We stayed here for six nights during August and September 2013, staying on the 5th floor at the front of the hotel (Bay window facing Bush Street in room 501).
First up, I would like to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to SF, and this Hotel made our stay comfortable. We liked all the "Olde Worlde" touches with the ornate ceiling roses and plaster work throughout the Hotel. There is art work on walls and doors throughout the building. The Restaurant (Which is in the basement) has been made up to appear like an old room inside a castle (Our view of the appearance, another couple we spoke to there thought it looked like a dungeon. But it is way too nice an atmosphere to fit that description).
The provided breakfast is adequate for the day to start. On that note, the breakfast is two eggs (In various formats, fried, scramble, omelette), two slices of toast (White or wholemeal), fried shredded potato (Sort of like shredded hash brown) and a slice of orange with one strawberry. The meal comes with one cup of coffee or tea and a glass of orange. We both got a lot of laughs out of the Asian lady that came to get our order each morning, she would say: Today, we have fried eggs or scramble on toast.... (That was all six of our days, but we enjoyed the eggs to start our day anyway, and the staff working in the breakfast area are lovely).
Our room (501) was on the small made larger with the bay window that the front rooms have, and we were very comfortable in this room for 6 nights anyway. The bathroom was adequate with a nice touch of having a claw foot plastic bath (Which we liked). There is a small cupboard in the room with a spare blanket and pillow, plus a safe in the floor (You have to ask for a locking mechanism for the safe, and they explain how expensive it is if you lose the key).
There is no air con in the room, but we never needed it. No fridge or microwave makes this stay a lot less convenient to us, but may suite others. There is a coffee making machine in the bathroom (Cannot make straight boiled water for making tea, so you may want to try to find a shop selling a 110 volt kettle if that is what you need), the machine is provided with coffee sachets, no milk provided, and if you buy milk, you have nowhere to stop it going off. Though we asked the front desk if we could use one of their ice buckets for our stay (We kept ice from their ice machine in the basement, and stored our 1litrs milks in that each day. Worked just fine.
The Sony flat screen TV was good quality and they provide a large range of stations compared to most hotels we have stayed at.
Others here say that the front rooms are noisy with all the traffic, but on the 5th floor we thought it was just fine. On a weekend night, if it gets too noisy, you just close the windows (They are double glazed and when shut you cannot hear a thing). The trolleys that run up and down Powell (Crossing Bush next to the hotel) appear to ring their bell at this junction, and the noise they make running up and down the steel runs on Powell is a unique noise, but we found it to be a noise that did not stop us getting a good sleep every night.
We chose to dine at several restaurants in the area and also at the food hall within the Westfield Shopping centre at the bottom of Powell. There are so many options for food that we were spoilt.
All in all, we loved our stay, thought the hotel was great, but would really love to see a fridge and microwave in the room. We have recommend them to another couple that we know, and they loved the fact that the owners speak French (They speak fluent French and thought that our photos and description was enough to sell them on it for their first visit to SF.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cornell Hotel San Francisco