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76 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The opal is located very centrally and absolutely easy to get to. They offer reasonable rates (always considering that San Fran isn't cheap), have an average but consistent continental breakfast and stellar customer service. The front desk folks were always willing to help and give any information I might have while being calm and courteous. The rooms are basic but... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and rate your stay with us! We appreciate all of our guests' feedback and I'm happy to read you got great customer service and value. I hope you have a great holiday season! More 

Corona del Mar, California
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To have a place that's clean and central to the Van Ness area, this is a solid 3-star hotel. The decor is outdated, the rooms are not very spacious and the amenities are sparse (e.g., no fridge or room safe). But the bed is decent, the TV works and you're close by to the movie theater, Mel's Diner, Japantown, City... More 

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rmathey, General Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Glenn: Thank you for taking the time to write about and rate our hotel. We do appreciate you giving a straight forward assessment of us. We are in the process of renovating all of our rooms to update them to the 21st century, but we are a 108 year old hotel and it's been awhile since it has been remodeled... More 

Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this hotel! I stayed here when I was in town for Outside Lands a few months ago. It was prime location and loved the vibe of the hotel. The lobby is beautiful with stained glass and the decor is more of a classic feel. Had to come here again and some of the rooms are a bit updated... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay at our hotel. We hope to see you again the next time you visit the city! More 

Hualien, Taiwan
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Opal is an old hotel with lots of charm. One of the things that makes this hotel a gem is it's convenience. It has secure parking. Located on Geary and Van Ness, it's super easy to get anywhere in the city by bus Room is clean and spacious, wifi works well and breakfast is more then adequate The staff... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Charles: Thank you very much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us. Independent hotels rely a lot on reviews and when we get one as glowing as yours it is a huge help. I'm glad to hear you liked our on-site, gated parking with 24 hour privilege. I also am glad you liked the... More 

Bath
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on Van Ness Avenue, Highway 101, the Opal is easy to find if you've hired a car or on public transport. A great location for walking around the centre of the city - Painted Ladies, Fishermans' Wharf, etc and there are easy to catch buses and trains. Breakfast sufficient, didn't try the restaurant/diner next door but there are other... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Jocelyn: Thank you very much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us. Independent hotels rely a lot on reviews and when we get one as glowing as yours it is a huge help. I'm very glad to see you found us a good location for your needs. We look forward to seeing you the... More 

seattle
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38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exceptional price difference between the booking rate and final charge was a bit of a shock. %16 taxes should be included in the booking and the $46 parking charge was not mentioned when I was given the pass. The room had a VERY strong odor, air freshener or cleaner used to excess. Could not open the windows.

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

I do apologize about the issues you encountered upon check out. The taxes are really beyond are control and only factored in upon check out. We can give you an estimate but upon making a reservation, we do notify guests of the "plus taxes" that will come with the room. In regards to the parking, I am sorry if the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was Amazing! We came in the morning after long ride , very tired. We knew that check-in is only at noon, but SUDHIR and MARNIE were so thoughtful and found available room for us. Their welcome was warm and honest, and during all the stay we felt welcomed. Great location - 15 min. walking from Union Square and 25... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Libi: Thank you so much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us. I am very happy to read you received great service from our Guest Service Agents Sudhir and Marnie. I will look into adding tomato to the breakfast. Thank you for your suggestion. One of our best tools for improving is guest commentary.... More 

Wokingham, Berkshire
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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a city full of hotels charging extortionate rates the Opal was a real find and great value for money. Okay so it is a little tired, the rooms are a tad on the small side and the complimentary breakfast is very basic but hey, you get what you pay for in life and on that basis this hotel was... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Patrick: Thank you so much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay at The Opal. We are in the midst of renovating, so maybe the next time you visit you will be able to try one of our new rooms and see our updated look. I appreciate you sharing your experiences with everyone and we do... More 

Guadalajara, Mexico
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is so good, I am tempted to give it a bad review so I can get a room next time I am in town. I recently stayed there (for the third time) and enjoyed it. It s not a luxury hotel but it has everything: dining in the vicinity (Tommy's Joint, across the street is not to be... More 

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rmathey, Front Office Manager at The Opal San Francisco, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us. Thank you for sharing the secret! We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in the city! Hope you have a great day. More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I first stayed at the this hotel because it was close to a venue where we were seeing a show. We were upgraded to an executive sweet, view of Van Ness, and windows that OPEN! The bed was so comfortable! Then the complimentary breakfast in the morning is FANTASTIC! There is so much to choose from. It's... More 

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Thank you very much for taking the time to write about and rate your stay with us at The Opal. You guys are awesome! We hope to see you again the next time you're in San Francisco! More 

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Opal San Francisco is in the heart of San Francisco, walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown, Civic Center, and more! This family-friendly hotel is close to Union Square and Lombard Street. Make yourself at home in one of the 167 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls. Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. This hotel also features tour/ticket assistance and assistance with planning your day. Satisfy your appetite at the Mel's Diner, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or grab a snack at the many nearby restaurants. Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Opal San Francisco

Address: 1050 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range: ₹ 7,814 - ₹ 21,729 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Opal San Francisco 2.5*
Number of rooms: 167
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“In general, rooms are quiet, but rooms not overlooking Van Ness Street are quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles jacquieo456, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All the windows were up graded to prevent sound. I liked the single room 120”
 of 5 bubbles 444brucet, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We would have loved a room facing the street, maybe ask for that.”
 of 5 bubbles magic4mum, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a rm with a bathtub”
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“If you desperate i guess its okay”
 of 5 bubbles ashkeel, 4 Aug 2016 | Read review
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