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Hotel Stratford
Ranked #110 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Just got back from a four day stay at the Stratford, and will definitely consider staying the next time I go to SF. Rooms are small, but very comfortable, and when you're in SF, how much time are you going to spend in your room anyway? Location is the best part, about as central as you can get - steps away from Powell St. BART and the cable car, ten minute walk to Chinatown. Full service Walgreens down the street for anything you might need, decent late night pizzeria across the street, etc.Good stuff!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Hotel is clean, rooms are tiny but it is San Fran! The location is amazing, just around the corner
From Union Square, where Open Top Buses leave, so perfect location!
The Hotel is close to everything, as it is on the main street of SF, & 2 min walk 2 subway & famous cablecar
Breakfast is included & has fresh fruit as well
Considering how expensive San Fran Hotels are, this was an awesome find & extremely well priced
Great Italian restaurant directly across road

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Old, but clean hotel near everything we like to do in San Francisco. Easy public transportation to AT&T park and back, filled with Giants fans, so that added to the fun! Breakfast on the property was typical and good in a room with large windows looking out onto the busy street below. The staff was excellent and the elevator s.l.o.w., but we were on vacation so who cares? There is a staircase with a pretty, old bannister and open windows that is a good alternative. Our room was tiny but clean and comfortable and had it's own bath as well as windows that open for fresh air. One big advantage was that we didn't need our car in the two days and nights we spent there.

Room Tip: Apparently, not all rooms have their own baths, so be sure to ask. Also, there is no valet parking.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

No doubt that the hotel is in a great position, literally two steps away from Union Square!
The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean,but ours was soooooooo small! We almost had to choose who can stay in the room...us or the luggages?!?!
By the way, for a couple of nights is a good hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Jamie D, Front Office Manager at Hotel Stratford, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are happy you enjoyed the location and service. Some rooms can be small due to the age of the historic building. Thanks again, and we hope to see you back with us again!

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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Not the flashiest hotel but you can't ask for a better location to base yourself from in San Francisco. Accommodation was clean, and hotel staff were friendly and more than willing to answer any questions. The free breakfast and wifi were also nice bonuses.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Robert A
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Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

Shoebox sized room (two person room, two beds).

Showers fine. Legendary shampoo though! +1/2 a star right there!

It is in the center of town, which as it turns out is a double edged sword. Coming from Australia I cannot understate the homeless problem. Being on the edge of tenderloin, the area to the south and west is unsafe at night.

A strange site having Gucci and other top tier stores on the same block as homeless.

Due to its central location parking is expensive costing from $25-$36 overnight depending on how far you are willing to walk through homelessness.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Stratford Hotel from March 28 through to April 1st 2014 on a B&B basis.


The hotel is very central and easy to get to from SFO and Oakland Intl. as the BART station is less than a 5 minute walk from Powell Street. The journey takes roughly 40 minutesand costs less than $10 (from SFO)


We checked in no problem, the staff were friendly and efficient.


The lift as others have said is slow - ridiculously slow - but its a lift and we were grateful for it on check-in as we were on the 8th floor! I did find myself using the stairs the majority of the time, but after walking up the many hills of San Francisco, I wasn't too fazed by the stairs.


We were in room 805. At first I was slightly dubious about the room position as it was the first room you'd walk past after leaving the lift, but the passing foot traffic was next to none OR all very quiet! The room itself was more than adequate, double bedroom with shower room and free broadband. The room was clean and comfortable, admittedly the room wasn't massive, but I wasn't in San Francisco to stay in my room.


Despite having a B&B rate we actually didn't eat at the hotel, we usually grabbed something on the go from Wallgreens (across the road) or at Dotties (on the corner of 6th and Stevenson ... be there at 07:30 to avoid queuing).


All in all ... We slept well, the shower was hot and the bedding was clean ... oh and the coffee smell that filled the hotel every morning - amazing!


I would recommend the Stratford Hotel without any hesitation and I plan to return in the not too distant future!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Stratford

Address: 242 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2206
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #110 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: £47 - £278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Stratford 2*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If travelers were to pinpoint on a map the number one location in San Francisco, it could be right outside the door of Hotel Stratford. Our entrance has become part of thousands of photographs taken of the Cable Car as it heads up the second block of its famous journey over San Francisco's beautiful hillside communities. Guests who want the convenience of being right in the center of the City will enjoy their stay in this European style affordably priced property, with 90 pleasantly decorated rooms, all with the most modern facilities. We await the pleasure of your company be it for Business or Leisure. ... more   less 
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