My family and I spent the 2010 Christmas week here in beautiful SF. We stayed at Whitcomb - very nice historic hotel, friendly staff, clean rooms and excellent location. The hotel was build pre-1906 earth quake, so I was a bit reassured that the building would hold should there be another quake during my stay.
I checked in during the late morning, so front desk was rather busy, but the staff was orderly and courteous. I had my family of three kids, so the friendly bell captain was a big help. Our room was nice and clean; Wi-Fi worked without any problems; heater took a while to warm up (being winter), and the dark mahogany hallway definitely had a “turn of the century” feel (checkout their ballroom on the 2nd floor). There’s also an internet café in the lobby for those of you without your laptop; Starbuck is also in the lobby – nice.
I’ve been to SF several times, but usually stayed in the financial district. Whitcomb was a pleasant surprise, great value, and an ideal location especially if you don’t have a car (and you really shouldn’t in SF). The trolley car is right outside the hotel (on Market street) that will take you to Embarcadero, Pier 39, and Fishmans’ Wharf (runs every 30 min). Cable car is about 2 blocks away that will take you directly to Ghirardelli Square (don’t forget to visit the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate) and the Cannery. If you have kids, take the trolley car to Yerba Buena - an excellent park for (3-6 years old); next to it is Sony Metreon (for your teens), and across the street is the huge Westwood Mall for your wife. The BART (SF’s subway) is also just right outside the Hotel that will take you to the SF airport or around the bay area.
I noticed there were quite of few homeless people, but being in the heart of downtown I guess it’s to be expected. If you walk east (towards pier 1), near the cable car turnaround, you’ll see a lot of “interesting” people; street musicians, chess competitions, and street artists. It’s not the most affluent crowd, but they’re harmless. Nonetheless, I would take a cab after dark as in any big city.
Housekeeping was great; had our roll-away setup before we returned to the room. We need more towels, which was brought to us with a few minutes. We had a very nice stay at Whitcomb. We'll be back. Thank you.
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