The Renoir dates back to 1911... but I found it a very comfortable place to stay. My room was spotless (I'm a little obsessive-compulsive. I even checked behind the headboard and under the bed. ) and well-appointed. In fact, the bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I've slept on in years.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. They recommended good restaurants, gave excellent directions and generally made themselves available to help however they could.
The building is undeniably old. But they've done a good job keeping it clean and comfortable. The only real problem I found is the neighborhood. It's a couple of blocks from "nice." But I never felt unsafe - and I wandered quite a bit of the neighborhood - because the police presence was very visible. (The Renoir isn't far from a police station.)
Free wi-fi (in the lobby only) was a plus. More than once, I plopped myself in one of their big, over-stuffed couches and took care of my e-mail and other business concerns before I headed up to my room. The front door is just yards from a BART transit station, too. So this is a great location in terms of airport access.
Finally, the Renoir has a definite price advantage over the big chains. My room was barely half what a couple of the big hotel chains - both located within a few blocks, by the way - were asking. I didn't get the top-hatted doorman... but I saved a bundle.
I'd feel differently if I were traveling with children, but I'd stay at the Renoir again without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic triangle-shaped landmark hotel with 130 comfortable rooms, all with modern amenities. Centrally located in the city centre with easy access to all public transportation including BART, cosmopolitan clientele. Close to Cable Cars, Union Square, City Hall, Convention Centre and Westfield Shopping Mall. Restaurant, bar/lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renoir Hotel San Francisco
- Renoir San Francisco