by Jctravel1983 on December 11, 2010
Although not the capital of San Francisco, California, it is for many people called the heart of the state. San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, the Painted Ladies Mann and Fisher's Wharf. There is sun and sea and there are plenty of opportunities to relax. The city is a real hippie town and that is all over the buildings, but also to the people themselves. San Francisco is also very popular with the gay scene and there is even a whole 'gay district'. No wonder that such a bustling city is popular with so many people.Buena Vista Motor InnThe Buena Vista Motor Inn located on Lombard Street and providing a reasonable price for a night. The hotel has pastel colors and looks like most typical buildings in San Francisco. The hotel has all necessary amenities. There is a spacious lobby where you can relax in the armchairs. There is a parking lot where your (rented) car can fit. That's very convenient because Lobard Street is a very busy road, where it is difficult to park. There is both an elevator and a staircase at the hotelThe roomThe rooms also have a pastel-colored interior. There are a few framed pictures on the wall with typical things from San Francisco like the Golden Gate Bridge. Want a nice view? That depends on the room you have. Are you more on the side, then the chances are you'll only see a wall as you look through the window. The rooms have a private bathroom with shower and bath. There is also a hairdryer and you can buy things such as body lotion, shampoo, soap and a nail file. The beds are king or queen size beds, which are very comfortable. There is also a TV with more than eighty different channels. There is a coffee machine and there are plenty of cabinets where you can get rid of stuff.The rooms look very clean and clearly well maintained. You can leave a tip for the maid in an envelope that was left behind.BreakfastBuena Vista Motor Inn is a small breakfast included. This breakfast consists of muffins, bananas and juice. For a few days it will do. Would you prefer a typical American breakfast? You better eating out. In the vicinity are several eateries where you can enjoy a breakfast.ReceptionThe front desk staff is pretty friendly. Would you prefer coffee or tea instead of juice for breakfast, then they arrange this for you. Also you have questions about the city to find them. The hotel also has a free map. The map is very clear and it is very well marked where the hotel is, so you really cannot get lost. There are also tips on the map of attractions. As a key to your room you get two passes. These are ideal because you can store them in your wallet and a lot less likely to lose. You do not constantly dragging a key, which is also very useful.Area attractionsStay up in the Buena Vista Motor Inn, you're very central. You do not even need a car because you can walk. Buses also stop in the area, so you can get anywhere good.Many attractions are within walking distance. So you can very quickly get to Fisher Mann's Wharf. Near Fisher Mann's Wharf you can go in the street with the famous Cable Cars. On Fisher Mann's Wharf are also many fun things to do. There are nice shops, museums and you can see the sea lions at the pier. Also you can do many wonderful vantage points to see places where you have a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge. From the hotel you can quickly get in Chinatown, which in turn is fairly close to Little Italy. In Chinatown and Little Italy you can eat very well. In addition, the atmosphere is optimal. There is also a street very close to the Buena Vista Motor Inn, where you can buy fun and special things. There are also many restaurants. Walk up this street go by, you can go to the Explatorium, a science museum where you're very active in such things by turning your hand or something on them.Other places, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Painted Ladies are especially easy to reach by car or public transport. Also nearby are several places you can rent mountain bikes.If you decide to walk, consider the steep roads. Walking can be severe if you're up to, but also a walk down is a real challenge.Conclusion hotelThe Buena Vista Motor Inn is very good for its price. You get a nice room and friendly staff waiting for you. Also, the hotel is an ideal location. You have many familiar things around and different ways to travel there for the taking. I recommend this hotel to anyone who would like therefore to San Francisco will. Self I will certainly return when I go visit the city again.
