$159 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 2, 2015 Check-out: Aug 3, 2015

The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
View map of 1050 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

Hotel Overview

Ratings and reviews for The Opal San Francisco

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
621 out of 621
Amenities:
3.3
Cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.8

81% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
mfw26
Business
Sacramento, CA
Jun 4, 2009

Decent

Good for the price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
SF
May 26, 2009

Decent hotel, great location

Great location but decor can use some updating. Room was large and spacious, did the job. Nothing fancy at all about this place, but solid 3 star hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jamaica man
Business
MD
May 23, 2009

Great location (& free breakfast!)

I've been here before and enjoyed it. Great location with easy access to public transport. They have free wifi and free breakfast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

there's a quiznos one block down for a quick lunch

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Corbin KY
May 8, 2009

Friendly Helpful Staff

Business trip, not in the hotel much, very nice decorations in the lobby and close to a lot of the sights of San Francisco. The Staff was helpful in guiding me to some very unique photo op places.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Ruth's Chris was just down the street, an amazing steak, Loved it....

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York, NY
May 8, 2009

Okay budget place

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):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Definitely take a wine-tasting tour to wine country and to Muir Woods (redwoods). Stunning!

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
conferencehopper
Business
Cambridge, MA
May 8, 2009

A gem near Civic Center

The Opal offers good value: a good location in walking distance from Civic Center, free Internet connection in rooms, a complimentary breakfast spread every morning (tea, coffee, juices, bagels, cereal, toast, cream cheese, butter, jellies, milk, and fruit), and free tea and coffee in the lobby during the day. Random talented guests also play the piano in the lobby at times, which was an unexpected pleasure! The people at the front desk are multilingual, friendly, and very helpful--as are the cleaning staff who were very responsive. My room smelled a little like cigarette smoke, which left a smell on my clothes, and aside from older, stained carpets, the rooms are clean. The sheets feel older too--you can feel the little fiber balls against your skin instead of smoothness, but if you're a traveler on a budget and not a finicky person, then the hotel is quite comfortable and pleasant. It's also conveniently located within a pleasant walk from the Civic Center BART station. I'd recommend it!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Asian Art Museum and its fabulous collections are in walking distance from the hotel, as are the Opera House, movie theaters, and other theatrical venues.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Beautiful Route 66, Arizona
Apr 23, 2009

Wonderful Stay in S.F.

We stayed for a week at the Opal, for a combincation business/vacation trip. My husband has walking difficulties, and the location was great for him. The rooms are gorgeous, with large marble walk-in showers. We were moved after the first night to a smoking room, which was apparently a separate hotel at some time. Even so, the rooms were decorated & appointed the same, but not quite as elegant. The front desk staff was very accomodating & knowledgeable, and there were plenty of local maps & travel guides available at no charge. The morning breakfast is simple (coffee, teas, cocoa, milk, 3 kinds of cereal, plain bagels & a flavored bread) but adequate. My only complaint with the hotel is the bathroom amenities. There was no soap dish in either bathroom, and the shampoo comes in a small disposable envelope. No conditioner, and the same small envelope of body lotion. For a hotel of this caliber, they really should provide a soap dish and decent bathroom amenities. The hotel lobby is beautiful and a very pleasant spot to wait for a traveling companion or plan an outing. There are bus stops directly in front of and across the street from this hotel, on all sides. There are good restaurants within alking distance, as well as a great 50's-style diner attached to the hotel (think "American Graffiti"). All in all, a great locaiton, a comfortable room, and a friendly, helpful staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Check out Tommy's Joint directly across the street. great drinks, excellent food, and huge servings. Don't be put off by a line out the door - it will disappear within minutes. Also, for something truly unique and unexpected, try "La Fina Estancia" (or something close to that) across Geary on the opposite corner. It offers a combination of Peruvian and Mexican food that is beyond description. It is fairly small, but the decor and staff are sure to please.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Chefrey
Business
St.Louis, MO
Apr 22, 2009

San Franciso Visit

Easy check in. Basic Breakfast in the morning. Neighborhood was sketchy after dark.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Wayens
Business
Irvine, CA
Apr 22, 2009

A gem of a hotel.

Clerk was helpful in getting me started on traveling SF. Room service was amenable, left a note and they responded in action if not words. Surprised they don't have razors though. Room was comfortable, spacious, and the hotel is indeed a gem as they claimed. ;) Breakfast is complimentary, simple but delicious. Hotel on a main street (Van Ness) that is a short bus drive to city hall, the Piers, and even the Moscone. 20-minute walk to Moscone myself. Had a good time and would go again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Buy a BART and a MUNI pass. Saves time looking for change and is a good value for a multi-day stay of touring the city.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
PORTERVILLE, CA
Apr 22, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO

PARKING GARAGE WAS SMALL AND VERY EXPENSIVE, HOTEL ROOM HAD ALOT OF MAINTENCE PROBLEMS, TILE IN BATHROOM GROUT WAS MISSING, PRICE WAS GREAT.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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