Golden time at the Golden Gate
My family of four stayed at the Golden Gate Hotel for four days in July 2005. We had a wonderful time.
The hotel is a converted old victorian-style house. The rooms are smallish, but clean and aptly decorated. For the price, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal in SF.
My wife and I shared a room, while our teenage kids roomed right next door in a room with twin beds. While there is no A/C, we didn't need it. Being from Orlando, we enjoyed the natural 65-degree air and often slept evenings with the windows cracked open.
The Hotel's Nob Hill location is covenient to downtown shopping, as well as to mass transit and the cable cars (on the corner at Bush), though you'd be well advised to walk down the hill to Union Square to have a better chance of getting on a car.
The $16 fee for parking at the garage across the street is a bargain comapred to many of the $26 and up fees we saw elsewhere. We never had a problem with in/out privileges.
Morning breakfast consists of robust coffee, tea, fresh OJ and perhaps the most wonderful fresh croissants (including cinnamon) we've tasted. Served with an assortment of jellies, the continental breakfast helps defray some of the expense of SF's big prices for restuarant food.
The hotel hosts are gracious and accomodating and anxious to help guide you through their wonderful city. Enjoy the Golden Gate Hotel, but don't expect the amenities of a big hotel. This is a laidback local hotel with subtle touches, such as afternoon tea with cookies, that helps make you feel comfortable, without emptying your wallet.
We recommend the Golden Gate to budget-minded travelers and families with teenage children.
Don't miss it!
My family and I stayed at the Golden Gate Hotel in July during a 2 day stay in San Francisco. This is really a great hotel. Centrally placed in walking distance to a.o. shops, restaurants, Union Square, Chinatown and the cable car stops. The rooms were clean and cosy and with two children aged 8 and 11 their "family set-up" with ajourning rooms was excellent. Parking in the garage just opposite the hotel works perfectly. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the breakfast superb with fresh rolls and croissants. I definitely recommend this small hotel to anyone wishing to stay centrally in San Francisco. This is definitely the best hotel we stayed at during our two week holiday in California.
Super Nice, Down to Earth and In the Middle of It All
We stayed for one night at the Golden Gate Hotel on Nob Hill (NOT near the namesake bridge, actually in a much better location than that) in July 2005. For what it is, it is excellent. If you are expecting the Four Seasons with all their amenities, then go stay there. If you have stayed in a European hotel or pension, the kind that is converted from an old house, then you have the perfect understanding of this place. We found it to be delightful, relaxing and a great way to "live" in San Francisco for the short time we were there - feel less touristy than at some big hotel chain. It's actually a B&B, although the name doesn't say so.
The owners, staff and guests were all wonderful. This was our first trip to San Francisco and they were all so helpful - everything from recommendations for dim sum (Oriental Pearl, at Clay and Grant - terrific, try the shrimp and chive dumplings), to where we should go and in what order to maximize a very short stay, to which buses go where. We arrived at 11 and our room was ready, but even if it hadn't been they offered to hold our things while we went out and explored.
Our room was super. It was a little pricier than the other places we were considering - $130 (plus 14% San Francisco hotel tax) - but we knew that the city is expensive, and we thought it would be good... it was very much worth the price to have the experience we did! Rooms very nicely decorated and everything very clean. Lotion and soap provided (also shampoo and bath gel provided) all smelled sooooo good! There is no air conditioning, I ONLY mention this because some people writing other reviews of other places seem upset at this at their respective places, and I also mention it because my husband was not happy with this concept. However, there is NO need for the air conditioning, and we slept with the windows open - very comfortable. It was fantastic to hear, very faintly, the sounds of the city - some jazz in the background, the trolley whistle.... Even though we were in a queen bed, and we have a king at home, the bed was very comfortable and with the open windows, fresh air, faint sounds... we slept better than we sleep at home!
Note that there is an elevator - so if you are on the third floor, don't despair. The elevator is an attraction in itself, it's quite old but has been lovingly kept (or restored) and works perfectly - it's beautiful! I took pictures of the elevator.
Tea is served every afternoon, but we were out and we missed it. The breakfast was very delightful, and we talked to the owner as he served us orange juice, tea and coffee, and croissants (regular and cinnamon). The coffee and croissants were both excellent and a great way to begin the day.
Location - terrific! Half a block from a cable car stop, from there it's easy to ride to Lombard St., near North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf... a couple of blocks downhill is the BART trains at Union Square. An easy couple of blocks to Grant St. and the Chinatown gates. There is a parking garage across the street and if you tell them you are staying at the Golden Gate, they will charge about $18 ($16 plus tax) for each 24 hours - it's very easy, you pay the hotel for the parking and they put a stamp on it, then you pick up the car when you want and don't have to pay anything other than tip. You can get your car any number of times allowed, but what's nice is that the garage is 24 hours and not accessible to the public - so it's protected. We are in the middle of moving and our truck was loaded with all kinds of things, nothing was touched. There is also a car rental place there, so if you didn't drive in but want to rent a car, it's right there. In and out (over the Bay Bridge) is super easy. The area felt very safe to us, and there are restaurants and cafes, even a couple of markets, on that block as well as the surrounding ones.
