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Perfect location, charming hotel!01/07/2008
Enjoyed a long weekend at the villa florence with my friend while she attended a convention. the room was cozy (meaning compact--not a lot of room to move around, ...
Enjoyed a long weekend at the Villa Florence with my friend while she attended a convention. The room was cozy (meaning compact--not a lot of room to move around, but not a problem for just the two of us.) Beautifully decorated and clean. Bathroom also small--very much a European hotel feel/size.
Much to love about the VF, including the morning coffee and afternoon wine reception, the friendly and professional staff, the delicious fresh mozzarella sandwiches at the adjacent coffee shop,the location (right on the cable car line and close to other mass-transit), plus in a fabulous shopping area and an easy (albeit uphill) walk to Chinatown. The location makes this hotel worth every penny.
I'd stay again in a heartbeat--in fact, I'm trying to arrange for a family trip there soon.
What a nice surprise!12/03/2007
I stay in sf often. all of the union square hotels leave something to be desired. so, i fully expected to be delighted with the talents of their webpage photographer ...
I stay in SF often. All of the Union Square hotels leave something to be desired. So, I fully expected to be delighted with the talents of their webpage photographer and disappointed with the hotel. Not so. This place is my new favorite Union Square hotel. Lovely, spacious, clean, very friendly staff (at least in the evening). I would stay here again and will recommend it. I did not try the resturaunt, but it looked and smelled really good. The wine bar is so-so. The complimentary car service was never available in a reasonable amount of time. But with BART and the bus just steps away and cable cars right out the front door, I can't complain. As for parking, only the rich and the foolish bring a car into San Francisco, so expect to pay $40 (the going rate) for overnight parking. This is a three star that feels more like a four.
Comfort In the Heart of Activity12/03/2007
Given a downgraded room, likely because we had found such a great deal, but after viewing it, the concierge brought a room key for what was originally reserved. the standard ...
Given a downgraded room, likely because we had found such a great deal, but after viewing it, the concierge brought a room key for what was originally reserved. The Standard King was nice, but bed-centric, and nowhere for two to sit together but on the bed... a problem for those with back pain. The Deluxe King (executive) has a couch and coffee table, much more comfortable for romantic evenings after traversing the hills of San Francisco, and the extra table useful for work. The comfort and cleanliness was fantastic, there was more than ample closet space, and the bed comfort was superb. While we didn't dine at Kuletos restaurant, we used the cafe (croissants excellent!), choc. cake, cheesecake, salads all delicious. Commercial art galleries are just up the hill and to the left, and the Asian Art Museum at 200 Larking St. is world-class. Purchasing a 3-day pass to the trollies, street cars and buses was great, and some galleries give discounted admission if you show your passes. Just outside the hotel, catch the streetcars to romantic sites including The Palace of Fine Arts, or hiking up to Buena Vista Park. China Town offered some great views and food from the Trademark bldg., while lunching at the Cathay House. We had taken the Oakland Ferry to San Fran., and enjoyed the farmers' market and street musicians at the Ferry Bldg. on Saturday. No matter where we were, it seemed no trouble to get back "home" to drop off shopping and change, or refresh. Nights were so unexpectedly quiet... Sun. night I did hear faint drumming from street musicians, but no problem. There was no view from our room, but who cares! The hotel kindly kept our luggage before check-in, and after, as our flight was late in the evening.
Tiny dirty room11/29/2007
To start off when you arrive at this hotel you have no choice but vallet parking which is $40.00 a day. once we got checked in we were taken ...
To start off when you arrive at this hotel you have no choice but vallet parking which is $40.00 a day. Once we got checked in we were taken to a tiny room smaller than my own bedroom. The toilet was only a few steps away from the bed. There was no microwave or refrigerator. We did stay up for hours because we could hear cars all night. The wallpaper was dirty and the carpet had stains. I definitely would never stay here again, we even checked out a day early!
Great value, great location10/26/2007
This hotel is very typical of hotels in the older buildings close to union square but it is very well located and within convenient walking distance of various attractions downtown ...
This hotel is very typical of hotels in the older buildings close to Union Square but it is very well located and within convenient walking distance of various attractions downtown and the Powell Street cable car line. That perhaps was one of the down sides of my stay - the constant sounds of the cable car going up and down the street right outside my window. The room was small but comfortable and they have all the usual amenities you need for business travel like Wi-fi and printer access in the lobby. They even have a complimentary wine tasting in the evenings.
It was very convenient to have a good Northern Italian restaurant connected for meals and drinks later in the evening. Don't go there for breakfast in the morning though if you are in a hurry because it seems as though all the wait staff think you're on vacation and often forget about you, especially if you're dining alone.
All that said, still a very nice place to stay especially given the rate per night.