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New York, New York
June 6, 2004
The location has convenient access from SFO and OAK as it is right at the Civic Center BART station. I was in SF to see the ballet at the War Memorial Opera House, which is three blocks away, so the location was perfect for me. There is a vagrancy issue, but sadly, that seems to be a real problem all over the city. I never felt threatened, but the panhandlers are aggressive.
Both check-in and check out were speedy. I was treated very politely by the hotel staff; the funniest moment was when the male trainee checking me in told me I had a non-smoking queen for me and I had to bite my tongue to stop from saying, "Well, send him on up!" I was given a standard room with a queen sized bed and a lovely view of the City Hall dome. The caveat is this room faced Market Street, and if you’re a light sleeper there’s constant noise. I’m a sound sleeper, so it was no problem. The room is pleasant with pretty blue furnishings and upholstery that looked recent but appropriate to the hotel's era. The room was basic with minimal amenities. Cable TV, voice mail, iron and board, a phone with a dataport and that’s about it. However, the hotel doesn’t charge you through the nose for local calls (75 cents with no time limit), so dial up computer access is reasonable. Minor negative points: The tub’s shower has low water pressure. The mattress was a bit soft for my taste. The halls are dark from the wood paneling (the hotel was built ca. 1906; they're not changing that anytime soon) and had a slightly musty smell.
The dining choices in the area are not very interesting, but the Civic Center (especially if you’re there for performances) or the Performing Arts Library and Museum (which is an absolute treasure) are great. It doesn’t cost a ton more (maybe $20-25 nightly) to score a four-star hotel downtown but I wanted the location and to stick to my budget.
It wasn't the lap of luxury, but my complaints are minimal. If it suited my needs, I’d stay here again.
From journal Rediscovering San Francisco
by Cheryl Morgan
March 13, 2001
You see the city''s plans for its municipal buildings were ambitious. That much is plain from looking at the City Hall today. But that meant they would take a long time to come to fruition. In the meantime the council needed a home. Would Mr. Whitcombe, they asked, be prepared to let them use his hotel for a few years? Well of course he would. What better advertising could one have for a hotel than to say it came to the rescue of the city in its hour of need?
And so it turns out that you too can stay in a hotel with the words "city hall" still faintly visible above the main entrance and jail cells in the basement. Not that you would recognise the building as a government office. The Ramada combines the elegance of European hotels with the space, price and convenience of America. It is, these days, a little run down, and the bathrooms are a little cramped, but renovation is in progress. The main function rooms are delightfully opulent and the hotel still boasts the largest parquet dance floor in the city. It is easy to imagine the rich citizens of 1920''s San Francisco twirling the night away in that ballroom.
The Ramada is located on the south side of Market Street immediately outside the Civic Center BART/Muni station. If you walk to it along Market you will pass quite a few sex shops and beggars. The area is safe during the day but don''t venture south from the hotel at night.
Kevin and I stayed in the Ramada for a convention and the price quoted includes the convention''s bulk discount. We were at the low end of the range.
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