a traveler from Travelocity.com
on November 17, 2011
This was the easiest hotel I've ever driven to in San Francisco: Take the 80 to 7th, drive a couple of blocks and turn into the driveway. No turns to miss, no one-way streets, no hills. It's built on an enclosed courtyard model, with valet parking, the lobby, and a restaurant on the first floor and the guest rooms, pool and deck all upstairs behind a keycard reader. Very close to the Civic Center Bart/Muni station, which means you can leave the car at the hotel instead of trying to drive in SF. (You sort of have to, since in/out privileges cost extra, but considering that parking costs less than half what it did at the last hotel I stayed in here, and I'd rather not drive in town to begin with, I didn't mind.) The trip to and from the station runs along the border between the OK and not-OK parts of town, but you don't have to go *through* the bad parts. One thing to watch out for: the decor is noisy. It's bright, busy, and retro, and looks like a cross between Ikea and the 1960s. If you're looking for a place to relax, this may not be it. And for some reason (possibly the decor), our one-year-old *really* didn't like being in the room, even though he was perfectly happy in the hotel we stayed in the night before in another city.
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