We stayed in 6 different hotels during our summer vacation this year and sadly, this one was our least favorite. Perhaps my expectations were too high as I had read the reviews here and booked the room based on the high ranking that had been given. Now I'm just confused because so much of it didn't add up. I did not have a problem with the small room -that much I expected. However the shower was so small that my husband barely fit in it and the tile grout had blackened sections, suggesting a mildew issue that they apparently could not remedy. I personally had an issue with the placement of the faucet in the sink. In our room the faucet was positioned such that it was impossible to wash your hands without fully rubbing your hands against the back of the sink. Providing a faucet with a longer neck would fix that problem.
There is no A/C, and again - I expected that. But you need to keep the windows open for fresh air and herein lies the problem...the noise. Street noise is somewhat tolerable if you are not a light sleeper, however the garbage pick-up in the alley at 5:00am was less than desirable and impossible to sleep through. To their credit, the hotel offers earplugs to their guests. Unfortunately, my husband did not sleep very well on either night we stayed at this hotel.
Finding a person to talk to in the lobby is not a given as the sister hotel next door seems to hold greater favor with the staff. A note left at the front desk or on the front door will guide you to call or walk to the White Swan about 80% of the time.
The wine reception is a nice idea and most seemed to enjoy it. We showed up just as the last clean glass was taken so we missed out.
The breakfast was fairly good. When I add it all up - we didn't feel we got a good value for what we paid for our room (about $380.00 for 2 nights, incl. parking and taxes).
On our last morning there, a maintenance man had to come up and check our bathroom to investigate the source of a water problem that was apparently leaking into the breakfast dining room a couple of floors below. It's an old hotel and I got the impression it is being maintained on a shoestring budget.
If we had paid less for the stay maybe the little things wouldn't have bothered us so much. I'll stay elsewhere on my next trip to San Francisco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located between Nob Hill and Union Square, Petite Auberge is the perfect small hotel for a trip to San Francisco. The Petite Auberge welcomes you to a world of French provincial enchantment. French doors with beveled glass, a collection of French art, a cozy parlor with a crackling fire and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. Most guestrooms offer fireplaces. We offer a generous breakfast buffet each morning and an evening wine reception. Fresh baked cookies are available each afternoon. Also, check out our sister hotel, White Swan Inn just 20 feet away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Petite Auberge Hotel San Francisco
- Petite Auberge San Francisco