We had stayed at the Buena Vista several years ago and were very pleased. So in planning a return 5 day visit to San Francisco, we booked it again. The rate was very reasonable when we booked far in advance, and I noticed it almost doubled as our visit time approached. Lucky we booked early. We had a wedding to attend in the Presidio, and we also wanted to be close to the waterfront (Marina, Cannery, Giardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf) with accessibility to public transportation. These were our objectives.
The Buena Vista fulfilled those objectives. And here are some of the positives. Cost, Free Parking, Continental Breakfast (Coffee, Juice, Danish, Croissants, Cereal, Fruit). Relatively quiet (in terms of street noise, Inter room noise, hall noise), And the common areas, though small, were comfortable) Front desk staff was polite and responsive and the housekeeping staff was responsive and cleaned the rooms and premises very well.
Here are the negatives:
Filthy exhaust vent in Bathroom, Bathtub surrounds appear to be fairly new, but shower rod was installed incorrectly, so that you could not keep the curtain closed when showering, so the floor got wet. The bathroom floor tile is cracking, probably because underlying surface has been compromised by the water.
The room was completely devoid of any decoration, the walls were bare! The Wood Furniture is showing wear and the rug and Easy Chair had black grease stains. The cable TV system was not properly setup, requiring the use of two remote controls, and some stations continually dropped the signal. And lastly, the room was much smaller than the room we had several years ago.
Now none of this was so severe that we complained and /or left.
But I will say we were disappointed that management has not kept up the property
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- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Motor Hotel San Francisco
- Buena Vista Hotel
- Buena Vista Motel