Travel Blogs from San Francisco
Today is Black Friday. How great was this morning. I vaguely remember Mark getting up at 4 in the morning to go shopping whilst I rolled over and went back to sleep. I was then woken up at 8 with a cup of tea from Starbucks and loads of clothes bought for me by my dear husband. After trying on all my new clothes we had breakfast before taking the …
We woke up this morning bright and early to a lovely sunny day again. I was so excited as I got to ride the train today yay! I am so glad Mark does his research before hand and he always knows where to go because I would be so lost if it wasn't for him. We took the train to Glen Park and boarded the free bus to the Dickensian Faire. We knew before …
Today is our final full day here at San Francisco. We started the day by being woken up at 6 in the morning by a very loud Italian having a Skype conversation with someone on his computer in the room next door. He soon quietened down when Mark banged on the wall and told him to shut the Fup. As Mark was already up he took a wander down to Starbucks …
Well today is the final day with our rental car. It has served us well and Mark has managed 10 days without crashing it (Mark edit: cheeky Mare!). We took a walk this morning down to Monterey beach which was lovely because for the first time on our holiday it felt like winter and we had to wrap up as there was a bit of a chill in the air. After …
Hi everyone, what a difference a one hour light makes,arrived in SF and weather was really cold. The afternoon we arrived apparently the first winter storm of the season closed in. Prediction was for heavy rain and literally feet of snow in the mountains, luckily after our first day here which was absolutely miserable skies turned clear for the …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Frank San Francisco
Maxwell is fantastic!!
I stayed at the Maxwell the last time i was in San Francisco, and let me tell you...i will be staying there every time i go back! The rooms had a wonderful vintage feel, complete with a dressing table in the walk-in closet! And the service was just beyond compare. Not to mention the location, right off Union Square!!! You really can't ask for more in a hotel - I can't wait to visit again!
Convenient, Beautiful Hotel in SF!
My husband and I have stayed at the Maxwell Hotel a few times over the last year and just love it! It is so close to Union Square shopping, cable cars and fabulous restaurants! The hotel staff has been courteous and responsive to our needs. The hotel is spotless and beautifully decorated! We love it!
After a long flight from Edinburgh to San Francisco, via London and Chicago , all I wanted was a sandwich and a cup of tea for my wife and I and our two teenage sons , and a comfy bed. No problem to the staff at the Maxwell....welcoming, courteous and sympathetic to these far travelled visitors. Five days and nights in one of the comfiest king size beds I've slept in followed. Our double room was adjacent to our two sons' double room.....a hotel deal aimed at travelling families....good value , and with the facility for privacy if required. The proximity to the Trams, buses, and the BART system was very handy, as we had decided to travel by Public Transport within and around the city. Shops , restaurants , and galleries abound nearby, and travelling to all the tourist areas was never a problem...Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Fishermans Wharf were all hit by the family. Following San Fran, we took off for Yosemite, but thats another story.... I would recommend the Maxwell as a good value, centrally located, family friendly hotel in the heart of San Francisco....it certainly added to our enjoyment of a beautiful city. Joe Fitzpatrick, St Andrews, Scotland
I have stayed at 3 other Joie de Vivre properties and was quite pleased. Unfortunately the Maxwell did not match up to the others. Yes, the location is excellent--less than one block from Union Square.
Spent 4 lovely nights at the Maxwell. place was clean, room was nice, price was right. in the heart of union square. room was ok, bed comfy, bathroom nice, sitting area for writing, felt like you had space to move about. public transportation right there - bart, cable cars, street cars, buses. restaurant is OK. would recommend Aqua (seafood) and Ebisu (japanese - best sushi i ever had).
staff friendly and attentive. this is a solid 3 star spot. later in my trip i spent a night in the ramada on market street and HATED it. I would definitely go back to the Maxwell. bottom line - this is a n affordable spot ($100 per nite/avg) with a great location (union square)
A little disappointing
We booked to stay in the maxwell for 4 nights. The hotel is in a great location but it is not value for money. The rooms where small and shoddy. Little things like paintwork and a bathroom you couldnt swing a cat in added to the disappointment of this hotel. It wasnt worth the money we paid. All that said the staff were extremely helpful and courteous - they helped us get around San Francisco and booked trips etc for us which is something you dont get in the bigger hotels. My advice if your not too bothered about your room and want location then this is the one for you.
Charming and clean
Hotel was neat and clean, comfortable beds, charming - we stayed in a Jr. Suite w/ a King bed and pull out sofa bed w/ our son. Attached restaurant was superb. I would stay there again. Close to everything.
My husband and I spent the first two nights of our honeymoon at the Maxwell. It was perfect! Our room was very large and offered a nice view of San Francisco. The art deco style of the place offered the perfect ambiance for an old boutique hotel. One tip: Don't eat breakfast downstairs--there's a great place on the corner that is much more affordable.
I just returned from a four night stay at the Maxwell and I loved it. I had originally called to book another property owned by the same group, and since I asked for adjoining rooms (I had two teenagers in tow) they suggested the Maxwell instead, having a more convenient locations for families and they gave me half price on the second room. I must say that the location was nearly perfect. I don't know San Francisco well at all (it was my first time there), but apart from quite a few friendly panhandlers, the location was good. There were lots of restaurants and great shops within walking distance. The neighborhood felt safe. Chinatown is a short walk away. Cablecars run nearby, if you want to ride one. The staff at the hotel is extremely friendly and helpful. There is internet access in an alcove off the lobby (you can buy a 20 minute card for $3. from the front desk). I rebooted the computer when the screen froze and they insisted on giving me a free card because I had 'helped' them out -- even though rebooting a computer is a no-brainer. But I liked that I could check my email while I was away. The hotel is quite gorgeous and ultra-comfortable. Each room has it's own heater (San Francisco was surprisingly chilly in July!) air conditioning unit. The one in my room was brand new. The hotel is decorated in a combination of a Victorian / Art Deco style, if you can picture it, and it's a success. My room had dark red walls, black woodwork, the most beautiful bedspread I had ever seen in a hotel, gorgeous velvet/damask drapes, and two easy chairs with leopard pillows! It was just stunning! It's an old building that had been renovated, but the charm was not remodeled out of it. My favorite feature though, was the newly done old-fashioned bathroom with small white octogon floor tiles and the biggest porcelain tub I've seen in a hotel. If you like baths (like I do - a major destresser for me) you know the difference between porcelain and fiberglass. Porcelain baths stay hot longer. I had a delightful stay at the Maxwell. The highlight was running into the actress Renee Taylor in the elevator (she played Fran Fine's mom on The Nanny), who was also staying at the Maxwell while performing nearby. You know, dahling, if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for you!
Perfect for a weekend getaway, The Maxwell Hotel offered us much more than we had anticipated. Just a block off of Union Square, this contemporary hotel had the perfect touch of old world style. The rooms were immaculate and well taken care of - especially for an older hotel in the city. It's thick velvety curtains and rich color combinations made the aestetics very welcoming.