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Hotel Whitcomb, A Historic Hotel of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, US (SFO)

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The Hotel Whitcomb echoes the graciousness of turn-of-the-century San Francisco with Austrian crystal chandeliers, beautiful marble, Tiffany Stained G
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Standard King Guest Room - Hotel Whitcomb, A Historic Hotel of San Francisco - 1

Standard King Guest Room

Richly furnished room with a king size bed. Each guestroom features personal climate control and many other thoughtful amenities for your pleasure including:
  • Blackout Drapes
  • Desk/Work Area
  • Pay Per View
  • Phone w/Voice Mail
  • And Much More!
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Standard Queen Guest Room

Richly furnished room with a queen size bed, each guestroom features personal climate control and many other thoughtful amenities including:
  • Blackout Drapes
  • Desk/Work Area
  • Pay Per View
  • Phone w/Voice Mail
  • And Much More!
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Standard Double/Double Guest Room

Richly furnished room with two double beds, each guestroom features personal climate control and many other thoughtful amenities for your pleasure including:
  • Blackout Drapes
  • Desk/Work Area
  • Pay Per View
  • Phone w/Voice Mail
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Hotel Whitcomb, A Historic Hotel of San Francisco
1231 Market Street, San Francisco, CA US 94103 1411


Hot Hotel Amenities

  • Complementary High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • State-of-the-Art Health and Fitness Center
  • Starbucks Cafe in the Lobby
  • Internet Cafe
  • The Tavern (Lounge) Piano Bar with Live Music
  • On-Site and Nearby Parking Available ($)

Historic Location
Hotel Whitcomb is conveniently located near the trendy SOMA district of San Francisco, Civic Center, theatre district and Street car line with quick access to Fisherman`s Wharf, Castro and other tourist attractions. Hotel Whitcomb is only minutes to fine dining, abundant shopping and a variety of entertainment venues and offers three methods of public transportation right outside the front door. Enjoy walking or riding the Cable Cars to the Theatre District, Yerba Buena Gardens, The Castro District, City Hall, the Moscone Center, Union Square, the Financial District, Fishermans Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, AT&T Park and Ghirardelli Square.


Why Stay Here?

  • San Francisco Landmark History Hotel
  • Turn-of-the Century Masterpiece
  • Unique Mix of Vintage Hospitality and Urban Convenience
  • Central Market Street Location
  • On-Site Dining at Market Street Grill
  • Meeting and Wedding Facilities

Unbeatable Accommodations
Embrace an urban boutique hotel experience in one of the 460 intimate guestrooms. Discover a comforting and relaxing hospitality experience as each of the guestrooms is stylishly adorned with artisanal dcor, beautiful furnishings, and custom fabrics. Experience luxury San Francisco rooms featuring: complimentary wireless high-speed Internet, 25 television with remote control and premium channels, iron / ironing board, telephone with voice mail, data port, alarm clock, hairdryer, housekeeping, wake-up calls, well lit desk and chair, rollaway beds, sofa bed, and guest controlled heat and air conditioning.

Delectable Dining

Market Street Grill
In a town noted for its excellent restaurants, Florinda's Market Street Grill is an award-winning dining favorite with innovate cuisine complemented with attentive, friendly service and soothing ambiance. From the freshest seafood and pasta to juicy steaks and Asian fusion fare, this downtown San Francisco eatery is an ideal choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In-room dining is available through room service. 

The Tavern
Relax with a glass of wine in Victorian splendor recalling the most charming aspects of olde San Francisco in The Tavern. This intimate hideaway is a wonderful place to gather and enjoy a drink before or after the theater, as well as the perfect spot to meet up with friends and business colleagues. The Tavern offers an extensive bar and a fine selection of wines, tapas, and bar snacks during a lively Happy Hour. 

Starbucks Cafe
Meet friends and colleagues for coffee, espresso or latt at the world-famous Starbucks, located in the lobby.

