BEST WESTERN The Hotel California
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Headache today so stayed in bed. Red went north of San Francisco to the muir woods to see the big redwood trees. He did heaps of walking. He even videoed the Golden Gate Bridge as he went over it. Headache stayed until next evening. :-((
Walker1 stayed here on Aug 6, 2013 during their trip titled: Walker1's Great Adventure on the move again.
I will be driving a rental car from Los Angeles to San Francisco. I will stay at a Best Western there and plan on doing more shopping and going to a few beaches.
The sign posted in the lobby of our Oakland, California hotel read:
"Proposition 65 - Detectable amounts of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm may be found in and around this facility."
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in August 2009, Stacey and I took two weeks and headed down to San Francisco to absorb some much needed fun in the sun. We had never been there before but truely know that it would be a excellent destination for sunshine and salt water, music, shopping, wine, Al Copone, and some good, old history from the prohibition days.
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN The Hotel California San Francisco
OK, but not what I expected
We stayed at the Savoy July 2-6, 2004. The lobby and restaurant was nice. Went up to the "deluxe" room and it was small, spotless but small, even though for 4 days the housekeeping never gave us replenishments of supplies. Even though the staff is very nice, I asked for a low key casual place to eat, and the front desk person at first said he had no idea and then sent me to a chain restaurant. I would expect they need to know everything about the city! After visiting the website and reading the views I thought this place would be really cute and nice, and I'm and optimistic type of person, this place didn't really do it for me.
Customer Service A+++
Kevin Thomas, the sales manager was wonderful! The customer service was top notch! We had room 705 (corner room, at the top), which I requested and Kevin TOTALLY took care of us and made sure we had the room. It had GREAT light and was spacious. The beds are nice, brand new carpet made the room smell "new" (not musty like the other hotels). I looked at many hotels before picking this one...I was pleased with my choice. The continental breakfast inside the Millenium was nice (but boy was the restaurant quiet) and the luggage and valet service was very quick. Great central location. They will take care of you here..no worries about that!
We really liked this hotel. We weren't too sure on the location when we first arrived, but the staff were so friendly and helpful and the room was a lovely size. We only spent three nights there, but we really couldn't fault it. THe lift/elevator is REALLY slow, and we could hear the people in the corridors from the room. But even that didn't spoil our stay there.
Good SF value and feeling
My husband went to law school and lived in SF in the late 60s. We were married at SF City Hall in the late 70s and we visit 3 to 4 times a year. The Savoy is definitely a plus in our book. It's old and friendly, clean and unique. The location is awesome and the service very good. The feather covers and pillows rock! The corner suite rooms are very nice. The person that complained about the Savoy doesn't know how to travel and enjoy. I bet if they went to Europe, they would complain that English isn't spoken. Sure you can pay more and get a "pristine" hotel without the creaky floor, but give me some character, regular folk and a SF feeling anytime.
A friend and I spent New Year's at this property and were impressed with our room. We had a standard room facing a neighboring room, which I secured on the hotel's website for $129/night. I felt we got terrific value for our money. Sure, the room was small-ish, but our movements were hardly restricted. The incredibly comfortable feather bed and pillows were worth every penny of our rate. Both the room itself and the bathroom were clean and spotless.
A surprise find
I arrived for an impromptu weekend and stayed at the Savoy upon the recommendation of a local. The mini-suite was comfortable and reasonably priced. The staff was helpful, friendly and not in the least obsequious. It felt like staying with friends.
This hotel is an excellent value. The staff is very friendly and the complimentary wine and cheese is a wonderful touch. Yes, the rooms are small. But guess what? San Francisco is only 7 square miles and space is not easy to come by anywhere. You can buy yourself an extra 100 square feet for $150 more a night somewhere else (maybe!) but wouldn't you rather spend your money on a nice dinner or theatre tickets? The Savoy is a reflection of true San Francisco spirit and I highly recommend it.
Intimate and friendly
We almost did not stay at this hotel due to another review in this section. What a mistake that would have been! We had a deluxe Queen corner room and it was wonderful! Sure the hotel is a bit squeeky, but it is old and remodeled in an European stlye. Staff was very friendly and willing to help. Evening wine & cheese was OK...wine was jug stuff, but, hey, it was great for our personal Happy Hour. I think the standard rooms are not as nice, so I would reccommend the deluxe.
Corner rooms are wonderful. Incidently, this hotel is one that Alaska Airlines uses for it's vacation packages to SF, so how bad can it be.
We loved it and would return again.
This Hotel was terrible. I was taken their for my anniversary and it was not nice at all. If you ever look at this Hotel on the Internet and you see pictures of the rooms, it looks nothing like it. The rooms are small, it's like a small bedroom in a home. They say theirs a desk but they put the t.v. on the desk. The carpet was dirty, you could hear the creaks on the floor when you walked. The walls were cheaply decorated.
Pretty nice for the price!
If you like boutique hotels, this one isn't bad at all. The rooms are a tad small but the location is great. 3 blocks of Union Square with access to cable cars, buses, etc. They had feather beds and pillows which was nice. It IS a bit noisy but, what do you expect from a hotel smack dab in the middle of the city? Oh yeah, don't forget the free wine/cheese hour everyday. No parking here....they'll charge $19 I think for in/out priviliges from the valet. Carpets and bathroom seem a little old but they are very bearable.