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Hotel Whitcomb

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Staff delightful rooms are fine. Location was central but area a little bumpy. If you want to see the real city good value. If you want to see the tourist side may not be the place for you

Beautiful lobby, woodwork, marble, high ceilings, clean and comfotable.

When we first got there, there was a homeless broke to one the rooms and the security was scared to do anything, the location of the hotel is horrible

Outdated hotel with insects flying in room, shower water flow so low, hard to take.

Bad WiFi And we got a fridge at no extra charge. Starbucks in lobby is good as there’s no coffee machine in the room. Great climate control, we had a corner room on a high floor - quiet and tons of light.

Overall a great stay. The hotel is beautiful and has much of its original character. The only improvements I could suggest would be mini fridges and coffee makers in the room without an extra fee. We got around the fridge issue buying a small cooler from Walgreens down the street and using ice. The convience of the Muni right outside your hotel is also a plus.

Loved the old feel to it. The staff was great. Close to everything but the street has a ton if homeless people, but thats all of San Fran.

Loved the history and gorgeous lobby. Room was clean. Bed was comfortable. Great access to restaurants and theatre. Next time would like a room with view. Easy hotel parking. Rates, including parking, were reasonable. Definitely will be returning!!

Overall we had a good experience at Hotel Whitcomb. The location is great, you're able to get around easily. However, the standard room is pretty small but overall we had a good stay.

Overall this place worked well for our family. The aspects that we would like to see added would include better lighting and light fixtures, as well as useable chair(s).

The hotel is fine--it is definitely in need of updating, the bathroom was tiny and a bit dingy, but everything was clean and staff was nice. The thing to note about the hotel is that this is not the best area. There is a group of junkies that camp outside the building and along the next few blocks. Over the course of the weekend, we saw crack deals happening, several people shooting up outside the hotel and a fight. If you don't mind writing this off as local color, that is fine. If this isn't the scene you want to confront on your vacation I would go elsewhere.

Staying at the Hotel Whitcomb is like staying in the set of a classic old movie - or a modern movie that remakes an old classic. For fans of the Cohen Brothers 'Barton Fink', the Whitcomb is a real treat - its endless labyrinthine corridors with what looks like turn-of-the-century lighting and mirrored lobbies, all make you feel like you are in a strange and wonderful time warp. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the staff friendly and helpful. While it may not have the latest modern amenities it is nonetheless a great piece of living history - right in the middle of an evolving Market Street that is a little funky but close to the vibrant heart of the city. All in all, the Whitcomb is a treat for adventurous travelers who like tradition...with a twist.

Awakened by the ancient air conditioner/heater system squealing. It was continuous, and therefore the fan had to be shut off. The front desk personnel were completely disinterested.

This hotel is an old, elegant building. I'll give it that. But possibly because it's an old building, the room was insanely uncomfortable for my entire 6-night stay. The air was so muggy it felt like a wet slap in the face every evening when I returned after work, and the "cool air" fan setting didn't do anything to change that. I had a short shower and kept the bathroom fan and room fan running, and two hours later the mirror was still fogged up. I brought a brand new graphic novel with me, which sat on my bedside table all week, and on the last day it was completely warped from water damage, just from the air in the room—that's how muggy it was! $20 book, totally damaged. The sheets also seemed to be either washed with an extremely chemical detergent or something else, because I broke out in a rash on my face, neck, and chest on the first day, and it got worse every day afterward. I have sensitive skin, but that has never happened to me in any other hotel. The wi-fi was also spotty, so when I was trying to do work at night in my room, I lost connection frequently on both my phone and Macbook and was limited in what I could accomplish. The cleaning staff were extremely friendly and lovely every time I passed them in the halls, so my rating is no reflection on the people working at Hotel Whitcomb. It was just an overall uncomfortable and disappointing stay, and I wouldn't go back.

Besides the reasonable price, we picked this hotel because it was near the Civic Center Plaza where we were attending an event and easy to get to from the airport on the BART, Was comfortable and clean and adequate for our needs.

Old hotel that is not bad. Only problem I had was location was a little far down on Market St.

The hotel was clean and the staff was very friendly.

Unbelievable and outdated - gift shop to get a soda wasn't opened. Restaurant left much to be desired and overpriced. Pillows and bedding uncomfortable. Soaps and supplies not stocked daily in room. Plugs in room inefficient and items wouldn't remain plugged into the outlet. Overall terrible and disappointing. Pics are very deceiving.

