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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hayes Valley Inn

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Hayes Valley Inn
Ranked #13 of 72 San Francisco B&B and Inns
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“better than expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We stayed here in March 2013 for three nights.
The room aswell as the Hotel was clean. The common bathroom was also very clean at all times.
In our eyes the room was big enough.
As far as I rember there are no rooms which don't have a window to the street. This can be a problem for people who wake up at the slightest noise due that the traffic starts around 5 a.m.
Be aware that there is no lift.
These are the little cons.
The Location is verry good. Close to the Hotel there are Bars and Restaurant at a descent quality. Two blocks away you catch "the hop-on-hop-bus" aswell as as public transportation.
The breakfast has a large varitey of all kinds of food and the coffee is above average.
Last but not least the staff is outstanding. Always patient, friendly and helpfull.
We got more than we expected. At this price we recommend this Hotel

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

Spent two nights in room 311 at the Hayes Valley Inn January 30 and 31st 2014. The Inn was exactly as other Tripadvisor reviewers had describe it; clean, friendly, and convenient. I purchased a 3 ballet subscription to the San Francisco Ballet and to cut travel costs, I decided to try the Hayes Valley Inn based on all the positive Tripadvisor reviews. I was so happy with my stay, I have booked my February and March dates. I have stayed at the Argonaut, the Inn at the Opera, Parc 55, and a few other high end hotels, and I am happy to say, my experience at the Hayes Valley Inn was on par or better than those hotels. Please remember, it is an old school euro-style shared bathroom and shower down the hall B&B, so know that going in and don't mark them down because of it as several reviewers have done.

Room Tip: No elevator, so if stairs are a concern, request a room on the first floor
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Traveling recently in December 2013, I was able to more than survive 16 hours in transit in spending my arrival afternoon and first night in San Francisco recovering very well from 9 time zones by having the good fortune to stay in Hayes Valley Inn. The Manager,her personnel, all very helpful and attentive made my first hours in their little hotel a real pleasure.Where does one find a courtesy tea with sweets daily in today's hotels? The hotel has much atmosphere of San Francisco a hundred years ago with its historic interior decoration . A pleasant stroll in the immediate neighborhood revealed that Hayes Valley deserves its reputation as a creative and lively area. Highly-recommended, as 'the price is right', the location ..prima.! the hotel staff wonderful !

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Surrey, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

The Hayes Valley Inn is a 10 minute stroll from the BART Civic Center station which is on a direct line to the International Airport (go straight down Grove Street and Gough Street is 2nd left after you have crossed Van Ness Avenue) and is a convenient base from which to see the major attractions of this delightful city.
My room was immaculately clean and tastefully furnished with a really comfortable bed and a fast and reliable WiFi connection. Breakfast was of limited choice but excellent quality - the bagels were right up there with the best I have ever tasted. You can also get complimentary afternoon tea which is served between 16:00 and 19:00 if you are back from exploring.
However, it is the staff which really earn this place a 5 star rating from me - friendly, helpful and endlessly cheerful, they were a living definition of what service should be. The atmosphere was fantastic.

There were a couple of niggles - there are no en suite facilities and the hot water took an age to come through in the morning. Also, the Inn is on quite a busy road and the noise can be a bit intrusive. However, none of the above caused me any real problems.

In summary, this is probably a 3 star establishment in terms of facilities, but a 5 star plus in terms of atmosphere and comfort. I was really made to feel at home and it is one of the few places that I have ever stayedt where I really did not want to leave. If I am ever in San Francisco again, this will be my hotel of choice. Really great value.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

The parking was awful. There is no parking for the hotel and I had to drive around and around the surrounding areas to find a spot. I've been to SF several times so I know parking is tough and expensive and in the past I have only used public transportation. However, we were on a road trip so we just had our car with us. The room was charming. The bed comfortable. The bathrooms were always spotless. They are shared with other people on the floor. It is unusual for an American hotel but don't let it scare you. It is really not a big deal at all. I would definitely go back to the Hayes Valley Inn.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

We had a lovely getaway to SF at the Hayes Valley Inn. Very uniquely decorated, your traditional European-style B&B. A good, varied selection for breakfast at a central dining table where you are immersed into conversation with your fellow guests from all over the world. Rooms were clean, lovely, and sufficient for our needs and sharing a bathroom wasn't a hassle. Step outside onto the bustling Hayes Valley neighborhood and enjoy strolls to unique little shops and definitely try the revolutionary ice cream at Smitten. Public transportation is nearby to get you to the sights like Pier 39 and staff is always knowledgeable on assisting you on where you want to go. Excellent value all around.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Great service and friendly staff. The breakfast was amazing! Nice and clean and close to bus stops to get you into fishermans wharf and union square. Only thing to note is that you will be sharing 2x toilets and a shower with other guests on your level but this was not an issue. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Hayes Valley Inn
Address: 417 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4415
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Hayes Valley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #13 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hayes Valley Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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