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!

San Francisco's Best Hostel

Covid 19 Update

Due to the pandemic, we are closed until March 4th 2021. We take pride in our cleanliness at the Green Tortoise, however, we need to prioritize the health of our guests and staff and ensure that we can continue providing a home to travelers for another 27 years. 

We will reopen as soon as there is a viable vaccine. For now, we encourage you to book for after March 4th 2021 by calling. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook to stay updated about changes. We look forward to gathering around our tables again, from all of us at the Green Tortoise, wash your hands and see you soon. We will continue to answer phone calls 9-5 AM daily at 1-800-867-8647

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

Computer Lounge

Pool and Ping Pong tables

Free Sauna 

Laundry Room

Free Dinner 3x a week

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!