San Francisco is the most expensive city in America, and that’s a big factor to consider when you think of the other cities that it tops – New York most notability. However San Francisco is also one of the most popular places for international backpackers, meaning that it is certainly possible to see the sights on a budget.
Backpacking and hotels come hand in hand, and if you’re looking to save money whilst travelling then they are the most sensible places to stay. When it comes to San Francisco, the city has more hostels than any other city in America, providing healthy competition, great room rates and an opportunity to make new friends. If you’re a student on a budget and you’re thinking of backpacking in San Francisco, then take note of our top hostels for 2013!
The Adelaide is a well presented and award-winning hotel located (or quietly hidden) down a tiny alleyway just off Union Square. Not only is it the area’s best kept lodging secret, but guests can benefit from free breakfast and coffee as well as private dorm rooms and large communal areas. The Adelaide also has a great bar, offering a place to meet other travellers in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The Green Tortoise
This hostel is another low-cost lodging gem, and provides a one-stop service for budget travellers. Offering a daily bus to a number of tourist hotspots in San Francisco, the historic building is only a few metres away from bustling nightlife, relaxing cafés and bohemian bookstores. Guests benefit from free breakfast, a pool, a sauna and a variety of in-house events throughout the week!
HI Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel
Although this hostel is pretty small compared to the previous two, its lack of size is made up by the beautifully presented rooms and excellent service. Sitting high above the Upper Fort Mason cliffs, the hostel is surrounded by stunning landscapes, providing a number of water sports as well as hiking opportunities. Offering a European-style breakfast to all guests, the nightlife and restaurants of San Francisco are only a short walk away.
Pacific Tradewinds Hostel
This hotel is located round around the corner from the cable cars, meaning its very close to the famous Chinatown. Not only is the hostel friendly, providing free meals and great service, but it also offers a number of free trips into the city centre – which is great if you’re travelling on a budget!
The Amsterdam Hostel
This hostel might be short on space, and also a little less intimate than others, but if you’re looking to save as much cash as possible then this is a great choice. With quick and easy links to the city centre, then there’s no other hostel that’s more convenient for travel. Furthermore, guests will benefit from flat screen televisions in the rooms as well as a free continental breakfast. Aimed at student travellers, you’ll be able to get discounts on rooms on the presentation of a valid student card too!
Hopefully now you’ve got your Hostel sorted! Time to get your flights sorted, where better to book your flights to the US than at cheapflights.com where you can compare multiple airlines for the best deal.