Monday, October 15, 2007

Hotel Review - Stanford Court Hotel (San Francisco)

The Stanford Court, A Renaissance Hotel
905 California Street-Nob Hill
San Francisco, California 94108 USA

I got this hotel room after bidding $70 a night on Priceline. I selected the Union Square East and Union Square West areas and was a bit surprised to receive this hotel that is atop Nob Hill -- not anywhere near Union Square.

The hotel is next to the Grand hotels on Nob Hill so its in a good area, but there is not much nearby. Nob Hill is a very steep hill and is difficult walk to downtown or Union Square, luckily the hotel does offer a sedan service (for free) to areas around the city.

The hotel staff at the check-in desk were a bit stiff. I got my room key quickly but wound up with a "priceline room" -- room 221. Its a corner room, BUT its on ground level and is above the employee entrance to the hotel.

The bed was fine but the room was a bit dated and I found a lovely stain on one of the chairs. I called and they sent someone to clean it within minutes. He was very nice and apologized multiple times.

The bathroom was dated as well, with 1970's fixtures and hardware -- but it was clean and there was plenty of room.

There was a nice view of California Street and the Cable Car line. But it did make me feel a bit exposed to the street.

Overall not a bad hotel, the location is the major negative -- but the sedan service was a very nice benefit. Also, the room service was VERY quick - even at 6pm.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Hotel Review - Club Quarters San Francisco

I have stayed at this hotel a couple of times over the past two years. Its listed on many booking sites as a 4-star hotel, but its really about a 3.5 star. Its in a great location (corner of Battery and Clay ) near the Embarcadero center downtown. There are a couple great restaurants nearby including MacAuthur Park. The rooms are extremely clean and the front desk staff is pleasant and efficient -- and its usually the cheapest option in San Francisco when most hotels are sold out.

So whats wrong with it?

Well -- for one the rooms are TINY. Not just San Francisco/London/New York City "small" -- no, these rooms are -super- small. The bathrooms dont have tubs (which is ok by me). The hotel chain is really a "club" for solo business travelers and the rooms reflect that with the size and amenities.

On some reviews of this hotels, families complain about the size of the room and how the beds are doubles (not queens or kings). Well this hotel is NOT for families -- let alone two people traveling together.

The rooms barely fit the double beds and the desk (which is nice) also houses the small fridge and TV (hanging from the wall). There is free wireless, but it has always been extremely weak and only worked well late at night.

The bathrooms are very clean and updated -- but again, its tiny and really only made for one person. There is no bath, but it does have a big walk-in shower.

My main problem with the Club Quarters is that the walls are VERY thin -- you hear your neighbors late at night. Its almost like they are in the same room while you are trying to sleep.
If you are a heavy sleeper -- this might be an ok hotel, but if you are a light sleeper be warned!

Other good points: Starbucks on the corner, Nice city Park and Safeway nearby, clean laundry machines, and near perfect location.

I would stay at this hotel more often if the walls werent so thin.

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