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7.3

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Very good location - Inside city center
Parking
Available
Popular landmarks
Chinatown 1.96 km
Oracle Park 2.15 km
Lombard Street 2.67 km
Ferry Building Marketplace 2.73 km
Fisherman's Wharf 3.3 km
Pier 39 3.4 km
Twin Peaks 3.89 km
Golden Gate Park 4.31 km
Alcatraz Island 5.44 km
Golden Gate Bridge 7.21 km
Nearby landmarks
San Francisco Main Library 100 m
Orpheum Theatre 110 m
Heart of the City Farmers' Market 110 m
Pioneer's Monument 160 m
Asian Art Museum 220 m
Civic Center Subway Station 230 m
United Nations Plaza 230 m
Civic Center 240 m
Electric Works 260 m
Federal Building 280 m
Hotel Whitcomb

"Very good locaion near city hall and hence and use BART system to/from SFO airport."

Kuang-Hsiang - August 6, 2019

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Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market Street, San Francisco Downtown, San Francisco (CA), United States, 94103 - See map
What guests are saying:Read all 256 reviews
Very good comfort
7.2 room quality and comfort
Very good service
7.0 rating for service
Good cleanliness
6.9 rating for cleanliness
Good facilities on premise
6.0 facilities on premise

The restaurant was delicious and has a Starbucks right downstairs in the lobby.

Marcus | June 9, 2018

This hotel was beautiful.

Marcus | June 9, 2018

Overall great hotel.

Marcus | June 9, 2018

Price was good.

Jennifer | April 20, 2018

Good location.

Jennifer | April 20, 2018

  • 210 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Fitness center

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Value for money6.7
Location rating7.3
Nearest airportSan Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Distance to airport17.8 km

Rooms available at Hotel Whitcomb

Superior King Room
Superior King Room
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  • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard King Room
Standard King Room
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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City View Suite king bed
City View Suite king bed
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  • Room size: 46 m²/495 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed and 1 sofa bed
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Superior Double Room with Two Double Beds
Superior Double Room with Two Double Beds
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 double beds
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Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 double beds
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Standard Queen Room
Standard Queen Room
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Superior Queen Room
Superior Queen Room
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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2 Double City View
2 Double City View
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • 2 double beds
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Landmark Room City View
Landmark Room City View
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • 2 double beds
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King Suite with City View
King Suite with City View
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Hotel Whitcomb?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Hotel Whitcomb?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Hotel Whitcomb has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is available for a fee of 35 USD per day. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.

What is the smoking policy at Hotel Whitcomb?

Hotel Whitcomb does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Hotel Whitcomb

  • 9.6
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    "Staff helpful in great location close to everything."

    Goncalo | April 29, 2019

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    "Very smart hotel looks great from inside and out"

    james | June 7, 2018

  • 7.6
    Very good
    "Feel safe to stay in this hotel from my view."

    Kuang-Hsiang | August 6, 2019

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6.8
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256 reviews
Cleanliness
6.9
Facilities
6.0
Location
7.3
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More about Hotel Whitcomb

Well-positioned in San Francisco Downtown, Hotel Whitcomb is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in San Francisco (CA). From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to San Francisco Main Library, Heart of the City Farmers' Market, Pioneer's Monument give to this hotel a special charm.

Hotel Whitcomb offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including fitness center. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Hotel Whitcomb.

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Housekeeping
12 mentions
Internet
4 mentions
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Taxi
1 mention

What they offer

8.4
Excellent
"The parking fee is one of the best i could find."

Alejandra | April 19, 2019

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

American

Nearby restaurants

American cuisine
American cuisine
Market Street Grill
American
Sam's Diner
10 m American, Diner, Gluten Free
Munch Haven
10 m American
Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Lalita's Distinctive Thai
310 m Asian, Thai
7 Mission
440 m Asian, Chinese, Vietnamese
50 Oak Street
560 m Asian
Cafe
Cafe
Aroma Cafe
520 m Cafe
Wicked Grounds
570 m Cafe
The Pastry Cupboard
610 m Cafe

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Cleanliness6.9
Facilities6.0
Location7.3
Room comfort and quality7.2
Service7.0
Value for money6.7
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8.4
Excellent
Tara from Australia
Couple
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Stayed 5 nights in April 2018

