King George Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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King George Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 153

334 Mason Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States | 4157815050
634 Traveller

Reviews - King George Hotel

8/10
Great Hotel, Great Location, Great Service
Submitted by: Deb in 09/10/10
  • Age Group: 5160
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
We stayed at the King George 3 wks ago and loved it there. The room was extremely clean and comfortable, as well as the rest of the hotel. We asked for a quiet room, away from the road noise and we were pleased with how quiet our room was. The staff were professional and friendly. The location is perfect too! If you like Blues there is a great Blues club, "Blues and Biscuits", right across the street. We went there one night during our stay and had a great time! There is so much to do and see within walking distance so we didn't have to use our vehicle all weekend, which was a huge plus. We had an amazing breakfast at Dottie's (within a short 2 block walk from the hotel), they had large portions and all ingredients are fresh, locals eat there regularly so you know the food is good. We were so pleased with this hotel, and the staff, that we have booked another stay there this coming weekend. The only negative we could think of was that the pillows weren't that comfortable. In fact, we put in a suggestion that the hotel order new pillows because ours were lumpy. I will be packing my own pillow this next trip!
8/10
Friendly & central
Submitted by: Neville Cameron in 05/07/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Great Service, Great Staff, Great Location, Great Price, everything was good. I heard a bit of traffic noise through the louvre windows, but it didn't disturb my wife.
Yes we will stay again.
10/10
Excellent value for money
Submitted by: Peter in 28/04/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Great location, nice touches of modern art in the rooms, perfect for the budget-minded traveller.

Historical Traveller Reviews of King George Hotel

Decent place; recommended

from fenwaycat
This place is pretty good. It's an old building, so don't expect too much. Our room was small, but clean. The bathroom was also very small.
Can't beat the price for this location, unless you want to stay somewhere sketchy (this place is definitely NOT sketchy). I don't recommend the diner place next door - it's way overpriced and you don't get much . I would stay here again.

Good for the Price

from A TripAdvisor Member
I disagree with some of the negative reviews I have read about the King George. My husband and I visited the King George in July and, I admit, the lack of air conditioning did concern me. I need not have been concerned, for even in July the weather at night cools down and with the window open and the fan going a spoiled New Yorker was able to sleep like a baby! I also don't understand complaints about the bar.
Yes it is small, but why spend time in your hotel bar when there are so many fabulous places to go in the city! For the amount of time you spend in your hotel room in such a place like San Francisco, many of the complaints are not warranted. I found the staff extremely friendly and helpful and would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for an affordable place to stay in an otherwise very expensive city.

good value and location

from sasthije
Great location if you want to be in the heart of tourist San Francisco, just off Union Square. Rooms are small and modestly furnished, but still clean and comfortable; staff is pleasant. Our room overlooked some roofs, not the street, and was quiet. For the $112 we paid for a Saturday night in February, I thought it was a good value.

Best value at Union Square!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This downtown hotel is a MONUMENTAL VALUE. Freshly decorated rooms and corridors, attractive quality furnishings, and nicely renovated bathrooms. (If you're complaining about this hotel, then you haven't traveled much and especially not much to San Francisco.) Parking was a breeze, value-priced, and highly convenient. Cocktails and sodas were readily available, through a psuedo honor bar room service or in the newly-renovated and charming lobby lounge area. Nice quality sheets, towels, and amenities, comfortable desk and lounge chairs were in my room. I was treated warmly throughout my visit. You cannot beat this hotel for this price, in this location--it is just not possible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

A Well Kept Secret!

from A TripAdvisor Member
It was such a pleasant surprise to come upon this hotel! I travel 30-45% of the year and have seen some doozies! This hotel was so nice to come home to after a hard tradeshow day. The decor is awesome and the hotel is VERY clean! My bathroom was always sparkling. Location is most important and being in the heart of Union Square cannot be beat.
There are several wonderful little restaurants walking distance (5 minutes away). You won't be disappointed with this one!

