The best thing about the Chancellor Hotel is its location. We stayed there 3 nights and walked down to Powell and Market St. to catch the bus towards Embarcadero/Ferry Building. (We came back on BART to test the subway. TIP: cheaper to pay Bart $1.75 than the $2 bus fare.) We also got on the 38 bus that rides out west on Geary Ave.
The central location also puts you in the heart of shopping action, many stores within a 3 block radius.
We wanted to try Sears restaurant next door for breakfast but the line was too long, so we took out from Starbucks at the corner of Powell and Sutter. At the opposite corner, there is a drugstore to pick up beverages, snacks and other conveniences.
Our two best meals were at Slanted Door (Ferry Building) and Empero Taste on 42nd St. near the Golden Gate Park. We tried Fino Ristorante in Andrews Hotel on Post Street … but it turned out not so fino.
Back to the Chancellor Hotel. Overall, we were satisfied with the room for the price we paid. We had two twin beds in a very small room that also included a desk and chair, flatscreen tv on a bureau of drawers, and two more chairs around a small “coffee” table.
I was put off by the poor lighting in the bedroom; you have to turn on all the lights to see properly. Fortunately, with all lights on, it was adequate.
I laughed at another reader’s comment that the closet was larger than the bathroom. True! Actually, we had to keep closet closed at all times (losing the use of the full-length mirror on the door) because of the horrible odour. It smelled like 1864 in there. The bathroom could use some design tricks – one skimpy towel bar to carry six towels (2 sets of towels) was not wide enough to hang used towels… Why not install a pivoting towel bar on the wall? Only one short hook on the back of the door… Why not install a double hook? Hardly any counter space, certainly not for two people.
The best thing in the room was the bed linen – pillows and duvet. Sadly, the same could not be said of the bed mattresses, which sagged in the middle.
There is no a/c in the small room, so fortunately, we didn’t need it. If you go in months hotter than Sept, you may want to find another hotel. Such a small room without a/c can be claustrophobic.
In the hotel lobby, you can do web check-in for your flight boarding pass. Very handy.
While not the best hotel experience, other hotels were charging $20-40 more per night for about the same quality. So overall, Chancellor Hotel was good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BEST LOCATION at the BEST PRICE...The Chancellor Hotel on Union Square is a historical, boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco where the Cable Car stops at the door step. Experience the best service and thoughtfull amenities while being surrounded by world class shopping, dining and theaters. From Union Square, ride the Powell Street Cable Car over Nob Hill, past Chinatown and North Beach, to Fisherman's Wharf. ... more less
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