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So we had another early start at Vegas but this time we only had to take a 15 minute bus ride from the hotel to the airport for our 1hr 15 min flight to San Francisco. We landed in the very busy San Francisco airport and wandered outside and hopped on the first available shuttle into the city, thankfully the driver knew where the Griffon Hotel was …
It was my first time to east coast. I love it!
So today was my first full day sightseeing. I brought a 48hr on off bus to get around and see what San Fran has to offer. Board the buss and off I went. I would of been on this for not even 5 mins when the bus had to pull over and fill,out an accident form, as the bus hit another car and the cars mirror fell out. Somehow I don't think the bus hit the car but was the other way round. But ...
... just did some more reading on my Kindle (working my way through the Sherlock Holmes series) and Amanda edited more photos from the previous few weeks as we waited and allowed the hours to drift by.
7:40pm.. It was time to board my flight so I hugged Amanda, boarded the plane and settled into my window seat. Once the plane took off, I read some more but soon got some valuable sleep for a few ...
... he asked? Err, yes please I said! So I met the other three guys, they're from Switzerland, not Germany as I asked, they all cracked up. We went down stairs and smoked this bad boy outside, was lovely stuff and I was pretty battered actually, nice though. My friend Florian was on his way down my hostels as we'd planned to go cycling over Golden Gate Bridge.
We got the tram to the harbour, I was flying but loving it, we picked up a couple of mountain bikes and set ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Griffon San Francisco
THere is a serious lack of service at this hotel. From the start, i was told when i booked that parking was included, but the staff forgot to give me a parking pass that I needed to self-park (NO valet). I ended up paying $27 for parking at another garage. The restaurant in the hotel was a disaster. Waited forever for food, and then had to wait again for silverware to eat it with. Breakfast the next morning was the same...poor service and nobody cared! Do yourself a favor and find a hotel that cares about its guests. You can do much better in this city.
BosaNova spoke too soon. I was her friend that went with her. I had a terrible experience. What seemed at first as a pleasant fireplace smell, as the night progressed turned into the feeling that I was sleeping in the fireplace. They have a restaurant downstairs that has a fireplace that they grill in. Even though I was on the 4th floor, I was in the direct line of the fumes. It was too late to switch rooms - it was close to midnight by the time the smell got really bad. In addition the people above me sounded like they were doing acrobatics until 3 in the morning. Being an old building you seem to hear every creak.
I'm so impressed with this hotel that I am writing this review while I'm still staying here!
We stayed at the Griffin 12/04 for just one night. The room was tiny...
Is this the same Hotel Griffon as these other reviews?!
I recently stayed at the Hotel Griffon in San Francisco on the Embarcadero's waterfront. The service was what you would find in a 5-star hotel. The lobby is so welcoming and comfortable and the restaurant and bar is very pleasing to the eye and the pallot. I am a frequent business corporate traveler, and usually stay at a Kimpton brand hotel in San Francisco, but not anymore. The rooms at the Griffon are perfect for the business traveler. This neighborhood is very clean and convenient to work and shopping. My associate's rooms was just as great - these other reviewers must have had too many martinis when they wrote their comments. The Hotel Griffon is the IDEAL boutique hotel in San Francisco!
I was in San Francisco for one night on a business trip. Hotel Griffon was suggested due to its location to the company's function, and I thought staying at a boutique hotel would be a nice change from the Hilton. Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the service or the room. My bags were not brought up to my room for close to an hour after I checked in (I had to call the desk to remind them about my luggage, whereupon it took another 20 minutes for my luggage to arrive). The lobby of the hotel was pleasant, nicely decorated, and comfortable. However, that being said, the room smelled musty, the floor was sloped, and the view was horrible. The smell bothered me the most as the air conditioner had no effect on it, and it even permeated my belongings! The breakfast was decent, but not anything you couldn't find at another hotel. Needless to say, I will not return to this hotel.
Having stayed at the Harbor Court next door previously, I was really looking forward to my stay at the Hotel Griffon. It is in a great part of town, right on the Embarcadero across from the Bay. The lobby of the hotel is very nice and the staff was very welcoming. That said, I think I had one of the worst rooms in the hotel. The room smelled musty and running the air conditioning didn't seem to help. The room was pitch dark in the middle of the day because my window looked out on a four foot wide alley between the Griffon and the building next door. Normally, this wouldn't bother me too much since I knew I didn't pay for a Bay view room, but the alley had several dead birds in it so I kept the shades down. Otherwise, the room was a little small but nicely decorated and the bathroom was nice. The hotel provides a continental breakfast, which was good. I suspect that if I had a different room my review of the Griffon would be more positive. It is a nice hotel in a great location. Just be careful if you decide not to book a Bay-view room.
Very clean, quiet, but lots to do in this clean part of town
I used tripadvisor to get a great hotel for a 5-day stay for a conference, but they could only give me 4 days (all hotels booked up for the Sat. night). I looked at Hotel Griffon and decided to try it out. Great place - very clean, very quiet, not stuffy, great cont. breakfast - I only wish I had chosen one of the rooms with a Bay view.
This hotel was great. I was out here for business 4/5 - 4/9. I read the reviews of this place and when I saw the view of the Bay Bridge - I had to stay here. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Parking for our rental was across the street and the 'F' was just a block away. The hotel room was great, bed was also wonderful. High speed internet connection was great. The only downside to this place I found was after I looked through the Red Herring's menu. It looked delicious but was under rennovation. I did eat at the Japanese restaurant next door 'Ozumo' - good sushi. Also The Boulevard resaurant on the corner was wonderful as well. The sun appeared every morning behind the Bay Bridge and was absolutely breathtaking. In the evening the bridge was lit up and also beautiful. I ended up working on Friday afternoon in my room and the view of the Bay made it all worth while. I will definitely stay here again.
What a gem
What's not to love. The rooms are great. Ours had a view of the Bay Bridge, Bose surround sound and the most comfortable hotel bed ever.
The location is perfect. Close to cable cars, street cars, busses and they have town cars to take you to meetings or the airport. The food was terrific too and there were very good restaurants on either side if the hotel. The only thing I can even think of that I would change is that the bathrooms are small and the vanities (sink and mirror) are in the living area.