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Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco

Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco

3 Stars

1231 Market Street San Francisco CA 94103


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Rating criteria
Rating
Cleanliness 4
Facilities 4
Service 4
Location 4
Pricing 4
Overall 4
Hotel Whitcomb is an elegant boutique hotel adorned with early 20th century architecture and design. The landmark hotel features a romantic interior complete with high ceilings, Austrian crystal chandeliers, Tiffany glass fixtures and wood panelling. The historic building served as City Hall from 1912-1915, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Enjoy close proximity to Soma, Hayes Valley and the Financial District.

Location
Located on Market Street, directly across from the Orpheum Theater, Hotel Whitcomb is steps from cable cars, BART and the Muni. The bustling Ferry Building and Yerba Buena Gardens are just minutes away.

Rooms
Hotel Whitcomb features beautiful, spacious guestrooms and 12 parlour suites. Luxury furnishings and modern amenities grace each room, including custom decor, wireless Internet and sofa beds.

Restaurant
Guests at Hotel Whitcomb dine on American and international cuisine at the award-winning Market St. Grill. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an attentive, relaxing environment. The Tavern, a piano bar and lounge, features drinks, tapas and small bites. Starbucks Coffee is located in the hotel lobby.

General
Business and leisure travellers will delight in services at Hotel Whitcomb, such as a fitness centre, Internet cafe and business facilities.

Hotel Facilities

  • Banquet Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Internet Access - High Speed
  • Room Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Lobby
  • Business Centre
  • Gym / Fitness Facilities
  • Parking Facilities

Room Facilities

  • Colour TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Voicemail
  • Ensuite / Private Bathroom
  • Modem / Data Port Connection
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone

Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco Guest Reviews (30)


Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco
4 out of 5

Worst IT system ever... Took forever to check in ...and check out

DITA wrote on July 18, 2012


Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco
3 out of 5

Beautifull Lobby, ugly old rooms. The windows are pretty old so you get alot of noise and even coldweather form the outisde. But location is good.

JLPM wrote on December 14, 2011


Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco
4 out of 5

Great historic old building. Market Street is the boundary btwn gentrified Civic Center area to the north and the scruffy Mission district to the south. Very convenient location due to all the bus, streetcar and BART lines right on Market Street. Staff were very nice and helpful and the room very comfortable. There is no heat in the hotel - typical in SF - and it would have been nice to warm up the room at night when the outside temp was 40 deg.

jschwtzr wrote on December 11, 2011


Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco
2 out of 5

if you're looking for a spacious, super comfortable, spotless, quiet and inexpensive place to stay while in san francisco... keep looking. if you just need a place to crash and watch bad cable tv in a central but disgusting neighborhood of SF than you'll probably be fine with this.

polkatulk wrote on November 4, 2011


Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco
3 out of 5

The Hotel Whitcomb is a nice hotel in a not-so-nice part of town. Our cab driver from the airport suggested not going outside alone at night. The hotel staff was very nice and accomodating. We didn't spend much time in the room but it waa comfortable and the easy access to the Muni transportation system was great. I would stay again for the price.

Libra wrote on October 26, 2011


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Overall Guest Rating

Overall4 out of 5
Cleanliness4 out of 5
Facilities4 out of 5
Service4 out of 5
Location4 out of 5
Pricing4 out of 5

Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco Guest Reviews

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4 out of 5

Worst IT system ever... Took forever to check in ...and check out

Review by: DITA
Date stayed July 18, 2012

3 out of 5

Beautifull Lobby, ugly old rooms. The windows are pretty old so you get alot of noise and even coldweather form the outisde. But location is good.

Review by: JLPM
Date stayed December 14, 2011

4 out of 5

Great historic old building. Market Street is the boundary btwn gentrified Civic Center area to the north and the scruffy Mission district to the south. Very convenient location due to all the bus, streetcar and BART lines right on Market Street. Staff were very nice and helpful and the room very comfortable. There is no heat in the hotel - typical in SF - and it would have been nice to warm up the room at night when the outside temp was 40 deg.

Review by: jschwtzr
Date stayed December 11, 2011

2 out of 5

if you're looking for a spacious, super comfortable, spotless, quiet and inexpensive place to stay while in san francisco... keep looking. if you just need a place to crash and watch bad cable tv in a central but disgusting neighborhood of SF than you'll probably be fine with this.

Review by: polkatulk
Date stayed November 4, 2011

3 out of 5

The Hotel Whitcomb is a nice hotel in a not-so-nice part of town. Our cab driver from the airport suggested not going outside alone at night. The hotel staff was very nice and accomodating. We didn't spend much time in the room but it waa comfortable and the easy access to the Muni transportation system was great. I would stay again for the price.

