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The Opal San Francisco

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

For its price this was an excellent deal! Nice boutique hotel, but old and noisy as undergoing renovations. Staff were incredible, really excellent. Recognizing that the area isn't the best - it being on the edge of the Tenderloin district - I would definitely stay there again. You just have to get instructions as to where to walk. Parking is very expensive though.

The staff was friendly. The room was comfortable. Great views and great location!

Very nice hotel. Great staff and close to everything in the city.

Our room was outside of the hotel, our view was the parking lot. It felt like we were staying at a motel as for the view. Parking was an additional $45!!!! Outrageous. The room was clean and staff and was great.

Our first hotel room was a dark dungeon of a room with window that viewed a fire escape and a ledge with tons of pigeon poo. It was depressing and disgusting. Thankfully, the staff moved us to a room on another floor that was much brighter and cleaner. Still a lot of construction noise from across the street. Overall, the staff was pleasant but the hotel location and views are nothing to write home about.

Check-in was prompt and efficient. The staff was ready to answer all questions (finding the exercise room was not so easy). They also arranged for the airport shuttle pick-up, which was reliable and very reasonably priced. I was fully satisfied with the breakfast on the two days I was up in time. The hotel is a bit of a hike from the Civic Center BART stop, but very conveniently located for the opera or symphony, and late-night food and drink are right next door and across the street.

Great stay. Staff, hotel and Mel's plays was great.

Room is old and needs new linen, pillows and just old! Smelled funky and not worth $340 a night

The Opal is a nice hotel in a good, convenient location.

Very nice hotel with very friendly staff. The location isn't the best but inside the environment is perfect. They also had complementary breakfast, and it was very large with many options to choose from. Would stay there again if I came back to town. Overall would give it 4/5 stars.

The room was smaller than I expected, however it could easily accommodate our family of five. It had two queen beds and a sofa bed. Since most of our day was spent outdoors, the small size was not a major issue. We always arrived to find the room neat and clean. Great house keeping staff. The best thing about the hotel was its location. We could easily access public transportation a few yards from the hotel. We could get to all the major attractions in about 20 minutes. Plenty of eateries close to the hotel. On the flip side, there was only a single bathroom with a small sink. There was no microwave or fridge. Also, the hotel is outdated as far as style goes.

The hotel is well kept and staff was so helpful in letting us know we're everything was and how to get there. Beds were very comfortable. They had big selection of breakfast food that was constantly being put out. I would definitely stay there again.

I needed an inexpensive hotel to stay at that was centrally located but not that central (IE: The TL) and I found it at The Opal. Not fancy, generally clean, some deferred maintenance, friendly people.

We got a 99.00 night rate for 2 adults 2 double beds. The staff was very nice and accomodating, hotel is old and has a charm to it. Rooms are basic and very clean. They offer a breakfast in the morning 0630-1000 with breads, pastries, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, coffee & juice and coffee is available in the lobby 24 hrs. There is a diner attached which we didn't eat at but would have if we had more time and there is a Whole foods, spirits store and CVS within a few blocks which are convenient if you don't have a car. The location is not in the middle of tourist areas but not too far, we used Uber everywhere. Overall the hotel is a bargain for what they offer and I would stay there again and recommend.

I've stayed in this hotel many times. It's always been pleasant, with comfortable rooms, courteous people, and satisfactory breakfasts. The muni stops are less than a block away.

The Opal has been a good hotel to count on for a decent place to stay at one of the best prices In the City. There is currently a lot of construction across the street, but it didn't bother us a bit. It's nice to know that there is still a good affordable hotel in San Francisco that we can count on. One additional note, the ADA rooms are wonderful! The roll in shower is great, the accessible sink in the bathroom is the perfect height with room under the sink for your legs!

Hallways to narrow and uneven for disabled. Cost of parking, no public parking. Noisey. Doors difficult to open too heavy. Would not recommend.

I was in town for a conference. The conference hotel was really expensive. I found The Opal - only a few minute walk away - for about 1/2 the cost. It is a beautiful place!! Everyone was soooo nice. When I am back in San Fran, this is where I will stay!

Stayed here a few times. Rooms are a little outdated, but we're here for the city not a "Nice Room". Good location on Van Ness. Close walked to the House of Prime Rib. Hotel lobby connects to the classic Mel's Diner.

1050 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA

Located in Civic Center, The Opal San Francisco is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Louise Davies Symphony Hall and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. This hotel has 167 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Located in central San Francisco, the hotel is also near Lombard Street and University of San Francisco.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop.


Rooms

All of The Opal San Francisco's 167 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including iPod docks, free local calls, and ironing boards. 40-inch LED TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also standard.


