I would love to give a positive review for this hotel - wonderful location, low price, and very friendly staff. But for this 50+ year-old traveler, the bed was too hard, the street noise too distracting, the lack of central air conditioning or heating uncomfortable, and the lack of internet connectivity on my floor a difficult problem for a business trip.
The location, right next to the China Gate at the entrance to China Town, is awesome. The area is filled with great restaurants in all price ranges; the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf was three blocks away; and the convention center was less than a mile away. The hotel staff were friendly and accommodating; the rooms were very clean and vermin-free. And the price! There were no rooms in town less than $500 per night during my stay due to a huge IT convention...except the Astoria. It is true you get what you pay for....
The hotel is old, old, old. An ancient elevator greets you with a sign that says "Caution: Only Three People At One Time," and the resulting ride is bumpy and jarring. The hallway to my room was lined with water pipes and junction boxes, complete with visible pressure gauges...more reminiscent of the queue for Disney World's "Tower of Terror" than a pleasant entry to a hotel room. The bathroom had 1940's tile design - cool if it was intentionally retro, not so much when it is simply cracked and old. The walls and carpets were clean, but the stains of decades of previous guests were visible. And the lack of in-room amenities such as a clock, or a bathmat made of material beside paper, was a bit disconcerting.
THE DEAL BREAKER
Would I return to this hotel, perhaps for a low-cost vacation trip where the hotel is only a room to sleep? Unfortunately no. Four issues keep me from returning: 1) the bed, which is the hardest bed I have ever slept on - according to a staff member, the uber-hard beds are popular with Pacific Rim guests. For this Arizonan, it was like camping without a ground mat. 2) The lack of wi-fi in-room...while there is a lounge on the second floor where free access is available, the inability to check email and reach the internet from my seventh floor room was troublesome. 3) While the room was equipped with a fan, it still became too hot for my comfort, despite a November visit with cool outside temperatures. I was on the top floor, and it seems heat truly rises to the top.4) Finally, the street noise was either very loud, or the windows too thin. I was awoken several times each night by car horns, late-night deliveries, sirens, or the slamming of car doors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SF Plaza Hotel is at the heart of San Francisco with many famous attractions nearby. It is the perfect walking distance to popular destinations, such as Chinatown, the Financial District and San Francisco's renowned Union Square. Our hotel is surrounded by amazing shopping, as well as an excellent variety of restaurants, museums and attractions. If you are looking to explore beyond the beautiful downtown area, we are just minutes away from public transportation including MUNI, the subway and the iconic San Francisco Cable Cars. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, we welcome guests from around the world looking for an affordable and comfortable place to stay in the wonderful city by the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel San Francisco
- Astoria San Francisco