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Inn at the Opera
Ranked #93 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
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Queensland, Australia
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“great welcome to san francisco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

As it was our first trip to San Francisco, and the USA for that matter, we really wanted to stay somewhere that had a bit of history and was more of an iconic building. Inn at the Opera fitted the bill and lived up to all our expectations. From the front desk staff, to the hotel head engineer to the breakfast wait staff , everyone was welcoming and helpful. We had a 5 am start one morning and they made breakfast available for us with takeaway containers to take on the tourbus, and the bowl of apples and the afternoon cookies at reception are an added bonus. Location was brilliant, we used public transport every where and felt very safe walking to and from the hotel.
We had the smallest room at the front of the hotel on the 3rd floor. quaint elevator upt to the 3rd floor or easy stairs. Very comfortable , well decorated and quite big enough for two travelling Australians. Good hot shower with good water pressure. Only thing would have liked would be an electric kettle to make tea(we heated the water in the microwave) and there was a coffee maker. Had no trouble sleeping, some minimal noise from road cleaner one morning but not enough to keep one awake.
Breakfast each day was included, plenty to eat (even for one gluten intolerant) with fruit , yogurt , hard boiled eggs, cereal toast etc.. Did not eat at the restaurant so cannot comment. But did eat at nearby Max's , which was a very good meal with great atmosphere and entertainment.
Would definitely stay here again. Great value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

I read some bad reviews about the place. Personally, we loved it. Even the woman on the plane said it was in a bad area. I preferred the area over downtown by the Hilton. We ended up switching hotels and going to the Hilton. Wayyyy too busy for me. Crowded and very....whatever. Anyway, the staff here are great. There's a guy...Dan I think his name is. Tall, thin college guy. Very personable, knowledgeable about the city, and a pleasure to speak with. I definitely recommend this place if you're going to be in the bay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed at the Inn at the Opera as part of the Shell Vacations rentals. There were 3 of us in a 1 bedroom, 1 bath (two in the bed and one on a chair that pulled out into a twin bed like a futon.) Yes, it was cozy, but it was comfortable, clean and well-equipped. If you are the traveler that likes to spend time in your hotel room you might find it a bit cramped, but we spent our time out enjoying the city and only returned in the evening so it was perfect for our needs.

The hotel is only 1 block away from a major bus line connecting you to many of the sites and 3 blocks from the streetcar line that takes you downtown and to the Ferry building. We also easily took the bus to many of the great restaurants in the Mission district. It is on the edge of two very different neighborhoods - a few blocks over in one direction it was a little sketchy, but on the other side the Hayes Valley neighborhood was extremely walkable and filled with cute shops, restaurants, and a great park for drinking coffee and relaxing.

Every staff member we encountered at Inn at the Opera was friendly and approachable. They were incredibly helpful, from giving us directions to recommending favorite restaurants. The restaurant on the bottom floor featured upscale Scandinavian cuisine. We did not try the food, but they had some delicious craft cocktails!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

I would recommend this hotel based on the friendliness of the staff and location unless you want to be right in the middle of shopping or tourist attractions. It is a quieter spot in the city. The smallest room is really small. Be prepared for minimal room for luggage. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Arrived at the hotel after three pm and found on-the-street parking, but it was timed so valet parking is advisable. Check-in was completed with ease even though we had to wait for the room about fifteen minutes. The one bedroom deluxe was spacious and comfortable. The two bathrooms were spacious and appreciated for the two of us. The sitting area with a pullout queen bed had privacy doors, a closet area, and a tv. The room with the kitchenette was a nice gathering area. Would have preferred a king size bed in the bedroom, but the queen was of excellent quality and comfortable after a day of walking around the City. Great location and accessible to many interesting spots and local transportation.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This was a perfect find for our party of 4 adults (late 50's/early 60's). This was our first time to SF and it was a great location for what we wanted to do. It is a little ways away from Union Square and Fisherman's wharf but that is what we liked about it. We had a small Ballet room...our friends had a room with a bedroom/sitting area. We loved that the rooms had a small kitchen area that was stocked with utensils. The staff was always very friendly and helpful. The included continental breakfast was great. The Hayes Valley area had many restaurants to choose from. This hotel does not have air conditioning as many others in SF do not. We asked for fan and one was brought up right away.

We would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Inn at the Opera is one of three extremely well located hotel properties of Shell Vacations Club.
Close to the beautifully restored City Hall, the Opera, the Bill Graham Opera and also a nice close walk to the United Nations Plaza and the Bay Area Rapid Transit, which will scoot you right to the SF Airport or across the bay to Berkeley. Excellent well equipped rooms with small refrigerator and microwave, shampoos and lotions, comfortable robes. Customer service is extraordinary. Came in from east coast overnight, came to have them store my luggage until afternoon check in, and by 10 am they called me that they already would be able to put me in room. Stark contrast to experience at another locale in Florida, which held me to a non negotiable check in at posted 5 pm. Has fresh baked cookies in the afternoon, apples for snacks, and a nice breakfast and beverages in the morning. Everything about this place, I love.... even the cute little elevator that only holds 4 people. Helpful and happy staffers!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Inn at the Opera
Address: 333 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Hayes Valley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#56 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#60 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at the Opera 3.5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at the Opera is located in the Civic Center area of San Francisco and features a prime location with a European-style, bed and breakfast ambiance where performing arts lovers and artists converge. Located just steps away from many venues including the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center and the SF Jazz Center, the Inn at the Opera is your gateway to all the finest cultural activities that San Francisco has to offer. Relax in elegantly appointed rooms that are tastefully decorated with antique European furnishings and includes high speed Internet access. Enjoy our daily continental breakfast, served 7:00am - 10:00am, and includes fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, croissants, cereals, juices and coffee. For your convenience, limited valet parking is available (based on availability), at a cost of $31.92 (includes tax), per 24 hour period, and is available from 7:00am - 11:00pm with in and out privileges during those hours. For an unforgettable dining experience or pre/post show drinks, located inside the hotel is Pläj Restaurant (pronounced Play). Recognized as one of San Francisco's best, Pläj is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients, inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cuisine. Reservations are highly recommended. ... more   less 
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