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Historical Traveler Reviews Orchard Garden Hotel San Francisco
On a recent trip to SF I tried out this new hotel and I have to say I really enjoyed my stay. The bed was one of the best hotel beds I'd ever slept in -- might have had something to do with the fact that the hotel is still in it's pre-opening phase and maybe I was the first person to stay there.
Great hotel, wonderful staff
We stayed here with our two children for one night. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The hotel is exceptionally clean and neat. We will definitely stay here again when next in San Francisco.
as a regular of the "orchard" hotel for almost a year, i was excited to stay at their new propery down the street, the orchard "garden" hotel (sf's first all "green" hotel). when i was last in sf in dec, i new the garden has just opened but, knowing it was right at the chinatown gate, i decided not stay since it was long term stay. the folks at the orchard told me, the garden would be fully open by my next visit, which was this one night stay this past week.
I was in San Francisco staying in the Marina District and had a conference in Union Square. I decided to look for a different hotel than the one I had booked and found the Orchard Hotel, which was fully booked, but the Orchard Garden, it's new sister hotel, had rooms.
We stayed at this hotel last week for 3 nights. Upon entrance, it was very dark, but slowly as you walk in you feel a bit safer. our rooms were clean and room looked new. the plasma was a nice touch and room felt cosy. however disappointed with a few things - no minibar although their was a nice swanky fridge which was completely empty, there was not even a bottle of water in sight for when you are thirsty at night. there are no safes in the room. we started to get over these things until the 2nd day we tried using the phone to dial internationally, and it did not work. locals calls did, but not international. i then called front desk to which the repky was, "don't know why" and did not know what to do since it was 9pm and maintenance had left for the day. fine, i waited til the next day.... had to wait an hour for maintenance to finish their lunch before they could attend to me... by the time we checked out - it still hadn't worked. the inability to call was disappointing but the most disappointing was the staff's inability to resolve the issue let alone asking them to be efficient, and the fact i had to wait until they finished their lunch even though i notified them the day before. i must have contacted front desk at least 4 times, and each time their reply was "don't know". did not even offer me alternatives such as use of their phone or another phone from a different room. You can tell the staff here are not well trained in customer service or have any skills in resolving problems. i would not be able to rely on this hotel if anything went seriously wrong, and hence would not be staying here ever again. p.s services they say they provide and is clearly stated at front desk, which is turndown service on top of minibar was not provided at all. also restaurant was functioning, but food was very poor, as is their free breakfast.
We were very excited for our trip to San Fran and equally excited to stay in this seemingly beautiful green hotel. Upon our arrival we were dismayed to find the hotel barely open. The restaurant was closed, no room service, the elevator wasn't even put together all the way. They discounted our stay and that certainly was fair. When we got to the room, which was beautiful, and the bedding is plush and comfy, there was no heat or phone service. They brought us a space heater as it was in the 40's and 50's during our stay. We had a view of the VERY ugly backside of the building, but that was tolerable. We just kept the stylish curtains drawn.
We (wife & I) were in SFX for three-days and were looking for a reasonably priced, centrally located hotel. It is one of the earliest "green" hotels in SFX.
We stayed here for 7 nights in December. The rooms are very nice with great amenities and nice materials/colors. The rooms have 37" LCD tvs with HD channels (dvd will be added soon), a clock radio that allows direct hookup of an ipod, wireless access, nice bathroom with granite counters and aveda products. The superior rooms have a nice large window overlooking Bush St.
Budget Minded Choice
I started the the first leg of a coastal trip down the 1 to San Diego with a stay at the Orchard Garden. I agree with some of the other reviews that this a no frills stay. The hotel is nice, clean, and affordable priced, but you won't remember much about it other than it being an all around good deal. The continental breakfast served in the restaurant was very nice. The staff was helpful and attentive. No romance or ambiance.
My husband and I stayed at this new "Green" hotel in San Francisco from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19, 2006. The hotel is still a work in process. The restaurant won't be completed until the end of the year and not all the rooms are finished. That meant that there was plenty of construction noise by day. However, since we were up and gone by then, it was not at all a problem for us. The hotel employees could not have been nicer. When we asked for ice (their machines were not yet installed) they hurried down the street to get us some ice. Even the construction workers were about as nice as could be. Our room was very comfortable-- the bed and linens are top of the line and we slept very comfortably. The water pressure, however, was not great.... ask whether they have resolved this issue before booking, unless a not real strong shower is not an issue for you. We honestly thought it was all a part of being a green hotel, but was told by staff that they were working on the pressure. The location is fabulous, just around the corner from Chinatown and a couple of blocks from Union Square. It is easily accessible by BART from the airport. The pre grand opening rates are reasonable (about half what they will be). Be warned that due to the restaurant not yet being opened, the breakfast offerings are limited. Also, the roof top garden and business center are not yet completed. If everything was completed, I'd have given this an excellent rating. It is a great value at the reduced rates now, however.