The Opal San Francisco

1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, California, 94109, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located in the Fisherman's Wharf - North Beach area of San Francisco, is near Teatro ZinZanni, Civic Center, Audium, and Stockton Street.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Opal San Francisco

    Nice staff, frenzied breakfast


    We chose a restaurant based on location/price/extras. Parking was not ideal as we had to park in the movie theater lot next door and pay for that. The room was "okay" and the included breakfast was crowded, messy and you had to scrounge around to find somewhere to sit! Which was not the easiest task to do with a cup of coffee in one hand & a muffin in the other. I suppose I was expecting a large room with tables where one could sit down leisurely and have something to eat and drink. My advice: Go early or go late for the breakfast.

    I do not think we would stay there again. I must say, however, that the staff were very friendly and accommodating.

    Nice area?!


    After month of preperation I finally found a hotel in SF which wasn't expensive and the reviews in Tripadvisor seemed okay.

    The hotel staff was very helpful with providing informations about the area and our room had a "nice" view over Van Ness street, a rather busy through street.

    Hotel rooms look rather old, but are clean, with AC and quite...

    Better take the parking package, cause at night the back of the hotel (where the guarded parking lot is) gets kinda rough!

    Location is good, if you have a car.

    So our first trip to SF was really good and exciting.

    A Clean Well-Located Hotel


    A fine comfortable hotel for the money. Location is fairly central to most everything. (BART/MUNI stop is only about a 10 minute walk away.) Rooms were simple but clean. A very nice option if you're going on a budget.

    Awesome for the money


    one of the best finds in an expensive city! Rooms were smallish but very clean and comfortable. awesome value for money even with secure parking included (bought online). Only problem was breakfast - menu was ok, but room was insanely crowded ...take the money you save and eat out!

    On a budget, this is your hotel.


    Hotel is great for anyone on a budget, continental breakfast is pretty good. Waffles, yougurt, bagels and alot other breakfast choices. Front desk staff very helpful. You can't beat the location, it's only a few blocks to the cable car and the bus stop is a couple blocks away. The architectural landscape on Van Ness is dynamic. The only complaint I have is that you have to pay for parking $20 per day, you get in and out privliges but try to buy the parking pass online it's cheaper. The rooms are a little small but very cozy, had a view of Van Ness. It was a very good stay. Hotel is surrounded by restuarants.

    Great Stuff


    This was great value for money for a centrally located hotel. It was a 15 min walk from Union Square through an area that was off the beaten track on the evening but not that we felt uncomfortable at all. It is an old hotel that has been refurbished. Coffee maker only in the room which compared to most hotel room was smallish. However, still enough oom for two open suitcases on the floor and plenty of shopping bags! Staff very helpful and the diner nextdoor was great for late night snacks, drinks or if you fancy an american diner experience. Breakfast was great if a bit crowded at times. Big bonus was the free secure parking included in the price. Great hotel.



    We spent four days at the La Quinta Downtown last week and couldn't have been more pleased. The hotel was impeccably clean, the breakfast was bountiful and the location was convenient to everything you wanted to do. The price was fabulous! We would highly recommend it!

    Great on a budget!


    I would definitely recommend this hotel if you're travelling on a budget. We stayed at La Quinta Inn - San Francisco Downtown, April 15-April 18, 2004. We had a very good stay. The continental breakfast was amazing with a great selection, including bagels, raisin/banana bread, yoghurt, juice/tea/coffee, cereal and make your own waffles. The dining area was small, but if you got there early (7-7:30) it wasn't too bad. Good housekeeping service, our room was quite comfortable. I would agree with the other reviewer, to stay on Van Ness whenever possible. Geary looked a little shady, but after a few blocks you would be in Union Square and it wasn't too bad. The public transit was very easy to use and stopped right in front of the hotel. My only complaint was that there should have been two agents on the front desk during peak times, as sometimes there would be a line to ask directions to attractions as the one agent saw to other guests, and the phone. Other than that, a really great stay.

    Great find for the price


    Very pleasant staff and room. Especially considering what we paid.

    Recommended and the cafe/restaurant next door was handy and good. A fair old walk to downtown /Union Square so don't stop here if you can't walk for 15 or 20 mins. each way.

    Excellent stay...would go back


    I stayed for 3 days/nights on October 2003. Got a room on the very first floor, with 'a view' of Geary St. The windows are soundproff allright. The room was excellent, very clean, new tile in bathroom, all amenities you would expect. The complimentary breakfast is abundant, though the dining room is pretty small; the trick is to take it to your room. The staff is courteous, organized. You can tell it is a very old hotel from the amount of halls and stairs; but is very well kept. No stained or worn carpets or furniture. The location is excellent, though I would not think of taking the cable car regularly, it's 5 blocks uphill!!! Take the buses instead, there are a couple passing regularly just in front of the hotel. You can go anywhere from there. Geary St does not look very good but appears to be safe. Stay on Van Ness anyway, where there are lots of places to eat. Mel's diner is very good by the way. Very good choice!

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Opal San Francisco

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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