The Sentient SF

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Individually decorated, free WiFi
Individually decorated, free WiFi
Individually decorated, free WiFi
Individually decorated, free WiFi

Overview of The Sentient SF

The Sentient SF

1.5 out of 5
Guests rated this property 1.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
179 Julian Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94103

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMission Dolores Park13 min walk
  • Popular LocationCastro Street17 min walk
  • Popular LocationBill Graham Civic Auditorium2 min drive
  • AirportSan Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.)18 min drive

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About this area

San Francisco

The Sentient SF is located in Mission District, a neighborhood in San Francisco, and is near a metro station. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Orpheum Theater are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Ferry Building and Pacifica Pier. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Chase Center or Oracle Park.

What's nearby

  • Van Ness Avenue - 11 min walk
  • Mission Dolores Park - 13 min walk
  • Castro Street - 17 min walk
  • Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - 2 min drive
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - 2 min drive

Getting around

  • 16th Street Mission Station - 2 min walk
  • 22nd Street Station - 4 min drive
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 18 min drive


  • Giordano Bros. — 2 min walk
  • Dalva — 2 min walk
  • Limón Rotisserie — 2 min walk
  • Picaro — 2 min walk
  • Little Chihuahua — 3 min walk

About this property

The Sentient SF

Edwardian hostel in San Francisco
Along with laundry facilities, this smoke-free hostel has tour/ticket assistance and free WiFi in public areas. All 23 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and TVs.
The Sentient SF offers 23 accommodations. Each accommodation is individually decorated. This San Francisco hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Guests have access to shared bathrooms.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Shared bathroom


  • TV

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Individually decorated

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Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out before noon

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open Monday - Friday (10 AM - 7 PM) and Saturday - Sunday (10 AM - 5 PM)
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express

Property is also known as

Sentient SF
Sentient SF Hostel
Sentient SF Hostel San Francisco
Sentient SF San Francisco
The Sentient SF San Francisco
The Sentient SF Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
The Sentient SF Hostel/Backpacker accommodation San Francisco

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Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 1 out of 12 reviews
5 - Excellent 8%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 12 reviews
4 - Good 8%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 12 reviews
3 - Okay 17%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 12 reviews
2 - Poor 8%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 7 out of 12 reviews
1 - Terrible 58%




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Sharing toilets if beyond 60 yrs old, bad choice!
I tried to stay in this hotel where you share the bathrooms, but it's not for me. I am at an age where I usually go to bathroom at least once between 11pm-6am, most nights. You have to wake up enough to take your own toilet tissue, disinfectant spray to toilet seat or seat covers. The showers were in another room, and you need a minimum of 2 towels per person because you need one for the floor. Ugggg However, how I got threw it all, I just thought of it as a camping trip! The walk-in closet in the room had no rail to hang your things. There appears to be new owners transitioning & they mentioned adding TV's to the rooms, but I would much rather have a rail in the closet so that I can hang my things. The only way I would return, this hotel would need to send me a coupon of only charging me $40 per night.& no "black-out' dates except no Christmas or no New Years!

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Get away, it's horrible
Incredibly mouldy, smelly, dark, ugly rooms. They look nothing like they appear on the photos. My room had no working electric outlets. I was on the 3rd floor and the only working bathroom was on the 1st floor. I got out of there as soon as I could. I'm asking for a full refund to Expedia. Do not come here, spend a little bit more and get someplace better.

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Not recommended
This is a budget hotel. However, staff is exremely unfriendly - at the check-in they called me "ey, you". The Room is the most basic possible, which means there is neither a bed side chest nor any cupboards, so you have to lay everything on the ground (there is not even a trash). But most importantly - it is not clean. The bed linen had dirt on them, in the sink and on the floor there were bugs running around. To sum up - I do not recommend this place. By the way, it's not a joke - they do not provide toilett paper, you have to bring your own...

3/5 Okay

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The basic of the most basic.
Once we arrived, it seemed the manager in charge that checked us in really didn't know what he was doing. We got booked a room a single bed room when online it said that I was to receive a double bed room. Charged us a $25 late check in fee. I felt he could have not charged the late fee for booking us the wrong and smaller room. Location as far as city and neighborhood wise was fantastic. Room was not that bad, just didn't get what I was told and a bit unhappy with that. Cleanliness was alright. Nothing fancy, nothing 5-star. One of those rooms that is literally there just for you to change and sleep in, which worked out for us. Was not a huge fan of late check in fee. Might possibly consider returning.