Union Square Plaza Hotel
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Within stumbling distance----not worth it!
A couple of friends and I were attending an event in SF this past Friday so we decided to book a hotel with descent reviews and within close proximity to the venue of the event. This hotel seemed like a great deal from the description. In reality it was by far the worst place I've ever spent time in and I used to work in a prison. Not only do you have filthy accomodations, there's no room service and their beds squeek if you blink or move. It's like sleeping on a plastic raft covered with sheets. Don't slide off because the carpet has mysterious stains of all colors...the doors are splattered with various materials of unknown origin or consistency, (which is probably best anyway.....) which could easily be cleaned up but they get out of cleaning by showing up on saturday morning at the crack of dawn demanding you open the door for house-keeping. If you state you are sleeping, they will worm out of cleaning your room my giving you some new towels (hand towels) in exchange for your bath towels which is how they get you to open the door. I told the person I was sleeping and he said that he would at least like to give me new towels, I opened the door and he stood there with a bag of dirty towels demanding I give him my used ones. I got them and then he asked if I needed more and I said no and he left...this was their house keeping. One of my friends stated that the soaps are so thin you can cut yourself with them, you get hand soap slivers for all needs, sink and bathroom, which are not in the same room by the way. water pressure is horrible, temperature control is non existent and the place is stifling and poorly ventilated. if you open the windows you will be serenaded by the midnite theatre performances of various street vagrants who are ferociously arguing the actual ownership and rights to a trash can in a most animated discussion. Forget about separating because you only receive one key, you do not get multiple keys even if there are several guests. You receive one of those big old fashioned metal key that one person must carry! There is not much lighting either and they are very rude. they call you all the time and knock on the door at inopportune times when people are not awake and demand you come to the lobby for filling out paperwork and a variety of other ridiculous tasks. my stay here concluded with the hotel calling me a cab to get to the airport. I got in the cab that pulled up only to be chased by another cab who shouted obscenities at my cab driver and stated he was the one the hotel called....they proceeded to pull into an alley and started transferring my luggage with total disregard for me! They proceeded to transfer my luggage and demanded i transfer to the other cab. I did since my luggage was in it by now and had a flight to catch and had to endure the smell of body odor and the insults and my new "cab driver" stated in regards to "women" like myself to the person he was chatting on the phone with and talked about how he didn't like me all the way to the airport in Arabic assuming I would not understand. I will never again ever ever ever walk near this place again, Kimpton: I was lead astray, never again!
If Only the Beds Were as Great as the Staff . . .
We just returned from our weekend in SF and our one-night stay at this hotel. We had originally booked the hotel for our entire weekend stay since it is directly across the street from the theater we were attending (the reason for our trip). I found it on this site and we've always held the opinion -- as did most of the reviewers of this hotel -- Why pay so much for a hotel when you spend so little time there? All I need is a clean room and a clean bathroom. Although I wasn't impressed with the hotel itself, I was with the $70 price tag and the gentleman at the front desk was more than impressive! Very friendly, very helpful! The room was exactly what we wanted: clean, old, safe, close and cheap. I wish that was the end of the story . . . Our bed -- though very clean and warm -- was encased in a vinyl cover that made loud noises all night long! I could handle the Geary street noise, the homeless man yelling at some phantom person, and even the very early trash pickup AND the construction crew re-tarring the road (so smelly!) But, that plastic rustling directly in my ear every single time I moved was too much. I was awake all night. When the wonderful frontdesk man asked me how my night was and I told him truthfully about the bed, he offered to find me another room in the hotel. He was great! But all of the beds have those vinyl encasements on them, so we just went to another hotel a couple of doors down. Believe me, if it hadn't been for that vinyl, we would have stayed all weekend, and if they remove them before we return to SF, we'll stay there. Great value if you don't mind the bed situation and don't need anything extra. I wish I had written down the gentleman's name at the front desk -- provided the service of a 5-star hotel staffer!
You get what you pay for
Just to advise.... this is a cheap hotel for the area. So don't expect anythign nice or fancy, ahhh is not a 3 stars hotel. is more like a hostal. If you don't have problems with that is ok. Old...very old building. Renovated restrooms.
The Bare Basics Leave Ya' With W.A.M. $$(Walking Around Money)
I tried this place out on Easter Sunday, 2005. When I FINALLY found a parking place (not an easy task with an s.u.v.) I was surprised at how nice the front entrance/lobby to this place was. I was thinking, " Wow, Could I have walked into the wrong hotel? How could this place be so cheap?" The staff was nice and sent me on my way up to my room rather quickly. The elevator was VERY small, but who cares, it smelled and looked very clean. When the doors opened for me on the 4th floor I was a little disappointed to find that the quilities I'd admired from the entrance where not throughout the hotel. The halls are old, narrow and creaky, and when opening my door to my room I was hit by a blast of smoke smell. Yuck! (I'd asked for non-smoking) The bathroom was, however, very clean and this is important to me. They appear to take care of what they have, even though it's old and needs updating. The bed I had desperately needed a new mattress, and if you need peace and quiet to sleep I wouldn't recommend this place because of it's high traffic location. But if cheap and clean is what you want and "in the middle of it all" is important, I'd say, "You've Found It" !!
