We chose this hotel for our 5 night break in SF because of the great reviews on Trip Advisor, and the location close to Union Square. It's a great little hotel, and the staff were brilliant, always helpful, and regularly asking how our stay was. The evening wine hour was great, but we were only there 3 times out of the 5 days, as we were out from early morning until late evening exploring the wonderful city! The Happy Hour is very popular, and the wine was very drinkable, but there is a shortage of seats in the lobby. A lot of people (including us one evening) took their glasses back to the their rooms as there was no room left.
It's a very popular boutique hotel and rightly so, but the downside is, as some of the recent contributors have said, that the rooms are very small. I had deliberately booked an Exec King to get a decent room, and we were rather disappointed at the size of the room (504) we were given. Barely more space than the bed itself (although the bed was a proper kingsize) - the good news was that the receptionist rang up and asked what we thought of the room before we'd even got round to thinking about what to do (maybe ours was a common reaction?) and offered to change us to a larger one - albeit on the front not the back. 510 was a lot bigger, but only a shower with no bath, and a tiny cupboard for hanging clothes, and surprisingly only 3 small drawers to unpack 2 suitcases into! We went back and asked for one with more storage. Nothing, even the suites, has more. It's an old building with real character, but be warned, don't pack a lot of clothes, or plan to live out of your suitcase. After a little negotiation, we were upgraded for a nominal fee to a suite, and that gave us the room we needed. And it was a very nice suite.
The staff could not have been more helpful, the location was great, and the beds are very comfy - but as they are very soft, every movement is felt by your partner. Despite being at the front on the corner of Sutter and Kearny Streets, our suite (819, top floor) was not noisy as the double glazing is good - although you would not have wanted to try to sleep with the air con on, as that was noisy...
Was it a good choice, yes, and I would go back next time we visit SF.
It's close enough to the BART station at Montgomery to walk (5 mins pulling a suitcase), so getting there and back is really easy. You don't need a taxi or a car at all. The Cable Cars are just a block or two away, and the Market Street heritage streetcars are right around the corner. We recommend getting a 7 day MUNI pass card - unlimited travel on cable cars, streetcars, buses, underground (but not BART), and we saved loads of money. Some great restaurants nearby - go to Belden Place or up to Chinatown, not Union Square direction, although for a first night eating at the bar at E&O Asian Kitchen on Sutter Street we got lots of tips of where to go from the barmen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco, Galleria Park gives you easy access to everything the Bay Area has to offer to its visitors. The hotel is located with easy access to the Bay Area's central transit systems of BART, MUNI and the fabled cable cars. Within blocks are Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, Moscone Convention Center, and several world-class museums. The hotel is just steps away from world-class shopping destinations in Union Square--an area that is definitely a tribute to the power of shopping. Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Gump's and a very substantial Macy's are right on the Union Square. The venerable Bullock and Jones and Tiffany and Co. are within walking distance, as is the nine-story Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre with its three-level Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's. It is also a center for exclusive couture and high fashion, with boutiques dedicated to Betsey Johnson, Kate Spade, Herve Leger, Karen Miller, and Michael Kors. Post Street, which is a block away from Galleria Park is where the high-end stores are located including Ralph Lauren, Ferragamo, Juicy Couture, Tory Burch, Ferrari and Porsche clothing stores. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Galleria Park, a Joie De Vivre Hotel Hotel San Francisco
- Galleria Park San Francisco
- Galleria Park Hotel San Francisco