I live in hotels nearly half of my life being in the travel industry. My employer pays for my hotels so I use it as an opportunity to find neat places that I would want to come back and visit on my own time and dollar. They claim that they are a luxury boutique hotel. That is far from the truth. It is an old building that has been slightly updated. They have their own parking area behind the hotel which is watched by a security guard. It seems that they spent most of the budget on the lobby to lure you in. The elevator was very old and creaky. The very first experience was my partner going to a empty room with just bunk beds and no linnin. Come to find out they house some of the Academy of the Arts kids here. The staff does not know which rooms are guest rooms and which rooms are student rooms. It appears to be more of a youth hostel than a hotel at this point. The room was painted solid white from top to bottom with no decor whatever to break it up. The picture on thier website does not accuratly depict the room. The room had decent carpet that seemed clean. The bed was newer and appeared to have come right from IKEA. The towels were clean as well as the tiny bathroom. The cheap vertical blinds were broken and had black paint spilled on them. The window was the original single pane that was very noisey. I had to have the TV on all night just to drown out the outside noise. Much more money should have been spent on the rooms in this place.
Our travel plans had changed and we had to check out early after one night stay. When I saw the bill they charged me for 2 nights. I asked about it and they said they had a 72 hour cancellation policy. The same girl I had talked to on the phone told me the policy is on their website. I told her I didn't book through the website-I called you directly and you never told me of this or I would have only booked one night. Then they just got quiet and would pay me no more attention. So be it- lesson learned. I have found that hotels with 72 hour cancellation policy's are either very high in demand or they know you will leave after one night. The latter appears to be true here. Thank you for reaffiming my loyalty to Hilton and Marriott brand hotels. There are so many better hotels in San Fran so don't waste your time or money here..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Find yourself in the center of San Francisco's most sought-after destinations at da Vinci Villa, an upscale San Francisco boutique hotel newly opened in Summer 2011. Ideally located between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, da Vinci Villa is just a short walk to the area's most exquisite San Francisco dining, shopping and Fisherman's Wharf entertainment. We're also just around the corner from Russian Hill, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, the ferry to Alcatraz Island, Pier 39 and the University of San Francisco. Whether you're in town for a weekend getaway, business meeting, family vacation or group trip, you'll love the luxuriously spacious San Francisco boutique hotel accommodations and competitive rates at our boutique hotel in San Francisco. We are a Non-Smoking and Non-Pet hotel ... more less
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- Da Vinci Villa Hotel San Francisco