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7.9

Very good
/10
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Shops2
Housekeeping2
View1
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9.4

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Starlight Room

30 m

Smile, A Gallery with Tongue in Chic

50 m

Glamour Girl Shopping Tours

50 m

Saks Fifth Avenue

50 m

Gordon Parks Centennial

50 m

Popular landmarks
Chinatown

670 m

Ferry Building Marketplace

1.6 km

Lombard Street

1.8 km

Oracle Park

2.0 km

Pier 39

2.2 km

Closest landmarks
San Francisco Playhouse

90 m

450 Sutter Building

90 m

Hang

100 m

Trendy Mondays

100 m

Maxwell Galleries

100 m

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

"Many choice of restaurant and bar."

Ke - September 5, 2019
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Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

450 Powell Street, San Francisco Downtown, San Francisco (CA), United States, 94102 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in San Francisco Downtown, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Alcatraz Island. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 390 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of San Francisco (CA)

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

Value for money7.0
Distance to city center1.6 Miles
Location rating9.4
Nearest airportSan Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Distance to airport18.8 km

Rooms available at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

Very good
Room comfort & quality

7.8

Superior King Room
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Deluxe King Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Deluxe Double Room
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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King Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • 1 king bed
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Queen Room with Two Queen Beds
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • 2 queen beds
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Deluxe Queen Room with Two Queen Beds
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  • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
  • 2 queen beds
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Deluxe King Room
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • 1 king bed
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Room Deluxe
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
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Double King Size Bed
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
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Room standard
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Check-in is from 04:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 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 Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is available for a fee of 62 USD per day. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.

What are my dining options at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

The closest train, metro, or bus station to Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) is Historic Streetcars, 390 m away.

What restaurants are nearby Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Restaurants including Chancellor Cafe at the Chancellor Hotel, Luques Restaurant & Bar and Scala's Bistro are popular in Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)’s neighborhood which is known as San Francisco Downtown.

What popular shopping places are close to Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Shopping options in Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)’s San Francisco Downtown neighborhood include Union Square, Glamour Girl Shopping Tours and Saks Fifth Avenue.

What are popular attractions near Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Guests at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) can easily visit Lombard Street, Chinatown and Cable Car Museum located in the San Francisco Downtown area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)?

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)’s nearby natural sights include Scenic 49 Mile Drive, Gold Country and Russian Hill located in the same San Francisco Downtown area.

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What people love about Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "Many choice of restaurant and bar."

    Ke

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    September 5, 2019

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "The water pressure is good even in high floor."

    Ke

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    September 5, 2019

  • 8.8

    Excellent

    "Awesome interiors and exquisite architecture perfect for your IG stories."

    sherry

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    June 6, 2019

Overall rating:

7.9

Very good
64 reviews
Cleanliness
7.9
Facilities
7.2
Location
9.4
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More about Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

More about Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake)

You'll love the exceptional convenience during your stay at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake), located right in the heart of the city center, with an easy access to everything in San Francisco (CA).
The superior services and facilities offered at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) will make for a memorable stay. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. Parking is provided for guests by the hotel. You'll have no problem planning out your days and transportation needs with front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes.
Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake). In-room conveniences such as room service and daily housekeeping will make staying in a great choice. The hotel is entirely non-smoking.


Dining and things to do

What's better than a good cup of coffee? Start every vacation day at the hotel with an energizing cup of quality coffee. Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the hotel. Once there, be sure to check out bar and nightclub for some in-house nighttime fun.
Never let a day go wasted when you're at Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) with all the activities and facilities provided. With the hotel's fitness facility, you can either get in your daily workout, or just sweat out your jet lag.


Around the property

While in San Francisco (CA), take some time to venture outside of Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake). You're sure to want to visit Pier 39 located 2.2 km away, among the most sought-after photographs for anyone visiting San Francisco (CA).

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.2

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

2 mentions

Food & Dining

1 mention

Breakfast

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center
  • Massage
  • Nightclub
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Cash withdrawal
  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Food delivery
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • Cat-friendly
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Valet parking

Sports equipment rental

  • Bicycle rental
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • American
Restaurants on site

Scala's Bistro

  • Cuisine: Italian, Local
Location
450 Powell Street, San Francisco Downtown, San Francisco (CA), United States, 94102
Exceptional
Location

9.4

Airports

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    18.8 km
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
    19.1 km