A beautiful hotel with attentive staff”

Ideally located for the LGBTQIA+/Leather/kink traveller, the Hotel Whitcomb is directly opposite Sam’s Diner, has a BART station just steps away, a leisurely half hour stroll to the Castro, and only a few blocks from Mr S Leather and Wicked Grounds. The room was clean and well presented, with beautifully comfortable beds. Some reviews have talked about street noise and safety - I heard none of the former, and though the number of homeless people is shocking, this seems like a significant issue city-wide. I did not feel unsafe walking alone, late at night, along Market St to the hotel. I anticipate returning to Hotel Whitcomb on my next visit to San Francisco.

Reviewed April 23, 2018
7.6
Very good
Dennis from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Queen Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2017

Perfectly acceptable hotel with good value in an excellent location”

This hotel has seen its better days but it is a perfectly reasonable place to stay, at the hub of the City. My room was quiet. The bed was okay. The shower was excellent. The overall cleanliness of the room was good (although the hallways could have certainly used a bit more TLC. For the price it was perfectly fine, the hotel rates in San Francisco have gotten crazy. I saw one hotel offering a "special price" of $1,000/night. Are you kidding me?? Another thing to keep in mind is that SF has an awful homeless problem (you can see why!) and the number of visible homeless people seems to grow during each visit to the City. It is very sad to see. I sure hope they come up with some solution to this sad situation.

Reviewed December 09, 2017
7.7
Very good
Christine from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in November 2010

Can be Great - but Research Before You Go ...”

Good location for public transport, local food, historic architecture/decor

The Whitcomb is a great option if it suits your needs, but can be disappointing if you have unrealistic expectations. It's a large, old hotel and despite the gorgeous Edwardian era architecture and decor in the common areas, the non-suite guest rooms are a bit spartan. The location is dodgy at best - not outright dangerous, but if you're going to walk around in the vicinity of the hotel be prepared for lots of requests for money, attention, etc. and the occasional bout of screaming. On the other hand, the entrance for BART/MUNI rapid transit is a few steps from the front door of the hotel - use the 8th/Market exit and you can literally see the hotel sign as you come up the elevator. There are bars, restaurants (cross Market Street and walk up Larkin for some good Vietnamese and Thai options) and convenience stores close by and open late. The on-site restautant, while a bit formal-looking from the outside, proved to be a great place for a solo dinner at the bar. For history buffs - do explore the mini museum on the Mezzanine level, devoted to the history of the hotel - which was apparently very glamourous during the 1916-1929 period, after serving temporarily as San Francisco's City Hall in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake.

Reviewed March 27, 2011
7.6
Very good
Kuang-Hsiang from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Standard Queen Room
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

frequent traveler”

very good locaion near city hall and hence and use BART system to/from SFO airport. also not far from downtown and China town. aged hotel and hence facility is not that modern but acceptable. may met with interesting people but it is San Francisco so I totally accept it! feel safe to stay in this hotel from my view. super market or shopping stores are not far away.

Reviewed August 06, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Melissa from Afghanistan
Group
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Stayed 2 nights in May 2010

The Whitcomb is amazing!! ”

-location -friendly service -bargain -awesome house keeping -super clean rooms -has it's own bar -comfortable beds
-there's no fridge/microwave -Parking is 30 dollars (per day)

First off, the Whitcomb is an absolutely amazing Hotel!! I'd say, it's one of SF's best kept secrets!! It practically has everything you need to make your trip that much more awesome. All of the workers are super friendly and helpful for that matter. It's located in the middle of everything. You can walk to Union Square and Cab it to the Wharf for less than 10 dollars. A bargain for sure!! Not to mention, it's very own bar.... Enjoy this gem!

Reviewed May 20, 2010
8.4
Excellent
Philippe
Couple
Standard Queen Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

Interesting historical hotel in a run down neighbourhood ”

Was looking for a hotel for a 1 day layover between flights in SF and found the Hotel Whitcomb. If you like history and early 1900s, this is for you. Lots of original marbles and stained glass. Rooms are small but you get dedicated bathroom with a small shower. Clean, friendly staff, decently priced. The only negative is the neighbourhood where there are a lot of homeless and vagrants around on Market street, at least at night. Wasn’t bothered by anyone though.

