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“Great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel North Beach
Ranked #193 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Yekaterinburg, Russia
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

Not far from both Union square and Embarcadero. The hotel is a cheap place to stay in San Francisco. Rooms are tiny and sometimes windows abut your opposite neighbors' rooms. If you want your room to be cleaned, you should ask for that in advance.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Binghamton, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

This hotel is pretty outdated, even for the price. They still use those old school credit card devices. Check in/check out took forever, luckily we were not in a hurry. Some staff were friendly some were not.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank eater2212
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

This hotel??? More appropriately a backpackers was overpriced at $109.00 per night. The tiny room had a tiny double bed, but linen, towels & room were thankfully clean. The place has a large number of rooms so the shared bathrooms is often very wet. There's a basin in the room so that's a help for face and hand washing.

The location is in Kearny Street off the corner of Pacific & Columbus streets. This can be confusing as there's another short Kearney Street off Bay Street. The location is very central and we walked to downtown and the waterfront-Ambercadero.

The Coit Tower is 15 min walk up the road from the hotel. Spectacular views of the city, the waterfront and Alcatraz. It's $7.00 to go up the tower. We also walked to Lombard street which is further away but can be walked or get the trolley.

Chinatown is a buzz of activity all the time, a great liveliness about the place.

Room Tip: Closer to the bathrooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jetset700
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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288 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was our first time staying in San Francisco and we were amazed by the high prices for accommodation in the city, so Hotel North Beach seemed like a reasonable option and in the end, you generally get exactly what you would expect.

The good side is that the location is great as you are walking distance from great bars, restaurants, parks, and all sorts of activities, plus it tends to be very safe and we did not have any problems with masses of vagrants as they are known to cause alot of troubles in quite a few other neighborhoods of the city. On top of this, the staff are friendly enough and the owner has clearly done her best to keep the place clean, decently decorated, and has even included some nice complimentary bath products in each room.

The down sides however were also quite obvious, for around $120/ night you can expect a shoe box sized room with no view other than a courtyard to help ventilate other rooms. Regrettably, this also can lend to quite a lot of noise pollution as we were faced with the choice of leaving the windows closed at night and sweltering inside or being able to breathe and get woken up by the sounds of 4 german backpackers at 7h every morning. To add to this, the walls are rather thin so dont expect too much privacy. WORSE though, is that despite having around 12 rooms per floor, there is only one bathroom!

We have stayed in quite a few hostels but have never had to queue for the bath so this was a major downside as was the noise pollution, but in the end, considering its San Francisco, we felt we received good value for the money as the location is simply excellent

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Confused_ExpatHanoi
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Great value budget hotel, in great location for exploring SF
Rooms are pre WWII style, small, compact but tidy and clean, and so are the shared facilities.
But step out the door and you are North of the Union Square problems, on the border of Chinatown and vibrant North Beach precinct, cafes, bars , niteclubs, parks and churches etc.

Room Tip: Rooms on East side face courtyard and quietest
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bo J
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

The hotel is located in a good location just in Chinatown / North Beach area, safe and sound. The rooms are fine, plenty of bathrooms on the floor, it's just that the place feels like an old age home - forgive my political in-correctness. - lots of retired residents stay here long term. Also internet didn't work in my room. But other than that it's not a bad place

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ariadna_asia
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Carterton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

The good part of the Hotel is the location, close to all attractions & China Town just around the corner which was like another world. Unfortunately the room was tiny, no room to move, the bed was very uncomfortable & I came away with 2 nasty bites :(
Be aware you have to request clean towels & a bed change...windows & blinds could do with a re vamp.
The staff at the Hotel were a bit frosty to start, but seemed to improve as the week went on.
On a good note the Happy Donut café 2 doors away was great for breakfast & sweet treats, the staff were always friendly.
It was what you would expect for the price

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the road if you want to sleep
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Louise W
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Property: Hotel North Beach
Address: 935 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Formerly St. Paul Hotel)
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Chinatown
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Ranked #193 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel North Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 154
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