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Historical Traveler Reviews Astoria Hotel San Francisco
Solid budget hotel near Chinatown
This was our second trip to San Francisco so we knew we'd spend little time in our hotel room and decided to look for someplace close to Chinatown since we'd missed seeing Chinatown during our first trip. We found Hotel Astoria on the Internet and got exactly what we expected----a clean budget hotel with a great location and few amenities. It's located right on the corner of one of the entrances to Chinatown, a few blocks away from the trolley that takes you to Fisherman's Wharf and a few blocks away from Union Square. It was ideally located and definitely a low-frills hotel. The elevator was old and definitely slow-moving, the bathroom was clean, and the bed was close to needing a new mattress. But after a two long days of sightseeing, all we cared about was having someplace clean to sleep for the night. During one late day nap, we left the window open and enjoyed the noise of the city. And, to our surprise, we got to sleep in later than we expected before Sunday morning traffic really started up. The water pressure in the shower is a lot like what you experience when you're traveling around Europe. There's also no ice machine in this hotel only vending machines and some complimentary coffee by the elevators that looked questionable. Luckily there are several coffee shops across the street from the hotel and a great Chinese bakery around the corner a few blocks into Chinatown. If you have a chance, visit the Red Blossom Tea company for some fragrant and delcious tea and stop at City View for some the best dimsum in San Francisco. It's a little off the beaten bath in Chinatown but just a few blocks and it was worth the walk even in the rain. It was filled with locals and frequent visitors.
Good budget hotel
I stayed in the Astoria 11/10-13. We stayed in room 603 which had a great view of the city. The hotel is for the budget minded. The room was clean, there was very little noise and the front desk staff was friendly. The location is ideal. We paid $65/nt, and in SF, that can't be beat. I would classify this as a couple of notches above a hostel. If I were strapped for cash, I'd definately stay here again.
Good location but ...
below average room. There was no air conditioner nor fan and the first thing that I did when I arrived was to request one. There are no coffee making facility or kettle in the room nor anywhere in the hotel which is what I would have always expected to be readily available in any hotel. Room was also a bit noisy with the constant traffic and road maintenance. The staff as mentioned previously speak marginal English but then I didn't engaged with them very often. Other than that, the room was clean and the size was better than the same priced London hotel. It is strategically located right at the Chinatown gateway, and 15 minutes walking distance to Hyatt Regency, which was where I had a conference. Market street is also at very short walking distance and there is Starbuck right in front of the hotel. If your only aim is strictly business in the financial district and a quick shopping trip, this might be adequate. But for myself, I would look into other hotel for my future trip.
Good location and price for a short stay
The hotel is right at the "gate" to Chinatown, from where as previous reviewers said it's not far from the financial district or downtown. There's a metro station a few blocks away (slight incline from metro to hotel - but walkable with luggage for most), but catching the metro to the airport on the way out instead of taxi/shuttle is definitely a viable option for the budget minded.
The room we had was serviceable - nothing particularly good, nothing particularly bad - exactly what we were after for a weekend's stay in the city.
Such a Nice Stay.
My friend and I recently got back from a 12 day trip to San Francisco. The Astoria Hotel was ideal for us. It was really affordable so we could spend all of our money on other things. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and basic, and the location was perfect. Next time we go to San Francisco, it will be the Astoria all the way.
Good point about the elevator though, the 'max 3 people' sign was a little sketchy, so we took the stairs (all 7 flights of them) everyday.
Nothing fancy, but great value
This was my 5th trip to San Francisco, and every time, I choose a different hotel. (With all the great choices, why not?) It surprises me, but this one-star hotel will probably be my first choice from now on. When I go to San Francisco, I spend so little time in the hotel room that I have decided that price and location are everything. So what if the rooms aren't modern, fancy, or full of amenities? My husband and I usually stay just south of Market within walking distance of Union Square. This hotel is next door to the gate of Chinatown, so it was actually in a better location than I've ever stayed. It was two blocks to the BART station (Montgomery St.), two blocks to Union Square, and two blocks to Powell St. to catch the cable car. It was run by friendly people, clean, and everything we needed. We found a $49 rate and grabbed it, knowing it was probably going to be a shared bath. We had no problem sharing a bath, but wore flip-flop sandals in the shower...but we do that almost everywhere. After I read the reviews before booking the hotel, I had to smile when we arrived and saw a big sign that the elevator wasn't working. These reviews make me wonder if it EVER works?! We also didn't see a continental breakfast, but got too excited each morning and forgot to ask. Besides, it was more fun to go out looking for breakfast. This hotel is an easy walk all through Chinatown, and we even walked to North Beach for a great dinner/ambiance at Mona Lisa Restaurant on Columbus. If you are going to SF in mid June, don't miss the Haight Street Festival, usually on a Sunday. (This year, it is on June 12.) My husband and I caught it last year, but were a week early this year. It is something everyone must see, located in Haight Ashbury. Anyway, I'm rambling on about my favorite US city, but if you are adventurous, give the Hotel Astoria a try. $49 in downtown San Francisco, and NOT located in the Tenderloin? You can't beat it!
