We stayed at this location for two nights while traveling to San Francisco to run the full and half marathon.
We arrived from SFO and transferred to the hotel via Pleasant Limo (town car) who provided excellent service. When we arrived we were greeted by the bellman and asked if we needed any assistance, which we politely declined. Our rooms were ready when we checked in just before 4:30 pm, and as requested on my Priority Club profile they had both of our rooms on a high floor away from the elevator. The hotel is located a half a block from streetcar which would be convenient, but we found for four travelers, taxi’s were faster and more convenient.
The front desk staff acknowledged my Priority Club Platinum status and offered each of us a welcome drink in the bar as well as delivered an airline sized liquor to each of our rooms on the first evening. When we requested a late check out so that we did not need to rush out after the marathon, they promptly asked “What time” and I asked for 2pm, trying to stick to the Priority Club offering. They promptly said “You’re a Platinum.....you can have later if you want! We asked for 3pm and were cheerfully granted that. Much nicer than many hotels that try to pull the “check the morning of departure!” Thanks Holiday Inn Golden Gateway.
The location is about 1.5 miles from the center of Union Square. The two prior years we stayed at hotels a bit closer, but this year we took the chance given the rate at this hotel was much better. We are very glad we made the decision. We felt safe walking in the area, which did not seem to have near as many homeless people as the hotels right around Union Square. Our 5am walk to the Start Line at Embarcadero felt safe though we watched ourselves just to be safe. Of course keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings. Union Square was a nice 25 minute walk or $8 + tip taxi ride. Fisherman’s Wharf area is about the same by taxi. The cable car to these locations is $6 per person, but takes about an hour + the time for the line. If you have never ridden the cable car….of by all means, take the time to ride it! If the cable car is a “been there done that” for you, (like it was for us) than I would say save your money, take a taxi, and get there quicker! There were either 2 or 4 of us depending on the trip, so it was always less expensive to take a cab. Hailing a cab down on Fisherman’s Wharf can be challenging, but with a bit of patience always works out.
The hotel has a gym, but given we were in town for a long run, did not even check out the gym. The hotel has an nice (and warm) outdoor pool on one of the lower level rooftops.
The lobby is welcoming and quiet. There is a gift shop on premises if you want something quick. The hotel has internet access for free and the speed seemed acceptable.
We were on corporate rate, but still received a very nice room one floor from the top. The view very nice, with further parts of the city to the left and the bay to the far right. The room was quiet and we did not experience any excessive city noises (beyond normal city noises). About all we ever heard was the occasional emergency vehicle.
The rooms were nicely decorated, and very recently remodeled. There are full width windows and comfortable updated furnishings. The desk looks out over the windows. The king sized bed was nice and the choice of soft and firm pillows as with all Holiday Inn’s is nice. The curtains did an excellent job of blocking out the light. They use a “channeled” manual roll down shade that does a phenomenal job blocking out light, probably the best of any hotel I have stayed in.
They have nice flat screen TV with sufficient channels, and the room included a work desk, plenty of plugs, a dresser, closet, and comfy chair / ottoman. The toillet, sink, shower/bath tub were in the bathroom. The bathrooms were well stocked with Bath and Body Works toiletries and were replenished daily. There were Kerug type coffee maker, ice bucket, and mini fridge. Everything was very clean. The climate control works fairly well but unfortunately you can not leave the blower motor on for white noise, on a tablet covers that! Towels and sheets were comfortable.
Across the board, the staff at this hotel was excellent. Housekeeping did an acceptable job but did not seem to read out note asking for extra towels even though we tipped them, but wrote a note thanking us for the tips. Front desk staff across the board was friendly. The staff in the bar / restaurant was friendly when we stopped in for our welcome drink. Also, the bell staff was generally willing to provide ideas for nearby food. The only time staff was a bit abrupt was one of the bellman when we asked for help getting a taxi, he was too busy to help because a tour bus was coming in. (Lots of tour busses at this hotel it seems)
There is a full restaurant in the hotel, but we usually try to eat away from the hotel. There is also a Starbucks at the end of the building. There are tons of dining options near hotel. On our first night we opted to hop down to Fisherman's w
Wharf, but all the other meals were nearby and tasty.
Though it can be nice to stay in the Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf area, all four members of our group agreed, this hotel out performed the other hotels (Nikko and Parc 55 Wyndham) that we stayed at during the previous two years. We would not hesitate to choose this hotel for a more reasonable price and the superior staff.
We would absolutely recommend this hotel. We are very happy having stayed here. Convenient to enough to all the tourist attractions as well as our race expo and start.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take a video tour.The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is located in the center of San Francisco, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround. Located in lower Nob Hill, the Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is near all major attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf , a few blocks from Union Square and Chinatown, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes from Moscone Convention Center and a couple blocks north of City Hall/Civic Center. The 26-story, 499 room Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway offers fantastic city and bay views. Our tastefully appointed guest rooms begin on the 6th floor of the hotel and all offer flat panel TVs and free wireless Internet access. Cafe' Marlette offers a daily buffet breakfast for quick and easy service, as well as a delicious a la carte menu. Interlude Bar & Grill is a casual bistro and sports bar, with pool tables, and large screen TVs. The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is the perfect location for business or pleasure in thecity by the bay. ... more less
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