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... a few ports, harbours and cities with waterways around the world, and apart from Venice which is not a harbour, I can honestly say that until now I have never seen a harbour that I thought was as nice as our home town, Sydney Australia. San Francisco’s harbour has a much wider expanse of water and is scenic, stunning, and simply spectacular … no two ways about it.
Half an hour later, we were on our way to Sausalito where ...
... took us to the airport, and we had time to fill in before we boarded our flight. We heard the 49rs won their game, so can only imagine the celebrations held in town tonight.
Here it is Sunday evening, the 1st December, and it's the last leg in our journey home. Sadly the end of our great adventure. We will miss most of the flight as we sleep between dinner and breakfast and we also lose Monday as we fly through the time zone into Auckland on Tuesday.
While Jerry sat in meetings, I went to Union Square to shop Bloomies, Barney's, Saks and a huge Macy's all morning and bought ... lipstick. In a color I already have.
There's a saying in Erie that often comes to mind when I shop high end clothes: "I wouldn't hit a dog in the ass with that.". I say it in my head a lot because I have little understanding of how to navigate off-the-rack shopping and it is far more pleasant to ...
... the block in their birthday suits. Block B (Broadway) was where they housed those black Americans as they thought it would be safer to segregate the white from the black.
D Block was where the worst inmates lived and where solitary confinement was. They were giving all their meals in there and given one shower and one hour of exercise per week. The inmates nicknamed it "The Hole" as it was a cell with a big steel door so you wouldn't be able to see anything about it. ...
... so we have been told. Walking up to the hostel wasn't without incident, we had hardly walked 500 meters when we came across a couple of cops trying to arrest a guy who was completely ga ga. At first you find it entertaining, but what we've started to feel after seeing it so often in such a sort time, is sadness, lives wasted through drugs. It's also well known that some of the homeless ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bijou San Francisco
after travelling through the u.s. i can highly recommend the bijou...we could not have asked for more friendlier and helpful staff as we found here...nothing was a problem..we had problems with our ongoing air bookings and they rang ahead a fixed it for us...the hotel was clean and comfortable...the continental breakfast was very good...we would look forward to staying here again on our next trip
Hotel's great, location's not so great
My husband and I have stayed here before and found the experience satisfying. We had a comfotable queen size bed. For 2 people, the rooms are okay. They are not very big, but we mostly sight see anyway, so the room size isn't very important to the 2 of us. Recently came here with my husband and 2 nieces. The rooms are NOT big enough for 4 people and sleeping in a double bed with my husband was not comfortable.
The hotel is clean and the decor is very cool. Various movie titles are the names of the rooms, as the theme of the hotel is that of movies. The service is good. There is quite a bit of noise from down on the street, as this hotel borders the Tenderloin District.
I'd recommend this hotel if there are only 1 or 2 of you in the room, you are just in your room to sleep and street noise doesn't bother you. If more than 2, the room is a really tight squeeze. If you need more space, try Hotel Bijou's sister hotel Maxwell a few blocks up. That hotel's got bigger rooms with the same quaint atmosphere.
The Best of the Bay!
The Bijou Hotel is a little piece of California gold in the heart of San Francisco! I was fortunate enough to stay at the Bijou while attending a medical conference in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. All of the surrounding large expensive Hotels were booked-up due to the many coferences that week. A doc that joined me for the conference recommended the Bijou, where we both secured reservations. It was a great idea. A delightful little hotel in the midst of all the prestigous giants! We totally enjoyed our stay. The staff, the room, the ambiance - all fantastic! Everyone that I encountered provided nothing but high quality, friendly, helpful service. I highly recommend this little San Francisco secret! It proved to me that you don't need to stay at the high priced 5 star resort hotels to get quality service and comfort at a very affordable price. Kudos to the Bijou and its wonderful staff!
Probably Wouldn't Go Back
I just returned from a weekend stay at the Hotel Bijou. It definitely had some positive aspects -- It's really close to Union Square, you can walk to a lot from the location. The Bart, Muni and cable car are within a 2 minute walk; the staff is nice and helpful; it's clean, rooms are decent. However, it also has some negative aspects which need to be taken into consideration: those other reviews are right, the hotel is literally ON the edge of the Tenderloin, which is an extremely seedy neigborhood. There were many homeless people surrounding the area. Several times throughout the night you could hear someone yelling or talking to themselves out on the street. The hotel trys to play up it's moviehouse feel, but there is not that much to it...there are a few posters which they repeat throughout the hallways, and the rooms have a name but nothing at all in them to be specific. If the hotel was awesome, I would stay there again...but since it was just mediocre, and the neighborhood is so bad, I would try something else first.
We love this place!
