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Music City Hotel
Ranked #124 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good for the price”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

I stayed here in October 2013 and had a private room with a shared bathroom. It was an old fashioned style hotel, but neat and tidy enough. Rooms were quite comfortable and the bathroom was always clean. The staff at the front desk were quite unfriendly and not very helpful, they certainly didn't offer any information or advice when I checked in. The location isn't too bad, although it's best to stay away from the Tenderloin district. There is some sort of music rehearsal going on regularly within or beside the hotel that causes the place to be quite noisy. Ear plugs are essential. However, for the price, this hotel is certainly decent value.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I stayed a private room equipped with double bed..Overall, the hotel was good, clean,and safe..the only problem there is a music bar under the hostel, and it makes little bit noise during the night...It is very convenient to go from hotel to downtown San Francisco. The area looks like safe,but after midnight you can see some homeless people around the hotel...They are friendly homeless, this is actually general problem for San Francisco..I stayed in this hotel around one week and I never get any problem..The staff are also very friendly....

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The location of the hotel is very good, 15 min. walking to downtown. Parking around the area is easy to find. The rooms is kind of small, need to share bathroom (the bathroom is quite clean), free wifi, coffee only served after 9am, or when there are people at reception. The water machine is located near reception as well. No breakfast. Got tv and fridge in room. Room is clean, and got closet but no hanger.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

We went to this hotel mostly because of the good price. It turned out to be a good example of ' you get what you pay for'.

Pros:
Good neighbourhood, just don't go south into The Tenderloin.
Good bus connection to the Fisherman's Wharf (bus 19)
Near Chinatown (15-20 mins walk down hill)
Clean bathrooms
Free internet on pc's in the lobby and free wifi

Cons:
Not too friendly lady (in the mornings) at the front desk, didn't say really much
Heard two people being sent to another hotel because they were overbooked, without even offering them a partial refund or discount or anything
And the worst of the worst: they seemed to rent rooms to amateur musicians who can play music until 11 pm. Who ever thought of combining this concept with a HOTEL must be a bit awkward. Just choose either one of the concepts but this did not make any sense at all and it was really frustrating.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

It was a small room, but it was clean. We booked a room with our own toilet and that was positive. Sadly we had 4 nights bad sleep becaurse we could hear the neighbours every word and the bed was to hard. We had no problem with the musicians that was playing, they stopped at 11 o'clock. We recommend to stay on the third floor if you will book this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Yes this is a Hostel and there are share bathrooms, but it is very clean minus the old decor. This is an incredible value for the money in a city that commands top dollar. Good walking distance to most attractions in the area. Close to BART and Muni lines.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Minden, Nevada, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 September 2013

I want to start by addressing the reviews that say there is no parking. There is a parking garage right next door, literally within 100 feet of the front door. The only downside is that it is closed on Sundays so you must plan accordingly. Otherwise you can't get any more convenient parking in SF.

I have stayed here three times. The hotel is typical of the buildings of its era. Narrow halls, steep stairs. But the rooms I have slept in have been clean and kept up well. It has everything from fully equipped suites with kitchens down to shared dorm/hostel style bunk beds and everything in between. For a traveler on a budget, there is something to fit any budget.

The shared bath situation is what it is. The staff keeps them clean and disinfected, but the person right before you might have adversely affected that. The private baths are fine.

Yes there are rehearsal studios in the basement that are quite popular. The music shuts off at 11pm. Before that, depending on the night and your room location, it is similar to a garage band playing down the street in your home neighborhood. You can hear it, you can choose to concentrate on it or ignore it. Certainly, if that would be an issue for you, don't stay here. But if you don't mind, this is a great value in a very expensive city.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Music City Hotel
Address: 1353 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109-5611
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Music City Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Music City Hotel/Hostel offers the best combination of service, location, and cleanliness for affordable Hotel and Hostel accommodations in San Francisco. Be energized by the past, present and future of music in the city while at Music City Hotel, a tribute to the robust musical history of the Bay Area, and dedicated towards nurturing its present. This is a one of a kind artistic and cultural experience you don't want to miss. Located in the vibrant Polk Gulch neighborhood, dozens of varied and excellent food, beverage, and entertainment options are within steps of Music City Hotel. Tourist attractions and neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, and the Mission District are all located either within walking distance or a short bus ride away thanks to our convenient and central location. With options ranging from four person and six person dormitories, to private rooms with shared restrooms, all the way to junior suites with a kitchen and bathroom, there is enough variety here to fulfill almost every style of travel and budgetary need. Below you are 15 rehearsal and recording studios, the epicenter for thousands of local musicians focused on the creative process of rehearsal, performance, and education in their craft. Be immersed in our stylishly decorated rooms and halls featuring aluminum laser printed photographs of the most prominent figures in the musical history of the Bay Area, all while staying comfortably connected at the crossroads of the city’s present day music scene along with it’s storied past. Feel free to wander into the lower level to check out this exciting vibe! ... more   less 
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