Stratford Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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Stratford Hotel

, San Francisco
2 star

Rooms: 92

242 Powell Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States Hotel Website | | 415 397 7080
543 Traveller

Reviews - Stratford Hotel

7/10
Small But PERFECT location
Submitted by: Stephanie in 04/02/09
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Pros: it is in the heart of S.F. "union square" malls, trolly, cabs, restaurants, shops, everything all footsteps away. Perfect for a couple or family or group that is focusing on sight seeing.
Cons: If you're looking for a romantic getaway spot, this is not for you. The bed is comfortable, there is a shower, but the room is soo small, you get a tv and a sink, the basics. good enuff for us, might not be good enuff for everyone. Parking is $25 for every 24 hours, you can go in and out (valet).
2/10
Disappointing
Submitted by: Mina in 15/11/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
This hotel was disappointing. Even though it is a budget hotel, some customer service would be appreciated as we were paying money for the room! The staff were cold on arrival and first impressions of the room was that it was clean but on closer inspection, the room smelt of damp, the radiator did not work and the phone line also did not work. We were moved to another room whereupon the radiator was leaking and the toilet flush was broken. In addition as our rooms overlooked Powell Street, we could hear the noise of the cable cars and also the live bands on the street and from the bar across the road. When we checked out, we were incorrectly charged for water, etc and when we complained the receptionist admitted that they'd received a lot of complaints from other guests about incorrect bills (including telephone calls). However, not all the staff was rude and the hotel is in an excellent location - near the shops and transport.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Stratford Hotel

Great Hotel/Price/Location

from doormold
As San Francisco natives, my husband and I just returned from a short visit home where we stayed at the Hotel Stratford. We spent $91.20 (including taxes) for one night and it was fabulous. The rooms are small and furnished in IKEA decor, but it was clean, comfortable and felt very safe. The front desk clerks (both at check in and check out) were courteous and patient with some of the non-American guests we observed. We couldn't have been more pleased, especially after following a fellow TripAdvisor's advice and asking for an inside room away from Powell Street. The trick elevator is slow, but even being on the seventh floor it was not a problem. I highly recommend the Hotel Stratford if you're looking for a downtown San Francisco hotel at a great price.

t beat the value

from designjb
We just got back from two nights at the Stratford. The location can't be beat! Right near Union Square. Parking was a couple blocks away at an affordable $20 per 24 hours. That included in and out service which is a good deal at a San Francisco hotel.

We stayed on the top floor and had no prblem with noise. If our window was open, we could hear the bells of the cable car, but it was more charming than annoying.

The rooms are on the small side, and the sink is right across from the bed. But it's not really much of a problem. They were in the process of repainting the lobby, so it looks like they are taking pride in the hotel to keep it looking nice.

I would definately recommend staying at this hotel. The front desk staff was nice. The hotel includes a continental breakfast, though we were not up in time to take advantage of that. You really can't be the location. For the price, it's a great deal. I'll be staying there next time for sure.

Best Value at the Stratford

from DougNg
My wife and I just spent 3 wonderful nights at the Stratford. This is the place if you are budget conscious and just want a clean, quiet place to sleep after a long day of sightseeing. It's superbly located in the heart of Union Square district, steps away from shopping, theaters, countless restaurants and bars, and public transportation (buses, BART). We found the staff to be very courteous and helpful. A simple breakfast of toast/muffins, juice, and coffee is offered in a small dining room - it's all we needed.
Yes, there is no air-con, but none was needed, even during the warm month of July, since the temperature cools down drastically at night. The only minor irritation was the slo-o-ow elevator that carries only 5 people at one time. But the pluses far outweigh the minuses. It's simply the best value in town for hotel accommodations.
One tip: ask for a room on the inside, away from Powell Street.

A/C Free

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is small but has a good price with a European flair.

Downside is there is no airconditioning. Even though the nights were cool, they were noisy.

s a great place!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I walk on a cane and appreciated the elevator and the walk-in shower at the Stratford Hotel. It's right on Powell Street at Union Square making it a short walk to the Market Street Muni buses, streetcars, subway trolleys , Bart and the cable car turnaround.
I was at first disappointed that my room had no view--it looked out to a light shaft-- but the noise from the bar across the street blasts impossibly loud music with the doors open until 1:30 every morning! I couldn't hear it in my room.
My room (#206) was across from the Breakfast Room where they served a simple meal of juice, bread/toast, cream cheese, butter and jelly. The coffee was really tasty.
My room was cleaned promptly all six mornings I was there. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Sam set up my return van trip to the airport and a bus tour of San Francisco.
There's a computer in the back lobby. I bought a 60 minute password for $15 and was able to keep up with my email easily. They also locked up my luggage on the last day so I could do last minute shopping before leaving town.
There were a lot of foreign tourists staying at the Stratford which was a real delight.
Make no mistake--the Stratford is not fancy or elegant but for $80 a night during Pride Week it was a clean, friendly, affordable small hotel in a great central location.

