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Great location for a "staycation." We live in SF, and spent the night downtown. First dinner, then movie (at Embarcadero Cinema), then a stroll to the Ferry Building. All this within about three blocks. When we arrived, we were given a free upgrade to a slightly larger room (maybe it was a slow Friday night, but they didn't have to have done this). The room and bed were comfortable, although the TV was a bit on the small size (not tiny, just not huge). The room had plenty of room for the two of us, and the queen bed fit our two larger frames nicely. The "Living Room" on the lobby level was quite comfortable, with free espresso drinks and computers available. Free wifi throughout the hotel. We didn't try the restaurant, but there is a Starbucks on the corner (two doors down) that opens quite early, so we had a nice breakfast and coffee there. We enjoyed our stay, and thought the price was great for a downtown SF hotel room. Our only complaint was that the window was dirty. It looked like some cleaning had gone on above us, and the soap/water had streaked our window.
Chilled, filtered water in reusable bottles. Rooms were comfortable and quiet. Staff were helpful, but could be a bit friendlier.
Proximity. Computers in the lobby. No bathtub.
The king bed is 2 full beds pushed together. Couples beware, no cuddles here. A lot of wear and tear.
I liked the amenities like the free bottles of water, the roof terrace, the computers with free internet downstairs, the friendliness of the staff
Staff was friendly and very helpful. Room was clean and bed comfortable. Although we were in front of hotel, street noise was minimal. Nice flat screen TV and good in-room coffee. Room was very small.
Clean rooms Bed was too small and rooms were tiny
Rooms were extremely small
excellent value for the money, room was comfortable and great location. Staff was very nice and aim to please.
Nice room at a fair price Tried to lower the room temperature, but the thermostat didn't work. Also, very noisy group in front of the hotel outside my window late into the night. I should have complained but didn't. It was hard to sleep.
I liked the automated quick check-in process. The room key must also be swiped in the elevator for extra security. The hotel has wired and wireless internet access, flat panel tv/monitor, refrigerator and microwave. At 3:00 a.m. on the first night of my stay, the fire alarm sounded and the entire hotel was forced to evacuate. It was caused by one hotel guest who burnt some bacon in the microwave. I also would have liked a bathtub instead of just a shower.
Bed is good. Nothing
Because we booked through the AMEX Fine Hotels program, we were upgraded to room with a truly fantastic view of North Beach, the bay, and the Bay Bridge; we were comp'ed breakfasts; and we got 5 nights for the price of 4. The hotel is in the financial district, which is very quiet on weekends.
Furniture was dated. Door locks did not operTe. They charge $60/night to park your car which was not disclosed up front.
Great views and convenient location!
Accommodating staff, comfortable bed and great location. A short walk to the ferry terminal and Montgomery BART station. Windows are thin - the clang of the trolley bell was clearly audible despite the fact the our window faced Montgomery, not California Street (where the trolley runs).
Charged me for parking but I did not have a car. Also charged me for internet after they said it would be complimentary
Location and relaxing after event evening just downstairs from room. Resteraunt not open late enough.
Hotel was clean and staff was super friendly. They all were super helpful and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. The rooms were very quiet and the restaurant in the hotel was very delicious!
All staff were helpful & friendly. For leisure travel not the best location
No wifi unless you pay more not even hbo on tv
Very nice hotel, probably standard for this class, the Omni was well situated for easy access to Chinatown, the financial district and not too far from shopping and the waterfront. Staff were often helpful and politely friendly. I appreciated the advice from the doorman and concierge. I don't much care for being charged for in room wif and a better front desk experience would improve my rating.
Location and Gym
staff was very accommodating and helpful. It was a wonderful experience. nothing.
Excellent service by everyone in the hotel without being overbearing! Great centrally located! Definitely recommend!
We were in town for the marathon and it was a fantastic base for our adventures. They allowed us to check in early when we arrived in town. They let us check out late so we could shower after the race! The staff were kind, friendly, and very accommodating. It was within walking distance of everything we needed and easy access to public transit. Don't forget to sign up for the loyalty program!
Very friendly staff, fast check-in, excellent, safe and central location, beautiful design, stylish spacious rooms, beautiful views. Close to bart, cable car, malls and landmarks. And free illy coffee to top it off.
LOCATION, very nice room, near from the port 1, access to the buses stop, near form China Town
Great location and good price for a surprise view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking was very expensive. $70 per night.
