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21st July 2009
Woke up at 7.30am, went for breakfast before packing to leave for San Francisco. We were on the road just after 10am, with one short stop we arrived to our hotel at 2.30pm. After checking in and having a short rest, we loaded back into the car and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge.
We stopped either side of the …
Cost Summary Transportation: Two round trip flights from Bellingham to SFO = $197 airport parking = $35 Bus fare = $40 Accomodation: one night two beds at HI San Fran= $54 one night at May Flower Hotel = $125 Attraction: two tickets of Alcatraz Cruises = $49 two bicycle rental + ferry fare = $65 Food: Dotties Cafe breakfast = $35 Others = $100 TOTAL: $700 Comment: in budget :)
Gepland: Na een tussenstop in Chicago zullen we aankomen in San Fransisco op donderdag 22 juli 16:45h plaatselijke tijd. Voor ons is het dan al 0:45h 's nachts, dus veel plannen we niet meer. Enkel onze auto oppikken in de luchthaven en naar het Hotel Mayflower, zo'n 15 mijl ofte 24 km van de luchthaven rijden. Het hotel ligt in het noorden van San …
Gepland: Vandaag staat een Alcatraz tour en City tour gepland. Start om 10:30u plaatselijke tijd. Wij zijn dan al lang wakker want nog goed op Belgische tijd en dat is 8 uur vroeger! Ze halen ons op in de straat van ons hotel ter hoogte van nr. 715 (Cornell Hotel) om 9:20u.
Morgen vertrekken we naar Yosimite NP maar eerst rijden we via de …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Mayflower San Francisco
had a great time, it was the perfect location to explore the city, staff was very helpful,
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mayflower San Francisco
Me and my boyfriend first stayed here in September 2006 and after reading the reviews on this site, we thought it was the best way to go. I'm so glad that we stayed at this hotel. We loved it so much that we came back to San Francisco in March 2007 and stayed at the same hotel. Coincidentally, we got the exact same suite both times. When we went there the first time, they just finished renovating all the rooms and main dining hall. When we came back the second time, they were renovating their front desk (which was already looking beautiful by the time we left)
The hotel owners, Nancy and her husband (I'm so embarassed to say but we forgot his name) were very nice and gave us a few points of interest around the area. The hotel room was a little noisy because we were facing the street, however, it wasn't too bad for the most part. We didn't hear much besides the rare instances of fire truck sirens. The room was large enough and I loved the fact that we had a microwave, a fridge and extra large closets. I especially loved the fact that every room had wireless internet connection. If you didn't have a computer, they also had a few computers available for you to use anytime.
The hotel is also in a good location; at the bottom of Nob Hill and it's walking distance from Union Square and Chinatown. If you like walking, you could also walk through Chinatown and up to Fisherman's Wharf, which will be about a 25 minute walk or less (depending on how fast you walk).
If you call and let them know you need parking, they will probably advise you that the parking garage is narrow and small, however, we didn't have a problem with our cars. We managed to fit our rented PT Cruiser and Saturn Ion in there. I even saw a few SUVs in the garage.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone thinking to stay at a place that isn't too expensive and definitely the best bang for the buck!
As a single female, I was a bit apprehensive about staying by myself in SF after reading some reviews of other hotels (did heaps of research) but I stayed at the Mayflower for 2 nights and LOVED it. The staff were so friendly (especially Hester), nothing was too much trouble - even pointed out the free use of computers. My room had a really comfy queen bed, bathroom with a glorious bath (just the thing for relaxing after traipsing around) and a kitchenette. It was by no means a modern hotel, but I didn't want to stay at some sterile one. The Mayflower just oozes charm, and the lift (elevator) was just gorgeous. My room was on the street side, but I had no trouble with noise at all, except for one fire truck, and that went by quickly anyway.
It's so close to everything! I bought foodstuffs from the deli next door (they were nice too) and made dinner in the room myself to save a bit of money. I was a bit worried about tackling the hills as I am not the skinniest person in the world, but they really weren't that bad. I walked all over the place (even lost weight!) but if that bothers you the tram goes right near the hotel. I got a special pass from the tourist information office down near the cable car turn around place. They are great value.
I have no qualms at all about recommending the Mayflower - you'll love it!
Definitely an upgrade, excellent staff/service, street noise loud
Originally we had reservations for one night (10/21) at Stratford Hotel but they were overbooked and sent us to the Hotel Mayflower. We were skeptical because our intent was to be a few steps away from the starting line of the Nike Women's Marathon at Union Square. The receptionist, Billy, told us the Hotel Mayflower was a 5 minute walk north of Union Square or he would pay for our cab fare to the hotel, so we accepted. We met Nancy, who noticed the concerned look on our faces for being sent to their hotel and she immediately reassured us that we were in a safe neighborhood, in Nob Hill and not near the Tenderloin. She even gave us a complimentary choice of red or white wine and the best room (California Street) in the hotel.
Our room was spacious, private bath was clean with plush towels, great vanilla/kiwi soap, the kitchenette had a microwave, sink, dishes, utensils, small fridge and cabinet space. The queen bed was comfortable with soft pillows. The room had two windows meeting in the corner with views of Bush St. There was a ceiling fan but no air conditioning. The rooms were simply decorated by a talented artist with al fresco murals of San Francisco.
