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Villa Florence, A JRK Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   225 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Ranked #98 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Santa Rosa, California
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Fantastic Hotel Fantastic Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We loved staying at the Villa Florence. The location doesn't get any better. The quality of the room for the price was amazing. Not much on the TV for kids but we were not really there for the television shows anyway. The restaurant there is first class as was the hotel.

Room Tip: No view from the room, but the quality for the price was excellent.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Arlington, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

The bed was comfy, room nice, bathroom great, and staff great. Now, I'll cut to the chase. I was surprised with an administrative fee upon arrival. I booked through Priceline and have never experienced additional fees until here. $20/day for administrative fees with the only specific billable item mentioned being wifi. I am all about paying for what I use an nothing else. However, I asked if these were mandatory fees and was told yes. $20/day for wifi is outrageous, especially when my cell service was much faster.

I followed up a few days into my stay and the staff at the front desk accommodated my concern and took care of the administrative fees. Paying for wifi is one thing, but if the hotel is not charging enough for hotel rooms and then recouping that monetary gap with an admin fee... well it feels deceptive to me. If other hotels are pulling the same in order to advertise lower prices to have a competitive edge, then shame on the industry. I've stayed at many hotels recently and have not experienced this. Maybe it's a California thing. I do not know. Double-checking the hotel's website reveals nothing about administrative fees.

One other note is that the TV in the room rebooted every 2-4 minutes; consulting the Internet revealed this was a common and known issue with that model Philips. Not a big deal as there is much more fun lurking in the fantastic area of town you're in.

Overall, a nice hotel in a nice spot with generally great staff. Just ask a lot of questions about fees before booking.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I really don't do reviews but I promised the staff I would say something. I couldn't have been happier with my stay. Not only did I have a great time in the heart of the city, I met amazing people (staff made me feel like family) and made every effort to make my stay comfortable after I had a flight cancelled due to weather back home on the east coast... and when the New England Patriots lost, there was a bottle of wine in my room to help dry my tears. If you get a chance to stay here, it's a treat. Great people, great location and awesome food. I can't wait to come back!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Stayed here for a week long business trip. Fantastic service, and very large rooms. Kuleto's is also a great restaurant in the lobby of the hotel. No need to rent a car either, all of the downtown meeting locations are easily within walking distance. Very convenient. The workout room is nice as well. Will definitely be staying at this location again!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I called last minute to book this accommodation, two days before March break, after hearing amazing reviews. Daniel at the front desk took hours out of his day, and on several occasions, to make sure all of our requirements were met and for an amazing rate on the junior suite. He gave us great tips on things to see in San Fran. Thanks for taking customer service to the top levee Daniel, I haven't had such great customer service at a hotel in... ever! Villa Florence hotel is relaxed, has large rooms, friendly star and is great for travelling with children. You will find great coffee meals at the restaurant. Nothing is a trouble at Villa Florence. There were cookies for the kids on arrival!

Room Tip: Go for the suite, you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Taipei, Taiwan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

All the staff are nice and professional. The location is so convenient that u can shopping or get some food in 10 seconds! and there's also a supermarket near the hotel. A warm atmosphere. Quick response when I request even before my stay!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Stayed here for a couple of nights for a business trip. The room was comfortable and cosy and featured a minibar, coffee maker, and in-room ironing board. I was given a choice at check-in between a room that faces Powell (with the cable car) or a quieter room that faces the back. I opted for the former, but I appreciate the choice. Also, there is free printing on the ground floor. Wifi worked great.

The location was very convenient and the staff was top notch. Not the most modern hotel on the block, but lots of character. In all, I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Florence, A JRK Hotel

Address: 225 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Florence, A JRK Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay Bellissima. A taste of Italy in the heart of Union Square. The Villa Florence embodies the feel of a modern Italian urban villa, providing warm, exceptional service and charming accommodations to its guests. With its fusion of eclectic European flair and metropolitan energy, the Villa Florence is authentically furnished and is ideally located in the epicenter of San Francisco – steps from Union Square. The hotel offers personalized experiences tailored to guest’s individual needs and interests, from complimentary wireless high speed Internet, DVD players and movie libraries, to a full service business center and a knowledgeable concierge program. Additionally, as part of the JRK Hotel Group, the hotel offers signature brand elements, including CO Bigelow bath and body products, high-tech efficiencies and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. While visiting the Villa Florence, guests can dine casually at Bar Norcini, located within the hotel. It’s an intimate wine bar and from the decor to the wonderful selection of wines, charcuterie and cheeses, Bar Norcini celebrates the flavors and traditions of Italy. Just next door, adjacent to the lobby, you'll find Kuleto's Italian Restaurant, a San Francisco institution for locals and visitors alike for over twenty years, serves exquisite Northern Italian cuisine. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Larkspur Collection San Francisco
Hotel Florence Larkspur Collection
Villa Florence San Francisco

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