I had always wanted to try Cornell, was in S.F. from Sac for a 3-day conference and decided to try it on the company dime.
Room Reservation Hints: The biggest advice I received was to book the premier queen room in advance. I was able to do this only two weeks in advance and am glad I did. The upgrade cost from a non-premier room was basically negligible. I can see the point of the reviews here for folks that booked smaller rooms that would have tiny bathrooms, etc. The premier room bathrooms are large enough for 2 people to get ready at the same time and have claw foot tub/showers.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere at this hotel was above what I was expecting. I felt like I was back in France the whole time I was there. The owners were extremely pleasant without being snotty, very accommodating and helped with advice on restaurants and transportation. The whole building is done in beautiful soft colors and art. The elevator is an *old-school* elevator with the sliding iron gate and smell of grease/oil (the good smell). I was so comfortable here, I left my conference two hours early one day for the sole reason to come take a nap here in the atmosphere.
Amenities: There is a snack/break room, an amazing free breakfast in the mornings down in the gorgeous Jeanne D'arc restaurant. I was bummed they were closed/on vacation for dinners. To have this restaurant located in the hotel...wonderful. They have everything you need in the room (coffee, hair dryer, safe, iron/ironing board, hangers, sitting area, dressers).
Room: My room was done in soft blue with impressionist art on the walls. Brand new flat screen cable tv, sitting table/chairs, gorgeous stereotypical bathroom with claw-foot tub/shower. Plenty of quick hot water (this is a major problem for most S.F. hotels). I was located in the front of the building fronting the very busy Bush street and it was extremely quiet. No street traffic or noise even during the middle of the day. Windows open for fresh air as well.
I really can't express what a wonderful and amazing stay I had here. I would definitely want to book the premier queen rooms in order to avoid a tiny bathroom and more space. More window space as well. So centrally located to Union Square, the Moscone center. Four blocks from the trolley end-point (easy to get down the to wharf from here).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cornell Hotel San Francisco