New Owner of OB Hostel Operates Two “USA Hostels”

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in California, Culture, Economy, Environment, History, Ocean Beach, World News

Dr Hostels SF Prop front

USA Hostels San Francisco, 711 Post Street, operated by the new owner of the OB hostel.

By Frank Gormlie

The new owner of the OB Hostel – Dr Hostels LLC – owns a company called “USA Hostels” which operates two well-known hostels.  There’s one in San Francisco and one in Hollywood, in LA.  The OB property makes it their third property.

We are assuming that the company – which was just incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Boulder City, Nevada, will open up an Ocean Beach USA Hostel.

USA Hostels San Franciso

Of the two hostels, USA owns, it seems at first look that their property at 711 Post Street in San Francisco is by far the more substantial.  The 5 story building, built in 1907, has 123 rooms and 79 bathrooms including 36,780 square feet.  The total assessed value of the entire property is near $8.5 million, assessed in 2013. The building was last sold (to Dr Hostels LLC?) in October 2006.

The Post street building – on a slope – is in the northeast part of the City, not too far north of the Civic Center, and in between Geary Blvd and Sutter St.

The USA Hostel San Fran was the winner of a 2014 Trip Advisory Certificate of Excellence along with being named 2014’s “Most Popular San Fran Hostel” and being voted the “Best Hostel Chain Worldwide 2013.” It has a rating of 88% according to Hostelworld.

Here is what Hostelworld says about USA Hostels San Francisco:

Our users have told us USA Hostels San Francisco is ‘very clean, super friendly and very welcoming’ with a ‘perfect price/quality compromise’ and ‘really helpful and down-to-earth’ staff who ‘really make this place’. One Hostelworld guest said the hostel is ideal whether you want to ‘sit back and relax, party, meet new people or spend some time on your own’. The hostel also has ‘something going on every night’, like walking tours, free drinks and tickets to local matches.

Here is what USA Hostel San Fran says about themselves:

Our newly renovated hostel features dorms with our exclusive “privacy pods”, filling free breakfast offerings, stylish and comfortable privates, a central location and many free activities; adding up to more value than any other hostel in the city.

They say they offer “heaps of hang out space”, an expansive lounge, a  theater that sits fifty, a yoga room, a and large kitchen and dining areas, dinners, billiard tournaments and karaoke.

Dr Hostels LA Prop more of shrader

1624 Schrader St. in LA.

 USA Hostels LA

The LA property is in Hollywood, at 1624 Schrader and a block from Sunset Boulevard, south of the 101. A much less-imposing building than its San Fran counterpart, it also has a 88% rating according to Hostelworld.  This hostel was the Winner of Most Popular Los Angeles Hostel 2014 and 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and along with the San Fran hostel, theBest Hostel Chain Worldwide 2013.

Dr Hostels LA prop 1624 SchraderHere is what Hostelworld says:

USA Hostels Hollywood have been with Hostelworld for over a decade and they’re consistently praised for their friendly staff and ‘fantastic’ location with ‘easy access to the metro which can’t be beat’.

As one of our reviewers said, ‘in LA you stay where you wanna go, so Hollywood is aso Hollywood is a must, and this place has you sorted’; it’s located right between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Strip. We like the privacy panels on their bunk beds, with a shelf, light and outlet at every bunk and massive lockers in each room.

One of the features that USA Hostel offers is their “privacy pod” which they say provides screening from roommates, noise and light, and has a shelf, bed light and outlet for wi-fi.

So, it appears that the OB hostel has been purchased by an award-winning hostel operating outfit, aiming to make Ocean Beach their third inexpensive “hang out” for travelers who visit our fair village. Good for them.

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