Highly recommended, when we come back - and we will, since we love this city - we will stay here.
Great stay @ the Golden Gate
After months of searching a prodding trying to find the picture hotel for my boyfriend and I to stay at, we chose this cute little Bed and Breakfast Inn. It is in a wonderful location. The cinnamon croissants are to die for, and over Memorial Day weekend we had a reasonable rate, $115 in an expensive city. We were a lot younger then most of the other guests, so young couples may feel a little out of place. Yet, I am an old person at heart so it did not bother me much. I would suggest a room with a private bath because those are the larger rooms. We were on the third floor and had a nice antique clawfoot tub that was wonderful for relaxing in after walking all day. I am going to try to post pictures, but do not be disturbed by the messyness of the room, that was all our doing, the poor maid tried her best to clean through all our mess.
We stayed for two nights on our trip to SF. I'll echo the positive reviews about the location, staff, food and rooms.
Our one complaint: We had a room overlooking the street and were woken up each morning at 6ish by a garbage truck backing up, pick up dumpsters, and dumping the contents (sounded like all bottles) all down the block. The windows only have one pane and did not stop much of the noize on the faily busy street.
Otherwise, a nice little hotel in the city.
Cozy and Quaint
We spent the weekend at the GG hotel in the room w/ full bathroom option ($130/night). The room was small, but clean and cozy. Wonderful location surrounded by restaurants and cafes and within walking distance of Chinatown, Nob Hill, and downtown SF shopping center. Staff was very friendly. Parking garage located across the street, about $16/day. Add this plus 14% hotel tax to get a better idea of total cost. I would stay here again, but would probably go with the smaller room.
It grows on you
We arrived at night and our first impression was: what were those great tripadvisor reviews talking about? The room was tiny and the clunky furniture too large for the room. The flowery fabric was tacky and unattractive and the room's little chandelier was horrid. Our first night was spent wondering how dirty the carpet was and how many mites might be living there with us. After sun up, we were still hesitant about it all... and then we went downstairs for breakfast. Juice, tea, coffee, and those huge warm golden croissants helped 'butter' us up. As we returned to the room we looked at other rooms (they leave the doors open to available rooms which is nice) and saw that all of the rooms were nicer than ours. Eventually we decided that the place is: safe, clean, quaint, and has some rooms that are better than others. We prefer remodeled places... faded old photos lining the walls and flowery fabrics don't win us over. It's overpriced for what you get, but it's an ok stay. Secure parking across the street is about $20 a day (unlimited in/out), we walked everywhere... chinatown & wharf, wireless internet service was easy and abundant, afternoon tea/cookies was a nice treat.)
Loved the cinnamon croissants
Very cozy, tons of character, and the breakfast, while simply juice and croissants, was very satisfying! I recommend the rooms with a queen-sized bed and attached bathroom; I peeked into the smaller rooms and felt that they were a bit cramped. Enjoy!
Parking in SF
We are in San Francisco in a few weeks. Can any body tell me what 24 hours parking in a parking garage cost in San Francisco, especially around Union Squaire. Other good tips are welcome.
RE: Parking in SF
There is a parking garage underneath Union Square. There are also many around Union Square on streets such as Geary and Market.
RE: RE: Parking in SF
As a general statement parking is ~$30 a night and possibly even more. I have seen it as high as $40 a night (hotel valet parking). The Union Square garage is owned by the City and it has reasonable rates for hourly parking, but once you spend more than 7 hours then the rates are just as high as everywhere else.
There really is no reason to have a car in SF (unless you have driven to the City rather than come by plane). Because it is so expensive and such a hassle to have a car, most tourists just rent a car if they want to drive out of the City to do a day trip.
RE: Parking in SF
Union Square Garage
• Location: 333 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
• Neighborhood: Civic Center/Union Square
• Phone: 415.397.0631
• Hours: Open 24 hours.
• Cost: $1 for every half hour; $25 for 6 to 24 hours.
RE: Parking in SF
We are staying at the Golden Gate Hotel, 775 Bush Street, which is only 2 blocks from Union Square. Their web site claims - 'Parking is available at an attended, enclosed garage across the street from the hotel. Rates are $16 (plus tax) for 24 hours, with unlimited in/out privileges.' We have enquired and been told that we do not need to book - that is for 6-9 September - but I do not know if there are busy times when booking would be needed.
RE: RE: Parking in SF
Thank you very much for your reply. I took a peak at your homepage. Been several times in Germany in Frankfurt. I'd loved this city. We are going to NY next week, for the first time. If you have any unknown tips feel welcome to give them.
Bay bay, thank you.