AMENITIES:
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • AAA Approved
  • Attraction Tickets Available
  • Banquet Facility
  • Cafe
  • Car Rental Desk
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms (+)
  • Dry Cleaning Service (+)
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Express Check-Out
  • Fine Dining
  • Fitness Facility
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gift Shop on Property
  • Handicap Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Interior Corridors
  • Lounge/Bar
  • On-Site Check In
  • Parking (Fee)
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service (+)
  • Safe Deposit at Front Desk
  • VIP Rooms
  • Valet Parking (+)
  • Vending Machines
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Wheelchair Access Elevator
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 2735 reviews
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 20-05-2016
We've just stayed at this hotel and I'm glad it was only for 1 night. We were in San Fran 2 days on a stop over as we were doing Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge. We booked this hotel as it looked like a central location and we got a good price, I now know why. I was very concerned after reading many reviews and unfortunately they were all right, upon arriving from San Fran Airport and getting off the BART (which is located right outside the hotel) it was littered with nothing but crazy pe... Read more
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Submitted on 21-05-2016
This was our second multiple days stay at this hotel-the level of service has deteriorated considerably eg-only one incomplete towel set, extremely low water pressure, the toilet leaked,dim lighting and not enough outlets. We reported all of this on the comment card and sought out staff for amenities. The immediate area has increased the numbers of absolute screaming crazies and aggressive panhandlers-definitely not safe for walking in the evenings. Will look for a different hotel next time.
from Sunderland, United Kingdom
Submitted on 22-05-2016
Whilst the lobby in the hotel is elegant and modern, the rooms look like they were last decorated in the 90s with horrible dark yellow wallpaper and dirty curtains. The area is also rough with homeless people galore on the streets. The smell of "weed" overpowers you as you walk the streets surrounding the hotel. We got out of the taxi on our arrival and were immediately greeted with a homeless person asking for money. Do not recommend.
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 22-05-2016
We arrived at Hotel Whitcomb nice and early one morning with the intention of checking our baggage and going to town as we arrived well before checkin time. After lining up for a very long time, as there was only one nice man behind the counter, the quietly spoken but very helpful man went out of his way to find a room which was available for us and we were able to go upstairs, unpack our bags and have a shower before hitting town. This was a plus and was very welcome. The hotel itself is larg... Read more
from Maryville, Tennessee
Submitted on 23-05-2016
I was drawn to Hotel Whitcomb because it is historic & beautifully preserved, esp. the lobby. The hotel's Grill was pretty pricey but the cuisine & presentation were exceptional. In fact, In return for booking, I was to get a free family membership in National Trust for Historic Preservation organization However, to my disappointment that didn't seem to come about. Another big reason I booked this hotel for our 3-night stay in San Fran is because of it's downtown location - esp. as it's within t... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 02-06-2016
The hotel is clean and tidy and the rooms were well presented. The bed was very comfortable and I have no complaints about the accommodation. The biggest issue is its location. The area directly outside the hotel is literally over run with homeless people and the area is littered with used drug needles and syringes. The Burger King directly opposite is used as a shooting gallery for addicts and should be avoided at all costs. This is not a safe or pleasant area at night. The area really lets the... Read more
from Chandler, Arizona
Submitted on 03-06-2016
The Hotel Whitcomb is horrible! The internet is really bad, the rooms stink and the location is scary. There is a security guard at the Burger King! Since my trip is only 2 nights, I'm dealing with it.
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 04-06-2016
I was actually very impressed with my overall experience! Every single staff that I came across during my stay at the Hotel Whitcomb were there all very pleasant and accommodating. They provided me with outstanding customer service from check-in to check-out. Their Director of Guest Services, Kazi Ahmed provided me with the highest customer service and ensured we enjoyed our stay. Be sure to ask for Kazi Ahmed when you need a room to stay at the Hotel Whitcomb! You'll see!
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Submitted on 04-06-2016
The building is old but room and bathroom are so clean. You know sometime a bathroom that didn't really want to wash. This hotel was fine. And There are some homeless in a nearby but Compared to other regions seems innocuous. But the bed springs it feels like little longer.
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 04-06-2016
when I got there the staff was nice when I got to my room the long hallway was a bit uncomfortable and my boyfriend said right off the bat that he smelled death all over the entire hallway. The overall room was nice . When I got in the shower I heard this loud humming noise I didn't no what it was. I thought the pipes was just old. I closed the bathroom door to keep the warmth in the bathroom given the fact the water was not hot at all and the pressure was little to none. in the middle of my sho... Read more
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 14-06-2016
I booked the Whitcomb through Expedia at a very decent cut price last minute rate (about $200US per night), and was happy with it. It is a "historic" hotel, but it is ageing, so the chandeliers, wood panelling and rich carpeting are starting to lose a little of their obvious former grandness. That being said, it's comfortable, the room was a good size for two people with two large bags and had a nice view of City Hall, there was free in room wifi, and the service was fine. The BART stops just ou... Read more
from Telford
Submitted on 15-06-2016
Stayed 3 nights on the 5th floor. Room at the back so nice and quiet considering that it's on a very busy street. Lovely building and public areas but the rooms are quite disappointing. At least ours was. No fridge, no tea or coffee making facility in the room and very noisy air conditioning. Bed comfortable and clean room, but no bath towels on arrival and, despite 2 requests, and a phone call, none were sent. I had to get some from the room service trolley in the morning. There is a Starbucks ... Read more
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Submitted on 21-06-2016
Stayed with wife and nephew. Hotel is old, but functional. I had an issue with the their internet (never worked all three days we spent there). However, they discounted two days of parking ($38/night). Area is close to union square, but be careful as there are plenty of homeless in the area. Wouldn't feel safe walking late at night.
from St. Paul, MN
Submitted on 21-06-2016
I was on a 2 day business trip. Due to the elections, hotels were booked up. I booked what was apparently the only available room at the allegedly historic and elegant Hotel Whitcomb. For $488/night I was given a suite with 2 very low lighted rooms decorated in 1970s mismatched furniture and orange/brown drapes. The walls were pukey beige. The bathroom had a very yucky tub mat. I asked the desk for a new mat and they sent up another cotton mat. No hairdryer. no newspaper, no coffee maker ... Read more
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Submitted on 22-06-2016
Hotel Whitcomb is truly a gem if you are looking to travel within a budget and still be close to everything. You can step right out of the front door and jump on the red trolley and go all over downtown and Embarcadero. The staff are wonderful especially Tom the bellman who has been in the city of 35 plus years and he knows everything that you can do on any sort of budget. I stay here for business about every other month but many families like the budget friendly prices and close proximity to... Read more
from Bolton, United Kingdom
Submitted on 29-06-2016
My husband and I and also our two friends stayed here for 3 nights in May/June. We arrived on veterans weekend on bank holiday monday, there was literally NOWHERE nearby to eat, that aside, the rooms were fit for purpose, not very big, no views but suited our purpose, they were somewhere to get clean and lay our heads after we had explored the city. The beds are extremely comfortable and the lobby of the hotel is beautiful. It is really well placed for the BART and is literally right outside the... Read more
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Submitted on 29-06-2016
I recently stayed at this hotel and I was very pleased with my visit. The hotel is beautiful and the entire staff is incredible helpful. The hotel is also centrally located right in front of a subway and is very well priced. I want to give a special thanks to James J. who saved the day for me and my friends. We arrived almost a day early on a busy holiday weekend and if it wasn't for James we would have had to sleep in our car. He really saved the day for us. If you are thinking of staying her... Read more
