Travel Blogs from San Francisco
A few months ago, Matt saw that Atoms for Peace would be playing at the Treasure Island Music Festival...and so began our planning for a week long trip to San Francisco, California!
Captains blog stardate 22-8-2012
The 10 hour flight was uneventful except that we didn't have seats next to each other, I can't remember the last time I was on a flight where I could pick my seats so totally forgot about online check in. In my defence we were very busy securing all our worldly possessions yesterday. But maybe 10 hours …
Lovely morning – bright and sunny – but I am sure it won't last.
Purchased a day pass for the tram and buses so spent our time on them seeing the city sights. The cable cars (cable pulled trams) are unique, so we caught one down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Going up and down the hills on the trams is great fun. Had a look …
We were pretty lucky with the weather today (it's been pretty typical San Francisco weather thus far, foggy etc), which was good, because we hired bikes and headed over the Golden Gate bridge towards Sausalito.
I had to stop every two seconds to take photos, so we made pretty slow process, much to Dan's annoyance I'm sure! We cycled past …
Today we headed through the Civic Centre and up through to Haight-Ashbury. Now in case you didn't know, this is where all the 'hippy' stuff happened in the '60s (although I guess that before all that it played host to Jack Kerouac et al and the 'beat' movement). I was expecting it to be a bit more like Camden, but I guess it's become more …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Mosser San Francisco
I really cannot say enough good things about this hotel. The location in and of itself was ideal just steps away from Union Square (located of 4th and Market). The price was very reasonable, considering the location. Every morning coffee and muffins were complimentary downstairs in the lobby. The staff was very helpful and always helped point us in the right direction for our daily excursions. Everything was clean and well kept...and did I mention the location was absolutely ideal?! :)
For all the good that this hotel offered, there was a bit of a catch. We were on the 6th floor, which included a shared bathroom. This had to have been the tiniest hotel room I have ever stayed in, even more so than places we've stayed in NYC! I would estimate our room to be 8' x 8' at best. There was enough room for a bed, a tiny closet, a sink and mirror and a teeny dresser. For some people, this would never work. But for just the two of us, it wasn't a problem at all. We packed smart and just pulled out what we needed for the day from our suitcases. There were about 6 hangers in the closet so some things we hung up as well. There were 2 restrooms on our floor that I could see, one for men and the other for women. Not once during our week stay did either of us have to wait to use the restroom. It was always vacant when we needed it...same with the shower room. Everything from our room to the shared spaces were always kept immaculately clean. Again, this set up would not work for a lot of people, but for us it was fine. Though it would not be my preference to have a shared bathroom, if the price were right, I would hands down opt for it again vs a private bath at an increased cost.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and chances are we will stay here again for our next trip to San Francisco.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews The Mosser San Francisco
My brother and I found this hotel through Orbitz for an exceedingly reasonable price. Since I'd been to San Francisco once before, I knew the location was great and the hotel seemed nice when we checked out the web site. Honestly, it was nicer. I'm not sure why it is only rated two stars. We called after we made the reservation to request two beds and had a room with our own bath (and a nice, deep bath it was for soaking my sore feet), although I understand there are rooms without baths as well (shared baths in hallway). The room was small, but my brother and I aren't big people, so it was completely adequate. The hotel is very nicely decorated and extremely clean and the location is fantastic as far as access to some of the major sights and to all public transportation. If you're going to the Modern Art Museum, it's around the corner. The hotel is steps from the Bart, so unless you have trouble carrying things or your flight is very early, don't order a shuttle to the airport; getting there is simple and less than $5 from the Mosser. The lobby is really cool too and I like the idea that some proceeds go towards protecting the rainforest and also that there is a recording studio on the premises. The staff was helpful and friendly and there were tasty apples at the front desk every morning. If you are watching your budget but you would like a hotel with character and class close to things, stay at the Mosser!
Overall it was a very good hotel. The location is central to everything - near to all the transports facilities and shops. Literally 5 minutes from Union Square, where all the main shops and dining places are situated. We realised that alot of places in San Francisco closed at around 9 / 10pm so if you wanted to go somewhere the best place to eat is the Cheesecake factory which closes around 11pm weekdays. Its really lively and always packed. Otherwise if you walk towards the Metreon (Big cinema - which has a Imax screen - excellent) theres a lot of dining places to go after 10pm. Its very safe and lively and very close to the hotel.
Great location, well priced!
Highly recommended if you fancy a hotel in a safe area, great city location and reasonably pricing. Being a single woman, the friendly staff and the location of the hotel were the main characteristics which i truly appreciate. Indeed, the room can be a bit bigger but that is something that can be lived with.
Excellent Location - Excellent Price
Very small rooms that were spotless and tastefully appointed with modern, stylish accessories. Staff was helpful. Could not be in a better location, as the hotel is conveniently located one block off of Market Street. Perfect for a weekend get-away to the Golden Gate city if shopping, museum visits, and a centrally located hotel are "musts" for you!
This hotel is great, it's clean, nice and neat, it has small rooms and shared bathrooms but that's ok, this hotel is all about the conservation of water and a porcion of the proceeds for hotel guests is donated by the mosser family to reforestation of rainforests, literacy and educational projects, plus it has a recording studio, isn't this great!. It's right in downtown, like 5 min from chinatown, the Metreon with movie theaters and shops is right across the street, the bart station is close too. Downtown SF is cool but there's a lot of homeless people, but from here you can take a bus to anywhere in the city(if you can, do not rent a car, parking is hard and sometimes expensive), plus the bart can take you to the airport for $4.70(from the powell station, fares vary from station to station) which is better than taking an expensive taxi, you know? Thank you very much for reading my review.
What a pleasant surprise - this hotel is nicely restored and well staffed. We would definitely stay here again.
Small but Nice
My wife and I stayed at this hotel on Nov. 24, 2002. It looked like they finished the renovation. The room is just enough for two people. The room is very nicely decorated.If you are expecting a low budget hotel in SF, it is a very nice place to stay. This hotel is close to downtown SF. We payed $50w/everything from priceline
Nice Budget Hotel
We enjoyed our stay in this hotel. The rooms although small were clean and bright. The staff friendly. Very central and safe location. All in all a good hotel to stay in when working on a budget.
Superlative! Run don't walk.
This wonderful hotel is absolutely fabulous. Beautifully restored to it's Victorian splendor, with an accent of retro and modern furniture. Super-clean, super value. Very friendly staff. Great location-near theatres, and two blocks to cable cars. All public transit on nearby Market Street. Catch the "F" streetcar to either Castro, or Fisherman's Wharf. Next to ritzy and expensive Palomar, and Marriott hotels. Note: San Francsico has a terrible problem with it's homeless population, and they're nearby outside. However, the neighborhood, and hotel is safe-just be aware. Many more expensive hotels are right nearby-be smart and save a little on this wonderful place, and have more to spend on your trip.
The Mosser Most-Miserable Hotel
Caveat emptor: although their renovated rooms are quite nice, please be aware that
their renovation program is still underway (as of June 2001). The Mosser's older rooms are
shabby, dilapidated and smelly.