very near all the center: Civic center, Little Saigon, City Hall, Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Warf... go by bus or taxi. However the long distance rate is rather high, so pls call by card or using internet for cheaper.
The hotel is pretty good. Friendly staff for the most part. Parking is a bit shady.
If you like old school style hotels this is the place for you. if you like modern you're out of like at this location.
My biggest complaint is that it's not quite
union square. It's not too far of a walk and Van Ness is a nice street but right behind the hotel is a sketchy neighborhood. If you want something modern in the heart of union square this is NOT your cup of tea
Went on a leisure trip to explore the city. The Opal was good price, nicely situated (during the daytime at least, pretty safe), easy to get to busses, and had some good food places around it. The furnishings were a bit old and scuffed up, but the
room was pretty clean and the beds were VERY comfortable. The service is a bit slow (asked for towels three times, until finally receiving them 25 minutes later) but the people at the desk were very nice and compatible. I think it's a good hotel for the deal they give you, and a good place to just get some sleep if you're running around the city, but if you're staying at the hotel for a longer period of time or spending a lot of time IN the hotel, find somewhere else.
p.s. Continental breakfast is NOT their forte. Only bagels. Very disappointing.
My friend and I stayed at the Opal for one night so we could run in the US Half Marathon. While the price was reasonable, it did have some drawbacks.
1) You must pay $31 for parking/night and it's in an underground garage that's only accessible
by stairs. You need to drive down a "bum" alley to get there too.
2) Hallways are very narrow and if you're claustrophobic, that may bother you.
3) Amenities are few and far between, no pool but they do offer free Internet, fitness room, and breakfast.
4) No shuttle services to anywhere in town; thus, my friend and I had to walk all the way to Ghiradelli Park.
Hotel was decent and historic, aesthetically pleasing except for the stained carpet in the rooms and odd smells in the hallway. But bed and bathroom were clean, so it was passable. Was slightly noisy being on Van Ness Avenue, but being from NYC
that didn't keep me awake. Staff were fair but didn't go out of their way. Still, a great bargain for the location. 3 buses right outside the hotel and a short walk to the California streetcar.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short drive from hotel
Definitely take a wine-tasting tour to wine country and to Muir Woods (redwoods). Stunning!
This hotel is okay for it's age, you can tell that the building it old, so don't expect nice smell or shiny furniture. But the location is great, customer service was also great. The bathroom is renovated and clean which is a plus. This is a
downtown location so parking is a pain. They offer hotel parking for a couple of tens of dollars a day :( For the most part this hotel provides very decent value for the cost.
The hotel is OK, the complementary breakfast makes a huge difference when traveling. It is located very close to bus stops (what is good), however it is not a great place to walk around, specially in the night, felt very insecure in the neighborhood.
We were visiting family, so spent very little time at the hotel. It was a windy, rainy night and our room was nice and quiet. It was pretty clean, but also felt a little old, but not really in a cute way (worn carpet, sheets were clean but had
seen better days, some dust in the baseboards).
The "breakfast" left something to be desired, but with Mels diner right next door, that's no problem. Location was decent. Close enough to my family's place who we were visiting.
I would recommend to someone who wasn't going to stay long or spend much time in the hotel and was looking for something not too expensive according to San Francisco prices.