My family and I stayed at the Opal for 4 nights. The rates fluctuated wildly in that time, but on average we paid $150p/night (inc. taxes) for a double double room. In SF this is a very good price, we discovered.
The room was very small and had a strange design. For example, the TV faced the room door and the bedside lamp kept hitting us in the head because it was so ridiculously big. The carpet was new, though, and the room was clean. Unfortunately, the beds were not comfortable and the room furnishings are very worn.
We had requested a quiet room in our reservation; instead, we got a room by the elevators and the ice machine! We were not happy to be woken up throughout the night by those facilities. There is laundry on site, in the basement, with one washer and one dryer only.
WIFI is only in the lobby, which was very frustrating, but we knew that when we booked so it wasn't a surprise. Breakfast is very basic - toast, yogurt, and tea/coffee. Not even milk or cereal. That was disappointing.
The hotel is incredibly well located. It has a major transit route on Van Ness and you are 10mins. away from downtown, 20mins. from Fisherman's Wharf, 30 mins. from Golden Gate Bridge by bus. This is the wonderful feature of this hotel.
The nieighbourhood is a shock at first, even from those of us who are from big cities. But SF is a gritty city in many respects. However, the area is so busy that we walked around during the day and night.
The hotel is older and worn, but well maintained. We were told that they are renovating in December, so if you book during that time, you will want to speak with hotel staff first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Opal San Francisco is in the heart of San Francisco, walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown, Civic Center, and more! This family-friendly hotel is close to Union Square and Lombard Street. Make yourself at home in one of the 167 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls. Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. This hotel also features tour/ticket assistance and assistance with planning your day. Satisfy your appetite at the Mel's Diner, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or grab a snack at the many nearby restaurants. Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Opal San Francisco Hotel San Francisco
- Opal Hotel San Francisco
- Opal San Francisco