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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 …
Well the weather turned from sunshine the previous day to gloomy cloudy UK weather just in time for our trip. (We just thought it added to the effect haha) The boat ride over to the island took about 20 mins where we then set off on an audio tour. This consisted of a set of headphones so you could wander round ...
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It was a relaxing day today, compared to the rest of the trip. We have all enjoyed it so much and done so many cool things.We learnt that New Zealand is the most expensive place in the world, and we are never shopping there again cause it is such a rip off! Croissants here are $1.15, compared to the French bakeries and cafes at home where the minimum is $4! It's ridiculous, and we know it now!!
Although I am ...
... apparently already run to the Golden Gate Bridge while I was still sleeping but she couldn't see much due to the fog. After breakfast we hopped on the Hop On, Hop Off tour bus, but we only lasted until the stop by the farmers market because parents could smell coffee and warm things. We had a hot chocolate at the market and gathered up food for our trip to Alcatraz.
After much queuing in the rain we got on the ...
... the passing crowds. Our first stop took us to the Palace of Fine Arts, built for the 1915 Panama Pacific Expo. It was originally made out of plaster but when it started to decay the structure was painstakingly replaced with concrete moulding. The Grecian and Roman inspiration is evident. The central dome is often used for wedding ceremonies nowadays and looks over a small lake.
We then headed to the Golden Gate Bridge to get a closer look at it's ...
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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.