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“great location, not expensive”
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SF Plaza Hotel
Ranked #200 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 16 November 2011

We stayed at the Astoria hotel for 5 days. it has a great location, right next to the Chinatown gate and minutes away from the union square (shopping....).
There is a free wi-fi in the "conference" room (there is nothing there but a big table, chairs, sofas and one TV). You can buy your food and eat there as well.
The room is small, but you can manage your way there. A small sink and not the best soaps in the world (but it's really not a big deal)
The front desk's people were bit apathetic but didn't influence on our trip.
It was quite, no noise from the hallway or from other rooms. No sense of insecurity and a nice Starbucks across the street

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

This hotel is all about location. If that is all you care about, this is your hotel... Close to everything....

My experience was the bedsheet smelled like bleach (at least I knew it was sanitary haha) the bed spread smells like dirty laundry and had stains (I dont even want to descrive it) The bathroom smelled like bleach too...... until I felt like my nose hair burn! It was so strong.

The continental breakfast contained of breads, bagel, some cheap coffee, jam, butter and hard boiled eggs. The room was really hot and there was no fan or anything.... I definitely would not stay there again.....

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank michelle a
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

This hotel sucks! No wi-fi on the 7th floor only on second floor. So if you are on the higher floor no wifi. The bed is so hard. Parking garage is so far. The only convenient on this hotel is next to Chinatown.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

Disclaimer: this is my 2nd review of the Astoria.

Let's start with all the negatives first:
The Astoria is not a 4 seasons, or even a Holiday Inn. There is no nice-looking bedspread (they look old). There are no fancy bath products (theirs are usable - let's say that). The elevator is both old and slow. The room amenities are minimal - a phone, no coffee maker and and old TV. BTW - the tv brand is Gold Star - which is what LG is known for a long long long long time ago .......

Now let's go to the positive:
It's clean - at least my room/bathroom is. The mattress may not be a Tempurpedic, but it's ok. It's next to the Chinatown gate. Room is big, for SF standard, window that opens toward the street to have good air circulation, huge closet, and a 9-foot ceiling. Big bathroom - with tub.

The rate that I paid was $65 per night.

I traveled to SF this past weekend with the sole purpose of watching the Fleet Week air show and parade of ships. On Thursday evening I arrived and slept. Friday morning - went to Fort Mason pier to watch the practice show - and back to the hotel almost at sundown, had dinner at Chinatown then slept. On Friday, I repeated the process all over again. In other words - the hotel is just a place to crash - that's how patrons should view this hotel, nothing more.

If you're expecting anything more than that - you would be very disappointed - so consider yourself warned.

Me? I'd stay there again - since every time I am in the Bay Area, I am always out and about anyway.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor rooms - 6th or 7th floor. Lots of street noise in this area - so the higher t...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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5  Thank r0m8470
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

Let's be clear up front. This is NOT the Ritz. The hotel is old, the rooms are small, the carpet is threadbare in places, and the elevator is scary (circa 1930s, I think!). They have NO AMENITIES. None. Zero. Now, let me tell you the rest of the story, and why I rated it four stars.
It's about the cost/value tradeoff. I am a mid-50's male traveling alone. I don't CARE about amenities -- all I need is a polite staff, a comfortable bed, a clean bathroom, and a good location for walking around a city. I stayed here on the recommendation of a friend, and immediately referred another friend to stay there the following week. All three of us had good experiences. Again, if you expect the Ritz, you will be disappointed. If you want value on a budget....the price cannot be beat, and the location is FABULOUS!
I stayed here for several days in late September 2011, and it was clear that the room had been recently repainted, there was newer carpeting in the hallways/common areas, and they have free wireless access in the common room on the second floor, which is a gathering spot for the many youth who stay there. They also appear to be in the process of replacing many of the beds (rotation was in process while I was there) The hotel is located LITERALLY next to the gate to Chinatown. shopping, markets, and lots of food options were mere minutes away in every direction.
West, it was two blocks to a fabulous Italian place and a cable car stop, there was a cafe caddy-corner from the hotel, and there were two Starbucks and a local coffeehouse all visible from my fifth floor window. :-) I walked to Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 in half an hour. North Beach was 20 minutes. Market Street about 10, and the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero & Justin Herman Plaza about 12 minutes. Union Square is only 5 minutes. Again, GREAT location. Staff are all Chinese, half speak only limited English, but they were all unfailingly polite. Love this place, and will return. If you want onsite breakfast or a concierge, spend more money and take a taxi. The rest of you, give this place a try!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

If you want to be on top of chinatown, this is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere! its dirty, noisy (including the front staff.. they seem to yell at each other), everything creaks and shakes (including the lift! its a huge lift but can only take 3 people.. that concerned me!) It isn't really that close to anything other than chinatown, there are closer hotels to where the tourist spots are. No tea/coffee facilities, no fridge, vending machine has 3 things in it.. there is a small supermarket across the road.This hotel had an awful feel to it, which may have had something to do with the remnants of a huge bug carcass on the wall!! Even the restaurant across the road wasn't a bonus.. they cant get anyones orders right.. Im not a fussy person at all.. but i wont stay here again, even the shower made me feel dirty. .. it did have a walk in wardrobe though. That was nice.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Great location at a budget. There is a particular odour in the room that I m not comfortable with. 1st night i was there, the shower was not working. Other than location and price, there is nothing great about the place. If you are looking for a nicer place, find elsewhere.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Additional Information about SF Plaza Hotel

Address: 510 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-3697 (Formerly Astoria Hotel)
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #200 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: $154 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — SF Plaza Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SF Plaza Hotel is at the heart of San Francisco with many famous attractions nearby. It is the perfect walking distance to popular destinations, such as Chinatown, the Financial District and San Francisco's renowned Union Square. Our hotel is surrounded by amazing shopping, as well as an excellent variety of restaurants, museums and attractions. If you are looking to explore beyond the beautiful downtown area, we are just minutes away from public transportation including MUNI, the subway and the iconic San Francisco Cable Cars. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, we welcome guests from around the world looking for an affordable and comfortable place to stay in the wonderful city by the bay. ... more   less 
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