Adelaide Hostel Hotel

5 Isadora Duncan Lane, (Formerly Adelaide Inn), San Francisco, California, 94102, United States

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  • Families81
  • Couples70
  • Solo74
  • Business69
  • Great place to stay on a budget in San Francisco


    A friend recommended the Adelaide to me and I found it to be a great hostel right in downtown San Francisco that I could afford on my student budget.

    Unique Quality: The free breakfast and free wifi was a great help to me on my tight budget.

    Directions: Union Square in downtown San Francisco ,

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    Best youth hostel around/ view of bay!


    Small accomadations but a great view at the Youth hostel in San Francisco. The grounds are right off the bay. Walking distance to the bay, the marina district and fishermans wharf.

    Unique Quality: Price and location, location, location!

    Directions: Near Fishermans Wharf, and Marina

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    Great value, great location.


    I opted to rent a hotel room here and ended up with a two room "suite" for about $30/night. I'm an old guy and while I was older than most of the other guests, had no problem having great conversations with my fellow travelers.

    The hostel/hotel is located in an alley (Isadora Duncan Place) off a main street. The area is well lit at night and seems safe. There are neighborhoods not too far away that are not safe at night, but this is not one of them.

    Public transportation (Muni bus, tram and cable cars) are close by, but I mostly walked. It's in a great location, just a few blocks from Union Square.

    Breakfast is basic with decent coffee, rolls, peanut butter, etc.

    Be aware that the Adelaide only takes cash. I talked to one young traveler who was doing some work for the hotel in return for her weeks lodging.

    This is mostly an international crowd.

    Unique Quality: I got free wireless internet access from my room, I believe courtsey of someone who lived in the apartment building across the alley.

  • MarvintheMartian's Profile Photo

    Cheap and Central


    A short walk from the Market Street and Powell Street area BART station.

    Adelaide Hostel is cheap and basic.

    I used it as my base and it served me well.

    It has a small kitchen and adjoining social area with a TV.

    There is also free internet access via two computers.

    The Alelaide website claims that the dorm rooms have a maximum of four beds - this is not true, mine had six beds and it was quite tight. There was only one sink available which was in the room.

    There was a shower room on the floor with two toilets next door. This was for about 20-30 people.

    I stayed in the Adelaide twice, on my second time I was placed in a room which took three people. One person in a top (single) bunk and a couple sharing the bottom (double) bunk. It's a bit cosy again and may not suit everyone. However it is cheap and clean.

    Unique Quality: The website is much flashier than the hostel itself!

    Directions: Union Square Area.

  • San Francisco best hostel the Adelaide Hostel


    This is a beautiful gem of a hotel/hostel that also has private hotel rooms. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, The famous cable cars ,Fishermans wharf , China town ,Theater district and all attractions are only a short walk away.This place feels like a charming European style hotel which in fact it is how it was designed and most of the guests appear to international travellers enjoying a trip to San Francisco. For between $20 - $70 this is a great value.

    Unique Quality: The Adelaide Hostel has free internet computers for the use of all their guests (great for checking E-mail or booking airline tickets while on the road) and free no need for expensive internet cafes.
    They also offer free breakfast with great home brewed coffee or tea.

    Directions: Located in fashionable Union Square in downtown San Francisco it can be found between Geary and Post Streets and just off Taylor Street.

  • Adelaide is a great Hostel in San Francisco


    The Adelaide Hotel and Hostel is tucked away in a small Lane named after the famous San Francisco Dancer and actress Isadora Duncan,only one block from Union Square in the heart of downtown San Francisco,this is a gem built in the style of a European hotel with great ambiance and a wonderful history the famous Trader Vic was born in this building and called it home for many years.Now it is operating as a tourist hotel and hostel and given its location with the famous cable cars only a block away a great place to stay in San Francisco.

    Unique Quality: This hotel and hostel has four bed dorm rooms for the budget traveler,for people who want more privacy they have full private rooms.With free internet computers for all the guests it is great for the modern traveller who wants to regulary check e-mail.For the guest who likes to know what is going on overseas the satelite T.V. has hundreds of world wide news and sport stations.

    Directions: Downtown San Francisco,in the Union Square and theatre district, located between Geary and Post street and just off Taylor street.

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    Unique Quality: 18 room hostel located on Taylor and Post in Union Square. Some rooms are private, but most shared. All bathrooms are shared.

    Make a small non-refundable deposit with your reservation and pay the balance on arrival. Deposits and reservations can be made online and paid for with American Express, Master Card or Visa.

    Free high speed internet access from 7am to midnight 7 days a week. If you need transportation to the airport after your stay, tell the front desk the night before and they will arrange a shuttle to pick you up in the morning. Shuttle cost: $9

    Its not the easiest place to find. Isadora Duncan Ct is basically an alley that dead ends after about 200 metres. If you give the address to a taxi or shuttle driver they may have a hard time finding it. I found it better to tell taxi's to take me to Taylor and Post, then just walk the block or so to the hostel. Bring a map with you the first time you come, otherwise its difficult to find.

    Directions: Post and Taylor, Union Square

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    i stayed at the adelaide...


    i stayed at the adelaide hostel. it's located at 5 isadora duncan place. this street was formerly adelaide place, so if you plan to search for it on a map, it may stil lsay adelaide and not isadora. isadora duncan was a famous dancer some years ago, and this street was named after her.
    price is 18dollars in us currency per night. or slightly cheaper if you pay per week.

    Unique Quality: the price for the hostel in feb. 2002 is $18.00 dollars per night. if you decide to pay weekly, i believe the price is lowered and it's like getting one night for free. the downside is that they advertise $17.00 a night, and that they have internet access on their website ( of these, they do not have.

    Directions: 5 isadora duncan pl. on taylor st, between post and geary streets. it's on an alleyway slightly off from taylor st, which is nice because it's somewhat removed from the main st, and makes you feel lik

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Adelaide hostel in North Shore area

by chrisgoo

Has anyone stayed here?? Is the area around it safe? Someone I've spoken to said it wasn't the safest area around...


Re: Adelaide hostel in North Shore area

by lostsooner55

Look at the San Francisco pages here on VT. There should be reviews of the hostel. The location is much nearer Market Street, than it is to the North Beach area. Just use the normal safety precautions for a large city, and you should be fine. I do have another suggestion. Go to: This is a link for the Fishermans Wharf Hostel, which is located within Fort Mason, an area overseen by the US Park Service. The prices seem about the same as the Adelaide, and you are within walking distance of Fishermans Wharf, The Maritime Museum, the north end of the cable car routes, and Pier 39, where you can catch boats to Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Marine World Africa, in Novato. You are also a short bus ride away from the North Beach and Chinatown. You will be pretty much on the Bay, so you can also walk along the Bay towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Gary

Re: Adelaide hostel in North Shore area

by shinjiblue

It's pretty close to the area known as "the Tenderloin", which is definitely not the best area to be in, especially if you're not familiar with the city. It's pretty shady, particularly at night. If you have any other options, I'd probably go with something else. Here's a link that might be helpful:


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Address: 5 Isadora Duncan Lane, (Formerly Adelaide Inn), San Francisco, California, 94102, United States