We recently spent 11 days at the Steinhart and really enjoyed our stay there. It is great to be able to do some cooking for yourself, if you want to, and to get the feel of being a SF resident. The hotel is historic. This means old. Mostly this is a good thing, if you like your accommodation to have character and this hotel has this by the bucketful. If you want on site fitness centres and 24 hour room service, this hotel is not for you.
We had a problem with the shower on our first day and were moved from our studio apartment on the sixth floor to a suite on the fifth floor for several nights and then to a one bedroom unit on the fourth floor. All rooms felt spacious, although some of the hallways were dark. The staff responded quickly to the initial issue and were helpful and proactive during the rest of our stay. The larger rooms have real beds and a murphy bed, so you can sleep four people. In the studio units, there is only the murphy bed, which is adequate - just. Kitchens have all the appliances you might need but have only the minimum number of plates, cutlery, etc. Don't plan to prepare a four course banquet!
The hotel had just begun staffing the front desk at night, as well as during the day, so there should always be someone there if you need them. There can be some street noise if you are in rooms that face on to Sutter Street, particularly the lower floors. Management are obviously aware that this can bother some people and provided earplugs without being asked.
There are some beautiful details in this hotel but in some places it shows its age. As at least one other reviewer has noted, this is particularly so in the bathrooms. In spite of a few limitations, we found many reasons to like this place and would be delighted to return.
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- Also Known As:
- Steinhart Hotel San Francisco
- Steinhart San Francisco