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Stanford Court San Francisco
Ranked #65 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed November 11, 2006

After reading mixed reviews on here, i still wanted to experience this hotel first hand.

I was not dissappointed at all.

The location is GREAT. Now, although it is perched atop Nob Hill, Cable Cars run straight in front of the hotel. These take you to Fishermans Wharf, Powell Street (Nr Union Square) and into Chinatown. FANTASTIC!

Althought they do get busy, especially at weekends, you don't have to wait long to get a ride. $11 gets you an all day ride on these, the trolleys and the buses. We bought a 7 day for $24 which is excellent value (a 1 way ride is $5!).

Anyway - back to the hotel. Concierge very attentative and helpful, and always very polite. Check-in desk, quick and informative (just avoid checking in 2-3pm(ish) as all Virgin Atlantic crew stay here and take over!

We had a city view room which looked towards the bay bridge area. Very clean, comfy bed, a little dated but I state CLEAN which matters the most to me.

Room service food excellent value, and very quick.

I was in San Fran to enjoy myself, and thanks to the Stamford Court, I did!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank darrylpmatthews
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Reviewed October 29, 2006

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights on our honeymoon before flying off to Hawaii. We found the hotel to be in the best possible location. For this alone I would have paid a bit more!!

On arrival we were met at our limousine and escorted to the check in desk. The check in process was very nice and pleasant even after a 10hr flight. The desk staff were very polite and helpful. They all provided as much information as to what was available around and about the hotel and also advised on best modes of transport around the area. Excellent.

The room decor was a bit dated but as you enter the hotel you kind of expect to be met with a room that befits the rest of the decor. Not surprised by this and not at all let down.

We did not use the restaurant therefore we cannot comment on this but from the aromas coming from the general area of the restaurant we certainly should have. We did however utilise room service which arrived very quickly and was well presented.

What i liked most about this hotel is the staff never once stood and waited for me to pass on gratuities. They were very quick to make an exit after carrying out their duties which i liked but still we never let them leave without passing a tip which always seemed to be taken with surprise and lots of thanks. Nice to see that some folk still appreciate it and don't just expect it...

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Scottish_Mark
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Reviewed October 8, 2006

I recently stayed at the Renaissance Stanford Court for a conference. I got food poisoning from an appetizer in the hotel bar, one colleague got food poisoning from the hotel restaurant, and yet another colleague's wife got sick from the hotel restaurant.

The hotel itself has grand architecture and a nice location, but things like the food -- as well as the fact that the stairways are very few and nearly impossible to locate (making this place a firetrap and earthquake trap) -- really overshadow the edifice and decor.

Stayed: September 2006
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Reviewed October 4, 2006

What a great Hotel in a great city. My wife and I arrived from the East Coast at 11 am and the front desk found us a room that had already been cleaned and was ready. That was great to since we had been up so early and needed a place to freshen up. The location is convenient to Chinatown and Union Square, just a couple of blocks each way. The trolley line has a stop right beside the Hotel and that makes it easy to get to all the tourist spots. A newspaper and coffee or tea in the morning is waiting at your door. The Hotel is very clean and the staff was very accommodating. The room was a little outdated, but the very plush and comfortable bed more that made up for that one flaw.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank cashme
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Reviewed October 3, 2006

We arrived in San Francisco Thursday morning and took BART to the Powell station. We decided to bag the cab and just walk up Powell to the Stanford Court hotel - with our luggage. (Yes, I know it’s at the top of Nob Hill….but I knew we’d be eating a lot of delicious food and welcomed the exercise)

We booked our room about 2 months before our stay on Marriott’s web-site. They had a deal – Super Savvy Weekend rate for $159.00 and we stayed 4 nights.

The Stanford Court is a nice, clean hotel with a very friendly staff. We arrived around 10:30AM and to my surprise, the room was ready. I’m Platinum with Marriott so we selected our arrival gift: Bottled water…(quite parched after the uphill trek) and brie/crackers – plus it came with a side of grapes – yum.

The size of the room is a bit bigger than most San Francisco hotels (but many SF hotels have tiny rooms). The room was clean but very traditional, almost antique looking furniture but the room had everything we needed. A king bed with down comforters and pillow top, separate vanity from the bathroom with full length mirror, open closet next to the vanity/sink with bench. Our room was on the 8th floor with a partial city view. I noticed the walls in the room needed a fresh coat of paint but I could smell fresh paint in the hall-way and noticed they’d painted other areas around the hotel, so I’m sure room will be refreshed soon.

The bed seemed very comfortable at first but at night as we slept the bed sloped a bit in the middle. We’d wake up right next to each other and we’d have to scoot back to our sides. It may have been the mattress or maybe an old bed frame?

We loved the chocolates on our pillows with the turn down service and hot chocolate with our wake-up call. As a Platinum member, we got the healthy start buffet on weekday mornings in the restaurant. They had oatmeal, granola, cereal, croissants, pastries, fresh berries, toast, etc. It was good.

The location is perfect – walk down Powell to Union Square or walk down California to China Town and the Embarcadero or walk down Powell to the North to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. Sometimes the walk back up the uphill was a little difficult after a big meal but we loved the exercise. If we’d had enough exercise for the day, it was easy to catch a cab for a few bucks. The trolley stops at the top of the hill – but it’s not worth $5 a person. A cab is much cheaper.

Just down Powell, a street or two is a liquor store/market. The prices are better than other similar stores closer to Union Square. It’s a great place to stock up on water, snacks and beverages for the week. Just down from the market is a great little Mexican restaurant. I don’t remember the name but it was really good an in-expensive compared to other nearby restaurants. Other days/nights we ventured to North Beach for lunches and dinner. North Beach has better restaurants than Union Square. We always felt safe walking back to the hotel at night.

The staff was pleasant and we did not have any problems. I would stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank ajslc
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Reviewed September 30, 2006

i have stayed at the stanford twice now and it is a stunning hotel with lovely rooms/excellent room service and friendly staff. The location is fantastic just mins from union square and mins from chinatown and little italy. Its right on a tram line to everywhere.Fishermans wharf is onyl a 20min walk away although also just an easy tram ride. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank dillojs
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Reviewed September 25, 2006

The service at this hotel was impecable but the rooms are getting a bit long in the tooth. It is definately time for a makeover / renovation. That being said, everything in the room was in good condition / good working order and the carpets were clean (some reviews said they wern't.) Bathtubs / showersdrain very slow (or not at all in the 1st room we were in).

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank JBinTLV
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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
#38 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#38 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#40 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $153 - $523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford Court San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 393
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come experience the new Stanford Court! We are excited to share our multi-million dollar transformation that includes updates & revamps that transcend to our lobby, café , bar, porte-cochere, & fitness center. Guided by the design concept of "where tomorrow meets yesterday," the newly renovated Stanford Court integrates Nob Hill's grand history with the innovative and tech-focused spirit of today's San Francisco. Expect cool graphics, a new modern color palette and nods to our past. Our new 1500 square foot Fitness Center features state of the art equipment including interactive Kinima stations offering personalized workouts and floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the space with natural light and views of the famed cable cars. As always, guests will find their stay here enhanced with inspiring innovations, sophisticated technology, and a taste of the Bay Area's cultural connection. ... more   less 
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