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So we finally arrived in San Francisco at 2am in the Morning. The hotel was good, basic but clean. It had a scary elevator though and you were only allowed to have 2 people in it at once! After our 2am arrival (which also followed 38 hours of travel) we were up at 7 to walk to the ferry building at the wharf to catch our tour. The tour was a bus/ …
... Gate Park - quite eye-opening. It's known as the hippy street of SF. Golden Gate Park was amazing - Conservatory of Flowers, Botanic Gardens, de Young Museum, Stow Lake, Bisson Paddock, Polo Fields and a golf course - all in a park in the City. Amazing.
The Exploratory Museum was also great, but we didn't get to spend a heap of time there. It had a heap of exhibits that ...
... Poppy, in particular, enjoyed the experience. Check out www.exploratorium.edu
in the afternoon we caught another two trolleys to the end of the line and then caught a Cable Car to the shopping centre of town. The ride was quite an experience as the hills here are very steep and very long. The drivers and conductors are also characters who interacted with people on the street as we passed by. Transport and a show!
At Union Square ...
... recongisable landmarks like Coit Tower, tall pyramid shape Trans America building and then finally to the Ferry building.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Layne Hotel San Francisco
While on business in San Francisco this past weekend, I needed a place to stay - not a 'palace' to stay. I was looking for a reasonably priced lodging that was near to the Fort Mason Center. I stayed at the Layne and was very pleasantly surprised with what I found there.
We booked at the Layne Hotel in S.F. through HotWire we paid for 2 nights for 3 ppl. There are 3 steps up to the front doors which are locked. You have to press a buzzer on the right hand side of the doors to gain entry.
When I booked the Layne through Hotwire (really good deal), I felt good about my deal until I looked up the address. Frankly, I was afraid. I called the hotel ahead and the person at the desk instructed me how to walk from the BART. As it turned out,, the hotel is still in a safe district. Farther down Jones is dangerous but the hotel is just barely off Geary so just fine, and fancy hotels are just around the corner. Yes, there were homeless people on down the street, but now they are all over SF!
After booking the Layne name unseen through Hotwire, it turned out to be fine. Not great, not bad. The location is a little dodgy, though anyone who's stayed in the TenderNob area of San Francisco knows you don't have to be afraid. You do need to be aware. The staff was friendly and basically helpful, the room was pretty nice; not big, but well decorated with a king size bed and generous sized bathroom. We had a room towards the back so it was quiet. And I thought the old fashioned cage elevator was pretty cool. The only question marks were the towels - they were thin, small and as scratchy as sand paper - and the slightly stingy attitude about their continental breakfast. They were amazed (or aghast) that my husband wanted more than one coffee at a time, and they seemed shocked when I came back to ask for a second danish. All in all, for just over $60 in San Francisco, it was a pretty good deal. I would stay there again if I needed to, but I wouldn't actively seek it out.
Stayed at the Layne Hotel in San Francisco as a business traveler in late '05 to attend a conference. I avoided the big chain hotel where the conference was being held in favor of the Layne just a block away. Not only did I save nearly $100 per night, I got to enjoy a much more authentic taste of San Francisco.
I checked into the Layne Hotel in the early evening, and in the late evening, I came back to the hotel with a friend. A staff member of the hotel insisted that my friend leave an ID with the front desk, which my friend did not feel comfortable doing. In turn, I was insistent that there was no reason for them to require an ID. At that point, a different member of the hotel staff came to the front desk and started yelling at me, and then actually attempted to assault me. The assault did not occur only because the first of the staff at the hotel held back the other. The belligerent hotel staff member appeared to be highly intoxicated. At this point, I no longer felt safe staying at the hotel, and promptly took my belongings from the room and left. It was an unimaginably inhospitable experience, and I actually felt unsafe from the hotel staff.
My boyfriend and I wanted to stay somewhere under $100 and in a "cool" place in SF. This place was horrible. Yeah, it's under $100 (just barely), but our pillows had to be 500 years old, lumpy and flat, and the sheets were dirty with hair on them. The pillow cases also had holes in them.
On top of all this... it was not safe. It was in a very dangerous area. There were crack deals on our street and about 20 homeless people pestering us on the street. The windows did not lock, and had a fire escape that joined the builing next door.
I could not sleep b/c I was afraid... p.s. I live in NYC, so if I thought this was scary, then it was.
I would have thought I was at a bad hostel... but instead we got ripped off for $90!!!
I'd stay here again
It's definitely an economy hotel, but with character. It was very clean and had extras like a refrigerator, microwave, iron, hair dryer, etc. The desk staff was very nice. Our room was on the street side and was noisy because of that, but I had no trouble sleeping because although the beds were not plush, they were very comfortable. The continental breakfast consisted of only a packaged sweet roll and a cup of tea or coffee. Parking is $20 at a garage a few doors down.
I have stayed at the Layne Hotel twice. I enjoyed my stays very much. The front desk staff gave me lots of insider information on restaurants, shops, and sightseeing. The rooms where comfortable and had the amenities that matter the most, like an iron and board, hairdryer, microwave/frig combo, big t.v., AND a lamp. I stayed in room 140 and it was better than some of the franchise motels I have stayed in on my trip. The neighborhood borders an area called the 'tenderloin'. In my opinion, there are homeless people all around the city. The Hilton is just around the corner, and just as many hobos there, but I would rather spend less and get more personal attention by staying at the Layne Hotel. By the way, I left my ring on the window sill and they found it and mailed it to me!
Not even a good last resort
The hotel is terrible. The room (154) on the fifth floor is a cubicle with no air-conditioning, no lamps, no pictures. When I tried to raise the window, it came out of the casing and I was left standing there with it. The bedspreads were spotted and the Hilton cast-off bath mat was also stained.
The internet pictures are quite misleading. There is nothing charming about this place. In all fairness, the front desk attendant, upon arrival, was extremely friendly and honest.
I had to step over three homeless people to get to the front door to be "buzzed" in. I was told explicitly by the desk clerk not to venture off in a certain direction.