Registration and check-out were done quickly. Front
desk staff efficient if not overly friendly and informative. Union Square and Chinatown within
easy walking distance. Cable car nearby but often
crowded and a little expensive compared to
lines, which can get you to Fisherman's Wharf. Beware of pickpocket(s) at Fisherman's Wharf;
particularly on harbor tour (sadly learned from
personal experience). Room seemed a little
"old" but quite adequate for just a place to stay.
However, bed(s) were very comfortable. Because
of location and price would recommend to another
I really liked this hotel. It's an old building so I knew to expect odd shaped and somewhat small rooms compared to other hotels. But that's also it's charm.
Yes, a 5 star would have been more comfortable and would have better amenities, but it
would also be more expensive. However, I don't think a 5 star would have been more charming. From the well appointed lobby (with wine tasting 5 Pm), to the Edwardian moldings, to the old jazz playing in the elevator, it delivered on charm.
and the location was great. I would stay there again.
We find the hotel location to be central to everything we want to do in San Francisco. All public transportation is within easy walking distance including Cable Cars and the BART. Restaurants, bars and shopping abound. Union square is only a few
blocks away as is the financial district, China Town and the Port of San Francisco. We like to experience the city so we pretty much walk to wherever we're going regardless of hills. We BART from the airport to closest BART station and walk to the hotel; yes, we travel pretty light. Airport is 25 minutes away via cab or shuttle which we found out when BART was on strike. The hotel is clean and well kept given its age. The staff is friendly and very helpful. This is my 3rd or 4th stay at this hotel over the past 6 years. I will stay here again on my next trip.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Rent a car in the city not at the airport for substantial savings. Also compare prices within city rental locations even for the same rental company. There was a $30 per day difference in rental price for locations 8 blocks from each other for the same company.