The Rough Guide to San Francisco says "unless you are wedded to the area there are better hotels for the price Downtown" - I totally disagree - the hotel in situated in the very post Pacific Heights it is extremely quiet and there are lots of places to park your hire car
adjacent to the hotel and not have to pay exhorbitant parking fees. It takes about 10 minutes by car and/or cab to reach most of the locations in the city as traffic never appeared to particularly heavy. You can walk down to the waterfront in 10 minutes but the walk back up is at 45 degrees and makes you puff and pant - but that is good for you!
Lovely lovely rooms and suites, excellent service on the front desk, very adequate buffet breakfast - lovely touches like lots of DVD's to watch and we had two TV's in our room.
We spent the first night in the Petite Auberge and the noise levels inside and outside the hotel after a 24 hour transit meant we could not sleep - and the area itself was very rough. We were delighted with our stay we could back if we were in the area - be prepared though they do get very booked up.