At 4th St Exit But Curve Left Onto Bryant (Not Right Onto 4th) Take Bryant 1 Block And Turn Left On 3rd St. Follow 3rd All The Way To Market And As You Cross Market It Becomes Kearny. Follow Kearny To Broadway.
From The North:
Take Golden Gate Bridge To Lombard, Left Onto Lombard, Follow Lombard To Van Ness, Turn Right On Van Ness, Follow Van Ness To Broadway, Turn Left On Broadway, Follow Broadway To Kearny.
From The East:
Take Bay Bridge, Exit At Fremont (First Exit), Fremont 1/2 Block To Howard, Turn Left On Howard, Take Howard To 3rd St, Turn Right On 3rd St, Follow 3rd To Market Where It Becomes Kearny And On To Broadway.
Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Italian Quarter, Hip Clubs, The Famous 'City Lights' bookstore, The Beat Museum, Multi-Ethnic Restaurants, Major Public Transportation Lines, San Francisco Bay, Financial District and the best burritos on Broadway!!