685 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109


Guest Rooms

hi san francisco city center dorm room

Our shared dorms have a maximum of 4 or 5 beds per room, and every room has a private, en suite bathroom.

We also have two types of private rooms:

Standard private rooms have either a double bed or 2 tiwn beds. There's a full, private bathroom in every room, as well as a writing desk, seating area, and in-room safe.

Premium private rooms have a double bed, a full, private bathroom (with both shower and bathtub), as well as a writing desk, seating area, in-room safe, and iPod dock. These rooms are more spacious than Standard Private Rooms, and are located on the top floor of the hostel with streetside views.

All of our guest rooms are equipped with free, fast WiFi.

Common Rooms

hi san francisco City Center hostel common area

Our cafe, Ivy's Place, is our most popular gathering place. This atmospheric, former 1920s speakeasy serves as a dining room by day, and in the evenings transforms into its former self, serving beer, wine, and snacks. There are 4 additional lounge areas on the first floor and mezzanine, stocked with books and games.

Every morning, we dish up free continental breakfast, which can be supplemented with all-you-eat pancakes or eggs for $1. Our spacious, self-serve kitchen is fully equipped with professional-grade stoves and ovens, microwaves, coffeemakers, pots and pans, dishes, utensils, and ample refrigerator/freezer space.

We offer free, fast WiFi in all of our guest rooms and common areas, plus we have internet terminals available for rent.

Activities and Tours

We know that travelers choose to stay in hostels not just to save money, but to meet other travelers! That's why we offer daily activities (walking tours, pub crawls, dinners, movies) where hostellers can mingle, explore the city, or get a local's advice. For more, see Hostel Activities.

We also partner with local tour operators to offer trips to Muir Woods, Wine Country, Yosemite, Monterey/Carmel, and more. See Day Trips.

“A sensational base camp for an assault on the city.”
--Lonely Planet


Ivy's Place HI San Francisco City Center hostel

  • FREE continental breakfast, plus $1 all-you-can-eat pancakes or eggs
  • FREE, fast WiFi
  • FREE unlimited local phone calls
  • FREE linens and towels
  • FREE coffee and tea
  • FREE/low-cost tours and activities
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Laundry service available
  • On-site high-speed Internet facilities
  • Vending machines with snacks and supplies
  • 24-hour reception
  • Secure lockers
  • Luggage and bicycle storage


We're very centrally located, near City Hall and the Civic Center arts district, within easy walking distance to:

  • Excellent, affordable restaurants with a wide range of cuisines
  • Live music at The Warfield and Great American Music Hall
  • A wide range of nightlife, ranging from dive bars to artisal cocktails
  • San Francisco Opera, Symphony, and Ballet
  • Asian Art Museum
  • Theater District
  • Union Square
  • Chinatown
  • Hayes Valley
  • SOMA

We're also very convenient to public transit, including MUNI buses and metro, as well as BART trains, which run to/from the San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland International Airport.

For much more about our neighborhood, see Local Sights.