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Layne Hotel
Ranked #201 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“reasonable”
Reviewed 19 March 2013

recently visited San Francisco after a long time its was always pleasant to visit this place.
got into the hotel late in the night and was a sort of thought after reading a reviews what it would be but thought of giving it a try. when we reached the hotel front desk clerk welcomed us and also helped us with our luggage. everything was ready as he was expecting us. we got into the room it was king size bed, rest room was clean, the room had satellite tv, fridge, micro wave , iron board, hair dryer, as it mentioned in the website.
there is continental breakfast in the morning coffee, hot water, juice, danish.
it can be improved
the neighbour hood is little dusky the desk clerk informed us about the homeless about two blocks but it was fine to walk.
any how it was a quiet a good experience
its a reasonable price for the hotel and every thing is near by union square, shopping center china town etc,.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2013

Did not know that there was an additional charge for 4 people. Definitely not worth the money. Apparently the double room is the biggest they have. There's barely any room for our luggages!! Receptionist was rude, including the manager himself! Couldn't get a refund otherwise would've left. Stayed in many cheaper hotels, not as 'fancy' as this but at least customer service was waaay better and the rooms have more space!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

We were looking for an inexpensive motel in San Francisco and someone recommended this one. The neighborhood was questionable, not sure I would have walked to union square if that was my goal. The parking was terrible we had to double park just to register. There was a 'private' parking garage just down the street where we left the car to keep it off the street. Although the room price was great we had to pay $20 to park the car which negated any savings on the hotel. The clerk had trouble finding our reservation and then made us pay a $250 deposit. The room was small but modern. There was no heat in the room but there was a fridge and microwave. Not sure I would recommend it to everyone, although if you really want to stay in central San Francisco for under $100 this fit the bill.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We just came back from San Franscisco and the city was buzzing with Conferences, etc., so it was hard to get a hotel room in the city centre. We booked in this hotel despite the bad comments because we were desperate (all rooms in half-decent hotels were $300 and above) so we decided to book here (we still payed a handsome $250, though). We only stayed for 1 night.
The guy at the front desk was incredibly unpleasant. We arrived in the hotel at around 11.45 am and the very FIRST thing he said to us (after asking for our names) was: "you can't check in now". Really? is that how you greet your customers??? we were not even hoping to be checked-in but a "hello, I'm sorry, we're busy, your room is not ready yet but we would be more than glad...", etc. you get the picture.
Anyway, I was quite annoyed to be honest, so we just left our luggage in the reception (they don't have a storage room) and we left.
We came back at 6.00 pm to be given the keys to our room. Same guy, same attitude. I swear to God I could just hit him.
Our room: tiny and very basic. No air-con. Bathroom wasn't cleaned properly, there was hair (I shudder!..). Since there was no air-con and this last week was quite hot, we decided to open the windows...and it was very noise outside. Your choice: either you roast or you can't sleep.
Area: Interesting to say the least. We're quite happy to stay in less-than-pretty areas but this one was a bit scary at night. The area is right in the city centre though, so you can walk quickly to Powell, Union Sq., etc. Also, to be totally honest, there was a Hilton hotel about 2 blocks from ours, so...
My main gripe is the hotel, not the area. They charge way too much for sub-standard facilities and awful customer service. Avoid unless desperate.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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oakland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2012

I often spend a night or two in the city and have found myself near or in the Tenderloin neighborhood, which is a real educational experience and not for the squeamish. It's LIVING THEATER right outside your window. The neighborhood is notorious for drug addicts, drunks and homeless people wandering around, pan handling and occasionally fighting with each other (as well as their imaginary demons) Saturday nights can be especially rowdy on the streets, but given all that, I am happy to report my experience at The historic Layne Hotel was better than most in this part of the city.
The rooms are clean, not too small, the front door is secure (you have to buzzed in) and there is always someone at the front desk 24 hours a day. There is a real charm to this hundred year old hotel. The elevator, in particular, is very old, but it works. You feel you are traveling back in time as you rumble up to your floor. It's very cool.
This hotel is very near the corner of Geary Street and only two blocks from The Curran Theater, so it is in a good spot, walking distance to restaurants and transportation options especially when you consider you're often paying half of what the bigger chains charge. Through Booking.com, I was able to get a room with private bathroom for $125.00 (normally 175.00) on a busy festival weekend in a busy month in San Francisco.
If you can get beyond the sad and the sordid, you may have a memorable stay in this location.

Room Tip: across the street is a Hooka Lounge. close to theaters.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Michigan, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2012

I didn't actually stay the night in this hotel. The first room we were assigned was funny how gross it was . Unfortunately the humor was short lived. The room was tiny (as I expected for the price). The "window" was covered up by a sheet of metal. The bedspread looked like it had been stolen from a hobo (stained all over and disgusting). The very aged and gross windows shades were literally falling off of the window. Even though the website implies that there is a bathroom, the room only had a sink. There were holes in the walls. It smelled bad. The toilet was in one room down the hall. The shower was its own room that was remarkably tiny. After realizing that there was no way my girlfriend and I were going to stay there, the front desk said there was no way we were getting a refund. Not surprisingly, there was another group in front of us trying to get a refund (with no luck). So at 1000pm my girlfriend and I set out on the streets to find a place to stay. We ended up booking another room from priceline at the Hotel Serrano just around the corner. It was three times the cost but well worth it after coming from the bowels of the Hotel Layne. If it came down to sleeping in a car or the Hotel Layne, I would pick a car in a heartbeat. There are some really cool bars close by. Unfortunately, they don't have NEARLY enough liquor to make this place close to habitable.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else. This place is crap!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Layne Hotel
Address: 545 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2007
Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #201 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Layne Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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