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Submitted on 30-06-2016
I recently visited here and found my stay to be an overall pleasant experience. The room was comfortable, the location was central to everything in the city and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The concierge team was especially helpful and informative in assisting me with planning a day trip. Rahn at the concierge desk is a pleasure to deal with and very informative. Would highly recommend to those visiting SF.
from Ottawa
Submitted on 30-06-2016
In SF for a weekend with my husband and stayed at The Whitcomb. Not terrible and the hotel is historic but also feels old and worn and the hallways are dark and a little creepy. It's right at the edge of the Tenderloin (rough area) and lots of homeless people around both day and night. Walking back at night I was glad I wasn't a single female traveller. Price was ok but for a similar price I'd rather stay at the Pickwick where I stayed last time as it was closer to Union Square.
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Submitted on 01-07-2016
Great location which is central and right next to a BART stop. One of the main reasons that this hotel caught my interest was for the location (10 mins to Castro, 45 mins to OAK, 30 mins to SFO). I found the staff to be friendly, efficient, and accommodating. The room we were assigned to had a king size bed which I found was comfortable. I'd stay here again.
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Submitted on 02-07-2016
During Pride weekend I had the luck to be at the Hotel Whitcomb and in all my travels I have never encountered such a professional and knowledgeable concierge as Mr. Rahn Fudge. He guided me to the best places , his knowledge of the history of the city and of the locations was over the expectations. The rest of the staff was also friendly and professional. I will come back.
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 03-07-2016
This time I stayed for 4th of July weekend. Hotel Whitcomb is perfectly located near transportation and all of the popular attractions. The hotel is beautiful with comfortable rooms. Anything you need is just a phone call and smile away! The staff works hard to make sure that your stay is a pleasant one and that you'll return whenever you visit San Francisco. My last stay was during the Superbowl weekend and the food at the Market Street Grill, our room, and service were excellent then as well.... Read more
from Newburgh, Indiana
Submitted on 03-07-2016
This is an older property but we really liked it. The lobby is very pretty. The hallways are a little dark but that adds to the charm. The fee for parking was not our favorite thing but that just comes with the area. We had 2 rooms and both were very clean. The beds were soooo comfortable. Hotel Whitcomb is within walking distance to most things or at least very close to public transportation.
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Submitted on 07-07-2016
The hotel is conveniently located on Market street, within walking distance to a lot of major city attractions, however the price is really ridiculous for what you get. Basically, this is a very average hotel, with few amenities and subpar service, so how do they get away with charging 350+ per night? My first interaction with Hotel Whitcomb happened when I called a few hours before my arrival to let them know that I would be arriving late due to a flight delay. The person on the phone was extr... Read more
from Monterey, California
Submitted on 07-07-2016
Our home while we are in San Francisco, is always is the Hotel Whitcomb, for several reasons. 1.We are on Market Street across the street from the Orpheum Theater where we have seen some terrific productions like "Wicked" and "Phantom of the Opera." 2.We can reach almost anywhere in the City. All we do is catch one of many available transit systems such as The Metro, Bay Area Rapid Transit and trolley cars. Prices are very reasonable. 3.The hotel concierge will assist you knowing the best rest... Read more
from Luton, United Kingdom
Submitted on 08-07-2016
The hotel is in a really bad area with vagrants literally all around the hotel and on the doorstep and I didn't feel safe walking on my own outside at night. The hotel was dark and our room was dirty. My son also woke in the morning with 2 large bites on him from something in the room. The staff were rude and I would never recommend staying here
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Submitted on 08-07-2016
This historical hotel has the right element of charm, GREAT customer service and is perfectly located if going to the A.C.T. Theatre or exploring downtown San Fran! The restaurant inside is elegant and the servers there friendly and attentive!
from Charleston, South Carolina
Submitted on 09-07-2016
This historical hotel with modern amenities is perfectly located on Market Street very close to the Orpheum Theater. We easily were able reach almost anywhere in the city...by the Metro, Bart or trolley car. The hotel is very well kept, comfortable and the staff was helpful and friendly. We had a problem with our booking and they bent over backwards to make sure our stay with them was wonderful!!
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Submitted on 10-07-2016
I wrote a review previously which I didn't check and I missed bits out. Our daughter wanted to spend her 21st Birthday in San Francisco so we booked in May 2015 for 7 nights in March 2016. We got a great deal staying at the Whitcomb hotel because we shared a room. The room was absolutely fine for us. The beds were super comfy, the shower was adequate and the maids came in every day to tidy and change the bed sheets & towels. We were on the 3rd floor just round the corner from the elevator. ... Read more
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 10-07-2016
Great staff and AMAZING service! Kazi went above and beyond in meeting our needs and providing service that far exceeded any of my expectations. He has set a new level of service and rest assured we will be returning! A big THANK YOU to Kazi and the Hotel Whitcomb.
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Submitted on 12-07-2016
MANAGEMENTS CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NON EXISTENT- Hotel has lots of potential, and was clean and well taken care of in fact the majority of the staff was friendly and does a great job. This hotel is on the edge of SoMa ... the EDGE meaning you are ground central for all the downtown riff raff.. crack dealing ,prostitution, and even comes with a "regular" begger that works the door. They have taken what was a great old hotel and used websites like priceline to sell what should be a ** 2 star e... Read more
from Saint Charles, Missouri
Submitted on 12-07-2016
If you want a nice, affordable place to stay in San Francisco, try the Whitcomb hotel. They have a selection of small rooms that are affordably priced for individuals or traveling couples. There is a Muny stop right outside the front door, so it is very convenient for public transportation and is walking distance from good shopping and restaurants.
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 13-07-2016
I love the historical side of this property. That leads quickly into the room sizes. There are many options but the first option they will give you by default is a closet. Full size bed with a walk space. You can upgrade for as little as $10 a night to $25. Depending on your reaction they start making a deal. Internet is inconsistent. But overall not bad for the price. Booked through Priceline. Great deal. Direct was double the cost.
from La Habra, California
Submitted on 14-07-2016
The entire hotel staff was very considerate, we arrived early and they made every arrangement to get us our rooms even before check-in, The hotel has easy access to the hotel from the front and back, valet was very quick no waiting. The rooms are immaculate and centrally located to all types of food in the area. Both the bus and subway are easily accessed to the hotel you don't even need a car. You can't beat the price of the rooms especially for the amount of space in each room. Definitely ... Read more
from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Submitted on 16-07-2016
Checked in with 3 other friends. None of them liked it, as they found it too old. For me, however, I do find the old settings "classical" and "with character" - not only in the lobby, but also the room. Even the AC is the room is the old type, with the mechanical turn right-left buttons. And there are even wall photos of the historic past hanging from the walls. With the chandeliers in the lobby and passageway (and the old mirror doors of the lifts), it's like a reflection of the glorious days i... Read more
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Submitted on 17-07-2016
The thing that saves this hotel is the location- not exactly the neighborhood (which is a bit rough), but the access to every public transportation available. Perfect for those who don't spend much time in their room. That being said, the WiFi didn't work, the rooms were not soundproofed in any sense of the term, which led me to learn that San Francisco construction sites can stay active throughout the night. I didn't get a real night's sleep throughout our stay due to the loud noises outside t... Read more
