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“Wonderful boutique hotel with great staff”

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The Kensington Park Hotel
Ranked #79 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Wonderful boutique hotel with great staff”
Reviewed 23 June 2011

This hotel is an excellent value! It’s right by Union Square, near tons of shopping and food options. The hotel is older, but the décor is updated and very nice. The bed is VERY comfortable – made it hard to get up in the morning. There was a large flat screen TV (as you can see in the pics online), and we had no trouble hooking up the DVD player we brought with us. The standard room is pretty small, but I’m sure you can expect that in any downtown location. The only real challenge was figuring out where to store our suitcases that was out of the way. We ended up stacking them in the floor of the closet. I was a little worried about not having A/C (being from TX), but it was rarely warm in the room and opening the window solved that right away. We were on the 6th floor and didn’t have any trouble with noise at night except for a trumpet player in Union Square. He was a talented guy, but one night I had a little trouble getting to sleep around 10:30 or so because of it. Not the hotel’s fault, though. Maybe being on a higher floor would have helped. It’s not a very far walk to the train station/cable car turnaround at Market St.

We arrived pretty early (around 10AM) and they were very accommodating. Our room wasn’t ready yet, so they switched us to a different room so that we could go ahead and check in. We had requested a fridge and apparently they had already put it in the other room that wasn’t clean yet, so the front desk clerk asked for it to be moved. It was in our new room before we even made it up there! One day we wanted to try the sherry available in the afternoon, but we were a few minutes late. They kept it out for us so that we could try it. They also were able to help us with several general recommendations (best place to grab a quick bite late at night, etc). Seems like they have a great staff at this hotel. We really enjoyed staying here!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

Great location right next to cable car and bus lines. Room is a little small, but I expected that. Very comfortable bed and pillows. No problems at all! Very friendly front desk and within walking distance to eating and shopping. We enjoyed our stay and would love to stay again if we return to San Francisco. Got a great deal on easyclicktravel, so couldn't be happier!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

Booked our stay at the Kensington Park hotel after much research (months in advance). We chose this hotel primarily for the location and proximity to all major destinations. I requested an early check in and was accomodated (which was lovely as I had endured a 9 hour travel day from the East coast). Immediately I walked the perfectly safe block to the center of Union Square. So much shopping, restaurants and very close to the Gold Dust Lounge - which was frequented daily (sometimes twice). We also were able to walk through Chinatown and into the North Beach area - then on to Lombard Street and down to Fisherman's wharf - lovely day of walking - the weather was fantastic!... We didn't use any public transportation but it would have been easy to get where we needed to go. Cabs were plentiful in the area.
The rooms were on the smallish side but it was exactly as I would have expected (actually a bit more roomy). The hotel had a vintage flair - very cute... a lot of personality. The housekeeping staff and handymen walking around the hotel were always very friendly and personable. The front desk staff did not seem familiar with the area AT ALL (horrible restaurant recommendation - KULETO'S - don't bother) and were not overly helpful. My husband called down on the last night of our stay to request hot water to the room - it never came.
Overall the stay was amazing... nice, clean rooms and great location. To be noted: it was an unusually warm week (70-80) and we were thrilled that we had a ceiling fan (apparently hard to come by in SF). We got a great rate for the area - can't beat it!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

This hotel is really charming. It has bundles of personality. I stayed for five nights with my partner in a "corner king view room" (#90). The view we had from the twelth floor was of the striking cityscape, and was well worth the extra money. The room itself was comfortable with a great bed. Furnishings are all a little quirky which we liked. It gave the place a less corporate feel. Location is bang smack next to Union Square with all the shops and restaurants you could ever need. The cable car also stops right at the end of the street too. All in all, we were very pleased with our stay and will probably choose this hotel next time we're in the city.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

1. Location - we couldn't have found a better location as it was close to transportation (Hop on Hop off buses and cable cars), Union Square,restaurants, entertainment and great shopping
2. Hotel environment - lots of character, well maintained, clean and comfortable rooms
3. Hotel staff - from the cleaning, maintenance to the front desk staff, they couldn't have have been more helpful and made us feel that they wanted us there. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wexford, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

We stayed here for 5 nights during for our first time in San Francisco. The hotel is centrally located to everything you need. We stayed in a twin room that was very clean and very nicely decorated. It was a bit on the small size but was comfy and sufficient for us. The bathroom is also a good size. The only problem that we had was the noise on the street at night so double glazing would be a good idea but it wasn't a big problem. The staff were the most courteous and helpful that I have ever encountered in any hotel especially Bob the concierge, he really helped us out on a number of occasions. In all we had really enjoyable, comfortable stay and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or to recommend it!! Also the free tea and coffee in the morning plus the free sherry in the evening was a nice touch!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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crystal lake
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

I stayed here with my boyfriend on our vacation to San Francisco. We are in our late twenties, and I do have to say I sometimes felt as if I was being looked down upon by some of the front staff, or maybe it was just the fact that the concierge never seemed to smile. Housekeeping and other staff were very friendly though. Overall clean, you could tell it was an older building though. Curtains in the room had cobwebs and there was brown gunk (spilled pop?) all over the frame of the mirror in the room, but otherwise great. Probably the most comfortable hotel beds I have ever slept in--great pillows and everything! Bathroom: the glass shower door spilled water, flooding the floor after every shower; no ventilation fan. We requested a non-street side view so we would have less noise, and it seemed to work (despite the unsightly view of the alley, but hey). The business center was nice to print things (like our boarding passes) except one computer was broken and the printer constantly jammed. We notified the front desk but when we checked on our last day, nothing was fixed. They will provide an in-room mini fridge and coffee maker upon request, which was a must have for us. The best part was the location--right on Union Square which is always bustling with action and shopping. Just steps from the trolleys and buses (by the way, take the buses everywhere--very cheap!). We weren't in the hotel often, but when we did come in from sightseeing it was pleasant and comfortable.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Kensington Park Hotel
Address: 450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#53 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#59 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Kensington Park Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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