My wife and I stayed in this hotel for our anniversary recently, the end of June. I realized I was not going to be staying in the Four Seasons, but I felt betrayed by the website of the hotel. I was ok knowing the amenities were not world class, because I did not plan to be in the room much more than to shower and sleep, as we would be out exploring the city during the day.
I walked into the room and scanned the room to make sure everything was in order, and I noticed something on top of the closet door molding. This is a taller than normal door so I looked harder and reached up to pull down a small glass jar filled with marijuana! It had been unopened and said medical marijuana on it. I was furious!! I showed my wife what I had found and instantly flushed the entire jar down the toilet.
The shower had a couple of long black hairs on the walls, and we had not yet taken a shower and neither of us have that color hair. I felt like I was in a truck stop when I used the toilet with the way it was configured. The sheets had holes in them. We awoke to find someone standing on the roof outside our window on time. There was one night that there seemed to be major construction outside our room until very late in the night. The towels were second rate (again I realized I would not be using 800 count Egyptian cotton bath sheets), but some of these looked like shop towels or something you would dry your car with.
Speaking of cars, the valet parking was not well marked and I had to back down Market St to get to the turn in for the valet. This was in a back alley ( I understand the need to use the alleys due to space restrictions) and it was poorly lit and seemed to have a you're about to get killed in this scene of the movie vibe to it.
The first night, after the marijuana issue, my wife and I were frazzled so we decided to go get something to eat. We left the hotel and took a right on Market St. headed toward Union Square. I was afraid for my wife as soon as we walked outside the hotel. There was a multitude of homeless people lining the block, and as we passed the Muni stop about 15 girls got off the bus and started fighting (not arguing! serious hair pulling shoe removing fighting.) My wife and I continued to walk and I was feeling no better about our decision to stay here. We walked for more than a mile until I felt comfortable stopping to eat, off 3rd Street. We tried to relax with dinner but it was difficult knowing we had to return down that street. I hailed a taxi, and told the man where we were going. He told me, "You better get another cab!", and he took off with me still practically in the window.
As soon as we returned to the hotel I called every hotel I could find from Union Square to the Wharf, and the only reason we did not move was because no one had rooms for all the days we needed them.
Be informed that you are getting a room in an old Historic building. You are not getting world class service and you are getting basic amenities. You are not going to be staying in the nicest part of town (as a matter of fact I had a local tell me to stay away from the Tenderloin district prior to my wife getting into town, and guess what area we were about two blocks from). There is an apartment building next door that looks like a very low rent building so you know what you will be getting from that.
I will say this, we had very few people harass us or make comments as we walked the streets, but that did not make me feel much better about this choice.
Lastly, I filled out the comment card on the nightstand and asked to be contacted about my stay and I was not contacted. I was waiting to hear from the hotel before writing my review.
Enjoy your time in SF, it is a great place to be a tourist.
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