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Submitted on 21-07-2016
I needed a one night stay before heading to Napa and I used Hotwire to book this place last minute. I'm glad I was there for only one night as the room was tiny and the bed was lousy and there was a urine type of odor. It was cheap for San Fran hotel standards. Location is ok but lots of shady people outside. I didn't feel it was in a safe part of town especially at night. The Walgreens across from the hotel had almost everything locked up. Even the $3 soap...I've never seen that before in al... Read more
from Bangkok, Thailand
Submitted on 21-07-2016
This is the first time I review a terrible rate to a hotel. I was in San Fran and stayed in Hotel Whitcomb during July 18-21. The front desk welcomed us very warmly, but after the 1st night, one of my colleges' room was flooded in the restroom. They sent a technician to fix it in the morning, but that night the restroom started flooding again by 1am.. Nobody responded till 2'o clock!! Then James, a respondent, came to move my friends to another room by 3am. In the morning, there is no one res... Read more
from County Monaghan, Ireland
Submitted on 23-07-2016
Hotel was nice,friendly staff and nice rooms. Although the traffic was quite loud from our room which made it difficult to sleep at times. Location also isn't great being close to Tenderloin but it is close enough to walk to union square if you avoid the Tenderloin. Bit overall the hotel was ok.
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Submitted on 23-07-2016
Pros: Hotel is very well situated with lots of shopping opportunities close by. Old style interior with big chandeliers ind the lobby. Bathrooms are of newer date. Clean rooms. Good value for money - we have paid waaaay more for really crappy rooms in others hotels in San Francisco, so Whitcomb feels like a bargain. Cons: House keeping walking around knocking doors minutes before midnight(!), vacuuming and talking very loud to eachother. Totally weird and totally inappropriate! The hotel is a... Read more
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 26-07-2016
Although billed as a 3.5 star hotel by the booking website, I have expected better as it is not that cheap and location is not that great either. The hotel needs renovation and upgrade starting with the carpets which I assumed was the source of the unpleasant smell on the 2nd floor. The staff are great though and quite helpful. There is also a Starbucks on site which is definitely welcome.
from Flagler County
Submitted on 27-07-2016
Appearance of better hotel, but location is in the midst of a huge homeless population. A 100 year old hotel, rooms not modernized- no drawers, lighting and table not next to bed, floors creaked and some falt covered by rug, one side of curtain don't move. Staff and manager were quite responsive, with excellent customer relation skills; and added fridge and Coffie pot.
from Ireland
Submitted on 27-07-2016
On arrival to the hotel the evening staff were not helpful. We checked in and were given a queen bed which was not what we had booked, instead we had paid for two double beds. The staff member did not mention that the room he was giving to us was not what we had booked but continued to hand us the room key until we questioned it. He replied with since we were checking in late there was no double bed room available and we would have to talk to a member of staff the following morning. This was not... Read more
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Submitted on 27-07-2016
The room is nice, 2 double beds and a modern bathroom. Worst part of the hotel by far is the wait for the elevators. I think I aged several years waiting for it to arrive. Other than that, free Wi-Fi, nice room, friendly staff. Downside is that we walked out and appeared to be in the middle of a homeless shelter, people shooting up drugs everywhere and what not. Once you get over that its totally fine. Would stay here again
from Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
Submitted on 27-07-2016
If you are looking for a clean place to rest your head, it works for that. The decor is interesting. I can deal with small bathrooms and rooms, although shaving my legs in the tiny shower was a struggle. The biggest cons for us... 1. Poor location! Walking back to our hotel at night did not feel safe. We came back early, about 8pm, to get ready for the next day and the area outside of the hotel did not feel safe. There are a lot of panhandlers in the area. We witnessed several altercations ev... Read more
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 28-07-2016
This hotel needs to pull up their socks if they want to charge 3 to 4 star prices! Elevators must be slower than most SF cable cars. At keast you get to talk to the 15 other people waiting to cram into the one elevator that arrives. Staff are dreary, not too friendly or helpful. Keys constantly get demagnetized No coffee pots in the room which means: Lining up at Starbucks downstairs for 30 minutes! Yes I'm whining now - but you would too if you had paid $296 per night!
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 28-07-2016
If you like carpets so dirty you cannot see the pattern, dust that you can write your name in on the dresser, walking up 6 flights as the lifts are still broken, and sharing your room with mice, than stay here. (We weren't the only room the have mice. ) If you don't, then I would advise against it.
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Submitted on 29-07-2016
The hotel is rather run down, and our room had an odd musty smell which we couldn't work out the source of (although we didn't try too hard!). Our room was fairly quiet, although could easily hear the neighbouring rooms through the walls (thankfully they were not disruptive!). Could be a lovely hotel, but needs significant investment to update/improve it, and bring it up to the quality of similarly priced hotels in the town. There is a large homeless population in San Francisco, and unfortuna... Read more
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Submitted on 31-07-2016
Grand entrance covering up poor standards. Sorry to say dark, dingy, damp rooms with lifting dark carpet. It had the worst bed I'd ever been charged for anywhere in the world - even a campsite. Bad lifts. Depressing - when you come away and stay at hotel you expect better than home! Our airport taxi there cost $43 then the bellboy who stored out suitcases arranged a taxi back to the airport that cost $65 - I think someone is on the take. Beware.
from Belfast, United Kingdom
Submitted on 03-08-2016
I was very weary of this hotel having read previous reviews! I had a nice stay. Yes it is an old hotel but our room was very clean and basic for all the time we spent in our rooms. Some other reviews make this hotel out to be a LOT worse than what it actually is.
from Western australia
Submitted on 04-08-2016
The rooms were a decent size and the bathroom was as well. I was initially given a room with a broken bed, something that the front desk was aware of when I went down to complain.... The location in relation to the public transport system was great but the street location can seem a bit dodgy especially if you turn left out of the hotel.
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 04-08-2016
Great hotel within walking distance to Union Square and Fishermans wharf. Friendly staff, well cleaned and maintained rooms. Great for all types of travellers including families. Quaint facilities and well heated rooms and common areas. Quiet location and parking access.
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Submitted on 04-08-2016
This hotel was the formerly city hall building converted into hotel and it's a heritage building. When you read the details on the net the expectations (3.5 rating) are high but when you reach there it's a big disappointment. Probably this is suitable for a business travellers not for a family. It is suppose to be heritage building historic hotels of America.
from Elgin, Illinois
Submitted on 06-08-2016
We got this hotel as a secret "Express Deal" from priceline for "$111" ($195 after taxes/fees + parking) for a 3-1/2 star hotel. Even at that price, even in SF: not worth it. The area immediately surrounding the hotel is scary; my girlfriend was afraid to go outside so we didn't venture far for dinner. Parking is valet only and is $43/night. Hotel staff is okay but not above and beyond friendly. The overall vibe of the hotel is that of an old, outdated hotel that is trying too hard to be "f... Read more
from Los Angeles, California, United States
Submitted on 06-08-2016
By all accounts The Hotel Whitcomb looks to have once been a grand opulent hotel. It still is --but its now dingy and old. Ok.. Let me point out the good, bad, and ugly- The Good: The Hotel is in the heart of SF and is easily accessible to and from anywhere, Taking the BART, the F Trolley, and Ubers is cheap and easy. Seniors and Medicares ride public trans for peanuts! From what I‚??ve seen on Hotel booking websites- the per night rates for the Whitcomb vary but are decent. We paid 80.00nt., ... Read more
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Submitted on 07-08-2016
