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The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

3 stars
View map of 580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
12 reviews
Very comfortable room, great staff.

The hotel is centrally located, near the financial district, union square, great restaurants, and... See full review

  • Weekenders
  • Apr 14, 2015
Things just seemed to work out for us...

The best service we could have dreamed of. We came in early and were going to drop our bags before... See full review

  • Natasha L.
  • Apr 6, 2015
Named in 2006 "one of the best affordable hotels in San Francisco" by the New York Times, The Hotel California is in the center of the theater and shopping districts. * Two blocks off Union Square * Classic 1913 architecture * New Beautyrest mattresses * 300 thread count cotton linens * Free lobby internet terminals * Valet parking available starting at $35 per night.

The Hotel California is currently undergoing a remodel to bring guests an updated and more luxurious experience. Please visit the hotel website for more information.

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Hotel Map

37.7868 -122.4129
Area served
San Francisco
Nearby airports
San Francisco International Airport
Area description
The Hotel California is located in the heart of the theater and shopping districts. Two blocks off historic Union Square, the Cable Car line, and the city's largest live theaters. Walking distance to the Moscone Convention Center.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by CheapTickets

Ratings and reviews for The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
12 out of 12
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3.7
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.9

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Weekenders
Single
Olympia
Apr 14, 2015

Very comfortable room, great staff.

The hotel is centrally located, near the financial district, union square, great restaurants, and the cable car line! The loaner beach bicycles are fun to take out for the day.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Natasha L.
Couples
San Diego
Apr 6, 2015

Things just seemed to work out for us...

The best service we could have dreamed of. We came in early and were going to drop our bags before exploring the city on our first day, but the front desk allowed early check-in, which blew our minds! We were able to gather ourselves and rest a bit before hitting the sidewalks. The best thing besides service about this hotel is the complimentary bikes! We used these all day, daily, and got a great glimpse of the city without stuffing ourselves into over-crowded MUNI buses. The room was small and comfortable. Honestly, we felt like we were staying in someone's guest room in their home it was that cozy and inviting. The energy there was great, no creepy atmosphere (the hotel is over 100 years old). The bedding was amazing and the beds out of this world. We slept like babies. It is 3 blocks from Union Square, so great location with bars and restaurants all around. Will stay there again! They are renovating but it really didn't affect us at all...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RobynV19
Couples
Milwaukee
Nov 21, 2014

Extraordinary service

thank you to mohammed for accommodating to our needs!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mrs. Stewart 1122
Couples
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 4, 2014

Hubby's Birthday Trip To San Fran

We arrived at the hotel @ 3pm, which was supposed to be check in time (per my printed confirmation). The agent advised that our room was not ready and to come back at 4pm. We came back at 5pm and asked if there were any upgrades available as the agent told us we would not have a view in our assigned room. She said that she could upgrade us to a "suite" for $80 per night. When we got to the so called "suite" we were very unhappy and dis-satisfied as it was not a suite, but a very cramped adjoining two bedroom. Literally, it was two hotel rooms with one entrance!! It was only myself and my husband so we did not need or want a two bedroom room, we just wanted a sitting area, refrigerator and a view. We had to go back downstairs to ask for another room, and were re-assigned our original room type. The website advertised nightly tequila tastings and a complimentary continental breakfast--neither were available. I was very disappointed with the false advertising. I'm not sure if this happened because the hotel changed ownership? When I booked this trip several months ago, it was advertised as a Best Western but I was told upon arriving that it is a Pineapple Hospitality resort. I definitely will NOT book this hotel or recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation. It was noisy, cramped, and uncomfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

The sunset cruise was amazing. Beautiful views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. The food was pretty good, and the boat was not overcrowded. I would take it again and I would highly recommend it!

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Cypress, CA
May 9, 2010

Awesome Birthday!

I loved the hotel decor! Beautiful rooms! Great service! The room was a little small but the the price, service and everything else made up for it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Visit Alcatraz at night, it's awesome!

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Cypress, CA
May 9, 2010

Awesome Birthday!

I loved the hotel decor! Beautiful rooms! Great service! The room was a little small but the the price, service and everything else made up for it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Visit Alcatraz at night, it's awesome!

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Portland, OR
Apr 4, 2010

Best Western Hotel California 3/31-4/3

Very good. Helpful staff. Hotel is well located.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Wonderful restaurants -- especially Indian and Pakistani -- within walking distance.

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Portland, OR
Apr 4, 2010

Best Western Hotel California 3/31-4/3

Very good. Helpful staff. Hotel is well located.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Wonderful restaurants -- especially Indian and Pakistani -- within walking distance.

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Family
East Coast
Sep 15, 2009

Not at all what I thought....

We stayed here for three days as part of a West Coast family vacation. Walked into the hotel and it smelled like a urinal. I rented three rooms. The rooms were ok for sleeping although bedding smelled musty. The TV in one of the rooms was broken and they said they couldn't fix it until the afternoon of the next day so moved them to a smaller room. None of the rooms had a flat screen TV like they show in their advertisement. There wasn't any 'shot of tequila' on arrival. In fact, the guy at the desk was less than enthusiastic that we were even there. NOT AT ALL WORTH THE MONEY! Looked at the Hotel Diva down the street and it was cheaper, closer to Union Station and much nicer. But, because of CheapTickets policy, our stay was non-refundable. Extremely disappointed with the hotel and the CheapTickets policy which kept us trapped in this place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Family
East Coast
Sep 15, 2009

Not at all what I thought....

We stayed here for three days as part of a West Coast family vacation. Walked into the hotel and it smelled like a urinal. I rented three rooms. The rooms were ok for sleeping although bedding smelled musty. The TV in one of the rooms was broken and they said they couldn't fix it until the afternoon of the next day so moved them to a smaller room. None of the rooms had a flat screen TV like they show in their advertisement. There wasn't any 'shot of tequila' on arrival. In fact, the guy at the desk was less than enthusiastic that we were even there. NOT AT ALL WORTH THE MONEY! Looked at the Hotel Diva down the street and it was cheaper, closer to Union Station and much nicer. But, because of CheapTickets policy, our stay was non-refundable. Extremely disappointed with the hotel and the CheapTickets policy which kept us trapped in this place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Family

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