We stayed here for 2 nights in mid-February 2013 based on a very positive experience staying here in October 2012, and it did not disappoint, again. Really don't see a reason to stay anywhere else when we're in San Francisco. In fact on this last trip, we did stay one night on the beginning of the trip at the Argonaut, and we really like the Kimpton hotels in general but as much as we like Kimptons, it wasn't even much of comparison, the Stanford Court is so much better. Had a rental car we needed to drop off as soon as we got to the hotel, so we needed to leave the car there for a little while if we could check in, get the bags up to the room, and head back down to bring the car back to the rental facility. The bellhop was accomodating in keeping the car close and we headed to the front desk. The woman who checked us in was very good - she noticed the comment in my profile that we prefer quiet rooms, and told us that the suites, which I'd booked, are all actually adjoining rooms, so we may have a risk of not having a quiet room. And she went into quite a bit of detail about the different room options. We settled on a view king. Which was fine, $10 per night lower rate, and the view was decent, not great. In hindsight, if we stay here again (and I probably would, I still like this hotel and this area), I would book on the quieter side because you can definitely get some street noise from California St., primarily from the cable cars (not just the sound of the bell but also the sound of the cable cranking), plus emergency vehicles and the like. But I liked the room, the bed was very comfortable, the water pressure in the shower was excellent, there was plenty of space in the bathroom to spread out and put your cosmetics and personal items, the toilet and shower were in a little separate (from the sink) room with a sliding door for privacy, the closet with plenty of hangers was off to the right of the sink, which I thought was fine. And for 2 nights we didn't need all that much drawer space, either. Plus it had a nice flat screen TV, and great inputs for the TV and electronic devices. I know it may sound silly to comment on the AV inputs for the TV but I'm telling you they were perfect. Very well placed, easy to plug in a device (in my case, an iPad) and any cables (in my case, the HDMI cable to connect to the TV).
I have to say the staff at this hotel are really great. And I also can't say enough about one staff member in particular, a young man named Joshua. He took our bags to the room - and quickly, which I appreciated, and in just a couple of minutes I'd found he was from NY like I am originally. He was very personable and very accommodating. Anything I needed - for example, he noticed one time I was struggling with getting my iPad connected to the hotel's wifi network, while I was sitting a the bar in the restaurant, Aurea. He happened to be walking by, noticed and offered to help. He had me connected in a minute. That was great. Then the next night he asked about our dinner plans, and offered to call ahead, which he did. Also very nice. He has that special kind of helpful personality that will serve him well. Really he does a great job and the rest of the staff at the Stanford Court are very good as well. The one exception was this one particular valet guy who told us because it's raining that it's going to take especially long for him to hail a cab. I really did not get that at all and didn't stand around and wait for him to get out there, I just left and got one on the street myself. Other than that, though, the hotel is great. Nice room, comfortable bed, good bathroom, good hotel restaurant and boy the location is great. Really, people, don't stay at Fisherman's Wharf when you have the nice Nob Hill neighborhood and the intersection of both cable car lines. And so many good restaurants nearby. And Union Square not far at all. And nice views. Stay here, period.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stanford Court San Francisco is fresh, fashionable and at the center of everything savvy visitors want to see and do. Enjoy sweeping views of the city, the bay and the majestic Golden Gate Bridge from our convenient location atop historic Nob Hill. Discover the best of San Francisco's charm and character while enjoying our contemporary boutique hotel as your home base.An ideal location, we are conveniently situated in Nob Hill close to premier shopping, dining, and attractions in Union Square. We are steps to the historic cable cars, a short walk to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and the Ferry Building.393 newly-renovated rooms and suites, offering cool, contemporary accommodations. Three cable car lines running directly in front of the hotel, waiting to whisk you to San Francisco’s hottest neighborhoods and landmarks ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel San Francisco
- Renaissance Hotel San Francisco
- Renaissance San Francisco
- San Francisco Renaissance