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“Location is good, and that's it!”
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Hotel Stratford
Ranked #110 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed July 11, 2014

The best about this property is its location, just some meters from Union Square and tons of shops and restaurants.

Cleanliness is ok, included breakfast is handy (though options are very limited), wifi works fine.

Rooms are tiny, sink is inside the bedroom not in the toilet. There's no desk, no fridge, and you'll barely have space to walk or leave a suitcase. Toilet is clean but my shower was very poor, and there's nowhere to put soap/shampoo.

OK, SF is UNBELIEVABLY expensive, but USD 250 for this poor hotel is a bad deal!

Room Tip: Try to get one where sink is inside the WC, not in the room.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review the Hotel Stratford. San Francisco sometimes is very expensive and i am sorry to hear you you visited during those times. Our location is in the heart of Union Square. Thank you for your comments, these help us improve our overall goal, customer satisfaction.

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Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have been meaning to write this review for some time as this hotel was great! The location could not be beaten, staff were friendly & helpful, room was small but clean. I was perfectly comfortable and breakfast being included was a bonus. Only negative was the lift - so slow! But would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend to family & friends.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
1  Thank Nicole H
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Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

This place is close to transportation to get you anywhere in the city. We split the 2 bedroom suite with my parents. Plenty of room for everyone and tons of restaurants in walking distance. It is a little noisy at night, but you are in the heart of the city so that is expected. Buy the city pass for a great savings on lots of places if you are planning on staying for several days. Free light breakfast has toast, oranges, cereal, and English muffins which was fine for us. For the price and location you can't beat it!

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

For those that are OK with RV-like accommodations, this very European hotel is right in the middle of it all--Union Square. In its defense, this uber-basic facility is very clean, surprisingly quiet and clearly, centrally located, right on Powell. Even the breakfast is European--bread and coffee...no fruit, no yogurt; indeed, after one visit, I no longer felt the need to make the trek. The place is loaded with folks from far away. Couldn't ask for nicer desk staff, very happy to guide me around. Not all rooms have a bathroom...mine was a queen with one. Its window looked right into the brick wall of another building. There was no a/c, just a ceiling fan with one speed. Fundamental bath had a stool, small sink and an small shower. No more than 2 feet of walk space surrounded the bed...in fact, I broke my toe when I got out of bed the first morning. If you seek basic, read BASIC, and clean digs from which to make your SF jaunts, stay here. If you seek ANY creature comforts of a traditional hotel, this may disappoint. I was safe at all times and close to the epi-center of the city. I absolutely would stay here again for its location. My wife, who seeks a little more relaxation after a long day, would absolutely not.

Stayed: June 2014
1  Thank beeedell
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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
1  Thank Scott M
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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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.

Room Tip: If you aren't looking for a room with a view, a room away from Powell St will be quieter so you...
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Address: 242 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2206
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 #110 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: $64 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 90 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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