Green Tortoise Hostel

494 Broadway, San Francisco, USA, Distance from city centre: 1.1km
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Rating: 86%from 6 reviews

  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 96%Staff
  • 83%Security
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 90%Location
  • 90%Value for money
  • 80%Facilities
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.

Check-out: 11:00

Please note:
- 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.

Prices are per person per night.

Availability & Rates

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Adaptors
  • Airport transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Card phones
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Fussball
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • 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 Policy

This 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 Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

A $20 refundable cash key deposit is due at check in for each person The balance of your reservation can be paid by cash, Visa or Mastercard. An additional 16.25%** tax will be added to your total reservation price at check-in.
**14% TOT (transit occupancy tax), 1.25% MED (mescone expansion district tax), and 1% TID (tourist improvement district tax)

We do not accept groups of more than 4 people

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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 $8.65 - 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: $55-$70.

Oakland Airport:

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 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.

Located Near

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!!

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