The AAE hotel group of San Francisco has two properties, the Mithlia Hotel and the nearby Amsterdam Hostel, just down the street. Both offer basic, inexpensive accommodation in one of the world's most expensive cities. We've analyzed both and give you the lowdown on these cheap accommodation options.
Bottom line — we'd rather stay at a private room at the hostel than a room with a shared bath at the Mithila. Here's why.
These are very basic rooms for the crowd who seek simple accommodations at the lowest cost possible. Although with the Economy Room you share a bathroom, it does include a microwave, mini fridge, cable TV and free internet. The Family Quad Room is equipped with bunk beds with enough room for a family of four to stretch out and relax. The room has a private bath, a microwave, mini-fridge and one of our favorite things, black-out curtains to dim the outside lights.
The best thing about the AAE Mithila Hotel is that it's close to everything. You're within walking distance of Union Square, the cable cars, the Asian Art Museum, Moscone Center, SF-MOMA, North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, AT&T Park, even Ghiradelli Square.
Many first-time visitors to San Francisco can't get their head wrapped around the fact that the city is uber-expensive. The AAE Mithila Hotel is a very basic, somewhat run-down hotel on the edge of downtown. They call themselves a "boutique hotel" but we believe that's stretching the truth somewhat. A number of guests have complained about the "bad smell". WIFI is free and basic coffee is available. There is a coin laundry area on the ground floor.
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• Rating = Iffy
• 972 Sutter Street
Great location. Walking distance to the Russian hill, Pier 39, the opera house, and a BART stop. Room with all the basics. Bathroom door didn't close well, but it was okay for a solo traveller. Lots of grocery stores around, including small local ones. Pretty safe for San Francisco, even late at night. I had a room with a private bathroom which was small, but clean enough. Good hot water pressure."
– Guest Review
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Calling themselves a "European style hostel", the Amsterdam Hostel welcomes backpackers and all travelers who are looking for an experience outside of the box. The one key selling feature that we like is that each room has its own bathroom. That's very rare in the hostel world. There are also private rooms available. There are variety of shared and private rooms to choose from — a four- or six-bed female dorm, four- or six-bed mixed dorm, and our favorite, the private double-bed room.
As hostels go, the Amsterdam has many amenities to admire. WIFI is free, there is a coin laundry area, daily maid service, linens and towels, and private bathrooms. Another bonus is having access to a huge kitchen area with cooking equipment. However, guests have complained about equipment that didn't work and commented that the rooms need a facelift.
• Rating = Barely Okay
• 749 Taylor Street
I enjoyed a GREAT stay. I had a private room with a comfy bed, a private bath, microwave and fridge. Very quiet, very affordable. Staff was great and helpful, location was perfect. Great value. Will ALWAYS stay here when I go to San Fran.
– 5-Star Review
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