The Chancellor is an old San Francisco hotel with all the good and bad things that it entails. The rooms are a fair bit smaller than in more modern American hotels, but personally, I've never understood people complaining about that. A hotel room is for sleeping, not for spending time in.
While the rooms are quite neat and cozy, they are also a bit on the stuffy side. The ventilation is rather minimal, and the hotel relies on people just opening their windows a lot, which is not ideal when you have one of the busiest tourist areas right below, not to mention the streetcars with their constantly ringing bells. Be prepared to open all the windows first thing in the morning, because the air quality really dips while you sleep.
Otherwise, I can't really say a bad thing about the hotel. Sure it is a little worn around the edges, but that is only appropriate, since the Chancellor is from another time. It is clean though, the housekeeping does a good job, and you really get that San Fran feel while staying there.
Also, as said, those streetcars pass right next to the hotel, so buy a MUNI-pass from the tour office and go to town! Even a 5-day pass will practically pay for itself with just a couple of trips down to the Wharf and back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BEST LOCATION at the BEST PRICE...The Chancellor Hotel on Union Square is a historical, boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco where the Cable Car stops at the door step. Experience the best service and thoughtfull amenities while being surrounded by world class shopping, dining and theaters. From Union Square, ride the Powell Street Cable Car over Nob Hill, past Chinatown and North Beach, to Fisherman's Wharf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chancellor Hotel San Francisco