Hotel Abri, San Francisco
Reviews - Hotel Abri
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Abri
Clean!!from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is well located on Ellis just off Powell and the cable car route and it is quiet. Our other hotel choice was the Villa Florence which is well rated but some reviews complain of noise and it is easy to see why as it is right on Powell. If you want to be confronted by the evening throng of street scammers as you leave the hotel then stay there. The Monticello is much quieter and allows you to get your bearings in peace and then blend in.
Charming Small Hotel; Unbeatable Location Near Cable Carsfrom LynKansas
When we arrived at the hotel at about 1:30 pm on Jan. 4, the desk clerk told me the reservation had been cancelled completely. I tersely told the clerk that I had booked directly with the hotel to be sure I would not have any problems with making the reservation through one of the online services. He responded that "none of the guarantees apply" if a reservation is made through an online service. Once again I firmly reminded him that was exactly why I had made my reservation directly with the hotel. After this exchange, he managed to "work us in" to a Jefferson Suite on the fifth floor -- the top floor of the hotel. I then specifically requested a room on the courtyard side where it would be more quiet. He confirmed it was a courtyard suite and cautioned us it was the best he had available.
After this snafu, the rest of our stay was very nice. The room was a good size two-room suite. Many of the furnishings appeared to be new, although some of the living area upholstery was a little worn. The bathroom was small but adequate, with bath soap, shampoo, and conditioner in dispensers near the sink and in the shower. The fixtures (sink and tub) were worn, and the tile around the shower needed some minor repairs. Basic toiletries (bar soap, shower cap, sewing kit) were never replaced the entire six-day stay.
White and red wine was served in the charming lobby every evening from 5:00 to 6:00. The lobby was graced with comfortable seating and two fireplaces. The service throughout our stay was friendly and accommodating. Although the hotel has no ice machines accessible to guests, every time we asked for ice or something else (coffee pot, another robe, more towels) our request was addressed promptly and courteously (without tipping). The king-size bed was exceptionally comfortable, and the wireless high-speed internet access worked flawlessly -- a welcome change from some hotels.
Best of all, the Inn's location is unbeatable. Powell Street is a short half-block away, and Union Street shopping is just a couple of blocks north of the hotel. I walked a short block each day to and from the huge conference hotel and was so glad I was staying in a smaller, friendlier, much more charming hotel.
If you have time for sightseeing, buy a 3-day or 7-day pass ($ 20) at the visitor's center a just a block south of the hotel, and ride the cable cars, buses, and muni-trains as much as you wish. We found a Mediterranean restaurant one block north of the hotel with very good food for the price, an inexpensive Thai restaurant one block away on Powell, and great sushi at a second-floor restaurant on the corner right across the street from the hotel. Great food at very reasonable prices for San Francisco!
Overall, we had a delightful stay, and we were impressed with the friendly and very helpful staff. The next time I visit downtown San Francisco, I will look forward to staying at the Monticello Inn again.
great placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Good value, great locationfrom pinesdriver
This is a two-star hotel, and not worth full price.from A TripAdvisor Member
Very good hotelfrom jjctraveler
Loved the Monticello Innfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent hotel right in the heart of everything!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice hotel, great locationfrom Dublin_Lad01
Two minor complaints though. Firstly, the walls were pretty thin. You could hear people walking around upstairs and in the hall. This wasnt a huge problem. It didnt keep me awake at night and I'm a pretty light sleeper. Secondly, the room decor certainly needs to be updated - the blue and white wallpaper in the living room was a bit loud and garish.
The hotel lobby is decorated much better. The evening wine reception was a nice feature and we took advantage of this a couple of times after a long day's shopping. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful.
The location is really superb - Union Square is a couple of minutes walk. The Powell cable car and BART/MUNI are just around the corner.
We didnt eat at the hotel restaurant next door although it looked good. We had continental breakfast one morning in the lobby which was great value - $5 per room not per person !!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. We found the hotel to be comfortable and in a great location. Would stay a second time if we got the right price again.
Monticellofrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for San Francisco
great place to eat.. Try The Stinking Rose on Columbus in North Beach! The prices are reasonable and the food is delicious, but you must love garlic! And for that romantic, hip evening meal, try Kuletos on Powell.
The Stinking Rose Great Garlic Restaurant!! You must try the "40 Clove" Chicken!
Use Public Transportation if you can We used BART, which was maybe even better than the METRO in Washington, DC. Cable Cars are also good.
Other names for Hotel Abri
- larkspur collection san francisco
- hotel abri larkspur collection
- Address: 127 Ellis Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States
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