We had an excellent experience and to be honest it's a 4 star hotel IF you pay $20 extra and upgrade to a better room with a King Size bed. We give 5 stars simply because the price is by far the lowest in the area (Priceline), very convenient location, etc. Yes the hotel is old but hey for 100 years old it's quite nice and historic to say the least. Hotel staff was nice and accommodating and did all they could to make sure we were happy. Tons of shopping and bars, clubs sight seeing blocks away.... Read more
from Salt Lake City, Utah
Submitted on 07-08-2016
We stayed at this hotel at our aniversary and I left my wedding ring. We called hotel and they found my ring and sent it back to me. I really appreciate Kevin for all his help. Service was great. Rooms clean.
from Gulf Breeze, Florida
Submitted on 08-08-2016
I would give this place zero stars if I could. Where to begin.. Negatives: - Hotel is in the ghetto! Homeless and nefarious looking people right outside. I'm not exaggerating! This place is not somewhere you want to be, especially with women and children. - $38 + tax and fees parking per night with no alternatives. - The room was extremely small with NO fridge, very low, and I mean very low water pressure in the shower. If you want to have a cold drink, you're stuck walking to another floor (man... Read more
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Submitted on 09-08-2016
The position of this hotel is not good,purely for the number of homeless people and groups that looked threatening in the area,although they didn't bother us,it is quite unnerving especially late at night. The local police also advised us to not walk on the street after 8pm. Public transport from the hotel was very good,we purchased a 3 day bus pass for ‚?¨31 dollars, this included bus,train and street tram,we made excellent use of this and bus stop is literally on the doorstep which was a godse... Read more
from Princeton, New Jersey
Submitted on 10-08-2016
We staye here for a night in July. The location is not so great to enjoy a walk but the local transportation is very close. The visitors center is two blocks away where you can buy tickets to everything. China town is within walking distance, several restaurants are around. If you want to experience SFO downtown and get to all the sight seeing quickly this is the place . We payed $200 and I saw that is pretty normal for this area hotels. The room was clean and comfortable. Keep in mind that thi... Read more
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Submitted on 12-08-2016
We're a family of four, travelling the west coast by car. We're no high class 5 star hotel customers and we're very comfortable with decent 3 star hotels. However, Hotel Whitcomb disappointed us in more than just one or two ways. I'm not sure where to begin... We arrived at the parking lot, the Hotel offers Valet Parking on site, price is 130$ for 3 nights (incl. tax). When getting back your car, check it very thoroughly for any dents and scratches, our car was damaged when we received it. They... Read more
from Staffordshire
Submitted on 13-08-2016
The only positives of this hotel is that it is centrally located so easy to get to places of interest. Also we had a very comfy king size bed. Hotel took $300 for incidentals which 30 hours after check out I still haven't received back. I would not leave the hotel without my husband as neighbourhood is very sketchy to say the least. Front of house staff not very friendly and did not make our honeymoon special. Wish we had stayed somewhere else.
from Las Vegas, Nevada
Submitted on 15-08-2016
Here we go again we're back in the Bay Area for some baseball, beer and some great food. Like always we stayed at one of the best hotels in SF. The Hotel Whitcomb on Market St and one of the best GM'S in the business Kazi Hamed. He gets 100% and nothing less. I can't even say how much we really appreciate him he takes very good care of his guest. I love this hotel and it's staff. Its so low keyed and really easy to manage the city from there. The Bart station is located directly under the hotel.
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Submitted on 17-08-2016
I wanted to take my wife to a nice Hotel in SF on a Saturday night. We were new to the area and booked through 'Historic Hotels.' Got a good rate for SF; they parked the car, and the experience went down hill from there. Dirty, old, small, dark that is the best way to describe the room. Location is great if you want close to downtown and the Sunday morning Market Street Farmers Market but the homeless will ask you for money and pee on the street in front of you-not helpful. If you can affor... Read more
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Submitted on 08-09-2016
There were many negative comments here, but we found the hotel to be beautiful - old but graceful, clean, excellent staff and a wonderfully location of tenderloin - Bart downstairs, restaurants, theater, shopping close by. parking $38 plus tax, expensive but seems to be the going rate?! There are a few junkies around but they don't do no harm! Felt perfectly safe!!
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Submitted on 08-09-2016
I came here on a business trip, and when I arrived here at the hotel, the staff and the manager, Varun, were a tremendous help. Very eager to help with my stay here, and I am pleased with how great the customer service was as well!!! This hotel's features are historic and beautiful. Rooms are nice!!
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Submitted on 08-09-2016
Very great and helpful customer service. Manager Varun and staff were very helpful with any questions I had and also made the visit for the weekend go by smoothly. Room service is also on time when needed.
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Submitted on 08-09-2016
Upon our arrival front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Came here to stay for a few nights with coworkers for a dental conference. Overall room was clean with a nice view of Market street. Hotel has some history and character to is but overall very nice.
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 09-09-2016
Loved staying here! I was in San Francisco this past weekend for a conference and stayed here due to priceline. I was pleasantly surprised, as I had never heard of this hotel and was unsure what to expect. As you walk in you notice the impressive lobby -- marble and crystal chandeliers. There is definitely a historic feel to this hotel. The room was equally nice, very clean and the bed was super comfortable. There are black-out curtains and AC in the room, so I got a good night's rest. While yo... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Family holiday and first time in San Francisco. Staff are welcoming and friendly. Specially Varun and Esmeralda are professional and exceptionally good. The hotel is very close to the main shopping area. Room are tidy and cleaneddaily. Comfortable beds. Throughly recommend.
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Family holiday and first time in San Francisco. Excellent sevrvice and helpful staff. Rooms are clean and cleaned daily. Being first time I had many questions and the staff are very patient and always great you with a smile. It's a good hotel and value for money
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Hotel in poor location, lots of homeless people hanging around outside, begging. Hotel in need of major upgrade. Rooms clean, a little small for two people. Fan in bathroom really noisy, safe didn't work. Found some of the personnel on front desk abrupt.
from Penarth, United Kingdom
Submitted on 13-09-2016
The Hotel Whitcomb is located on Market Street which is an area that has seen better days. The hotel has also seen better days. Its layout and design is definitely old style with wood and smoked glass wall panels. There is however a certain sense of charm about some of the hotel features. Our room was small with two queen sized beds. The bathroom was dated and the shower was less of a shower and more of a 'sprinkle'. The room had a TV and a safe. There is a Starbucks at the front of the hotel an... Read more
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Submitted on 13-09-2016
Great location - F line tram runs from outside the hotel takes you to pier 33 for Alcatraz or fishermans wharf. Lovely diner across the road. Rooms were very compact lacking space !! Guy in concierge was very helpful.
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Submitted on 14-09-2016
It gets 1 star only because they are some excellent eateries close by! Otherwise... It should be NEGATIVE! So this is supposed to be an historic landmark in beautiful San Francisco? OK... But where is the pride behind the price? The room was over $200/night ... And they had painted over the electrical outlets, the bathroom was so small you had to open the door to dry off from a shower, WiFi was NOT available in the room ( as was the case for others attending the conference), but the worst part ... Read more
from Liverpool, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-09-2016
My friend and I stayed at hotel whir comb for 2 nights after a festival. We arrived at the hotel really early (5am) and asked if we could check in early and would pay. We had been driving for over 8 hours and really was desperate for a good night sleep. The man on the desk advised us that he couldn't do anything for us as the hotel was fully booked so there wasn't a room for us actually check in early. We understood and asked if we could use the wifi to try and see if we could get a hotel. He re... Read more
from Round Hill
Submitted on 18-09-2016
