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Archstone South Market
Ranked #165 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 18 August 2011

We have stayed here for the months of July and August for each of the last five years. The location of the property is superb and Executive Suites consistently delivers a high level of service in a most professional way. Our apartment was bright, specious, well-appointed and immaculately clean. It is perfectly equipped for comfort and convenience during an extended stay. Executive Suites provides everything you need for self-catering and is extremely responsive to a guest's needs and requests. We intend to return year after year. With regard to the comment below on a guest's disappointment with the lack of a front desk, just understand that this is a self-catering apartment and not a hotel. But this makes your stay in San Francisco all the more fun!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2009

We stayed here for 3 nights in May 2009 and found the location fantastic. On reading older reviews, I think they miss the point!!! This is NOT a hotel, they are apartments where people permanently live, and a few are let out for tourists like us. The location is very good, walking distance to the centre of the city and to the Port area as well, the BART and MUNI are only a block or so away as well.

The apartments are spacious and well fitted out with a full kitchen for self-catering. The Whole Foods Market is an excellent place for healthy food and has a large hot servery as well where you can buy pre-prepared meals if you don't feel like cooking. Only criticism would be the beds could be a little softer and the pillows a bit better as well. But the service was great, we had a small issue with the television when we arrived, but after a telephone call, it was fixed the next day very promptly.

When you compare the cost of staying here to the hotels in SFO, there is no comparison, this is a great value for money place, and having the cooking facilities where you can at least have a bit of a sleep in and have your breakfast when you feel like it is great.

I think people are far too critical of accommodation venues in general and don't point out all the positives - and Archstone has plenty of those!! We would definitely stay here again should we be in SFO in the future.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jaykkay
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Reviewed 12 July 2006

We stayed at St. Francis Place through a company called Executive Suites for our recent 3-day stay in San Francisco and were very pleased overall. However, as the facility is a true apartment complex rather than an actual hotel, making for some downsides for tourists like us.

The upsides first: The location couldn't have been better. St. Francis Place is located South of Market, which is like the Soho of San Francisco. It was a safe and convenient location, within walking distance of the Metreon, art museum and other attractions. We had a car, and although St. Francis Place is not central to San Francisco proper, we found the location of the property to be particularly convenient to all the city's sites.

We rented a 2-bedroom unit to accommodate us and our 2 children and loved having lots of room to spread out and relax, unlike a conventional hotel room. Having 2 bathrooms was wonderful and we especially enjoyed using the kitchen to save $$ on meals (Whole Foods is just a couple blocks away). There's a parking garage under the complex (more on that below), a lovely heated swimming pool, comprehensive workout room, and terrific laundry facilities (washer/dryers on each floor, plus a large, central laundry facility if those are in use).

The downsides: Unfortunately, because St. Francis Place was designed as a place for living, not for visiting, there are no helpful services for tourists. While there is an official front desk for apartment renters, the staff wasn't particularly helpful with directions, maps, and restaurant suggestions the way the concierge or front desk of an ordinary hotel might be. Plus, the front desk is only open certain hours of the day. When we arrived at St. Francis Place we were instructed to go to the leasing office to retrieve our keys and apparently these folks aren't used to seeing short-term renters either: I gave my name and they looked at me like I was nuts! It took some time before they realized why I was there and what I was asking for (our room keys were in an envelope in some closet, apparently). They were useless in providing any information at all.

The apartment, while clean and spacious, frankly could have used a little updating -- although it's possible that each unit looks different. If you require maid service, this isn't the place for you: housekeeping is provided only one day a week and we had no idea which day that would be -- we simply returned to the room and found it had been cleaned that day.

Parking was another issue. Because we had a rental car, we required parking and were told it could be had for $9/day. That was true, but there was a complicated system for getting that $9/day rate. We had to return to the lot before the original 24 hours expired, or some such crazy scheme. It was absurd. At night, the only way to return to the lot was to call in on a special phone so that the gate to the garage could be lifted. How annoying!

I think most of our troubles were caused by the fact that, unlike a hotel, the company renting us the apartment was not the company managing the property, who in turn was not the company owning or managing the parking garage. It was not a customer-friendly arrangement.

11  Thank Eohippus
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Reviewed 24 April 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 October 2013
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Room Tip: Как минимум, в блоке "1" на крыше имеется терраса - понравится романтикам.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 November 2012
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank farida m
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Address: 1 Saint Francis Pl, San Francisco, CA 94107-1330
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #165 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: £122 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Archstone South Market 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Executive Suites offers beautifully furnished one and two bedroom apartments and only requires a 30 night minimum stay.Every apartment is completely furnished, including a fully equipped kitchen and bath(s). Each apartment is equipped with a queen size bed in the bedroom(s), as well as a queen sofa sleeper in the living room.Utilities are included, as well as local phone calls, wi-fi and weekly housekeeping service. Laundry facilities are located on every floor of the building, and all clients have full access to the pool, spa and fitness facilities.Parking is available through an underground/public garage for $250.00 USD per month but has to be arranged directly with the garage attendant. Executive Suites nor the property owner has no control over availability, pricing or hours of operation. ... more   less 
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