I stayed four nights at the King George Hotel when visiting the city on business in August 2013.
The King George is a really old, quaint building with almost a hundred years of history. If you like modern hotels, you will find its dark corridors and the shaky, old elevator rather creepy. However, I did feel like I was experiencing part of San Francisco's history by staying here.
The room I got on the 8th floor was nice and airy, though the radiator and ceiling fan offered little climate control, and the room was a little too chilly even in August. People who like modern furnishings should stay away - the room I stayed in was spartan by Asian hotel standards. A gaping hole where the radiator outlet went out of the building, and peeling paint on the walls did not make for a very plush looking space. It also smelled too much of cheap lemon-scented cleaner. However, the room was indeed clean and I was rather surprised by the good quality of sleep the bed provided. The bed was a traditional, wooden Western style bed with thick mattresses and was always well made.
I did not come across many members of the staff during my stay, but those that I met were nice and friendly. Room service was from the diner next door to the hotel, which was average at best, and scary at times. I did not quite like the fact that my breakfast sausages were covered in oil blackened with charred pieces of food. The laundry service was prompt and rates were reasonable.
The King George Hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco City, so it is a good starting point to explore the place. Golden Gate Bridge was quite a long bus ride away, but other city attractions such as the cable cars, Union Square and shopping malls were just a short walk away.
There are plenty of diners, cafes and restaurants in the immediate area around the King George Hotel. However, avoid the grocery store at the corner of the street just steps away from the hotel's main entrance. That grocery store seems to sell food and drinks at exorbitant princes (100 ml of drinking water for $2, and instant ramen noodles were $3). Instead, head over to the Wallgreens supermarket and drugstore just a street away from the hotel where prices are much, much cheaper ($2 for a 500 ml bottle of drinking water).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience comfort and style in downtown San Francisco. The King George Hotel is surrounded by the energy of Union Square and is an ideal hotel destination to return to after exploring the renowned sights and attractions of the "City by the Bay." Guests of our San Francisco LGBT-friendly boutique hotel will discover comfortable accommodations and on-site amenities such as Winston's Bar and Lounge, a San Francisco wine bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- King George San Francisco
- Hotel King George
- King George Hotel San Francisco