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Staying at hotel whitcomb

Hi All

I'm looking for your advice.

I'm going to San Francisco in Sept with my partner to celebrate my 30th birthday. Were staying at Hotel Whitcomb. I've read some luke warm reviews about this place (old, poor facilities, homelessness in surrounding area). I'm not discouraged by this and actually like the look and historic charm of the hotel. My question is we'd like to experience some of the nightlife in the Castro when were there and I was wondering what's the best way to travel back to our hotel after a night out. From reading online I know most bars in this area close at 2am and wanted to know if it's safe to walk back to hotel whitcomb at this time and if not is there public transport at this time of night? Or perhaps a taxi cab? And is it easy to hail a cab in the Castro?

Thanks in advance all

R

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1. Re: Staying at hotel whitcomb

Augh... no don't stay there especially if you will getting back so late. If you must, please take a cab at 2am from the Castro. Should be some available. You can also sign up for Uber and Lyft. Are you sure you haven't explored the other budget options near Union Square? There are plenty of spots with characters in much nicer location. Trust the reviews. It's not a corner I would feel comfortable during the day let alone at 2am.

Edited: 11 January 2014, 23:41
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You should pay attention to those reviews and change your hotel. The Whitcomb is old and tired and in a less-than-desirable part of town. (Why would anyone read "lukewarm" reviews and book anyway?)

<From reading online I know most bars in this area close at >

Obviously you are not a CA resident ... ALL bars close at 2AM by state law.

I would not walk back from the Castro to the Whitcomb at 2AM. In fact, I wouldn't walk out the door of the Whitcomb and back in at 2AM. Daytime in that area is seed and grungy; night times are dangerous with a lot of drug dealing.

What is your budget per night? September is a popular time in SF but there is an excellent Top Question (right side of screen, non mobile version of TA) with a great list of GOOD budget hotels. The Whitcomb isn't mentioned.

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Third warning. *Do not* stay there. Yes, it looks charming and in its day was a Grande Dame, but the location has deteriorated to the extent that I would never recommend it. Let us help you find a good budget hotel in a safe and attractive area.

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4. Re: Staying at hotel whitcomb

Thanks for your quick replies.

Think I'll change my reservation. The 'Luke warm' reviews I mentioned still recommended staying there and not to be put off! Obviously not the case.

We're staying for 5 nights before heading to LA. So definitely don't want to be stuck in a bad area for 5 nights. Happy to pay more to achieve this. Are there any areas you'd recommend?

I'm going to check out the list you mentioned whitedahlia. Are all these in a good area?

Thanks

R

Edited: 12 January 2014, 00:11
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5. Re: Staying at hotel whitcomb

The "Budget Hotel" TQ is excellent and has been vetted by locals and regular visitors alike.

What is your budget per night?

Also have a look at the convention calendar to be sure you're outside popular times. Any meeting over 10,000 will have an impact on rates and availability downtown.

portal.sanfrancisco.travel/calendar_public/

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Thankfully I don't see any conventions with 10,000 attendees.

My budget per night is circa $300 per night for a room that sleeps 2.

R

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7. Re: Staying at hotel whitcomb

I am amazed that the Whitcomb would charge that much. Surely not. With no large conventions you can get a lovely hotel in Union Square for $300. Do you prefer large modern hotels or smaller boutique hotels, or do you have points at a particular chain, etc. etc. Let us know and we can find you a great hotel, especially with such advance notice.

May I ask where you are from, and whether the Whitcomb was booked for you by a travel agent?

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I too am surprised you want to go with the whitcomb with a budget which normally is twice the budget rate. Assume 16% in taxes so an room plus tax rate of 300 should give you plenty of other options. Have you looked at the Chancellor on(well 1/2 block north ) of union square or the Francis Drake ? Older boutique hotels

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9. Re: Staying at hotel whitcomb

Your budget will get you a very nice place in a nice location.

Like you I am fond of small boutique hotels with historic charm, so my advise would be: Rex, Prescott, Inn at Union Square, White Swan, Petite Auberge.

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10. Re: Staying at hotel whitcomb

Thanks again.

Really? Starting to feel ripped off now! It was booked by a 'travel specialist'! Its part of a 3 city stop. San Fran, LA then Vegas.

We're from Belfast in Northern Ireland. It's not my first time to USA but is my first time to the West Coast. Usually book all my travel myself but with 3 destinations I thought it would be safer to use an agent.

I don't have points with a chain so am flexible. We've stayed in hotels of both types before but I do like somewhere they has a bit of character and is I keeping with ifs surroundings.

Thanks again all. Really do appreciate your help.

R