Not too bad
The location was excellent--nearby cable cars, BART, etc. It was clean, but certainly of the "no frills" variety. It's an older building, and it shows. Also, there is no clock in the room, so those of you who like to know what time it is in the middle of the night, bring one along. There is no A/C, but depending on the time of year, it's not a big problem--just open the window. As a student traveling on a budget, it worked well for a couple of nights.
I stayed at this hotel in August 2003 and plan to stay there on my upcoming return to San Francisco in October 2004. While it is far from luxurious, the rooms are very clean and have every amenity any standard hotel room would have with the exception of air conditioning and room controlled heat. I stayed in a room with 1 queen size bed for $69 plus tax. The room was of average size and the bathroom was quite large for a hotel room and completely modern. The room had large dressers and plenty of space to hang clothes, a small iron and ironing board, a hair dryer in the bathroom, a 19 inch color TV with basic cable channels, and a table and chair set for eating, writing, etc. They don't serve any breakfast and there is no lobby but they do have complimentary coffee service in the reception area in the morning. The staff is very friendly and helpful. By far the hotel's greatest feature is it's location. It's close to everything! There is easy access to all public transportation. The Powell St. Cable Car line is less than a block away, and the Muni Metro is a short walk. Chinatown is a short (uphill) walk. There are many reasonably priced cafes, diners, and fast food restaurants nearby. Overall, I find this hotel to be an exceptional value in a city with rather overpriced hotel rates and I look forward to my next visit.
Cheap but kind of crappy - you decide
I'm glad I stayed at Union Square Plaza Hotel. I wanted to stay in a central part of San Francisco, but not pay a lot of money. Union Square Plaza Hotel is one of the only hotels to fit those requirements. It's not fancy - ugly blue carpeting, no lobby, small rooms - but it's not gross or unsanitary either (except for the one roach in our room). You can't beat the location, and you shouldn't be spending too much time in your hotel room anyways, so I recommend it as part of a cheap fun vacation in the heart of San Fran. As a side note, the people at the front desk were friendly and straight-forward. They don't try to make it seem any fancier than it is. Also, bring your own shampoo - they don't provide any. And you should request a room that faces Geary St. Otherwise you'll be looking at the peeling paint of a dingy airshaft.
Could not ask for anything more
For the money, could not get a better hotel. Awesome location, just off of Union Square. When I stayed here I either walked or took Public Transit everywhere and well worth it because I fell in love with San Francisco. Book this hotel if your not into frills and save your money for having fun out on the town, because who the heck likes to spend their vacation in the hotel anyway. Hotel staff some of the friendliest I have ever had, room very clean, old building with some roaring 20's charm to it. I will definately stay here my next trip to SF.
San Franciscos Best Value
I have stayed here several times, while visiting S.F. Could not have gotten a better value. Rooms are old, but so what? They were clean and comfartable. For best view, request a room facing Geary Street. The young man at the desk was very freindly and helpful. Close to everything, and you can walk anywhere in about 20 minutes or less. Many panhandlers near hotel, but they will not bother you, if you tell them no. Its just part of the atmosphere. Best place to stay, if you are on a tight budget. You can eat lunch at a nearby fast food place, and save your money for a nice dinner. Walgreens was 2 blocks away. I purchased snacks and beer there, and had plenty for extras. I reccomend this Hotel Highly.
... and by "very European" I mean extremely small, spartan, but clean rooms; no control of temperature other than the window; friendly and helpful person at the desk; and no parking. It's also very affordable, and close (2 blocks) to the fancy shopping district in downtown. The hotel is quite old, with a neat little lobby area. Upstairs, about the only thing that's changed in the last 100 years is the carpet, wallpaper, and plumbing fixtures. Inside the hotel, it's relatively noiseless, but since you'll need to open a window (even in winter because you have no control of the radiator) there will be noise from outside. That may bother some people. No breakfast in the Hotel, but do NOT be tempted to go across the street to the 24-hour diner: I love horrible greasy eggs bacon and hashbrowns, but this place charges $7.50 instead of a reasonable fair price, like about $4.50. The world's most ridiculously expensive bad food! You'll be better off taking a bus or walking to Chinatown and getting dim sum for breakfast for about 1/4 the price!!! Anyway, if you're looking for a basic clean room, not travelling by car, and willing to put up with some inconveniences (just pretend it's 40 years ago), this is a great place to stay for the money. I'll definitely be returning to the Union Square Plaza Hotel next time I'm in San Francisco!
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