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InterContinental San Francisco
Ranked #34 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Very nice location. Just a couple of blocks from Bart (subway). Also such a nice hotel”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Very nice location. Just a couple of blocks from Bart (subway). Also such a nice hotel everything you could think of. Only thing the internet should be free when you are paying over $200 a night. Only two blocks from an F car stop that will take you anywhere in SF

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

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My husband and I stayed here for two night (9/5 and 9/6; Wed and Thursday). We are from the east coast and were in town for a motorcycle trip. The InterContinential was within walking distance to where the motorcycle had to be picked up from and other activities our group was participating in (AT&T park, The House of Prime) and pretty easy to get onto 280 for travel. I chose this hotel over the group hotel because it was in a nicer area and I will pay a premium if it keeps me from getting accosted by all manners of riff raff. Didn't care about the proximity (or lack there of) to Union Square. A bit difficult to grab a cab in the area - Howard is not a heavily traveled street.
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The staff was nice, although from the looks on their faces when we walked in (high vis motorcycle gear *not leather* and hair fresh from our sophisticated styling helmet), we would have been asked to leave if we hadn't been staying there. Motorcycle was self-park in the valet garage for $25 a day - well worth the cost of having the bike somewhere secure. Better than the eye popping ~$55/day for a car.
Room
Room was clean and spacious. I didn't pay for a view. I did not expect wireless to be an extra $15 a day charge, which seemed rather outrageous, but fortunately we had a great cell signal. Towels were very thin and of a poor quality. Bed was comfortable and we slept well.
Bar and hotel restaurant seemed to be rather crowded, but did not actually stop in for food or beverage. Mel's is just around the corner for a quick and edible breakfast in a 50s style diner.
I would stay again if I had a similar itinerary.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed here on the last night of our trip. It is a very nice hotel. The staff was very helpful and very friendly as well. I was very impressed with everything about this property. I would highly recommend staying here if you are in the area. The views are amazing as well.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Very comfy beds. All staff was exceptionally friendly. Short walk to Union Square. Surprisingly quiet rooms (street noise didn't keep me up as it often does in SF). No coffee maker in the room and they charge for wifi.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

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There are two highlights that ensure that the Intercontinental San Francisco remain in the top list of San Francisco hotels: Michelin rated Luce restaurant and the Club Lounge.

I was looking forward to dining at Luce but due to feeling jet lag I had to sadly cancel my reservation. However, the club lounge which provides food throughout the day more than satisfied my appetite and my need to relax in a space while catching up on news. The hotel room was great but having the need to be around people I chose to hang out in the lounge for a large part of the day.

While not as fanciful as the lounge spread at Mark Hopkins, this hotel nevertheless offered a very impressive spread. The tea time service was excellent. There was one minor issue that I had with the lounge which I actually took the time to discuss with a staff member there. There was a family there with two young children that were not being properly supervised by the parents. They were very loud and disturbed the relaxation that I was enjoying. At one point the father requested a deck of cards from the staff so that the kids could "have fun". The parents attempted to quieten the kids with a game of go fish but to no avail. They continued their loud play along with the occasional kids fight.

I suggested to the staff person that the hotel consider a minimum age policy in the lounge as a means of ensuring that all guests can enjoy the lounge in peace.

Otherwise, I enjoyed my stay at this very nice hotel. Staff were friendly and professional. I intend to stay there in a few months but will be calling ahead to inquire on the club lounge policy regarding noisy kids.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

Hotel is lovely- in spite of alot of street noise (fire house is very close) - my room was fairly quiet. It is just a block away from Moscone, so I had a short walk back and forth. It is expensive - so I marked the value down a little.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I just loved this hotel – beautiful, modern great rooms and bathrooms and overall a very good experience. By far, the best concierge I have ever come across.

The only drawback was the location itself, though not a deal-breaker, was just a bit of an annoyance. The hotel is located on Howard, between 4th and 5th streets. Around the 6th street apparently is a bit of a concentration of people down on their luck and they do wander about along 4th and 5th streets and Howard itself. Not an issue at all during the day, but early mornings and late evenings you can’t help noticing it. I never felt unsafe, but certainly a bit uncomfortable – while this is a relatively common sight in most large cities, one just don’t want to experience it during a holiday, especially when one has a choice in the matter.

As others have said, the hotel is geared towards the business traveler, and given its location close to the convention center, that makes ample sense. For the holiday traveler, the setting may be somewhat more formal but we didn’t find that an issue – the hotel wasn’t a destination unto itself, but a comfortable and pleasant place to spend the night after navigating San Francisco’s hills!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: InterContinental San Francisco
Address: 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3011
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#15 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#15 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#22 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#22 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#26 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — InterContinental San Francisco 4.5*
Number of rooms: 550
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
InterContinental San Francisco is the Bay Area s newest upscale hotel destination. The 32-story glass tower sparkles high above the city, standing sentry over the South of Market (SoMa) area. The smoke-free hotel is convenient to everything, including the Moscone Convention Center, Union Square, Chinatown and the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround. ... more   less 
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