Great Price for the Perfect Financial District Location
Everything was clean and neat and the hotel itself is a 10-second walk from the financial district with a Cyber-coffee-bar (for Internet mail processing) almost across the street. Locals calls were cheaper than using a pay phone, if you don't have a cell phone. A truly great location if you're on business and really need to be in or near the financial district. If you really need a TV that gets perfect reception on 150 channels, stay home and get a dish.
I totally don't agree the review that people write about the Hotel Astoria since I stayed that hotel many times. First of all, I want to tell you that you won't find any better rate in San Francisco Downtown except this hotel. Second, this hotel is very clean and the people worked at the front desk is very nice and helpful. Therefore, if you are on budget, this hotel is your perfect choice with great location and unbeatable rate in the town.
The hotel picture advertised in the net was deceiving. The hotel looks good outside but once you go to the rooms, it was a nightmare. The room was damp moist , smelly, small. The bed looks very old, the bathroom is yucky. and no amenities provided. The elevator cannot hold on more than three people. Most of the tourist comes from asia, probably hongkong or china. I checked out immediately, did not last an hour and paid penalty fees
Terrible for Tourists
This establishment does not meet the standards of American travelers. The room was pathetically small, the television had terrible reception - with the remote missing - Coffee was .50 a cup, and the 'free' breakfast was little more than orange juice and coffee with a 'tip' jar next to the extremely slow toaster.
The English speaking of the skills of the staff was marginal; when I inquired about the history of the hotel to the desk clerk, I received a blank stare.
The lobby in comparison to similarly priced hotels in this area was nothing but a desk and an overpriced coffee machine. The elevator sounded and operated as if it may not last another minute, and a sign next to it stating 'no more than 3 people' was a cause for concern.
Our fellow guests appeared to be travelers from different countries that perhaps are not aware of what is expected from lodging establishments.
If you are looking for a historic hotel in this area that caters to the expectations of the American traveler - the Hotel Vintage Court - is much more pleasant with outstanding 'perks' for the the same price, ie. wine tastings, toiletries available at the front desk, and an English speaking staff.
Stay away, you can do much better for the same price, in the same area.
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25 May 14 Departure: 15:45 New Orleans, USA - L Armstrong International
Arrival: 18:27 San Francisco, USA - San Francisco International, Terminal 3
Flight: United Airlines UA595 Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A319
Cabin Class: Economy Restricted
... turned down a side street only to be confronted with China Town which was a nice surprise! We walked down the main street and it was absolutely buzzing with life; a band playing, some Chinese dragon dancing, stalls in the street and colours everywhere. It was pretty cool. We emerged into the relative serenity of the bay and saw the blue ferry building and clock tower with the ocean in the background. It really was lovely. The streets were really wide and there was a cool breeze. We took ...
... drank after I left the club.
Sunday's activity was one that we were very much looking forward to, having booked our trip to the Alcatraz island nearly a month in advance just to guarantee our place. We'd scheduled to go on the 2:10pm tour and walked up to our designated pier on the embarcadero before boarding a boat. Alcatraz isn't actually too far from the mainland and it only took around 20 minutes for us to get there. Upon arrival we were given a quick briefing by ...
... up! The staff were friendly, so much so that one of the waitresses ran after us as we left to give SJ and ER a hug.
A City Sightseeing tour in a double decker bus awaits us tomorrow so we can begin to get to grips with the city. Looking forward to it.
Oh, we should mention that after days of hearing Emma sing the Wiggles song 'San Francisco Trolley Car', it wasn't in her repertoire today...
... the significance of these 500 year old trees being the heritage and history that the US so craves. We also enjoyed the company of some frisky little chipmunks, who really were the stars of the show!
Soon, it was time to leave and to make our way to the highlight of the day - Sonoma and the Napa Valley for our vineyard visits and wine tasting. Well, what can I say? The wines were fairly delicious and dangerously easy on the palate! Now, I'm not a wine buff, by ...