HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square)

312 Mason Street, San Francisco, USA, Distance from city centre: 0.2km
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Rating: 86%from 76 reviews

  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 87%Staff
  • 86%Security
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 94%Location
  • 85%Value for money
  • 84%Facilities
Location, location, location! HI-San Francisco Downtown is at the centre of everything: cable cars, Chinatown, Museum Row, Union Square, and plenty of world-class shopping, restaurants, theatres, and bars.

With so much to do, you'll spend all your time outside the hostel -- but we keep it squeaky clean and comfy for when you get back. The hostel is fresh from a recent renovation, and our housekeeping staff make daily rounds.

Other perks to make your stay as smooth as possible include free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free linen and towels, laundry facilities, a new, fully-equipped guest kitchen and a theatre-style TV room. We have both private rooms and 4-bed dorms, including many with private bathrooms.

Even better, you don't need to look further than the front desk to plan your stay - we organize free and cheap daily activities like pub crawls, walking tours, museum visits, and day trips to places like Muir Woods, wine country, or Yosemite.

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 non-membership fee upon check-in.

***PLEASE NOTE: There's 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.

Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • ATM
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Card phones
  • Child Friendly
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Elevator
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Wifi
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Accessible

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.

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.

Maximum stay Policy: 14 consecutive nights or an accumulative 14 nights during each calendar year.

Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

City tax is included in our online rates.

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***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.

From Amtrak:
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.

By car:
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.

Located Near

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 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 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 San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland International Airport.

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