Wasn't expecting much, but turned out to be okay.
I had read the other reviews first, I did book the room anyway as was within walking distance to 2 things I wanted to do.
Having stayed at other locations in the city before, I encountered homeless people at those too (man sleeping on a wall about 500' from The Marriott - which is now Hotel Whitcomb) - so was no surprise to me here (seeing homeless).
Was greeted nicely by the young man at the front desk when we arrived. Was greeted by him and another man whenever encountering them. Upon checking in, young man advised us to remove all belongings from the vehicle - have nothing in sight. Parked the truck at 6:30pm Friday - did not use it again until leaving 11am Monday. Nothing happened to it.
Room was nice. No markings on the walls, clean, and decorated nice. Our mattress was fine.
Not much to the continental breakast - was expecting such. Did go down for the orange juice and mini-individually packaged sweet rolls. Coffee available there but I opted to use the maker in the room (it VERY SLOW brewing - do travel with one, so used my own for the next 2 mornings). Had brought my own cereals, nuts, berries, and soy milk with bowls/spoons .... so we had something a bit more substanial than just the mini-rolls. So spent no money out on breakfasts.
Block from Market Street .... the old street cars available there. Then the underground with a stops at Van Ness or Civic Center. We rode the old streetcar to Noe Street - favorite Chinese place there, HOUSE OF CHEN.
Rode the underground back from the Castro Station.
We also fond of ROCCO'S ITALIAN on Folsom Street (their Chicken Marsela). Went there for dinner Saturday night - always walked right in for a table - but this time at least 2 dozens people outside waiting for tables. Opted to place a to-go order .... ate it in the room ($19 per plate - hence saved us the tip then plus beverages - we do travel with ice chest and had transfered our items to the room's little refrig). Next afternoon we also brought dinner back to the room.
I would stay here again. Do expect to see homeless in SF - maybe not at Fishermanwarf. Your room key needed to go up the stairs or to open the evalator (had the same at Vagabound and Beck's Motor Lodge) - keeps non-motel folk from coming to the floors. Heard some traffic noise - as 9th is several lanes one-way (heard traffic noise when staying on Market Street).
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