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Cornell Hotel de France
Ranked #24 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I stay here whenever I visit San Francisco unless they are booked. The facility is easily accessed from public transportation, the staff are very helpful, the room is everything I need but not fancy and the breakfast is really very good. All in all a great deal. I just returned from a 2 night stay with family and friends. In October I stayed solo while on a business trip. Feel very comfortable and safe here as a solo traveler.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street are noisy, but there is plenty of fresh air. Rooms in back are quiet but can be...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2013

Dear elliewhit,

We are glad to read that you stay in our hotel whenever you come to
San Francisco. We like the fact that you feel safe in our walls. It is flattering
for everybody who work in the establishment.

Thank you for your good comment.

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Stayed for 3 nights during for a large conference in November. The Cornell Hotel was an oasis of calm away from the frenzy of the conference. Very convenient location just off of Powell and close to Union Square. Adorable decor, especially the restaurant where full breakfast is served each morning. I had a small room which was definitely small and maybe too cozy for 2 people but perfect for 1. It was very warm, even with the window open (the window opens to a small space between buildings), but the ceiling fan was a big help. The staff were all very pleasant and polite and the room was quiet and very clean. This is a great value for downtown San Francisco and I hope to stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

Dear JaviesMom,

We hope too, that we shall have the pleasure to
welcome you again... and we thank you for your
nice words concerning our small hotel.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Stayed at end of October. Good atmosphere and welcome. Very handy to Union Square - theatre and restaurants. Full breakfast which I enjoy. Access to bus routes for sight seeing to other parts of city. Would stay again.

Stayed: October 2013
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2013

Dear ArmaghApple,

We think that, in a few works you described very well our
small establishment. We are glad that you liked it and we
thank you very much.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 19 November 2013 via mobile

The hotel is residing in an old building. The hotel is small and stylish but clearly needs renovation. Rooms are small but clean. Good breakfast. Free Wifi. Check in and check out was quick. Good location near the cable car stop. Overall good value for money.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2013

Dear yakovB33,

Thank you very much for having chosen our small
place, it is good to know that we do the right thing,
your nice comments are a reward for everybody
working at the hotel.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Pleasant staff, very affordable parking across the road, comfortable rooms - quiet (we stayed in two different ones) with instant hot water, good American breakfast. All this and only two blocks from Union Square!

An excellent value for San Francisco!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2013

Thank you for your good comment Peter B,
We are pleased that you liked our small hotel.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The only negative feedback would be that the room was small. But we had three women with a lot of luggage and it still worked fine for us. I was afraid the bathroom counter space would be too small for all three of us getting ready in the morning but it worked out just fine. We even had all three of us in there at one time!! The beds were very comfortable. In fact I overheard one of the staff personnel say that they change the mattress' every 1.5 years. The décor was awesome and the breakfast menu was really good. It wasn't just your regular continental breakfast. You actually had options to pick from a menu. It was in walking distance to most everything we did or else we rode the trolley which boarded right outside the motel. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and I would stay there again myself.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2013

Dear Lori W,

Thank you Lori for your good comment.
We are glad that the three of you were pleased
with the "small room" but at least you were able
to occupy the bath- room at the same time...
We are proud to offer a good breakfast to our
customers thanks to Restaurant Jeanne d' Arc.
It would be nice o have the opportunity to
welcome you again.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

The Cornell was our first stop after a very long flight and we were glad to be met by their friendly staff. This boutique hotel is in an excellent location close to Union Square and the cable car lines.
The artwork throughout the hotel gives it a unique character as does the original elevator. The included breakfast was great.
We stayed in one of the small queen rooms for 2 nights and a midsized room for our final night. The smaller room was comfortable and cosy, however, we would suggest that anyone who dislikes hot or stuffy rooms instead chose one of the larger rooms.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and get a midsize. Well worth the difference.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

Dear PipAndrew C,

Thank you for a nice description of our small
hotel and the nice words for our staff.
We are happy that you liked us.
Our small rooms are supposed to be rented
to one individual.... you are right : a mid- sized
or big room would be more suitable for a couple.

Best regards.

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Address: 715 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3402
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#13 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#25 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: £108 - £242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cornell Hotel de France 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the Heart of San Francisco Discover the charm and elegance of France in the heart of downtown San Francisco at this family-owned and operated hotel, ideally placed within walking distance of vibrant Union Square. Cornell Hotel de France boasts an exceptional location close to many of the city's main points of interest. The theater district as well as the legendary Chinatown can be found only minutes from the hotel. The city's historic cable car system is also easily accessible and provides service to many areas of the city. Originally built in 1910, the Cornell combines old-world charm with today's modern amenities such as wireless internet access. Start the day with a free breakfast at the hotel's on-site renowned restaurant, Jeanne d'Arc. Admire prints of masterpieces from famous artists throughout the hotel. Union Square is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, restaurants and city trip. ... more   less 
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