My husband and I are coming to San Francisco at the end of May for our third visit. The first two visits we stayed at the Argonaut and loved it (even with the cheesiness of the Wharf), but decided we wanted to stay in another part of town for this visit so we booked at the Hotel Monaco. I love Kimpton hotels and stay with them often, but as the date of our trip approaches I'm starting to question my hotel choice based on the location. Some of the reviews talk about the neighborhood being less than desirable due to the proximity to the Tenderloin. I understand that it's on the edge of the Tenderloin and two blocks from Union Square, but we didn't spend much time around Union Square on prior visits, so I'm not very familar with the area beyond what I've read here. Are those other reviewers overreacting?
The other hotel I was considering was the Hotel Vitale. I'm tempted to move just to get a water view, but we chose to stay in the Union Square area to be more centrally located with easier access to transportation.