$169 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 19, 2014 Check-out: Aug 20, 2014

The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
1050 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
882 reviews
Good price for location

Friendly and helpful staff. Large comfortable room. See full review

  • MarianaMC
  • Apr 27, 2014
The Opal Stay

We found The Opal very helpful and welcoming to all our request. Staff was very efficient and... See full review

  • Jan Combs
  • Apr 12, 2014
Historic hotel and spacious suites -- walking distance to Union Square

Dating back to 1908, this five-story Union Square hotel still boasts the stained glass windows, period antiques and other decorative touches that hearken back to a simpler time. Rooms are clean and efficient; spacious work desks are popular among business travelers. Other amenities include a complimentary on-site fitness center and 24-hour coffee and tea service, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet.

Highlights
  • Walking distance to shopping in Union Square
  • Historic architecture, decorative touches
  • 24-hour coffee and tea service
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
Rooms

Each of The Opal's 164 guest rooms features central air and heat, cable television and complimentary high-speed Internet. (There's also free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby.) Suites include small sitting areas with plush sofas. A handful of rooms have windows that look out onto the bustling Union

Features
The hotel has received a three-diamond rating from AAA and was selected as the Crescent Hotel and Resorts "Hotel of the Year" in 2008. A baby grand piano welcomes visitors to the lobby of The Opal -- a public area decorated to invoke the way it looked when the hotel debuted in 1908.

Elsewhere on the property is a 24-hour laundry facility (fees apply) and car rental desk (fees apply; rentals also can be facilitated by the concierge). Overnight parking is also available (fees apply).

All guests have complimentary access to a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center. Guests also are entitled to a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning.

After a long day exploring the city, grab a milkshake and a tuna melt at the on-site outpost of Mel's Drive-In, a 1950s-style diner that has become a San Francisco institution. The restaurant is open 24 hours on weekends.
Transportation
  • San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)
  • Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)
  • MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)
  • Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)
  • BART (18 minutes walking)
Attractions
  • Union Square
  • Theater District
  • Embarcadero
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • AT&T Park
Policies and fees

Debit cards are not acceptable at check-in. Overnight Parking is available (FEES APPLY).

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

37.7855 -122.4209
Nearby airports
San Francisco International Airport, (SFO), 25.00, MI, W; Oakland International Airport, (OAK), 22.10, MI, NW;
Area description
City Center

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The Opal San Francisco Rooms

Superior Junior Suite
Superior Jr Suite-Free Continential Breakfast Free Internet
Executive Suite
King bed w-Living room Free Cont Brkfst-Wireless Internet Access
KING JUNIOR SUITE
ONE KING BED - SITTING AREA FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS
Deluxe King
Deluxe King - Free Continential Breakfast Free Internet access
Deluxe Double Double
Deluxe Double Room Free Continential Breakfast Buffet
Deluxe Queen
Deluxe Queen-Free Continential Breakfast Free Internet access

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
General
Air conditioned
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
Dining
Continental breakfast
Restaurant
Coffee shop
Meal plan - continental
Family plan
Services
24 hour front desk
Maid service
Guest laundromat
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
Security
In-Room Safe
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Room
Temperature control
Electronic door locks
International direct dial
Sprinklers in rooms

Nearby points of interest

  • Civic Centre: 0.2 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 0.2 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 0.4 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 0.5 mi
  • Japantown: 0.5 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 0.5 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 0.5 mi
  • Japan Center: 0.5 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 0.6 mi
  • Nob Hill: 0.6 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 0.6 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.6 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.7 mi
  • Union Square: 0.8 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Civic Centre: 0.2 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 0.2 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 0.4 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 0.5 mi
  • Japantown: 0.5 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 0.5 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 0.5 mi
  • Japan Center: 0.5 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 0.6 mi
  • Nob Hill: 0.6 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 0.6 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.6 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.7 mi
  • Union Square: 0.8 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.8 mi
  • SoMa: 0.8 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.9 mi
  • Octagon House: 0.9 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 1 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 1 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 1.1 mi
  • Moscone Center: 1.1 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 1.1 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 1.1 mi
  • Chinatown: 1.1 mi
  • Lombard Street: 1.1 mi
  • Transamerica Pyramid: 1.2 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 1.2 mi
  • Ghirardelli Square: 1.4 mi
  • Coit Tower: 1.4 mi
  • Walter Adams Gallery: 1.4 mi
  • Mission Dolores: 1.5 mi
  • Hyde Street Pier: 1.5 mi
  • Mission Delores: 1.6 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Wax Museum Entertainment Complex: 1.6 mi
  • Ferry Building: 1.6 mi
  • Musee Mecanique: 1.7 mi
  • San Francisco Experience: 1.7 mi
  • Aquarium of the Bay: 1.7 mi
  • Underwater World: 1.7 mi
  • ATT Park: 1.7 mi
  • Haight Ashbury: 1.7 mi
  • Port of San Francisco: 1.7 mi
  • Pier 39: 1.7 mi

Dining

Mels Drive In Diner
Classic American Food - 1950 Diner

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (882)

Ratings and reviews for The Opal San Francisco

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
882 out of 882
Amenities:
3.3
Room cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.9

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SecondHoneymoon20
Louisiana
Feb 4, 2014

Great room for price

Nice hotel. About 6 easy walking blocks from the BART. Good free breakfast. Great Staff. 6 Blocks from Union Square.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Dave's World
Business
Lake Tahoe, NV
Nov 7, 2013

Who Thinks this Hotel is Three Stars?