Reviewed May 18, 2019
7.7
Very good
Velipekka from Finland
Solo traveler
Stayed 10 nights in January 2011

Good hotel and value for money”

Room was clean

this was my 3rd time in san francisco and i really had a great time there. the hotel was good and staff were polite. next time when i´m coming to san francisco i´ll be staying at this hotel.

Reviewed February 04, 2011
7.3
Very good
Ricky from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Queen Room
Stayed 1 night in April 2010

Excellent Location”

Local transportation at door step. Nice decor Wi-fi fast
Front desk not very friendly Many homeless around hotel

Nice old hotel in downtown with BART and MUNI at door step. Nice antique decor , plush beddings with lots of pillows. Starbucks Coffee at front door and many restaurants nearby. Good place to stay in San Francisco. One bad note. front desk personnel not too friendly.

Reviewed April 14, 2010
8.0
Excellent
Marcus from United States
Family with young children
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

Great hotel dodgy area”

This hotel was beautiful. A historic landmark surrounded by San Francisco’s homeless problem. The rooms were small due to the age of the hotel, but the beds were comfortable. The linens were a little rough but we only paid $135 a night in SF so you can’t complain too much. Everything about the hotel was accommodating, they even have secured parking( for a price). The restaurant was delicious and has a Starbucks right downstairs in the lobby. It location to metro and other public transportation was excellent ( street ads run right down market st. ). Proximity to great restaurants and bars was excellent and it’s placed in a perfect location for travel. Our only complaint was the homeless, not bashing those that are downtrodden but during the day the homeless population wasn’t bad,at night we were hesitant to stay out with our toddler past 8 and the drug use so close to a great hotel was a shame. The security does what they can but it’s a little overwhelming. Overall great hotel.

Reviewed June 09, 2018
7.0
Very good
Viet from United States
Business traveler
Stayed 3 nights in March 2010

Relatively clean, good location (for some)”

BART/Muni light rail right outside via steps. Random fast food joint in immediate area if you really need it. Room was fairly clean, sheets were nice, bathroom was clean. Rates especially reasonable via Agoda during certain time (especially since you're in the city).
Location can be sketchy for some people (especially if you're not use to such environments). As with many places in the tenderloin, there can be a pretty fast shift from upscale to ghetto. Depending on time of your stay and due to reasonable price of hotel, you may experience loud annoying neighbors.

Needed a place for a couple of nights in the city near downtown with easy access to BART/Muni as I'll be transiting to South Bay (via Caltrain). Whitcomb fits price and location fairly well. The staff was nice and the room was clean (had a unit towards rear of building on third floor, beyond noisy neighbor, room was fairly quiet). Walls may be slightly thin but overall okay. High ceiling can be pro/con depending on your preference. Location is convenient but may be sketchy for out-of-towners that's not used to certain parts of SF. 8th/Market is brightly lit street and unless you're milling about past 2 AM by yourself, you should be fine. Area not for female to walk around by self at odd hours at night, IMO. There's a Starbucks attached to the hotel and a Burger King across the street, along with various other fast food joint in nearby walking distance. Though to be honest with Muni right down the stair outside, many good joints downtown are a few stops away.

Reviewed March 30, 2010
6.4
Good
Inna from United States
Family with teens
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Stayed 1 night in June 2018

anyone who is travelinong to San Francisco need to lower their expectations ”

San Francisco became a blanket city which means homeless occupy the streets and no one is doing anything about it. Location of this hotel is great . It’s close to everything and it is not in any way fault of the hotel what is happening outside if their facility. One note regarding the hotel itself, when I book a hotel, mattress condition is super important to me. In this hotel mattresses have not been updated for a long time so you slide in the middle. I was sharing my bed with my daughter and it was not comfortable. Otherwise it’s clean and it was quite. We asked for extra towels and got them pretty quickly. It makes sense to park at the hotel with valet for 40.00 or else you will have to walk thru the “blanket city” late at night when you park your car somewhere else; you stop caring about saving 10.00 when you see what’s outside. I feel sorry for the local residents, but why are they electing government that does nothing to protect them and only makes situation worse every year.

