Renoir Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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Renoir Hotel

, San Francisco
2 star

Rooms: 135

45 Mcallister Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States Hotel Website | | 415 626 5200
340 Traveller

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Location - location - location
Submitted by: Evan Teed in 25/08/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
I've stayed at the Renoir several times. This hotel has, hands down, the best central location for a San Francisco visit. You can find BART, MUNI subway, streetcars, and several buses just outside the hotel entry.
The hotel staff speak about 8 different languages and thus it attracts a very international clientele--always interesting to see who you meet in the elevator!
While there are a number of street people hanging around in the area I've never been disturbed by them plus the obvious presence of hotel security is always reassuring.
The value in the price and its location is what keeps me coming back each time I visit the city.
9 nights at the Renoir
Submitted by: Paul Robinson in 27/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Located close to the civic centre, unfortunately just across from a few seedy cinemas and video shops, there were also quite a few homeless people hanging around all the time, though they didn't bother us. The hotel had security and was reasonably comfortable and clean. For me it was priced reasonably because the area was not brilliant. As for the restaurant, well neither of us were terribly impressed with the food or the service. Would I go back? I doubt it.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Renoir Hotel

Nice desk clerks but rude reservations

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at this hotel in early July.
Somehow my co-worker couldn't make a reservation online, so I called the hotel directly in the morning. I asked about the hotel to someone who picked up the phone, and she explained very well and politely. Then, I was transfered to reservations to get the rate.
I thought the reservations agent didn't know how to talk! He was talking to me like his friend or something. After I heard the room rate, he said "do you wanna stay or not?" I didn't feel any respect to customers.
I needed to make our plan on that day and I had an okay deal, so I decided to stay anyway.
The desk clerks and bellmen were very polite and helpful, which was very surprising, since I had a bad experience on a phone conversation.
I recommend this hotel and staff except for the reservation agent....

My experience at the Renoir.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
I read some of the reviews before I decided to post my own feedback on the Renoir Hotel. I spent four days and three nights at this hotel and I had mixed feelings. The hotel has been renovated and in my opinion, I thought it was satisfactory. I wouldn’t necessarily give it a five star rating, but I would settle for a three star. The hotel was clean and the staff was pleasant. Our rooms were cleaned everyday and when I asked for an iron, it was brought to me within a few minutes. I had no complaints about the hotel. However, my mixed feelings came from the surrounding area. It was really bad. Once outside, it was a different environment. There were tons of homeless and drug dealers loitering near the vicinity of the hotel. My boyfriend and I literally witnessed a few drug deals. It was scary and so we tried to avoid that area as much as we could. We dreaded coming back to the hotel, but once inside, we felt safe. I do not recommend this hotel to single women traveling alone. But if you’re used to this type of scene, then the hotel is a good place to stay, plus the rates were very affordable if you’re on a tight budget.

Staying in the Getto

from A TripAdvisor Member
On arrival at the hotel all you see are Homeless and poor people lying or sleeping in the doorways, it is not a very good place to be walking in as you are always asked for money by the beggars, The hotel was okay just, but in the wrong place the staff were trying there best. I would not recommend you go to this part of San Fransisco, if you were to visit then Fishermans Wharf is a nice area but that is about as good as it gets.

Disgusting Dump

from A TripAdvisor Member
DON'T STAY HERE!! Going to this place was a horrendous experience. We opened the hideous curtains to our room and had a perfect view of the porn theater across the street. Two stores down the street there is another porn theater. Across the street from the main entrance is a residence hotel. The streets are filled with homeless, and the streets reek of urine and feces three blocks in every direction. The beds are old and saggy, and the towels have yellow stains and holes. The front desk guy even started hitting on my boyfriend! This is the worst place I've ever stayed in ever. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE!

Dodgy neighbourhood, nice staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were scared to walk the streets at anytime in this neighbourhood.
There are odd people loitering everywhere you look. We woke at 3am to people screaming and swearing in the streets below. When anyone on your floor flushes the toilet or turns on a tap you think you are being sucked into a vortex it is that loud. I feel sorry for the staff as they were nice, the area is just BAD! The 3 block, 5 minute walk to the cable car to Fishermans Wharf is even scary and you wonder whether you are even going to make it back to the hotel alive. It is porn city.

