We visited San Fran in early June as part of a 2 night stop over on the way to Baja
I had looked for a decent hotel, in walking distance from Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39.
What the other reviewers says are all good points but coming from the UK it was important to know that this hotel does not reply to emails or web bookings, only by ringing up and booking over the phone. That said May was extremely good to talk to and made the arrangements with no trouble, we paid when we got there and used the free ($400 deposit) safety deposit box in the reception throughout our stay.
The hotel itself is more of a Motel in its appearance, it has free parking (we used the taxi $50 from the airport) which strangely discouraged reverse parking.
The rooms were very clean if a little small. There was a coffee machine but no fresh milk or tea bags - for us Brits, take your own Tetleys or Ty-phoo.
May & Whan have been at the hotel for years and know the place inside out. They had excellent English as well as a great sense of humour. They put us on to the best ways to get round (open top bus tour $20), the best Chinese in town (C & Gs) and the nicest muffins and donuts (free in reception) you could wish for before setting off for the day out and breakfast up the road.
Fishermans Wharfe is about 35 mins walk away - its hilly so take some decent shoes and plan drinks & toilet breaks before setting off either end.
The hotel is on Vermont street and is a 6 block (uphill) 25 minute walk to the 'Crookedest' street in the world.
Once on the Wharfe, Joes Crab shack is famous if overpriced and underfurnished. The tour to Alcatraz goes fom pier 36 I think but you MUST book before getting there or youll risk being dissappointed by the tours being full.
The trams cost $6 each way and are slow, overcrowded, uncomfortable but quaint. The open top bus is better, faster but colder.
I'd get a cab especially from the Wharfe back to the Redwood, only about $8, 5 mins and saves all the sweat and cursing of the hills.
Be aware of the street sellers on the Wharfe. They seem to make a living out of asking people if they have dropped something then somehow persuading them to donate up to $20 for a 10 cent sticker saying 'I love San Fran' !
We had nice weather while there, dry sunny and 17 degrees which isnt cold for the area. There are plenty of shops selling hoodies etc for $20 if you wanted to risk travelling without one.
The area is very expensive which made the Redwood so appealing and I would reccommend it to anyone visiting San Fransisco
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