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Hi San Francisco Downtown Hostel - San Francisco - Lounge
Hi San Francisco Downtown Hostel
8.4 Very Good
Union Square Area$166+
European Hostel - San Francisco
European Hostel
4.7 Mediocre

How much is a San Francisco hostel?

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Top tips for finding San Francisco hostel deals

  • Whether you’re traveling on your own or with a group, there are a handful of advantages that come with booking a hostel in San Francisco over the more expensive hotels and vacation rentals in the area. Besides more modest prices, hostels in this area are great for meeting other travelers, due to their emphasis on shared common areas and onsite features like bars and cafes.
  • The highest concentration of hostels in San Francisco is in the central districts near the Tenderloin. Booking a hostel in this area puts you within reach of all the attractions and venues that downtown San Francisco has to offer, whether you’re interested in the Museum of Modern Art or the Golden Gate Bridge. For a San Francisco experience on the seafront, you can book a hostel near Fisherman’s Wharf, which offers easy access to ocean views, sea lions, and all the attractions on the wharf itself.
  • If you’re traveling on your own and you’re looking to meet other travelers, booking a room at one of the hostels in San Francisco that offers an enhanced social environment is essential. The Green Tortoise Hostel, located just outside of downtown San Francisco, has a game room and several common areas where you can connect with fellow tourists. This hostel also features several amenities to make your stay more convenient, like a computer room and a shared kitchen.
  • Heading to San Francisco with a group of friends or family? Booking a room at the right hostel is important in making sure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. At Orange Village Hostel near the popular Union Square area, there are double and triple room options that you can mix and match to ensure that your entire party is accommodated. The Orange Village Hostel also offers daily continental breakfast, laundry facilities, and spacious common areas for your convenience.
  • If you’re looking for a cheap hostel in San Francisco, you should consider going during the low season. You’ll generally find lower-priced hostels in San Francisco in March and January.
  • Hostel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll likely find the best hostel deals in San Francisco if you stay on a Saturday. The most expensive day for hostel bookings is Tuesday.
  • If you want to ensure you grab a bargain, try to book at least 40 days before your stay to get the best price for a San Francisco hostel.
  • The cheapest 3-star hostel in San Francisco found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $540, while the most expensive was $586.

FAQs when booking a hostel in San Francisco

  • What are the best hostels near Union Square?

    Union Square is a popular area in San Francisco and there are many hostels closeby. Check out Amsterdam Hostel or Orange Village Hostel for hostels recommended by KAYAK that are within walking distance of Union Square.

  • How much does a hostel cost in San Francisco?

    Hostel prices in San Francisco can vary depending on a number of factors. The average price for a hostel in San Francisco is $85 but KAYAK users have found hostels for as cheap as $29 in the last 3 days.

  • Is it cheaper to stay in a hostel than in a hotel in San Francisco?

    The average price for a night in a hostel in San Francisco is $85 compared to $308 for a night in a hotel.

Where to find the best hostels in San Francisco?

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Orange Village Hostel - San Francisco - Restaurant
Orange Village Hostel
7.8 Good
Free Wi-Fi
HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel - San Francisco - Front desk
HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel
8.3 Very Good
Marina District$149+
Free Wi-Fi
Adelaide Hostel
7.6 Good
Free Wi-Fi

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