The beds were extremely comfortable and the location was nice. On November 20th, my girlfriend and I decided to take a weekend trip to San Francisco and stayed at Le Meridien. Upon arrival, the parking situation threw us for a loop as we drove into their structure that apparently is no longer in service. Frustrating, but we eventually figured it out. The hotel itself was nice and the first night sleep was great! Nice views of the all buildings, super comfy bed and overall very spacious. The second night however...very different story. We came back to our room(2103) around midnight from a great night out. We could hear the people next to us in the Sydney Cove Suite(2104) who had a few guests over. They were a little noisy but it didn't bother us at the time. Around 230AM, I was woken up to "extra curricular activities"....(Wink wink cough cough). Okay...just a couple enjoying their night together like any other couple would...we all do it, no big deal. But this wasn't normal (we very quickly realized there were more than 2 people still in that room...) and it happened again and again and again...and again.Precisely that many times until 530AM!! Not only were they blasting their music still, but the walls were so thin, we could hear EVERYTHING. Very disturbing and very disgusting. After the first hour and a half trying to block out the sounds (which was impossible) we called the front desk who initially was less than helpful. The first call we asked to have someone come up to ask them to please be quiet. No one ever came. We called back again about 20 minutes later and asked if anyone was coming. The man at the front desk said they had sent security who heard nothing from any room, which we did not believe. Our neighbors hadn't stopped since the first call downstairs and was still happening WHILE we were on the phone during the 2nd call! At that point we were very direct about what was going on/what we were hearing in that room and they immediately called the guests. Finally around 530--sweet silence. We notified the woman at the front desk when checking out who was very apologetic about the situation. It really is a shame that we had such a disturbing second night. The hotel really is nice and very comfortable hence the 3 "stars", but the walls make it seem like you are in the same room with your neighbors. I'm not sure that we would come back after the night we had.
We arrive 2 hours before check-in time and we got the room without any problem.
The location and the comfort of the beds were great. There were a few things that could be improved upon: 1. There were union protesters outside of the hotel before 7 AM each day with megaphones, and each day, it took over an hour for the police to come by to put a stop to the noise-making. The hotel could at the very least have provided earplugs. 2. The rooms, while clean, look a bit dated and dark. 3. There were not enough reception staff to handle the flow of guests, leading to long wait times.
We came from the Embarcadero BART/Muni Station on Market Street which was a very comfortable walk. Arrived about an hour before check-in time and received a room right away. Front desk was backed with a line for awhile. Had a high floor on first stay and liked it much better than the lower floor this time. Room and features are good. Large screen TV nice! Restaurant on the third floor is very good. Arthur is a great waiter; ask him where is from. BATH ROOM DOOR IS A JOKE!. It is very heavy and slides open like an old barn door. It is impossible to use the facilities in the middle of the night without making noise that awakens spouse. Bed was firm but comfortable. Would prefer a top sheet instead of just the covered comforter. Towels were nothing to shout about.
All of the hotel itself. The parking situation. Very very expensive $$$
Upgraded to a suite for free. All staff very friendly and helpful
It was disappointing not to be provided free internet.
Location Downtown Hotel parking Incredible expensive
Location The bed and pillows. Not comfortable at all. Parking was too expensive. Although they did offer a garage to park for $30/day which I should have done.
I didn't like the size of the room too Small
can hear the foot steps of the people above me !
The view is the only thing we enjoyed. Horrible customer service. My fiancé and I were treated very poorly and when I talked to the manager Jeff, he was very apathetic. We asked for 2 bowls from Jeff later on and they never came. I had to go down to the front desk to grab the bowls myself. We also needed assistance with the television and no one ever came to help. If you are looking for a place where you are ignored and treated poorly for $200 plus a night then is your place. I am astounded that a place like the Hilton could hire such an awful manager as Jeff.
Beds were comfy, gym small, food in restaurant was tasty. Outdated showers, expensive food and room service, small gym.
Staff was nice helped out with everything I needed. Breakfast was good. Rooms clean and comfortable. If you are indecisive about hotels go with this one....won't be disappointed Being that it was super bowl weekend price was out of control
Thanks to everyone but Patricia and Usha were so amazing and pleasant N/A
The location was convenient, the bed was comfortable, and the staff was very pleasant and helpful. For such an expensive stay, there were few amenities. Traveling with an infant, it was very inconvenient not to have a fridge or microwave in the room. We ended up ordering a bottle warmer from Amazon Now because there was no other way to warm his bottle. Also, the internet connectivity was poor. The parking fee was very high. .
