Executive Hotel Vintage Court
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Historical Traveler Reviews Executive Hotel Vintage Court San Francisco
We selected this hotel because of the good reviews at time of booking and it was then ranked #4 in the popularity index. It currently stands at #26. They must be cleary be doing something wrong. There was a $78/night deal on Orbitz so I called the hotel to see if they could match that rate, which they did, saving them the Orbitz commission. (some hotels actually give you 10% discount if you find a better deal on the internet (e.g. Clarion) - simply granting the commission to the guest instead of the internet retailer). We had booked a king deluxe in the higher floors overlooking the side street and were given a queen overlooking the neighbor's bathrooms. I went straight back to the reception to get the king we asked for, which they eventually found but it was on the second floor and we later found it was overlooking the neighbor's garbage. My wife was tired and didn't feel like changing rooms anymore so we decided to keep that one. After all we were only going to be there for two nights and all we were after was a comfortable bed. The bed was comfortable but not the pillows. No hospitality tray and the minibar was empty. The bathroom was rather small and although very clean, not up to the standard of the hotel. We were also woken up by the garbage men at 5am the next morning who made lots of noise with glass bottles. Breakfast was acceptable, although minimalist. The muffins were a bit dry but it's all better than nothing. It is served between 7 and 9. If you get there just before 9 there might not be any muffins left. I think there are just as many muffins as there are guests staying so if someone takes 2 or 3, other guests get none, although I might be wrong. The wine tasting is a good initiative and creates a rather nice atmosphere but the wine itself is very very average, especially the white which we tasted on the first evening. Didn't come back next evening to taste the red because of the previous night's bad experience. Again, it is better than nothing although some people will say that if haps if they limited the wine to one glass per guest they could serve much better wine because at this point, it doesn't do the wine valley any good publicity. Now don't get me wrong, even though we felt as second class guests by having gotten a slightly shabby room due to the very good room deal we got from the hotel, I still think that all in all this hotel is very acceptable if you're only looking for a comfortable bed and a great location. Fabulous shopping nearby, Union Square with its half-price theatre tickets at the Tix booth, cable-car (always crowded) around the corner, 1 block from Chinatown. Uncle Vito's restaurant around the corner (recommended by the hotel) serves delicious pizzas and simple pasta dishes in a simple decor at reasonable prices. Top of the Mark lounge a few blocks up Nob Hill has excellent jazz most nights and great views ($5 cover charge - $10 martinis (cocktails)) well worth it. If you need fast transfer to the airport at reasonable prices, use american airporter shuttle (see SF guide available in the hotel for coupons to get the $9 a head rate). Would stay there again but would not spend more than $89 per room.
My husband and I just returned from a weekend trip celebrating our anniversary. The bathrooms were indeed old, dingy, and tiny. While the evening staff (Don and a young woman whose name escapes me) were friendly, the daytime front desk clerk (a young man) was downright rude. The door to our room had problems. The 1/2 inch gap around it made one feel exposed to passerbys in the hallway. Vincent, the concierge whom I spoke with on the phone before arriving, kindly assisted us in making reservations for dinner at Masa. (The restaurant in the hotel) Unfortunately he made them for the wrong night. We weren't yet in San Francisco on that evening. Luckily, the staff at Masa were very accomodating and made room for us on the correct evening. Stay somewhere else in San Francisco! There are plenty of other hotels which are also ideally located.
My wife and I stayed in May 2003 and concluded that our stay was 'meh.' (i.e. just OK). The lobby didn't exude the warm charm as the pic on the site implied ("looks like an old Red Lion lobby," quipped my wife), and the room was surprisingly grungy. The 'hip' factor was limited to a cool headboard and some funky-shaped pillows...everything else was the same old hotel room standards. The bathroom was downright OLD...broken tile, dated, ugly shower (not suitable for a bath). As for the great service, our only request was a set of hypo-allergenic pillows. We finally got them at 10 pm on the last night of our 3 night stay...after asking three times to a somewhat lackluster response. The front desk clerk was kinda rude, too. Still, we were in SF to play tourist and the location was prime for getting wherever we needed to go -- cable car to N. Beach a block away, Union Square just down the hill, concert at Warfield Theater a 10 min. walk away. If you just need a reasonable, standard place to stay, this is a great place. If you want more from your hotel, try someplace else.
