Friendly Hostel with Community #5

Dorm - Shared room · Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
Darren & Friends
Your host, Darren & Friends
30 Reviews
Response rate: 98%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

UPDATE: If you can't find the dates you want, message me and I'll initiate the reservation if we have space.

Price includes 16.5% Hotel & Tourist Tax

We are a small and sincere home of international travelers who believe hostels are much more than a cheap place to stay. For us, it's about meeting fascinating people from all over the world, making lasting friendships, and creating community. We are very social here and will want to know something about yourself when you contact us by way of your Airbnb profile.

As fellow international travelers, this place is more than a hostel to us; it is our home. We strive to learn about the interesting people who choose to visit the great city of San Francisco. You can expect us to ask you the usual heap of questions: "Where did you come from? What do you do? How long you staying? Where you off to next?". We hope you don't mind indulging us with a bit of social chatter before we show you to your bunk. However, if you just arrived from some far off location and can hardly keep an eye open- we will work as quickly as possible to tuck you into your bed.

Our house is specifically designed to so that interaction with other guests is impossible to avoid; the shared dormitories encourage community and being social with your new friends. If you crave privacy or tend to be anti-social, you may find our "openness" a bit odd or not to your liking. We would love to suit everyone's tastes if we could, but we do understand if this concept is not the right choice for you.

We are also in a great location, nestled comfortably between the Financial District and Chinatown, a stone's throw from the iconic Transamerican Tower, and stumbling-home distance from North Beach's vibrant bars. We are on a major bus line and roughly 5 blocks from the Muni/Bart station. Although we are a small hostel, we do a good job providing the amenities and services of the larger hostels, except with a personal touch. You would never confuse our wee hostel with a "flashpackers" and we're not even close to resembling an institutional (aka impersonal) hostel.

Yes, our kitchen will only accommodate a few people at one time, but rest assured that it's modern, fully stocked and some amazingly yummy food comes out of there. We routinely invite our guests to join us for community dinners. Our bathrooms are clean and modern, even if the plumbing on the inside is over 100 years old! Our beds are the sturdiest bunks in the world- custom made for backpackers with powder coated steel. These beds will not squeak or shake and there are large backpack/suitcase sized storage lockers underneath (99cm wide by 45cm tall by 60cm deep). You can use your own lock or buy one from us. And, of course, we have free wi-fi and high speed internet available.

San Francisco is chock full of things to do, of course. And, since we do a bit of traveling ourselves, we know budget is key. We definitely will not push a bunch of expensive tours and tickets on you. We are happy to point you in the direction you seek- armed with a map.

We are in the business of getting to know people. If you think this unique hostel is right up your alley, we invite you to come spend some time with us. Happy travels, and welcome.

Other Things to Note

Price includes 16.5% Hotel & Tourist Tax

Room type: Shared room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $41 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $287 /week
Check In: 8:00 AM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • a lot better than i expected, this hostel is a great place to stay short or long term, met so many different people from around the world, will stay here again, decent neighborhood, everything is nearby

    June 2014
  • This place was a lovely home away from home! Immediately welcoming and instant dancing was in order, not to mention some great family dining and game playing. Bunks were clean and doors were safe, bathrooms working and everyone all around 100% awesome. This is definitely the hostel for you and I look forward to a return (did I mention a good handful of guests were returning for the umpteenth time?) Good friends all around. Great location mid-Chinatown near the best Bart and MUNI lines to get anywhere as fast as possible in SF (which in my experience isn't that fast from elsewhere).

    June 2014
    Darren & Friends
    Response from Darren & Friends:

    Was great to have you, Ryan! Looking forward to your umpteenth time here, too! ;-)

    June 2014
  • "Nevah have I evah" had a more enjoyable stay! The staff was friendly and accommodating, I met some really cool fellow visitors, and the vibe was just right. I could walk to most everywhere I needed to go downtown. I will definitely stay again the next time I'm in SF!

    June 2014
  • A great intimate little hostel. The hosts were friendly but quite busy on the night I stayed. The huge locker space is fantastic, the kitchen, showers and communal area were convenient and useful. Plenty of entertainment suggestions/advice/doodles pinned to the walls really helped, being fresh to the city. Cheap too! I'd certainly stay again.

    May 2014
  • The hostel was super friendly and very social - perfect for a single traveler looking to make friends and have company. They also coordinated several great events including a brewery tour and super fun beach day. I met great people from all over the world and all different walks of life.

    May 2014
  • This house is clean and close to downtown,
    But it was very noisy by song and conversation of other guests and staff between 7pm and 1am,
    So I could not sleep very well.
    If you want to sleep at night, I can not recommend this house...

    April 2014
  • Awsome place, awsome crew, really clean, and the location is perfect !
    I enjoyed my week and met fabulous people from around the world. Thanks so much everybody !

    April 2014
  • Amazing place to stay

    March 2014
  • Great value, good location near fin district. Good comp breakfast.

    February 2014
  • Great hostel..great people..nothing bad about the place...get yourself a room!

    February 2014
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With the help of some really good friends, I have been operating my hostel for 20 years now. I'm passionate about creating community and enjoy creating environments where new friendships can be easily found. I surround myself with people who have this same vision so you might receive a reply form me or one of my friends. We believe people in the world have more in common with each other than they think, and we like working to find the social connections between people. We also operate from the premise that most people are inherently shy someone to help start the conversation and make introductions. The communities you will find under my profile operate with this basic premise in mind. We particularly enjoy people that have something good to offer the world and we like to learn how they are striving to make the world a better place. We always want to know about that special thing that makes you a unique contributing citizen of the world, so don't be surprised if I ask you a few questions about yourself. We also appreciate people who are willing to compromise their habits and routines for the good of the community We think international travel and friendship is vital to our survival on the planet. We think everyone should visit some far off place they have never been at least once a year. While there, people should strive to find the common interests and connections with their fellow human beings. Our golden rule in both houses is "Be Excellent To One Another." By the way, the photo is me in Santorini, Greece. I look forward to meeting you.
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