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From journal Five days in San Francisco
March 29, 2002
I noted that all of the regular amenities such as laundry services were provided for in the hotel along with a few extra luxuries such as a complimentary wine and cheese hour daily. A key can also be requested to enter the 24-hour business center: a small room with a computer and printer and fax machine.
I looked through a slat in the window blinds of my room to the twinkling streets below. I knew I was a short walk away from Union Square, an upscale shopping area. The SFMOMA is also in walking distance of the Savoy, along with shops, galleries, restaurants, cable cars and cafes.
One afternoon I got a good hair cut across the street from the hotel at Addy for Hair (531 Geary Street/415-441-4731) where I listened with rapt attention to the constant stream of good-natured banter between the two sisters who own the place. Apparently celebrities often walk on Geary in the mornings on their way to early rehearsals in the nearby playhouses; their most recent spotting was Olympia Dukakis.
I had a very comfortable stay in the Savoy Hotel. The staff was helpful and courteous. They arranged for a shuttle to pick me up on the morning of my departure to the airport (Shuttle=$12, Cab=$30). They were happy to offer suggestions about the city.
I would say if you stay at the Savoy that the continental breakfast served at the bar in the mornings is not worth the extra money if it’s not already included in your room rate. $8 is steep for dry cereal and orange juice. Just walk down Geary towards Powell Street, and you’ll quickly find places to buy bagels or pastries you’ll probably enjoy more. With that said, the rates for this Boutique Hotel itself are a good value. The location is near enough to area attractions to suit any needs. Nightlife can be found at a variety of bars such as the Red Room just a couple blocks away.
Bottom Line: The Savoy has personality, and I would happily stay there again.
Visit their website at www.TheSavoyHotel.com to check for rate specials and more information.
From journal A Couple in the City by the Bay
July 31, 2010