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“great position, basic hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Stratford
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   242 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Ranked #102 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
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“great position, basic hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Great position near Unon square. Rooms clean with average facilities but no tea and coffee. Hreakfast a bit of a free for all but ok. Make sure you get a room at the back of the hotel to avoid the main street noise.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you for staying with us! we agree that we are located in a great position in Union Square. Unfortunately we do not offer coffee or tea in the guest rooms but our tea room is open 24/7 with tea coffee and hot chocolate available. Thank you for taking the time to review the Hotel Stratford and we hope to see you again soon.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Greensboro, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Stratford for a week-long stay. Rooms are very small but kept really clean. The front desk service is excellent, especially Jack and Josh. The elevator (one) is very slow and the breakfast is minimal -- the hotel needs to add some protein to the breakfast menu, although to get a free breakfast in San Francisco is a nice feature. The hotel sits right on a cable car line and is in close proximity to the Muni. Ask for a quiet room so you aren't facing Powell Street. You can't beat the location or the price. I would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shyam S, General Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and I am very delighted that you found our staff service was excellent and that our accommodations were clean and perfect. I will be sure to share your note with everyone on Hotel Stratford’s team. We value your compliment and suggestion on breakfast. We always strive to provide every guest with a welcoming, convenient, and comfortable stay and will use these comments to improve our services and facilities. Thank you again and we look forward to your return visit at Hotel Stratford.
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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Choosing the right location is important. This was my second trip to San Francisco, and living around Union Square was far better then near the pier. Nice rooms(really small rooms though), clean and comfy beds. The room did not have air-condition, but it´s not hot in SF anyway.. Friendly and helpful staff. Would easily recommend this hotel to my close friends.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the rear of the hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thanks for the great review! Yes, Union Square is definitely the place to be. We often share our reviews with all our staff and they will be happy with this one. We hope to see you again soon and we thank you for recommending the Stratford to others!
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The hotel is right in Union Square. Easy access to lots of shopping and restaurants, along with cable car, Muni, and Bart lines. It's also within walking distance to the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, and the Cable Car Museum. Rooms are very small and basic, but bed was comfortable and the room was clean. A big negative was the location of my room within the hotel - we were right next to the elevator and breakfast room, which meant it was an extremely noisy room. It didn't seem like the hotel was full, so I'm not sure why they chose to place anyone in that room... Also, there is no air conditioning, and ventilation in the room was poor. We ended up having to open our windows to get some air circulation, which made it even noisier and let some flies in.

Room Tip: Ask to be placed away from elevator and breakfast room
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Hello Laura, thanks for taking the time to review the Hotel Stratford. We apologize for giving you a room that was not located to your liking. in the future please make sure to let us know of any concerns and our staff will do our best to satisfy all your needs. A lot of the time we are sold out during the summer months but our main objective is still customer satisfaction. If you visit San Francisco again we hope you choose to stay with us and we will make sure to better suit your needs! Thank you
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Denver, Colorado
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

A very small room, however, quite clean. Great towels, fine bed, and very helpful staff. Good location (for us). Adequate continental breakfast. Not quiet--but this is San Francisco. We definitely liked it enough to return.

Room Tip: For quietness, the back of the hotel, away from the elevator.
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Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Hello Hal, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our hotel. The hotel was built in 1908 and some of the rooms can seem small. We are delighted you were satisfied with everything else. We really do hope you return and we are looking forward to that date. Thank you so much for staying with us!
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Stayed here with my granddaughter (13) for one night before we could get into our first choice, the Marine Memorial Hotel. Public areas and our room/bath were immaculate. We felt very safe. Great location. Our room was certainly large enough for 2 people who were out sightseeing all day anyway. The staff was professional and pleasant. We saw other guests only at breakfast so it had a somewhat private residence feel. The breakfast room itself could use a little more attention to the tables between guests but not a biggie.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Shyam S, General Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to post a review and I am very delighted that you found our staff pleasant and that our accommodations were safe, clean and perfect. I will be sure to share your note with everyone on Hotel Stratford’s team. We value your suggestion on breakfast room. We always strive to provide every guest with a welcoming, convenient, and comfortable stay and will use these comments to improve our services and facilities. Thank you again and we look forward to your return visit at Hotel Stratford.

Sincerely,
Shyam Shrestha
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Eugene, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

After looking at several hotels online we chose The Stratford and we stayed there for four nights while touring around San Francisco. First of all, it's not fancy-smancy, but it's a very nice hotel with a great location right off Union Square. Our room was a queen double, all the queen doubles are located on the front (street side) of the hotel. Take this in consideration if you are a light sleeper, this is a big city with big city noise, traffic, cable car 'clangs' etc. which I found part of the SF experience. But, there can be street musicians on the corners at night, which was our experience, so bring earplugs. Awesome location! There is a Walgreens right down the street, to buy everything you might need, a cable car stop right in front, and restaurants all over the place. Close to shopping and if you are doing the 'hop-on-hop-off' tours, they all have stops right in Union Square. The staff was very friendly and very helpful and I noticed spoke several languages and were eager to assist you. Breakfast was cereal, fruit, toast and coffee, perfect for us. Yes it's an older hotel, no there is not air conditioning (but ceiling fans were all we needed) yes the elevator was slow, but it is very clean, very friendly and very charming.

Room Tip: Take an interior room if you are sensitive to noise.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shyam S, General Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great review and your compliments about our hotel, service and staff. Our team will be very delighted when I share this great note. It means so much when an experienced traveler such as yourself, enjoys staying at our historic boutique hotel. Thanks again for taking the time to post your review and I look forward to your next visit from Oregon.

Sincerely,
Shyam Shrestha
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Address: 242 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #102 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Stratford 2*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If travelers were to pinpoint on a map the number one location in San Francisco, it could be right outside the door of Hotel Stratford. Our entrance has become part of thousands of photographs taken of the Cable Car as it heads up the second block of its famous journey over San Francisco's beautiful hillside communities.Guests who want the convenience of being right in the center of the City will enjoy their stay in this European style affordably priced property, with over 80 pleasantly decorated rooms, all with the most modern facilities. We await the pleasure of your company be it for Business or Leisure. ... more   less 
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