Reviewed June 11, 2018
6.7
Good
Pei from Singapore
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in December 2010

Great location but small rooms & a tad too old”

Walkable from Civic Centre BART/ Free wi-fi access/ near BART & Muni
A lot of beggars/ tramps etc outside the hotel along the street at night

it's a nice historical hotel outwardly but the walkway & the elevators are old & feels dingy. since it is old, it is not as comfortable as a new modern hotel & it has a strange smell. what i really like about it is that it is really convenient & easy to take the bart from sfo airport to civic centre at $8.10 and walk to the hotel. for someone who is at san francisco for the 1st time, i could easily find the hotel.

Reviewed December 20, 2010
8.4
Excellent
Jennifer from United States
Group
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

Convenient location; Starbucks adjacent to lobby!”

Booked this hotel through Agouda. Price was good. Good location. Staff was responsive but did take a while to get the rollaway bed and extra towels but it did eventually get to us before we slept. The hotel is older but it seemed to be maintained. It reminds me of a scary movie getting off of the elevator on the floors (mirrored elevator doors, darkish hallways, etc.). The area around (outside) hotel was surprisingly clean and did not smell like urine. Either it's a really good area or SF is finally cleaning up the streets and sidewalks. I wouldn't mind coming back to this hotel. Parking is valet only; entrance is from Stevenson St off of 8th Street. It's $39; not including tax - with tax is $43.32. I can't believe there's tax on parking! I guess it's not so bad since you get to enter and exit whenever you like. Everything costs in SF!

Reviewed April 20, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Robyn from Canada
Couple
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Loved it! ”

What a cool hotel! We found a deal online and it was much nicer than we expected. Only one suggestion - the room was lit only with a couple of lamps, and they had very dim bulbs. It would have been nice to have the option to have a little more light in the room.

Reviewed November 19, 2018
8.3
Excellent
Alexey from Russia
Business traveler
Stayed 3 nights in February 2009

Great Deal!”

Very charismatic appearance, good service, clean rooms/linens.
Location.

Market Street in SF is full of homeless and other weird people. Though, that was not a problem all those multiple times I was in SF. The hotel is very stylish. It looks like a lot of efforts are being made to keep it look "old". Personal is responsive and helpful. Rate was great, compared to other deals around.

Reviewed February 20, 2009
6.0
Chung from Malaysia
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in March 2008

Classic hotel”

It is overall good for the price in downtown San Francisco.

Reviewed April 09, 2008
8.4
Excellent
Patricia
Couple
Standard King Room
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Pleasure ”

Not a terrible location but fairly rough neighborhood with lots of vagrants. Hotel is beautiful inside, particularly the lobby. Rooms are modest but clean and nicely furnished. Good price.

Reviewed March 27, 2019
8.3
Excellent
naor from Israel
Family with teens
Stayed 3 nights in August 2010

great location, nice price”

location
small and old room

the hotel is in great aera, next to the bus station to the subway and nice dinner acrost the street. 10 min walk from union sqaure. the first room we got was very tiny, with two qoeen beds.(we were 4 people)we asked to change it, and we got a bigger room, which was ok. although the room is clean, you can feel it is old. but overall the hotel was ok.

Reviewed August 13, 2010
8.8
Excellent
Richard from Australia
Couple
Standard Double Room with Two Double Beds
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Gracious Art Dec hotel”

On entering you step back in time; marble colonnades and high ornate ceilings. The rooms are clean and comfortable and staff attentive. A magestic hotel in its day and still retains that air.

Reviewed October 23, 2016
8.0
Excellent
Ladda from Thailand
Group
Stayed 3 nights in April 2010

Comfortable hotel near subway”

Best convenient, Hotel located right next to Civic Center subway station. Very convenient to travel to shopping center or to other places around SF. Bus stop is also located right in front of the hotel. Plus, there's Starbucks in the hotel's lobby!
The room is rather small and old but cozy.The hotel is announced historical hotel. If you are looking for a classic style, this might suit you. No breakfast included (but that doesn't matter anyway).

Best convenient hotel. Subway station and bus stop are right in front of the hotel. I found it very convenient to travel to anywhere in SF. The hotel is in old fashion but has very well maintenance. Room is rather small but is clean and cozy. I'd love to stay at this hotel again when I visit SF.

Reviewed May 10, 2010
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