The street noise kept us up until 11 PM and I had to be awake by 5 AM for the race. If dual pane windows were installed, I think it might have helped. So if you're a heavy sleeper, this is the best place to stay. The elevators were vintage style with one automatic retracting gate but the other one you had to open manually.
Since a few of us staying at the hotel were there for the marathon, they opened the continental breakfast earlier for us (5:30 AM). They had a huge, clean dining room and buffet of instant oatmeal, bananas, muffins, coffee cake, applesauce, cheese, cereal, raisin bread, white bread, wheat bread, bowl of fruit, coffee, milk, tea, juice and hot water. All perfect for a long race!
We only had to walk a couple blocks to the starting line on Powell St. and Post St.! I would definitely stay here again!
We stayed here 3 nights (17, 18 and 19 October) for around $ 90 for a standard room with a queen size bed.
This was a good price considering the location - only a couple of blocks from Union Square. Ask for a room at the back - ours was 117 and overlooked some trees (nice and quiet) rather than busy Bush Street.
The hotel has a well decorated lobby area with magazines and comfy sofas. We arrived at 9am after a night flight and were pleasantly surprised to find that we could check in to our room rather than just leave our bags at reception (check in is normally 3pm).
Breakfast consisted of toast, muffins, porridge, bananas and a delicious different homemade cake each day.
Our room was a good size, clean, in great condition and had a kitchen area with a sink and fridge. We also had an amusingly large closet !
Our only gripe was that the shower was more a dribble than a stream ! Also, if you're a light sleeper take an eye mask as none of the rooms have curtains (only blinds) so the room was a bit light in the morning.
Top tip - a taxi from the hotel to southside of the Golden Gate Bridge was about $11. We then walked across the Bridge (c 45 mins with photo stops) and 20 mins downhill into lovely Sausilito for lunch and took a ferry back ($8).
Mehr als ein Hotel, ein Zuhause!
Sofort spürten meine Frau und ich, mit welcher Liebe dieses Hotel geführt wird. Jedes Zimmer, jede Etage wird von einem lokalen Künstler mit Sujets aus San Francisco geziehrt. Lassen Sie sich nicht vom Preis im "Motelbereich" abschrecken, hier fehlt wirklich nichts zu einem angenehmen Aufenthalt. Die Lage am Nob Hill ist optimal für die Erkundung der Stadt, ob zu Fuss, mit dem Bus oder den Cable Cars. Praktisch nebenan finden Sie Shops und Laundrey. Gerne kehrten wir ins Mayflower zurück!
Great hotel, Quiet, Great location
this was a great hotel, Included wireless internet Our room had a small kitchen two queen beds and it was nice and big. The staff was incredible, and it was centrally located aprox 7 minutes walking to union square.
Sorry i dont have any more pictures, but trust me its a very nice place, resently renovated very nice and confy beds.
The hotel has just been renovated, so the rooms and bathrooms are clean and neat. There is a nice continental breakfast included with a tasteful coffee and banana bread. Staff people were friendly. Three computers with internet available is a plus. The hotel has a charming and romantic look. We will go back and recommend it to our friends and family.
Great value and friendly staff!
We stayed at the Mayflower for five nights in May 2006 while exploring San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Great location (steep walk up the hill from the BART, but it is San Francisco after all!). Good value for money. Clean. Friendly and helpful staff (didn't charge us for parking even though we were quoted $10/night!). Room was like a small self-contained unit, with fridge, microwave and sink, and very large walk-in closet. Would definitely stay there again!
A Charming and Convenient Choice
My wife and I recently stayed at the Hotel Mayflower upon the recommendation of a friend. We found the hotel a small, but charming choice, much like a fine old European auberge. The staff, supervised by the grand-daughter of the founder, was most attentive to our needs. The Mayflower is located in the heart of the city, just blocks from Chinatown, and the financial district, right off Union Square. Nob Hill is 2 blocks up hill. Now undergoing a top down, room-by room renovation, the Mayflower should be even better in the coming months. There is a good Continental brakfast served every morning. A tight but doable garage space came with our room. Expect to pay about $80-$150 for a a room with a queen bed. We will definitely return.
Great for travelling on a budget.
I stayed two nights at the Mayflower when I went to San Francisco for a wedding. I was looking for a cheap room to stay with a friend of mine who was flying in and meeting me. The hotel was very accomodating when we added a third person to the room. We got a clean room with a double bed and a pull out daybed - it was a little too soft but it came with plenty of pillows for extra support. The room was big enough for the three of us to move around comfortably and there was a huge closet that had enough room to change in and a full-length mirror on the door. The bathroom was small but adequate and it wasn't a problem for the 3 of us. There was a "kitchen area" as you walked into the room with a fridge and a sink - but we never bothered to use it. The hotel had a nice lobby and internet access. The staff was pleasant and friendly. This hotel was in a great value and very close to Chinatown. If you are on a budget and are just looking for a bed to sleep in and a shower with hot water for under $100, I recommend it. I'd definately stay there again!