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Radisson Miyako Hotel San Francisco hotel description>>
Lovely, safe, out-of-the way hotel
I booked the Miyako, sight-unseen, for myself and several friends/co-workers attending a conference in San Francisco in May of 2003. I was intrigued by the description of the Japanese-style baths. We each had our own room with king-size bed and lovely Japanese bath. Much to my (positive) surprise, the king-bed rooms were all corner rooms, so we each had a view on two sides. I was initially given a room higher up in the hotel in a not-yet renovated room, while my travelling companions each had a lower-down, refurbished room. My first room was fine, but I dislike heights and requested a lower room. The staff were quite helpful, and although no other room was available the first night, they quickly offered to move me for the second night. Both rooms were clean, smoke-free, and huge. The bath of the second room had been renovated and was slightly less traditional than the first room. There was still a deep soaking tub with separate shower area, but the wall to the rest of the bathroom was glass, and the upper shower/lower tap combo of the first room was replaced with a hand-held shower, and the tub was slightly shallower (I suspect it may have been a "drop-in" fiberglass liner to the old tub). As I said earlier, both rooms were huge, with sliding glass doors and balconies on the corner, covered with rice paper screens. In addition to the bed, the rooms also contained an easy chair with ottoman, a full-size desk and chair, TV, and refrigerator, but the Japanese-style bathroom was the best part. What a wonderful feeling to slip into a deep, hot tub after a hard day of sight-seeing, uh, I mean conference-attending. Continental breakfast was included in the hotel's dining room every morning - limited, but plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, and hot tea, with attentive service. Staff were very helpful whenever we had any concerns or questions. The Miyako was convenient to bus lines right to downtown, and by staying out away from the convention a bit we saved a LOT of money, were each able to have our own room, and didn't have to deal with other conference attendees at every turn. Even without being able to use a discounter (our plans were not firm until too late for good deals) we still paid much less for a nicer stay than at the downtown, conference-recommended hotels.
Not so great...
My husband and I stayed at the Radisoon Miyako Hotel for our honeymoon. We got married in San Francisco and wanted to stay the night somewhere near Japan Town. The location was exactly what we wanted but I was disappointed with what we saw once we went in. I booked the room (Japanese Suite) over the internet and then called to confirm. They were very friendly on the phone and said they would put "something special" in our room since we were newlyweds. We got there and had a quick and easy check-in. The room was older and although I liked the Japanese style decor, it was NOT worth the $300/night we paid. The "deep japanese soaking tub" was cold, hard, and looked like it was made of cement, not marble or tile! The "platform futon" bed (on the floor) was hard as a rock and the blankets were pink and floral prints and pilled like something from my grandma's house. Our window (which was locked shut) overlooked the street where cars with loud bass would drive by all hours of the night. There was a "zen garden" in the room, a sandbox with rocks actually. All in all, it wasn't as horrible as some places we've stayed (it was clean at least), but for $300, I was expecting much, much more. They never did leave anything special (maybe a bottle of champagne or something) in the room like they had promised. When we checked out, I felt totally ripped off. For $300/night, I could have stayed almost anywhere in the city. Next time we splurge on hotel, it will not be at the Miyako.
Not So Good This Time
I had to stay in San Francisco overnight and decided to at the Radisson Miyako since I had stayed there once before and was impressed.Unfortunately, this was not a pleasant stay. I reserved a non-smoking room and when I entered the room it smelled of smoke. When I brought it to the attention of the desk clerk, she moved me to another room which was dirty and had trash and cigarette butts all over the balcony.
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