The artworks on the walls in the rooms make this hotel highly individual and this seems strangely appropriate in San Francisco's French quarter. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is otherwise a budget-style hotel with features (such as the spartan breakfast) bordering on a hostel-type environment. It suited our needs and the hotel is very well situated but we were underwhelmed by everything other than the comfy beds. Our room is small but very clean and adequate, the breakfast is convenient but by no means offering extensive choice and the staff are there if you need them but are by-and-large unenthusiastic.
Inconvenient factors include the lack of air con and the buzzer entry system. We had to rely on someone from reception buzzing us in each time we returned to the hotel as we weren't supplied with a key and they weren't always prompt. Most significantly, our room is like a sauna as there is no air con and ventilation is minimal. Noise from the street with the windows open is prohibitive to sleep so the whole situation is a bit difficult.
We really only needed a bed and a clean shower in reasonable proximity to the attractions and the Hotel des Arts delivered a unique take on this facility so by all means stay here but don't expect luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel des Arts is at the crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District and the Chinatown Gate; perfect for business or pleasure. The Hotel des Arts presents the contemporary work of local artists complemented by the neutral simplicity, modern lightings and clean lines of the hotel furnishings. The result is art as an interactive experience rather than just decoration. Enjoy our complementary continental breakfast or dine in Le Central, a French Brasserie right downstairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Des Arts Hotel
- Des Arts San Francisco