I agree with MikeE73. The hotel is run-down and can use a little face-lift. The furniture and fixtures are old, but the worst part are the linens and towels. The bedcover in our room was tattered, had holes in the lining, and the outer cover had patchwork that's not part of the design. The mattresses were covered with bedbug protectors, thank goodness, so there were no incidents with those creatures. The towels had make-up (mascara) stains in them, and are so rough with age. We didn't see any bugs or roaches in the bathroom, but maybe because they use strong-smelling disinfectants that welcome you when you enter the room.
As well, the walls are thin, you can hear your neighbors beside and above you. Our neighbors above appeared to be moving furniture in the middle of the night, and we lost some precious sleeptime because of that.
As for the staff, they are not the friendliest, although they are quite accommodating. I'm not sure if they're just stressed or are on guard because they are so used to all the complaints. There was always only one person on duty when we were there.
It is in a sleezy part of Market Street - there were a lot of homeless people sleeping next door, but they don't really bother you. And yes, you will see some ladies of the night walking outside but there were very, very few of them and we had no incidents. It was the weekend of the US Open when we were there, so the hotel was fully booked, and the occupants were mostly those who came in to watch the game.
It was the perfect location because it's strategically along Market Street, close to the opposite sides of the city and two famous attractions - Wharves and Golden Gate Bridge - and accessible to all modes of public transportation. If you are up to it and fit enough to walk all day, you won't need a car. We loved it that all we needed was a Muni Pass to go around the city riding in the streetcar, cablecar, bus and trolley. The BART is not included here.
I would probably look for a hotel or B&B that is closer to downtown but accessible to public transport. We saw a lot of these and made notes. I don't think I'm going back here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of San Francisco, on Market Street, midway between downtown and the colorful Castro District, our hotel is the perfect place for travelers to stay when visiting San Francisco. All our rooms feature in-room coffee, safe and hairdryer, telephone data port, and cable television with HBO/CNN/ESPN. Guests also enjoy a free continental breakfast and weekday USA Today newspaper in the lobby. ... more less
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