Although the hotel room was nice and clean, its location in North Beach caused us many problems. We arrived on the day of a huge street festival, which closed the street in front of the hotel. That was bad enough, but we couldn't find any parking -- all the parking garages were FULL -- and not even a place to stop and figure out what to do next. The hotel clerk was less than accommodating, telling my wife and I, who had been traveling since early morning, to do some sight-seeing. All we wanted to do was get to the hotel. I finally parked illegally and talked to the clerk, who said her hands were tied because we booked through an online hotel service, booking.com. I called booking.com and was told there was little they could do except to ask the hotel to find other accommodations. OK, since this was the weekend of the San Francisco Marathon, Stanford's graduation and who knows how many other festivals, guess that the chances of finding a room for two nights was? We called the hotel back, where the clerk said she did try to find us a room but was unsuccessful. Because the festival was winding down in the late afternoon, I figured that the parking garages that had been closed just might have spaces. That turned out to be correct, so we checked in to find that our second-floor room overlooked the main beer garden. And there was no way to change rooms. So, as soon as we settled, I called the hotel that we had booked in Napa and asked if we could add on a second night. Thankfully, they were able to do so, so we cut our two-night stay at the Boheme to one night. The room itself was very nice ... just what you expect from a boutique hotel. The neighborhood was nice, if you got away from the festival. Very many nice Italian stores, bakeries, coffee houses, much like we have seen in Italy. Finally, when I checked out, the clerk (a new one) said, "We didn't charge you for the second night?" Are you kidding? We should have been given a discount for all the hassle and stress that we had been through, but we just wanted to get on the road. Finally, I called earlier in the week to confirm the reservation. That would have been a great time to tell us that there might be some problems getting to the hotel because of the festival, or they possibly could have emailed us. A little information would have gone a long way.
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