San Francisco's Best Hostel

The Green Tortoise San Francisco Hostel is a safe and affordable place to call home. Centrally located in downtown this hostel will be perfect for your visit to this wonderful city!

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Covid 19 Update 

Our current maximum stay limit is now 7 days. but longer can sometimes be accepted with management approval upon your arrival. We currently not requiring face masks or Vaccination inside our building. 

We are currently serving free Breakfast!

Come and enjoy our exciting building updates with more individual space in our ever popular ballroom.  And of course the best location in San Francisco, our North Beach neighborhood is bustling with renewed life at our iconic restaurants.  Come join us in the legacy area of Little Italy, one block from Chinatown and a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf. 

Shared Dorms

Co-ed or Female shared rooms with 2-4 bunk beds, sleeping 4-8 people. Locker found underneath each bed for secure luggage storage. Locks for sale at the front desk.

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Private Rooms

A variety of  great private rooms available for 1, 2, or 3 guests. Perfect for anyone looking for some privacy on a budget at the Green Tortoise Hostel.

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Unique Amenities to Keep You Comfortable


Free Breakfast Daily


Awesome WIFI


Pool and Ping Pong tables


Free Sauna 


Laundry Room


Social Events Offered

At our SF hostel, we want to make your stay as easy as possible. Take advantage of the free amenities meant to relieve the stress of visiting a new city. We have some unique ones here at the Green Tortoise Like our Free Sauna and Weekly dinners so don't forget to take advantage.

Amazing Attractions Close By 

  • Golden Gate Bridge 

  • Fishermans Wharf

  • Alcatraz Terminal

  • Golden Gate Park

  • Castro

  • Lands End 

  • Haight St

  • Twin Peaks

  • Coit Tower

  • Baker Beach

We are within 15 min walking distance to some of San Francisco Must see attractions like Fishermans Wharf, Chinatown, and Coit Tower. With our centrally located location and the Bay Area's famous public transportation you'll find your way to everything else easily!

North Beach is a centrally located area of San Francisco sandwiched between Fishermans Wharf and the Financial District. Our Hostel lies in one San Francisco's most historic, diverse and unique neighborhoods, with many one of a kind landmarks within a short walk.

Explore Our North beach Neighborhood


Coit Tower

Coit Tower is a 210-ft tower offering panoramic views over the city and the bay. and Murals by Diego Rivera


Little Italy

Here you will find the cities best Italian food, including tasty Cannolis at Stella Pastry and Cafe.


The Filbert Steps 

The Filbert Street steps have a very urban jungle feel with great views. Though steep, should be part of your visit.



This is one of the oldest and

most established Chinatowns in the U.S. A bustling maze of streets with traditional eateries.


City Lights

This bookstore was a hub for the counterculture movement of the Beat Generation in San Francisco.


Cable Car Museum

 Located at 1201 Mason Street, it contains historical and explanatory exhibits on the San Francisco cable car system.

Our Hostel's Origin:

Helping Travelers

Explore since 1974

The World Famous Green Tortoise Adventure Travel began over 40 years ago, with one sturdy bus and the realization that beautiful places, great food, and sociable people were the only essentials for gratifying travel experiences.

The Green Tortoise hostels in Seattle and San Francisco are built on the fine tradition of a social communal experience. We have expanded and refined the hostel experience with free internet, free meals, private bathrooms, and comforts that make The Green Tortoise unique.Be sure to include the Green Tortoise on your Next San Francisco hosteling adventure!