Courtyard Downtown Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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Courtyard Downtown Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 405

299 Second Street - San Francisco - California - 94105 - United States Hotel Website | | 415 947 0700
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Overpriced parking.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Typical courtyard. Great business-traveler location. Expensive parking ($35)!!! No complimentary breakfast, which was disappointing. The staff was okay although the weekend we went, it was busy and they seemed pre-occupied. Not what we expect from the Marriott.

The rooms were nothing special. Might stay there again.

Great Staff

from Crickette
My husband and I just returned from a great weekend in San Francisco. Since we live only a couple of hours away we are able to go often. We decided years ago to never stay in the same hotel in San Francisco...even if it was a very good one. There are sooo many wonderful hotels there. We enjoy experiencing them all. So this was our first visit to the Courtyard Marriott.

Every staff person we encountered were absolutly wonderful, professional and friendly. It made walking in the door after 5 hours of walking in Chinatown seem like coming home. The location is not bad, though, not right on the cable car line, it is close enough. Be sure and visit the hotels "partner" restaurant, the Fly-Trap. It is just around the corner. Nice place for a martini and their 3 oysters on the half shell starter while enjoying very smooth live jazz.

The room was extremely clean! Spotless! Not fancy at all...just what you needed. The sink area outside the bathroom was very small. Not a bad size room for the Union Square area. Really enjoyed the outside courtyard in the lobby area. Never a problem getting an elevator. Service was extremely fast in all areas. Inside the hotel itself was very quiet. I like the fact that the window opend a bit..not much but just enough to feel the outside air. We live in the mountains and enjoy the noise of the city which is so different than home. We did not find the street noise bad at all.

Only two things that I was disapointed with...
The pool area was sans decor. Looked like it was planned to be hosed out 5 times a day. Very stark and cold feeling. With a few people there it got very loud. The best times to go to any hotel pool seems to be early in the morning and later at night. As someone had mentioned before, the pool water was not warm but after getting in, it was refreshing. It was very nice not to have to pay more to use the exercise area. Actually we were happy to have the pool and spa, not many hotels have a pool in this area. I think only 5 or 6. Again very clean.
The one place I would have to give the hotel a black mark would be with the food. We ate breakfast in the Jasime room. Again the staff were lovely...but the food was not excepional. The menu was dull. The second day we ordered breakfast in our room. The fruit plate was dried out and looked very nasty. The Warwick Regis has an amazing fruit plate! Now, that hotel has the best chef! San Francisco has so many fantastic places to eat who would want to eat room service in your room? We do on occasion and this is not the place to order it! For dinner, hop in a cab and take a 5 minute ride to John's Grill for the Oysters Wellington. Ohsogood!
I recomended this hotel as high as I did mostly because of the staff and the cleanness. And if we ever finish all the hotels in the area I will go back to the Courtyard looking forward to a nice stay and a new hotel chef for them to hire.

Good value. Nice, clean rooms, quiet.

from Alice
I got a good AAA rate. Nice Courtyard for an urban location. I was on a high floor but just a basic city view. I think few rooms have great views of the bridges etc. But my room was very bright, clean and comfortable. The neighborhood is pretty desolate on the weekend because it is near the business district. As a female solo traveler, I took cabs back to the hotel at night or friends dropped me off. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk up a slight hill from the Montgomery Bart station which I took from SFO airport. Good Deal! I rented a car nearby for my trip to wine country at the same rate as the airport rate. Parking is expensive so if you can try to rent a car in the city when you need it or park somewhere else. Otherwise you can get around with public transport. One thing, as a Marriott Rewards Silver guest I would expect some voucher toward my breakfast. Breakfast was not a bargain. Hilton Honors Gold gives vouchers or has free breakfast at some properties. I had a food stash from the Hampton Inn- Airport I stayed at the previous night ! A Starbucks is opening in the lobby. Not much in the immediate area for eating. Not real close to the major tourist attractions but the price was good! The hotel does provide free coffee and a free internet computer station.

Great Hotel

from Viv8
This hotel was great. It was in a really convenient location for us -
about 10 minutes from Union Square (and all the shops) and 10 minutes
from Chinatown. The rooms were bigger than expected, and very clean and tidy. The staff were friendly and very helpful, especially when we had asked to park outside the hotel briefly to collect our luggage from the luggage store (normally, if you want to park at the hotel, it's valet
parking only and costs about $30 per day).

Horrible Parking!

from wonderlandprincess83
My fiance took me to San Francisco for my birthday and we stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown in San Francisco. When we pulled up, they had no parking unless you wanted to pay a rediculous amount for vallet which was about the price for the entire hotel stay. So we found a meter outside and we had to wake up at 6:45 am to put money in the meter. It would only take money for 1 hour so we had to keep going back all morning and the front desk said we had to move our vehicle, not keep feeding the meter. Unfriendly staff and horrible parking! Do not recommend this property!

Excellent

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is fantasic value. I paid 100USD a night in January. The staff are more than helpful, I visited the hotel a few days before my stay to confirm my booking and they allowed me to select a room, I asked for a high room and they offered the top floor (18) and even a choice of view city / bay bridge.

