The Stanford Court Hotel has a lot going for it, but I stayed at this hotel because it was the location for a meeting I was attending and I will be getting expense reimbursement for my stay; at over $250 a night, it's more than I'd be willing to pay if I weren't. When I first arrived, I was given an interior room with no view, but I asked for a room with a view and was given one on the 4th floor with a nice (if not spectacular) view. The room was very nice -- spacious, comfortable, well-appointed. I only have a few complaints -- aside from the fact that the windows were sealed shut (all too common). First, I burned my fingers on the towel rack, which was left turned on when I arrived; I had no idea it was heated when I touched it and got quite a shock. Personally, I think they should not have the towel rack heat turned on; not only is there a risk of burning your fingers, it's a waste of energy; instead, they should have a sign with directions for turning it on yourself when you arrive in your room. Second small complaint: the layout of the floors is confusing and it's difficult to find the elevator bank. Third small complaint: I know this is a business/luxury class hotel, but $15 a day seems to me a ridiculous charge for wi-fi. I only had one meal in the restaurant, but it was quite good, and the waiter offered me 'seconds' on the chili without (as far as I know) charging me extra. The lobby and restaurant have a casual and somewhat subterranean feel to them, not at all grand like the lobbies of the Fairmont across the street or the Mark Hopkins a few doors down. The hotel has a very strange entrance that favors cars over pedestrians and that confuses almost everyone, but I suppose there's nothing much they can do about that now. In general, the staff was helpful, and one front desk clerk was especially nice. The location is both a blessing and a bane; on the one hand, Nob Hill is one of the toniest locations in the city; it's not only spectacularly beautiful, it's about as old money as it gets; also, this hotel is just a few blocks from Grace Cathedral (with the replica of Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise') and a nice little garden. And it's easy to catch a cable car going down California or down Powell. But on the other hand, the disadvantage is that you have to get up and down the hill to go anywhere else, and that can be quite exhausting if you're on foot; I climbed Nob Hill to get back to the hotel one evening and it nearly killed me; you have to be in good shape to walk up that hill~! Of course, you can always catch a taxicab or even a cable car to scale the hill, and even though one is in theory charged a fare, in practice, depending on where you get on, you don't necessarily end up paying anything, so it can end up being free. In short, this is a luxury hotel with a lot to offer, but I wouldn't stay at this hotel again if I couldn't get expense reimbursement for it; at $250+ a night, it's just too expensive~!
- 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