Other reviews here attest to the great location, the friendly staff, the bountiful breakfast buffet, the affordability of the rates, the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms. All of that is true.
In addition, the Hayes Valley Inn is a great place to see how you feel about shared hotel bathrooms. The bath/shower rooms and the toilet rooms are tiny but clean. It might also be an advantage for multiple people sharing a room to have so many separate toilets and showers. But I was traveling solo, and while gang showers at the gym are fine, I now know I prefer a room with its own bath. I did have to wait once, and even from the "user perspective," who wants to keep other people waiting?
But, mostly there were pluses:
- My room was spacious, with two chairs and a table by the bay window.
- TV worked fine and got radio stations as well.
- The view of the City Hall dome and and the deco tower that's now a law school dorm was so great I was surprised not to see a photo on the website.
- The lined curtains blocked out the eastern light in the early morning.
- The computer and printer in the parlor worked fine for printing my boarding pass.
- There is excellent fruit salad at breakfast (among other items), and I made a peanut butter sandwich on a bagel for later.
Two final negatives:
- Three flights up is a lot to climb with luggage, and one flight up is the minimum.
- Gough is wide one-way street so the traffic noise is not constant a "white noise" in the background, but synchronized waves as traffic passes by as stop lights permit. Even after I realized that one window was open a couple of inches and closed it, the traffic noise was a problem. Maybe a room facing west would be quieter?
I'm glad I stayed, and I might again if the room were in the back and I could figure out how to pack lighter.
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- Also Known As:
- Hayes Valley Hotel San Francisco