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BEST WESTERN The Hotel California

This is a 3 star hotel in San Francisco
580 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
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Great location, with a good value, but some guests felt that their rooms were small
  • Free Wi-Fi and breakfast
  • Many guests praised the staff
  • Many guests liked the location
  • Many guests thought that the hotel had good value
  • Many guests found their rooms to be clean and comfortable
  • Many guests enjoyed the breakfast
  • Some guests found the hotel to be somewhat noisy
  • Some guests reported that there were many homeless people in the area
  • Some guests found the rooms to be too small
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Aug 27, 2013
The Best Western Hotel California, situated in San Francisco, CA, is located 13 minutes away by car from the Golden Gate Bridge.

In this hotel, pets are allowed, but smoking is not . There are seven floors with 93 rooms. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are also available.

Each room includes a video-game console, a CD player, a ceiling fan, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, a clock radio, a cable TV with paid movies, a phone, a safe, an ironing board with an iron, a desk and free Wi-Fi. Each room also includes either two twin beds, a queen bed, or a king bed depending on the room. 

In the Best Western Hotel California, breakfast is complimentary. Valet parking is available on site for a fee of $35 daily. Also available on-site, is a vegan restaurant that only serves dinner, a bar, a complimentary reception, and fitness facilities. Every evening, a free wine and cheese reception is held between 5 pm and 6:30 pm. Guests of age are also offered a free shot of tequila upon check-in.

For the guest's needs, there are concierge services, business services, a 2- hour front desk, a conference room, a paid airport shuttle, and a business center.

Some places that guests staying at the Best Western Hotel California may want to visit include the Golden Gate Theatre, which is 7 minutes away on foot, the Curran Theatre, which is 2 minutes away on foot, Chinatown, which is 5 minutes away by car, Union Square, which is 7 minutes away on foot, and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is 20 to 30 minutes away by car. (All transportation time estimates sourced from Google Maps)         
The Good
The majority of guests enjoyed their stay at the Best Western Hotel California. Despite there being some reoccurring complaints, there were very few who were not satisfied with the quality of their stay.

Many guests were very satisfied with the quality of the staff, calling them friendly, efficient, and attentive. 

Many guests liked the location, seeing it as conveniently close to attractions in the area.

Many guests thought that the hotel had good value, as they also mentioned that they were satisfied with the price they paid when compared to other nearby hotels. 

Many guests found their rooms to be clean and comfortable.

Many guests enjoyed the complimentary breakfast, saying that the food was varied and tasty.

The Bad
There were not many complaints regarding the Best Western Hotel California. 

Some guests found the hotel to be somewhat noisy due to the surrounding are and the fact that the hotel is usually busy. It should be noted that the hotel offers earplugs to guests who feel that the noise is disruptive. 

Some guests found their rooms to be lacking in size.

Some guests felt that there were many homeless people in the hotel's area of San Francisco, which some guests found bothersome. guests rated this hotel 3.8 out of 5 and 81% of guests recommended it based on 503 reviews. guests rated this hotel 3.6 out of 5 based on 325 reviews. ranked this hotel #100 of 235 San Francisco hotels, with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 based on 533 reviews.

Guest Reviews

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154.49 USD - 0.00 USD BEST WESTERN The Hotel California
Out of 214 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.9 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 5
No. of guest comments: 5
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #57 out of 214 hotels in San Francisco ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
Karin from Bakersfield, CA US rated BEST WESTERN The Hotel California 8 out of 10 on February 20, 2011
More like a backpackers
"Service was slow and the room was very ordinary. The hotel was noisy and made it difficult to sleep well. The lift was an antique which meant I ended up using the stairs otherwise there was a long wait of up to 10 minutes or longer. The bell boy was slow and on the day we were leaving, I had to ring twice to request one. I definitely would not recommend this hotel again considering the price I paid. For an extra $5 or $10 more there were much better hotels in the area."
Bee hong from Glen Waverley, VI AU rated BEST WESTERN The Hotel California 2 out of 10 on November 01, 2010
"Desk staff not very outgoing or helpful. Had a suite which was 2 rooms w/ BR in the middle. Large rooms. Would definetly stay here again."
Dennis from Madison, WI US rated BEST WESTERN The Hotel California 7 out of 10 on December 08, 2009
Christopher from Oxon, GB rated BEST WESTERN The Hotel California 9 out of 10 on December 08, 2005
Bjoern from Wiesbaden, DE rated BEST WESTERN The Hotel California 8 out of 10 on February 29, 2004


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BEST WESTERN The Hotel California

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Valet Parking
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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Discover this full-service San Francisco, California hotel ideally located within walking distance of several key area attractions including Chinatown, Union Square and the Theatre District.

Welcome to the original BEST WESTERN "The Hotel California", named by the New York Times as one of the 13 best affordable hotels. Guests at this historic northern California hotel will enjoy friendly customer service and convenient access to many key area attractions. Each well-appointed guest room and suite at this San Francisco hotel boasts Beauty Rest mattresses, cable satellite television and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Take advantage of a variety of hotel amenities including free continental breakfast, a complimentary tequila shot upon check-in, an exercise facility, a full-service business center, a complimentary evening reception and meeting facilities accommodating up to 30 guests.

Centrally located in downtown San Francisco, the BEST WESTERN The Hotel California is conveniently located within walking distance of the San Francisco Centre, Union Square, the Museum of Modern Art and Chinatown. The Theatre District, only 0.1 miles from the hotel, is the best place to choose from a variety of performances every night of the week. Wanting to shop? The hotel is situated less than one mile from Macy's, Sak's 5th Avenue, H&M, Bloomingdales and more. The BEST WESTERN The Hotel California is also close to the famous Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero Centre, Haight Street, San Francisco State University and University of California Hastings. Hotel guests will also enjoy the array of activities scheduled throughout the year including Fleet Week, LGBT Pride and the Bay to Breakers Festival.

The friendly, helpful staff at the BEST WESTERN The Hotel California is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in San Francisco, California. Make a reservation today and save!

Accessibility Options Wheelchair Accessible | Accessible Path of Travel
Category Accommodation and Food Services
Facebook Fan Page
Fax (415) 441-0124
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 00:00
General Amenities Breakfast Available | Fitness Room | Laundry Service
General Property Info 24 hr Service
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
Monday Opening Time 00:00
Neighbourhood Tenderloin
Number of Floors 7
Number of Rooms 81
Number of Suites 12
Parking Paid | Valet
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Place Status Open at this location
Postal Code 94102
Public Access Open to the General Public
Room Amenities Iron/Ironing Board | Telephone | Voicemail
Room Entertainment Movies
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
Saturday Opening Time 00:00
Sunday Closing Time 24:00
Sunday Opening Time 00:00
Telephone (415) 441-2700
Thursday Closing Time 24:00
Thursday Opening Time 00:00
Toll-free (800) 780-7234
Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 00:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 00:00
WiFi Free

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