About this listing
Welcome to our cozy, communal travelers hostel filled with friendly backpackers, world travelers, & wanderlust seekers. We are sanctioned by the San Francisco planning commission to provide tourist accommodation and have been a top rated hostel for 25 years! We offer mixed gender dorms, clean bathrooms, fully stocked kitchen, and a common room full of new friends in downtown SF. Come join us!
UPDATE: Dates not available? Scroll down to "Other Things to Note" for help!
Welcome to the smallest of the San Francisco hostels! We may be little, but we’ve got huge personality. Our space is all about creating community with fascinating travelers from around the world. Looking for instant friendships and awesome vibes? You found us, high five! We believe hostels are far more than just a cheap place to stay, and we are seeking out guests who feel the same.
Our accommodation is all mixed gender dorm rooms with 6 or 8 beds per room, bunk bed style, with large lockers underneath each bed. We also have a fully stocked kitchen, clean bathrooms, and cozy common room to hang out. It’s a very open, communal set up, with new international friends all around you. Like summer camp, but even better...because you're an adult now ;-)
Freebies don’t stop there, check these out too:
Free fluffy towels
Free nightly sock wash
Free high speed wifi & guest computer
Free high fives
Free luggage storage day of check in/out
Free hairdryers & straighteners
Free printing of boarding passes to new adventures
Freedom to be your amazing self!
Hungry, thirsty and broke? Forget the two hour hostel breakfast you slept through, we offer FREE peanut butter, jam, bread, tea, & coffee... 24 hours/7 days a week. We know, it’s awesome. We love you and you’re welcome.
Our central location between Chinatown and the Financial District is fantastic, public transport is plentiful, and vibrant North Beach bars are stumbling distance away.
As fellow international travelers, this place is more than a hostel to us; it is our home. We are very social and personable here, and want to know about you when you contact us. So, what brings you to SF and to our hostel?
We love hanging out and exploring the San Francisco area with our guests. Here are some upcoming events and activities (FREE, unless otherwise noted):
Mon March 20: Wild SF Walking Tour - Free Love/Free Tour. Led by Meike. From hostel @ 9:15
Tues March 21: Free Presidio Lecture by San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Led by Javier.
Wed March 22: Night of Salsa Dancing. Led by Charles. $5 from hostel at 9pm.
Thurs March 23: Land’s End, Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach - Led by Eri from hostel at 12pm
Fri March 24: Free Vegetarian Dinner Night w/ live entertainment. Led by Sergio from hostel 6p
Sat March 25: Bike the Golden Gate Bridge with Javier. 10am. Half price rentals $16/day
Sun March 26: Dolores Park Day with Chad! Chill in the sun with your new hostel friends! Leave hostel at 1pm.
Mon March 27: 31st Annual Izzies Dance & Choreography Awards - leave from hostel 5pm with staff Javier.
Tues March 28: Polk Street Pub Crawl with Charles. Check out local bars and meet other travelers. Leave from hostel 9pm.
Wed March 29: Night Out in the Castro for Musical Wednesday Sing-a-long! With staff Chad. Leave hostel 9pm
Thurs March 30: CA Academy of Sciences Nighlife - $15 with staff Meike. 5pm from hostel.
Fri March 31: Beach Day! Visit Ocean Beach, Land’s End, and Sutro Baths. With Rachel. 12:30pm from the hostel.
Sat Apr 1: Game Night at the hostel! Pictionary, Cards Against Humanity, Jenga +. With Eri 8pm
Sun Apr 2: Community Dinner - meet fellow travelers and have some delicious, cheap dinner. $5 led by Eri. 8pm
Guests have 24/7 access to their dorm, the shared bathrooms, the kitchen, and the common area. Please no cooking between midnight and 6am.
Interaction with guests
Reception is available to answer any and all questions between 8am and midnight. Reception is closed from midnight to 8am, though there is always some on site in case of emergency.
Our location can't be beat! We are located one block over from the famous San Francisco Chinatown, one block from the bustling Financial District, a few blocks south of "Little Italy" in North Beach, and just a 10 minute stroll from the water along the Embarcadero.
Public transportation is plentiful and nearby, though many things are walking distance. We are next to the #1 bus, 1 block from the California Cable Car line, and 5 blocks from the Montgomery BART station. You can catch many other buses near the BART station as well.
Cars are not recommended since we are right in downtown SF and parking garages are very expensive (about $30/24 hours). There is minimal street parking in front of the hostel: 7pm-7am during the week, and limited on the weekends. Alternatively, we know of some first come, first served free street parking across the city. You can then take a 25 minute bus ride back.
Other things to note
Our dorms hold between 6 and 8 people. "Four" refers to our maximum group size, not the dorm size.
As a traveler's hostel, we welcome those coming to/from San Francisco as temporary tourists. We unfortunately are unable to host residents of the Bay Area.
DATES NOT AVAILABLE?
Check one of our other listings! We have multiple listings on Airbnb for the same hostel simply so that we may accept more than one guest at a time. All of our "Friendly Hostel with Community" listings are for Pacific Tradewinds Hostel and are exactly the same (same hostel, same price, same rooms, etc).
All of our "International Hacker Hostel" listings are also the same (still the same hostel, plus 24/7 access to our coworking space, Nomad-A-What Travel Coworking, around the corner). If you're still having trouble, send us a message and we'll check for you.
Please note that occasionally the Airbnb calendar will show space is available when it is not, due to our calendars not aligning. You can always message us first to ask.