Enjoyed our stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Finding any hotel in a major city is always difficult, especially if you're travelling on a budget. We found the King George Hotel to meet all of our expectations at a very reasonable rate. It's location was ideal because we didn't have a car while staying in San Francisco. One day we took the cable cars to Fisherman's Wharf and another we walked to Chinatown. There are many good restaurants to choose from around the establishment and the staff was happy to recommend a place to try. In the evening we enjoyed drinks and a jazz band in the lounge. The rooms were small but not uncomfortable (what do you expect for a hotel in the city?). Anyway, there are so many things to do that staying in the room seems silly. Overall, the hotel was charming and the staff friendly. We will definately stay again when we go back.

Better off somewhere else

from Kris_K_D
Average location overall, prime location for shoppers. Small rooms (though we had an unusually large bathroom) of standard quality. The King George Hotel is just nothing special...

Great Location So So Rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
I used this site to pick the King George and got a low cost rate. I have a feeling their rack rates are high and then they discount heavily, to give the impression you are getting a bargain. The location can't be faulted. It is central to everything, and within say, 200 metres to the cable cars, Union square and major shops on Powell St.
The staff were efficient and friendly. The rooms are tiny just the bed and a chair or two and a writing table. Separate bathroom and full bath. No air conditioning just a fan. It was very hot the 3 days I was there in September because the wall faced the afternoon sun. Thank goodness I could open the window to cool it down. No mini bar but an in room safe. Usual TV video games etc. The solitary lift in this old building is renovated but can take a while in peak periods. Using the stairs is ok, but hang on they are steep and only fit one person! Heart attack material by the eighth floor! I prefer the Cartwright Hotel for a similar old world renovated style but it is higher up on Sutter St near the Crowne Plaza and Westin. Overall the King George is in a great location with so so small rooms. They are clean and tidy, fine for a quick stopover or business trip but nothing to write home about.

t Stay Here!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Staying at this hotel was probably one of the worst experiences of my travels, and I have travelled extensively. First, it should be noted that there is no air conditioning in the rooms. Not normally a big deal in San Francisco, but if the temperature gets above 80, watch out.
Next, they do not have a full service bar. Instead, you may have wine, champagne or beer, and if you want a soda, forget it. This is conveyed to you in a rather rude way by the staff. My wife was 2/3 of the way through with the beer she ordered and the barkeep/waiter took it away; since she hadn't had a drink in a few minutes he assumed she was done.
No apolgy for this was forthecoming. Our room was not cleaned the first day until after 3 pm, and only then becasue one our party asked for it to be done. The response was a rather lathargic, I'll look into it. So if you hope to have your room cleaned before noon, look somewhere else.
Lastly (and probably most importantly), they lost my rental car with their valet service. They request that you notify them 30 minutes in advance to have your vehicle ready. I had done that the previous day and it took them 45 to get the car to me, so we were late to the wedding we were attending. The next day I asked for the car 45 minutes before I had to leave to catch my plane, having learned my lesson. When the car wasn't there, I asked the counter person where the car was. He said in a rather sheepish voice, "I don't know. We can't seem to find it." This is not what you want to hear before you fly home. I gave a complete description of my car, and eventually the valet arrived...with the wrong car. He tried to give me the keys to the vehicle, which was the wrong make and color. After I told him it wasn't my vehicle he left. I began to wonder if my car had been given away to someone else, especially since I was not asked for a receipt for the car he tried to give me. I asked the counter person for a update on my vehicle and he said that it was in the hands of the valets, and not his problem. While I expressed my concerns to the counter person, I asked for the manager.
The lady that had been standing next to the gentleman throughout this incident sneered, "I'm the manager." She had watched her employee running about for quite some time and never bothered to introduce herself to me or help resolve the problem until I asked. She did not do anything to alleviate my concerns, but rather left, talking on her cell phone. Again, after some time, the counter person said that the car was still missing, but I could take their hotel vehicle (at no charge to me) to the airport and they would return my vehicle. After an hour had gone by, I thought for sure that I would never make my pending flight.
Eventually the car was found, after a rather intense hour and 15 minutes. When the valet arrived, he had the nerve to wait to be tiped.
My opinion is mistakes happen, but you know the worst thing about this?
There was no apology from anyone on staff! No one seemed to care, and the manager in particular was very rude. I asked her to inform my friends who were also staying there that I had found my car and was leaving without saying goodbye. My friends had graciouslly gone to the parking garage and were looking for my car. The manager assured me that they would be told that I was on my way with my vehicle. She then turned without saying another word, and walked into the hotel. The lack of care or sympathy from her was mind-boggling. I found out later that the message never got delivered to my friends. Instead, they searched for another half hour without being told. I have never seen such a poorly run, poorly operated, poorly equipped and poorly trained staff.
The hotel is an embarassment, and I would recommend any other place than this. A vary sad fact is that if you want quant, this is it. If you want service, a Motel 6 or Super 8 has this place beat. I hope sincerely that the owner of the hotel reads this review and looks into what his/her hotel has become.

