A couple of things were less than ideal, but overall this was a good stay in a lively part of the city. Heeding Tripadvisor warnings about traffic noise if your room faces busy Lombard Street, we asked for one at the back of the hotel. We were initially very pleased with our room, 215, because it overlooked the sides or backs of other buildings rather than overlooking a street and was absolutely silent when we checked in. But by early evening, it became like party central. It turned out that the awning over the courtyard below our window covers the heated patio of Isa Restaurant on Steiner Street. Because it’s not a solid structure, sound leaks out – loud conversation and shrieks of laughter till around midnight. I realize the hotel can’t control the noise from other businesses, but upgrading the windows from single to double glazing would surely make affected rooms quieter. (The hotel’s floor plan indicates that rooms 212, 213 and 216 also have this problem.)
The other issue we had was a noisy toilet. Every five minutes or so during our first night the toilet would refill, though it hadn’t been used or flushed. We asked the front desk the next morning to have it checked, but when we returned in the evening, the toilet was still gurgling away. However, as mysteriously as it started, the noise stopped a couple of hours later, and we had an undisturbed sleep.
That’s it for the negatives. Among the things we appreciated were the location of the hotel. You can walk to the Palace of Arts, then along Crissy Field shoreline park to Fort Point, which puts you right underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Alamo Square, location of the iconic Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies or Postcard Row, is a ten-minute drive from the hotel. (We actually found many of the other houses on the square more interesting.) The Haas-Lilienthal house, a Victorian mansion preserved as a museum and open for tours, is five or six minutes away by car.
San Francisco isn’t the easiest city to find parking, so it was great to know we were assured a space in the hotel’s underground lot (one per room guaranteed, included in the room rate). The room was big, with lots of space for all our stuff. (The hotel recommends not leaving valuables in your car.) The bed was very comfortable, we always had hot water and a good wifi connection, and the front desk staff were pleasant and helpful.
You’ll find lots of restaurants in the area. For breakfast we really liked Mel’s Diner across the street on Lombard; Bay Watch, pretty well next door to the hotel, also did a good job. And Amici’s, opposite the hotel on Steiner Street, serves excellent gluten-free pizza. There are lots of restaurants, bars, cinemas and shops on Chestnut Street, which runs parallel to Lombard.
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