Stratford Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

242 Powell Street, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States

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Rated 14% higher but also costs 103% more than other 2 star hotels

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    great location


    the hotel is located right at the junction of powell street entering union square. all the 3 cable car lines run right in front of the hotel. the hotel itself was average with tiny rooms. the windows were a little scary as the window ledge is really low, like at my knee level while the window can be opened fully. which means if u leave the window open, there's a huge risk of u falling out of it onto one of the busiest streets of san francisco. plus the space is so cramped, it is really likely that u may trip over smth and just fly out of the window. moreover since like most hotels in san francsico, there's no means of ventillaton other than the window so u have to leave the window open.

    the service was ok. overall the stay was pleasant enough. the location is a real plus point though. i paid about 85 per room per night for my stay in early september so the price is not that bad.

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Stratford Hotel was disappointing

by A TripAdvisor Member

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. However, not all the staff were rude and the hotel is in an excellent location - near the shops and transport.

Not a bad hotel in a great location

by A TripAdvisor Member

I stayed at the Stratford Hotel for 4 nights at the end of October. The staff were helpful and friendly. The room was clean and comfortable with TV, desk and hairdryer. My room was situated on the third floor at the rear and had no problems with noise from the street.

Breakfast was continental style with muffins, toast, coffee and fruit juices.

The hotel is in a great location. It's a short walk to Union Square and all the major stores like Macy's (just around the corner) and Nordstrom. The cable car turnabout, Visitor Information Centre and Powell Street BART are just a couple of blocks away. Chinatown is about 5 minutes away.

Word of warning - DO NOT make any international calls. On my last day I made a call home which didn't last 3 minutes and they charged me $37.00 for the call and for some other calls I didn't make. Eventually had to cough up $33.00 for the 3 minute international call. Daylight robbery! Do yourself a favour and get a phonecard or use a payphone.

Great value

by TripAdvisor Member lazychimp

Just arrived back from 2 weeks on West Coast. Spent 4 nights at Stratford Hotel (March 1st-March 5th). The location is fantastic, couldn't be better. We were given a room on the 7th floor, it faced away from the street which i assume is a distinct advantadge as it can get quite noisy with trams etc. Room was small but the bathroom was large but for the money who cares, we went there to visit the city not sit in our room. Everthing seemed very clean as well. Staff were helpful. Breakfast is limited to toast and muffins with plenty of choice with drinks though. Again for the money who can complain, just so long as we had something to keep us going. We walked around a lot, San Francisco has a lot of distinct neighborhoods (and hills!) so be prepared. People were great, very helpful and laid back. If you walk down Geary and Sutter about a mile or so you skirt the Tenderloin area and you can tell its a a bit run down there but don't worry i just wouldnt walk round there at night thats all.

perfect location

by TripAdvisor Member scallywag22

If you're looking for luxury, forget it. However, if location, a clean, comfortable bed and plenty toast, muffins and coffee to start the day,and again ideal LOCATION are your priorities this is the hotel for you.
We were on the floor above the reception and did not have to use the lift.
The cable car passes the door, and stops about 10 steps away.

Great location with easy access to public transportation

by TripAdvisor Member flakdog

Chose this hotel for its location and $75/night average price for our stay. It was a clean, simple hotel in a great downtown San Francisco location 1/2 block from Union Square. Access to the BART, trolley and street cars was easy. Our room was small, quiet, simple, clean. Front desk staff were friendly and helpful. One small elevator for 8 floors, so patience is required there. The complimentary breakfast is barely adequate (toast and packaged muffins), but the breakfast room was nice with big windows on Powell Street. Took advice of another writer and stayed at back side of hotel, away from Powell St. Think a room with windows over Powell St. on upper floors 7 or 8 would be fine. Check out the 1/2 price ticket booth for plays & stage shows in Union Square.

Great Deal

by TripAdvisor Member Bulldawg

We stayed at the Stratford 11/11 for one night prior to returning home - we had stayed at the Sir Francis Drake on 11/5-6/05.

The Straford was not as fancy but our room was larger than at the Sir Francis Drake and equally clean and quite.

11/5 people were coming into SFO for the USC-UC football game and hotel rooms were at a premium - one boisterous young fan was quoted on the one room but his foul language keep him from getting a room - the manager was adamant that he would not put up with that kind of behavior.

Room was small versus what we are used to but as we learned all rooms in SFO are small. Room was very clean and bright - no a/c but not needed. Room was perpendicular to Powell and very quite.

Serve a continetal breakfast on 2nd floor which looked fine - we ate at Lefty O'Doul's again! Liked Lefty's.

Absolutely would stay at the Stratford again - paid about $ 120+ for Sir Francis on line and less than
$ 60 on line at the Stratford

Location was great - if we return we will stay on Powell and not off Powell - not sure I would want to be more than 2-3 blocks either side of Powell.

I'd stay there again...

by A TripAdvisor Member

The stratford was ideally located and above-par as far as quality relative to cost. the saxophone player on Powell was definitely audible, though he did not play long into the night. the place wasn't posh or anything but i found it a great value in a great location.

Great location

by TripAdvisor Member yvscot

For value you can't beat this hotel. It's location is really great - right in the heart of San Francisco, surrounded by all the shops you could ever want and transport to take you to other areas. As a solo traveller the location suited me just fine.
The room was small and smelt slightly - i think of damp - but it was clean and well looked after on a daily basis. It was away from Powell Street and was quiet on a night.
For its location, i would certainly consider staying at the Stratford again.

San Francisco bargain

by TripAdvisor Member Spiney

My wife and I just returned from a 4-night stay at the Stratford. Our room was small, but clean and the location cannot be beat! We paid only $80 per night, booked on Hotels.

I am disappointed, however, to discover from other reviews here that a continental breakfast was included! No one at the hotel told us so we ended up buying an expensive breakfast elsewhere each day.

I would stay at the Stratford again.

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Hotels close to Union Square


have you some personal experience of these hotels located near Union Square :
- Andrews Hotel 624 Post
- Beresford Hotel 635 Sutter
- Cartwright Hotel 524 Sutter
- Stratford hotel 242 Powell

What is the best considering the cleanlyness, the size of the room and the of the bath room, the noise, the staff, the breakfast, the parking ?


Re: Hotels close to Union Square

by YVRDave

They will all have small rooms at the lower prices.
I don't recommend a car. Parking will not be overly convienent and expensive ($25-30).
Some may offer continental breakfast (USA style) donuts and coffee and fake Orange Juice.
The staff will be courteous and hopefully not new.
1 Beresford
2 Cartwright
3 Andrews
4 Strattford

Re: Hotels close to Union Square

by TRimer

I stayed at the Paramount which is in Union Square. Very nice hotel and not too pricey.

Re: Re: Hotels close to Union Square

by TRimer

Oops. I meant Hotel Palomar on Fourth Street (Paramount is in NYC).

Re: Hotels close to Union Square

by Agraichen

Most any hotel near Unition Square will have "city noise" as SF can be quite noisy. As Dave mentioned, a car in SF will be expensive. Traffic is terrible and pricing is worse. You might consider staying "outside" of the city near a BART station where the hotel prices will be less expensive (usually) and you can have easy access to the City via the trains.

Re: Hotels close to Union Square

by himalia11

I wouln't recommend the Stratford Hotel. I've stayed there two nights and it was really noisy. You hear the Cable Car and music from the bars. However the rooms were okay.

On the way back we stayed in the Best Western Americana which was better, not so noisy, still central, and with its own parking.


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Address: 242 Powell Street, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States