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“Large room, kitchen and 70's decor” 5 of 5 stars
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Beresford Arms
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   701 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #93 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
California
1 review
“Large room, kitchen and 70's decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2009

I stayed overnight here with a few friends. For the price ($139 a night) it was perfect. We were within walking distance of the muni and several parking garages. We came out for SF's Pride so we were only a few blocks from the parade and civic center. The room itself was pretty dated but we had a large bathroom with shiny, floral wallpaper, deep bathtub, bidet and 2 sinks. It made getting ready VERY easy and comfortable. We also had a kitchen, which was great because it cut costs on food since we brought our own and heated it up in the oven. There was no salt though, so bring your own if you think you'll need it. The room was decently sized, we fit 7 people, 4 in beds, 3 on the floor. The downside was no AC, luckily SF is cool enough at night so we could get away with opening windows. We did hear some rooms DO have AC though, you just have to specify when you make the reservation. We also called ahead and requested to be put in a room with a kitchen. The hotel was located in an OK area, you just have to be a little careful walking down certain streets at night as they fill up with homeless people. Then again, so does the rest of SF. All in all, we had a nice stay. Will go to this hotel again.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2009

The Beresford Arms Hotel is located in a building on the National Register of Historic Places. This should be your first clue that it is very old. But, while old, it is well taken care of. Our room, one of the Junior Jacuzzi Suites, was VERY clean.

My first impression when I walked into the room was disappointment. I had expected something a little different based on the description of the aforementioned “Junior Jacuzzi Suite”. I had assumed the beds were in a separate room and that there was a sitting room, but I checked the website again and it said “sitting area”, not sitting room. Of course, we didn’t have a sitting “area” either, but that wasn’t really necessary. The furniture is dated, but as I said the room is quite clean, looked freshly painted and the bathroom was sparkling white. I was pleased that there was very good lighting in our room.

There is no air conditioning in the room. We had three windows that we kept open, but they don’t have screens and on the last morning, all of a sudden, flies started coming in. It was entertaining trying to chase them out! The hotel does provide fans, though, and we had two that we kept running most of the time when we were in the room. There is also a heater if you happen to be there when it’s cold.

The bathroom had new flooring, double sinks and included a bidet next to the toilet! I never did try that out. There is a Jacuzzi tub in the room, which I used several times, but it is a single person tub, so don’t expect to lounge around with your other half if you are there with a significant other. I was there with my mom so this was not an issue.

There was free wireless Internet access in the room, but it was VERY slow. I had brought my laptop, but I rarely used it because it was just too brutal to do so. They do have two computers in the lobby, though, for guest use and while I didn’t check for sure, I believe it is complimentary. The room has a television with a VCR built in. Apparently they have movies you can rent for $5. If you want to watch a movie, you may want to bring one with you. The TV has few channels, but you have all of the usual local channels and a few national ones like TNT available.

It’s my understanding that the facilities vary room to room as far as kitchenette/wet bar/etc. Our room had a wet bar with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Interestingly enough, while there were tea bags, and sugar, etc, there was no coffee. It would have been nice if they provided coffee to go with the coffee maker because for only four days, we weren’t going to go hunt down a store with coffee. But, you do have dishes, glasses, mugs, and silverware, so you can easily make things and eat in your room. It would have been nice to have a table to eat at, though, and I think that was part of what I assumed would be in the “sitting area” that was mentioned in the description of the room.

Each morning they provide coffee and tea downstairs in the lobby, as well as some fruit and pastries. I recommend grabbing the cutting board from your wet bar to take down and use as a tray if you’re bringing things up to your room. It’s a good way to at least have snack before heading out for the day. They also have a wine, tea, and cheese reception each afternoon, but we were so busy that we never even got a glimpse of it so I cannot comment.

The location is great. It is 4 blocks from Union Square, one block from Geary on the corner of Post & Jones. It’s a gentle incline as you walk from Union Square to get there, but quite a hill if you are walking from Geary. You can be in Union Square in 5 minutes and to the Powell Street BART station in 10-15 minutes. I'm not sure if they had parking or not, though, because we did not have a vehicle so I didn't ask. There is no fitness center or pool, but you can get a workout walking up the hills in the area!

There are tons of restaurants around. We really enjoyed Honey Honey, a restaurant one block from the hotel on Post Street that served breakfast lunch and dinner. We only tried the Crepes, but they were delicious and the atmosphere was very nice. We had planned to try Dottie’s True Blue Café, on Jones, around the corner from the hotel, but there was always a line and it was way too silly to wait an hour to be seated for breakfast. Instead, we found the Olympic Café right around the corner on Geary that had fantastic omelets and no line! You won’t be hurting for restaurants in this area. Also, right across Jones is a little market that sells beer, wine, water, sodas, snacks, etc. I was very happy with the location of the Beresford Arms and it was close to bus stops, which was our preferred transportation while in San Francisco.

