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Stanford Court San Francisco
Ranked #51 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“charming and old fashioned”
Reviewed November 22, 2004

Got this hotel for $70/night through priceline, and we were quite pleased. Room with 2 queens was very spacious, comfortable, and quiet, and service top notch. The Stanford Court will not be everyone's cup of tea--it's kind of old fashioned and the rooms and furnishings are deliberately retro, down to the pocket doors leading into the bathroom and the ancient mini tv/radio in the bath area. everything has been updated recently, but in kind of a glamourous hotel of yesteryear way. it does NOT look like a westin, at all, but i liked it quite a lot. several nice luxury touches, like the bathrobes, turndown with chocolates, free shoeshine. another plus is that on weekdays they have complimentary town car service within the city. beds were excellent and the service/lobby area were grand. it's a bit removed from the bustle of union sq, but not too far out of the way. i liked the fact that the surrounding area was quiet and not teeming with panhandlers, like some areas of union sq can be. we parked on the street nearby without any problems.

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Stamford, CT
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Reviewed November 8, 2004

I visit San Francisco twice each year and always stay at Stanford Court. The rooms vary - some are really wonderful but the others are fine - they are all in good order and well appointed. It is delightful to get your morning tea/coffee with your wakeup call and the staff is uniformly helpful and professional. My friends and I particularly like to have a first cocktail in the lovely lobby bar and the doormen and valets are always quite benevolent to my friends in terms of parking briefly in the lot right in front of the door. The location can't be beat. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else!

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Reviewed November 7, 2004

We stayed at the Stanford Court on 18th Sept for 4 nights, I have to say the location is very good, we did not bother with breakfast in the hotel as we knew it would be very expensive so we found a few restaurants near by which were very good value. The view from the room was exceptional but the room was looking tired and I was a little disappointed for the price we paid and the description being luxurious. The bathroom and dressing area really needed to be knocked down and re-designed, it was nice however to get tea and coffee in the mornings. I think really what you pay for this hotel is the location.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 25, 2004

The pluses, the Stanford Court has a great location, we had a wonderful city view from our room, and the mattress and linens were top notch. Unfortunately it went down from there. The rooms are tired looking, even though they have recently been re-painted and wallpapered, along with new rugs and drapes. The furnishings are old and tired, a cane and rattan headboard just doesn't cut it in a "luxury" hotel. Some basics like an in-room safe and mini-bar are nowhere to be found. Coke and Ice Machines are located on the 2nd floor, not very convenient. A circa 1980's TV took up half the bathroom counterspace. Bathroom and dressing areas are tired and worn. Breakfast at the restaurant is top dollar, in the $30 (with tax and tip) per person range. I guess the room rates are reasonable for San Francisco, but the hotel is need of renovation. Even the lobby and lobby bar are tired and seem like they haven't been renovated in years.

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Reviewed October 25, 2004

Our stay at the Renaissance Stanford Court was great. The pot of coffee that comes to your room with your paper was a nice touch, as well as the heated towel rack in the bathroom. Room Service was good and they provide you with extra towels if needed. The entire staff is very helpful, and the bellmen called to check on our shuttlle to the airport. The Concierge was helpful in giving directions and restaurant ideas. The lobby lounge has a nice menu, as we had dinner there our last night.

  • Stayed October 2004
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2004

My partner and I stayed at the Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel on the Labor Day weekend 3-6 September 2004. We arrived at 9:30pm after a long flight from Australia.

On check-in, we were greeted by a very helpful clerk who said that the hotel was extremely full due to the Labor Day weekend. That meant that our preference of King Bed and Non-Smoking room could not be met, which was frustrating seeing we had requested this when booking six weeks earlier. We eventually settled on the smoking room with the King Bed, which the clerk assured us was one of the "bigger" rooms.

I can say that we were disappointed on entering the room. Whilst the smoke smell was not too bad (2 non smokers), the general quality of the room looked tired and old. The canopy over the top of the bed was broken, and our hairdryer didn't work and needed replacement.

We tried to use the in-room internet via the television, and after 2 minutes use found that it did not support Google's gmail. We had to ring and request the charge be removed from our account, and also found out that general internet would then be $2.50 for five minutes in the business centre, which we found to be very expensive.

We drank in the bar after returning from dinner on the Saturday night, and after one drink we were told the bar was closing (12:45am) despite advertising that it was opened until 2am. We were really trying to support the services of the hotel but felt let down.

The location atop Nob Hill is excellent, however the cable cars were so full that we walked a few times up and down the hills. Good exercise!

Overall, a stately hotel in its time, however the Renaissance Stanford Court really needs to lift its game if seriously aiming for the business travel and high end leisure market. If the rooms were refurbished and the facilities more accessible, we would probably stay again due to the location.

  • Stayed January 2005
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Reviewed September 26, 2004

The Stanford Court is nice but not that nice. This place would like to think of themselves as the Ritz-Carlton and they are not. The rates are overpriced and room service is ridiculous. For what they portray of themselves I would expect comfortable beds with nice fluffy pillows and soft blankets. Not so. Comforter looks like something out of a Red Carpet Inn and pillows were tiny and flat. This place isn't bad it definietely isn't anything special. A couple good things, the cable car stop is right outside on the corner which is convenient (although walking is more efficient than the cable cars. Ride it you'll understand). Also the staff is knowledgeable and curtious. The food is delicious if you eat there at all. Overall though it isn't worth it. If you want to spend your money and get quality stay at the Ritz-Carlton across the street.

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Property: Stanford Court San Francisco
Address: 905 California Street, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108-2201 (Formerly Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Nob Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#26 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#29 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#33 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#40 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford Court San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 393
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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