Public transportation

  • Historic Streetcars
    400 m
  • Powell Street Subway Station
    490 m

Hospital or clinic

  • Downtown Medical
    100 m

Shopping

  • Ghirardelli Square
    2.3 km

Convenience store

  • 7 Eleven
    30 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM on-site
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Chinatown
    670 m
  • Ferry Building Marketplace
    1.6 km
  • Lombard Street
    1.8 km
  • Oracle Park
    2.0 km
  • Pier 39
    2.2 km
  • Fisherman's Wharf
    2.3 km
  • Alcatraz Island
    4.4 km
  • Twin Peaks
    5.1 km
  • Golden Gate Park
    5.2 km
  • Golden Gate Bridge
    7.0 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Starlight Room
    30 m
  • Smile, A Gallery with Tongue in Chic
    50 m
  • Glamour Girl Shopping Tours
    50 m
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
    50 m
  • Gordon Parks Centennial
    50 m
  • Pearl & Jade Empire
    60 m
  • Gallery 444
    60 m
  • Maison de la Bouquetiere
    80 m
  • Eleonore Austerer Gallery
    80 m
  • San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design
    90 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-17 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 18 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from16:00
  • Check-out until11:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center1.6 Miles
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)20

Extras

  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee12.99 USD

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges2
  • Number of floors21
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 416
  • Year property opened1928
  • Most recent renovation2011

Parking

  • Daily parking fee62 USD

Reviews of Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel (formerly Sir Francis Drake) from real guests

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7.9
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Cleanliness7.9
Facilities7.2
Location9.4
Room comfort and quality7.8
Service8.0
Value for money7.0
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9+ Exceptional (9)
8-9 Excellent (8)
7-8 Very Good (9)
6-7 Good (4)
<6 Below Expectation (8)
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Mar - May (7)
Jun - Aug (8)
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9.7
Exceptional
anicia from United States
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in April 2009

Sir Francis Drake review”

Location, Comfortable and clean rooms; good service; alot of character to the place.
no coffee set up in room; continental breakfast was just coffee and toast; ...only minor complaints.

The Sir Francis Drake hotel is situated in a great location off Union Square and on Nob Hill. I discovered wonderful boutique dress shops and restaurents with easy walking distance. Transportation was an easy access but can be costly. We loved walking and exploring and things were not that far from the hotel. The bar is in a great loction....the artium of the hotel....beautiful bar area and very welcoming to guest. We did not get to experience the total package of the hotel with the dancing and Scala restaurant do to other commitments. We defiently would love to go back and will recommend the hotel to our friends. Anicia Biglow

Reviewed May 06, 2009

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8.8
Excellent
Alex from United States
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

We love Kimptons”

While some of the experience was less than amazing simply because of temporary construction, we loved the Sir Francis Drake. The enormous main lobby, the superb location, the friendly and timely staff. Thank you.

Reviewed December 20, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Zling from Singapore
Group
Stayed 1 night in December 2014

a different world from the hustle bustle ”

Location, design, comfort

We stayed one night at Sir Francis Drake. Location was fantastic, mins away from the cable / tram. Design is unique, a little world away from the hustle bustle of SF. Only thing was the size, especially the bathroom. Not much space even for amenities. Besides that, pretty fantastic

Reviewed January 11, 2015

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9.2
Exceptional
Wai from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Stayed 1 night in September 2016

Great atmosphere”

Great location, clean room, great atmosphere overall. Their staffs are helpful and friendly. They also have some of the best bartenders in all of San Francisco!

Reviewed September 22, 2016

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9.6
Exceptional
Ke from Canada
Couple
Stayed 6 nights in August 2019

Nice hotel, great location”

Hotel based on Union Square. Near for everything. Many choice of restaurant and bar. Few mins from subway station. Room was small, but it’s good organization. The water pressure is good even in high floor. Recommend.

Reviewed September 05, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Alex from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Beautiful view”

We got a queen room with city view. View was great at night and in the day. Staff at the front desk was very friendly. In room breakfast was very good although pretty expensive. Hotel is somewhat outdated but kept in good condition. Bed was comfortable but felt smaller than queen so was a little tight. Elevators are pretty slow with long waits.

Reviewed December 04, 2016

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7.2
Very good
Peta from Australia
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

Excellent hotel but was not aware I would pay substantial taxes on top of the room rAte”

The hotel was comfortable and in an excellent position - I have stayed there twice but the internet provided is extremely slow and almost impossible via a vpn unless you paid for an “upgrade” at $12 per day. This is a practice I find widespread in the USA of hotels gouging once you arrive. The site did not make clear that there were very substantial taxes not included in the quoted room rate which added approx $30 per day - very misleading - no fridge in the rooms is unacceptable when staying in summer. However I did appreciate that they provide refillable shampoo, soap dispensers by contrast to the rest of America where the wanton use of disposable plastics is appalling. Hotel staff were very helpful but unless the internet issue is resolved I would not stay again and object to paying $12 per day for adequate internet speeds

Reviewed July 25, 2019

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7.6
Very good
ZHIMING from Singapore
Family with young children
Classic Two Queen
Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

Great location”

The location is perfect, downtown Union Square. The lift and room condition, however could have been better and more modern. Our toilet door couldn't be locked.