Extra thin walls, could hear children crying at 1am
I honestly don't have nothing really good to say I booked a double room with 2 beds I get I queen bed couldn't even get a roll away we slept so uncomfortable it was the worst experience I had in a hotel I told the staff and they told me a manager would call me the next morning Bt never did worst hotel experience ever
Clean room and comfortable bed. Limited fitness center
I liked being able to purchase on the internet I did not like getting double charged for the stay because the KAYAK/AMOMA credit system was not working. I also did not like getting fraudulently charged for food I did not order nor a long distance phone call on a room phone that did not work. I will not be booking with either Hilton or Kayak in the future.
Good view. Bed a bit soft.
The room and bathroom were very clean. The price was comparatively attractive. The windows faced a cement wall; felt like I was underground. ** For bare bones travel to downtown SF, the place was okay. The room was drab. The staff turned off the AC daily so the room was hot each day. Walls were thin; could hear neighboring discussions. The bed was unconventionally firm. Lighting was awkward; one ceiling fixture as primary.
Staff was very friendly.Room was tiny, but given the city it was to be expected. Area of town looks seedy, but never had a problem.
The location. Walking distance to quite a bit. I did not like that they did not help move bags and that the internet was an additional charge. Printing was an additional fee on tp of the internet fee if someone needed.Also the room faced a brick wall and the rooms were not soundproof.
very clean and central, good hotel for SFO, would recommend it
Hotel is in Chinatown, only blocks away from North Beach and a nice (downhill!) walk to Fisherman's Wharf, but the cable car line was close by and provided our return to the hotel. Hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was continental style (toast, boiled eggs, cereal, coffee). Hotel and room were VERY clean and room was not as small as I thought it would be.
The TV could not be heard well over the street noise- volume was locked at low level.
It was in exactly the location i was looking for
We enjoyed our stay at SW Hotel.The staff was most helpful, especially, Jennifer, at the front desk. The Hotel is very handy to all the shops and eateries(internationally) and within walking distance to churches & public transport.During our stay, we walked everywhere....and it was safe and pleasant. n/a
GREAT location. I thought being in China town would be unpleasant form (simply because I'm from NY and being in a densely populated part of town held no appeal for me - especially since I was traveling on business). But I loved it! And the hotel is situated in the strangest but most fabulous block - it's a cross section between China town and a strip of very authentic Italian/Sicilian restaurants. The best food. I ate VERY well and enjoyed the clash of cultures. The staff was so incredibly nice and professional. Very friendly and accommodated my request with no problem. I liked everything. And I'm someone who hates staying in hotels. But this was really a pleasant stay. Keep in mind that I only stayed one night. But still, it was a great stay.
Very clean and modern. Staff friendly and helpful. The location is excellent and within walking distance to many of San Francisco tourist sights. The value was great - especially for a city hotel. The rooms are a little on the small side, but doe the value I would stay here
The location is by far the best part of this hotel. Will be staying there again every time I travel to San Fran to have a good time. Not a very large room or special hotel for anything other than location.
Right between Chinatown and North Beach. Clean, nicely decorated, friendly staff
I had a great experience staying here. Sure, it's not a Ritz Carlton or anything, but if you're looking for a simple, cheap place to stay while enjoying the city, this is it. Room was clean and I had a microwave and fridge for my food (huge plus if you're trying to save money). Wifi was surprisingly fast (not what I expected). Lastly, location is excellent. You're not far from Bart; several bus routes are within a 5 min walk; and there are plenty of attractions nearby.
The place is advertised as a hotel but it is actally a hostel with communal bathrooms and showers.
Nothing at all. Over charge on my card, plus they continued to charge my card after I left. I was told i would get a refund because I checked out one day early. That didn't happen. And my car got broken into in there parking garage. Never again will I stay there.
Room was very tiny. Too expensive for sharing bathroom room. No heat control in room. Rooms are very old. Doesn't look like pictures at all.
The room is small but love the view and the staff is friendly. Share bathroom with other visitors and there no hotel packing.
The unit had a cot for a bed. The unit did not have a bathroom, shared bathroom on the floor and shared shower on the floor. Spent $20 more that day on a major chain hotel, this place should have been cheaper!
Microwave and mini fridge in room. Tiny rooms, shared bathrooms, rude staff, NO parking, mosquitos everywhere and ready to bite the hell out of you.. Beware!
