Pacific Tradewinds is One of the Best Hostels which Outdo San Francisco's Budget Hotels

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Let's Go: The Budget Guide to California Including Hawaii 1997 - Hostel Review
Let's Go The Budget Guide to California Including Hawaii For those who don't mind sharing a room with two to seven strangers, San Francisco's hostels definitely outdo its budget hotels. The better hostels are cleaner and safer than most budget hotels, have friendlier and more helpful staffs, and cost much less. Booking your stay in advance is advisable, especially during the summer, but it's not uncommon to find a few vacancies if you call or walk in early. Pacific Tradewinds Guest House, 680 Sacramento St. (433-7970; fax 291-8801), between Montgomery and Kearny in the Financial District. From Transbay Terminal, take MUNI bus #38. At Market and Kearny, transfer to #15 northbound. Get off at Kearny and Sacramento. Tucked between the Financial District and Chinatown, Pacific Tradewinds is one of the best in the business. With just 30 beds, Dr. Seuss readings, and a  large library of information designed for travelers, this cozy place is pleasantly communal. The hip and wonderfully friendly staff sports accents from what seems like every English-speaking country under the sun. No TV. No wheelchair access. Laundry (So they do it). Kitchen with fridge and stove, showers and cozy common room. Must be 18. No curfew 14-day max stay $16 per night. Discounts available to VIP Backpacker and cardholders. Reservations are advised.  
Let's Go
Saturday, January 25, 1997
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