Reviewed January 21, 2018

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6.3
Good
Michael from Australia
Group
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

Friendly Staff but Lacks Transparency”

Location, Friendly Staff

3 rooms for 2 nights. All adults. Took advantage of the USD$10 voucher per room per day by declining housekeeping service for respective day. Rooms were listed as being same standard. There were differences in layout which added to the charm of hotel.We kept staff fully informed from point of check-in, that upon check-out, we would be seeking something in writing which shows what (if any) incidentals would be charged.We also advised them we would be seeking release of the USD$100 per room/per night security hold from our credit card upon their satisfaction at the time of check-out. The promised immediate release did not occur, despite verbal reassurances gained via the Front Desk staff from back of house Accounts staff. A now disputed additional charge has been made to our credit card since our departure. I had specifically allowed sufficient time when checking-out, for the confirmations to be obtained from housekeeping staff about the condition of the rooms/mini-bars. We also had left cash tips for the housekeeping staff, not because of any special or extra care, but because it is expected as a standard in USA. There was no routine final paperwork & I struggled to get any written acknowledgement that there were no incidental charges. I later heard that the mini-bar re-supply is handled through an external company. Someone has tried to state that we had used an item/s from one mini-bar. This is being contested through our credit card company & also by tel today (via internet telephone) to hotel front desk. The front desk employee was very professional & said she would be reversing the charge immediately. I do not make a habit of doing an inventory of the mini-bar upon check-in, but would advise future guests of doing so or at least taking photographs to assist with unauthorised charges.

Reviewed January 02, 2016

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8.8
Excellent
Janine from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

New favorite hotel!”

The location is perfect, right at Union Square besides Saks Fifth which made it easy to get to the shops around the area. The room was bigger than expected cause I know most rooms in SFO is a bit small. Would definitely stay again!

Reviewed February 24, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Tammy from United States
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Staff was nice”

Everyone at the hotel were very helpful.

Reviewed December 27, 2016

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8.0
Excellent
Doug from United States
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

Fun Stay”

We stayed for the weekend. It was clean and all staff were helpful. It was a good value, but the Valet parking was $67 a night with included taxes. We ordered room service breakfast one day and it was only $10 more than the restaurant, which was nice. I would defiantly stay here again.

Reviewed August 25, 2016

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7.3
Very good
Rachel from United States
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in April 2009

So so...”

Fantastic and extremely helpful service. Good location.
Noise and small old rooms.

We switched rooms twice due to noise. Large air conditioning generators located at the rear of the building mean a sensation of flying in a jumbo jet 24 hours a day. Also, the noise from union square coupled with old poorly insulated windows gave us the noisiest stay ever. Free wifi but if you don't bring your laptop expect to pay $6 for each 15 minutes of computer usage, outrageous! Will definitely stay at the Fairmont next time-bigger rooms and much more quiet location.

Reviewed April 28, 2009

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8.8
Excellent
sherry from Philippines
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Key location”

You have access to the fancy restaurants and convenience store (Walgreen) just across the street. The shops and BART are also in walking distance. It's quite noisy though being in the busy area of SF but thats the daily scene in SF anyway. Awesome interiors and exquisite architecture perfect for your IG stories. :)

Reviewed June 06, 2019

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6.0
Joe from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

Disappointed ”

Dark dingy room. Bed cushions dirty. Uncomfortable bed. Expensive in bar. Knocked up every morning by the maid. Could hear every conversation in next doors room so not much privacy. Staff in hotel are very nice but that’s about all I can say on a positive note. Asked for a large bed on a high floor. Ended up with 2 queens.

Reviewed June 06, 2019

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7.0
Very good
david from United States
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in November 2015

Ooh ooh what's that smell”

Concierge,Employees and the bed

We were on the 11th floor and we return to our room and a smell of waste or rotted old food wafted through the room and halls,they had a sign up asking to excuse there mess but it was not good...I was told it has been this way for awhile...so I asked about the situation and they moved us right away without me asking to be moved so they have some type of problem....FIX IT. The 3 Doorman are excellent!!

Reviewed November 28, 2015

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9.3
Exceptional
arnaud from France
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in October 2014

Central Touristic location”

Location, Location, Location

Very good stay. Very good service Centrally located for the night life, despite being 'far' (10 minutes by Taxi from Columbus street

Reviewed November 03, 2014

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6.0
suezanne from Australia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in January 2016

great at first glance ”

location , bell boys

The bathroom was extremely small and we couldn't shower on the first day has we thought that we had no hot water. Unfortunately the tap said hot when that was cold side. No fridge or glasses in the room and $6 for a bottle of warm water is a bit rich. The location was great and not too far from anything. When entering and smelling wood fire got me really excited. Tge lobby was to chilky to sit and enjoy a drink though. Staff could be a little more attentive to the smaller details with a little less attitude.

Reviewed February 03, 2016

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9.2
Exceptional
Brian from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in August 2016

Get better soap”

That's my only gripe. Citrus based soap was very harsh.

Reviewed August 09, 2016

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8.4
Excellent
dewi from Indonesia
Business traveler
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

location is nice”

Overall OK. Location is the central of SF and staff is helpful

Reviewed April 19, 2017

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