Price was right and staff along with room cleanliness was great. Lot of homeless in the area, not a surprise. If parking a car let them know when you check out or you will be billed. Overall a good stay

Perfect locatiOn, very comfortable beds, clean. Lobby connected to a Starbucks. 5 min walking distance from Union Square. The interior of hotel is very vintage and boutique like. The hallways resemble scenes from the movie The Shining, haha but once you enter your room, it’s very comfortable.

1231 Market St San Francisco CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Louise Davies Symphony Hall
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located in Downtown San Francisco, Hotel Whitcomb is within a 5-minute walk of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Louise Davies Symphony Hall. This 460-room, 3.5-star hotel has a restaurant along with conveniences like a 24-hour fitness center and free in-room WiFi. It's in central San Francisco and also close to Lombard Street and University of San Francisco.


Dining

Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

Hotel Whitcomb's 460 air-conditioned rooms provide safes, phones, and ironing boards. 37-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Desks are also standard.


Property features

Guests of Hotel Whitcomb enjoy a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and 7 meeting rooms. Valet parking is offered for USD 38.00 per night. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this historic hotel include conference space, a computer station, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard, One King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior, One Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Hotel Whitcomb

Everyone (133) Business (105) Couples (146) Family (50) Other (75) Friends (51)
3
Everyone

Staff delightful rooms are fine. Location was central but area a little bumpy. If you want to see the real city good value. If you want to see the tourist side may not be the place for you

By on May 24, 2018

4

love the historic features of this hotel!

Everyone

Beautiful lobby, woodwork, marble, high ceilings, clean and comfotable.

By on May 19, 2018

1
Everyone

When we first got there, there was a homeless broke to one the rooms and the security was scared to do anything, the location of the hotel is horrible

By on May 18, 2018

Review comment responded on May 22, 2018

Thank you Hashim, Your issues has been addressed, thank you for your comment. Kevin V/DOO

2

close to graduation area

Everyone

Outdated hotel with insects flying in room, shower water flow so low, hard to take.

By , from Northridge, CA on May 12, 2018

Review comment responded on May 16, 2018

James, We apologize for any short comings during your stay. Kevin V/DOO

4

great for a personal trip

Everyone

Bad WiFi And we got a fridge at no extra charge. Starbucks in lobby is good as there’s no coffee machine in the room. Great climate control, we had a corner room on a high floor - quiet and tons of light.

By , from North Carolina on May 4, 2018

Review comment responded on May 4, 2018

Evangeline, We appreciate your comments. Kevin V/DOO

4
Everyone

Overall a great stay. The hotel is beautiful and has much of its original character. The only improvements I could suggest would be mini fridges and coffee makers in the room without an extra fee. We got around the fridge issue buying a small cooler from Walgreens down the street and using ice. The convience of the Muni right outside your hotel is also a plus.

By , from NH on May 2, 2018

Review comment responded on May 4, 2018

Hello Lisa, We appreciate your comments, and we do have mini fridges available upon request. Kevin V/DOO

4
Everyone

Loved the old feel to it. The staff was great. Close to everything but the street has a ton if homeless people, but thats all of San Fran.

By on Apr 28, 2018

Review comment responded on Apr 30, 2018

Hello Anonymous, We genuinely appreciate your comments. Kevin V/DOO

5

beautiful lobby. quaint comfortable room.

Everyone

Loved the history and gorgeous lobby. Room was clean. Bed was comfortable. Great access to restaurants and theatre. Next time would like a room with view. Easy hotel parking. Rates, including parking, were reasonable. Definitely will be returning!!

By on Apr 16, 2018

Review comment responded on Apr 16, 2018

Hello Anonymous, We appreciate your 5 star comments, it means the world to us. Kevin V/DOO

4
Everyone

Overall we had a good experience at Hotel Whitcomb. The location is great, you're able to get around easily. However, the standard room is pretty small but overall we had a good stay.

By on Apr 10, 2018

Review comment responded on Apr 11, 2018

Good day Anonymous, We do have larger rooms, they tend to go very quickly, we appreciate your comments. Kevin V/DOO

4

convenient location with historical ambience.

Everyone

Overall this place worked well for our family. The aspects that we would like to see added would include better lighting and light fixtures, as well as useable chair(s).

By on Apr 6, 2018

Review comment responded on Apr 7, 2018

Hello Anonymous, We will address your concerns and we thank you for your comments. Kevin V/DOO