Touchstone Hotel

2 stars
View map of 480 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hotel Overview

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Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
10 reviews
Great time at the Touchstone!

Wow! So, I'd never been to SF before and heard a lot of bad things about some "sketchy"... See full review

  • Mike and Laurie
  • May 28, 2009
Great location

Location is great. Close proximity to all of downtown. The breakfast is good, staff friendly, and... See full review

  • Jaundice
  • Nov 14, 2011
The Touchstone Hotel is a small intimate property of 42 rooms in San Franciscos historic theatre district. Just steps from Union Square / San Francisco shopping / entertainment and cultural center. Family owned and managed for over 50 years - the Touchstone is the perfect blend of old –world charm; new- world convenience and small world comfort. Thank you for considering the Touchstone Hotel as your home while visiting San Francisco. We are committed to providing you with safe comfortable and enjoyable accommodations.

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Touchstone Hotel Rooms

Standard 1 Double
Rooms are comfortably equipped with 1 double size bed, direct dial telephones with data ports, voicemail, and cable television. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Three entire floors are dedicated to non-smoking rooms. No rollaways allowed.
Standard 1 Queen
Rooms are comfortably equipped with 1 queen size bed, direct dial telephones with data ports, voicemail, and cable television. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Three entire floors are dedicated to non-smoking rooms. No rollaways allowed.
Standard 2 Queens
Rooms are comfortably equipped with 2 queen size beds, direct dial telephones with data ports, voicemail, and cable television. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Three entire floors are dedicated to non-smoking rooms. No rollaways allowed.
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Amenities

Dining
Restaurant
Services
24 hour front desk
Shops/Commercial services
Room
Television with cable
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock

Nearby points of interest

  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Union Square: 0.2 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 0.4 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Civic Centre: 0.6 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.6 mi
  • Moscone Center: 0.6 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 0.7 mi
  • SoMa: 0.7 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Union Square: 0.2 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 0.3 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 0.4 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 0.5 mi
  • Cartoon Art Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Civic Centre: 0.6 mi
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 0.6 mi
  • Moscone Center: 0.6 mi
  • 871 Fine Arts: 0.7 mi
  • SoMa: 0.7 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Transamerica Pyramid: 0.7 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.7 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 0.8 mi
  • Octagon House: 0.8 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 0.8 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 0.9 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 0.9 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 1 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 1 mi
  • Japantown: 1 mi
  • Japan Center: 1.1 mi
  • Coit Tower: 1.1 mi
  • Ferry Building: 1.1 mi
  • ATT Park: 1.2 mi
  • Lombard Street: 1.3 mi
  • Port of San Francisco: 1.4 mi
  • Ghirardelli Square: 1.4 mi
  • Underwater World: 1.5 mi
  • Aquarium of the Bay: 1.5 mi
  • Wax Museum Entertainment Complex: 1.5 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum: 1.5 mi
  • San Francisco Experience: 1.5 mi
  • Pier 39: 1.5 mi
  • Hyde Street Pier: 1.5 mi
  • Wyland Gallery: 1.5 mi
  • Musee Mecanique: 1.6 mi
  • Mission Dolores: 1.8 mi
  • Mission Delores: 1.8 mi
  • Mission Cliffs Rock Climbing Center: 1.9 mi
  • Lands End: 1.9 mi

Dining

On-Site Food and Beverage Facilities
- The property has the following on-site food and beverage facilities: DAVID'S DELICATESSEN - Type: Deli

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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

Ratings and reviews for Touchstone Hotel

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
10 out of 10
Amenities:
2.3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3.6
Comfort:
3
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.2

70% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
schpnhr
Business
columbus
May 1, 2013

too small and inconvenient

I generally do not mind a simple and small hotel room because I do not stay there for the whole day anyway. So I am OK with the extra-small sizes of the room, the closet, the toilet and the desk. There was only shower but no bath, which is OK for me because I do not use the bath anyway. But there is a baseline level that a utility must reach to be fully functional. The wash basin is too small and is half covered by the small counter above it that holds soap etc. This makes it very difficult to brush your teeth or to wash your face without hitting your head against the counter or spilling out water and wetting your shoes or trousers. The desk does not have a lamp, which is fine, but it should at least have an electric outlet. There are only two outlets in the room, all at inconvenient locations. Yes, the price is cheaper, but not to the extent to justify the problems I mentioned above.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jaundice
Business
Detroit, MI, USA
Nov 14, 2011

