Stayed at Beck's just before Pride 2009. Quite tame compared to the reputation it once had. Excellent location to the Castro area. Only bad thing - reserve a room towards the back of the hotel, away from the gates leading upstairs - people just let them slam and they are noisy.
My friend and I, after a long pride weekend decided to stay somewhere near walking distance from the bars. Come to find out, people were SERIOUSLY cruising, trying to open our door and then somehow managaed to open our window and stare at us while we were sleeping. Fortunately, I had heard something, opened my eyes and someone was looking at me! I got up, at 4:51am, and walked out to find out who was doing this. Little did I expect to see four other people hanging out alone on the 2nd and 3rd floor, and, why were there people out in the parking lot looking up? Like 3 of them? After calling the front desk after calming down, you guessed it... no answer. Hmm. The following morning after not getting ANY sleep, my friend and I had walked down to the front and DEMANDED our money back in full. WHY? Let's see... INVASION OF PRIVACY and POTENTIAL ENDAGERMENT. Those two prases are things you see in a LAW SUIT. Anyhow, the lady downstairs was not the manager and she couldn't do anything about it. She then gave me the managers name so that I could call back the following day. Okay. I got in touch with the MANAGER I won't mention any names (LULU) and she told me she was sorry for what had happened. She then had the nerve to say, " you know what? I am so sorry. I think all of that happened because it was Pride Weekend and everyone was from out of town." She had the nerve to blame it on "PRIDE WEEKEND". I am gay myself, but can you really be any more OFFENSIVE? I explained to her that I couldn't get any sleep because of all the "cruising" and weird noises that were happening around us. Supposidly, the "security" was there all night. I'm sure he was. I just got off the phone with the "manager" today, Tuesday July 2nd at 9:55am and she refused to give me HER bosses name. She said "he just died". Are you serious? Now folks, I've worked in customer service and hospitality pretty much all my working life. Beck's Motor Lodge in San Francisco should really be slapped with a fat lawsuit, have their current management fired, as well as their "security" and should be featured on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times and CNN.
The close proximity to the Castro...fabulous.
The convenience to public transportation...wonderful.
The reasonable rates...inviting.
The free parking...terrific.
The bed bugs...priceless.
Be prepared to throw out every piece of clothing and luggage you came with after a visit here.
The location is great. that's all it has going for it. the rooms are tiny, and lots of creepy people coming and going, standing in doorways, and lurking in the walkways. the guy in the next room had people coming and going all night, slamming the door each time. I wish i'd spent my money on a union square hotel, for a much better value and peace of mind. Way too much of the wrong kind of action here.
Beck's management cynically does as little as possible for guests, figuring that the location covers every shortcoming. Advertized "amenities" were broken or absent. The coffeemaker was a hazard, two out of three lamps were broken, the main towel bar was broken. Forget about "smoke-free" rooms--every square inch of Beck's is saturated with stale smoke. Cruising on the part of some guests is frantic, aggressive and constant. For this reason, the atmosphere at the hotel is sleazy and unpleasant.Keep your curtains closed completely unless you don't mind strangers' faces trying to peer into your room. Almost every night it seemed some drunk in the hotel would be arguing or shouting obscenities.
Of course, the Castro area itself has many charming restaurants, shops and the grand old Castro Theater--but next time I'd find a way to enjoy them without staying at Beck's. In fact, Beck's had only one plus --maids cleaned my room daily. I THOUGHT that was a plus. I'm now home again, have unpacked and discovered two prized shirts--that I thought were safely stored--are missing.
My room was uncomfortable, not cleaned well and no a/c. I guess because its the only hotel in the area they can get away with sub-standards but take the 5-10 minute walk and stay in a nice hotel. It really was a disapointing stay in a fantastic ciy.
Excellent location near the Castro, therefore great for gay people! Availability of parking which is otherwise a problem for SF. Many affordable restaurants nearby. A breakfast included would be nice. Good value for money.
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