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Harbor Court Hotel
Ranked #43 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed December 27, 2007

Stayed 11 nights at the Harbor Court beginning of November, 2007. I loved it. Yes, bedrooms are small but as a single traveller my room was plenty big for me. Bed was so comfortable. Stylish decor. LIked the extra touches like the wine reception and complimentary coffee in the mornings. I found the staff very efficient. I will stay here again on my next visit for sure. The area around the hotel is ecellent - full of upscale restaurants. Very close to Muni/Bart and the streecars which I loved.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 15, 2007

I stayed two midweek nights at the Harbor Court ( a Kimpton property) and found the location, amenities, and design to be top notch. The welcome is warm and gracious, and staff make an attempt to satisfy your every need. I paid $224/night for a deluxe king bay view room (senior rate on the Kimpton website), and while not inexpensive the rate was better than the larger chain hotels in the city, especially the Hyatt Regency and Le Meridien that are close by. I'm normally a loyal Starwood guest, but this time I decided to try Kimpton, and the experience was gratifying.

Pluses:
1) The location right on the Embarcadero is fantastic! Try for a bay view room. Over the years the Harbor Court's location has only become more advantageous as the Embarcadero has become increasingly people friendly. The Ferry Building with it's wide array of food and gift shops and restaurants is spectacular. The Harbor Court provides a jogging map with roundtrip mileage estimates from the Ferry Building to various points along the wharf.
2) Typical for Kimpton, wireless internet access is complimentary. There are two iMacs in the lobby connected to a printer. Under 15 minutes is free, and you start paying for anything over that.
3) Rooms are small, but beautifully and stylishly designed. The bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in, perhaps excelling over Westin's Heavenly Bed. A wall mounted LCD TV and Aveda bath amenities complete the room.
4) Morning coffee service and evening wine tasting (another Kimpton tradition) is delightful.
5) The Embarcadero YMCA is next door with complimentary access is to Harbor Court guests. Complete fitness facilities include a 25 meter six-lane pool.
6) The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Embarcadero stop is two blocks away; so, one can get from SFO to the Harbor Court in under 45 minutes, including walking time from the BART stop to the hotel front door. Fare is about $5 each way from SFO. The Harbor Court is also easily accessible from the Oakland Airport via the same BART stop.
7) Great restaurants within easy walking distance in the neighborhood: Ozumo (in the Harbor Court), Boulevard (at the end of the same block), Slanted Door (Ferry Building across the street), and One Market (two blocks away).

Minuses:
1) As mentioned before, rooms are small, and the majority of non-bay view rooms are interior and rather dark.
No other disadvantages I can think of. I'll come here again!!

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

we had a nice stay at the harbor court hotel on a saturday night.

rooms are small but clean and comfortable beds, great price at 90.00. minibar was fully stocked but get a price list before going crazy!!! wine reception nice!!! and coffee and paper in morning
will stay again~~~
L.w. manteca, ca

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with friends
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1  Thank travelboy08
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Reviewed October 30, 2007

Two of us stayed at the Harbor Court for 3 nights Fri, Sat, Sun in October. We stayed for the good rate we got and its location close to the Ferry Building...great food.

We had a "corner" room 610 queen bed "overlooking" Steuart St, but there is only one window overlooking the air conditioning unit of the building. The window opens. The unit on the roof is not noisy during the day, but I found it a bit irritating at night and slept with the TV on all night to disguise the sound. Room was clean and housekeeping honored our note for extra towels.

The desk chair was an impediment to getting to the bathroom, so I moved it between the entry door and the bathroom door.

There are 2 drawers in the platform bed and a small armoir for hanging clothes with ironing board, iron. There are 2 electrical outlets right on the desk. Lights with dimmer switches at both sides of bed, light on armoir, desk lamp.

Lobby coffee in the morning was fine. We bought bread at the Ferry Building to go with our morning coffee.

If I stayed here again, I would book a bay view room for the light and nice view.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kasialouise
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Reviewed October 23, 2007

I had to travel to San Francisco on business and all of my favorite hotel were booked solid. A co-worker of mine recommended this hotel and here are my thoughts:

POSITIVES:

1. Location and View: This place has a great location within walking distance of a lot of cool areas of San Francisco. The view from my room was incredible!!! I looked out over the SF BAy and had a stunning view of the Bay Bridge which I really enjoyed in the evening.

2. Room decor: Nicely apponted. It had a king bed, a small desk, a small plasma TV, two endtables and a chair. The bathroom was small but nice and clean with tile floors, a pedastal sink, and a shower-tub with decent water pressure.

3. Internet in room was FREE. This is ALWAYS a major plus for me.

4. Lobby: Nicely decorated in a very ultra-modern fashion. Lots of cool places decor and places to sit and drink complimentary wine in the early evening or complimentary milk and cookies in the later-evening. Both of which were a very nice touch.

NEUTRALS:

1. Bed: Seemed very hard and not as comfy as I am used to in the Westins, Ws and Sharetons that I normally stay in.

2. Service: The front desk person was friendly but no one ever really went out of their way.

NEGATIVES:

1. Room Size: The room was VERY SMALL and the walk from the elevator to my room was long and confusing (the layout of the hallways leading to the rooms is very maze-like).

2. Price: I paid $299/night, which, in my opinion, is inordinately high for the size of the room and the amenities provided.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled on business
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3  Thank thekld
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Reviewed October 16, 2007

As many have mentioned, the rooms here are not very large. The actual bedroom is a manageable size, though on the small size. The bathroom, however, was too small to fit our "bathroom stuff" - just one little shelf and one towel bar - nowhere to hang a hand towel, nowhere to hang towels to dry, not much room at all for makeup, face soap, etc. The Aveda bath products were quite nice, though, and were re-stocked every day.

The other main negative about this hotel is the lack of room service - breakfast is available from 7-9am M-F and 7-10 Saturday and Sunday. On weekdays, you can order lunch from Ozumo during their regular lunch hours (11:30-2), but there's nothing available on weekends and nothing between 2 and when the restaurant re-opens at 5:30. Ordinarily, I wouldn't even notice something like this, but almost all of the restaurants around the hotel are closed on the weekends, leaving Starbucks and a market/deli thing as the ONLY options for a late breakfast or lunch on the weekends.

Other than the size of the bathrooms and the lack of room service, this is a great property - nicely furnished and the staff was always super pleasant and helpful. I'm not sure if we would stay at this hotel again - it would probably depend on if we were going to be there over the weekend or not.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank amieckow
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Reviewed October 10, 2007

We checked in on a Sunday afternoon and everything went very smoothly. The hotel has easy access for those driving into the city. Easy on-off from the highway. Everyone at check-in was friendly. We paid a little more for a room with a view and it was lovely. The room was small but well organized. The bed was GREAT!. We walked to an afternoon Giants baseball game and it was a nice walk along the bay. The hotel had complimentary wine in the late afternoon. It was so relaxing to sit in the well appointed lobby. We ate at a fantastic restaurant only two doors away. (Expensive and can't remember the name) In the morning we had time before our flight to walk to Union Square and the financial district. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: 165 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1206
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa , South Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#50 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#52 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $181 - $663 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Harbor Court Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbor Court Hotel, a stunning boutique hotel on the San Francisco waterfront, features unobstructed views of the bay, the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The spectacular location is complemented by the hotel's luxurious and stylishly designed rooms. Adjacent to a state-of-the-art YMCA (open to guests), the Harbor Court Hotel is within easy walking of the Ferry Building Marketplace, the Financial District, AT&T Park, the Moscone Convention Center, Union Square and North Beach. ... more   less 
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