I found a great rate for this hotel online and booked it based strictly on the location and price. It turned out to be a solid decision. The hotel is a little dated, but definitely in a charming, ironic sort of way. The bar/ restaurant was all wood paneled and gave a sophisticated, retro vibe. The reception desk is small, but the staff was always friendly and efficient. Each day I was greeted coming and going by the bell man and they were always welcoming. My room was a superior queen and was large for San Francisco, especially for the price and my view was fantastic. The bed was big and comfortable and the windows opened, which I loved. I was on the 8th floor near the elevator and never had a problem with noise. The location was within walking distance of Union Square and Chinatown, but was also close to public transportation.
There were just a couple of small things worth mentioning that might be perceived by some as negative, but I would just consider them a little "heads up":
1. Room service is extremely expensive. I feel like it's par for the course for a hotel in San Francisco, but if you are expecting "budget" room service, this hotel doesn't have that many low price options. On my last night there I asked for delivery menus for restaurants in the area and the front desk staff happily obliged.
2. The hotel is on a steep incline. After my first day I learned how to use the trolley system so the steep incline was not so bad as the trolley stops immediately in front of the hotel. Cabs are also readily available. Going downhill is no problem, but going up can get taxing.
3. Lastly, and I really hate to mention it, but on my second day there the concierge had a nose bleed and he gave me directions and a map while holding a Kleenex to his nose. I had read reviews that stated that the concierge staff wasn't friendly. I did not find this to be the case, but he was extremely distracted with the nose bleed. I guess in hindsight he was trying to continue to be accommodating even though he was having a medical issue, but it would have probably been better to have left the concierge desk for a bit to pull himself together.
Overall, this hotel was a great choice. I feel like I had a really good San Francisco experience in a safe, clean and friendly hotel at a great price. I would definitely return and would gladly recommend The Huntington to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to spark the imagination and provide an adventure for the senses, the much beloved and newly renovated Huntington Hotel re-emerges in May 2014 from a $15 million renovation as The Scarlet Huntington. The Scarlet Huntington builds upon the property's original charm, graciousness and exceptionally high standards while introducing locals and visitors to a unique and avant-garde style that is influenced by a vibrant Singapore Peranakan heritage woven together with the opulence of San Francisco. More than just a name, The Scarlet possesses a distinguished charm and charismatic aura, likened to a gracious hostess who indulges guests with a luxurious stay experience. Providing a warm ad familiar welcome, the iconic red of the former Huntington Hotel's exterior - as displayed in the brick facade and illuminated sign high atop the hotel - will permeate the new aesthetic, representing the hotel's heritage while embracing the passion and allure defined by The Scarlet; offering uninhibited luxury to every guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill San Francisco
- The Huntington Hotel And Nob Hill Spa