RockIT CoLabs is a new San Francisco hackerspace for both software and hardware projects. Now we have teamed up with our neighborhood international hostel to provide itinerant hackers with the best of both worlds - access to an amazing community of hackers AND an awesome place to sleep that's filled with social backpackers from all over the world.
Your electronic key will provide 24 hour access to both the hostel and the hackerspace, which are one block away from one another in the heart of San Francisco.
The hackerspace is 3 floors of bohemian tech. Upstairs has adjustable height rocketship tables, great wraparound windows, lounge area, whiteboards, large screen video monitors, office supplies, coffee and snacks. Downstairs is filled with hardware toys including workbenches, test equipment, power supplies, projection screen, 3D printer, vinyl cutter plotter, and a CNC milling machine (coming soon). The ground floor provides another place to work and will soon be an electronics parts store. We have 40mbps with wifi access points on all floors.
The hostel is a highly social and well established. It's a great community of international travelers who want to have fun. We've been here for 22 years! Amenities include free wifi and guest computers, guest kitchen, laundry service, solid steel bunks with built in lockers and clean bathrooms.
Price includes 16.5% Hotel & Tourist Tax
Send us a note and let us know about your project and what brings you to San Francisco. We look forward to meeting you.
Other Things to Note
Price includes 16.5% Hotel & Tourist Tax
Check in is available from 8am-midnight each day at the hostel. You will need to come to the hackerspace for a facilities and equipment orientation between the hours of 10am-5pm (Monday-Friday). After check in and orientation you will have 24/7 access to both facilities.
As a travelers hostel, all guests are required to have a government issued photo ID and proof of traveling status (i.e. plane tickets or passport). You will be asked for a $20 refundable security deposit at check-in.
You will be required to sign a liability waiver for 24/7 access to the Hackerspace.
The shared living space cushion was dirty, smelly and torn fabric.
$ CAD 67 per night for a "room" shared with 6 other people, no door (very noisy) and no natural lights. 4 flights of stairs, towel was dirty gray color with smell.
Carpet doesn't look or smell like it has been clean for 2 days
Bathroom on the floor is loud with door closing all the day/night.
There is a mattress on the floor near the fire escape stair exit, that's fire hazard.
The whole place was extremely hot and no air circulation.
The place was exactly what we needed as an up and coming startup. We got access to a dedicated co-working space just down the street. The beds were clean and the community in the space was very eccentric and friendly!
Not exactly a hacker hostel but the atmosphere is amazing, the staff is very good, the guests are friendly, and coexistence is nice. The location is spectacular. 100% recommended.
Make no mistakes, this place is two separate things:
1. A hostel, usually costing about $35 per night.
2. A coworking space, usually costing from $10-20 per day. You should note, that if you arrive outside their Mon-Fri working hours, you can't use the space, but you will still pay for it.
You could probably get better price and quality for both services if you booked separately (or at other places). I ended up with an overpriced hostel.
1. The hostel (Pacific Tradewinds)
- Friendly staff.
- Has a kitchen that works.
- Gives free shower stuff that other travellers leave.
- Location is central.
- Hard to find and not well signposted when you find it. You won't find it if you go looking for 'international hacker hostel'. It's signposted differently to the receipt.
- Up a tonne (4f?) of stairs.
- Dorm is effectively one enormous room with makeshift 7foot 'walls' separating 'rooms' of 6-8 people. Because the ceiling is much higher than these internal walls, and the rooms don't have doors, it means that noise and light carries between the rooms. You're sleeping in a room with 20+ other people, basically.
- Beds are pretty narrow and uncomfortable. and power sockets aren't ideally located.
- No natural light in the common area so not a place you'd want to spend any time.
2. Coworking space (Rockit Colabs)
I never even got to see inside. The staff at the hostel couldn't even tell me where it was. I found it myself, but as I arrived on a Saturday, nobody was there to do the 'induction'. Nobody was even in the building from what I could see. I got a key from the hostel and went inside as far as I could go, but it was empty. It didn't seem very active compared to other coworking spaces I've seen.
This is pretty silly, since you still have to pay for it even if you do book on a weekend. But you can't get access. This wasn't communicated effectively when I booked, or priced accordingly.
You are correct, we are two separate places/ buildings. We have tried to make this clear in the description of the listing. "Your electronic key will provide 24 hour access to both the hostel and the hackerspace, which are one block away from one another in the heart of San Francisco."
The hostel is $35 per night, plus tax ($41 incl. tax). Guests get a special $12 day rate at RockIT CoLabs, instead of the usual $20. Those who book the 'Hacker Hostel' listing, as you did, pay both of those together. As you are given a key for both, you are more than welcome to use the space anytime once you have checked in.
I'm sorry that the hostel staff you dealt with were not more informed about the coworking space. Yes, the startup community that works there tends to be much livelier during the week than on the weekends, but guests that book it are welcome anytime. Due to the miscommunication I am happy to refund you the $12 RockIT day pass fee you paid.
Our apologies as well for any trouble with the hostel itself. Unfortunately Airbnb prevents us from giving our real name until someone has a paid booking, which is why it says 'Hacker Hostel'. We send out confirmation emails directly from Pacific Tradewinds once you've booked, so that usually sorts any confusion, but perhaps it was missed. Thanks for your comments. We will continue to work on streamlining our communication with Airbnb guests.
Had the most amazing time with the most amazing people!! There is a great vibe here and an atmosphere that I hope to find again soon. I will definitely be going back :)
One of the best hostels I have stayed at in terms of atmosphere. The cosiness of it meant that you are always making friends and thankfully it seemed to attract the right kinds of travelers.
No complaints about the facilities, and the cleanliness was good too. Highly recommended.
The coworking space was great: close to the hostel, good wifi, comfortable working environment, friendly staff.
The hostel was also great: clean facility, friendly staff, and a welcoming atmosphere.
A couple things to keep in mind: it's not *just* a hacker hostel, so if you're expecting a roomful of vagabonding startup founders, you'll probably disappointed. The coworking space is not attached to the hostel itself, but it's just around the block.
It was uncommonly warm in SF while I was there, so the room was a bit uncomfortable, but I'm pretty sure the weather was pretty flukish (90º F ish outside), so I doubt that's actually an issue normally.
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