Travel Blogs from San Francisco
This morning I had a tour of the city organized. Well, it was sort of organised. As I found out with many of the transfers and tours I had arranged through Creative Holidays, the providers had to be contacted once I was there to confirm bookings, pick times and locations, I found this rather annoying.
Anyway at 9 in the morning I was …
The plane reached San Francisco with no delays, about thirteen and a half hours of flying. Due to the fact I crossed the International Date Line, it was now earlier in the same day than it was when I left Sydney. I left Sydney at 12.15 in the afternoon; it was now 10 in the morning! It did not take long to clear immigration and customs; to enter …
16/09-2011 fˇru vit sum sagt ˙r New York til San Francisco. Flogt˙rurin tˇk umlei 6 tÝmar yvirum landi. Vit lendu um morgunin og valdu at taka bussin inn til San Francisco Downtown, har vit skuldu b˙gva.
Bilarnir koyrdu sum svakir, og ßrenn vit vistu av, rendi ein bilur inn ß sÝuna ß bussinum - beint har sum vit sˇtu! Busssjaf°rurin stega …
The first thing you notice about San Francisco is the incredibly steep roads! Its not the easiest city to drive around so hats off to Kev for driving us around. We obviously did not know the city and had booked ourselves into the slightly dodgy Tenderloin area but it was just a short walk to the more happening part of town so we decided to stay put …
Na een lange vliegreis van 11uur in de steeds krapper wordende Economy Class van de KLM is het nu tijd om even bij te komen in San Francisco. Het in Nederland gereserveerde hotel bleek op de hoogte te zijn van onze komst (wat altijd weer een meevaller is) en de kamer was prima. Om 15u tentjes uitklappen voor de kinderen en zelf ook maar even wat …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renoir Hotel San Francisco
The hotel itself was OK, decent value for money and quite clean. It was in close walking distance of Union Square and the tram station but to get there you had to walk through all the homeless people. To be fair they never threatened us but I wouldnt recommend you venture out alone at night. Through the day there were many loonies around shouting at themselves etc. If you are on a budget and dont mind the surroundings then this hotel will be OK for you.
My partner and I recently stayed twice at the Renoir - in late June, and then again just last week, at the end of September. We are both San Francisco fanatics and had stayed at the Ramada before, just a block further up on Market Street. Honestly, we really liked the experience at the Renoir and reading the relatively negative sounding comments below, I feel like I have to voice my own opinion. The Renoir is an old hotel, almost 100 years old - so there is no air conditioning, the windows however open and the air in San Francisco is usually cool, especially at night. The hotel is located next to major attractions: the fabulous Asian Art Museum is two blocks away, the Orpehum Theater where we a good production of the Phantom of the Opera, just one. It's a five minute walk to the Cable Cars, and yes, there are some sex shops along these three blocks, and cafés, and cheap clothing and electronic stores. But we walked them regularly and were not annoyed by the street people, who hang out here as much as around the Cable Cars. And have you looked at the Visitors Information Center? That place needs a clean-up, it's disgusting, what a bad advertising for the city and its tourist office! Actually the scariest place for us was around the place where the Cable Cars leave for the Wharf, in front of the Powell Hotel. We used the streetcars a lot, called the F-line, they cost only a dollar and 25 cents and took us to Ghirardelli Square, the Ballpark and the Castro. We also used the night buses to get back to the hotel. And the bus to the Golden Gate bridge stops also right at the hotel. Unfortunately, they have a McDonalds restaurant attached on one side of the hotel, and it must have been closed while because during both trips it was empty and not a very attractive sight. The hotel lobby is ornate and we enjoyed hanging out on the new sofas there and listen to the realy cool music they are playing. The front desk staff is more like "hit and miss" - in general very helpful and knowledgeable, except one or two employees who should look for a different place to work for, they obviously don't like to work here or with hotel guests. The rooms are very clean, the restaurant offers a great breakfast and last week we enjoyed the barbeque ("churasco") tremendously - except that we ate far too much meat for what my doctor recommends! We got a very good deal after booking directly with the hotel, including valet parking and daily breakfast! The rooms were all non smoking which I think is great, and otherwise had everything we needed, except maybe high speed internet access. I would recommend: if you are used to urban life and want to see the reall, cool and exciting San Francisco, stay at the Renoir! If you are looking for a clean and boring American city, you shouldn't come to San Francisco in the first place. Or stay at Fisherman's Wharf in an over-priced Hilton or Holiday Inn! But you will never know why this is such a great city. We will come back and stay here again.
