Travel Blogs from San Francisco
... through tunnels and have sharks and giant fish swim all around you, and we both got to pet curious baby rays and I also pet a shark!), the China gate, Chinatown (the largest one outside of China), and of course Golden Gate Bridge. This was my favourite part, not seeing the bridge - which was of course a neat sight, but we chose ...
... fuss. I found stitch pillow under some girls bag and we thought she might have been trying to hide it so I would forget but it could have been that she didn't see him and put her bag there. I don't remember leaving him there but hey ho - I got him back. We missed the bus to the airport but there's one every 10 minutes and we were hours early so it wasn't any fuss. Arrived at the airport around midday so killed some time by working out how many flights we've had and hostels ...
... in cloud cover so we couldn't see much but the second half was basking in beautiful Californian sun. The views were beyond expectations. Our night ended with a well deserved beer and a good dinner. Day 6: Our last day in San Francisco. Very lazy morning, I was in pain and I think Luke was to although he didn't show it. We eventually found the strength and got us a cheap harbour boat tour that took us to and under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island. Unfortunately, ...
... dinner and a movie.
The No Jet Lag pills recommended to us by seasoned travelling friends
have been great. Our flight from NZ was
with Air NZ and the service and food also great. Our flight since and to Beijing will be with
Scandinavian Airlines. They were fine –
the seating maybe a little less, the dinner similar but breakfast was less – a
sandwich with cereal and yoghurt instead of something hot! Our hostess said if ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Monarch Hotel San Francisco
DIDNT LIKE IT
was disapointed with this hotel not happy with its location right opposite a sex shop and our room overlooked private dwellings where a few of the tenants thought it appropriate to leave there windows open and stroll round semi naked. but the hotel itself was clean nice smelling fresh bedding we were wary about going out in the dark but it did not spoil our holiday would I stay there again. No I would want to be nearer Union Square where I would have felt more comfortable.
A bit grotty
It's okay but nothing to write home about. Yes, it is noisy but ear plugs will help - the windows don't really fit their frames so offer little protection from noise on the street. The rooms are clean and basic but there was a funny smell throughout. The staff are amazingly rude and you'll be lucky if they can bring themselves to look you in the eye. The area is pefectly safe and there should be no reason to feel intimidated getting home at night. If you are on a budget, it is a fair no frills option although I wouldn't have paid full price for the room - hold out for special offers. Having said all that, San Francisco is a fantastic place to visit and it was one of the best holidays I've had.
One final piece of advice: Do not drink the free coffee.
I'm a small town, farm boy from central Indiana, but have done a lot of traveling in the U.S., Europe,and Asia. When I heard that the airlines were offering discounts to San Francisco this fall, my wife and I, who had never been there, called another couple and arranged a trip together in late October. We don't like to spend a fortune on places to stay and thought we would give the Monarch a try. We found it to be a real gem of a hotel. The staff was most helpful in arranging tours for us. The rooms were clean and tidy. The location was close to public transportation. There were many places to eat within walking distance.
When I first arrived at the hotel, I wasn't too sure what to expect after reading some of the reviews, and some advice from various travel booksabout the area. It however turned out to be an extremely good choice for a traveller on a budget. The staff were polite, if a little detached, but also helpful if you asked questions - i.e. where was the pay phone? Yes, you can hear the traffic from outside, but then again it's not that different from New York (or London) for that matter. Earplugs will help if you are easily disturbed during the night.The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean, although the safe in the room is chargable at 50cents per day.As for the area, I felt totally safe - I was walking back to the hotel from the Powell Street cable car terminus most nights without any problems. Yes there are a few panhandlers around, but they never bothered me. My tip - just walk with confidence and purpose.If you want breakfast, try "Mel's 50's Diner" on the coner of Van Ness - one block from the Hotel. It's fantastic food, excellent value.Oh and if you stay on halloween, don't be too suprised of you get woken by an improptu performance by an american brass band playing outside the Farrell Bothers Theatre - but only on halloween ;-)Would I stay there again? Yes I would.
How lovely to finally find our hotel and discover the sign reads the NARCH HOTEL!, thankfully it didnt live up to its accidently given name!
When my husband and I first drove up to the Monarch, I was skeptical at best. The surrounding area was far removed from the cleanliness of downtown Orlando. There were homeless people aimlessly pushing around carts and there's an adult video store directly across the street.
OK for the location and the price , but too noisy : it was not possible to spent a good night... when we asked to change of room, the hostess told us that it is worse on the other side of the building!! horrible!
Rated this hotel as above average because although the room itself was not particularly noteworthy, the value was exceptional. The room was clean and bright, tended daily with clean linens and towels, the staff were polite and helpful and the location was excellent as far as getting around to all the tourist sites. *Note to travellers - Bargain hotels are generally found in bargain neighborhoods. You can't pay for the "Y" and expect to stay at the "Ritz". San Francisco, like major urban centre in North America - including Vancouver - has a large homeless population. You can expect to encounter panhandlers, junkies, prostitutes and "street people" here, not unlike the ones in your hometown. Whether you give them money or not, (I never did, I am, after all, a budget traveller for a reason) if you treat them as human beings you will most likely be treated by them as human as well. Go to San Francisco. If you're on a tight budget, stay at the Monarch. Prices of comparable hotels start at about 30% more than what you'll pay there.
Free coffee, dodgy location
Although only a few blocks from union square, we were dismayed to find that we felt very unsafe around our hotel after 7pm at night, meaning that if we wanted to venture out, we had to get a taxi.
The room was ok, but avoid getting put at the back of the building on the first floor (ie room 105) as it is right on a back street where people tend to have 'disagreements' in the middle of the night, and you are woken up (like clockwork) at 5am by some loud van.
Apart from that, the staff were friendly enough (coming to fix our smoke alarm as it beeped through the night) and calming us down at the false fire alarm that confused us greatly one dark night as we were fast asleep.
Nice stay at the Monarch Hotel
Since I'm terribly fond of San francisco, I go back there almost every year in the spring ! I've been 3 times to the Monarch hotel (previously referred to as the Lombard Hotel) during the last 6 years and each time i appreciated my stay, good staff, good location in SF and well, I'm about to plan my next trip come may and certainly I'll go back there !
Françoise Marchand, a French "aficionado" of San Francisco!