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Cornell Hotel de France
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   715 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brasilia, Brazil
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nice stay!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The hotel has a good location, clean and suitable rooms for short stays (not big size), as well bathrooms.
Friendly staff. Excellent breakfast in a cozy place, well decorated. It´s a short distance to Union Sq., and a lot of stores to purchase clothes, electronics, etc.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Carlos C,

Glad you liked your stay at our Cornell Hotel de France
and thank you very much for your good comments.
All my life I would have liked to go to Brasillia......
It may be too late now....

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Charming, clean, friendly, helpful! We were there for eight days and felt like we were at home, were actually sad to leave. Conveniently located, the cable car ran outside the door, restaurants were all around us, easy walk to Union Square( there is an uphill climb, but we learned to stop and catch our breath! It was fun!) breakfast was included in the room, it was consistently good with the sweetest, happiest woman each morning to serve us. Hotel staff was wonderful, loved the Golden Retriever, Michelle. They have several rooms for sitting and reading or drinking coffee and relaxing. We could not be more pleased.

Room Tip: Children would probably not enjoy it, but it was fabulous for us , a couple, who went to San Francis...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Jann D,

Thank you for sharing your good experience at out small establishment
with the online clientele. So happy that during your eight days you felt at
home... Come back , Michel will be there to welcome you.. he may be a
big dog, then.
Merci....

Gratefully,

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Had a great 4 day stay here. Stayed in medium sized room with big claw foot tub that was nice to soak in after a long day walking San Fran hills. Spotlessly clean and fairly quiet in our room located in back of hotel - could hear cable cars clanging and sirens at night but have to expect a bit of noise in the middle of downtown. Breakfast room busy in the morning so get there early - choice of bacon/eggs, omelet or French toast and with cereals you can help yourself to on a sideboard. Staff are polite but generally reserved in a more European manner. Location very central, 10 to 15 minute walk to transit hub on Market Street: Bart for airport/cable car starting point/buses to everywhere and our favorite, the F-line historic streetcars which take you in one direction close to the Mission and Castro districts and to the Ferry Market Building and Fisherman's Wharf in the other. Get the 3 day or 7 day MUNI pass and save a lot, especially for the cable car which will cost you $6 for a single trip alone. Would definitely recommend this hotel - won't find a nicer room in SF for this price that includes bathroom and breakfast.

Room Tip: Back rooms are quieter. We stayed in medium size room which was great for us. Some people comment on...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear clerk 2,

Thank you for a good description of our Cornell Hotel de France
which could be useful to would- be customers. We are glad that
you had a pleasant stay and appreciated what we do and offer.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Calgary, AB
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We initially booked this hotel because it was on the trolley line. But little did we know that this amazing little hotel would give us our own gargoyle in our room; and Gaugin's and Monet's on the walls; and a dining room that makes you feel like you're in a castle in France. The front desk staff was friendly and very helpful, the breakfasts were well prepared and beautifully presented, and it was close to great shopping and dining. So it's a little old and could use some TLC, but I will definitely recommend this to any friends and family staying in San Francisco. Thanks for a great European experience!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear ready2retire2,

We are very pleased that you liked your stay at our
small, old fashioned hotel. Thank you for your nice
comments and good recommendations.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Berlin, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The Cornell Hotel de France is a very nice and individual hotel with a good position in SFO (very central, in the near of the Cable Car)! It has a really good french restaurant (relatively expensive, but worthwhile)!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Dear Euqinimod1 from Berlin,

Yes our small hotel is idealy located in San Francisco.
Glad you liked it and thank you for the good comments.
We are proud to offer reasonably priced room in the heart
of the city to our clientele.
I have been a soldier in Berlin, a long time ago before
being sent to Algeria. I had a great time ( and I was young)

Merci encore
Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Cognac, France
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Stayed here on a two night stopover from our holiday all prebooked through a travel company,we chose this hotel because of good reviews,well i have to say i dont know where these reviews come from,we were showed to our room the evening we arrived the man chatted but i wouldnt say he was especially friendly,our room was not very clean,coffee stains down door to bathroom, hairs in bath and sink and under sheets on bedcover,thick dust on coffeemaker,breakfast was ok nothing special,one morning on leaving the breakfastroom the chap that checked us in was sitting outside and there was no goodmorning or anything,and the day we checked out the chinese lady on the desk was very rude when my husband was putting handluggage in taxi she shut the door on us before we had even got our suitcases out of the lobby,if this is your kind of hospitality you can keep it,it was a horrible smelly area and not a patch on the hotel or area we stayed in new york.

Room Tip: dont stay here would be my tip!!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear Diane L from Cognac,

Critics from customers can be useful and we like to answer,
explain, apologize if need be, agree sometimes, even promise to
bring modifications..... But your comment on our small
establishment left us speechless. ' Hair in bath ,sink, under sheets
on cover"..." Horrible, smelly area" ..If it had been the case why did
you not called the office at once and why did you stay a second day
in such a place..?
However what you wrote about the gentleman who checked you in
and showed you to your breakfast table confirmed what had been
mentionned to us recently. Such inadmissible behavior will not be
tolerated anymore and we sincerely apologized for that..

Sincerely,

Claude Lambert - Owner
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We had never been to San Francisco and Cornell was recommended. So glad we listened. Everyone was wonderful from the owner to the golden retriever. Beautiful and quaint. Charming was used over and over in our conversations. Would definitely stay there again. Clean and comfortable. Food was beautifully prepared and waitresses were delightful. Hated to leave! Will definitely stay there when we return. Also convenient to street car, parking garage, drugstore, and restaurants.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are different which is kind of fun. Some have more room and some of the bathrooms...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Dear Nan W,

Such great pleasure to welcome appreciative customers like
you. Glad you liked the personality and artistic aspect of our small
hotel. It will be with pleasure that we would welcome you again.
Michel the golden retriever may be big, then.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Additional Information about Cornell Hotel de France

Address: 715 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#22 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#23 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cornell Hotel de France 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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