Review by: Libra
Date stayed October 26, 2011

1 out of 5

The Hotel is one of the worst Hotels that I ever been, its located on the most dangerous zone in San Francisco, also, the staff has the worst attitude and lack of service, they simply doesent exist. PLease DO NOT STAY at this Hotel, dont be foolished by the photos or their website, it is NOT TRUE, and Im very disappointed for my experiencie.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed October 4, 2011

3.8 out of 5

The Whitcomb has lots of history in San Francisco. The Whitcomb was among the Grand Hotels of San Fran and it retains many reminders of that opulence. Tiffany glass fixtures in the lobby echoed in the rooms. Elevator lobbies on upper floors: floor-to-ceiling mirrors making the space magnificently huge. The carpeting in the hallways are unique to each floor, as best we could tell. Our modest room sported a walk-in closet and beautiful period hardwood furniture. We did not take a meal at the Market Street Grill but did take note that it was well attended most every night by local professionals. Whitcomb location very close to the Civic Center (museums, etc.) and opposite Orpheum Theater so optimal for downtown happenings in SF. Staff were relaxed, courteous, and helpful but be patient; they are quite BUSY! Housekeeping crew also very sympathetic and helpful. Most memorable staff would be Larry, Door Man Extraordinaire, in his top hat and tails! Fantastic! Say Hello to Larry!

Review by: Jonathan Besson
Date stayed September 13, 2011

1 out of 5

As a frequent traveler for business and leisure, I was shocked at this hotel. Location is fine. However, the rooms are unclean, bathrooms are tiny, Internet = a cafe with dial-up, Room Service...? I arrived late in the evening for a business trip and took one look at the room - the old Ac Unit, Ancient TV, Unkept sheets, and musty smell before heading straight back to check-in to check out! IF you choose to stay here, just know that it is 'historic' in the worst ways possible.

Review by: Savvy Traveler
Date stayed September 10, 2011

1 out of 5

No hi-speed Internet No in room dining Very little Staff Rooms are run-down Bathrooms are tiny and gross Old TV Old AC Units in windows Water damage on walls Musty smell throughout hallway and room Hotel Restaurant - Over priced with poor quality food if you're looking for a well-located dump, this is the place to stay.

Review by: Savvy Traveler
Date stayed August 22, 2011

3 out of 5

The Hotel was great and is situated in a good central location in the City. Old vintage hotel, great customer service and best bang for your buck. Only problem I had was that the hotel didnt have my information when I checked in so i had to put down my cc info again just in case[...]

Review by: Fish
Date stayed August 2, 2011

1 out of 5

Stayed 5 nights with my girlfriend in June of 2011.My chief complaint is the neighborhood the hotel is located in. Known as the Tenderloin, it isn't good any time of day, and night is even worse. Walking out of the hotel, I definitely had my head on a swivel and we took cabs home each night. The hotel has little control over this, to be sure (and they did have a doorman checking room keys in the evening, which made us feel better), but this is something you should be aware of when you stay here.The second complaint I have is the condition of the rooms. [...] listed the hotel as recently renovated, but we found little evidence in our fourth-floor room. The bed comforters were lumpy, the iron had rust spots, and bathtubs were narrow, even for a slender person like me – the soap dish flew off the wall with the slightest touch. A call to guest services fixed the soap dish but nothing else.I should mention however that the staff I interacted with in-person was always helpful. We asked for directions, to schedule a airport shuttle, and a few other things which were all handled without issue.

Review by: Journeyman
Date stayed July 12, 2011

4 out of 5

The Hotel has old world charm-- Right outside the doors were busses and bart -- I would stay there again-- Just a small note the neighborhood is not the best it is in the outskirts of the tenderloin -- don't stray after dark alone -- I felt safe and again I would stay there again

Review by: Rainebee
Date stayed July 6, 2011

3 out of 5

Tiny bathroom with just a shower. The bed was comfortable. Close to mass transit. Close to City Hall, but less than desirable neighborhood.

Review by: Dad
Date stayed July 6, 2011

5 out of 5

Easy, quick checkin. Nice hotel restaurant (not gourmet food, but huge plates and a big breakfast menu). Starbucks right in the hotel.

