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It's newly renovated, clean, fairly inexpensive. In addition to roomier rooms with private baths you can also get a very small room with a shared bath.
It's where I stay when I visit. And it's centrally located.
I used to stay at the Nob Motor in, on Polk and Pacific. New owners since then, so who knows...
Nob Hill Motor Inn
1630 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Real near the Castro. The concierge is the nicest trannie you'd ever want to meet.
The Stratford Hotel is very reasonable and right off of Union Square on Powell St.:
Just a little off Powell on Ellis St. is the Hotel Fusion:
I've never stayed there but my friends did and when I went in the rooms seemed really nice.
A little farther away from the hustle and bustle is the Adante Hotel on Geary:
Each room is done with a specific paint job and murals and some of them are a little hooky but it's very quaint and there's definitely an old school vibe to the place. Don't confuse it with the Adagio Hotel which is far more swanky.
A few more tips. If you do end up staying in this area then you need to go to Dottie's True Blue Cafe for breakfast.
There will be a line (especially on weekends) but in my opinion it's totally worth it. If they still have the buckwheat blueberry pancakes then get 'em! They're awesome!
You also NEED to go to Johnny Foley's Irish House on O'Farrell at Powell and see Nicole McRory the transgender rocker.
Julliard graduate who sings and plays guitar and tells jokes, she has a song book of a couple hundred songs that you can request and she's a total sweetheart. She plays on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Btw, Foley's also has outstanding Irish pub food although it is a little pricey.
"Kimpton rooms in SF"
I guess we have different concepts of breaking the bank. :o) I used to work in room service at the Sir Francis Drake and I PROMISE that you don't want to go the Starlight Lounge on the top floor unless it's for the view.
Triton looks good to go right now!
424 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-3207
I will be returning to here next week which is across the street from the Black Horse a very nice little bar:
Pacific Heights Inn
1555 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
It's cute and quirky and gives you the NY Times instead of USA today.
The lobby abuts a French-style newsstand--very cool.
Plus, you can take BART from the airport, get off and Union Square and the Stratford is just two blocks away.
It is snug up against a LUSH shop so the hallways will smell like bath bombs, if that bothers you. I found it a bonus.
Will you be making a public apearance in my home town? I hope so. But if you have to pay for your own room, maybe not :(
Last summer, bidding on 4-star hotels, i snagged the Hyatt Embarcadero for $95...great place, fantastic location. Check out betterbidding & biddingfortravel to see current local wins.
Also, you're an asshole.
That said, if you stay there, you need to join me for a beer at Elephant Pub & Castle.
"Ocean Park Motel", it appears to be.
Cute, cheap, and with the mass transit running all hours of the day and night, its close enough to downtown for me. There is a light rail(?) line to downtown during the day and evening, and at night, OWL serves the area.
So if you aren't stuck on downtown, check it out.
No seriously. Dennis Peron is a fascinating guy, the rooms are comfy, the other guests tend to be hot young gay tourists, and, well, there's rather a lot of weed there.
(Otherwise, your best bet is really just to tell priceline to find you a 3+ star hotel in your neighborhood of choice and hope for the best.)
Stay away from the Element Hotel on Mission Street. It's in a deceptively newish cleanish looking building, but a couple friends of mine and I got scabies there last year.
Also, do NOT forget your laptop. They do charge by the minute for internet access at the lobby computers, and the TV only gets a few channels, mostly in unsubtitled Chinese.
Although, just re-read your post & it asks for downtown. OK, bedtime for me.
For anyone else reading this, if you request the Savage special and call the hotel directly, (800)956-4322, we'll give you 10% off the regular rate - of course there needs to be a room available on that night you want.
Go Mosser, if you can get a room. It's great.
The Fairmont, Saint Francis or The Mark Hopkins. Nothing else will do. Well, maybe the Sir Francis Drake. The doormen are so cute.
Blue Bottle Coffee block-and-half away!