From the airport by shuttle is about half hour to the hotel. A shuttle is cheaper than a taxi (around the $ 17 while a taxi will cost you $ 40). LocationAddress: 1950 Eight Street, San Francisco. Located in the Civic Center area. Nearby (around the corner from the hotel) are bus lines and a little further is a subway / train station. By bus you get in about 5 minutes to Fisherman's Wharf. The bus goes straight down to downtown San Francisco and up to the artists' district. You can choose to both sides are plenty of attractions. The hotel is parking for the car. But in San Francisco you do not hire car because public transport is perfect. ArrivalYou enter the hotel and you're immediately are in a large lobby with a shiny floor and a beautiful lobby with black leather armchairs. It excels towards you. There is an elevator in the building and disabled facilities. Four rooms even have wheelchair facilities.ReceptionFriendly staff, after all you are in America. And friendly is important for the level of their tips. Reception follows the usual procedure. They ask the hotel voucher, which I luckily had with me. You fill in your information, you give your credit card and you receive the key to your room. I ask myself sometimes wonder what an American should be without a credit card here. All rooms are non-smoking.Facilities In the hotel there are various facilities available, apart from a travel agency where you can arrange day trips (a visit to Alcatraz) to meeting facilities and a gym and swimming pool on the fourth floor. Fun is in the morning newspaper for your door. My god what are those thick newspapers!Restaurant/BarIn the lobby is the bar / restaurant. Here they serve breakfast. Here is a compilation of all tables of 4. Beautiful flooring and nice linens. You get here in the morning and the extensive American breakfast buffet with cheese, meat and eggs of all kinds is waiting for you. Course bacon and baked beans, cerial in various types, assorted pastries and breads, donuts and muffins. Even find a steak morning. Not that I needed it. There is also a bar / grill restaurant. But there are so many nice restaurants nearby. That is much more fun, than to stay at your hotel. You can also lunch and dinner. The menu, some three-course daily menus. On the menu you'll find lunch and a la carte dishes. All at reasonable prices and very tidy.Of course there is a bar fr a nice cup of coffee and evening cocktails.The roomThe concept of the rooms in all Holiday Inn hotels where I've been are the same. A reasonable room with two double beds. A small desk, a television. The TV channels are quite a lot and it is not enough then there's pay television. It is even possible to play games. But I still do not know how that works!Spacious bath and shower and toilet facilities. Well maintained. The room is cleaned every day and every day the bed linen. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom. And natural shampoo and shower gel.Free coffee / tea on the desk and a mini-refrigerator. There is a price list for the mini fridge, so you can decide if you want to drink drinks. Coffee and tea is free. In the hallway is an ice machine. Air conditioning, which you can arrange in the roomPayYou can pay with cash and your credit card. The average price of a room is around one hundred U.S. dollars per night. And about $ 15 for breakfast. ConclusionThe Holiday Inn concept is recommended for all America. I know what I can expect and it suits me fine. The location of the hotel, actually in the middle of San Francisco makes you not only in the tourist area of downtown but also near Fisherman's Wharf site. And the district also has some artists. Traveling by bus is excellent. For me it was a good hotel, I can recommend anyone.
If you go to San Francisco, then you can hardly not make any visit to Alcatraz. Except a piece of history, Alcatraz is also a very impressive place to visit.The history of AlcatrazAlcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay. In 1775 the island was discovered by the Spaniards. Between 1850 and 1906 the island was used as a military fortress. Then it became a military prison and remained so until 1933. Only then was the island of Alcatraz that we know best: a maximum security prison. This has been in use until 1963. A few famous inmates were Al Capone and Robert Stroud.It was said that none of the island could escape. The monitoring was awful stern and the flow of water in the bay is very strong. Yet there were many escape attempts. In 1963 there were three men who were able to break out from prison. These were the brothers John and Clarence Angel and Frank Morris. It is still not known whether the men survived their escape or not. A year later the prison closed his doors. Today, Alcatraz is appointed as a national park and visits by tourists.TimeFor a visit to Alcatraz, you need a minimum of 2.5 hours. Longer is always better, because there is so much to do. Before you go exploring, it is wise to see when the last boat goes back and what the departure times, so you're not waiting twenty minutes since you had just missed the last one.Suitable for The island is ideal for wheelchair users. Everything is pretty steep on the island itself, but there is this special buses. The prison itself is one level. On the second floor you cannot come. Also on the boat there are enough facilities for wheelchairs available. Children will also enjoy themself on the island and during the ride to the island. Only I doubt that the tour of the prison is really suitable for children.By boat to AlcatrazAlcatraz can only be