Porn overload

from A TripAdvisor Member
A female friend & I stayed here and were not only disappointed, but were disgused due to the fact that we could not leave the hotel without being heckled by the homeless people who camp out front, and because just across the street is a totally nude club that is open until all hours of the night. This hotel is in an extremely noisy location with several other porno stores/clubs within a 1 block radius. I would not recommend this hotel to any one I know.

excellent staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Renoir Hotel in December. All employees were very nice and helpful and the room was clean. Seems like all front desk clerks were multi-lingual and know San Francisco very well. Even though there are many bad reviews on the web, I would recommend this hotel. You will see how good they are when you arrive. Very convenient to go to anywhere, friendly excellent staffs, historical building.

Do Not Stay Here!!!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is the worst hotel I have ever been in. The smell of this hotel was enough to ruin my trip but I couldn't tell that it was the hotel until I got through all the pan handlers out side. The chemicals they use to clean this place are even posted as a health warning in every room which I eventually narowed down as being the strange smell I was wondering about. The rooms are also crap. This place has been painted so many times it just looks like all the walls are sort of melting and the carpets must be original judging from the wear (I was affraid to walk on them barefoot they were so nasty looking). As for the amenities: Cable TV? HA!!! None while I was here! A safe in the room?
That makes me feel safe. Nice bathrooms? There is a reason they don't post pictures of them! I have so many reasons for you not to stay here I don't have time or the patience to write about them. All in all, if you were to stay here I would suggest only paying the going rate at the nearest hostle.

Centrally Located BUT........

from amilex
My partner and l have just come back from staying in San Francisco. We landed back into the UK on Saturday 01st Nov 2003.

We stayed at the Renoir Hotel. The entrance lobby had a nice other worldly feel to it, and transported you back to the opulence of the 19th Century. The girl on reception when we arrived was very nice, however the male staff we encountered on subsequent days were obviously not happy with their jobs and should perhaps search for some other career that does not involve dealing with the general public.

The rooms could best be described as shabby chic. They were clean but had seen better days. Especially the bathroom where the shower took a good 5 minutes to spout hot water and then the stream was very weak. We arrived in the midst of an Indian Summer with temperatures hitting the 90F, and the hotel has no air conditioners. However we were supplied with a fan. Our room looked over an internal dingy courtyard. The plus of not having a view was that you didn't have to put up with the noise and sirens from Market Street.

Twice we turned up late afternoon to find that our room had not been cleaned or made up. We called house keeping and they did send someone up promptly.

On our first morning there we went down to the Cafe Do Brazil for breakfast which is attached to the hotel. The food was good but the service was appalling. The staff were so rude it was almost comical.
For any Brits reading this a bit like Fawlty Towers only with a Brazilian Accent. Especially the older lady who was so rude as to be detrimental to the business. Needless to say we only ate there once. It was always empty and the most people l have seen in the restaurant during our stay was 8!!

The hotel is located very near to the Tenderloin district and we had to run the gauntlet of homeless people some of which were either very drunk or very high on something. Others were just plain mad. A couple of times l found them near the entrance of the hotel taking a pee.
During the day although harrowing it was passable at night l felt distinctly ill at ease.

Having said that the hotel if, it could sort something out about the hordes of homeless is in a very central location within easy reach of the main shopping areas and BART and the Electric Trams and buses are all within a few feet of the hotel.

Granted the hotel was cheap but it was reflected in its overall appearance and service, and having worked in the Travel Industry for many years l personally would not recommend this hotel to any of my clients. It is down as a boutique hotel but l feel that it does not meet the requirements for such a title as its over all appearance of is neglect. Perhaps if they could put into the rooms the same attention to details as they do to the lobby it would have a much better overall effect. However for a single lady traveller this is not brilliant as the homeless and druggies are a real nuisance and can be very menacing at night.

Do not stop here...Just keep looking!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Me and a couple of friends stayed at the Renior Hotel over the Halloween weekend and we were not pleased by not only the Hotel itself but by the service. The service was really bad. Those people do not care about the customers. They were really rude! First of all they didn't have record of our reservation, then they charged my friedns credit card twice. They charge $25 for valet parking A DAY...(which I somewhat understand because parking is crazy over there), I just finished paying $50 in valet parking and as we were leaving they wanted to charge an extra $10, to cover and extra 3 HOURS of valet parking, we asked for a reciept and they would not give us none, which sounds fishy to me and to top it off....he was being really rude!! They were also being really rude to the customers before us trying to check out, the man just kept saying "Just charge there credit card" without the customers consent!! Arrrrrrgh! I must say, I will never return to this Hotel again. By the way I surely won't miss our Hotel view of a XXX theatre show and bums. To all you looking for a Hotel just keep looking!!

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Other names for Renoir Hotel

  • renoir san francisco
  • renoir hotel san francisco
  • Address: 45 Mcallister Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States
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