When we entered this hotel we were put off by the long climb up the stairs (with luggage) and the unwelcoming odour. However we ended up really enjoying our stay. There are two reasons for that-the location and the staff. North Beach is a great place to stay. There were many restaurants, Italian cafes (for those sinful cappuccino and pastry breakfasts-try Mara's across the street), delis and (Chinese) grocery stores within steps of the hotel. We never left the neighborhood for dinner and never had a disappointing meal. Public transportation is nearby and you can walk to several tourist attractions (Chinatown, Fisherman's Warf, Telegraph Hill). The staff at the hotel were extremely friendly, patient and helpful, as well as very knowledgeable.
Our room, while on the small side, was immaculately clean as was the dated but functional bathroom.
On the downside, there is no elevator and all rooms are on the second and third floors of the building and they have no one to help with your luggage. So if you're not capable of climbing 2-3 flights of stairs with your bags, this is not the place for you. The odour I mentioned could probably be eliminated with a good carpet cleaning (upstairs, including in our room there was no odour).
We read that rooms overlooking Columbus would be noisy so we requested a quiet room. It was indeed quiet, because the windows face a narrow ventilation shaft rather than the street. The only problem with that was the room tended to be a bit stuffy and warm. There was a fan in the room but finding a place to plug it in and set it up was a challenge. A ceiling fan would have made a huge difference.
All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants comfort (but not luxury) in a great location as long as they can haul their luggage up those stairs.
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