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Top Hostels in San Francisco

Wednesday 4th August 2010

Anyone undertaking a gap year or an extended trip abroad should consider a hostel.

Not only are they a great way to make your money go further, a hostel is also a great way to meet other travellers. You can find San Francisco hostels in many of the main districts including North Beach, Fort Mason, Union Square, The Mission and SoMa. So whether you want to stay close to some green space, good nightlife or be short walk from the bay, budget travellers can find a hostel to suit.

The Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse offers guests a long list of freebies, so it’s not just the price of room you are making valuable savings on. You can enjoy a free full breakfast every morning and three times a week they serve free dinners of pasta, burritos, Thai curries and vegetarian options. Once you have explored San Francisco nightlife, try some free entertainment at the hostel. The Green Tortoise organises parties and concerts in their ballroom or if you would prefer a quiet night in, curl up with a movie from the DVD collection or enjoy a few free games of pool or foosball.

USA Hostels San Francisco is in the heart of the Downtown area just three blocks from Union Square. They have great self-catering facilities with eight cooking stations for guests but they also offer free tea and coffee and a free all-you-can-eat pancake and oatmeal breakfast every morning. The hostel organises activities so you have plenty of opportunities to meet other travellers. Guests can join a free daily city tour, plan trips to Yosemite or the Sonoma Wine Country or enjoy a spot of karaoke. They even have a new 50-seat cinema with two screens. If you don’t like the idea of staying in large rooms, USA Hostels San Francisco promises a maximum of four-bed dormitories all with personal lockers and power points for each guest.

The Orange Village Hostel is a stylish new property with lovely wooden beds and bunks. Guests can book single sex dormitories with a maximum of four beds per room as well as private twins and doubles. It might not have the large games facilities that other hostels boast, but there is a more intimate and personal atmosphere with a cosy lounge area equipped with a TV and iPod player, parties on Fridays and staff on hand to help you plan tours. Guests have access to laundry and self-catering facilities and they also offer a free continental breakfast.