reached by boat, will goes about every half hour. The boat leaves from Pier 33 at Fisher Mann's Wharf. The ticket for the boat is also your admission ticket to Alcatraz. The price of a ticket is about $ 26, but you can also get special discounts for groups or when you book a ticket early. You can order your ticket online at www.alcatrazcruises.comBefore you get on the boat, a photo of you is taking with Alcatraz in the background. When you come back you can get the picture. I myself have not. It was quite expensive and I did not really thought it was worthwhile. The trip to the island takes only fifteen minutes. You can sit inside or on the deck enjoying the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the skyline of San Francisco.The islandOn the island you can already see a lot of history. You see the houses where the guards and their families lived and you can see the lighthouse. This is the oldest working lighthouse in the Western United States. You can also have a beautiful hike. Anyway you have to go up, because there is the prison. The walk is quite heavy, but you can see many unusual things from Alcatraz, including some buildings that are almost completely collapsed. Some buildings you can enter, for example to see a movie or to see how it was once lived.TourIf you are entering the prison, you get a headset. You must indicate to the staff which language you would like to hear. On the tour you can hear the real guards and prisoners say things. The tour itself is very interesting. You get a lot about the prison and highlights things you probably would not see. Take a look inside the cells, the kitchen, the library and see where the clothes were for the prisoners. Of course you also can look in one of the cells of one of the escaped men were, where you can see the hole where the man went trough. You also see the cell of Al Capone.A drawback to an audio tour in several places that you should remain here for the story to hear. Therefore at many places it was crowded and chaotic, because many people are listening in the same place. Luckily you have a pause button on your headphones, so you can wait until the crowds a bit away.It is required to get a headset. Here you do not have to pay. It is highly recommended to actually listen to what is being said. Especially when you hear how tough everything was in prison and how the prisoners had to live.Souvenirs / Gift ShopAt the end of the tour you will visit the souvenir shop where you can buy all sorts of things that have to do with Alcatraz. Also there are many things to do with Al Capone. You can find interesting books but also souvenirs. Of course you can also find DVDs of "Escape from Alcatraz and The Rock.My opinionAlcatraz is a special place, you definitely must see if you're around. I got goosebumps, because it's all so exciting. Alcatraz to get a piece of history to see that goes beyond the pictures and images. You actually feel like you are in the past and the stories you hear on your headphones, it is even more real and realistic. A visit to San Francisco is non-complete without Alcatraz.
The Exploratorium in San Francisco has more than 500,000 visitors annually and is one of the most visited museums in the city. The museum is housed in the Palace of Fine Arts.Palace of Fine ArtsThe Palace of Fine Arts is a remnant of the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. The building was designed by Bernard Maybeck, who was inspired by Greek and Roman architecture. The Palace of Fine Arts is not demolished after the exhibition and is now regularly used as a wedding location. The Rotunda, the neoclassical domed building is the most striking part of the Palace of Fine Arts. At The Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium located.Visitor InformationThe Exploratorium is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The museum is also closed during Christmas and Thanksgiving.Prices of tickets are:Adults (18-64): $ 14Students: $ 11Seniors (65 +): $ 11Youth (13-17): $ 11People with Disabilities: $ 11Children (4-12): $ 9Children: (3 or under): freeMembers: FreeAdmission plus input Tactile Dome: $ 17Every first Wednesday of the month the admission is free. Groups larger than 10 and people who want to get in on this day will have to make a reservation.The ExploratoriumThe Exploratorium is totally dedicated to science, art and human perception. The museum was founded in 1969 by physicist Frank Oppenheimer, the museum is set in several parts and visitors can try and test all things so in an interactive way to engage with science.Science AreaThere is a special section in the Exploratorium that has to do with science. You can see how such a whirlwind created or how force is measured or look how electricity works. You can try everything yourself by participating in experiments, trying things out or pressing buttons.Optical illusionsA part of the Exploratorium focuses on optical illusions. There are moving images, but also posters and pictures. There are also optical illusions where you can walk through, or where you can work through anything to do with a camera.SoundUpstairs there is a whole section that focuses on sounds. You become acquainted with various musical instruments and equipment you can find that you can change pitches. There is also the opportunity to to record your own radio play and then to listen to it. There are this many attributes you can use your radio play.BiologyAnything you can find that has to do with biology and science, can be found in this department. Find out how, for example, certain animals, trees and