We travel to San Francisco both for fun and business and always find ourselves at the Bijou. Given the choice (no matter the budget) we prefer style and personality over generic (though nice) marble bathroom countertops. We love the location (close to shops, good restaurants, SFMOMA, galleries, etc.), and the staff is always wonderful.
Just returned from 5 nights at the Bijou and had a wonderful time, it is truely a grogeous little hotel!!! The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, and although the rooms were small they were very clean and the maid service was prompt and excellent. Some previous reviews have commented on the street noise at the Bijou and we were on the 4th floor and yes it was noisey, but nothing earplugs won't sort out! But the area wasn't anywhere near as dodgy as some other made out - we were 2 girls on our own and felt totally safe at all times. Location is fab, only a couple of blocks from good bars / diners / excellent shopping.
So I can well recommend this place as a different sort of hotel to stay at!
Fun Place / Great Price
The Bijou is a fun little hotel in the heart of the shopping district of San Francisco. Super close to the cable car stop on Powell, the Bijou serves as a nice launching pad for almost any SF excursion. My wife and I stayed there for 1 night, and were warmly greated by a friendly staff who quickly set us up with our room and had our car valet parked. The lobby is super charming and beautifully decorated. It feels a bit like the old school movie houses from the 1950's. Our room was a bit small but had charm none the less. Check out was painless, and the staff was again very friendly. All in all, it was a super deal for San Francisco and I expect to go back again and again, whenever I need a place to stay in SF.
Funky, great for cinephiles & independent travellers
I travel to San Francisco on average 10 times a year for work, perhaps 3 times for leisure. Since October 2002, I've been staying at Hotel Bijou. It's clean, has a funky character, friendly staff, and a great moviehouse them that make it a cinephile's dream hotel. The price is extremely reasonable for the location. However, it is not for everyone. True, it borders the Tenderloin District, so unless you have an open mind and independent spirit, you may be intimidated by the location. One reviewer mentioned the homeless population in the surrounding area--these folks are harmless. A polite smile and "Sorry, no" will go along way if you are solicited, but then again this happens in any city around the world. Rooms are basic--try to ask for a corner room if you like sunlight, but these rooms are also some of the noisiest since they face the Mason/Eddy intersection. The location is convenient to the BART Powell Station, Union Square, and Market Street and you figure you could be paying at least 2-3 times as much for a room in the two major chain hotels across the street or around the corner. A great place for a quick bottle of water or coffee/fruit/sandwiches in The Barbary Coast, a Korean-owned cafe, one block down as you walk toward the BART station. The staff is extremely friendly, and always greets me like an old friend. Over the past 12 months, it's the only hotel I've chosen to stay at in San Francisco on each visit!
Too noisy, terrible area!
I just returned from a trip to San Francisco where I stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Bijou. Although it is located in an area close to Union Square and the cable car turnaround it is right on the cusp of a very bad area. We couldn't walk a few feet from the cab to the entrance of the hotel without being approached by at least one or two homeless people every time - day or night. I know it's to be expected around that area but it was nonstop right outside the hotel door. There is a popular nightclub right around the corner from the hotel that is open until 4:00 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday night all we heard were fights on the street and people partying all night long. (and the windows were closed!). Needless to say, we got little sleep. The room we had was very small - it just fit the two of us. The walls were very thin and we could have sworn the people in the next room were in the same room as we were. We could hear every word of their conversation, and we could hear them taking a shower and even using the bathroom! The bathroom was very tiny (especially the shower!) and the bedspreads and the room decor in general seemed very outdated. And despite being the "Inner Space" room - the only things that indicated what room we were in was a small sign on the door that said "Inner Space" and an 8x10 photo from the movie. That's it. We also received all of 4 TV stations.
Granted we weren't interested in watching TV while in one of the greatest cities in the world, but it still would have been nice to have a bit more to choose from late at night. The continental breakfast was nearly nonexistent. A few croissants and some dry muffins and coffee - not impressive. The theater in the lobby was cute and was a nice touch.
And the concierge did help us with booking our airport shuttle. It's a great idea for a hotel - but it just wasn't what we thought it would be. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.
I really liked this little place! I called them directly and got a great rate. The location was perfect--very close to the cable car turnaround and the BART/Muni station. In fact, our room had a terrific view of the Nordstrom Shopping Center and Market Street. I had heard about the "Tenderloin" district, but that really wasn't a problem at all. The room wasn't luxurious, but it was spacious and had some personality. We were really tired the first night, so we put on pajamas, ordered from their take-out service, and caught a movie at the complimentary mini-theatre downstairs--two nice perks. Even the morning coffee and pastries were good--better than the coffee shop down the street! The concierge was helpful, and the whole staff was very friendly. We will definitely stay here each time we visit San Francisco!