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... a cab stand and catch a cab back to the hotel. We arrive with 30 minutes to spare. A change of clothes and we are off to Sausalito for some site seeing and dinner at Angelinos. Scott and I have eaten there before and are looking forward to a return visit.
But before we can go to Sausalito we visit Lombard Street and Fort Scott. Our trip to the Fort brings us into contact with hundreds of bike riders who are renting bikes and riding across the Golden ...
... very special unique Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!! Back onto the chilly bus and got to see the latest Lucas Studios built 4 years about just down the road from Presidio. Got the airport shuttle just in time for our 6pm flight, until we got there and realised the flight was at 5.29pm - think my memory might be going!! Oops! Finally got through security (after Dad got drug ...
... a small table intently playing poker...the women playing Majong....there is an air of secrecy about. when we returned to the car we passed a couple dozen women all doing what I would call C hi ewe Tai Chi-like aerobics...all ages and natural abilities. One of favorite places on the planet since I was a very young child is the Japanese Teagarden In Golden Gate Park in SF. It actually appears to be one of the places that has changed very little in over 50 years. Now one must go ...
Back on the bus this morning for a tour of Sausilito - rich mans land. Got off & strolled around. Then back to the Golden Gate Bridge. Walked across it -35mins. Then lunch at a true American 50's Diner. Next we just had to experience the Trolley Car. So up & down the streets of San Fran. A stop at Ghirardelli Square (very famous chocolates). Fortunately for our waistlines, we have a 10hr drive then ...
... could leave they had to wash it down with something to remove snow and prevent it building up on the way up…haven't had that before. Arrived in San Fran by 11ish and I must say the lack of crowd was very refreshing…and having our own space in our own car felt very indulgent again. Headed back to our apartment in Cow Hollow and then pretty much collapsed. David is a little under the weather with a cold at the mo but coming ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAdante Hotel San Francisco
Terrible hotel, bed bugs and very old hotel with very basic and poor breakfast. Area has lots of homeless which didn't bother us but may bother others.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Adante Hotel San Francisco
"Almost Union Square, but cheaper!"
I go to SF frequently on business and usually stay at one of big chains (Marriott, Radisson) . This time I had to be there for a weekend meeting and wanted to bring along my teenage daughter and her friend, so we chose the Adante to be close to my meeting (Union Square) and their desire to ride cable cars to Fisherman's Wharf.
The Adante was very nice. I got a good internet price ($85) and they let us check in early. Our room was on the street side, fourth floor, and street noise was unavoidable. Double-paned windows closed to block out most of it and the ceiling fan kept us pretty comfy (end of a warm spell).
Rooms in SF are typically on the small side, and this was no different, but it was clean, bathroom was clean with good water pressure, and the walk to cable cars on Powell seemed safe.
There are homeless on a corner or two, but lots fewer than in the past in SF, and my teens were city-wise enough to walk on by. Nobody bothered them (or me) as we walked, taking different paths to see as many shops as possible.
Continental breakfast was paltry (juice, coffee, one type of muffin), but the staff was really great! No problem getting extra towels and a call to maintenance (slow toilet) got someone right up to help.
Anyone coming from a small town should be ready for the pace and volume of a big city, but SF is a great place and I would stay here again.
Our room was small, but clean. We had a ceiling fan which was great. The location is ALMOST shady, but we encountered no trouble walking around at night, particularly walking towards Union Square and Powell Street. Walking directly down to Market street was interesting, and I would recommend getting buses, street cars, and the BART from the Powell street stop. Don't count on the continental breakfast being anything worthwhile, but it does provide a quick on-the-go lift, and the coffee shop adjacent the lobby is excellent, including dollar PBRs. All in all, for a cheap place to stay, this place was worth while.
Friendly staff, great location but...
Saw the deal on a travel site ($50/night). Saw pictures of it and the tacky murals in the rooms. I questioned the quality of the hotel from the day of booking. I Should have trusted my instinct. The rooms were very small, at least the ones we got, had some kind of moldy smell. Can't create a breeze to get rid of the smell. I tried to open the window to get a breeze and if your room is on the street side, it is very loud, I mean you-can't-sleep-loud. It was a catch 22. The 2nd room was a bit bigger but had the smell factor. Regarding the continental breakfast, it was lacking variety considering it only offered coffee, OJ, Cranberry juice and small blueberry muffins for 3 days in a row. I stayed around the last 3 days of August. Oh yeah, one more thing, I got attacked by 3 crickets at night! Would not advise it.
You might be the victim of an oversell
I had a reservation at Adante from aug. 14 -19, 2004. Being a single traveler I am not that picky when it comes to the service in a hotel. But I can't just "keep my mouth shut" after being oversold by Adante for my first night of my 5 night stay. They claimed their internet reservations were "hard to control". My only "crime" was being from the East and showing up for check-in at about 8 PM PST (if memory serves).... Well they were nice enough to pay my cab fare to the nearby hotel (for one night) that they transfered me to in a seedy area of Chinatown. I think this illustrates the merits of staying at a "recognized" hotel chain (Marriott, Best Western, Radisson... heck even Days Inn) which Adante is not... And while I do not fly across the continent in order to watch 500 (exagerating of course) TV channels in my hotel room, the ones I do get I expect to have decent cable reception (about 5 of them didn't).
