In the foolish belief that a Fisherman’s Wharf or similar location was the ideal. I have to say this hotel was a hidden gem. Here's why:
We had a rental car with us for the entirety of our trip so free parking was very desirable, check! The hotel has free (but limited) parking. I managed to park up for the 4 nights here and on arrival managed to get one of the few remaining spaces (watch out for this if you are taking a car and plan to arrive later in the day, you will probably end up in paid city parking structures until you can grab a space the next day). It was an absolute god send to get a hotel in a city location where we could park a car without taking a mortgage out on parking fees.
The hotel is in a reasonably quiet residential area and credit to the reception staff who were very helpful on arrival, providing some very useful information. Rooms were kept clean and tidy by house staff and have fridge and coffee making facilities. TV's and AC, however we were very surprised at temperature in SF and had to pull fleece and coat out for evening walkabouts in (June) a complete contrast to temperatures in LA, so AC was not required. Rooms were a good size and comfortable and breakfast included in rate. Also has reasonable Wi-Fi.
Hotel in a very handy location, and if you are OK with public transport then purchase a Clipper Card (similar to London Oyster card) which provides unlimited use of bus, trolley and underground in SF for 1 day ($13) or 3 days ($26). The nearest retailer of these is Walgreens (Pharmacy) on Gough & Fell St. Public transport is very good and will get you to most of the tourist things in SF such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz trip pier, Golden Gate Park, Downtown, Union Square were all very easily reached form hotel by bus/tram.
Plenty of good restaurants nearby and I do recommend Grove St Market over the street and unfussy corner market selling groceries, beer, cigarettes & made-to-order deli sandwiches (Sandwiches sold 10 am - 6 pm, sharp!). If you want a quick fast food bite on arrival try Double Decker next door to hotel (open 10:30 - 21:00 happy hour 1500 - 1800), situated also on Grove St. Handy for late arrival and you need something quick to eat. However there are good restaurants only a short walk from the hotel ask the reception staff for a local neighbourhood map and a city map for public transport.
This hotel is nothing fancy but perfect if you are in SF and just want somewhere safe, clean and comfortable to put you head down and you intend to be out and about most of the time.
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