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Cornell Hotel de France
Ranked #29 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The hotel made us smile when we walked in, we loved the painted decoration everywhere. We had one of the smallest rooms, on 4th floor, but it was perfectly OK, with plenty of storage space for us, and what you expect in a central city location. (we had a MUCH smaller room in Hong Kong!) Don't know what you call the bed in US but it was much bigger than ours at home in UK. The toilet/shower room was compact but all you need, shower was excellent. Air conditioning was not necessary in June, we had a ceiling fan, and a window that opened onto a central air shaft so there was some daylight and sky view, and it was very quiet and we slept well. We choose to stay here because of the excellent location - but be aware that the streets are VERY steep if you are wheeling a suitcase (to lots of other hotels nearby as well.) The old lift adds to the character and is big enough for 4 plus suitcases.

Breakfast was unexciting but adequate to start the day. There is a nice lounge downstairs and a coffee/tea room with free drinks always available and cookies to buy. There was a coffee machine in our room but it takes a bit of improvisation to make a cup of tea! Staff were courteous and helpful and you can print boarding passes if the computer is willing (it wouldn't load ours) but it is rather slow. Wifi was excellent in the room.

Altogether this was a good choice for us and we thought the hotel and dining room were very pretty. The Pizza/pasta room over the road (Uncle Vito's) had delicious cheap food and an affordable half carafe of house wine, and the nearest Japanese down Powell Street (Maru) was very nice too with good combination meals.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear silvertravellers48,

Thank you for both your patronage and for posting such
good comments regarding our business. We work very
hard to ensure that we please our customers. We have
no more than ten days of big heat in San Francisco and
it is true that air- condition is not necessary. Our rooms
facing the street have double windows and it is not noisy.
Merci encore..

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Great safe location adjacent to Powell cable car route. Central to China town and Union Square.
Professional well run clean & tidy hotel with some charm and character. Antiquated feature lift with self fighting concertina doors. Minimal portions hot breakfast was included.
Parking 50m away in city parking lot with valet parking at discount rate that covered at least our 1 night here.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear LiveOutabag,

Thank you for taking the time to write a good review
about us. Our breakfast is not included in the price
of the room : it is free, offered by Restaurant Jeanne
d' Arc. The choice is limited, of course but... are the
portions so minimal...

Gratefully

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Hubby and I stayed here for a week about 6 years ago and had the best location in San Francisco. Steps from the cable car, we were able to tour the city on public transportation all week. This June we were able to go back, for just one night. This small hotel is so different that it's hard to compare to any where else we've stayed. But it is so lovely, and so memorable. Our room was very small, and the bathroom was miniscule, but we didn't mind. The bed was comfortable, the restaurant (and complimentary breakfast) was very nice, and again, the location is the best in the city. We'll stay again if we ever go back to San Francisco.

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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear cindykellison,

Thank you Cindy for the nice review of our small hotel.
We are happy that you liked your small room and our
complimentary breakfast served in the dining room of
beautiful Restaurant Jeanne d' Arc. We hope to have the
pleasure to welcome you again but.....please do not wait
six year to come back to San Francisco.

Best regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

My hubby and I have been there at least twice before this recent stay, so obviously we are delighted with the place. We take our family there on their "intro" to San Francisco.

Wonderful location.Terrific meals and service. Don't miss at least one dinner treat! Breakfast is amazing also.

It is an old hotel with old world charm; hallways are decorated uniquely and very tastefully; lovely art on the walls.

There is no air-conditioning, but there are fans in the rooms, & some rooms with ceiling fans . We have been comfortable every time; it could get too warm in summer I suppose. We are giving a stay to our children for their anniversaries.

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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear Kateleen2014,

Thank you for your kind review about our small Cornell Hotel.
It is always a great pleasure to hear that we are serving our
customers well. We were pleased to know that you liked the
way we decorated the place. We have a talented artist working
three full days per week....

Gratefully,

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

As others have stated this hotel is a great value. The rates are reasonable and include a hot breakfast that was very tasty both days we ate there. Our room was pretty small but we managed and slept well on the comfortable bed. The staff was very nice and the overall homey feeling of the hotel was such a welcome change from the big chain hotels in which we often stay. I think the best word that describes it is "quaint". The location is Bush and Powell a short walk from Union Square and many public transportation choices including the ever popular cable cars.
We go to San Francisco periodically just to get away and we will definitely revisit this charming and reasonably priced hotel. One added bonus, they have a restaurant that is part of the hotel and the food is very good.

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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Dear BabyBoomerNorCal,

We are very pleased that you liked our Cornell Hotel de France
during your last visit in San Francisco and thank you very much
for your good review showing our value, caring service and
mentioning the homey feeling of our establishment.
Awaiting your next visit...

Best regards,

Claude Lambert - Owner

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Stayed in mid June for 2 nights before our Ca travels and 2 nights afterwards. Located just off Union Square, walking distance to many attractions and transportation (Chinatown, Embarcerado, Financial District, etc.) Convenient to take the train to SFO airport. Just walk 1/2 block to Powell and then 6 blocks down to train station. $8.65 ow. Total time about 1 hour form hotel to terminal.
Breakfast includes hot or cold cereal and choice of eggs ordered your way or omelettes, or french toast or pancakes depending on the day. The 4 days we were there pancakes were not an option. The french toast was very good. The hot cereal was either oatmeal, which I thought was good) or wheat depending on the day.
Our first room had a ceiling fan; most have little portable fans and the windows open. We left one window open and did not use the portable fan as it was breezy and cool when we were there. Very little street noise if you ask for a quiet room. We found the beds very comfortable.
There is a nice "living room" with very comfortable sofa and chairs and a computer for Internet use. The rooms are small compated to chain hotels so we congregated with family here and found it very relaxing with the piped in French music.
I highly recommend this hotel for the location and value.

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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Dear mzelk,

Thank you for a nice description of our small establishment-
location, breakfast ( sorry for the pancakes) comfort of our
rooms and lobby. It is considerate to let readers of Trip Advisor
know what to expect when booking at Cornell Hotel de France.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We've stayed here several times over the years and keep coming back. While the hotel is nothing fancy, that isn't why we chose it in the first place. It's charming, very comfortable, perfectly located with easy parking and has a wonderful breakfast. Why mess with something that is perfect for our needs? Close to the financial district for our business, close to restaurants and loads of shopping. Ideal.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Dear minou1minou,

Thank you for your kind words about our Cornell Hotel de France.
It is always a pleasure to know that we are serving our customers
well. We look forward to serving you again and be still perfect for
your needs.

Gratefully,

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
#6 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#7 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#25 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: £111 - £216 (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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