I stayed at this hotel for a business trip during which I need to be close to the Conservatory and the Opera. Next time I will probably opt for a different place downtown and take a cab or the BART. The location is great for the Opera, Ballet, Symphony, or Conservatory events, but it is a bit isolated. Unless there is a show, hardly any people are around in that area after 5 or 6. Given that there are security guards at the Conservatory (a few blocks away) who won't let you into the facility unless someone says you have official business there, I gather that the area isn't all that safe. There are a couple of blocks of good (independently owned) restaurants and shops nearby, but many of them close early, catering primarily to the pre-show crowd. I finished work late and had a very difficult time finding a place to eat around 10 pm, and room service was closed. The room was extremely small with a very small closet for storing clothes (no dresser), and no place to put luggage. There was a microwave and fridge, which was convenient, but they were both a little beat up, as was the structure that held them--it was falling apart. The entire time I was there, the wi-fi was not in service, which was extremely frustrating, given that I was there to work. The staff did offer use of a computer downstairs, but everything I needed was on my laptop.
Also, there was no desk or chair in my room, which meant that I had to work on my bed or at a nearby cafe.
Breakfast was included, and is served in a plush dining room. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful.
Inn at the Opera reminded me of many hotels in Europe--very small rooms and elevator, limited room service, things not working, and plush old-world decor. I think it could possibly be nice for one night for going to the opera or symphony, but even then I would probably choose a different place in a different location. To me the proximity to the arts doesn't outweigh the tiny rooms and isolated feeling in that area.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Opera Hotel San Francisco
- Hotel At The Opera
- At The Opera Hotel