I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Metro. It is the only place I stay in SF. I can stay in any Hilton or Marriott for free and still I pay to stay here.
Reason #1: Location. The Metro is central to everything. You can walk or take transit to any major neighborhood in a very reasonable amount of time. The bridge and the wharf take a little longer, but you're only going to those places once anyway. You want to be where you can experience the shopping, culture, and cuisine each neighborhood has to offer.
Reason #2: Value. OMG, you are staying in the heart of SF for $88-$150?! Unbelievable! Still, a low price means nothing if the accommodations are dirty or uncomfortable. Here you will find basic rooms that are exceptionally clean and well maintained. The rooms aren't miniature and the beds are very comfortable. I can't speak for all the rooms, but I have always had a ceiling fan. I stayed here for the first time because I was looking for the cheapest place I could find that was not gross. I figured I would just keep my things there and crash at night. But I found a great place worthy of more than just crashing. I'm happy to spend a morning in my room with a coffee and a book, or nursing a hangover, or to come back for a midday nap after walking all over the city.
Reason #3: Staff. The staff here is awesome. They treat you like friends and are happy to help with anything. They will hold your bags before or after checkout, call you a cab, help you get an airport transfer (and even get a deal on it), and they are super knowledgeable about the area and can make great recommendations. Also, they go above and beyond. On my last trip, I left my iPhone charger there. I spend a lot of time in hotels and have done this several times. I don't even contact the hotel to ask about it anymore. Within a few days of getting back to Raleigh, I received my charger in a padded mailer with the nicest handwritten note on a Metro Hotel postcard. THANKS SHANA, YOU RULE!!
Reason #4: Charm. I always get a room on Divisadero and it gives me a feeling that I could be living anytime in the last 100 years. I like to lay in bed in the morning and look out the window and imagine all the years of change in SF, and people from each period of time. I don't know the history of the building, but what is in my mind is probably more colorful. And it's the little things that add to that timeless charm: the 80s punk neon sign in front, the cute little unexpected courtyard in the back, the fact that they still use actual keys.
When I stay at the Metro, I feel incredibly welcome - like I'm visiting friends. My room feels like my own little flat. I like to come and go and speak to whoever is on duty, the other guests, etc. I have rarely gotten this feeling in the US, it's very much the feel of a small hotel in Europe. It's my special little oasis and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Hope to see you again later this year, Metro!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a charming family-run boutique hotel that embodies the spirit of San Francisco focusing on human kindness, connection & simple pleasures. Our hotel is geographically in the center of San Francisco, historically known as the Western Addition the neighborhood is now referred to as Nopa (North of the Panhandle) which is near the Haight Ashbury and Castro neighborhoods. We boast 24-comfortable, clean, petite rooms ranging from a full bed, queen bed to rooms with multiple beds, private updated bathrooms and triple pane windows. The Metro Hotel has been featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Come visit us in the world’s most diverse & vibrant city and explore our amazing cultural tapestry. Most importantly our warm, welcoming & considerate staff will make a lasting impression ensuring that your visit to The Metro will become your new home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Metro Hotel San Francisco