Great location

Location is great. Close proximity to all of downtown. The breakfast is good, staff friendly, and the room was very clean. The hotel is old and could use some updating, but the price is right and I would gladly stay here again (unless I had my kids with--the room would be too small...). Of note, it's on the edge of the tenderloin--the streets are safe between here and union square, but going the opposite direction things get very sketchy very fast.

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

Business

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lato
Business
Fresno, Ca
Mar 4, 2011

Clean n cute

For the price it has a great location. Literally a block. From Union Square shopping and dining. Room was small but cute, clean and decorated well. A bit noisy but then again it is a big city. We left satisfied and would definitely stay again.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Union Square is literally a block away :-)

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bday boy
Business
vallejo
Nov 14, 2010

Good for price

It was small over all, even the elevator was small only fits 3 people.I stayed here for my after party place after the club. I did like how it was close to everything and that they had vallet parking for $25. The check in is Right at the door so that was kind of a hassle because its always alot of people gathered right in the door when you are entering or exiting. however i WOULD recommend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bday boy
Business
vallejo
Nov 14, 2010

Good for price

It was small over all, even the elevator was small only fits 3 people.I stayed here for my after party place after the club. I did like how it was close to everything and that they had vallet parking for $25. The check in is Right at the door so that was kind of a hassle because its always alot of people gathered right in the door when you are entering or exiting. however i WOULD recommend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boulder, CO
May 11, 2010

Good value, great location

We were in SF for a long weekend, to do some sightseeing, and this was an excellent base for that. Good central location with access to transport (eg tram to Fisherman's wharf) and restaurants within blocks. The room was basic (including an almost antique little TV) but perfectly functional and clean, and the wireless was good in the room - good enough for hulu. Cold room as usual in SF, so take your thick pyjamas. If you don't expect anything too fancy, you'll be very satisfied.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Use parkforless.org round the corner in Jones St, instead of the hotel valet service. Cheaper than most places and good service.

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Cristo
Business
Selma, Ca
Feb 18, 2010

Perfect location, but a bit small

Touchstone hotel was in the perfect spot for shopping and nightlife scene, but I wouldn't choose it for any kind of romantic getaway. The bed was uncomfortable and it's a really noisy part of the city. I gave it 2 stars.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mike and Laurie
Business
Milwaukee, WI
May 28, 2009

Great time at the Touchstone!

Wow! So, I'd never been to SF before and heard a lot of bad things about some "sketchy" neighborhoods. And while I did see some signs of homelessness, my girlfriend and I felt safe the entire time here. The Touchstone is in an area with many upscale hotels within a block radius and offers unbeatable prices! The rooms are very clean, European styled and just cute! [...] ( I hope thats right) was a wonderful help with ideas for exploring the city, thank so much!

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

The House of Sheilds is a local after work bar with great atmosphere (balcony overlooking the bar)! We went for Morissey's Birhtday Party complete with flowers, baloons, videos and DJ spinning great Smith tracks...all for $4 to geth in and $2 PBR's!

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Memphis, TN
Aug 4, 2008

My review of Touchstone Hotel

room was very small but cleran,problem with tolet ,but great location 1 block from everything..

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

diesel shop,cable car stacion

Review of Touchstone Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Reston
May 23, 2008

Thought it would be more.

Upon arrival there was no lobby to speak of just the check in desk with no staff there, so we had to wait a while for check-in. The room was small for 2 people but it was clean. I imagined that the full breakfast was a result of the hotel having a restaurant. However it was in a small lunchonette type place next store. It was ok; we ate at the counter. I did get a kick when the waitress told one customer that what he was trying to order had to be specially ordered in advance and that, He didn't need it. Order something else. We were returning to San Franciso after a few days in Marin County. I found another hotel for those 2 nights.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

This hotel is close to Union Square shopping and there are restaurants all around.

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