On a business layover and looked for the most reasonable hotel I could find in the city. Almost everything was booked in town and prices were very high. My usual spot, the Del Marco was double it's normal price. So I clicked on the Touchstone. It is in a word an old hotel. It has been updated, but the room has a radiator that is off most of the time and this weekend was cold, so the room was cold. I did find a space heater in a closet to the attached room day 2 and that helped alot. The hotel is in Union and my room looked over an alley. There is a lot of noise, especially at night. That is city noise but also a lot of homeless person screaming and crashing. There is no AC so in the summer you will need windows open to get air and that would be really really difficult. They provide earplugs and I used them plus loud white noise. The people over me on floor 6 were really loud, lots of pounding and TV noise at 2am, so that awoke me.
There is an excellent breakfast place next door, 25% off and it was great. The Starbucks is two doors down, again nice to have. The location is awesome. The worst homeless and I mean aggressive street people I have seen in all my millions of miles of travel is in this neighborhood, so be ready to see what the world will be like if we have a super-depression; its bad.
I wonder whoever decided to put the flow restricter shower heads on ever takes a shower under them. This showerhead was terrible. It requires 2x the shower time and it leaked and was dysfunctional and frustrating. Bring your own shampoo etc. the hotel stuff sucks.
Rooms are clean but very used and abused; the internet is great and free. Water is provided. The service is excellent and friendly. Ice is provided with a smile upon request. The elevators are old and slow so I used the stairs to climb up and down 5 stories; good exercise.
Overall I liked my stay, it fit the bill and the hotel is exactly what you pay for. Mostly Chinese and Eastern European tourist from what I observed, and fully booked for the most part. I used BART Powell station to get back and forth to the airport but they have a shuttle for $15 bucks ( I don't like vans). BART is like $9 bucks and fast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the pleasant 2 star Touchstone Hotel-City Center, you will be located in San Francisco's Union Square, surrounded by famous restaurants, luxury hotels, high-end galleries and exciting night life. Nob Hill, North Beach, Chinatown and the Moscone Convention Center are a leisurely stroll from our doors. A short 2 min walk will take you to Union Square, which offers some of the most sophisticated shopping on the West Coast. The famed Cable Cars are close enough for you to hear rumble by. The Touchstone Hotel-City Center offers 44 rooms blending old-world charm, new-world convenience and small-world comfort. Simply but pleasantly decorated and equipped with organic toiletries and complimentary bottled water. All rooms have their own en-suite bathroom. Internet is available throughout the hotel at no charge. There is an original 1950's deli/cafe adjacent to the hotel. Hotel guests receive a 25% discount coupon. The hotel provides a left luggage office and valet parking service at extra cost for 24 hours with unlimited in-and-out privileges. The Touchstone Hotel-City Center is very close to the city's efficient public transportation (25 min train ride from SFO). Great central location for this budget San Francisco hotel! ... more less
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- Touchstone Hotel - City San Francisco