The Opal San Francisco Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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The Opal San Francisco Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 164

1050 Van Ness Avenue at Geary Street - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States Hotel Website | | 4156736400
422 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Opal San Francisco Hotel

Great value, real character

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here for 4 nights over Christmas 2005 and was very impressed from start to finish. The place shows its late-Victorian heritage and has real character (winding corridors, decor, etc) as opposed to the cookie-cutter layout sometimes encountered in chain hotels.

The decor in our room and some of the common areas could do with a refresh, but the hotel was otherwise clean and well-maintained.

Check-in and -out was efficient and courteous, and hotel staff were very helpful with suggestions on local transport and activities. The fitness centre was small but pretty well-equipped for the size.

It's a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel to the California St cable car, or about a 30 min walk to Fisherman's Wharf, so well placed for getting to the major visitor attractions.

If you want to stay away from the tourist masses in the Fisherman's Wharf area, the La Quinta Downtown is great value at $60/night (including the basic continental breakfast), although this was a special rate booked several months in advance so may not always be available.

for a San Francisco Visit

from Cancun_curious
If you are going to visit San Francisco for to visit the tourist attractions, this is a great place. The breakfast is soooo yummy, and the tours pick you right up from the hotel. (Just avoid the one-day Yosemite tour - it was HORRIBLE!). THe rooms are clean although small. THe staff were very nice and helpful. If you have time, the winery/muir woods tour is great. The restaurant next door was good for diner food, but definately venture to Chinatown and other areas of SF to eat.

Great place!

from brooklynsd
I stayed here for three nights over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a very pleasant experience. Very friendly and helpful staff. Large room on the backside away from traffic. The best was the pre-paid parking. I booked on Expedia and included parking. A great deal! Parking was just behind the hotel and connected. Very easy and safe. Didn't use the breakfast buffet. Just went to Mel's Diner right in the hotel. This is my new place to stay in San Francisco! Only improvement would be high-speed internet. Otherwise, perfect!

Great value and helpful staff

from PeoriaBrit
After reading the reviews at Tripadvisor scheduled a two night stay at this hotel. The rooms were well maintained and clean. The staff were especially helpful seeming to go out of their way to help. The complimentary breakfast included boiled eggs to satisfy those on a low-carb diets, plus fresh waffles for those requiring a sugar boost to last the day. Excellent value for money.

Great place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I had the pleasure of staying at the La Quinta on Nov 4 & 5 for a nearby conference. The room was clean, quiet and very affordable for the San Francisco area. In addition, the hotel staff were pleasant and efficient. The conference I attended was across the street at the Cathedral Hill hotel. Thanks to the reviews on Trip Advisor, I chose to stay at La Quinta rather than the conference hotel. After hearing many of the conference attendees complain about the rooms at the Cathedral Hill, I made the right choice. The La Quinta Inn and Suites is a wonderful hotel for business as well as pleasure travel and I would definitely stay again.

Great price and location - jackpot of a deal!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were only in SF for one night on Sept. 25 on our way to Yosemite - so I tried to balance price with convenience and hit the jackpot with this hotel. We paid $89 and the car stayed free! There was a little bit of confusion with the parking when we arrived but it was straightened out immediately and we had a nice spot right as you drive in the lot. We came and went so I feel the deal with parking was incredible.

As for the continental breakfast it was one of the best either of us has ever seen - hot fresh waffles - yum. Sure beats the pre-wrapped packaged sweet rolls we have had to settle for in many other places. Maybe we just hit the timing right - it was about 9 AM - because the food was plentiful and as for the crowd, we shared a table with a lovely couple from Florida and there was room at other tables too.

Our room view was of the center shaft of the building (but we always keep the drapes closed anyway) and the room was pretty well filled with king size bed, but it was clean and had enough room for one night. My only recommendation is to try and avoid getting the room ( I can't remember the number - 236?) right behind the lobby if you are a light sleeper- you can hear the bell from the elevator every time the door opened. This place is one great deal!

d stay here again

from paintcloth
We are big walkers, so we found this a great location. If you're not, there's LOTS of public transportation. The room was adequately equipped, clean but a little dated. Didn't really bother us. The continental breakfast is a mob scene: here's what to do instead - buy/bring some coffee filters and some ground coffee and make your own in the room. Bring back the stuff from the buffet and eat it in the room. There's not enough room to eat and it's not well organized. The area's not that great at night (lots of shady looking characters who beg), but if you walk a few streets North, you can head to Union Square and feel OK. And, if you want to buy an expensive car for say $250,000 the opportunity is available just diagonally from hotel. Also, there's tons of movies within walking distance. Staff REALLY friendly and helpful.

Great Deal

from Hansmann
We stayed 4 nights in September 04 in this hotel.
At first, I have to say, we reached it very easily with the public transport from the airport, a busstop is in front of the hotel. So it was also very easy to go around the next days. The last day we had a car and found a parking place in a street next to the hotel. So we didn't have to pay the high rate for parking the hotel wanted to charge. The area around the hotel is in fact not the best, but we kept on Van Ness St. and nothing happened.

The room seemed to be a little bit old, but it was very clean and equipped with A/C and TV. It was spacious and quiet.

The breakfast is okay, you can make your own waffles, bagels and toasts. But there are missing fresh things like cheese or ham or bacon etc. They got fresh fruits. But the chaos each morning is horrifying-there are missing some tables and chairs.

The staff was friendly and very helpful.

Overall a good place to stay.

La Quinta, La Great!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Great property! The staff were awesome and you can't beat the price. A little bit out of the way, but great if you like walking and want to get to know the public transport.

Overall very satisfied with hotel

from Blondesteven
My partner and I stayed at the La Quinta hotel for price, location and consistency. The hotel is fairly well located, within 10 blocks to the Muni and Union Square. The location, however, also is in the midst of a lot of SRO hotels with homeless and strays, but they presented no real problems. The hotel was very comfortable and the room enjoyable, and an excellent price of $99/night (king room) in SFO. The hotel has a good restaurant, Mel's Diner (from LA) which is open nearly all night. We took the BART from SFO and exited at Civic Center, and didn't mind the walk to the hotel (go west 3 blocks to Van Ness and then turn right for 8-10 blocks), a better deal at $4.95/person versus shuttles. The BART plus walking took about an hour.

Hotel staff very nice, room comfortable, breakfast good (although crowded and a bit chaotic) and overall a very pleasant stay.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Use public transit! You can pre-purchase MUNI passports online that are good on ALL of San Francisco's public transportation system for a very reasonable price! One-day, three-day, and seven-day passes can be bought for $11, $18, and $24 respectively. This saves money (parking costs can be outlandish!) and also time trying to find parking. Most hotels have parking available or find a cheap place to park for the day -- then hop on the nearest bus, trolley, or cable car!

MUNI Pass! If you are in town for a few days look into getting a MUNI pass. Everywhere you drive to cost alot to park. You can use your MUNI pass for all the operating Historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches and the world famous cable cars. Its very easy to find a route and all the drivers and locals are very friendly and helpful.

Cycle the Golden Gate Bridge When in San Francisco with children, rent bicycles from The Wharf. There are quite a few businesses there who rent bikes for the day, they have kids and adult bikes with helmets. We cycled around the bay up and over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. The bike rental places have excellent maps and a variety of routes depending on how far you want to ride. There are excellent cycle pads around the bay and across the bridge. The kids will love it!


Other names for The Opal San Francisco Hotel

  • opal san francisco
  • opal hotel san francisco
  • Address: 1050 Van Ness Avenue at Geary Street - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States
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