After four days, my impression of the Beresford Arms Hotel changed. I am very happy we stayed there. Our room was kept spic and span (we did leave a tip each morning on our pillow, which might have helped) the beds & pillows while not quite Marriott or Hilton standard, were very comfortable, and overall, it was a good stay. I would like to have screens on the windows, definitely faster Internet, and maybe some movie channels on the television; I recommend you bring VHS movies with you, microwave popcorn, and a package of coffee if you are a coffee drinker, but the Beresford Arms is a comfortable hotel and we recommend it. We purchased our room as a package deal with airfare through Expedia. The room portion was about $650 for 4 nights in the Jacuzzi suite with 2 queen beds. You can get the room cheaper than that, but it depends on the time of year and when you book.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chichester, West Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

We stayed for four nights at the Beresford Arms and were very happy with it. Our room was a good size and the bed was really comfortable. Being at the back, the room had no view as it opened onto the central courtyard, but it was remarkably quiet for a city centre location. The complementary cheese and wine at 4.30 each day was a real bonus, and the simple breakfast of coffee, fruit and pastries was a good start to the day before leaving the hotel. The location was also good - 5 minutes walk to Union Square and 10 minutes to Powell Street transport connections. The only negative was the noisy plumbing which woke us up at 5.30 each morning, although the noise only lasted a few minutes. Overall, fantastic value for money - we got a great rate online.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

At $99 per night, I wasn't expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised however. The hotel was 5 mins walk from Union Square, so nice and central. Whilst the hotel is quite "old" looking, the rooms were spacious and comfortable. The complimentary breakfast was basic but provided a good start to the day. The complimentary cheese & wine in the between about 4.30 and 5,.30pm was also enjoyable, if you are around at that time of day.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

We stayed from April 27th-May2nd, five nights. This hotel is one of the oldest in San Franscico but I think it was full of character.
We had two rooms with an adjoining door between. As there were 8 of us, it made it easier to put the children to bed and we still had somewhere to sit and watch TV. The kitchen made meals easier.
There was free internet access in the lobby which we used and a laundry mat straight across the road (run by Lee who was a great person to talk to). We didnt take advantage of the breakfast as we ate in our room but it did look nice, with fresh fruit and pastries, coffee and juice.
The negative thing about this hotel was that the fire station was not far away and they came down the street regularly, so it was quiet noisy at times including nighttime. The windows are not double glazed.
We did a lot a walking, dont get me wrong it was hard work up and down the hills and dont be mistaken in thinking that it is not as it looks in the movies, it 's worse. Some hills are that steep they have stairs to go up and down the footpath. We only went on the cable cart once as it is a bit expensive, it was cheaper for us to get in a cab. It was only approx. $8 from fishermans wharf plus a tip so we just paid $10 everytime.
My favorite thing was Alcatraz and Im not really into history but the audio tour was great, I even bought the CD to bring home.

  • Stayed April 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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scottsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2009

We have made the Beresford our home away from home for the last 15 years. Our trips to San Francisco are quite often: next week will be our 4th visit this year. During the past 15 years we have tried some of the 5 star hotels with room 3-4 times the cost of the Beresford Arms. It is older, and has a certain charm! It is unpretentious and comfortable!
The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable, it is maintained beautifully by staff that has been there for years. It provides a simple continental breakfast with great coffee and simple pastrys and fruit, certainly enough to tide you over in the morning.
If you return during the afternoon enjoy a bit of red and white wine, cheese and crackers.
and nuts to carry you over until dinner. It is all very casual yet hospitable, like being in someones parlor. It is walking distance to Union Square...the review which said they walked through the Tenderloin must of made a wrong turn!!! Go out the front door, turn
right and walk down a few blocks and viola you are at Union Square. You can walk to
China Town, Westfield Plaza, and if you like to walk, continue down Market to the
Ferry Building for wonderful food and/or the Farmers Market on Saturday morning.
THIS HOTEL IS A GREAT BANK FOR THE BUCK!! Not for the person with Champagne tastes perhaps, but for those who like the charm of a small establishments with out the stuffiness of a 5 star hotel...

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

Centrally located just two walking blocks from Union Square, this hotel was a comfortable introducition to accommodation in San Francisco.
The hotel was well worn but every effort was made to keep it clean and functional. The room was a generous size with plenty of storage and cupboard space with comfortable seating in the room and a desk.
The inclusion of items such as a very simple breakfast (pastries, fruit and tea or coffee), a wine an cheese get together and wireless in each room adds to the comfort and convenience of the stay.
The housekeeping staff were very helpful - and responded to individual requests and needs - much appreciated.
On the down side - the room was very cold - and it was necessary to make a request to the concierge to have the heating "turned on" - but then did not seem to work "all of the time".
It was also extremely noisy - but I don't think this can be attributed exclusively to the Beresford. If you take accommodation in the city - expect the constant sound of traffic, sirens of every description, the sounds of people having fun at all hours and the constant clang of rubbish collection. Our solution was to be exhausted at the end of each day to sleep through the clamour of the inner city.
Have to say the laundry across the road was an absolute bonus - we had been travelling for 3 weeks and appreciated this access and the help and support of the onsite manager there (Leigh). Additionally, the Thai Sticks diagonally opposite the hotel served up the BEST meals - if you are in the area - you must try it - delcious food, great service, fantastic prices and it is open very late every day.)
Would recommned the Beresford Arms as good value - but of course you always get what you pay for - and if you go in expecting upbeat, slick modern veneer this is not the place for you. If you are after comfortable and convenient, at reasonable price - you can't go wrong..

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Beresford Arms Hotel
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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#76 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beresford Arms 3*
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