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Cornell Hotel de France
Ranked #29 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 8, 2014

We missed the hotel in the taxi and had to go around the block. The hotel has a small frontage in Bush street, but it is a delight inside. We were only there for one night and had a back room. It was quiet and the room was decorated in old English French style. I had a bit of trouble getting into the shower.The shower was in the bath which was an old style bath on legs. Having a knee replacement it was not easy to get into especially as there was no where to hold onto to get in and out of the bath. That was the only complaint. The breakfast was fast and filling. I would definitely stay here again. Close to shops,China town,and trolley car.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Dear Kookaburras,

Thank you very much for your good words regarding our
Cornell Hotel de France. We hope to have the pleasure
to welcome you again and to be sure of that we shall
" illuminate" the front of our hotel (it should be done within
one month and add a few showers (may be this year).

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We spent 3 nights at the Cornell Hotel de France and couldn't have been happier! Yes, the rooms are on the small side, but who comes to SF to sit in their room?! The beds were very comfortable, the rooms were clean, the hotel decor was adorable, the breakfast is included and the location is fantastic! What more does one need? I read many reviews of this hotel before booking and noticed that some complained about the lack of choices at breakfast-this was not the case. They had a simple menu, but you could choose pancakes or French toast(changes daily), multiple egg options, or cereal along with orange juice and coffee/tea. The service was prompt and friendly-the perfect was to start the day! When we come back to SF, we will stay at the Cornell Hotel de France!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Nancy0600,

Thank you for your kind words about our Cornell
Hotel de France. You describe very well what we
offer and the way we do it. Our goal is to please
and serve our customers well. Thank you for
complimenting our breakfast. We know that it is
simple but it is complimentary... we have to admit
that sometimes we are wondering if we should
not serve a mere continental breakfast like in the
neighboring hotels.

Gratefully

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed June 7, 2014

My sisters and I meet at this hotel once or twice a year. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The breakfast is always hot and fresh, and delivered by friendly staff in the beautifully decorated dining room. A tea and coffee room has been added in the last few years. It is a comfortable and convenient meeting place where we can enjoy a hot drink, a cookie and a conversation. We also appreciate the proximity of the cable car, union square and Chinatown.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Carol32832 and her sisters,

Thank you for your kind words about our small
Cornell Hotel de France. It is a great pleasure
to hear that you like our place and the way we
serve you. May you meet yours sisters many
times at our place, in the future and may I be
here to have the pleasure of welcoming all..

Gratefully,

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

The location of this hotel really can't be beat, and the price is right. I was traveling with a few coworkers for a business trip. The concierge, D Lo, is a one of a kind woman who went out of her way to ensure we had a great time, including friendly conversation, recommendations for dinner, and even made reservations for us. The beds are comfortable and I slept fairly well, although due to the location, you will definitely get some street noise. Don't worry, just use the fan provided in each room at night to block out the pesky street noise. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled on business
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Dear jenhossier,

We are glad to know that you liked our small establishment.
Sorry if you have been somewhat bothered by the street noise
even though it is pretty quiet at night. It is to be noted that our
rooms facing the street have soundproof windows. Thank you
for complimenting Diana, she is a wonderful lady and a great
asset to the hotel.

Best regards,

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed here for one night at the end of our fabulous Highway 1 adventure, and it was the perfect way to end a great vacation! The hotel was easy to find, just across from parking garage, charming, comfortable, the attention to detail (the coffee room, fresh cookies) and the handpainted imagery everywhere was amazing - little frescoes here and there, beautifully painted ceilings, the cage elevator, the lovely hotel restaurant, very helpful staff! The room was not big, but well planned and incredibly cozy, and the bed was SO comfortable. As we were there to take in as much of San Franciso as possible in one afternoon, the size of the room was perfect. The location was great, easily walkable to many highlights of this lovely city. I highly recommend this charming hotel!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Julia W,

Thank you for your patronage and for posting your kind
detailed review. So glad you had such good feeling when
staying with us the last day of your vacation.
We hope to welcome you again

Best regarfs

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

After five days in a slick, soulless international hotel in San Diego, Cornell Hotel de France, San Francisco was a breath of fresh air. It's ideally located, with very reasonable tariffs. I stayed in one of the smaller 'cozy' rooms, which was perfect for the single traveller. The lift is a stunner, and what a delight to walk down a wooden staircase with its welcoming and gentle creaks. The residential floors and the small guest lounge are tastefully decorated, although perhaps the dining room could be more understated. I respectfully suggest that the décor in this part of what is a very charming hotel is a tad inconsistent with contemporary French taste (which is quite restrained).

The staff was most courteous and eager to assist (not descriptors that readily spring to mind when thinking about hotels in France!).

The very reasonable four course fixed-price menu is studded with 'cuisine bourgeoise' familiars that reminded me of my first trip to Paris in the 1970s. I did not eat in the hotel as four courses is just too much food for me, but certainly the offerings looked tempting and if the same attention to detail is applied in the kitchen as it is to other areas of the hotel's operation, then I am sure the diner would not be disappointed.

I highly recommend this establishment and would definitely stay there again if I have another opportunity to visit this wonderful city

Room Tip: I would advise something a little larger than the 'cozy room' for couples.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Peter C,

Thank you for your generous comment. We are happy
to know that you would stay again with us if you had an
other opportunity to come to our beautiful San Francisco.
We loved to have been a " break of fresh air" for you after
coming from a big hotel. Restaurant Jeanne d' Arc would
have been pleased to welcome you, we are very flexible
and could have reduced the " long" menu.

Very gratefully,

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The decor is charming, the location perfect, and the staff eager to help. I will happily stay here the next time I am in SF. I liked the breakfast, eggs, or French toast, etc, and the very lovely hotel restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Susan K
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Dear Suzan K,

We are happy to know that you would happily stay
in our small establishment next time you are in
San Francisco. It would be our pleasure to have you
again.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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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 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#6 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#25 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $146 - $286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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