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Inn at the Opera
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   333 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-4423 (Civic Center)   |  
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Ranked #30 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
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Mendocino, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“trip to the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

we recently stayed at the inn at the opera and thought it was great. we had their biggest suite at a great price - myself, my husband, our daughter and our granddaughter. the bed as well as the sofa bed were very comfortable. as we were going to the nutcracker ballet, this location was ideal. just one block to the venue. also right there is the symphony hall, the asian museum and of course the beautiful city hall. this is a must see. we took public transportation to union square - so easy.
valet parking was also very reasonable and the people at the hotel were extremely friendly and helpful.
complimentary breakfast was good too.

Room Tip: our suite was on the backside of the hotel and was super quiet. fulton is not a very busy street but...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

My wife and I have stayed here multiple times. I previously lived in San Francisco and know it well. We love this location because we come to San Francisco to see the ballet and its not even a half block away. Opera is also performed in the same venue I believe.

For those who live in the suburbs or country you may find there are noises that you aren't used to. Its just the sounds of life in the big city. We never have found any particularly loud or obtrusive but YMMV.

Yes the elevator is old and little slow as many are in San Francisco, but a little patience goes a long way. You might opt for a lower level room and use the stairs but we prefer the highest floor and prefer the suites as they have 2 bathrooms, a separate room that feels like a family room, and a kitchen and entry area. They don't cost that much more either. Just check it out and see if it works for you.

Breakfast is a more relaxed affair and is in the European style. No one will leave hungry. And its included in the price. Be sure to ask when making your reservations.

Be warned. This hotel is becoming very popular as it offers real value and has a cozy boutique feel to it. Make your reservations early or you may be disappointed, especially during peak times. Peak times at this hotel tend to revolve more around cultural events rather than the normal tourist season.

In summary I would like to say we love this hotel. It has a slower and more relaxed feel to it. I have observed the clientele tends to be a little older as well. LIke an older comfortable shoe it just feels good. Its not fancy or pretentious, but it is clean and well run and in a fantastic location if you are in SF for some cultural event close by.

The front desk is also very helpful and can easily arrange to provide private transportation to pick you up at the airport, at your own expense of course. It certainly works well for us.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This small hotel is in top shape with really helpful staff and amenities. The only downside was the small rooms that are typical of old hotels. Other than that it feels up to date and well appointed. The location is a bit distant from the Union Square shopping area, but the #5 bus is a block away and provides quick access to Market Street down to the financial district.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Broomfield, Colorado
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This hotel is in a great, Civic Center Location, so you are close to lots of restaurants and city hall. It is an old hotel, so the elevator is really small and very slow, but not a problem. I wouldn't suggest staying here with a handicapped person, it would be difficult as the rooms are small and the ingress/egress for the elevator is difficult. Breakfast in the morning (included) is a nice, continental affair, so easy to get in and out and on to your day.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stayed at the Inn at the Opera for a week using a timeshare exchange. It is a Shell Vacation Hospitality Resort and lists itself as a Boutique Hotel. We stayed in the Ballet Suite, the smallest room on the property, and although it was small it was Very comfortable. It did not have a full kitchen, only a small sink, microwave, bar refridgerator and coffee maker, so we were unable to buy groceries and eat in. However, the Inn offered an excellent complimentary breakfast every morning with fresh fruit, baked goods, boiled eggs, cereals and breakfast breads, so we didn't need to go out for that meal, and since there was so much to do each day, we never made it back to the room before evening anyway...The staff at the Inn was wonderful; very friendly and helpful. The location worked very well for us. It is in the cultural district (ballet next door, symphony a block away, City Hall down the street, etc). It was an easy walk to the bus line that took us in any direction we wanted to go, whether we took it all the way to our destination or took it to a stop to transfer to another line or streetcar.

Room Tip: Be flexible with your travel dates and your preferences. It took a long time to get our exchange; th...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint George, Utah, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We exchanged a timeshare week and spent the week after Thanksgiving. We didn't know much about the facility but it seemed like a good location and the reviews that we read were quite good. The reviews that we read spoke highly of the customer service and we couldn't agree more. Everyone, with no exceptions, was friendly and helpful. We felt that they were concerned that we have a positive experience without it feeling forced or calculated. I think they may actually just be nice people!

The building is in a nice central location. Great for someone attending the opera, symphony or ballet, but also centrally situated for a couple like ourselves who ventured out each day sightseeing. We used public transportation which was close and inexpensive.

Our room was quaint and comfortable. Even though the building is a bit older (the elevator was kind of an experience) our room was updated and very nice. They had a space heater in the room which we didn't really use much but it made me wonder whether the radiant heat worked or not. Couldn't quite figure that one out but, again, we didn't need it as the weather was mild.

We would stay there again and think that you would enjoy your stay if you were to visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomington, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We picked this hotel because of TripAdvisor reviews. The hotel is very comfortable and the room was well maintained. The staff was wonderful, very friendly and helpful. We have no complaints. The complimentary breakfast was really nice. We will stay there the next time we go to San Francisco.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 333 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-4423
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Civic Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#16 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#29 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#35 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#53 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#54 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at the Opera 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at the Opera is located in the heart of San Francisco features a prime location and a luxurious, French-style ambiance where performing arts lovers and artists converge. Relax in elegantly appointed suites that are tastefully decorated with antique European furnishings, high speed Internet access, lovely plush robes in all rooms and daily continental breakfast. Located just steps away from the city's Civic Center, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, the California Supreme Court, and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the Inn at the Opera is your gateway to all the finest cultural activities San Francisco has to offer. ... more   less 
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