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The Kensington Park Hotel
Ranked #65 of 231 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in May and found it really well located. The staff, specially Vincent, was nice, polite and helpful. The room was okay, although a little basic for a 300$ room. No fridge, no Ipod station, hair blower in really bad shape. But the bed was very comfortable and the view, from the 10th floor was beautiful. I would go back.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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lcalvario, Guest Relations Manager at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

Dear Oliari,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor.
We appreciate anytime guest share there experience.

As you discovered our best asset is our location and beds.

We are disappointed to hear that your experience fell short of your expectations.
We do have fridge in several rooms and upon request and we also have hair dyer that can be replace.

Your comments are truly valuable and important.

We will pass on your nice comment to Vincent. I am sure he will appreciate the mention.

We hope that you will allow us another opportunity to serve you in the future.

Best regards,
Lilia Calvario

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed at the kensington for 5 nights really enjoyed our stay good views overlooking post st really great location just 1 min from union square very friendly bob was really helpful with the directions free sherry and tea in the afternoon nice touch lovely restaurants very close by this hotel is oldy worldly its a jem really nice stay

Room Tip: any room looking down on post st would be fine
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank wendyemma
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Personality H, Guest Relations at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Hi wendyemma,

Thank very much you for sharing your positive experience. We are glad to hear that you had a very pleasant stay. We hope you will choose Kensington Park Hotel for your next stay in San Francisco.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm Regards,
Janine Rauen
Guest Relations

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

A friend suggested this hotel and I was very pleasantly surprised. Just a half block from Union Square and all of the wonderful shopping there. The cable car is also a block away. Very convenient to buses that go in all directions. You'll quickly learn that unless you want to arrive sweaty, you'll want to take the bus! I was there during a heatwave and was concerned about the lack of AC in the rooms (the rooms don't have any AC), but it was fine. If you think it will hot, I would suggest getting a room on the back. The view from the rooms differs greatly so if you want a view, talk to them when you check in. The front desk was really helpful. I only have two complaints, the valet was SLOW so plan ahead. The concierges were not helpful. When we asked about the differences between the hop on hop off style buses he could not tell us and just kept pushing the one that had a relationship with the hotel. I guess the was fine, but we didn't get a discount for using the one he pushed. The other concierge wasn't able to answer our basic questions and finally told us that he worked so much that he never went to any of the places. I think they need to spend some time on educating the concierges! Do your research because they will not be much help. With that said, I highly recommend the hotel. Perfect location with nice beds, clean, good sized room and bathrooms. Plus speedy free wi-fi!

Room Tip: On the back if you want it to be quiet when you open the windows.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank lap4444
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

I just had a three-day reunion witih some long-time friends in San Francisco, and we were all
so happy with our Kensington Park experience. The vintage building is lovingly restored.
Soothing classical music plays in the lobby area, and the staff is beautifully trained. The
concierge, front-desk staff and back-of-the house associates are all seemingly happy in their positions, and that makes a guest's experience even better. Though the bathroom is slightly
small, it is spotless and more than adequate. The bedding and beds are perfect.

A table laid with tea and flavored water is set up in the lobby all day. In the late afternoon a
decanter of sherry joins the drink mix. Happy hour and dinner are available through a
door in the lobby that leads to Farallon Restaurant.

The Playhouse Theater is accessible on the 2nd level, and that makes the perfect mix of culture,
food and a restful room.

Room Tip: We had a room on the inner side of the hotel, and noise was no problemm at all.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ronita K
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Great Hotel, Great Location, Good price

Perfect hotel from which to explore the best city in the world. Nothing too spectacular, just a very good, comfortable hotel. Exactly what you need

Staff were also very friendly and welcoming

Would return without a seconds though

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank josephturner1990
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Personality H, Guest Relations at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Greetings josephturner1990,

Thank you for staying with us at Kensington Park Hotel. We are very happy to hear that you had a great experience and enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again during your future visits to San Francisco. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and with other travelers

We hope to welcoming you again very soon!

Warm Regards
Janine Rauen
Guest Relations

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We booked this after finding out it was owned by one of the oldest Elks Lodges in the country, and as an Elk you get a reduced rate. Is is a beautiful old hotel, decorated in the grand style with carved wood elevators and dark wood trim everywhere. Lobby is gorgeous, room was spacious & elegant, with good beds and baths. The location is very convenient to Union Square and within walking distance to lots of shopping. Ceiling fans in rooms - No AC, but you prob will never need it in SF. Yes, it's noisy, but this is a vibrant city - if it's going to bother you, ask for a room at the rear. Front desk personnel are friendly and accommodating to whatever you require. If you are going to SF and are an Elk, check out the Lodge in the same building. Stop at the front desk and ask to go up -3rd or 4th floor I think- they are very friendly and love visitors.

Room Tip: Some rooms have small refrigerators - ask for one of them if you need one.
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1  Thank sunbern52
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lcalvario, Guest Relations Manager at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear sunbern52,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor.
We appreciate anytime our guests share their experience.

We are delighted to hear you felt our rooms were spacious and elegant.

Thank you for providing so many details and insights for our future guests.

Our location is simple easy access to restaurant, shopping, theater and you don’t have to go to far if you would like to attend a performance in a theater, the San Francisco Playhouse is just located on the 2nd floor at the same building of the hotel and of course not to mention the Elks on the 3rd floor.

Our guests are our priority in all aspects of their stay; and they will be delighted to hear they were successful in exceeding your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best regards,
Lilia Calvario

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I have to say, the best area to stay at in San Francisco is around union square. This hotel is a block away where everything is happening. I'm not sure why the others experienced noise when they stayed at this hotel, but we didn't experience that. We had a pleasant stay. The room was clean & cozy. The bathroom looked a bit outdated but I think that just matches the design of the entire hotel. As long as it is clean, I can't really complain.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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lcalvario, Guest Relations Manager at The Kensington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Tricia M,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor.

We are delighted to hear you felt the room was clean and cozy. We always wish for our guests to be completely satisfied and comfortable in our guest’s room and we are delighted that we have succeeded.

We are glad you enjoyed our location and I agree with you we are where everything is happening.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Best regards,
Lilia Calvario

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Additional Information about 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: £123 - £298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Kensington Park Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Complimentary Coffee and Tea Service with Italian Biscotti on the 9th and 11th floors. Complimentary WIFI access throughout the entire hotel. Complimentary Business Self-Service Desk in the lobby with computer access and printer. Complimentary Hot Tea and water in the lobby from 730A to 6PM. Complimentary Sherry in the lobby daily 4P to 6P. ... more   less 
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