The Orchard Hotel
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We had a long lie today to let our aching muscles rest (though to be honest they are not as bad as I expected them to be, maybe we are fit after all!) and headed out at 0930. We had intended having breakfasts at The Cheesecake Company above Macy's but Macy's didn't open till 1000, so we wandered around the Financial area to the east of Union …
Breakfast was at Lori's Diner just down the road on Powell. We had a full breakfast with pancakes, has bropwn, bacon, eggs, the never ending cup of coffee etc. The food was OK but not brilliant, the hash browns were not very good, soggy and not cooked properly. We then met a San Franciscan icon - or two of them. These two old ladies were inside a …
Breakfast was at Sears Fine Foods just down from the hotel. There is normally a queue out the door but we were lucky and got in for seats at the bar. We had Al's specials with bacon, eggs, pancakes, maple syrup and coffee that just doesn't stop getting refilled. The hash browns were much better than the ones we got in Lorie's. We wandered into town …
We arrived on time at 1400 local, the plane came in from the North and we got a great view of the North of the city and it was weird to see clear skies and a big thread of fog rolling in down the centre of the Bay. We got off the plane and through to Immigration. Even though there were dozens of desks, it still took 40 minutes from landing to get …
... late shuttle from the airport (we really had no luck with shuttles this trip), we felt right at home as we headed over the hill to a blustery, sunny city. Since it was such a lovely day, we thought we should take the opportunity to do one of the activities recommended by everyone we know that had been to San Francisco - hire a bike and ...
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Excellent hotel for the money. Rivals the W and others in its class.
Good service, top notch decor & furnishings, cushy bed, perfect location. Only issue - make sure to ask for a room that's not on the noisy alley way.
Orchard a Treat
We were greeted upon arrival at the Orchard Hotel by Cornell, one of the doormen, who dealt with our luggage and our vehicle expeditiously.
He was very helpful throughout our stay giving info on restaurants, sightseeing routes and if you need a cab, you won't wait more than about 20 seconds for him to snag one. The staff on the front desk were also very helpful with dtq's (dumb tourist questions). We had booked a suite and the first night stayed in the suite on the 2nd floor (there is one per floor). We found it noisy so the next morning without any difficulty at all were located a few floors higher, and the suite was slightly larger. It was quieter but if you want to avoid street noise you will need to take a room backing on the alley, but then you lose the streetview - your choice. The rooms are immaculate, beds comfortable and the bathrooms are huge. Free DVD's at the front desk and if you have a suite you have a TV/DVD setup in the sitting room as well as the bedroom. We didn't end up using our car so didn't have to go through valet parking except on departure and at $30 per day it is expensive but is competitive with what the other hotels in Union Square area are charging. Besides, there is a cable car stop at the corner of Bush and Powell, about 50 yards from the hotel front door though at peak times they tend to be full and you may wait a while. The shopping at Union Square is all within a 2 to 5 block radius of the hotel, quite walkable though uphill on the way back. Lots of great restaurants within walking distance. Right on the corner is Vito's, if you are interested in a good pasta or pizza dinner. Vito's hit the spot for us getting in late the first night though even at 8:00 we had to wait a little while for a table. There is also a nice Mexican restaurant around the corner and Scala's in the Drake is 2 blocks away. The Orchard includes a continental breakfast which was more than adequate but by the 3rd day a little boring. I would recommend losing the sliced ham and cheese trays since they seemed to go largely untouched and go for more variety in the baked goods and the cereals. On all counts a great stay and keep tabs on the internet pricing and specials offered as there is some play in the pricing available at this hotel and others in the Nob Hill/Union Square area.
Exceeded HIGH expectations
We picked the Orchard Hotel based upon the great reviews posted on Trip Advisor and Travelocity, so we had very high expectations. The Orchard Hotel far exceeded them. Starting with James the doorman who was awesome. A great guy and extremely helpful. The front desk staff was very pleasant and accomodating. We arrived before noon to leave our bags while we explored the city. They checked us in to our room three hours early! And the room was magnificent. We had booked the least expensive room in the hotel and were expecting very ordinary accomodations. Imagine our surprise when we were on the top floor with a view of the Mark Hopkins. We even enjoyed a couple very recent movies (free) on the in room Sony DVD home theatre system. The continental breakfast was okay, nothing to rave about like the rest of the hotel.
We had one meal at Solea. Don't bother. There are too many other great restaurants in the area or a short cable car ride away. Both the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde are twenty steps outside the hotel, and the California line is only two blocks away. The Orchard Hotel is an awesome hotel in a great location to conveniently enjoy the entire city. If you are staying in San Francisco, we don't think you can do any better than the Orchard.
What a great choice for a hotel for our first time to San Francisco.
