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Cornell Hotel de France
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I was at the hotel for a business meeting. It is centrally located, walking distance to Union Square and to Chinatown, or Nob Hill if you want to walk a little more in a vertical direction. It is less than a block from (I think, check this, the Powell cable car). About 10 minutes (mostly vertical) from Union Square.

The hotel itself is comfortable and quiet. My bed was excellent. The shower pressure wasn't the strongest (at 8 AM, prime time) but was adequate. There is an old-fashioned claw tub in the room, and I very much enjoyed taking baths the days I was there. Rooms are scrupulously clean. There is a flat screen tv which I never turned on, and free wi-fi that I used every day. The included American style breakfast is freshly cooked and tasty, and tasteful, too. Not too much food, just enough.

Service was amazing--my group was having a meeting there and we had courteous help as long as we needed it.

The decor was to me delightful. Don't come here if you want 'cookie cutter.' It is in fact very reminiscent of a 2 or 3 star French hotel, except the hygiene and cleanliness is much higher.

There is no room service, so don't think of the Cornell if you expect that. There is no workout room.

I just loved this hotel and will return again if my life takes me to San Francisco in the future. In a way, it's a little kitchy, with reproductions of French paintings, original paintings on the doors of the rooms (mine had a severed head from one of the floor's paintings). I loved it. And I especially loved the French style elevator, a cage-style early design.

The other patrons were lovely. This may be a tourist hotel in a tourist district, but (I hope including myself) the tourists are of a high class, and enjoy good service at a very fair price.

I think the Cornell is an outstanding option for an affordable SF hotel....

Room Tip: I had a room facing the street, and because the trash is collected at c. 4 AM, you may want to look at the back of the hotel. The windows are double paned, but the bundling of the trash woke me up two nights of three. (Not from the hotel, just as the truck progressed down the street,
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Claude L, Owner at Cornell Hotel de France, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear Annie021,

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your
good comments and feedback with us. We are glad
that you liked our service, decor and the quality of our
clientele. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome
you again.

Warm regards

Claude Lambert - Owner

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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.

Room Tip: Choose between a probably noisy street view room or a quiet one with no view. A ceiling fan is a good idea in the absence of air conditioning, it will be necessary to open a window in hot weather so the ground floor room on the street may not be a good idea.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank silvertravellers48
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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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Thank LiveOutaBag
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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.

Room Tip: We've always gone for economy so chose the smaller rooms. If you plan to spend any time in your room, you'll want to pay more for a larger one. We stayed on the top floor, the 6th floor, which has the best lighting. Noticed no noise at all.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank cindykellison
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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.

Room Tip: Request a room with a ceiling fan.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Kateleen2014
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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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