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Beresford Arms
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   701 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #107 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Fort Worth, Texas
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“Good hotel for a family of five”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We found this to be a nice, well kept older property. Staff was great, very helpful and friendly. However, it was hot the first night we stayed here and you had to open the windows for cool air. Not a big deal except the street noise was very bad. It was Saturday night and LOTS of people
were out LATE. IT WAS AFTER 4 am when it finally got quiet between sirens and people. This is not something we are used to.
The room was spacious, well appointed and clean. The stocked items in the room were very affordable. This was one of the few places where we could find an affordable room for 5. The hotel had a charming old appearance. Beds were decent. Housekeeping left us fresh towels outside our door since we left the do not disturb sign out while we were gone. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Lower floor rooms would be great so you don't have to mess with the elevator. The hotel has love...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed at this hotel near Union Square in San Francisco for 5 nights over Thanksgiving. Our family traditionally spends time in the city every year over the holidays for shopping, enjoying the holiday atmosphere and doing various touristy things we don't normally do. Since our favorite hotel in Union Square got converted into condos, we had to find a new place this past trip. The Beresford Arms offered large family suites with ample sleeping accomodations for the 5 of us. We have 3 teenagers. The suite included a large bathroom with a spa tub and a kitchen. The hotel is at the edge of the Union Square area, on the fringes of a neighborhood that feels a little "sketchy" later at night. The room was large, but the furnishings are old and the upholstery on the sofa and chairs in the living room needed a good cleaning. The spa tub didn't work when we first arrived, but the staff fixed it the next day. It is an older spa tub, but it worked well and was nice to soak in after a long day of shopping. Our HUGE complaint is that it was impossible to get a good night's sleep, The hotel is old, and the windows are old glass panes, uninsulated, and NO soundproofing. All night long we heard EVERYONE walking down the street and firetruck and police sirens all night. We were up on the 4th floor, but still heard all the noise. I don't know if there were so many sirens because it was a busy time of year in Union Square, so more "problems". Or if it is like this all year long, but I imagine that the crowds of rowdy,noisy people late at night is a typical problem, as there are lots of bars/pubs in the area. If you want to sleep, this is not the hotel for you. We wouldn't stay here again because of this problem. However, the good things are that the staff is very friendly and helpful. The lobby is beautiful. They serve breakfast daily, nothing special, but it starts the day. They put up the Christmas tree while we were there, and it was quite festive. They also have a late afternoon spread with cheese, crackers and wine. We were never there during that time to take part. All in all, not a bad place, but since we actually like to get some sleep, I wouldn't recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for one that is as far away from street noise as possible.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Booked this hotel through hotels.com. It was a good choice. It was clean, the staff was friendly and very helpful when booking transportation. A breakfast with pastries and coffee is available each morning with cheese and wine served in the afternoon. It is in a great location-walking distance to Union Square and a cable car stop.

Room Tip: We stayed on the top floor and had a street view-could hear cars and fire engines all night but we h...
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  • Stayed March 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

This hotel (circa 1910) on Nob Hill shows a dated elegance. The lamps, headboards and dressers are ornate. Very stylish paintings adorn the walls of the rooms and hallways. The bathroom fixtures are European style double knobbed faucets, but the shower fixtures show their age. We had a junior suite with a kitchenette. There's a small sitting room alcove with a small desk and sofa, 2 beds, a large bathroom (with a large tub/jacuzzi, and 2 sinks), and a modern kitchenette with full sized refrigerator, compact microwave oven, electric cooktop and oven and toaster. Rooms are clean, although the towels had a few flecks of colored lint. The sound of the water in the heating radiator and the cooing of pigeons in the central "courtyard" lull you to sleep, although you can hear the muffled conversation and creaking of the guests walking in the room above, or the closet door sliding closed in the adjoining room. The main door to the room from corridor has a 2" gap at the bottom, so I plugged this with a bath towel to block out the hallway lights at night and stifle the sounds in our room.The television is old (cathode ray tube, not flat screen), and there were very few channels available (NBC, CNN, PBA, CW, ESPN, ESPN2), even fewer than those listed on the TV channel card provided. The hotel is located on Nob Hil near Union Squarel, so be prepared to walk up and down some steep side streets to get to the Powell BART station. Tenderloin district is adjacent, so be careful where you walk, especially at night. Continental breakfast with croissants, muffins, pastries and fruit, coffee and tea. Still, for <$175 a night through AAA discount for midweek during a convention, it was a great deal, close to the Moscone Convention Center.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This hotel has been our place to stay since the early '90's. We can count on clean rooms, a friendly staff and a hassle-free stay every time. We usually stay in a two-queen junior suite but have also enjoyed the spacious Parlour Suite for special occasions and family vacations.

The location is ideal. A few blocks from the exciting Union Square where there are restaurants and stores
galore. With that in mind, a peaceful night's sleep is not going to happen in a big city. We prefer a street
view room and endure the noise vs. a more quiet interior room with no view. The choice is yours and the hotel
will gladly accommodate you.

Valet parking is kindly offered at the hotel. Our stays are usually for one night and we park at the Butterick
Garage on Sutter and walk to the hotel with our light luggage. It is about two blocks.

Room Tip: There are no screens on the windows. Rooms on higher floors may see a little pigeon action.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Weekend Trip with my husband and daughter to San Francisco. Chose the Bereford Arms through Booking.com. It was a good hotel located on Post Street a few blocks from Union Plaza in the heart of the city. We stayed in what was considered to be the family suite which included a small kitchen with stove, refrig, microwave which would be great for anyone staying in the city for a longer time. Also had a large bath with two sinks, two queen beds and a small sitting area with desk and couch. The couch was a pullout, but we didn't use it. The building is old, on the historical registry of buildings. That may turn some people off but we found it to be well maintained and comfortable. If you stay in an inside hall room like we had, the pigeons come to your windows starting early in the morning as we discovered the first night. The second night we left the fan on low and that completely drowned out the noise and we slept comfortably. Comforty beds and VERY clean room. They also provide coffee, tea, muffins, croissants, scones and fruit in the lobby each morning for guests and wine and cheese in the evening for guests. The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I would return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Excellent location - - walked to Chinatown, Little Italy, Asian Art Museum. Upgraded to giant suite with full kitchen. Charming lobby. Limited breakfast. Comfy bed, nice linens. Bath with jetted tub and bidet. Friendly staff. Small, old tv/vhs combo that worked minimally. Would stay here again without doubt.

Room Tip: The suites are very roomy
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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: 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 ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #107 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beresford Arms 3*
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