The location is good, there is a Metro station at the end of Second street, which is about a 5 minute walk.

There was no mini bar in the room just bottled water but at $5 a bottle bit of a miss, but otherwise it was perfect, a sofa, coffee table, desk and chair, tv, king bed, tv, separate toilet/bath/shower and free high speed internet, complete with cable! Some pictures attached. Very clean hotel.

Comfortable stay in San Francisco

from WI_Gator
My family and I stayed at the Courtyard San Francisco Downtown between 3/19/05 and 3/23/05 so I could attend a conference at the Moscone Center. After considering many hotels, we selected the Courtyard Downtown and were very pleased.

Pros: Within walking distance of the Moscone Center (~ 3 long blocks), Metreon and Yerba Gardens (~ 4 long blocks), several restaurants, and public transit (1 to 4 blocks depending on where you want to go). If you don't mind walking a bit further (~ 6-9 blocks), you can hit some decent shopping. I found the hotel to be in an area with less of a homeless problem than hotels closer to the Moscone Center and Union Square. The hotel is fairly new---only a couple of years old. The rooms were clean, quiet, and had excellent beds. Two conveniences we appreciated were the guest laundry (one each on the 15th and 17th floors) with free soap and reasonable charges for washer/dryer ($1/load) and a business center off of the lobby with two computers for guest use and an ATM machine. The lobby was attractive with a fireplace and a pleasant adjacent bar area for drinks in the early evening. We ate breakfast at the hotel and had room service for a late dinner one night and were pleased with the food. Parking is expensive ($35) as is the case at many hotels in San Fran. There is only valet parking on site, but there is a self-serve parking lot on Second Street at Howard (~ a block and one-half from the hotel) that is under $20. In spite of the cost, we did use the valet parking for its convenience and I can tell you that all experiences we had with the different valet parking employees were positive; I don't think we had to wait more than 3 to 5 minutes for our vehicle at any time. In fact, we were very pleased with the service and helpfulness of all employees we encountered at the hotel.

Cons: Although the pool is inside, my husband and daughter found the water to be on the cold side. The only other thing I thought would have been nice would be to have had a small refrigerator in the room.

All in all, we were very pleased with our experience and would definitely stay there again.

Highly recommended

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just back from 4 nights at the Courtyard Downtown = excellent, newish hotel = large nicely furnished room, big bathroom = good service at the front desk and in the bar . Only downside , the area is a bit dead at night and at the weekend as it is situated in the financial district and public transport is a 5 to 10 min walk to Market St but taxis always available outside.

Rack rate 199$ but if you shop around you can find this hotel for 100$ including tax.

I can highly recommend this hotel

Superb value

from stennydave
Stayed at this hotel Feb15th for 5 nights and can not praise this hotel more highly.The facilities are top class-lovely heated swimming pool and hot tub nice lounge with coal fires and beautiful comfortable bedrooms.The staff are absolutely excellant,really friendly and helpful without being gushy.Nice location near to Union Square and the SFMOMA.For what I paid I was completely satisfied and would recommend this hotel to anyone.I really enjoyed my time in San Francisco and would love to come back and if I do I will look no further than this hotel.Forgot to mention the breakfast here is also very good as is the room service.You would have to be very picky to find fault with this hotel.

What a great hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I traveled on 02/16 for 4 nights to this hotel. We had a great time. The staff was very friendly and courteous as well as very helpfull. We requested a room on the high floor and we got it. We had a great city view of the financial district and the Transamerica tower. The room service, like any other hotel, was expensive but delicious. The lobby was beautiful. We never got a chance to try the pool or fitness center. The hotel is just 3 blocks away from public transportation pickups. (Bart, Muni, and Cable car) I would definitely reccomend this hotel to anyone looking for a very clean, neat, cozy, and inexpensive hotel. We will definitely be going back.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Alcatraz Be sure to visit Alcatraz. The audio tour was very informative.

Stay away from the expensive Wharf Area Check out Hyde Street Seafood or other smaller bistros in SF. Stay away from the expensive places around the wharf. The Real SF is just steps away down Columbus Street or up Hyde Street.

Delicious Food right around the corner! Be sure to take in all the great cuisine San Francisco has to offer! Our past dining experiences from previous trips and this month's trip have all been great. Be sure to eat in China Town for the experience and food. In the Ferry Building there are tons of little shops with gelato and other foods from the SF Bay Area. Also in the Ferry Building is the hip Slanted Door. Serving delicious and authentic Vietnamese cuisine, this restaurant cannot be missed! Not the cheapest, but no doubt worth the splurge. Across the street from the Courtyard is the delcious Indian restaurant, Mehfil. Literally steps from the front door of the hotel and serving up hot, authentic Indian cuisine.

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  • san francisco marriott
  • san francisco courtyard
  • courtyard san francisco downtown
  • courtyard san francisco
  • Address: 299 Second Street - San Francisco - California - 94105 - United States
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