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“Cozy French Hotel. Great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Cornell Hotel de France
Ranked #18 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Cozy French Hotel. Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Upper floor rooms at the front of the hotel provide an interesting view, and less noisy. Upper fron...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Great location , you can even walk to Pier 39 if you are up to it. We had a lovely room on the 5th floor overlooking Bush and Powell. Nice sized comfortable bed . Just a perfect little hotel . We ate in the restaurant at the hotel one night which was very nice. On the corner of Bush and Powell is Roxanne Cafe which was superb value, the stuffed pork loin being out of this world. We would totally recommend both

  • Stayed September 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Staff helpful, we couldn't get accommodation due to The Americas Cup being on and they some how found us three nights.
Clean rooms , comfortable beds close to the city Union Square (safe area)
Polite and very helpful staff.
Would return again good price

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, September 24, 2014
Dear Scott H,

Thank you very much for the good review of our small hotel.
It helps us get the work that we serve our customers well.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Charming and delightful Cornell Hotel is a wonderful place to stay, with excellent location near Union Square and welcoming hospitality The ambiance combined with a fabulous breakfast (included) within a French atmosphere of their beautiful restaurant each morning is something not to be missed, most of all the reasonable price you pay is 'magnifique'!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Andrea

We are so glad that you liked our hotel, thank you so much
for complimenting us so warmly. I showed the part regarding
breakfast to the employees preparing it, they were delighted.

Merci Andrea.

Claude Lambert - Owner.
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Elmira, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The Cornell is a cozy old style European Hotel with a French flair. The rooms are small, but comfortable. No AC, but with the temperature around 75 day and 60 night, a fan kept us very comfortable. Great morning breakfast in a beautiful old world french dining room. One drawback, no refrigerator in the rooms, so nothing cold to drink. There's a very cozy neighborhood pizza/Italian food restaurant across the street that we loved. Right on the cable car line so hop on and you're in Fisherman's Wharf in about 10 minutes. We'd stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BobboM
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear BoboM,

Glad you appreciated our small hotel of the past.
We shall be delighted to welcome you again.
No refrigerator in our room .. but we have an ice- machine
at the level of the restaurant and cold drinks.
Thank you again,

Best regards.

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Montreal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stayed at this great hotel for 3 nights from September 18-21. Our room was charming and clean (air conditioning would be an added bonus however). Convenient location for transportation, Union Square and Chinatown. Staff friendly and helpful. The full breakfast was a real treat. Great restaurant across from hotel (Roxanne). Would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Dear lavalbuddy,

We are pleased that you liked our small hotel
Thank you for your good comments.
Air -conditioning is not so important in San Francisco
considering that do not have hot days..hardly more
than a week.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It was our first visit to SF and we loved the small hotel. The room was clean and the staff were friendly, very attentive at breakfast. They even remembered that my husband likes a lot of butter for his toast. After continuing our holiday and experiencing two more hotels within the USA, only then did we really appreciate the "small" hotel with the family like atmosphere. Great location as public transportation is just around the corner. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floors are quieter, I believe. Less noise from the road.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Ruth P
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Dear Ruth P,

We are glad that you liked our small hotel. May be you
should have ended your trip in San Francisco...in our
family style old- fashion place.

Merci encore

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Property: Cornell Hotel de France
Address: 715 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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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
#12 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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