We stayed here for three nights in mid June because frankly, it was cheaper to stay here than stay in the city proper.
Being elderly and travelling without a car, public transport access was important so we were pleased to find a cable car stop around the corner, and bus stops near the hotel. The hotel offered maps outlining the transport options, and we were told that the Hotel's Gift Shop also sold "Muni" Transport Passports which, at $23 for 3-days unlimited travel, are a bargain. It was just a pity that when we called, there were none left at the shop!
On first accessing the room we noticed a wet patch on the carpet near the wall where the air-con was mounted. We contacted reception but as the hotel was full, we weren't offered another room. However, a technician was rapidly dispatched to our room with a drier/blower and the carpet was quickly dried, so full marks for prompt service. The problem did not recur during our stay so hopefully it wasn't the air conditioner leaking.
The room was clean and compact (which is retiree's code for saying it was a little small) with a view over the streets of the City. Most "normal" amenities were provided, e.g. small coffee machine, security safe, a small fridge, ironing board and iron, and a tiny circular table. The desk in front of the window supported the LCD TV and there was sufficient space to set up your computer. Wi-Fi speeds were surprisingly good and we were able to Skype our grand-kids with only the occasional fuzziness/picture breakup.
As others have noted, there are plenty of restaurants nearby, and the Whole Foods store was an unexpected bonus. About the only point of (admittedly minor) criticism of the room was that in the mornings, the weather was such that the windows were covered in condensation, and the desk prevented easy access to clean them. Other than that, the beds were comfy, the bedside radio received PBS, and overall we enjoyed our stay so much we elected to stay another night. Alas, we couldn't, as the Hotel was still full. Now that says something, doesn't it.
OK, Bottom Line: Would we stay here again? Yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take a video tour.The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is located in the center of San Francisco, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround. Located in lower Nob Hill, the Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is near all major attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf , a few blocks from Union Square and Chinatown, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes from Moscone Convention Center and a couple blocks north of City Hall/Civic Center. The 26-story, 499 room Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway offers fantastic city and bay views. Our tastefully appointed guest rooms begin on the 6th floor of the hotel and all offer flat panel TVs and free wireless Internet access. Cafe' Marlette offers a daily buffet breakfast for quick and easy service, as well as a delicious a la carte menu. Interlude Bar & Grill is a casual bistro and sports bar, with pool tables, and large screen TVs. The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is the perfect location for business or pleasure in thecity by the bay. ... more less
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