The Cova has a lot of strong positives, but its location is a big negative.
The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff was great and the free breakfast was above average in a city where most hotels charge for breakfast. There is even an hourly shuttle service, although service to Fisherman's Warf is not frequent enough, making it difficult get a seat. The staff is trying very hard to offer a superior level of service, catering mostly to foreign tourists.
While the hotel is a short walk to Union Square or City Hall, you must walk past homeless people, massage parlors and an x-rated theater. One cab driver showed us the spot, just a block away, where he was mugged. The next night, there was a fatal shooting just one block in the other direction. After that incident, my daughter was afraid to leave the hotel on foot.
Overall, we had a very pleasant stay except for the neighborhood. We booked the Cova with our eyes open, having seen warnings on Trip Advisor, but in fact the neighborhood was even more seedy than we expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of San Francisco, the COVA Hotel offers a delightful haven for travelers seeking spacious and comfortable lodging in a downtown atmosphere. COVA Hotel offers comfort, value, service and design. Newly renovated and providing the highest level of services at an affordable rate, our goal is to make your stay enjoyable. Room rates include complimentary continental breakfast and transportation to Union Square. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cova Hotel San Francisco