How to Find a Great Hostel in San Francisco

How to Find a Great Hostel in San Francisco

San Francisco is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Tourists will stay for a few days or a few weeks with some coming for even longer. It is a vibrant city with something for everyone. San Francisco has many neighborhoods and before looking for accommodation, it may be worth looking to identify your location first of all. What is the purpose of your trip and what do you want to be near?

Once your location is established, it would then be time to consider your accommodation. What is your budget? What type of accommodation are you looking for? Decide on the facilities that you will require for your stay, would you be happy with basic accommodation or would you be looking for something with more facilities? Do you or anyone in your group have any special requirements, for example do you need a lift or do you have special dietary needs? It is important that you factor in all of your requirements so that you can have a comfortable stay, there is nothing worse than having to struggle with accommodation which falls way short of your needs. What suits one group of people does not necessarily suit another, so weigh up your priorities carefully.

Commonly, people will look at hostel accommodation to enjoy their vacation the cheaper way. Here’s how to help you choose a hostel in San Francisco.

A good starting point would be to go online and make a simple search. You will find an array of websites looking to sell accommodation but before you book you may want to devise a list of the hostel accommodations which will satisfy your budget and requirements and then compare your selection. Check out location, facilities, restrictions, sleeping arrangements and meal options. Your location should be within the area that you have chosen but weigh that up against the importance of having a choice of restaurants close at hand for example. That can be very welcoming if you have been touring around all day.

Read reviews and select the reviews according to the answers that you need. Look for multiple reviews from multiple sites and build a picture around that. If someone has had a poor experience when they have made the booking perhaps through a third party, this can influence the review in a negative way so try to be measured in your approach and look for as broad a selection as you can.

You could also contact the accommodation to ask your questions, they are certainly best placed to be able to give you first hand information.

If you know someone who has been, even better. You may be able to see the pictures of the hostel that they stayed in. That can help a lot especially if you know the person well and trust their opinion.

Social Media is a great place to ask you friends some questions and you can often come up with some valuable recommendations.

A memorable trip can begin with appropriate and comfortable accommodation. Expensive doesn't always mean good and cheap doesn't always mean poor. Take your time, search around and ask the right questions before booking.

This is a contribution from one of our contributing writers.


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