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.
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