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Cornell Hotel de France
Ranked #25 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Lafayette, Louisiana
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“well appointed hotel - close to everything”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Corner of Powell and Bush. Powell trolley line runs right by. You canhear the tinkle from your room.
Every floor is filled with a different french artist. This adds up to a lovely atmosphere.

We ate dinner in the basement restaurant. French - fixed price menu - approx $44. I had the fish - scallops & coquille San Jacques - quite delicious. Wife had the lamb - done perfectly.

All in all, we would return.

and we had quite the laugh trying to understand the Chinese waitress at breakfast ... way too funny for words. The breakfast was great.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Dear Krugman from Louisiana,

We are glad you liked your stay in our hotel.
Thank you for your good comment.
Next time you come to our hotel you will be surprised
to see beautiful menus at breakfast time. It may be
more practical if not as funny.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

This hotel is well situated for the unfamiliar traveler in San Francisco. Between Union Square and Nob Hill right beside a major tourist cable car line. Close to Chinatown. We've stayed in several places in San Francisco, and while this is not our favorite hotel, we found this hotel convenient, friendly, clean, competitively priced, and one we may well visit again. Do not hesitate to stay. If money is no object, there are more haute choices nearby, but this place has character and charm.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glenview, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a week and loved it. The rooms are old but charming and the housekeeping is wonderful. The owners obviously love decorating, and contrary to other reviews I've read the staff couldn't be nicer. The elevator is so quaint. Each floor is decorated according to a famous artist. Breakfast is included.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Dear Chickchick_2

Thank you for your good comments about our hotel.
We are glad that you liked our old elevator.....when
we had to renovate it we insisted for keeping the old
cage. Do you know that now it is working with
a computer !
You seem to be a nice lady..for praising everybody
wherever you happen to go...

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Fresno, California, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Great price, facilities, staff, and location. Now I see why this hotel is usually already full whenever we plan trips to San Francisco! My wife and I were welcomed warmly by the staff and the owner's beautiful golden retreiver. The breakfast is FREE, and it is a full breakfast. You usually have your choice of two entries. Parking is convenient (garage across the street) at a lower than expected 24-hour rate fror San Francisco ($30/24-hrs). You do have to drive your car to and from garage, and there is no regular bell service, so you should expect to unload and load your vehicle yourself. No pool or fitness center, but we don't come to San Francisco for those anyway. As others have mentioned, there was a floor fan on our room, but we didn't need it. We will DEFINATELY stay here again.

Room Tip: If you like to hear street noise at night (and we do), be sure to ask for a room that borders Bush.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cupertino, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I stayed for 2 nights in July during Semicon. When I first walked into the hotel I knew I would like. We had to check in early and the staff were very friendly and helpful and allowed us to store our luggage until later in the day. My room was clean, the bed was very comfortable and loved the old tub/shower. There was plenty of hot water. Although there wasn't air conditioning there was a standing fan available and I was able to leave the windows open and not worry about any loud traffic. I was on my own for one of the nights and there some good restaurants and diners close by. The dinning room was awesome! I loved the décor of the entire hotel! I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
1 review
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Had a wonderful stay with the people of Cornell. I know many of my colleagues who were also visiting paid twice the price with none of the personal touch of the Cornell.
I wish I could recal the name of the young lady who helped us one evening, but I wouldn't want to seem to dicresdit any of the great staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Denville, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2013

My daughter and I stayed for 3 nights at the end of June. We walked all over from the waterfront to Union Square! The staff is wonderful, especially the server at breakfast. No air- conditioning but we left our window open and there was a nice breeze (also staff left a portable fan in our room without us asking). Cable car stop on corner, diner and Walgreens around the corner. Old building but quite charming. Not a place for young children but perfect for us!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Madam,

Very pleased that you and your daughter enjoyed staying at our hotel.
You described very well the convenience of our ideal location in the
heart of San Francisco.
Thank you very much

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Property: Cornell Hotel de France
Address: 715 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3402
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#10 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#25 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cornell Hotel de France 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the Heart of San Francisco Discover the charm and elegance of France in the heart of downtown San Francisco at this family-owned and operated hotel, ideally placed within walking distance of vibrant Union Square. Cornell Hotel de France boasts an exceptional location close to many of the city's main points of interest. The theater district as well as the legendary Chinatown can be found only minutes from the hotel. The city's historic cable car system is also easily accessible and provides service to many areas of the city. Originally built in 1910, the Cornell combines old-world charm with today's modern amenities such as wireless internet access. Start the day with a free breakfast at the hotel's on-site renowned restaurant, Jeanne d'Arc. Admire prints of masterpieces from famous artists throughout the hotel. Union Square is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, restaurants and city trip. ... more   less 
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