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“Great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Stratford
Ranked #104 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Leeds, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

My wife & I stayed here for 4 nights on our honeymoon.

Hotel is basic but clean & is in perfect location for shops / restaurants round Union Sq.

As mentioned, hotel is basic so don't expect amazing rooms etc but if like us, you only want somewhere to shower & sleep, it's pretty much perfect.

Only negatives are the room felt very warm at times / stuffy but apart from that, it's a perfect budget hotel in a top, top location.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Thanks for the review Scott! We are honored to host you honeymoon and we hope you had a great time. The location is great and its centrally located. Congrats and thanks again!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in January. The room was small, but served its purpose. The place was clean, and staff were very helpful. The best thing going for this place has to be the location. It is only steps away from union square and a very short walk from the BART which connects you to SFO. As an added bonus, Lush is right next door, so the rooms smell amazing! I will definitely stay again if I'm ever back in San Fran.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shannon R
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Canberra, Australia
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

This hotel was in a great location, just off union square. The room was small, but as a solo traveller who was only in town for a couple of days the room size wasn't a problem for me. No air con, but my room wasn't facing Powell St so I was able to open the window up at night without it being too noisy, and with the ceiling fan going I was able to sleep comfortably. The staff were friendly and happy to answer questions.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paula S
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights recently. The hotel is obviously a budget hotel, however, the location, just off Union Square is ideally situated for food, shopping etc., the rooms were also clean and towels changed daily. The hop-on, hop-off buses can be boarded just on Union Square and ideal for getting around the city.

The breakfast was the usual, toast, buns, cereal, coffee/tea, juice. This was enough to start your day. Very helpful staff. All in all a good place to stay at an extremely reasonable price.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

We had a wonderful time in San Francisco and the Stratford Hotel provided us with the perfect location and price. The rooms were clean and bright. Location is central to downtown, Union Square and the transit hub. We could walk to many attractions. The cable car stopped right outside our hotel. The cable car turn around was 2 blocks away. Book in advance to get great prices. The room was quiet and the bed was comfortable. The hotel seemed to have many satisfied return customers. I would go back and would recommend it to anyone. It was all we needed as a base to enjoy a fabulous city.

Room Tip: Request a room away from Powell Street.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brenda S
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San Jose, California
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

We chose to stay here while in SF for a night since it was the cheapest ($150) place for a Saturday night.

PROS:
- Great location: At the heart of Union Square, close to Powell station, within walking distance to Chinatown, Lower Nob Hill, many bars/restaurants nearby, and lots of shopping at your doorstep.
- No noise: We stayed on the 3rd floor facing away from Powell. As it was a bit warm at night (there is no A/C in the room, but there is a ceiling fan) we were able to sleep with the window open and it was pretty quiet.
- Price: fairly reasonable for a big city like SF on a weekend night during the summer.
- Decent breakfast: Nothing spectacular about the continental breakfast, but it was nice to have some toast, OJ and coffee before walking around the city.

CONS:
- Bed: Unless you like an extra, extra, extra firm mattress, the bed is one step up from sleeping on the floor. It is incredibly hard and uncomfortable.
- No space: The room is literally the size of a queen mattress with a small walkway around it. The bathroom is a bit roomier compared to the size of the room, but there is no where to put your bathroom supplies since there was just a sink (no stand), toilet and corner shower.
- View: While not noisy, our window faced a blank brick wall of the building next door. Although if you don't plan to stay in the room for a long period of time, no view is better than a noisy room.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank J R
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a small hotel in the heart of San Francisco, very close to Union Square. The rooms are very small and the facilities are quite basic but adequate. The breakfast was plentiful and the staff were friendly. A good functional base from which to explore the city.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Stratford
Address: 242 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Stratford 2*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If travelers were to pinpoint on a map the number one location in San Francisco, it could be right outside the door of Hotel Stratford. Our entrance has become part of thousands of photographs taken of the Cable Car as it heads up the second block of its famous journey over San Francisco's beautiful hillside communities.Guests who want the convenience of being right in the center of the City will enjoy their stay in this European style affordably priced property, with over 80 pleasantly decorated rooms, all with the most modern facilities. We await the pleasure of your company be it for Business or Leisure. ... more   less 
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