This is my eighth and final visit to San Francisco. The city caters to the homeless and less and less to the tourists or business travelers. Hotel Whitcomb is yet another example of an overpriced hotel that should be demolished in a neighborhood that represents the underbelly of San Francisco. I am in my 60's so I fully realize that readers of this entry will find it harsh. My concern is that with a hotel advertising the historic stature of the place and has bathroom with sloppy tile and grouti... Read more
from Sarasota, Florida
Submitted on 18-09-2016
This hotel is historic but clean. The check is process was time consuming even though we had already pre-paid for the rooms. The restaurant in the lobby opens late and closes early which is not great while you are on vacation. There is a Starbucks in the lobby. Hotel needs updating
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Submitted on 18-09-2016
My stay in hotel Whitcomb was greatly enhanced by a really friendly man here named Robert Cruz.He displayed exceptional professionalism with a warm and kind smile. Due to him, we were able to really enjoy SF during my trip. He provided us really good advise on where to go to fit in our hectic schedule. This really helped us in exploring SF in its fineness time. If i could rate the service we received from him i'll rate it 11/10 as this was the best i had in my years of travel. Once again, i wish... Read more
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Submitted on 19-09-2016
I Stayed here in September for 2 nights. Not in the nicest part of San Fran there is alot of homeless around the street outside. The parking was way over priced at $38 per night plus tax. No wifi working in the hotel which really needs to be sorted in this day and age. The rooms were fine. Bar staff were very very slow.
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 21-09-2016
Staff was so rude I will never book this hotel again I had a simple request and they acted non human like treated me rudely without any regard for manners and understanding of my concern and request what a shame
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 22-09-2016
My partner and I stayed at this hotel for seven nights - it was our first visit to San Francisco. Firstly, the good points. The hotel is very central, with a BART/Metro station pretty much nextdoor, City Hall across the road and of course, located on Market St - arguably the spine of central SF. It's a building with a lot of character and history. It served as a temporary City Hall for a few years in 1906 after the earthquake. The rooms are spacious with high ceilings and felt particularly home... Read more
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Submitted on 22-09-2016
The location is sketchy at best. The appearance of my room was about what I expected. It looked old but I knew that's what I was signing up for. No of the locks on my door worked except for the card reader. The cable was messed up and when winding down after a long day you only had about half the channels to choose from. But the biggest issue for me was the terrible Wi-Fi. I was there for a conference and needed Wi-Fi to catch up on my work. For nearly $400 a night reliable Wi-Fi should be a giv... Read more
from Greenville, South Carolina
Submitted on 22-09-2016
It had been six years since we last stayed at The Hotel Whitcom. Upon arrival, I encountered Renee, who has been behind the front desk forever, and he welcomed us back. The front desk associate, who checked us in, was very gracious, friendly, and noted that we had stayed there before, and she too, welcomed us back. Our room was ready and we made our way there. We traveled light on this trip and did not need a bell person to escort us to the room. When we entered the room, we remarked on the ... Read more
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Submitted on 23-09-2016
A bit old , i know that is an historical hotel in San Francisco, but it should be kept a bit better . Expensive for what they offer ! Internet free but not working at all ! Position good very near to Union Square!
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Submitted on 23-09-2016
Staff was very helpful and respectful. Beautiful lobby and great rooms. The beds are very comfortable and service is very quick and easy. I'd definitely stay here again if I visit. I highly recommend it.
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Submitted on 23-09-2016
When I first walked in I was amazed by the architectural design of the lobby and the high ceilings are a great feature. The women who helped us at the front desk was very professional and helped us a lot because we had difficulties checking in. The hotel room is very nice and well cleaned and the high ceilings are nice once again. We've yet to stay the night here but we are very impressed so far and excellent staff.
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 24-09-2016
very disappointing, if not the worst that I remember... place is not clean, area is no good, etc etc... I would suggest one of many many other good options in San Francisco all still affordable and sensible, while clean
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Submitted on 24-09-2016
Not very content with the hotel stay. The hotel is old, outdated and smells. Lots of bums, and drug dealers in the area. The location is close to downtown and transportation, but was afraid of my safety. Not recommend for family stay. Restaurants near by are smelly and dirty from a the homeless roaming the streets. Overnight stay parking was $52, a night for vehicle. Price of hotel does not meet expectations, very disappointing, won't stay here we again!!
from Notting Hill, United Kingdom
Submitted on 27-09-2016
When you first walk in, the interior is very pretty and clean. However, the rooms were very dark and had a old, dreary feel to them. The wifi was poor and the 'gym' was awful. However, the staff were friendly and attentive and the beds were comfy. San Francisco is an amazing place and the hotel definitely didn't dampen my experience at all!
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 27-09-2016
I have stayed here many times. The rooms need to be renovated but I just love the historical feel (lobby ceilings for example) to it. There was a safe in the room not that I remember that in previous visits. My room was small but with the basic essentials. I find the location great. It has a Bart entrance in front, the trolley cars, muni, and busses right there. It did take a few tries to find a floor with a working ice machine but there is a soda and a candy vending machine on each floor. Free ... Read more
from Adelaide, Australia
Submitted on 27-09-2016
First mistake it is in the Tenderloin area of San Fran so be prepared for dozens of homeless and drug addicts in close proximity to the Hotel. The Hotel is heritage listed but really needs a bulldozer, the place smells every where very musky, putting your head down on the sheets you think to yourself mmm.. I should really wash these sheets. The bath room is tiny, first night the soap dish sheared off the wall, two days later it disappeared completely from the room, open drain in the shower you c... Read more
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Submitted on 28-09-2016
This hotel is old, beds are in worse shape than the 100 years old building, asked for low profile pillows and they are not available, they gave me a two full size bed (horrible) . Not to mention the neighborhood, forget walking the streets after 7pm. Only good thing is very close to BART subway. I will never come back here.
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 30-09-2016
There's definitely nicer hotels in nicer areas, but the staff are lovely and the beds are comfortable. As long as you don't mind noise its ok. It is Central and it's easy to get anywhere in San Francisco from the location, but if you're bothered by homeless people then I wouldn't recommend it.
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Submitted on 10-10-2016
Remember this is an old building so outlets are in short supply. You are in the heart of down town but if you are going to an even at the Civic Center or the Orphium was a great location. Parking was very expensive there but was right off the BART line and had great access to public transportation of all kinds.
from California, United States
Submitted on 10-10-2016
This is a good hotel.... was not what i was assuming a 3.5 star hotel would be, but it worked for me... there is an additional $38 for parking at hotel... Older hotel, new rennovations...friendly staff... parking is located around the corner, to the rear of the hotel off of 8th ....little difficult to find.... there are homeless on the streets in the evening but they were not bothersome... public transportation was right outside the front rotating doors... The hallway to our room looked like ... Read more
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Submitted on 11-10-2016
From check-in to check-out, the hotel staff was incredibly friendly and quite helpful. The building's architecture is immaculate and you really couldn't ask for a better location. I'd definitely come back.
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Submitted on 11-10-2016
The hotel is a nice historical hotel. The rooms were nice, comfortable beds however it was super noisy. You could hear everything going on in the adjacent rooms and bathrooms. The elevators were slow, but it's expected with a historical hotel. If I was to visit again I'd possibly stay closer to Fisherman's Wharf closer to the action.
