I have been meaning to write this for a while. (I did write an outline with a week of my return so my thoughts were easily refreshed ) I really didn't know what or how I was going to choose a hotel on my visit to san fran as I have never been their and know little of the city beside what I have read. Plus I am really not a hotel person, I travel alone and have spent quite a few nights sleeping in a car on the side of the road when pushing for a destination. But obviously a hotel was what I needed and I could not have made a better choice. Cheap, comfortable, good service, decent beds and resonably quiet for a city hotel. (my place at home is actually noisier).
The big plus was the price during the week in may 2010. For what I paid under $100 I thought I recieved great value. The rooms are small but for one person to sleep in at night and research the next day of travels online, it was perfect. When returning after a 3 days excursion south I booked a day in advance for a sat. night and the room was smaller and tighter and $160/night. But I booked late so.... . I went to Santa Cruz on the weekend and stayed at a Best Western which was pretty new and the room cost almost 2.5x as much. I was almost in shock at how big after the andrews. I almost set up a bowling alley or thought of running laps. But I the space really had no use for me and would have been happy with an Andrews size room and price.
Service was pretty good. I had issues accessing a printer and ice The printer is a function of who is working the front desk and their computer ability. The ice is in the service area in the basement and is only accessible by staff at night. During the day it is easily accessed. Since their are no fridges in the rooms I just wanted access to cold fluids during my time in the room. Ice in a 5 gal bucket refreshed daily would have been fine but it just didn't happen partially because of timing and not sure if I was asking too much.
Location wise it was great. It's really close to union square, lots of shopping. Your six blocks from Powerl and Market st where you can pretty much catch any transit unit you like. Or should I say you can get off the BART which you took in from the Airport and your six blocks from your hotel. It is uphill but even for me a walk aphobe it wasn't a far walk. Just look at a map on the way in and get your bearings. The cable car turnaround (or track end) is at the bottom of powel Follow the car up the powel to the hill and Union Square. First left after Union Square or Victoria Secret or the Westin St. Francis where VS is part of is Post Street. Two and a half blocks up Post on the other side of the street is the Andrews. The transit system can pretty take you anywhere you want to go. Just don't expect to use cable cars as a mode of transport during the tourist season. Unless you like waiting in very long line ups. In may I used it about 8 am no problem but by noon the lines on the other end were pretty long on Fishermans wharf.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Queen Anne Victorian structure was erected in 1905 as the opulent Sultan Turkish Baths. Two decades later the Baths closed,and the entire building was remodeled into a European style boutique hotel. Intimate guestrooms feature lovely floral motifs, unique architectural features, and fresh flowers. The celebrated Fino restaurant features traditional Italian cuisine prepared in an open kitchen and served in a romantic and intimate atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andrews San Francisco
- Andrew Hotel San Francisco