Now for the positives.
Other than that the staff is friendly, room was comfortable, practical coded in-room safe, accessible internet cafe. Hotel is conveniently located from a variety of restaurants and BART/Cable Car spots.
Great Value, Clean Rooms
We stayed at the Adante for three nights in late August 2004, and found the staff friendly, the rooms (small) but very comfortable, and the price a great value! We had booked online through a travel site, requesting a smoking room, and were surprised to learn that the entire facility (formerly a Quality Inn) was now non-smoking, but aside from that twist, we enjoyed the Adante thoroughly. The internet cafe in the Lobby had delightful coffee, and although we did not avail ourselves of it, the Adante offered a nice continental breakfast selection each morning. We will return to the Adante again, finding the price and location (four blocks from the Powell St. cable car line) much to our liking.
Adante Hotel near Union Square
This was our first trip to San Fran. We saw a special hotel deal for $60 a night at the Adante Hotel. The hotel was clean and fairly comfortable, the location was good, very close to Union Square and the cable cars. The hotel service was okay, one day we went back to the hotel to take a nap and there were no sheets on our bed, still not sure why. This is a good deal in a city that has very few, so if you don't mind the fairly tacky decorating ( the mural at the front desk is beautiful, but the painting/mural in our room looked like it was done by a 6 year old ) Also, there are some very loud and inconsiderate people living in the complex next door. They had poker games, and blasted music a 3-4am many nights... So if you are looking for quiet getaway, DO NOT STAY HERE!!!! Also, make sure to visit Sausalito, Miur woods and the wine country (bus/van tour is best) and make sure to buy a 7 day public transportation MUNI pass for $20. The cable car rides alone are worth it, as they are $3 each way!!!
Also, it gets pretty cold at night, so bring some sweaters/jackets. Also, there are an abundance of homeless people/vagrants that live here. And the food is not very good, and is very expensive. Other than that, there are many beautiful views to be seen, but the entertainment/food will never be as good as our home town Chicago.
Definitely will go back!
I read the reviews here when I booked and since the rate was so low (under $70/night) I was concerned, but like other reviews, I really was surprised at what I found. Small, but very clean rooms, new TV, ceiling fan (no AC, but even in summer didn't need it), EXCELLENT service - very nice front desk staff, and who can beat the happy hour ($2 beers in the attached coffee bar!). Ideal location - couldn't have been in a better spot for walking to everything we wanted. You really get more than you pay for in my opinion.
The Adante Hotel rocks!
I just returned from a five-night stay at the Adante Hotel. It was absolutely wonderful and a great bargain. I was attending a national conference at the San Francisco Hilton, where the conference rate was $190/night. I got a room with two double beds at the Adante for $73/night.
It was just two blocks away and made for a much more fun experience -- the staff was very friendly, and the coffee shop next door (24 fps) made it an even better trip. We'd stop in for coffee in the morning and happy hour in the evening. Cool folks with a great vibe.
If you're worried that the Adante is in the Tenderloin, don't -- it's in a fine neighborhood with a great little produce market and many ethnic (Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Indian) restaurants on the same block.
I've stayed in SF many times and this is my favorite place I've ever stayed. I hope to go back soon. The rooms were clean and quiet and had a fun, funky vibe that beats staying in a boring chain. You won't regret it.
Very pleasant stay at the Adante
My family and my sister's family stayed at the Adante Hotel for 3 days starting June 19th. After an exhausting search for a reasonable, clean hotel with a great location we chose the Adante. We loved the desk clerk, he was very helpful and polite. The hotel is located in Union Square, and central to all the sites, and shopping. The rooms are smaller than chain hotels. The bathrooms were very clean, and we were supplied with more than enough towels. To me that's a great thing, it can be a hassle tracking down someone for fresh towels. Overall the rooms were very clean, and the beds were very comfortable. We loved having a Walgreens, and a produce & food mart so close to the hotel. I think most people would be happy with this hotel. We got a great price on the room, it was $89.00 a night. There is no parking at this hotel, but we found the valet parking very handy. We never waited more than 10 minutes for our van. I loved the murals located on all the floors, lobby, and rooms. It was a bit noisy, but for the location I feel that is to be expected. We closed the window, and the ceiling fan kept us cooled down. I would stay at the Adante Hotel again
Excellent, friendly service at Adante Hotel
My wife and I stayed at the Adante Hotel last week and enjoyed the kitschy themed rooms and friendly customer service. Our room had a seaside motif with fun hand-painted murals. You can't possibly beat the rates for a hotel located within 3 short blocks of Union Square- we got a real bargain at $79/night! The frosting on the cupcake is the little cafe attached to the hotel that serves up hot grilled panini sandwiches and even has draft beer. The Adante is a great place to stay to be accessible to the shops of Union Square and public transportation to anywhere in the city! Two thumbs up!