During our days in the Bay Area’s king city, San Francisco, we were lucky enough to team up with Hostelbookers.com to explore the local hostels’ scene.
Every since we started traveling, we’ve been using Hostelbookers.com as a reliable source of not only hostels, but other budget properties around the world. They’ve compiled great options internationally, always presenting them at the best prices you are likely to find on the web.
In San Francisco, we started off with HI Hostels, which is no more no less, than the biggest hostel chain in the world!
Location, location, location!
HI Hostel Downtown San Francisco is in the very centre of the city, just a couple of minutes walking from Union Square. When you are surrounded by 5 star hotels, you know you’re in a great location!
Our private room was really spacious (which is something not often found in hostel chains) and decorated in a young, modern way. Two big windows out to San Francisco’s happening streets guarantee great lighting all day long, which translates into a fresh and happy atmosphere.
The room includes a private bathroom, simple and clean, as well as a working desk and chair, a comfy couch, closet space and big size lockers.
… and breakfast!
Breakfast features some of the best bagels you are likely to find around here, brought in fresh every morning. Spread your bagel with cream cheese and fruit jam, or go for the healthy oatmeal and fruit. Whatever you do, don’t forget your tea or coffee, to make sure you’re awake to enjoy all the area has to offer!
The kitchen is open most day for you to prepare your own meals, and it’s equipped quite nicely.
If you rather eat out, this might be one of the best streets in town to do so, as there are not only convenience stores, cafes and restaurants all around, there are also at least a couple of eateries open 24hrs!
‘Cause we’re social creatures…
Daily activities are organized by the hostel crew: the most popular include pub crawls, yoga classes and movie nights in the hostel’s very own movie room!
The common living room is colorful and invites you to lounge around, read something out of the book exchange or meet other backpackers staying around. Actually, you’re likely to find an interesting mix of people staying at HI Hostel Downtown San Francisco: not just the typical backpackers crowd, also families, older people and, overall, a great mix that guarantees an interesting atmosphere.
There’s WIFI both in the common areas and rooms, but if you don’t have your own laptop or tablet, PC’s are available for a fee.
Affordable laundry facilities are also on site, making it easy to have a fun stay but also take care of your errands.
The little things <3
There are plenty of details that Hi Hostel Downtown San Francisco stands out at. That makes you feel like spreading the world and coming back one day. The organic coffee (for breakfast and available free all day down at reception), the green cleaning products you’ll find in the kitchen, the ever-present recycling bins, a ton of environmental friendly messages or the fact that, although tap water is safe to drink, they’ve cared to make filtered refrigerated water available on all floors.
It’s this kind of little things and a funky attitude that make a good hostel, great.