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“Heart of Chinatown” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grant Plaza Hotel

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Grant Plaza Hotel
Ranked #151 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Houston, Texas, United States
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53 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Heart of Chinatown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

Although an old property (1910), it is in very good condition. The rooms are smaller, but the location was great and the staff friendly and accomodating. Plus, the price made it an outstanding value. Walking distance to Union Square, Little Italy, and of course Chinatown. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to be in the hick of things in downtown SF.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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sao paulo
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37 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

you can't beat the price and location. we had a twin bed room and it was comfy and clean. front desk woman was very helpful. the only downside of room is the size of shower box, it's REAL tiny. Bathrrooms could use some renovation but I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank stonfix
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Billings, Montana
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

I enjoyed my stay at the Grant Plaza and everything else was fine, but I do want to write about one employee that I think does not meet the standard that such a hotel needs. I am referring to the employee who is in the front desk area, (I don't know if he is a "manager" or front desk clerk.) He is Asian (Chinese?) a bit chubby, with a round face and glasses. First of all, his English is very poor, and he is extremely difficult to understand. He talks on and on, but its hard to make any sense of what he is saying, except I can feel he is trying to push us to take tours or take his recommended shuttle bus to the airport. He is kind of pushy and rude, and I felt he was impolite. Also, I don't know if it was him that answered the phone, but before coming to the hotel, when I called and tried to make a reservation, I got a guy on the phone that couldn't understand English, or what i was trying to say. I think judging from his voice, it was the same person, because the next day when I tried the same call, I got a lady who was really good.Other than him, I enjoyed my stay at the Grant Plaza Hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Christopher Jam... L
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

I recently came back to visit San Francisco and stayed at the hotel which I previously have stayed. They assigned me a newly renovated room, and what a difference! Everything is brand new in the room. It is a bargain with a rate less than $100, and right in the heart of the city. A super location, that is convenient to shopping, dining, theaters and very safe neighborhood. We also went across the street to the Ritz Carlton Hotel for high tea one afternoon. We will definitely recommend this hotel to our friends after staying in the newly renovated room.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Minneapolis Mn
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338 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

My wife and I have been staying at the Grant every couple of years for 8 or 10 years now. We first read about it in the New York Times and thought the price was too good to be true. However, it is really a bargain in a major city. (All major cities are expensive.) Our most recent visit was April 20-22, 2012.
Some of the rooms, particularly the corner rooms, have a fantastic view of the street below. I have spent more than one afternoon just watching the wondrous mix of people moving up and down Grant Avenue. On the other hand, some of the rooms have no view at all. It is the luck of the draw, although the twin bedded rooms seem to have a better view. The rooms are small, and only one room has a bathtub, all the rest have showers.
It is clean, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. It is old and worn in spots, but it is due for a major renovation of the rooms in the next few months.
Costs are held low by having no breakfast, in-room coffee makers, or even a large lobby. It does have two PC's one can rent at the rate of $5 for 20 minutes, just enough time to print out your boarding passes for the next leg of your trip. I doubt that it has Wi-Fi, but I have never tried.
The location is fantastic. Exactly one block away is a Starbucks, so that takes care of not having anything to eat in the hotel. It also takes care of lunch and dinner if you are on a budget. A few doors up the hill from the Starbucks is a small shop that sells groceries, wine, beer, and liquor.
Obviously, the Grant Plaza is ideal for scouting out Chinatown, but just outside the ornamental Chinatown gate is the French Quarter of San Francisco. A beautiful French church is just up the hill from the gate, and across the street from the gate is the Café de la Press, a magnet for foreign travelers. (Staff there are required to be at least bi-lingual.) Nearby are four good French restaurants, Café Claude, Café Le Central, and Café La Bastille.
Regardless of where your room is, take the elevator to the 6th floor and look at the stained glass dome and windows. They look original to me. There is also a small seating area beneath the dome.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank JandJ67
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Additional Information about Grant Plaza Hotel

Property: Grant Plaza Hotel
Address: 465 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-3208
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Chinatown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #151 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,126 - ₹ 13,494
Hotel Class:2 star — Grant Plaza Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grant Plaza Hotel is a limited service boutique hotel located in the heart of the city. It is recommended by many travellers as one of the best valued hotels in San Francisco. The hotel is conveniently located at the gateway to Chinatown, 3 blocks from Union Square, and within easy walking distance to many fine restaurants and theaters in this exciting city. It is also only 1 block to the famous San Francisco Cable Car line, the Bank of American Building in the Financial District and the 5 stars Ritz Carlton Hotel in Nob Hill. It caters to both business and pleasure travelers, and is the perfect place for a vacation getaway. The Hotel has just a completed renovation in 2015. The comfortable guestrooms are appointed with contemporary furnishings, and have recently been renovated for guest convenience with hairdryer, electronic keycard lock and free (WiFi) high speed internet access. The professional and attentive staff at the hotel will ensure that all guests are well taken care of. If you're seeking comfort and affordability all in one, this is one of the best value hotels in San Francisco. ... more   less 
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