Good location. Small. Bathrooms are community. Have to pay everything cash.
Cheaper than others Essentially everything else
I did my research and this was the only affordable option for me. The bathrooms are not in the room. And I brought a waterproof zippered sheet, as well as my own sheet/blanket. Soap and towels for my room and when I showered. As well as shower shoes. It was a bit scary staying alone but I managed just fine and no one bothered me. If you are staying in summer just know the windows have no screens and there are mosquitoes. I also brought a sleepmask and earplugs. With all these I felt much more comfortable and slept well.
I was able to book the room for the day I needed it, which was unlikely given that I was looking to stay in SanFran at the last minute. I wouldn't stay here again if I got a free voucher. When booking, because I booked through a third party (booking.com), the hotel staff seemed to have problems confirming the reservation. Actually checking in took close to thirty minutes, which is excessive. The room ran around $170.00 for a single night stay when no events were going on in the city (on a Wednesday night, nonetheless) - which is a bit ridiculous, even for last minute reservations. The hotel had a 3 star rating on Google. I experienced 1 star service - from checking in, where several of my questions were outright ignored, to checking out - which required no identity verification at all. My group of friends and I arrived at the hotel around 3 AM (after having checked in around 9 PM and exploring the city a bit). First, the doors were locked and we had to knock on the glass to get the attention of the security guard. He would not open the door unless we showed him BOTH our state ID cards AND our room key. He explained to us that when we checked in, they only took my girlfriend and my ID, so only we were allowed to enter the hotel. This posed a problem as our friends were planning on staying in our room for several more hours. I asked if I could speak to the manager, after they refused our friends entry. The manager, in no uncertain tone of voice, told me that it was hotel policy and that the security guard had explained everything relevant already. In this particular event, my friends had had several drinks and were incapable of driving, so I was hoping they could sober up for a few hours in my room. I explained this and that they had nowhere else to go for the night to sober up, and the manager said she didn't care. I asked if I could pay a fee to allow visitors and was denied. I asked if I could book another room for them, because other than sleeping in their car (in downtown San Francisco as inebriated out of towners) they had nowhere to go. The manager said roughly the following: "There are no visitors past 10 PM period. This hotel is closed for the night, so I will not book anymore rooms for you. We open at 6 AM, and if you return then, I might attempt to book another room for you at full cost if we have any available, which I find unlikely." Ultimately, my friends and I wondered around the city for 3 or so hours until the hotel "opened" at 6 AM, at which point we all walked up to my room to rest. I was also told there was a complimentary breakfast, which was not laid out from that point until I checked out at 11:30 AM. When we got to the room, there was no air conditioning and the rooms were at a balmy / humid 90 degrees and up. We had to rely on an open window that the four of us huddled around for fresh air. The room had a single lamp, a 12 inch or so TV, two beds, and a sink. The toilet and shower (if that's what they can be called) existed on a shared basis - one each per floor.
Location was good, lots of food choices nearby. Bit by Bedbugs, Shoebox room- way overpriced.
The Balmoral hotel is a very basic accommodation option for anyone visiting San Francisco. It is truly central and the neighborhood is very convenient if you need to be close to the financial District/Chinatown. There is a Starbucks half a block away which opens as early as 3:30 AM but does close by 6:30 PM. There are restaurants nearby but the great majority of them close by 8 PM. If you plan to arrive late and have had no dinner do keep in mind that your food options will be limited. Subway which is a half a block away also closes like the rest of the other restaurants. There is a cash refundable deposit required of $50/room-if you happens to be without any cash, there is a HSBC ATM at the corner. In all rooms, a bath towel and hand towel is made available to the guest. They will also provide a roll of new toilet paper per room. Do keep in mind that the facility although being called a hotel, it houses short to long term guest. You will notice that at the “Check-In” process you will be presented with a four page document titled: “Rental Agreement”. The form includes a questionnaire asking if your last place of residence was less than a year-why did you leave the place. The advertised condition of shared bathroom is accurate but make notice that each floor has two toilets and 3 shower rooms per floor. I did not count the number of rooms but by my estimate the ratio is 2 toilets and 3 shower rooms to about 35 to 50 rooms per floor. The first night, there was a toilet plugged with paper and feces so the ratio drops to one toilet in that room. There are other toilets in the remaining floors. There is no toiletries provide (Shampoo and soap)-so don’t get caught without your own if staying at the property. Some rooms will have hard-wood flooring and some will be carpeted. The rooms are small and basic and equipped with a sink-no soap. Some rooms will have windows facing out to the street and some will face small inner court and other rooms. The distance front to front on windows is very close but not close to touch or jump but very close so keep in mind. The clientele is basically broken in three groups: 1) monthly or short term residents (which happen to be living there cause their economic condition won’t allow them to find a proper rental at an affordable price. 