I stayed at the Touchstone Hotel for 2 nights (3/28-3/29) while in town for work. I picked it because of its proximity to the downtown SF office, where I was working. I was a bit concerned about what I was getting into because the price was so low ($85/nt + tax), but I was pleasantly surprised. I arrived at the hotel a bit late, around 11pm. Check-in was a breeze. The front desk is literally just one desk & monitor at the entrance, since the hotel only has a handful of rooms. Within 5 minutes I was in my 2nd floor room watching tv and winding down with some snacks I picked up from the Walgreens a block away.
My room had windows facing another building, but I didn't mind at all, since I was just there to sleep. I just kept the blinds down and crashed. On my 2nd night, there was some noise on the street from the trash trucks early in the morning, but I don't blame the hotel for that. I could hear footsteps and doors opening & shutting from the adjacent rooms, but nothing too bad that kept me up at night. The room was about as small as I had expected. I would call it efficient, but not cramped. It was nicely furnished, very clean, and had plenty of desk space for my laptop, books and tablet. There was a little LCD tv mounted in a nook on top of the 3/4 size closet. Clever & efficient use of space.
WIFI worked well during my entire stay, and another nice bonus was the free inclusion at the diner next door. I had a bacon & egg bagel w/ coffee. The bacon was thick and crispy, not greasy at all. Service was fast, and all I had to leave was a tip.
The best part of this hotel is the location. If you're looking for something near Union Square, you can't do much better than the Touchstone, location-wise. There are several bars, convenience stores, restaurants within 2 blocks, and the BART/subway station is a 5 minute walk away. I'll definitely be recommending the Touchstone to friends and coworkers. Perfect little place for a short business trip.
- Also Known As:
- Touchstone Hotel - City San Francisco
- Touchstone Hotel - City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the pleasant 2 star Touchstone Hotel-City Center, you will be located in San Francisco's Union Square, surrounded by famous restaurants, luxury hotels, high-end galleries and exciting night life. Nob Hill, North Beach, Chinatown and the Moscone Convention Center are a leisurely stroll from our doors. A short 2 min walk will take you to Union Square, which offers some of the most sophisticated shopping on the West Coast. The famed Cable Cars are close enough for you to hear rumble by. The Touchstone Hotel-City Center offers 44 rooms blending old-world charm, new-world convenience and small-world comfort. Simply but pleasantly decorated and equipped with organic toiletries and complimentary bottled water. All rooms have their own en-suite bathroom. Internet is available throughout the hotel at no charge. There is an original 1950's deli/cafe adjacent to the hotel. Hotel guests receive a 25% discount coupon. The hotel provides a left luggage office and valet parking service at extra cost for 24 hours with unlimited in-and-out privileges. The Touchstone Hotel-City Center is very close to the city's efficient public transportation (25 min train ride from SFO). Great central location for this budget San Francisco hotel! ... more less
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