Over the years, I have stayed at this hotel and its service and quality grow worse with each stay. This stay lasted about 30 minutes before I checked out and found a decent hotel. This is the problem with the booking website is pre-pay because it doesn't give you the ability to demand a refund when the hotel is profoundly inferior compared to how it is represented on the site. Keep that in mind. Issues -- room smelled like a latrine. Television in the room was small, CRT, had to be at least 20 years old. The hotel locks the entry doors so arrival at 700p required being buzzed in. The front desk person, Maria, saw me at the door and didn't open it until I yelled to get her attention. She then chastised me for yelling. Great hospitality attitude by her and others. Parking is a disaster -- hard to find, you need a clicker provided by the desk. Be sure not to ask Maria where parking can be found or how to get there. English as a second language spoken very fast makes her incomprehensible, and when asked to speak slower, she actually did the opposite. If you'd like to enjoy San Francisco as if camping in an outhouse, this is the place for you. Otherwise, pay a few dollars more and select a branded hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Maxi's at the Opera House plaza is a great, reasonably priced restaurant.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Malcolm Betty
Boston
Nov 2, 2013

Nice place but little expensive

The room I stayed has a nice view and it was clean but the towels were not clean enough.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

It was very close to downtown

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mickey Mack
Portland
Oct 30, 2013

Quiet friendly old hotel

The opal is a great place to do a walkabout of S.F. The staff is vell informed and can provide usefull Info on the colorfull area that you can't get from reading the tourist info mags. The hotel is old and needs new carpeting and seats. Visitors wanting a good healthy breakfast will find the Opal to be a great place to stat walking about central S. F. A walk up the hill will take you to St Mary,s Cathedral ,a work of moderne art, and a good place to Take photos of the city

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Kulettos and Leftys ,both in the Union Sq.area are still providing good food at reasonable prices.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Monwalker
Texas
Oct 29, 2013

Good hotel

Hotel is clean but a bit noisy due to traffic. Staff very courteous and friendly. Breakfast okay but after 2 days you will be looking a different breakfast like meat. The hotel is close to so many restaurants and fast foods, delis within a walking distance. Room is a bit small but bed is comfy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Magic Mike
Business
Washington, DC, USA
Oct 20, 2013

Nice

Really nice staff, fine breakfast, close to cable cars so you can get around well. Some of the carpets are dated, but otherwise fine.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Mel's diner is a California Classic. Try the expresso milkshake.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Texannyc
New York, ny
Oct 8, 2013

Decent place for a little too much **

I believe that the hotel was overpriced for what it offered but the fact that there were two large medical conferences in town that weekend I'll give it a break. Compared to other places that weekend it probably was a good deal. The continental breakfast was a little light on pastry choices, bread or bagel or muffin but was adequate. Good location and easily accessible to public transit, and not too far (10-15 min walk) to Market Street. Overall I'd say it's a decent place in a good location, and if rates aren't jacked due to an extra busy convention weekend, probably a decent deal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
sharpdart
Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY
Sep 30, 2013

OK for two nights

We booked at the Opal through a travel website, which had a 20% off special on hotels. It worked out to $200 a night, and we stayed for two nights. Overall, it's not a bad place. It's a relatively clean, old hotel that is in a not so convenient (and somewhat sketchy) location. We had a basic room with a king size bed, which was adequately comfortable, but the pillows (all four) were flat and useless. We stayed on the fourth floor and didn't hear the traffic on the street, so that was a big plus. The water pressure was decent, and the bathroom was spotless. The tv was an old box - a reminder that the hotel hasn't seen an update in the last ten or more years. The continental breakfast was nothing more than the basic bread, basic pastries, basic yogurt, coffee and tea. It will give you enough energy until you reach a place for breakfast or lunch, but you may have to stock up - if you loved hosteling in your youth, you might appreciate the nostalgia of a sugar and caffeine laden high. Would I return? Probably not.. But for what it was, I can't say it was bad. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are more than happy with their experience. They don't do anything wrong (maybe the pillows), but they do a good, basic job of providing a place to crash in a city that is sooo expensive. For the price, however, I would probably have stayed in a neighborhood that had more to offer. Since it's not close to the BART or Muni, the cab rides tacked on another expense that would have justified an upgrade.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
2
Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
hovo
toluca lake, ca.
Sep 16, 2013

eeehhhh

dirty/bad carpeting. Not good room layout. Bad TV location. Bathroom had nice tiles, shower, sink.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
cyclopscycle
lax
Sep 16, 2013

place to sleep

continental breakfeast was good. Mel's diner also next door. considering the price it was OK. You may want to look around pay a little more for a hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Nightlife tip: Long walk from hotel

many homeless people all around area of hotel. be aware if walking streets late at night.

Review of The Opal San Francisco

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
A New Chico Mom
Santa Maria, California
Sep 13, 2013

Couples getaway

The parking lot was full, so we parked in another lot around the corner which was $25/day. The rooms building is very old and rooms were average, nothing special. The restaurants on Polk street were in walking distance and the thai food restaurant "chai yo" was great. It seemed this hotel was the most reasonable for the area in august 2013.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Polk street is great for restaurants

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