Don't go here! Bad location.
My new wife and I wanted to spend our honeymoon at the Renoir, because of the French name, Brazillian restaurant and it being located in the heart of Downtown. But when we got there, homeless people were everywhere, triple X theaters right next door and no parking available.
We ended up finding something else.
Sorry to let you down Renoir, but I have to be truthful.
Great for public transport
For the ease of using public transport I would say that the hotel was in an excellent location but it's the vagants and the people that hang around them that would put me off staying there again. We made sure we were in our room before dark which did limit what we could do but we were never bothered by anyone.Room was clean but had seen better days. We thought tea/coffee making facilities would be provided but they were not. Ask for a room high up on the McAllister side of the building which will limit the amount of noise you will get but do expect to hear some sounds in the night!!
Rooms decent, Vagrants outside, NOT!
I recently stayed at the Renoir. I will not be returning. The rooms were decent but I will say they have a very bad problem with the homeless living just outside the hotel lobby on Market Street. Our room over-looked Market and these drunk and drugged vagrants were yelling and screaming all night long. This did not make for an enjoyable stay at the Renoir. Scary.
Being a New Yorker, I thought I had seen some pretty "scary" neighborhoods, but the Civic Center, which is home to the Renoir Hotel takes top prize. I've never felt so unsafe in my life. The area surrounding the hotel is inhabited by aggressive homeless people, drug-addicted individuals, and strip clubs. It's a very uncomfortable 5 block (or so) walk from the hotel to the safety of cable cars.The "no frills" accomodations were adequate if you're willing to overlook the unpolished staff, the shabby lobby furniture, and the antiquated radiators in the rooms, which kocked all night long.One huge plus for the Renoir's lcoation is that the restuarant downstairs serves really good food.Despite the negative hotel experience, I didn't rate the hotel as horrible because the bathroom was really clean and we didn't hear gunplay in the street below.
I have had the pleasure of staying at the Renoir on several occasions. It is a wonderfully restored building,and the staff was exceptional. The rooms were spacious and well-maintained. Unfortunately,the neighborhood surrounding the hotel was not the greatest,with lots and lots of sketchy "characters" in front of the hotel entrance. Not a place to venture out at night,especially if you're a single female like myself. However,the trade-off for being in such a sketchy locale is that the Renoir is within walking distance of Union Square and Chinatown. Plus PacBell Park,the Golden Gate Bridge,North Beach and the Castro are all only a short train or bus ride away. Another bonus is that the hotel is only a few steps away from a BART/MUNI subway station,a great option for those without a car.Despite the questionable "characters",I would stay at the Renoir again. It is a wonderful hotel,and one of the hidden gems in San Francisco!
The hotel was in the process of updates, but it was fine. Our wake up call didn't make it to us one morning - but other than that the front desk staff was very courteous with helping book tours and directions how to get places the easiest.
Pros: Small, inexpensive hotel in a central location, great service. Updated older property.
Not what you expect....
My husband and I felt uncomfortable about the outside environment of the Renoir Hotel. Although it is close to the Union Station, public transportation (cable cars, BART) and other points of interest, I felt unsafe about walking outside the hotel. The hotel itself was okay. It had the basic accomodations and it was clean. We kept our window open most of the time because there wasn't any air conditioning. We looked out the window and saw homeless people sifting through trash or heard loud screams intermittently during the day and night. Needless to say, we won't be checking in anytime soon.