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The Kensington Park Hotel
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I have just spent two nights at the Kensington Park Hotel. The hotel and rooms were clean and well maintained. The beds were comfy, even though I stayed in a fold out bed. As there was a problem with our reservation.

They do not offer a breakfast service, complementary tea and coffee can be found on the 9th floor between certain times in the morning.

If you are wanting to grab something for breakfast or lunch there are plenty of places on Powell street to grab something. Just turn left outside the hotel.

Powell street is also where you'll find Union Square. This is a great shopping place. Here you can find most stores including Saks and Macy's.

If you are wanting to get around the city to other parts, there is a cable car nearby, or if you take a 10min walk to market street you can pick up the bus or metro to take you down to the waterfront.

If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, I would recommend staying here!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

My husband and I, along with our 18 year old granddaughter, stayed here in June, 2013. As an Elk's member we were able to get a reduced price of $209/night. The facility only has double beds or 1 queen bed rooms. As there were 3 of us, we had to accept a room with 2 double beds. Though the room is small (it is quite adequate for 2 person's) it was clean, nice view and most importantly conveniently located about 1/2 block from Union Square, the cable car line, and within easy walk to the entrance to the BART, which we rode to and from the airport. They have citrus flavored water (nice to fill up your water bottle) and tea in the morning with sherry from 4-7 pm. We did not use the Valet parking ($40/day) and did not chose to wear a tie to dine at the Farallon restaurant. We will definitively use this hotel on our next visit to SF.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

No two ways about it, SF is expensive, but if you want nice sleep, the Kensington Park Hotel at 450 Post Street will satisfy.

The KP is not as sleek as some of its more modern neighbors, but I'd be surprised if any hotel in the Union Sq. area has a more attentive staff And the hotels location puts you within walking distance to great food, drink, shopping, public transportation, Union SQ, and Chinatown.

Being an older property...the building appears of be from the 30's...your room will likely be smaller than you are expecting, but the halls are quiet, rooms extra clean, decor very nice, beds comfortable, and the linens thirsty.

The KP definitely 'gets it' when it comes to customer service. In a world where every hotel should provide free wi-fi and morning coffee/juice, the Kensington offers both. There's even refreshments and sherry in the lobby in the afternoon.

There are younger prettier properties in the area, but the Kensington Park is a very nice spot to use as your launch pad in your explorations of SF.

Room Tip: If given the choice of sq footage and corner windows....got for room size
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dimitar S, Manager at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Dear portofcaller,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. I would like to personally thank you for your positive comments about the property and the hotel staff. We hope to welcome you back at the Kensington Park Hotel in near future.

Best regards,

Dimitar Stanev
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Arrived there well past midnight with my daughter due to huge delays getting in S/F airport 2 days after the plane crash. Although we had called and told them of the delay the reception person looked tired and after giving us our room key seemed very uninterested without even an offer of help with our luggage. First impressions not good.Next day our room key card did not work ,they took their time in sending 2 new ones.So in my experience service wasnt great. Polite enough with greetings as you walked past front desk but that s all.
The Hotel is very nice in the old world style with soft music playing in foyer and tea/coffee, sherry available for guests as a nice touch.
Our room with 2 very comfotable and soft beds was very small not enough space to walk around , light in entrance was out and doors banged when you closed them, they needed adjusting.
The best part of staying there was the location, very close to everything. For the right price this hotel is good enough but i feel we payed more than its worth.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank cleoSydney_aus
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Dimitar S, Manager at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Dear cleoSydney_aus,

Thank you for staying at Kensington Park Hotel. I'm so sorry to hear that your stay was not as pleasant as you would have expected. We take guest services issues very seriously and I can assure you that we will make certain that these problems do not occur in future.

I really hope you will give Kensington Park Hotel another chance and give us the opportunity to change your impression on us. We look forward to welcoming you back at Kensington Park Hotel.

Best regards,

Dimitar Stanev
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

I had chosen this hotel in San Francisco on the basis of its location - almost on Union Square - the price and the reviews on TA. And I was not disappointed.
We got a warm welcome from Joshua, the receptionist; check in was quick and efficient without being impersonal. And I must say that during the entire stay everybody in the hotel was very kind and helpful.
Reception area is very pleasant and beautifully decorated. They play classical music sofly all the time. All day long one can have coffee/tea, ice water or sherry (in the afternoon).
We stayed in room 26 on the 7th floor at the back of the building. The view from our room was nothing to write home about, but then, we didn't exactly come to SFO to stay in our room.
The room itself was OK. A good size. Clean, compact, with kingsize bed, writing desk + chair, an arm chair, 2 bedside tables, a large closet with 2 racks for the luggage.
The mattress was very comfortable; maybe too soft for some, ideal to me. Nice duvet on the bed.
Insulation between rooms was good, at least we didn't hear any neighbours, unless maybe we didn't have any.
Nothing special to say about the bathroom. Everthing one would expect from a 3/4 star hotel.
Free wifi in the room with good connection. Plenty of sockets.
What I missed in the room was a small safe and also a fridge would have been nice.
Yes, I would return to this hotel, if the price is right.

Room Tip: Higher floor at the back of the building ( very little outside noise)
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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