The staff was excellant as was the doormen. Without the help of James and Cornell we would have been lost! We just had a King room. What great furnishings. First class all the way. The bathroom was very roomy and the amenities were excellent. We were going to stay at the Monaco, but chose this hotel instead. Nothing against the Monaco, but at $139.00 per nite with a very nice continental breakfast included, it can't be beat. The location is great as we spent our first nite at Scala's. Have your meal or snacks at the bar and just people watch. We know where we will stay the next time we go to S.F.... The Orchard Hotel.
The Orchard is Awesome!
Stayed July 2-6, 2003 After hours and hours of research to find the perfect location/lodging in San Francisco I selected The Orchard Hotel.
My husband and I were extremely happy with our choice of lodging. The Orchard is located at a very convenient address. The room was upscale, clean and the bed very very comfortable. The bathroom was spacious which is important to us if we are staying for several nights (5 on this trip) with the best amenities provided (Aveda products). I had read good/bad reviews of the continental breakfast but didn't not see how anyone could complain about it as it was just a little shy of a full breakfast. There was not any hot items, but if anyone has been to Europe and that is what The Orchard's breakfast is comparable to-- it should be more than satisfactory. We don't usually enjoy the typical continental breakfast but they offered so much and did vary it especially on the weekend (adding yogurt and croissants, etc.) that we felt we couldn't justify paying elsewhere. After 5 days of the continental breakfast we still were not bored with it. The staff was extremely helpful. The doormen do a great job and always ask if they can be of assistance with directions or whatever you need. I really do not see how anyone could complain about this hotel as it was absolutely wonderful and I will not have to research in the future where I will stay because we will be staying at THE ORCHARD HOTEL in San Francisco.
Not very impressive
I had heard good reviews on the Orchard Hotel, so my husband and I decided to stay there on one of our many trips to San Francisco. The rooms were clean, but not as luxurious as they have been made out to be. The staff was not very friendly, and the breakfast was mediocre at best. We spent nearly $200 a night to stay here, and I would have much rather spent the money at the Omni, the Palomar, or the W. I would not recommend this hotel unless you are able to get it at a discounted rate, otherwise spend your money elsewhere.
Best Bed Ever!
My boyfriend and I spent three nights at the Orchard Hotel over July 4th weekend. We chose this hotel based on the reviews we read and they were all correct. This hotel has the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I used to be a sales manager for an upscale hotel company and I have never slept on a bed like this at any of those hotels. The bathroom was also huge and clean and we both loved the Aveda products.
We chose a room facing the alley to avoid street noise and it was perfectly quiet. The complimentary continental breakfast was delightful, even though they don't vary it much from day to day. I would definitely stay at the Orchard Hotel again. Every staff member we encountered was pleasant and helpful. I was impressed!
Expensive parking, wonderful room, spacious bathroom!
We stayed at the Orchard Hotel during our honeymoon. We were impressed with the room and the gigantic bathroom. The little touches, such as q-tips, cordless phones and DVD player were very much appreciated by us. The bathtub even had its separate light. You can feel the newness of this hotel. The only downside to this hotel is that parking is $30 a day and especially if you are staying during a busy weekend (we were here during the 4th of July weekend), you are stuck using the hotel's valet service. The parking fees alone put an extra $100 on the price of this hotel and because it was the 4th of July weekend, we really didn't have anywhere else to park. The beds were highly comfortable (they don't feel like hotel beds at all) and the views were lovely. The noise from the street never reached us. In fact, our room was so quiet during our stay I had problems falling asleep! This was a wonderful hotel. The honor bar in the room had reasonable prices and had items ranging from 7UP to champagne. It was an enjoyable stay and I would recommend this hotel above all others in the Union Square area.
Forever in love with The Orchard Hotel
My husband and I just got back from SF - we stayed on The Orchard Hotel on Bush Street. IT WAS WONDERFUL! There's nothing wrong with SF boutique hotels, but The Orchard is for those folks who want a little more room. The hotel is 2 years old so everything is NEW. The rooms are huge. Double glass windows to keep the noise out. Down comforters. Free DVDs at the front desk. Wonderful continental breakfast. Aveda products in the large bathroom. SF Chronicle/USA Today/Wall Street Journal. High speed internet in all rooms - you can also check your email at the front desk on one of their computers. We took advantage of their Spring Fling special and paid $132.50 per night with a 3 night stay. I will stay there again whenever I'm in SF. Try it. You won't be disappointed. This hotel was also written up last year in Wine Spectator magazine along with the big boys like The Fairmont; Westin St. Francis - just to give you an idea of where it rates. It was perfect!!
Probably the best kept secret in San Francisco. World Class Service. Impeccible amenities. Great DVD System. Safe and Secure. Staff was probably the most friendly that I have encountered, especially the gents at night (after 11pm). My fiance and I had a very good time. Only drawback is the hotel's restaurant (Solea). Service was very poor and the dessert was disappointing. The bartender mumbles and you can't understand him. But there is Roxanne's next door.