Originally from San Francisco, I needed to return there for business. My stay at the Hotel Vintage Court was not great. My first night was spend in a lower floor room which over-looked the center of the building. At 5 am, the garbage men came through and threw metal can around for 10 minutes which was startling. Also, during the day, the room was dark, and the appliances (fridge and heater) were noisy. I did manage to get moved to a room on the street side for the 2nd night, sunnier, but without a duvee cover (showing a blood-stained quilt). I could not recommend this place to anyone, even with the free wine.
Perfect place for a honeymoon
My husband and I recently stayed here for our honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had made a reservation for a King room, but upon check-in we were informed that they had overbooked. Since we were on our honeymoon, they upgraded us to the Presidential Suite. The staff was extremely friendly, smiling at us each time we left and returned. The decor is very classy, and the location can't be beat. It's near several nice restaurants, lounges/bars, and great shopping. It is right around the corner from a cable car stop and only a few blocks from Union Square. Hop on the cable car, and it takes you right to Fisherman's Wharf. The evening wine tastings are nice, but the breakfasts are miniscule.
Stayed at the Vintage Court for four nights and found it be a fantastic location! Easy walk to the Bart station ($2.75 trip to Berkeley), a 1/2 block from the trolley (Fishermans Wharf) and a 5 minute walk to buses (Golden Gate Park). Roxanne, the eatery right across the street, was wonderful for breakfast. As a single peson, the smallish size of the room was perfectly satisfactory. The queen size bed was wonderfully comfortable with an attractive headboard. Green & gold stripped wallpaper gave the room a richer feel. The tv was medium sized, a small desk was built into the wall and had it's accompanying reading lamp, and a very comfortable armchair was available. What was smallish yet comfortable for one would not be so comfortable for two (make sure you ask for the bay window room if not travelling alone.) Staff was friendly but missed some of the polish of *nicer* hotels. Be aware, if you want a nicer hotel with almost the exact same location, check out the Orchard hotel right across the street. Also, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't mention the fantastic Kabuki Wellness Spa (Bliss package a necessity for those wanting to unwind) and the Fifth Floor restaurant (pricey but great food and service). Nice hotel for the $80 - $100 price range. Wine reception in the evenings has a good turnout and a nice way to chat with interesting people. I would return here.
The Vintage Court enjoys a prime location at the foot of Nob Hill, exactly 2 blocks north of Union Square and 1/2 a block from the Powell St. cable car lines. It's a nice boutique hotel, providing an excellent base for exploring San Francisco. Some other guests I met during my stay commented on the small size of their rooms, but my "king deluxe" room was extremely spacious, had a charming window seat and bay window, and was tastefully decorated in a green-and-gold theme. The bathroom was indeed small, but very functional and sparkling clean. Housekeeping standards were very high. My experience with the front desk service was a bit mixed. Vincent, the concierge on morning duty during my stay, was wonderfully courteous and helpful, as was Bader, the bell captain. But others working the front desk were not nearly as welcoming or communicative. During my stay, the voice mail system wasn't working, forcing people calling me to leave cumbersome messages with the front desk personnel rather than being able to leave voice mail for me directly.Despite these problems with service, I'd definitely stay at the Vintage Court again, especially at the great room rate I got. Be aware that the Kimpton Group, which runs the Vintage Court and many other San Francisco boutique hotels, will match any price you find on the Internet (except for priceline and hotwire). The free continental breakfast and evening wine reception makes the Vintage Court an even better deal.
Perfect for Biz/Pleasure
Stayed at the Vintage Court for 3 nights for business and pleasure (Feb 2003), and it was fantastic. The staff is very accommodating, allowing me to check in at 11 a.m. It is within walking distance of Union Sq., Chinatown and North Beach. The rooms are average to large size (for SF) with a very upscale feel. The free nightly wine tasting was a nice touch. All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
A Perfect 3-Day Stay
Two women off on a traveling adventure, could not have chosen a more charming, comfortable, and safe place to stay. The location is perfect, the room cozy and inviting, and the staff gracious and accomodating. We enjoyed wine between five and six, breakfast across the street at Roxannes and delightful suggestions for dinner.(Don't miss Vincent's favorite sushi stop-Sushi Rica, right down the street.)We both highly recommend Vintage Court and will return!!
Hotel stay !
The Vintage Court was an amazing hotel. Me and my wife had a great time. The Complementry wine hour was fantastic. I highly recomend this hotel if you are ever in San Francisco.