San Francisco Hostels - Adelaide Hostel San Francisco

A pleasant surprise awaits when you turn the corner of Isadora Duncan Lane, 2 blocks from the bustling center of Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Tucked at the end of the alley is the Adelaide Hostel, a cozy, colorful, haven for weary world travelers. Voted "Most Popular Hostel in San Francisco" in 2012, we offer free breakfast, comfortable dorm beds with full privacy curtains, private rooms, free Wi-Fi, a large fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounges and free luggage storage.

Our friendly staff are available around the clock to help you have the best stay possible in the best San Francisco hostel - ask about tours, bike rental and local insider information!

We can accommodate groups up to 60 people. Please email for groups of 7 or more (see email above). 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are running late or need to contact us urgently, please call reception at 1 (415) 359-1915. We answer all emails, but usually only during office hours.

The Adelaide Hostel San Francisco

About the Adelaide Hostel San Francisco
  • Awesome free breakfast of oatmeal, toast, bagels, fresh fruit, jams, Nutella, and more
  • Comfortable dorm beds with full privacy curtains, power points and reading lamps in every bunk
  • Free Wi-Fi and computers to use
  • Large comfortable lounge
  • Large fully equipped kitchen and dining area
  • Lockers under beds
  • Free luggage storage 
  • Safe Indoor Bike Parking (free)
  • Free linens and washing powder
  • Full cable TV in common areas for live sporting events and movies
  • 24 hour reception
  • Outdoor patio
  • We take groups of all sizes! Email for details.
  • See here for local tours

Formerly a European style pension, the Adelaide Hostel is favored for our excellent guest services, downtown location, and easy access to many San Francisco sites including Union Square, Chinatown, Alcatraz, and Fisherman's Wharf.

Our three buildings offer a variety of private and dorm rooms to perfectly accommodate your needs. Whether you are a family, student group, solo traveler, or couple, you are guaranteed a cozy and affordable stay with access to all of the amenities we offer.

Not only do we offer free internet to all of our guests, but we offer multiple computers for you to use free of charge in our lobby. We have satellite television with HBO, and a variety of Wii games for you to check out from reception.Our lounge is perfect for catching up on some work, Skyping the family,  group meetings or just chilling out.

There are plenty of hot showers on every floor, and a laundry room downstairs which offers two washers, two dryers, and complimentary washing powder. Machines are $2.00 each and we provide quarters at reception if you need to make change.

The Adelaide Hostel also gets discounted shuttle service from the San Francisco Airport ($14 via Airport Express), and an even better discount to get back to the airport from the city ($11), as well as discounts on popular bike rental services and tours to wine country and other nearby attractions.

We are really close to all the main bus lines as well, as well as GreyhoundMegaBusSFMTA and even train lines like BART and AMTRAK

Parking is expensive in downtown San Francisco, the best deal currently is $25 overnight nearby (subject to availability). Ask on arrival as receptionists are always on alert for the best parking deals.

The Adelaide Hostel has been highly recommended by travel guides including Lonely Planet, Let’s Go USA, Guide du Routard and National Geographic Travel Magazine as the best hostel in San Francisco. We also won “Most Popular San Francisco Hostel” in 2012, were rated as one of Hostelworld's "Top 10 Hostels in the World" for 2013, and are one of the top 10 specialty lodging sites in San Francisco according to Tripadvisor.

We are here to ensure you get the most out of our beloved City by the Bay. Once you stay with us, you are no longer just a guest... you're part of the Adelaide family! 

Past Awards Include:
  • “Most Popular Hostel in San Francisco” (Hostelworld, 2012)
  • “10th Best Extra Large Hostel Worldwide” (Hostelworld, 2013)
  • “Certificate of Excellence” (Tripadvisor, 2011 & 2012)
  • “#3 Hostel in USA” (Hostelworld, 2011)
  • “#4 Hostel in USA” (Hostelworld, 2010)
  • “Best Value Award” (Hostelbookers, 2010)
  • “Best Staff Award” (Hostelbookers, 2009)

We serve the best free breakfast in San Francisco, with homemade oatmeal made and served by staff, seasonal fresh fruit, a wide assortment of breads and bagels, jams, cream cheese, and nutella, orange juice, and of course, tea and coffee. You are also invited to enjoy free homemade dinner served twice a week, with chili over rice served on Monday, and pasta and salad served on Wednesday.

Other free events throughout the week include movie and popcorn night, Twin Peaks tour and pub crawls. There is also free Yoga every Tuesday evening just up the road at the Grace Cathedral labyrinth. Come stay and play!

We are surrounded by some popular bars and clubs like The Owl Tree21 ClubEdinburgh Castle Pub, Mc Teague's SaloonInfusion LoungeRuby Skye and more.. Does that all sound too good to be true? Come visit us and find out!