see the strange animal movements, such as extremely large bees. There are also many different fish to see. MicroscopesIn the Exploratorium are many microscopes, so you can see how certain things look like under a microscope. Come to amazing discoveries and see that there are many things bacteria. You can also look through a microscope wood worms, bacteria or how much a dead animal in it.Tactile DomeThe Tactile Dome is a maze where you are in the dark and need to get out just by feeling. The Tactile Dome is not suitable for people with bad knees, pregnant women or those who are claustrophobic. In the summer months can be busy here, so reservations are necessary during this period. When I was at the Exploratorium, the maze was temporarily closed for maintenance.DemonstrationsEvery day there are in the Exploratorium several demonstrations. These are always dealing with science and are held in the sections that connect with the demonstration. When I was at the Exploratorium, was in the Biology section, a demonstration was held where a Bullseye decompose.Food and drinkIn the Exploratorium is a restaurant where you can eat and drink something. The restaurant is open on the ground floor, giving you a table from a nice views of everyone involved with the various attributes in the museum. I have not used the restaurant and have therefore no idea what the offer was and how the quality is.My opinionIt was pure coincidence that I ended up in this museum. I got the Exploratorium as a tip for an employee in a small shop.I decided to follow his tip, since the museum not too far away and never had any regrets.The museum is well prepared and the collection is extensive. Everywhere you inter-active doing something, what the museum is very suitable for both children and adults. Signs are everywhere to explain what things mean. This is very interesting and instructive, and sometimes even necessary to read, because otherwise you do not understand what it really is what you are doing.There is no fixed route, you can just go there you find interesting. Personally, I found especially the sections with optical illusions and microscopes very interesting. I also hung around a while in the portion of the sounds. I thought it was unwise and interesting all sure what I learned during my visit to the Exploratorium.The museum is also worth visiting on your own, but there are many things directed to more people, such as certain tests. Luckily I had met a couple on the road and we know the three of us viewed the museum so I could try things you do with more people.Although I have not anything to see in this museum, I am terribly excited about. The things I've seen have been worthwhile. In addition, the high entrance fee at all, considering how many you get in return. I am glad that I got a tip from a friendly retailer, otherwise I probably never went.
by Jctravel1983 on October 24, 2012
This hotel is located in the Civic Centre. Near (around the corner from the hotel) are buses and a little further is a metro / train station. With the bus you in about 5 minutes to Fisherman's Wharf. The bus goes straight down to downtown San Francisco and up to the artists' district. You can choose to either side are plenty of attractions. In the hotel there is parking for the car. But in San Francisco, you do not hire car, because public transportation is perfect.You enter the hotel and you are immediately in a large lobby with gleaming floors and a beautiful lobby with black leather arm chairs. It excels at you. There is an elevator in the building and disabled facilities. Four rooms even have wheelchair facilities.Friendly staff, after all you are in America. And friendly, it is important for the level of their tips (tips). The usual reception procedure follows. They ask the hotel voucher, which I luckily had with me. You fill your details, you give your credit card and you will receive the key to your room. I ask myself sometimes wonder what an American without a credit card must here. All rooms are non-smoking, that I was again emphatically said.In the hotel's various facilities, a separate agency, where you can arrange day trips (eg a visit to Alcatraz) to fitness and meeting facilities and a swimming pool on the 4th floor. Nice is that in the morning newspaper for your door. My god, what are those papers thick!The concept of the rooms in all Holiday Inn hotels I've been the same. A reasonable room with two double beds. A worksheet as small desk, a television. The TV channels and a lot of it is not enough then there's pay television. It is even possible to make games. But I still do not know how that works! Large shower and bath and toilet facilities Well maintained. The room is cleaned every day and the bed linen changed every day. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom. And of course, shampoo and shower gel. Free coffee / tea making facilities and a mini fridge on the worktable. There is a price list for the mini fridge, so you can decide whether you want to drink expensive drinks. Coffee and tea is free. In the hallway is an icemaker. Air conditioning, which you can arrange in the room.The Holiday Inn concept is recommended for all America. I know what I can expect and that suits me fine. The location of the hotel is actually in the middle of San Francisco makes you not only the tourist area of downtown and Fisherman's Wharf visit, but also another side goes. And the artists' district also has some. Travelling by bus is excellent. For me it was a good hotel, I can recommend anyone.
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