Enjoyed the Hotel.
It was my first time in SF and Galleria Park hotel was just excellent for me. My husband and I found out we needed not to take taxi to anywhere which saved us a whole lot. I shopped with every ease due to the location of the hotel. I can't forget shoe pavillion so close and the coffee shop right beside the hotel. We did not eat in the hotel because we could find good restaurants just a few walks away. We spent 9 days in the hotel.
I will stay in the hotel again if I find myself going to San Franscisco. it is good value for your money.
Great hotel in the heart of San Francisco
Galleria Park is a small boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco. The rooms are small but pleasant. The rooms have individual air conditioning units as well as windows that you can open. There is some street noise....to be expected in a big city. The sounds of trucks on the street in the morning did wake me up -- but I'm a very light sleeper. There is free wireless internet access in the hotel! Each afternoon at 5:30 pm there is a free wine reception in the lobby which was very nice. There is no coffee or tea in the rooms but at 5:00 am each morning there is very nice complementary coffee and tea service in the lobby. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is a tiny room set aside with some exercise equipment that serves as a "fitness center". It wasn't that great but I used it anyway. They have an agreement with a nice fitness center in the area but I didn't take advantage of that. The hotel is close to restaurants and shopping. It was a $40 taxi ride from the airport (SFO) to the front door of the hotel. Given the location in downtown San Francisco I was surprised that I only paid $109 per night. They have parking if you need it but it was very expensive, something like $30 per night. I was there on business but I would definitely stay there again for either business or leisure. A previous poster mentioned panhandlers in the area. This is common all over San Francisco.
My husband and I stayed here on business December 12-15th. This hotel was by far the worst hotel I have stayed in. The rooms are very tiny and outdated. The beds are advertised as queen size but are quite small. At 2:30 am every morning we would here the trash pick up and loud beeping sounds. One of the two elevators was not available and the other was so slow that we had to hike up five flights of stairs. This area has a lot of bums and they are very aggresive. The only bright spot in the hotel was the friendly housekeeping personnel.
Cozy, great location
I booked a room on the interior courtyard, after reading reviews here. The hotel was only about one-third occupied, so I didn't have any problems associated with overcrowding. The best rate was available on the hotel's own web site. My stay was very quiet and comfortable. The hotel staff are exceptionally young, and I worried at times that no "grown-up" was in charge. The doorman is a relaxed guy who occasionally opens the door and handles the bags. The hotel is quite old, so the rooms are smaller than in newer hotels. In fact, I was unable to open the door to my "minibar" since it was stopped by the edge of the king sized bed. This was probably a good thing. I was amused to find "The Teachings of Buddha" in the night table along with the Bible. Perhaps this is standard in San Francisco? Every evening they offer complementary wine in the lobby and in the morning they offer excellent coffee. Best of all, they have available in the lobby free access to two computers with high speed internet access and a printer. I was able to print out my boarding pass before I left for the airport. If you like a well situated very unpretentious hotel you will probably enjoy this one.
Great location and value
This one of the friendliest hotels I've stayed in. I was there for 10 days. My room was large, traditionally decorated, with drinks and snack bar, TV, shower/bath, fax machine, alarm clock, double bed, sofa, writing table, and drawers. My view was into central courtyard, which although not very picturesque, I think was quieter than looking into street.
My favourite thing was a complimentary wine reception from 17:30-18:30 every evening, with a choice of red/white/white zinfandel and delicious chicken wings to nibble.
Perry's Restaurant next to Reception where they served breakfast and meals at extra cost, was also very good.
The surrounding area was also safe enough, well away from Tenderloin, yet within 5 minutes walk from Union Square, and Montgomery BART station
A MORNING IN SF
Heading out on a cruise (from Pier 35) on Saturday morning. Staying Friday night at the Galleria Park hotel. Any suggestions for breakfast? Thought we'd do Chinatown and later, the Wharf area (just to see it, know it's a tourist trap) Is there anything else that we should sqeeze in before boarding at around 4pm? Thanks in advance.
RE: A MORNING IN SF
Close to Chinatown is the Italian Area (North Beach). I would recommend lunch there rather than Chinatown. Assume you have done the standard golden gate bridge etc already...
RE: A MORNING IN SF
Especially on Saturday morning I would head down to the Ferry Building, there is a great Farmer's Market there---but it is much much more than rows of tables with fruits and vegetables!! Inside the building, they have newly renovated the interior and there are many small shops, mini-cafe's etc. You could go to Acme Bakery and get a pastry, or go to the counter at the Golden Gate Meat market (I think that is the name) and get their "breakfast sandwich", a gourmet version of an egg mcmuffin (applewood smoked ham, egg, cheese, nice bun...yum!!). Then go down to Peet's for your coffee, grab a table in or outside and watch the ferry boats go by, the people shopping...not to be missed!! Stroll around the farmers' stands and eat samples...
RE: A MORNING IN SF
We took a tram style tour one morning that departed from the warf area. It ran for a few hours, crossed the golden gate bridge and the tour guide was so informative, we got a great history lesson too! Was a nice way to feel like we had 'covered' the city whilst on a time limit... We then managed to squeeze in lunch at Pier 39 where even the Bloody Marys were served up with King Prawns as garnish! Have fun:-)
RE: RE: A MORNING IN SF
Wow! Thanks so much to all of you for your expert advice. The trolley tour sounds great. Is there a name of a particular company? I'm sure the hotel can direct us. I can almost taste that breakfast sandwich now and smell the salt air! I often say that the anticipation is one of the best parts of travel. Again, many thanks.
RE: RE: A MORNING IN SF
Have a look at Gray Line (http://www.graylinesanfrancisco.com/sightseeing.cfm) for the Trolley Tour. I think you might have some problems squeezing this in to a tight schedule though