2) Some unsuspecting tourist drawn by the low price. It is truly economical when you compared other properties in this expensive destination. Some will be ok with the condition of the property but some may find it not acceptable. Do keep in mind you get what you pay for. I fall under this category and some of my experiences and opinions are based on this bias. My trip was due to a business trip and due to budgetary concerns, This is the property we stayed at. Safety wise I can’t say I felt unsafe but during my two night stay, I did overhear loud voices in the hall way of people loitering. Another night I could make out Marijuana smell-both I have no objection over but you may. I can share with you that I did not use their toilet but instead went to the Starbucks half a block away-they were cleaner! Shower after my trip was over and back at home. 3)The last group of people I could see was young professionals. Very well dressed people sporting apple watches and business casual apparel. I did not speak to any of them but I can imagine the backstory of why they were staying there. Newly college graduate looking for an interview with the financial institutions in the neighborhood who can’t afford another option for housing while in town for interviews.
Great location great price Shared bath very small room
Their competitors are from third world.
Small, decent room with your own sink. Common areas and bathrooms / showers cleaned very often. If you think of it like a combination of a hostel, the cot your parents bust out when you visit for the holidays, and couch surfing you'll be good. $50 cash deposit might not be obvious if you book through third-party sites. Rooms definitely have a cleaning product smell, so not a good fit for the chemically sensitive.
Is good location very safe very cheap , bathroom very clean Good Internet connection Room very small smell very bad if you have a allergies don't go there not good for women's or young people sure is not good place for families or children it very noisy , this hotel is weekly pay if you got night or two still you will pay for the all week
The staff was helpful It's a hostel. With various junkies walking in and out all day. On my blinds was a giant wad of recently chewed gum, there were also crumbs on my bed sheets
Location! location! Couldn't ask for a better spot. Right on the corner of Columbus and Broadway. You can see right down China town! Excellent food in the area and lots of history too! It is right above a strip club, but it is the first nude club ever in the US! Your also only 20mins from fisherman's wharf. Its right in the heart of the jazz area as sell as little Italy so lots of great Italian food. The Stinking Rose restaurant is right across the street and serves every thing garlic flavored. Even ice cream! Over all for the price, great place to stay. I will be back. Shared bathrooms.... more like a hostel then a hotel. Really not that bad though. They are cleaned on a daily.
location was ok, loud, dirty, my credit card info was compromised , not sure how... and I am NOT going to ever stay there again!
location, staff supportivness it's a hostel rather than hotel, wifi didn't work
The hotel was among the cheapest we found in that area, which is in a great location ( SF hotels are very expansive ), so we didn't come with too high expectations. The entrace to the hotel has high stairs so it's hard to get in with luggage. The room was clean but didn't feel completly clean. The room didn't had an AC and it got really hot (we stayed during the "Summer" of SF) but we asked, and received, a fan. The staff were nice and as we were just looked for a place to sleep and rest ,with hot shower, we were satisfied with the result. It is important to notice that the area has a lot of night clubs. Our room was at the back and on the last floor so it didn't bother us, but maybe other rooms can get more noisee. The bed spring were a bit too noticeable
Was a convenient last minute booking. Shared bathrooms, smelly hallways, large roach in bathroom.
Cheap Horrible hotel, dirty, noisy, the sheets and all the room smelled bad. I don't recommend it.
Npthing Disgusting and overprice. No extra blanquet no nothing
nothing really. the only this is that is was close to bars/restaurants. it smell like someone was smoking the whole time. people live there! and you dont even have ur own bathroom!
I liked a peaceful atmosphere. No one bothered me during my staying. Everything was easy to do regarding checking in and out. Ohhh, for this amount of money , I think everything was great.
The location is across from City Lights book store. There are cafes and restaurants nearby. It was an expensive. That had an iron. Extremely small room. No desk to work on.
SF weather was warm. No A/C or fan in room. Was told by staff to buy my own electrical fan for room comfort.