Review by: BusinessTraveler
Date stayed June 29, 2011

1 out of 5

82 dollars in fees when u check it. Dirty rooms mold in the bath tub. Small rooms

Review by: Justy
Date stayed June 22, 2011

4 out of 5

The Hotel Whitcomb is located on Market street (the main drag) and 8th Avenue. It is across the street from the Civic Center and the Orpheum. So there are tons of cops nearby, it is a very safe neighborhood. Right in front of the hotel is the Muni, and trolley cars, BART is 2 blocks away. If you walk a few blocks towards Union Square along Market, you are in what I would call the "downtown area". It is about a 15 min walk to Union square or 18 minutes to Chinatown. There is a large Walgreens 1 block away. The hotel itself has a beautiful lobby, with very helpful Concierge. It is an old building. Six elevators is nice. There is an attached Starbucks, and attached restaurant/bar. The restaurant/bar is pretty overpriced. A Computer lab to access the internet, with a nominal fee. No Pool. No Complimentary Breakfast. Security checks room keys after 10:00PM. I booked a Queen bed, they are NOT Queen beds, I am most certain they are Full Beds. Not a huge difference, but two larger people would be cramped in one bed. Beds are comfortable, i like moderately firm. First night I stayed there my A/C stopped working. It looked like it was literally 30 years old. The manager said he had never even seen one like that, neither of us could figure out what one toggle switch, a knob, and some weird buttons did (among several other buttons, knobs, switches). He was nice to come up at 3:30 AM to help me figure it out. The thing was a tiny box window A/C that was not even securely fastened to the window properly. The window in this room could not open. The vent that blew out cold air probably measured 5 x 10 inches. Also in front of the shower, every tile would pull out as I lifted my foot off them because all of the grout had been clearly eaten away by water from the shower. Could have been dangerous for an elderly person. The room was small, but had a large bathroom. They did move me to another room. This time it was much bigger with two full beds. This one had a Tiny bathroom (although nicely furnished), so small my butt was resting on the sink when I took a leak, and I am skinny. This room had a window that opened. Both rooms had a great view of the city. Most important, the second room had a standard floor A/C that you have probably seen at a million hotels. Very large, worked well. The standard low/high heat, low/high A/C and one temp control knob. I was very satisfied with the second room, but did not get a great night sleep in the first one. Valet parking is available at $32 per night with taxes included. In/out privileges on valet parking. Having a car is not needed if you plan to only be in the downtown area of San Francisco. Get a car if you want to visit the Redwoods, Ocean, or go out of the main downtown area. As far as transportation goes. I HIGHLY recommend getting one of the 48-hour bus tour passes. There are a bunch of companies that run tour buses to all of the attractions around the city. A couple of them pick up in front of the SF library. This is a 2 minute walk from the hotel door. They cost about two cab rides and you can use them for 48 hours. You can hop-on/hop-off at any location they have mapped. Be careful to pick a company with all the sites you want to visit. If you plan your trip well you can hit almost everything you want to see/do with a bus tour. Plus they are guided tours so you will learn a lot more. Another option would be to get a cable car pass, $2.00; or get a Muni (bus) pass for the day. Get a car for the few things not on the bus, typically Muir Woods (Redwoods), Twin Peaks, Pacific Ocean, and anything outside of Downtown basically. The bus I chose offered the Redwood tour for the same cost as the four loops ticket. When you think about the cost of renting a car for one day, plus you are on your own schedule; it is probably a better idea to rent your own car for the redwoods or one day of freestyle sightseeing. Things to visit: (No particular orde

Review by: Craftking
Date stayed June 22, 2011

5 out of 5

Historic ambiance added to the beauty. Excellent staff made visit wonderful.

Review by: Zippann
Date stayed June 21, 2011

4 out of 5

The best thing about this hotel is the location, smack-dab in downtown, within walking distance to countless bars, restaurants, shops, even the cable car station. The hotel has retained its old-style look and feel, the lobby is beautiful and so are the hallways. The room (single queen) was spacious and comfy. Not many outlets in which to plug in modern gadgets, but they made up for it with a cord extension in the room. Parking downtown is a nightmare and the hotel uses a valet service for which they charge 28.00 a day and is located directly behind the hotel (parking structure). The hotel does not include breakfast.

Review by: Luis
Date stayed June 20, 2011

4 out of 5

Great location! Loved the Starbucks right next to it. Clean. Not super expensive.

Review by: zona
Date stayed June 18, 2011

4.8 out of 5

The hotel is old and opulent, though this means that some of the facilities are a bit old fashioned (e.g., tiny bathroom, shower only, no tub). For me, the free wifi more than compensated. I dealt with the staff several times, and they were always helpful.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed January 20, 2010

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