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Submitted on 12-10-2016
We had a great experience at Hotel Whitcomb! Our room was lovely and very quiet - I never heard a peep from outside of our room. The staff was all very friendly and helpful, especially the bell hop Larry. He was just wonderful and getting to chat with him was one of the highlights of our stay. Emmy at concierge was also a great help. It is an old hotel, so the bathrooms are small and outlets are limited - but the architecture and character more than make up for that. I was somewhat taken a... Read more
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Submitted on 12-10-2016
My family and I booked our room on priceline for $88.00 + tax $110.00 + the unexpected parking fee for $45.00. Sadly we did not anticipate spending as much as we did with all the hidden fees. We arrived to our room with our two small children at 9pm. After traveling for 12 hours the boys were exhausted. We were grateful to have a room. BUT.. The room had a musky smell to it and the closet reeked of ciggerate smoke.. The bathroom was extremely small with a stand up shower. There were bugs comi... Read more
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Submitted on 12-10-2016
We stayed for one night, 2 adults and 2 children. The room was small and the beds very uncomfortable. The bathroom was dirty. The uber driver warned us not to go out after dark, it's not the nicest part of town.
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Submitted on 14-10-2016
Starting with the location, this is a bad neighborhood. As soon as you leave the hotel, it looks like the entire homeless/drug addicts population of the area, is gathering around the closest streets around the hotel. We actually saw some people sitting down and shooting up a needle in their arms. We didn't feel quite safe walking around after dark in the area. The pictures form the hotel's website DO NOT match the reality of the rooms. The hotel is very old and outdated. The bathroom sink wasn't... Read more
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Submitted on 18-10-2016
Well, I am here in my room and completely afraid of stepping into the bathroom without my shoes on. The shower scares me just as much as the toilet does. I thought hotels had to pass a health code....I must be wrong. Anyways, I have decided that I will be cleaner if I do not take a shower and remain fully clothed for the duration of my stay.
from Los Angeles, California, United States
Submitted on 18-10-2016
Well, I am here in my room and completely afraid of stepping into the bathroom without my shoes on. The shower scares me as much as the toilet does. I thought hotels had to pass a health code‚?¶I must be wrong. Anyways, I've decided that I will be cleaner if I did not take a shower and remain fully clothes for the duration of my stay.
from Houston, Texas
Submitted on 19-10-2016
We're having a pleasant stay here at Hotel Whitcomb. Varun at the front desk was friendly and enjoyable to work with. Our bell hop Jonathan Jones extended an extra measure of care to my family and me. And that's not easy with the amount of bags we travel with! Thanks to Varun and Jonathan for a memorable experience at Hotel Whitcomb. - CS
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 20-10-2016
Stayed here in October for a conference. Arrived early and wanted to explore San Fran before my room was ready. Bellhop was more than generous in ensuring that our bags were secured so that we could walk around. Could not have been happier with the service. The room, however, was a bit of a different story. The beds were fine and the room was quiet. The A/C was a bit noisy and didn't do much to cool the room down, but it wasn't an issue. In the middle of the night, however, the toilet wouldn't ... Read more
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Submitted on 20-10-2016
Staying one night on business. Room was clean, staff was helpful, hotel is decorated in a unique and cool way. The location is very conveniently located right on Market street. Lots of stores and stuff within blocks.
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Submitted on 20-10-2016
Olga checked me in and was warm, helpful and thoughtful. Great space in a terrific location for central business and the opera house. The hotel is beautiful with many historical details and a grand sense of place.
from Hull, Massachusetts
Submitted on 21-10-2016
There are no coffee makers in the room and there is no room service - for me, these are core amenities that make the difference between a 3 star and a 2 star hotel. I don't like to have to get dressed and travel by elevator to stand in line at Starbucks just to get my morning coffee - I like to roll out of bed and drink a cup before I'm dressed. The hotel website says that in-room dining is available from the Market Street Grill through room service - but when I called the front desk, I was t... Read more
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Submitted on 23-10-2016
Hotel is S U P E R old and is barely maintained. Hopped out of the cab and saw 2 homeless folks in front of the hotel and a brown paperbag with human feces scattered by the main entry - should've taken those as a sign. Toilet in our room was disgusting (was gonna take a pic but too gross). Bathtub had soap stains all over. No microwave, no fridge, no coffee, no complimentary bottled water, just...nothing. It's also located in a sketchy area (avoid anywhere near Civic Center!) We crossed the stre... Read more
from Buffalo, New York
Submitted on 24-10-2016
I booked the Hotel Whitcomb for 1 night in October after reading the awful reviews decided to check it out before cancelling. I had put a dispute in and was glad my reservation was cancelled through priceline. Not a family place, bums and drug dealers are on sidewalk. A man smoking crack right outside.... i swear! It is historical and the customer service seemed great but scary and not for kids.
from Central Coast California
Submitted on 24-10-2016
I've had pretty good results using Priceline Express Deals. I wanted to spend the weekend in San Francisco and prices were high. So i went to PEDs...then when I found the name of the Hotel and read the reviews, I was not only disappointed but apprehensive about stay at the Whitcomb, even though I've visited the city and different hotels numerous times. The only good reviews were those who have only written one review...Hmmmm. Anyway I decided to go with an open mind. 3 1/2 star hotel-not. ... Read more
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Submitted on 25-10-2016
We had made reservations for our trip back in early August. When we arrived at the hotel they gave us a room, but told us we'd have to be moved to a new room the following day. Good thing too, because there was a mouse in room 790 where we stayed the first night. We called the front desk and all they said to us was, "what do you want us to do about it?" How about a discount or a new room?! Also, there was a light fixture on the ceiling, but the light bulb was either burned out or missing. The ne... Read more
from Honolulu, Hawaii
Submitted on 26-10-2016
...The Whitcomb was a major surprise...booked through Hotwire one late evening...knowing San Francisco, the neighborhood is sketchy...however... putting that aside the old place has very nice rooms with quality touches...the late night Hotwire check in was extremely reasonable...parking is high at around $38 a day with unlimited in and out...5 stars because of the room and the exceptional low price...GO TO DOTTIES ON 6th for breakfast...that is a weird walk but worth the experience and the great... Read more
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 27-10-2016
Beautiful stained glass panels. Gorgeous old building in the middle of town. right on the tramway so very convenient to catch a tram right into the wharf area. Hotel has a nice bar with quite good pub grub and generous servings, Probably the best food I had in the States while on holidays there. Rooms quite adequate.
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Submitted on 27-10-2016
Great Experience at the Hotel Whitcomb! My friends and I stayed at the hotel this past weekend and truly got exceptional service.The hotel staff was very helpful and supportive. Olga our receptionist and David the bartender both made our trip extra special by making us feel like family, helping with food suggestions ( Sam's Diner across the street is excellent food!) and places to go. Our room was clean, affordable and in a great central location.When we come back to San Francisco we will most d... Read more
from Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Submitted on 27-10-2016
The hotel location is excellent, next to Bart station and very close to the opera and other great venues. My room was very small, but ok, however, the WiFi was unacceptable slow/dysfunctional. It is a mystery to me why 3/4/5 star hotels run poor WiFi whereas low cost snack shops and motels offer high speed internet free of charge.
from Krakow, Poland
Submitted on 01-11-2016
I stayed at the hotel with my friend for two days. I really liked that place because of the quality of service, location and cleanliness of the rooms. The manager, Robert, was really helpful and did everything he could to make our stay there really comfortable. For sure I would recommend that hotel for every person looking for a nice place to stay in San Francisco!
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Submitted on 01-11-2016
