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The Opal San Francisco
Ranked #100 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 20 February 2012

It wasn't a bad place for the price. Parking was a little strange. They billed the wrong credit card. Not a huge deal. The room was clean. Very small. We would stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Only complaint I have is room noise. The sound proofing keeps the outside noise quite, our room was facing an intersection and you could hardly hear it. However the inner walls seemed to be made of rice paper and any loud noise (door slamming, baby crying, tv blaring etc...) seemed to bleed through. But I'm a heavy sleeper so it didn't bother me, but keep it in mind if that sort of thing bothers you.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Make no mistake, this is a very tired property. The only reason we were forced to take stay at this hotel is the airline cancelled our planned PM flight out of SFO one week before our arrival. The hotel we had booked for this first part of our stay, The Donatello, was unable to extend our stay so we moved hotels for one night. The room at the Opal was small and very cramped. It also reeked of something (and we are not sure what it was) but I don't think it was history.The bathroom was very small and only had a small shower. It is located on a major thorough fare but there are only 2 restaurants close by. Mel's Dive -In and Tommy's Joynt. The neighborhood is sketchy and dirty. Since our choice was a last minute selection the room had to be prepaid with no refund. The rate was like all last minute rates, 3 times the going rate for this property or from $109.00 to $299.00 for our last night in San Francisco. What a RIP!

Room Tip: Chose the Donatello. It is closer to Union Square. Has a much better location and the rate is compar...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank gmann
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

The hotel was located on a very busy street in SF. The service was average. The room was rather small. There were no fridge nor microwave. We stayed on the 3rd floor and the street noise can be heard during the night. However, it is one of the cheaper hotels we can find over that weekend, so can't complain. The continental breakfast was average. One upside about this hotel is that there is a AMC theater very close by if you are in the mood of watching a movie in the evening.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

The faded glory of what used to be a decent hotel is not enough to make up for the lack of amenities and run-down facilities. Unless you are deaf, the noise of the running water in a utilities column positioned in a corner of the room will keep you awake. The breakfast area looks and feels like feeding time at the zoo - and the fruit compote is fermented because it's prepared the night before and guaranteed to free you from any constipated condition you may have suffered from. There are better work-out rooms at County Jail and the bathroom is so minimal that Lilliputians would feel claustrophobic. And all that comfort and luxury come at an overinflated price. Any value relationship that might be inferred from the precious stone name of the hotel is purely coincidental and misleading. Lump of Coal Hotel would be a better name. To add insult to injury - they charge for the use of computers whose location affords zero privacy.

Room Tip: To quote the Holocaust survivors: "Never Again!"
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

The Opal was the hotel used by myself and two of my friends during the New Year's week. We had chosen this hotel mainly because of the central location to some music venues we were going to see concerts at (Great American Music Hall, Bill Graham Civic). Because there were three of us we booked the junior suite. The room was large and comfortable, and thankfully quiet, even though it was a busy week and the hotel was completely full. The neighborhood was not a problem to walk around in as many people said. As in any city with a large street population, be careful walking alone. (When walking it is a good idea to stay close to the street side of the sidewalk to avoid the doorways and alleys). We found some great food choices and bar/lounges (Tommy's Joint, Hemlock Tavern being personal favorites). For my next vacation to San Francisco I will chose this hotel without thinking twice.

Room Tip: The single rooms are tiny, get a junior suite. For the extra $30 it is worth it.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

I don't understand what everyone is complaining about. After reading all thr reviews I was expecting the worst. But I loved the hotel. The receptionists are very nice and helpful! Every wed they have free wine cheese tasting in the lobby. The breakfast is the same every morning but it's not bad at all: eggs, 3 types of muffins, toasts and jam/butter, fruit salad. Always coffee and tea, vegan creamer for coffee.
Tea and coffee and water are available 24 hours in the lobby. There is a small gym and laundry room.
Lots of fresh flowers in hotel. Rooms are cleaned daily and towels always fresh.
The location is on the border with tenderloin so yes, there are homeless ppl here and there, but they never bother you.
My only complain is the bed. It was very uncomfortable and hard. I with they had nicer mattresses. But overall, very nice hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Additional Information about The Opal San Francisco

Address: 1050 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #100 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: $155 - $522 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Opal San Francisco 2.5*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Opal San Francisco is in the heart of San Francisco, walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown, Civic Center, and more! This family-friendly hotel is close to Union Square and Lombard Street. Make yourself at home in one of the 167 air-conditioned rooms featuring LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls. Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. This hotel also features tour/ticket assistance and assistance with planning your day. Satisfy your appetite at the Mel's Diner, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or grab a snack at the many nearby restaurants. Featured amenities include limited onsite gated parking (for $41/tax per night), on-site ATM, ice machine, vending machines, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport is provided for a surcharge (available on request). ... more   less 
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