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The Opal San Francisco
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1050 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109   |  
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Ranked #123 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Brisbane, Australia
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“Good place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Centrally located in the heart of Tenderloin district was this comfortable hotel. The hotel itself was fine - the staff were top notch, very helpful and always happy to help out with advice. The decor was dated but that is the theme of the hotel, it's not 5 star so do not expect this. Overall the room was ok, quite small - queen sized bed which was firm, pillows that were hard, bathroom that was small but was sufficient to clean yourself and do what is needed in a bathroom. TV channels were sufficient and a laundry room to clean clothes ($4.50 to wash and dry)
Overall the hotel was good enough to stay but an updated bed and pillows would help out a lot. We had to endure a night of noisy neighbours in the room next door which sucked but that could happen in any room in any price range hotel.
Onto the location and area - if you are afraid of homeless/druggies then i suggest stay in another area, it's not the best, homeless all around the accent streets. My advice, but a 49ers/raiders cap, walk with a "don't f%$# with me attitude" and avoid looking like a tourist and avoid engaging in any conversations, just blank them or give the thumbs up, or catch a cab right outside the hotel to your destination and avoid the side streets walking down to the civic centre (geary & ellis) then you'll be right. Yes it is in your face but stay away at night and you'll be fine. I'd rate the hotel a 7/10 and staff 10/10 - area 2/10 - hope this helps you all out.

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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I returned from staying at the Opal about two - three weeks ago. While we enjoyed the cost, location and staff, we developed small bites (only a few) and attributed it to Mosquitos or dry skin. Unfortunately since returning it is now clear (with a mattress that's only a few months old) that we have a full blown bed bugs invasion since our stay there. It will cost several thousand to fix which far outweighs any cost savings obtained by staying there. Never written a review before, but I feel this is an important piece of information to share.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Location of the hotel is best and public transportation is easily available. Hotel is clean but no very spacious. There is no free parking, it cost $70 for 2 days parking. Breakfast is free and perfect. There was no coffee maker in the room.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a few nights in October, and it was a perfect central location for exploring the city, and we would probably stay there again. It was pretty reasonably priced through Orbitz.


Location: Although we could've easily accessed the public bus system from there, we ended up walking everywhere. We walked to the wharf a couple of times, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Palace of Fine Arts, Union Square, and more. I couldn't have done it in sandals or heels, but the distances were manageable in tennis shoes. We were advised to avoid the nearby Tenderloin area at night. My advice would be to be on alert everywhere at night just because of the number of homeless people and crazies. On our last night there, we had a group of people asking us for change for a dollar, and we said we had no cash. I just had a feeling as soon as we pulled out our wallets, things would turn ugly. I didn't even carry a wallet or cash.... I just had my ID, credit card, and cell phone in a small cross-body purse, which I could also hold on to if need be. I was probably being overly-cautious, but I don't want to be an easy target.

Restaurants: There were TONS of places to eat within walking distance of the hotel if you're willing to walk about a mile each way.... which is the perfect justification for pigging out anyway, right? We often walked to one place for dinner and walked somewhere else for dessert just to have more places to try.

Safety: We felt pretty safe there. You have to have a key card just to get in the front door unless they buzz you in. You also have to have a remote for the garage parking.

Amenities: There was free wi-fi in the rooms, but it was on the slow side. Room service from the restaurant next door was pretty good (think dessert!) if you're into that. We made use of the washer and dryer before leaving town as well.

Other: It was a pretty unique hotel compared to the big chains that are everywhere now. Check out the tiny spiral carpeted staircases adjacent to the elevators and you will understand what I mean. Just watch your head though.


Expensive Parking: This is really just a 'given' anywhere in San Francisco, but don't forget to account for the outrageous parking charges when planning where to stay if you have a car. It can really add up.

Breakfast: The staff made it sound like it was going to be a real breakfast buffet, but in reality it was basically just a continental breakfast. If you are on any type of diet, you probably will be disappointed. Everything was either loaded with sugar and wheat or highly processed. (mainly waffles, muffins, bagels, and sugary cereal) I didn't see any fresh fruit options at all, but maybe they have them sometimes. The eating space is inadequate. It was the size of a break room, so people were sitting all over the lobby or taking plates back to there rooms. Some people were even napping in the chairs after eating and reading the newspaper lol

Other: There are some things that could be renovated... the nasty old carpet in the hallways for one. There is sort of a musty smell throughout the place. The rooms were clean, but a few updates would definitely help. Also, if you stay near the elevators, the noise might be annoying.

Overall, for the price and the (minimal) amount of time we actually spent in our room, it was the right choice for our stay. I recommend it to others as long as you don't expect luxury!

Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decent hotel, conveniently located in the center of San Francisco. Room is clean and spacious, wifi works well and breakfast is more then adequate. The restaurant inside the hotel serves good food and is reasonably priced.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TonyF-OpalGM, General Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Daan M,

Thank you for your honest feedback and positive rating of our hotel. We do our best to continuously offer high quality and comfortable accommodations, a friendly staff to serve you, and all at a highly competitive, very reasonable rates.

We look forward to your return visit.

Best regards,

Tony Fernandez
Opal Hotel General Manager
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location was good cause we could walk to the city center, it was not that far away if you are used to walking. But the hotel was old, and cause it was old furnished it did not seem clean. The bed was big, the TV working, the bathroom with a bathtub but very cold. The view to an abondoned building. There are a lot of homeless people in SF so it was not a new issue for the hotel area. The breakfast includes bread, egg, croissant, jam and orange juice so very .
And don't rent car from the hotel, there are rental car offices in walking distance and they asked us to pay additional 200 USD for leaving the car in Los Angeles but at the rental office we did find a car without having this additional charge.
The hotel was dissappointing for me. I would not choose it, pay a little bit more and find another hotel.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was traveling on business to SF and my company wasn't reimbursing me for the trip so I was looking for a low cost hotel option. The Opal fit the bill! This was my first time to SF so I relied heavily on the comments from this site and the comments were favorable. I had a room with a king sized bed on the 5th floor. The room was big enough and the bed was comfortable. The water pressure in the shower was excellent. The floor was quiet. He front desk staff was incredibly accommodating. My only negative comment would be the location. The hotel borders the Tenderloin district which leaves much to be desired but it was not a factor because across the street there was a wonderful neighborhood. I never felt unsafe though. Thanks for a great stay. For the price, this place is a steal!

Room Tip: Get a room off of Van Ness because the car traffic can be loud
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1050 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #123 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Opal San Francisco 2.5*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Opal San Francisco is in the heart of San Francisco, walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown, Civic Center, and more! This family-friendly hotel is close to Union Square and Lombard Street. Make yourself at home in one of the 167 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls. Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. This hotel also features tour/ticket assistance and assistance with planning your day. Satisfy your appetite at the Mel's Diner, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or grab a snack at the many nearby restaurants. Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite. ... more   less 
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