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Hotel Bijou
Ranked #124 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Boise, Idaho
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Good value for its location”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

I was stranded in San Fran due to a late incoming flight so I called h-t--s.com and when I found Hilton and Marriott booked they suggested this hotel. Although it is somewhat on the edge where you need to be careful in which direction you walk at night it is no different in that respect from the Hilton one block north and at a much cheaper rate. You don't go to SanFran to spend most if your time in a hotel room so this hotel is quaint and only a block away from Powell where you can get the street car and also close to tons of shopping. Staff were very friendly and rooms were tidy and they even supplied toothpaste which normally doesn't come unless you ask. They even had a complimentary Breathe Right on the nightstand. Outside was somewhat noisy but that is par for the course unless you are in a tall 30+ story hotel. I would recommend this for the young and adventurous with some street savy and a budget but perhaps not to more conservative and narrow-minded individuals who don't get out much.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We booked this hotel because it was the cheapest we found on Bing and there were no reports of bed bugs for 2012. Other reviewers warned about the surrounding location, and they were right. It's a very sketchy part of the city. The streets and shops are fine, it's just there was a lot of vagrants around.

The hotel staff was nice and gave us a refrigerator like we asked. There is a loud bar right next to the hotel with plenty of loud patrons. The traffic was quite noisy too, and the windows did nothing to block all of these sounds out. Our mattress wasn't very comfortable either. We overnighted the car in an alley garage for a flat rate of $25.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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139 reviews
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

I know you have heard alot about this hotel, but this one is standard digs, with a GREAT LOCATION. Beware, some people will NOT like this hotel. Its right up against the Tenderloin area, with homeless and some street 'characters', 4 blocks away is a tough area where anything goes, but at the hotel and a couple blocks each way is just fine, if you can handle some sketchy characters on the street next you. Mostly , they leave you alone and if you ignor them and keep walking, no issues. We love the charming hotel, everything was clean enough for us, but we are not super picky. A picky person will have issues here, not on cleanlyness, but more on just the standardness of the room, ect. I also recommend, asking for a rooom on the back side of the hotel, its quieter. We had no issues and slept GREAT, back side rooms are less sunny too, which is great for sleeping in. I would TOTALLY RECOMMEND it if you are up for a great location. The BART station and all the buses and Muni are RIGHT THERE, one block away. No need for a car at all. Thank god as VALET is 28 bucks a night. Park the car down the BART at COLMA and ride in, free parking at Colma on weekends. (Do your research on how to park at BART so you dont get a fine)

The location was STELLAR for going to indian restaurants, thai restaurants, breakfasts, chinatown and the clubs are REALLY CLOSE. Ruby Skye was a block away. Singles young, lines down the block for this club, plus if you walk a little bit you can be in North Beach and at some really cool places quick. One night we got tired, and took the taxi back from walking out, and the taxi was 6 bucks...and we were like 1.3 miles away.

The hotel has no food to speak of, but its all around. The shower and tub was awesome, I had a bath and soaked my body after a long 4-5 mile walkling tour, and it was a great tub to kick back in and soak out the pains. The bed was comfy enough, nothing great but I slept well. Charming little place with the movie theme, guests and employees a great crowd.

Dont worry too much about the negative reviews unless you are picky, then spend the money and go somewhere else. But if you want a deal on a room in San Fran, look no further, home run!

Room Tip: ask for a room in the back of the building off the street..Room 512 was perfect for us!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

This hotel has a fantastic location. It's close to Powell Bart station, the tram and Union Square. It's right there where all of the shops are so one can pop out to do a bit of shopping or grab a bite to eat and go back to the room to unload or take a nap or eat a bite. The rooms are not super spacious but I've always had plenty of space in there. The bathrooms are small but again plenty big for me. I request a fridge and they bring one to my room at no extra charge. The hotel is lovely and quiet. The movie theme is really cute and the staff are really friendly and helpful. I have no desire to stay anywhere but here when I go to SF. Of course if you have a lot of money that you wish to spend on a luxurious room away from the main streets of San Francisco then maybe look elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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27 reviews
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

The location was perfect, and the hotel was a good value. Clean, comfortable rooms for a good value. Also, their free coffee was top rate - not what you normally get for hotel coffee. The staff was also superb, friendly and very helpful.

Room Tip: This is a big city and there is a lot of city noise, higher up is better.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Douglas City, California
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

I had a nice stay at the Hotel Bijou. Rooms are clean, bathroom was nice with tub/shower, and staff was great. Elevator is a plus! Windows open. Traveled alone with my well mannered dog. The hotel accepts dogs and were very nice and accomodating. All rooms inside secure lobby. Felt secure traveling alone. Coffee & tea in lobby and nice continental breakfast. One block from Market st. and 3 blocks to union square. Very convenient. Would stay again.

Room Tip: Let them know if you will use free wi-fi since some rooms have better signal than others.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Placerville, CA
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

In mid December 2011 we stayed at the Hotel Bijou over a weekend. A few days before we arrived the staff called me to explain that their website reservation system wasn't working right and that my quoted rate was too high. They cancelled the reservation and made a new one over the phone. The rate dropped from about $180 per night to about $80 a night. Seems that their site was adding a large parking garage fee even if, like us, we were not arriving by car.

The room was old fashioned and small but very nice. It had a nice even temperature and we could not hear our neighbors. Even though the room faced a busy street, the double pane windows kept out most of the street noise so the room was quiet. The continental breakfast, though not fancy, was good. In particular the coffee was good.

Even though the hotel is on the edge of a less desirable area of the city, we had no problems with street people. Yes there were a lot of panhandlers and religious "nuts' but they were not confrontational. We never felt uncomfortable or frightened even late at night.

We are already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bijou
Address: 111 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-2713
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #124 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Bijou 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bijou is the most unique of all the Bay Area boutique hotels in downtown San Francisco. Inspired by San Francisco's rich cinematic history, our San Francisco Union Square hotel is adorned with classic movie palace designs and dramatic Hollywood portraits. Each of our 65 comfortable guest rooms in our Union Square hotel in San Francisco is named after a motion picture shot here in the city. Using the original movie stills as decorative accents, Hotel Bijou provides our guests with the most interesting downtown San Francisco hotel rooms while simultaneously keeping you centrally located to everything this exciting city has to offer. ... more   less 
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