The Kensington Park Hotel
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Up bright and early ready for our transfer to pick us up. No transfer. Need to hail 2 taxis. The first was no problem . . . But the second!!! Even after we had rung back to Cherie to order us a cab we still had to wait. Anyway. Almost an hour later the 8 of us had been taxied to the airport. Next step. I saw a BMI desk so asked if we would be able …
... and then proceeds to make new friends on the way to the game. Just in case you have not worked out Renee is the engerizer bunny without fur. So we get to the game 2 hours early, go find out seats, sit there for about two minutes before we realise we can't sit in that sun for 4 hours so we went for a look around and looking for shade.
Given we were at a Packers tail gate party we thought it was best we dress in Packers gear, all good until we get to the ...
I'm writing this blog post at SFO airport as we await boarding for our flight back to Auckland. Hopefully I'll have time to finish it.
We didn't have anything specific planned for today. Final checkin for our flight was listed at 6:45pm so we checked out of our room and the hotel stored our bags for us. We started the day with a leisurely breakfast at Luques the took the Powell-Mason Line cable car down to the waterfront, then back again to the ...
... across to the Golden Gate bridge and then as we came down the other side we could see Alcatraz. . . . looks pretty freaky to me! We then chilled out at the end of the pier and sat on a bench enjoying the sunshine. We then saw an ambulance, policecar and 3 fire engines heading towards the pier. Alex figured they were heading somewhere else but then they stopped at the entrance to the pier. We then
... the studio. Fortunately, we were only a little bit late and we walked in and said hi to John. The following hour or so was a fun walk and talk around 'Tiny Telephone' while talking to John about music in general. It was cool to meet him and he had some really interesting ideas towards the music industry, plus it allowed us to forget the painful events of the morning for a while.
We high-fived John Vanderslice and left, to get on our way to San ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Kensington Park Hotel San Francisco
OK and cheap
The hotel is situated perfect: Only 1 minute from Union Square, the cable cars and lots of busses, 5 minutes form the metro and BART. Most rent-a-car companies are just around the corner. There is no breakfast at the hotel - but a lot of breakfastplaces around the corner. The room was clean and ok, but there was some trash (and a 5 $ tip) from the last guest... Therefor the 1. impression was quite bad! But that was the only negative thing we can mention. Another positive: the price - we booked on ------------- and payed 85 $ (july) for a spacious room - with view to the next hotel. I would not like to pay more, since we do not stay much time on a hotel.
Filthy, Filthy, Yuck!
We stayed there for 2 nights. As soon as we got into the hotel it was so dark. We were so disappointed to see the room. Its sooo small and the carpet is filthy. YUCK! We have no choice but to stay 2 full days. The bathroom has no exhaust fan and the shower cap is so old. The sink was super small. If you are thinking of staying in this hotel my suggestion is don't "IT'S FILTHY"
Loved it!! Very charming
We stayed at the Kensington Park for 7 nights and loved it. Our room was so charming as was the lobby. The concierge (Bob) was so helpful and so pleasant. The location is great. Transportation on the corner. It was nice having the Post Theater right in the hotel. We saw the Buddy Holly story and it was wonderful. We will definitly stay at the Kensington Park on our next visit to SF and we will recommend it to others. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.
I found the hotel to be very charming and a great location. To be able to travel on bart and then walk to the hotel and to be in the heart of union scare was great. The room were small but very clean and decorated with the manor of the hotel. thanks for a great stay.
Wonderful Hotel in the Heart of Union Square San Francisco
Lovely room--comfortable bed. Staff very friendly and accomodating.
There must be better....
Stayed for 5 nights, facilities were lacking and the whole place was very dark and tired. Complementary coffee facilities were awful. This hotel is definitely not worth the money. Its only good point is its location, close to union square.
Just The Best!
I've been a loyal return guest to the Kensington Park for many years and couldn't recommend it more highly. It's classy, cozy, perfectly located and just sooooooo San Francisco. I consider this little gem my home away from home and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else at any price.
I wouldn't stay there again.
The room we had was small. The place has an overall dirty or dingy look. In the fitness center, both machines were broken. The promised weather forecasts were never delivered to our room. They have free sherry in the lobby from 4 - 6 PM. Rather cheesy. The staff is nice enough, but this hotel felt tired....
. . . a genuine gem!!
This is our favorite place to stay on S.F. It's location is wonderful, as it's right in the heart of the Union Square area, with most shopping and dining within walking distance. The remodel was excellent except for the enormous rate increase - BUT have become more reasonable, and you could not find a warmer, more comfortable place at this value ($110/ night + parking). If you are looking for a genuine gem in the "City" in the middle of the action - this is the place. And by all means, ask Bob Finney, the Concierge, for restaurant suggestions - he's never let us down in over 20 years!
Well-positioned for Union Square ....
My son and I recently spent 4 nights at the Kensington Park Hotel as it was recommended to us by a friend. The lobby was beautiful and full of character. Our room, #80 on 11th floor was compact, but very pleasant in a 'shabby-chic' way. The beds were extremely comfortable and the linen was of great quality. Housekeeping was diligent and a 'turn down' service was provided. All in all, our stay was enjoyable. If you like the 'buzz' of downtown, this hotel would be a good choice.