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Today we tried out public transport in San Francisco. We caught the free hotel shuttle bus to the train station. The train station here is not a subway or a metro, here it is referred to as BART, like the name from The Simpsons. After purchasing the correct ticket at the station we were soon on our way into the centre. We walked along The Embarcadero until we reached pier 33 where we caught the ferry to ...
... body … not much bigger than a dodgem car really. The sights you see when you don’t have a gun … as the saying goes …
Our night bus took some of the same route as the down town bus but varied slightly. The route was about an hour long and then we stayed on the bus and we were dropped back at Union Square. We arrived in just before happy hour finished so we all ordered Margaritas and applied our 2 for one vouchers ...
... exploring a little to see what the Bay has to offer. It was nice drop the pace a notch or 10, as the past week has been a constant rush-not entirely by choice.Tomorrow brings a city jaunt on the cable cars, followed by a night tour of Alcatraz.We're hoping to post more photo's, but the site has been playing silly buggers over the last few days.Take care all Lou, Jose n Shell ...
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... grill and bar. It was on the wharf and we sat at a table right on the water's edge. The food was excellent and so were the cocktails. We found a bus that took us within a block of our motel and got back to our room at 6:30 happy but tired. Our motel is located at the end of Chinatown and the beginning of Little Italy. A very convenient ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mithila San Francisco
My opinion, I do not think the hotel lives up to the description as a charming euopean style hotel. I only stayed there one night. The continental breakfast is a joke. Believe me there are much nicer accomodations to stay in San Francisco. Old carpet, very poor T.V. (no cable) only 5 stations and when I was there only 4. Very noisy due to thin walls, i.e. loud radio music at 3:30a.m. The key word here is defdinitely economy ( but not at an economy price)
Great Price... Good stay
I will say I was a bit shocked when i entered the hotel.. I booked the room late and it was indeed a great price. I fig. paying cheap would mean a bad stay/room..
Well I was wrong. This place is indeed nice and cozy.. it may not be the BEST hotel.. but by far it is Clean and worth another stay... lets not forget.. the hotel is near many shops and great locations.
We stayed facing Sutter, we had a window... it was small but very cozy and CLEAN... did not stink... comfy all the way.
The bathroom was small but overall was good.
I would indeed stay again for the rate is great and the rooms are clean.
Clean and Quiet
The idea of a quant, european style hotel appealed to me in addition to the low price seen in the traveler magazine. Since I was attending a 3 day class and didn't have much room on my credit card, I was a bit downtrodden thinking the place was going to be smelly and dirty. I was also upset in the beginning because the parking lot is NO WHERE NEAR the hotel - so don't bring a lot of luggage. PARK your car in the LOADING ZONE OF ANY HOTEL ON THE STREET FIRST and prepare to leave it there until you look at your room. I have to say, I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! The room ON THE 4th Floor was freshly rennovated all the way down to new sheets, pillows, and comforters. I am a bath freak and even under the soap dish was brand new and cleaner than most expensive hotels. And the room was cleaned everyday, no loud knocking or vacuuming was heard. The room wasn't as small as I thought AND there was another bed in it as well - I would have preferred a refrigerator though. The hotel was built sturdy and I didn't hear traffic noise, foot or otherwise. In fact, one night I woke up stuck my head out the window and noticed it was quieter at this hotel than where I live.Oh don't expect the phone to be on unless you pay another deposit, that didn't matter because there were 2 wireless networks in the area. Parking was $11 a day 2-3 blocks away and left down an alley.
I would recommend staying at the Mithila for a single person who needed to get a lot of reading done since it was so quiet.
The best stay ever
this was the best stay and expierence for me i enjyoed my stay here. the staff was very nice and helpful. they gave me the appropriate advice and were very friendly. This is a inexpensive hotel good for budget travelers.
Don't go there!
Who gave the 3 stars? The place was really very low category. You couldn't open the windows,the breakfast was just a bad joke.
This is a nice cozy hotel to stay in. We were lucky to get a room with a window and had breakfast with the sun shining through every morning.
I would definitely stay here again.
Why did we stay here?
We were visiting our cousin who lives in San Francisco. We should have listened to his advice on hotels. An Internet discounter gave the place "3 stars," but I don't even think it deserves one. We stayed at Mithilafor only one night, but we should have left five minutes after we arrived. Everything about the hotel spelled "runned down." The elevator was rickety and very old looking. We were surprised to see that there was no lobby--just a cramped office a few feet from the elevator entrance. The stairs creaked. Even the air smelled bad. When we opened the door to the room, we were shocked to discover the very cramped quarters. I know we were in San Francisco, but I've seen walk-in closets bigger than the room we stayed in. We were clearly disappointed. The free breakfast was just doughnuts and coffee. Neither was very appetizing.
The only upside to the hotel was that the bathroom in our room was completely redone. However, this was little consolation from the poor quality of the rest of the room and building.
I would not recommend staying at the Mithila. The Hotel a few doors down would be a much better choice.
Not the place for a good night's sleep
Stayed here for two nights and definitely would not recommend it. The room was nothing special but ok for a budget hotel. However, we hardly got any sleep due to paper thin walls/ceilings and upstairs neighbors stomping around at all hours of the night. The staff was unable to accomodate our request to move to a quieter room. On our first night, we asked for more pillows to supplement the two very thin ones on the bed. We were told it was too late, they had none left, and "we'll try to accomodate you tomorrow." Also, the bed was none too comfortable and there were lots of ants in the bathroom. I guess this is what you get in San Francisco for $65/night, but it made us wish we'd splurged on something better.
You get what you pay for...
We booked a room via the internet at the Mithila because it was inexpensive, centrally located and carried a three star rating on one site. We thought it would be an adventure staying in a "Charming European-Style. Hotel. Located In The Heart Of Downtown" San Francisco. Instead we found a decaying old building that had been covered over with a coat of cheap paint and cheap carpet. It stank of mildew and hadn't had a good cleaning in quite some time. Although the pillow cases and sheets had been changed, the pillows were old and stained, as was the mattress and quilt. Truly not an invitation for a restful night. I'm sure the hotel fulfills the local health codes but if you are looking for even a bit of comfort and a clean bed I would suggest you look elsewhere. We stayed long enough to use the phone to book another hotel (that we had used before) and then checked out. The staff said they had to bill us for three days, although the policy was stated on several websites as a one day penalty for late cancellation. However, after a complaint to the web service that we had booked through our money was totally refunded.
The Solution to a low budget one week stay
Above all, good location. It let me at walking distance to most downtown landmarks. Very good rates. I walked in with a coupon I found on a free magazine on the street and they even gave me a lower rate. I have absolutely no complaints, for the money I payed. They promise it's bed & breakfast but the breakfast it's really a self servide coffe machine with a donut, but it was OK, anyway. I really recommend this to a low budget traveler. I stayed the night I arrived at SF at the W, because my company payed for it then I was on my own, with very low budget because of the currency excange coming from Latin America, so this was the solution to a great few days in that wonderful city.