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Commodore Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel hotel description>>
Take the good with the bad
We visited the Commodore Hotel from 12/30/03-1/1/04. Overall we had a good experience.Pros: Fun and different decor, great location in SF, breakfast at the Titanic Cafe was delicious (try the walnut wheat toast!), The Red Room bar was a fun nighttime hangout, clean rooms and lobby, and the staff was mostly helpful (especially the nice cleaning woman who took pity on us and gave us large plastic garbage bags to protect our luggage from the pouring rain on our trip home).Cons: As you read in other reviews, the bathroom situation was extremely strange. We could clearly hear our neighbors through the windows between our bathrooms, as though they were in our room with us, even with the windows closed. That was a major annoyance. Also, the room was a lot smaller than it looks in the advertisements, and the heater was permanently on about 80 degrees farenheit.In Summary: The hotel was affordable and clean with an interesting decor. If you go, beware of this: The hotel tells you it is $30 a night for parking at the garage across the street. Believing this, we went through the hotel to obtain parking. When we retrieved our truck at the end of the trip, we learned if we'd dealt directly with the garage instead of going through the hotel, it would have been $18/night. When questioned, the hotel staff said it was a "processing fee". For parking?! That was annoying. Other than that, our stay at the Commodore was fine, and we would consider staying there again.
Great Budget Spot
Overall, I really liked the Commodore Hotel. There are a few issues with noise, like hearing the neighbors above and next door, the radiator made some whistling sound, and the bathroom didn't have any counter space. However, for the price, I enjoyed the stay. It was close to public transportation, and within walking distance to Union Square. Most of the staff was helpful. The rooms were clean and furnished nicely. I didn't visit the Red Room, but had breakfast at the Titanic Cafe. The food is yummy, but the place is small, so you may have to wait about 10 minutes or so for a table. The waiter there recommended taking MUNI #76 to Marin Headlands, which was one of the best parts of this trip to SF. It's definitely not a luxury hotel, but if you're on a budget and want to visit San Francisco, I recommend it!
The photos and descriptions make it look much better than it is. Noisy radiators next to the bed make sleeping difficult--and cause huge variations in room temperature over the course of a night. There is no nighttime service staff to plunge a clogged toilet, and the desk clerk needs reminding in the morning. There is no safe at the front desk for holding valuables, and the desk clerk doesn't understand why you want one. The vaunted "dataport" is just an extra jack in the telephone, not Ethernet or any other useful way of getting online, and the maximum connection speed is 28.8K. The lobby and rooms are clean, but a bit shabby and worn, and the walls are thin.The Commodore is decent enough if you just want a place to sleep (assuming you bring earplugs to block out the sounds made by the radiator and your neighbors), but it is not--as it boasts on some sites--a "first-rate hotel."
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