Property features

Guests of The Opal San Francisco enjoy features like a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. If you drive, self parking is USD 46.74 per day, or you can take advantage of the shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours) for USD 16.00 per person. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. This hotel also has an ATM.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Suite, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Guest reviews for The Opal San Francisco

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4

edge of tenderloin district, nice boutique hotel

Everyone

For its price this was an excellent deal! Nice boutique hotel, but old and noisy as undergoing renovations. Staff were incredible, really excellent. Recognizing that the area isn't the best - it being on the edge of the Tenderloin district - I would definitely stay there again. You just have to get instructions as to where to walk. Parking is very expensive though.

By , from LA on Apr 16, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 19, 2017

Steve: Thank you for taking the time to write about and rate your stay at our hotel. Guest comments helps us in two ways: they let us know what we need to work on and they let people know what we are doing right. We are 108 years old and working to update ourselves into the 21st century as you noted. I am sorry if the noise from the renovations got in the way of your stay with us. We do try to price our on-site, gated and secured parking with 24 hour in and out privilege and your own personal remote competitively with other hotels that offer the same convenience. And we do offer less expensive alternatives for our guests in the area. Thank you again!

5

100 year old hotel is so very nice

Everyone

The staff was friendly. The room was comfortable. Great views and great location!

By , from Fort Worth, TX on Nov 14, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 19, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us at our hotel. Guest reviews are one of our best ways to tell people about our 108 year old independent hotel and so we appreciate it very much when a guest can take the time to write. I am happy to read you had a friendly experience with our staff and that the room was comfortable for you. We hope to see you again the next time you are in San Francisco!

3

good for the price.

Everyone

By , from San Diego on Nov 8, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 11, 2016

Jarusa: Thank you for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us! I am always happy to read that the staff was friendly and helpful. We are in the midst of renovating all our rooms, to modernize them to the 21st century. Our building is 108 years old, after all! Glad you got to experience Tommy's. There are a lot of great eateries around us. We hope to see you again soon!

5
Everyone

Very nice hotel. Great staff and close to everything in the city.

By , from F on Nov 8, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 11, 2016

Jason: Thank you for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us! We hope to see you again soon!

3

motel feel

Everyone

Our room was outside of the hotel, our view was the parking lot. It felt like we were staying at a motel as for the view. Parking was an additional $45!!!! Outrageous. The room was clean and staff and was great.

By , from Chaleston SC on Oct 10, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 13, 2016

Vanessa: Thank you for taking the time to rate and comment about your stay at our hotel. I'm sorry if you found our parking expensive. We do try to price reasonably for our limited secured on site parking in comparison to other hotels. I'm sorry that the guest service staff did not tell you about the other less expensive alternatives nearby (there are a few parking structures within a few blocks of the hotel that charge $32 and $28 per night but do not have 24 hour in and out privileges as we do). I'm glad to read the room was clean and that the staff was great. I hope you have a wonderful week.

2

pigeon poo dungeon

Everyone

Our first hotel room was a dark dungeon of a room with window that viewed a fire escape and a ledge with tons of pigeon poo. It was depressing and disgusting. Thankfully, the staff moved us to a room on another floor that was much brighter and cleaner. Still a lot of construction noise from across the street. Overall, the staff was pleasant but the hotel location and views are nothing to write home about.

By , from Irvine, CA on Oct 7, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 8, 2016

Greg: Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay at The Opal. I am glad to read you had a pleasant experience with the staff and our complimentary continental breakfast. I am sorry to read about your room experiences, but thank you for letting us know so we could clean that up. We are in the midst of fully renovating this 108 year old classic building floor by floor so, perhaps on a future visit to San Francisco, you will come and experience the modernized Opal! Thank you again.

4

good value in the civic center area

Everyone

Check-in was prompt and efficient. The staff was ready to answer all questions (finding the exercise room was not so easy). They also arranged for the airport shuttle pick-up, which was reliable and very reasonably priced. I was fully satisfied with the breakfast on the two days I was up in time. The hotel is a bit of a hike from the Civic Center BART stop, but very conveniently located for the opera or symphony, and late-night food and drink are right next door and across the street.

By , from North Carolina on Oct 2, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 3, 2016

Craig: Thank you for taking the time to rate and comment about your stay at our hotel. I'm glad to read that the staff was helpful and you were satisfied with our complimentary continental breakfast. We hope to see you again the next time you are in the city!

5
Everyone

Great stay. Staff, hotel and Mel's plays was great.

By on Sep 24, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 2, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to rate and comment about your stay at our hotel! I like to read when people say good things about our staff, who work hard to try and make our guests have an enjoyable stay with us. We hope to see you again the next time you are in the city!

3
Everyone

Room is old and needs new linen, pillows and just old! Smelled funky and not worth $340 a night

By on Sep 21, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 8, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay. It does look like you stayed with us during one of the big conventions in San Francisco, and I apologize for the high rate. I also am sorry you received linens and pillows that were old. We are in the process of renovating our 108 year old building. Thank you again for taking the time to write. Guest comments are one of our best tools for improving our quality.

4

a good place to stay

Everyone

The Opal is a nice hotel in a good, convenient location.

By , from Oceanside, CA on Sep 17, 2016