I had a lovely three-night stay (from Dec. 11-14, 2012) at the Warwick hotel and would happily stay there upon any revisiting of the city. It's a great location--everything is in walking distance. It's not particularly far from the Tenderloin, but nothing untoward spills over from that particular district and it's far enough away that it would take some actual intent to end up there.
The front desk staff are wonderful. I spoke to approximately five different individuals and they were all helpful, knowledgable, considerate, and upbeat. They pointed us to a cheap car rental place, gave me walking and bus directions from the hotel to where ever I wanted to go, looked into theater tickets for us, and let us keep our bags (safe) at the hotel after we'd checked out but before we could go to our next stop. Housekeeping was great, too. I had some trouble regulating the temperature in my room the first night and finally gave up and just asked them to bring up a few blankets, which arrived in mere minutes after my call.
The rooms--there were three deluxe queen rooms between the five of us--were all clean. No bedbugs, no excessive dirt. I felt comfortable walking around barefoot in the room, which I don't even do at home particularly often. The bathtubs were clean, as were the toilets, the sinks, the bureau, and the windowsill. The water pressure/temperature in the bathtub was good, but the sink let out a screeching noise if the hot water was turned on higher than a trickle. The pillows are like CLOUDS, and the beds were perfectly comfortable. There was plenty of room for our enormous bags (the friend I shared a room with was going to be in town for two weeks and had an appropriate amount of stuff with him).
I heard a bit of noise at night, but not enough to keep me awake (and I'm one of those people that can't get to sleep if it's not silent). We were on the top floor, though, in room 711. Our friends downstairs in room 311 had an enormous window that took up almost the entire wall and let in quite a bit more natural light than we got, but they didn't complain of noise, either.
The hotel is a bit dated in a classy sort of way. It was charming, though I did notice that the carpets are worn and one of the corners on the ceiling in our room was peeling paint. All in all, though, the Warwick hotel was a PERFECT FIND. Upon arrival I didn't even mind that breakfast wasn't included--there's a Starbucks halfway down the block and a SUPERB 24 hour diner at the corner of Geary and Mason just down the street. Our stay came down to $40 per person, per night, but I would have happily paid for a full room on my own. So, so worth it. I originally booked my stay at the Warwick because the price was reasonable and it's not listed on the online bedbug registry, but I had such a perfect stay there. Everything was lovely and I am SO glad I stayed at the Warwick hotel.
Room 311 has an ENORMOUS window that takes up nearly an entire wall. Don't use the stairs to go...
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