Recommend

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was staying in the hotel for one week. I could get a room for 85$ per day. As required, I got a quiet room (it was at the very end of the 4th floor). The room was relatively small, but well equipped. I think the price of 85$ cannot be beaten by any other hotel around. Hotel staff acted very professional. Would go there again.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Shuttle/ BART As a travler who likes some adventure .. or wshes to save money on going from the airport to down town San Francisco .... One should try the BART (Bay Area Transport) ... like a subway ..but saver/ cleaner .. na you get a chance to see other parts of the city you can't see via car. The cost $5.15/ one way ... It only takes 30 mins (soif yuo don't like rush hours/ traffice jams and you wanting to arrive into San Fran .. .be sure to jump on the BART .... it's right at the hotel (they take cash/ credit cards)

Great Restaurant San Francisco has many fine restaurants, but for excellent food at a great price, check out Cafe Claude (on a small side street not too far from Chinatown). It's always on our SF "must-do" list, and the wines are the best for the money that we've ever had.

WHAT TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO This is certainly not all-inclusive, and what you choose to do should highly depend on how much time you have and what you enjoy doing. Obviously. San Francisco is rich in culture and there is ALWAYS something going on. Things I suggest: * SELF-GUIDED DRIVING TOUR- Rent a car (conveniently, there is a Hertz car rental across the street from KGH) and drive to (a) Sausalito and (b) John Muir Woods. Be sure to stop at Stinson Beach, and take a day drive along Highway 1. * CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT - a historical area that has been turned into an upscale restaurant. We ate in the bistro. There isn't a bad seat in the house. We were seated right next to a window that served as a beach overlook. The Cliff House is located on the West coast of San Francisco, right on the Pacific Ocean. * Fisherman's Wharf - Very touristy, but it's kind of a place you must visit. Visit one of the first days you're in town, and the rest of the trip will be up-hill. Go hungry and get clam chowder in a bread bowl. Delicious! Wander around, maybe catch a tour to Alcatraz (or just stand and stare at it from the wharf). If you're lucky you'll have chosen a time to visit while the seals are sunning themselves on the docs. Hundreds of them - just follow the barking noise until you find them. * Chinatown - I love, love, love Chinatown. But that may be because I'm infatuated with Asian cultures. Move off the beaten path (tourist mecca of Grant Street, home of the three-dollar I VISITED ALCATRAZ tshirts, cheaply embroidered coinpurses and gaudy gold buddhas) and go up any of the side streets (Kearny or Stockton, for example) or tiny alleyways. THAT is where you'll find the real Chinatown. * MISSION or HAIGHT-ASHBURY - Take a bus to the Mission or Haight-Ashbury. There's a ton of nightlife that will beckon you. My favorite was Cha Cha Cha on Haight, a tapas restaurant with Sangria by the pitcher (or the glass, if you're feeling puny) and liquored-infused fruit that will knock you over after one nibble. The music is loud and the wait is long, but the atmosphere is totally worth it. The food is pretty good, too. Be sure to order the Warm Spinach Salad. You'll fight your tablemates to lick the plate.

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  • Address: 334 Mason Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States
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