We stayed at the Cornell six years ago and had good memories. This year, it was a four-day tourist visit. We probably won't return. The place is still good but has not kept up with the competition.
Advantages: Great location within a stone's thrown of Union Square; reasonably quiet; clean; decent breakfast included in the moderate price; cozy atmosphere.
Disadvantages: Rooms are small, even the larger ones; showers need to be quick because hot water tends to fade away; breakfast times are very limited and start late on weekends (8:30) if you're eager to get out on the town; no one at the desk in the late evening to the early morning; lighting in the bathroom is awful if you have to shave.
Other, less homey, hotels do better at the above problems for similar costs. Perhaps we were influenced in our opinions by having recently stayed at the Sutton Place in Chicago for about the same charge. There the accommodations were just better in many ways.
I'd still recommend the Cornell, especially for one person on a small budget who wants a central San Francisco location.
The waitress in the breakfast room is delightful.
- 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