Great find for the money

from ioanad
This hotel is a great find for people on a budget who still want to be in the heart of it all. You can't beat the location one block from Union Square, and five minutes walk from Chinatown. The room I stayed in (second floor, right next to the tea room) was small (not a problem for one person, might be limiting for two) but very clean (the sheets had a very pleasant Snuggle smell). There was no coffee maker in the room, and no glasses (I didn't ask, they might give you some if you do) but they had enough towels, tissues, shampoo, soap and a hairdryer. There's also a TV (didn't even turn it on) and a cityguide waiting for you.
I found the room to be very quiet (someone was playing music very loudly on the street, but I couldn't hear a thing), probably because it didn't face the street but an interior wall.
The complimentary breakfast itself is a great plus, they even had croissants!
The staff was very pleasant, they even knew where I could get a new memory card for my camera!
One more note - there's a strong incense smell in the lobby, not at all unpleasant, but if you are highly sensitive you should be aware of it.
I wish I knew they give you a parking discount to one of the garrages around - the hotel doesn't have parking, and regular fees run around $25/day.
To sum it up, if you are looking for plush amenities and a great view, it's probably not for you, if you just want a clean, pleasant place to crash at the end of the day that would be close to everything, I recommend the Stratford.

Not great but nice for the price

from jsandoval562
I spent one night at the Stratford and for the money I paid it was a great deal. Rex was very patient and accomodating with my large party. He went out of his way to give us an afforable rate. Much less than the quated rate on some of the travel servers. Super location, right across the street from a club for the older set (35 and over).

Great place to stay

from carole028
We have just returned from San Francisco after spending 2 days at the Stratford and I have to say that we loved it! It was a great place to stay and was right in the centre of things with cable cars passing all of the time! The rooms were small but clean and the people on the front desk were very helpful. The continental breakfast was also very nice, in all a good place to stay.

Loved it

from BetterthanBings
The Stratford was a nice suprise for $75 a night. I work in the area, so I knew the location was perfect. I knew the hotel was going to be basic, but when you're booking Dec. 30 for New Year's Eve, you're just hoping for clean, basic place to sleep that is not scary. I don't know what floor the smelly carpet people were staying in, but we had a fine room. We got a queen bed with private bath in room 606. I could tell the room and carpets had been newly redecorated. It was a painted a cheery yellow, modern, simple furniture, a botanical print on the wall and ... (you can tell I'm a gal) tasteful, box-pleated dust-ruffles that I'd put in my own home. Anyone who pays that much attention to details in a budget hotel scores points with me. The bonus, for those of you who need to sleep during the day, are room-darkening curtains. Staff was nice and accomodating. The clientele, as is often the case on New Year's Eve, was young, so there was noise in the hallways that night. Other than that, I'd recommend it to my budget-conscious friends. It's right on the Powell-Stockton, Powell-Hyde cable car line, the 38 Geary bus, Union Square, close to Muni Metro, and so much more.

Modern and pleasant, no-frills for 2 late-20s women on a budget!

from isabelbrinck
For starters, the location is excellent, as every guide book will tell you that the place to start from is Union Square.
I'm wondering if not all the rooms have been renovated since some people seem to complain about things that were not at all an issue for my friend and me. We stayed on a pretty high floor, towards the street, where the noise died down way before our bedtime so it was great for looking outside and seeing what everyone's wearing.
The room looked bright and cheerful. The decor was minimal but modern and new.
I would count it as a no-frills, clean (I can't figure out those carpet complaints from other people...), super reasonably priced, smak-dab in the middle of it location. A very pleasant place to stay for two late-20s women on a budget (that was us!)
Parking only during check-in and check-out. Internet access. Simple buffet breakfast included.

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Excellent Public Transportation We were very impressed with the ease of using BART and their buses. We had no need for cabs at any point.

Close to UNION Square xxx

Cool even in the summer Even in June, it was chilly for my girlfriend. She didn't pack enough warm clothes and had to go shopping for a sweater and a scarf. (calculated i'm sure)

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  • Address: 242 Powell Street - San Francisco - California - 94102 - United States
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