I was coming into San Fran for two days and one night business trip, and while searching for a hotel for the night, I was getting sticker shock. Wow, the prices for a room here have gone crazy. Anyway, I came across The Opal on Trip Advisor, and thought I’d give it a try. It was well reviewed and the room charge was much better than many others that I looked at. So I booked the room, and was glad I did.
My first experience with the hotel occurred during my early morning arrival into town. My flight arrived at 8:30AM, and I was dreading having to wait to check in to my hotel until the normal check-in time of 3PM. I thought, well, give the hotel a call and see if I could get an early check-in. I drove to the hotel, and parked around the corner, I called the hotel and spoke to Marie, and asked if I could get in early. She checked my reservation and then asked me to hold for a moment while she checked with housekeeping to see if a room was available yet. She came back to me after a short pause and asked if I could call back within 10 minutes while housekeeping checked. No problem. After about 15 minutes, I called back and asked for Marie, who informed me that they did have a room ready for me and I could check in immediately. Awesome! I really expected that I’d have to wait several hours, but they were able to accommodate me right away. Thank you Marie…You were great!
I checked in and found my room to be quite comfortable. There were two minor things that were a bit off; (1) there was only one soap bar in the bathroom and I had to move it from the sink to the shower, and there was no soap tray for the sink. I’m sure that housekeeping would have quickly corrected that if I asked. (2) The ironing board in the room was broken, and I had to call housekeeping to get a new one, which was replaced within a short time.
Yes, the hotel is a bit dated, but it was clean and comfortable, and for the one night stay, I found it to be just right. It was in a good, centralized location for getting around the city. And, the price was much more reasonable then many of the other hotels in its class. All of the staff were wonderful and helpful. I would definitely consider The Opal again for business or pleasure.
- 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