New group facility "The Plant" opens at the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel

The San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel has expanded! We're proud to announce the opening of a new group retreat facility, housed in a historic building in Fort Mason.

Nicknamed "The Plant," after longtime hostel volunteer Gene Plant, the newly renovated building includes one dorm sleeping up to 20 people, one private room for up to 3 people, 3 bathrooms, a kitchenette, and meeting/dining space. "The Plant" is located adjacent to the current Fisherman's Wharf Hostel, on the shores of San Francisco Bay in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Gene Plant (1930-2008) was a New York City schoolteacher who retired and moved to San Francisco with his wife Jan in 1978. In 1980, he came across a newspaper article about a new hostel at Fort Mason, and a few weeks before it opened he went over to talk to the manager. He had never volunteered before, but over the next 25 years he dedicated countless hours to the hostel, staffing the information desk, leading walking tours, organizing spaghetti dinners, and helping out with special events including the Great San Francisco Bike Adventure.

The Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA is proud to dedicate the operations of our new group facility to the memory of Gene Plant. If you ever visit "The Plant," look for the photo of a smiling Gene astride his motorcycle, which hangs in a place of honor.

For more information about group accommodations, check out the Groups section of our website. For reservations, submit a group request or call 1-877-GO-HOSTEL (1-877-464-6783).

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