After a mix up in dates on my part, the two gentlemen at the front desk completely understood that mistakes happen and offered to just switch the dates. It was kind on there part and made my mistake effortless. Thanks hotel whitcomb!
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Submitted on 02-11-2016
We should have stayed here Halloween night. Hallways are spooky(can you say the shining)Hotel room needs updating. Wallpaper peeling, bathroom tiny. Bathroom fixtures...have they been updated? Not coffee pot in room. Thank god for Starbucks in lobby.
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 02-11-2016
The hotel is located just south of the Civic Center on Market, which provides easy access to the heart of the city or quick access to the local freeways. The rooms are elegant and roomy, and the beds are comfortable. The only downside is the bathroom, which is on the small side, but it is adequate and clean. The staff at this hotel is warm and accommodating, and the hotel manager is very customer service oriented and will make sure your stay is perfect. Parking is valet only, and is 38.00 a ... Read more
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Submitted on 02-11-2016
I saw terrible reviews of this hotel with pictures of dirty bathrooms and things falling apart. Since I had a reservation there, I called them to inquire and they assured me they were upping their game. I was given a room in the 7th floor which was very clean, ample and pretty good for the price. The hotel does not have many amenities, but if you just need a place to crash for the day it is centrally located and good enough. I did not experience the horrible things that others reported, so I rec... Read more
from Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Submitted on 04-11-2016
We come to SF for a couple days every 2-3 months and have stayed at many different facilities including some that were very expensive. This was our first stay at Hotel Whitcomb and I was a bit reluctant based on some of the reviews. This was our first trip where we did not rent a car. We took the Bart from SFO ($8.95 ea) which took about 25 minutes, and we walked maybe 1/4 of a block from the Bart station to the hotel. The hotel lobby was beautiful! There is stained glass above the registrat... Read more
from Dorchester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 05-11-2016
My friend and I stayed here for three nights. We were apprehensive after reading some less than positive reviews. However, we were much relieved when we actually arrived. On arrival, valet service parks your car, check in was quick and one of the excellent staff took us and luggage up to the 9th floor. Our room wasn't spacious but was more than adequate, it was clean and with a range of towels and toiletries. Downside was no tea/coffee facilities in the room - although there is a Starbucks off o... Read more
from Liverpool England
Submitted on 05-11-2016
We stayed in this hotel in October for 3 days . The worst three days hotel rooms very dark and odd odour all around hotel. extremely small bathroom a small box as can been seen from the photograph not very clean .We moved room on a big room on our second day slightly better but not much . Illegal items left in the safe by the previous occupier making the room have an odour . Robert manager was helpful with the room move and removed of the odour !!!!! Small Starbucks in the lobby which was ... Read more
from La Quinta, California
Submitted on 08-11-2016
Having read some pretty bad reviews of the hotel, I was a bit nervous. My experience was the opposite. The first thing I liked was how close to the BART station it was - less than half a block. We arrived too early to check in, so we checked our bags while we explored the city a bit. I can't say enough nice things about Larry the Bellman. A definite asset to the hotel! Upon check in we requested upgrade to a higher floor and were accommodated nicely to the seventh floor with a great view of ... Read more
from West Hollywood, California
Submitted on 14-11-2016
So it had been 4 or 5 years since I last stayed here, I had a good stay overall it is what you should expect out of an independent historic hotel. When I read some of the reviews while what is said is true in a lot of cases, in my opinion you need to be honest with yourself on what kind of traveler you are. I love independent historic hotels and their quirks this being the case I give them a lot of latitude that I would not give chain hotels. If you have to have that consistent plain white bo... Read more
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Submitted on 15-11-2016
Booked through Hotwire for four nights. Room (528) smelled of stale smoke, there were no light switches (had to walk through dark room to find a lamp), and the bathroom was full of flies (dead and alive). While not perfect, it was manageable until coming across bed bugs. I always check bedding very carefully when staying at hotels and did not see any tell-tale signs the first few nights. On the third night I noticed several bites and found the typical dark specks and smears that bed bugs leave o... Read more
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Submitted on 16-11-2016
Stayed in hotel Whitcomb for 2 nights in san francisco and the hotel was quite nice albeit a little dated. Was one of the cheapest central hotels on the night and served the purpose well. The location was as I said central. Right on market st but on the wrong end. The place was surrounded by homeless people which was very sad to see and I know that's not the hotels fault but definitely something to be aware of if staying here.
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Submitted on 19-11-2016
This hotel is AWESOME! WHEN I COME to san fran i always try and stay here! Its very convenient to everything... but this time i left my briefcase on a couch in the lobby... i called the front desk spoke to larry... he immediately went and located it and held it for me... Thank you !! You guys are GREAT!
from Durham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 22-11-2016
This was the first hotel we stayed at out of six whilst travelling in America, when we arrived i immediately felt abit dubious. There were large groups in and around the hotel and then when we reached the hotel desk, we stood in a short queue for a very long time and then when we eventually moved forward to check in, our welcome was luke warm and unapologetic. Some may be impressed by the hotel reception area, it depends on what you like. To me it needs updating and is very dark and dingy. I hav... Read more
from Sao Paulo, SP
Submitted on 22-11-2016
I just stayed one night, so I can't evaluate it accurately. Rooms are clean, decent amenities and reasonable toilets. The concierge (I don't remember his name, maybe Bart) is very kind and helpful, thank you! This hotel is well located. Close to the cable car stop and many shops and restaurants. The central region doesn't seem very safe to walk at night, though.
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Submitted on 24-11-2016
Nice hotel but decor is dated - pipes rattled in room 267 when the guests in next door room were showering. They rattled so bad that I thought it was an earthquake! Initially I was in room 287 and this room was so noisy - you could hear everything from next door room - and i mean everything. Was moved room twice before I was rewarded with a decent nights rest. Location is poor - in homeless area (Tenderloin district) and there is human waste on the pavements and even saw needles. Can be sc... Read more
from Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Submitted on 26-11-2016
This hotel is used by travel company's because its cheap thats because its not in the best of areas its downtown there is not much to do outside of the hotel.There are a lot of homeless people hanging around outside who are a bit intimidating usually just got the uber to fisherman's wharf the hotel is average but it has a bed and a restaurant whos food is also average but thats all i need.They have 24 hour security in hotel so no problems inside
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Submitted on 28-11-2016
We stayed in the Hotel Whitcomb at the end of a month in the US. The hotel looks nice when you go in but the main problem is the location. This is not a suitable hotel for families especially those with young children. The location and the issue of homelessness outside it's doors is very distressing. We saw people dealing drugs, we stepped around people unconscious on the pavements etc. Even in the afternoon walking back at 3pm it did not feel safe, and after the first day we used taxis to ... Read more
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Submitted on 30-11-2016
We stayed here for two nights and were quite happy with our room which was clean and quiet. The old hotel is lovely and quaint--we felt quite safe walking in the area during the day and early evening. Location is great in terms of catching the muni to go different places around the City. We would stay here again.
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Submitted on 02-12-2016
my room was absolutely adorable! the staff is extremely nice, helpful and understanding. the hotel has a real old-fashion feel to it which makes you feel like you're back in the day. i adored it. i really loved this place. would come back over and over. highly recommended
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