I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights with friends, as part of our trip across America and we enjoyed our stay.
We arrived early so our room wasn't yet available but the reception staff gladly stored our luggage in a secure room for us and gave us a sheet to show them when claiming it back later detailing number of pieces etc.
Reception staff were very polite in this hotel. As we couldn't check-in the receptionist suggested places nearby where we could have lunch whilst waiting, and we ended up eating at this lovely Thai restaurant around the corner, which was very well priced and absolutely delicious.
Upon leaving, we had an early morning flight and the reception staff helped us organise a shuttle bus to the airport as the trains wouldn't be working yet and taxis are more expensive.
Breakfast was also very tasty - although the line for the waffle machine (where you poor your own waffle mix into it and wait for a few mins for it to cook) can get a bit tedious by the second day. But lots of fruit and coffee etc
For what we paid, I felt this hotel was more than adequate. We booked through ebookers into a room with 2 double beds.
The beds were very comfortable to sleep in, especially after a long, hard day of sight-seeing! But one can't stay in bed when in SF. Our sleep was not disturbed by any surrounding noise or anything.
The hotel was very clean, from the lobby to the elevators and corridors and the room and bathroom was cleaned daily.
Situated in a very accessible part of town, very near to plenty of public transport and literally hundreds of places to eat. The hotel is in Little Saigon so there are plenty of Vietnamese and Thai restaurants around, which have great service and serve impeccable food.
The other thing to say about the location is, of course, about the homeless people outside. There is an area to the right of the hotel where there is a large homeless shelter, and plenty of vagrants hang around there, more so at night but also during the day. Staff showed us on a map at check-in not to turn right out of the hotel so as to avoid that area, so we always turned left.
There is a small convenience store at the end of the street, (just after the youth hostel) where the counter got robbed whilst we were there.
Our room was quite small for a room with 2 double beds and the bathroom was excessively large - they should have designed it so you have that room int he bed-room instead (then overall it would be the same size). The room had the usual flat screen TV, desk and free wifi.
Overall I wouldn't let the homeless issue put me off staying here and I would stay again as the hotel is excellent value. Just don't walk around here alone at night. I would say that most of SF has homeless (as it has the largest homeless population of any city in the world), so if you want to avoid homeless you are gonna have to stay away from SF completely - which I wouldn't advise as we had a lovely time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of San Francisco, the COVA Hotel offers a delightful haven for travelers seeking spacious and comfortable lodging in a downtown atmosphere. COVA Hotel offers comfort, value, service and design. Newly renovated and providing the highest level of services at an affordable rate, our goal is to make your stay enjoyable. Room rates include complimentary continental breakfast and transportation to Union Square. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cova Hotel San Francisco