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Beresford Arms
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   701 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #105 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
Schenectady, New York
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We spent 8 days there and returned home this past weekend. There was not one thing that I felt could have been better. Every aspect from the lovely lobby, light breakfast, and delightful wine "party" every afternoon. This was especially fun as it gives the guests an opportunity to meet fellow travelers.
The people at the front desk were extremely helpful and were all the staff. There is no airconditioning, but a fan is provided. The rooms were fine and had a large bathroom.
The other real plus was the location. Very easy to access the MUNI or walk to so many wonderful areas.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

First time at this hotel and it was perfect for myself and two adult daughters. Large bedroom with sittiing room and kitchen. The bathroom was large enough for 3 to share. The staff was friendly and responsive to any request or questions. Super location and the price is the best value in town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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19 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This was our 2nd time in the city but 1st at this hotel. It is ideally situated just 3 blocks from the buzz of Union Sq. The place has a great charm & nice architecture. The staff are all bright, happy & helpful. The room we had was lovely, with 2 queen beds & a really well appointed en suite. There is a stocked fridge that can be used if you need a drinks & you pay for what you use. Breakfast is a simple but adequate continental style laid on in the beautiful lobby. If there is a down side, it is that because the building is old it is not well soundproofed by modern standards & the regular emergency vehicles that are inevitable in any big city can on occasion disturb sleep.

Room Tip: Rear rooms probably less noisy
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Brantford, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

First thing that hit me were how large the rooms were. For being a heritage building I was expecting more 'European' sized rooms. Lots of space, large bathroom and a little kitchenette. It was the best price in this area that didn't have horrible reviews, and we were so glad we stayed here. There was some street noise, but we found turning on the fan that was in the closet created the perfect 'white noise' and allowed us to sleep soundly.
Location was great, close to Union Square, restaurants and transportation. We were here 3 days and got the 3 day MUNI pass which was great, well worth the $21 each. Used it for cable cars, subway and buses, quickest way to get anywhere in the hilliest city I've ever been in.
I would definitely stay here again and for those who complain, you can go spend $400/night to stay at a chain hotel a block down the road.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Billings, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We spent 3 nights @ this hotel last weekend. The location is excellent! We were only a few blocks from just about anywhere - cable car, Union Square, BART station. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Coffee was always on early & we enjoyed the nice continental breakfast every morning. The room was spacious & the service was excellent.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Seattle, Washington
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50 hotel reviews
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The hotel is a few blocks west of Union Square on Post Street. Post is much safer and quieter than Geary St. where I stayed last time. There aren't as many pan handlers. Market St. is also just a few blocks away. There are many ethnic restaurants a block down the street on Jones and on Post. A drugstore is a block or so away on Geary and Taylor. There are numerious neighborhood groceries within a block as well.

The hotel is packed because the rates are very reasonable for a well-located hotel.

I was in a ground floor renovated room. The hotel has the potential for grace and comfort. Sadly, the owner did not not invest adequately in its renovation. The windows are thin, letting in drafts and street noise. There are no window screens and flies visit, looking for supper. The construction of the shower stall did not allow for proper closing of the door. However, unlike many newer hotels, the furnture, though shabby, offers plenty of drawer space. The ceilings on my floor were relatively high. The rooms could have been comfortable and lovely, if only the owner had invested in adequate quality renovation and spent just a bit more for furniture and room fans.

The staff was friendly and attentive. Breakfast is sweet rolls and coffee with some fruit. There is a Happy Hour with snack mix, Ritz crackers and sliced supermarket cheese. Free wine is provided but I don't drink so I can't report on that.

There are also computers for guest use in the lobby and in the first floor hallway. Wifi is available in rooms. I could not get cell phone reception in my room but I really didn't mind.

San Francisco is so expensive that for the $150.00 per night that I paid, I am not sure that I could get anything better. I also don't spend that much time in my room so the accommodations met my needs.

I think I would have paid a bit more to see this lovely old building get the treatment it deserves. The ghosts of those who frequented these rooms when the hotel was grand must be sighing in despair. If they appear this Halloween, perhaps they can ask the owner to properly restore their former haunt.

Room Tip: Get a room as high up as you can if you are sensitvie to street noise.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We prebooked at the Beresford Arms and was pleased with the city price. Although the valet service was at an additional charge it was super efficient. Definately don't let no parking put you off, because lots of hotels lack parking due to the nature of the city. It's an excellent location, near to the cable cars, union square and if your a walker then its probably only about 1 hour to pier 39. Post Street is home to all the designer shops too. Old fashioned in its decor and a little bit tired and shabby in places, the rooms were adequate with only one pillow each on the bed (i supposed we could've asked for another). We had a front room and it was noisy in the morning when the traffic started, but we expected this in a busy city. Most of the staff were lovely and a nice touch was wine with cheese and biscuits late afternoon. There seemed to be unlimted wine too and a great chance to mingle with some of the other travellers. Street maps available at reception with lots of other info. A simple continental breakfast was available in the morning, the coffee was left out after 10am on our last morning and when we attempted to make another and ask for the milk, a member of staff said it wasn't available after 10am The man 'tutted' at us, then clattered and banged the drinking facilities in an ignornant and spoilt manner whilst putting them away. It was rude and unnecessary and let the hotel down.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 701 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #105 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beresford Arms 3*
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