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District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
September 11, 2004
The Marriott Courtyard San Francisco Downtown is one of the newest large hotels in the downtown area, and one of the more reasonably priced. Located just three blocks south of Market Street in the SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood, the hotel is very convenient to public transportation (the Montgomery BART/Muni station is just a few blocks away on Market St. and the hotel is on the 10, 12, 15, and 76 Muni bus lines), the baseball stadium, Chinatown, Union Square, and downtown. The area around the hotel is a mixture of high-rise condos, restaurants, bars, and mid-rise office buildings. SOMA used to have a reputation for being an unsafe neighborhood; however, redevelopment in the last decade has changed much of that, especially in the area near the hotel. We never felt unsafe walking between the hotel and Market Street at night.
Compared to other major hotels in the area, we found rates at the Courtyard to be more reasonably priced, with our two double-beds room going for around $99 per night during the holiday weekend with a AAA discount. Unlike the usual suburban Courtyard locations, this hotel is built in a new, 18-floor high-rise. The entire property seems more upscale than most Courtyard locations I've stayed in, and the large, two-story lobby with a huge fireplace creates an almost luxurious atmosphere for arriving guests. The rooms are not huge but are more spacious than others I've stayed at in San Francisco, and are nicely decorated. Unlike some older properties, rooms at the Courtyard are air conditioned, which can come in handy on warm days in the summer.
My only complaint about the room was the flimsy foam mattress that Marriott seems to think is appropriate for hotels in this price range; however, the beds may have been replaced by now. After my stay, Marriott e-mailed me a survey, and my only negative comments were on the beds. A few weeks later, an e-mail from the hotel's manager apologized for the lousy beds and commented that they had gotten many complaints about them and that new spring mattresses were being ordered to replace the foam ones.
While we did not eat any meals at the hotel, several on site restaurants are available with room service. There is also a cocktail lounge open in the evenings, and a full array of services and amenities for business travelers.
I highly recommend this property for its convenience and wide array of amenities at a pretty reasonable price for downtown San Francisco. For more information, see the hotel's website.
From journal Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco