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The Cornell Hotel de France

San Francisco, CA, US (SFO)

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The Cornell Hotel de France
715 Bush St, San Francisco, CA US 94108


With a stay at Cornell Hotel de France, you\\\'ll be centrally located in San Francisco, steps from SF Playhouse and Un-Scripted Theater Company. This family-friendly hotel is close to Union Square and Lombard Street.

Why Stay Here

  • Free Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

Resort Details


Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

Accommodation Details

Make yourself at home in one of the 50 individually decorated guestrooms. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Cornell Hotel de France.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 25 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Based on 1440 reviews
from Monterey CA
Submitted on 26-05-2016
This French hotel is delightful with a good location near Union Square. We stayed in Room 309, very spacious and quiet. The staff was very considerate, especially Frank. We have stayed there several times and love the breakfast room.
from Twain Harte, California
Submitted on 27-05-2016
In April my husband and I and two firends had the pleasure of spending two nites in San Francisco at the Cornell Hotel. Located on Bush between Mason and Powel is a perfect location just two blocks from Union Square. Our room was very small but just perfect as we only needed a place to sleep and shower. We were delighted with a lovely breakfast, included in the price of the room, in the restaurant located in the hotel, Jeanne D'Arc. Our friends room was larger and quite nice, but more expensive ... Read more
from Mumbai (Bombay), India
Submitted on 04-06-2016
We chose the hotel mainly for its location in the city (a block from Union Square; 20 mins walk to Fisherman's Wharf; and near other places such as Chinatown, Embarcadero and SOMA). It definitely provided us the access it promised - in addition, most car rental companies have their city garage right across the street! The hotel also provided us with the charm and quaintness that makes a hotel standout. A century old building with an antiquated elevator that is reasonably well preserved is a go... Read more
Submitted on 07-06-2016
Cornell is by far the most interesting hotel I've stayed. The music at the dinner room was lovely. I love the decorations. Breakfast is free, and I promise you this breakfast is something people would line up for by the door if it indeed is a brunch restaurant. The room is a bit small but considering in downtown SF, I think it is pretty nice. I do wish there were more outlets.
Submitted on 08-06-2016
As my title suggests, I don't get it. This hotel is far more shabby than chic, needs a damn good painting and cleaning, and the room sizes are like postage stamps. If it's a model on French hotels, let me tell you they have advances in the hospitality industry in Paris since the 1970s. There are much better places to stay in SF in better condition with rooms two people can walk past each other in.
Submitted on 09-06-2016
I loved the hotel! It is clean, comfortable, beautiful and cozy. The breakfast is very good, always served in the restaurant of the hotel, and usually you can choose between two options. All the staff members are very nice. I highly recommend!
from Singapore, Singapore
Submitted on 09-06-2016
Stayed at the Cornell Hotel de France for a quick overnight trip while visiting some friends in the Bay area. The hotel is in a FANTASTIC location-it is easily accessible from Powell Station (Muni and BART), and very comfortable rooms. From what we saw, the hotel is family-owned, and even the family dog greets you when you want into the hotel. We also ate dinner at the restaurant downstairs and were NOT disappointed, it was authentically French. This would be a great hotel for friends, couples, ... Read more
from Santa Cruz, California
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Lovely french themed hotel near Union Square. Staff is welcoming, pleasant, and efficient. Very nice common room up front with magazines and daily papers. Cute old-fashioned elevator. Good security. Rooms are small but comfortable and nicely appointed. No A/C but upper rooms catch the breeze and a fan is provided. Double windows (not double-paned, but actually two sets of windows!) block street sound very effectively! Convenient parking garage across the street. House Golden Retriever greets you... Read more
Submitted on 27-06-2016
If you like boutique hotels, and want something out of the ordinary, this is definitely the hotel for you! Nestled along Bush street, so close to the Powell cable car line that you can hear the clanging of the bells, this hotel provides so much charm in a "chain hotel" dominated world. Don't get me wrong, I could have used or earned points at one of my frequent chain hotels, but this place caught my curiosity. Charming, cozy, with an old-fashioned elevator to boot! People speaking French in ... Read more
from Texas
Submitted on 30-06-2016
Great location for catching the Street Cars and 2 blocks from Union Square. This hotel is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The hotel is quite from the busyness going on outside. The rooms are small, but perfect for 2. An old times elevator is the mode of transportation, which is pretty need to see in action. You are provided with excellent breakfast choices.
from Chicago, Illinois
Submitted on 28-07-2016
Cornell Hotel is a hidden gem in San Francisco Union Square. Great value. Superb customer service at check-in and in the restaurant. Perfect location. Delicious breakfast included (not buffet - real ordered, sit down breakfast). Small inn with a fabulous breakfast included. We were in a Jr. Suite, which is 2 rooms, en suite bathroom (2 doors to bedroom and living room), and 2 TVs. In hindsight, I may have preferred a Queen room because it was a larger bedroom even though the suite was larger ove... Read more
from Raleigh, North Carolina
Submitted on 01-08-2016
I spent one night at this wonderful hotel, and wish I could have stayed longer. The location is perfect - walking distance to so many popular attractions. The hosts were gracious, and I heard from a friend who stayed there that the breakfast was amazing (I had to catch an early flight, so missed it this time). Value, location, and charm!
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 01-08-2016
This is the most interesting boutique hotel I have stayed in in San Francisco and probably in the world. Besides being very clean, updated and close to everything the fantastic original art work throughout the hotel made for the best photo ops. The staff was friendly and very helpful. It was a pleasure having such a high caliber restaurant,The Joan of Arc, on site. When arriving late afternoon there was no need to go out again to find one of the best restaurants in S.F. The French cuisine was te... Read more
Submitted on 07-08-2016
My husband and I come here in August to get away from the summer heat. This place is reasonable, and simple but comfortable, and the staff is lovely. If you're familiar with Union Square boutique lodging, you know what this is. The difference here is that the place is independently run. The restaurant downstairs is great for dinner, but the breakfast (included) just barely average, but generous. But the coffee is good! We are partial to this place because last year we were lucky - we were stayin... Read more
Submitted on 07-08-2016
Very clean hotel with lots of character. Rooms are smaller (similar to many hotels I've stayed in in Europe) but very nice. Staff was friendly, a good hot breakfast was included, and the location is great - near union square and right off the powell-mason and powell-hyde cable car lines. Every hotel in San Francisco is expensive but this was a good value and the price was reasonable. Parking is right across the street which is nice.
from Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Submitted on 09-08-2016
Great location of this family run hotel, we stayed for two nights and it was the best value with the best reviews we could find. Decor a little old fashion for our tastes, but the quality, cleaniness of the room & service was great. Breakfast in the morning was good and the Chinese lady serving breakfast was beautiful and added to the charm of the morning. Loved her positive outgoing personality. Would recommend staying here if you want central location for San Francisco.
Submitted on 11-08-2016
After reading amazing reviews of this hotel and given is rated #18 on this site we decided to give it a try. The hotel is located on a very busy street. Parking is provided across the street about half a block away. We were under the impression that parking was covered but found out there was an additional $27 per day we had to pay for. When we arrived at the hotel there was someone checking in. There was only one lady working the front desk and no place to wait besides standing on this very ... Read more
from Fort Bragg, California
Submitted on 12-08-2016
The hotel is quaint, especially the restaurant on the B level that is almost like part of a castle! The rooms are smaller, more like a European hotel. The bed is very comfortable as are the sheets. Towels are wonderfully thick and absorbent. Everything is clean. The staff was helpful and welcoming. We were on the fifth floor and it was quiet, even with the trolleys running below. Breakfast is complimentary and it's a real breakfast - pancakes or french toast, an omelette, eggs or cereal. ... Read more
from Connecticut, United States
Submitted on 13-08-2016
This bed and breakfast really does feel like a small hotel in France, right down to the old fashioned elevator and real keys for the rooms. In spite of being very old, everything was super clean and well maintained. The bed was comfortable, and in general the room was well designed - there was a place for everything. The sweet, mellow golden retriever, Michel who lounges at reception adds to the relaxed, homey feeling of the place, along with the lovely little tea room where tea, coffee, wate... Read more
from Sebastopol, CA
Submitted on 14-08-2016
Wish we had more time just to relax and sip a cup of coffee or tea in the sitting room of this hotel. Charming rooms, affordable and best of all, a good location just two blocks from Union Square! A full breakfast is included too! Will definitely recommend to friends and would stay again. If a light sleeper request a room near the back.
from Denver, Colorado
Submitted on 14-08-2016
This boutique hotel is a gem in an amazing location, just several blocks off Union Square. The staff is terrific - especially Jose. They work very hard to make sure your stay is superior. The rooms are small but charming and comfortable. Best beds I've experienced at a hotel, and I travel for business. Breakfast was very good for a complimentary meal in their Joan of Arc themed restaurant. I would recommend this hotel to everybody and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else when in the City... Read more
from Leven, United Kingdom
Submitted on 14-08-2016
We booked this hotel looking for something different and that's what you get this is not a corporate giant, thankfully! We had to laugh when we found its next to a male strip joint but that's not the hotels fault you can't choose your neighbours, right? ! The reception is ok . All went well thought out our stay until we checked out . Perhaps the member of staff we encountered was new but it looked and felt disorganized , we waited a very long time to get our cases that the hotel kindly kept saf... Read more
from Linz, Austria
Submitted on 16-08-2016
Little France in the mid of San Francisco. We have loved this hotel with its decent French decor. Rooms are rather small as often at downtown locations but charming. Very good breakfast with served hot meals in the basement restaurant.
from Marlborough
Submitted on 30-08-2016
CornellHotel de France is in a wonderful location just off Union Square. It a small family run hotel with an authentic French feel about it. the rooms and facilities are great and the restaurant is very good. The staff are attentive and the resident pooch is a fantastic asset . Highly recommended
from Arlington, Virginia
Submitted on 03-09-2016
I loved this French boutique hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. European-style elevator with see-through gate. Breakfast in their attractive cellar restaurant is included but is not a buffet. Waitresses bring you your order swiftly and efficiently. Attractive common rooms, for coffee and reading, are on the ground floor. The only minus: room housekeeping could have been better. My carpet was not vacuumed once in five days despite the obvious presence of debris. Not for familie... Read more
from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Submitted on 03-09-2016
If you're accustomed to the American hotels, this will take some adjustment. If you have been to the quaint European hotels, then you'll be right at home. In fact, during my three day stay, I don't think I came across another American at breakfast. There were Germans, French, British and a few Scandinavians, I expect they felt comfortable with the old world charm of the hotel. The room we had was small by American standards, the door opens right in front of the queen size bed. We had two windo... Read more
from Newport Beach, California
Submitted on 04-09-2016
This was my older, well-traveled mother's comment after our lovely four night stay at the Cornell Hotel de France. We almost didn't book here, concerned that the room--which turned out to be clean and well-tended--and amenities offered might not accommodate our needs, but we were pleasantly surprised and hope to stay here again very soon! We enjoyed the hotel's quaint, European charm (I loved the elevator!), great, central location, and friendly, attentive staff. Breakfasts were a nice surprise,... Read more
from West Chester, PA
Submitted on 08-09-2016
Loved the old world feel of the place, the elevator with sliding gate, the narrow corridors, solid wood doors and keyed locksets. The staff was unfailingly cordial and efficient. Loved the subterranean cellar dining room with the medieval "Jean D'Arc" theme. Food was great. The area is slightly sketchy, but not at all scary.
from Adelaide, Australia
Submitted on 08-09-2016
Found this hotel from TripAdvisor reviews , it is in a great location near union square, it serves great breakfast included in the room price and the cost of a room is quite cheap for San Francisco , only problem could be if the weather was really hot as there are no air cons I would definitely stay here again .
Submitted on 09-09-2016
We stayed there for 3 nights after a 4 nights stay in a B&B close to this one. Great place, confortable room (junior suite), great breakfast served in the hotel's restaurant (Jeanne D'Arc). Although we found that the atmosphere of the hotel was a little bit cold for a B&B, the staff was efficient, answering promptly to our request, polite but not much friendly with the customers. We felt more in an hotel than a B&B. The serve yourself tea service, milk powder and cookies to pay 50¢ each doesn... Read more
Submitted on 10-09-2016
Our stay here was perfect. The hotel decor and rooms were beautiful and spacious and clean. The staff all went out of their way to attend to our needs and ensure our pleasant stay! Location of the hotel it excellent, close to everything and all transport! Couldn't recommend this more highly!
from Montreal, Canada
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Charming, clean, French décor (Joan of Arc), good food (breakfast and meals) and very good service. Bathroom a bit tight and no air conditioning. Good location, near cable cars on Powell Street and shopping.
from Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Great location & friendly staff, but if you're staying for over a week, you'll get sick of the very dull & ordinary breakfast. We resorted to heading out in the mornings, great dim sum not far away in China Town.
Submitted on 12-09-2016
We stayed in San Francisco for 4 days, we are from Spain. We really enjoyed Cornell de France. Employees were all really kind. Breakfast was good and location was perfect. Rooms are small but pretty nice. The only problem was parking. Hotel has no parking and you have to go in a third party company, which is really near but employees are so rude and unhelpful. Also it takes a long time to retrieve the car. So, Hotel is 10/10 and parking is really bad.
from Riverside
Submitted on 17-09-2016
We booked a room here for a short one night trip up north. The hotel room was small and the view outside the window was of the wall of the building next to us. It was amusing to have a gay strip club next, but I guess that's SF for you huh. They offer free breakfast with the stay and they have a restaurant located on the lower level. Very nice staff. And of course parking is never free anywhere in SF. Had to park across the street in a valeted structure but it was a reduced fee with the stay th... Read more
from Wilmington DE
Submitted on 18-09-2016
Our visit was like being in Normandy....hotel was in a very good location...a few blocks away from Union Square with an easy walk downhill and not far from Nob Hill....on the cable car Powell lines. The restaurant was superb...great prix fix dinners.
from San Francisco, CA
Submitted on 20-09-2016
The hotel staff were most welcoming and friendly. Our room was very clean and the beds were comfortable. Each floor is named after an artist. We were on the Matisse floor. The iron gate elevator is so European and reminds me of some of the places iin France.The room price includes breakfast. It's not phenomenal but certainly adequate and it is a full breakfast with bacon and eggs if you choose and there are other things on the menu. We stayed on a Sunday night so they didn't have the Prix Fix d... Read more
from Lexington, Kentucky
Submitted on 21-09-2016
We selected this hotel for a two-night stay in the city. It was convenient to the trolley stop and a few blocks from a BART station. The hotel offered complimentary breakfast, which we appreciated. Our room had a nice view of the street and was comfortable. The hotel isn't sleek and modern, but it was sufficient for our needs and a great value.
from Broadford, Australia
Submitted on 23-09-2016
Would stay her again tomorrow. Location, breakfast, service, it has it all. Rooms are small but more than adequate when you compare with everything else this hotel has a to offer. It was everything I expected it to be. Have no complaints about anything at all. Cc
Submitted on 01-10-2016
We spent 5 nights here at the end of September and would highly recommend it. Location is great - within walking distance of the main shopping area and if you're keen on walking it's not far to fisherman's wharf, the piers, China town, Italian quarter and at&t park. There's a cable car stop at the corner and a Bart station 10 mins away also. Hotel itself was lovely, clean and our room was very quiet (at the back of the hotel). Bed is very comfy and there is lots of closet space. Breakfast is de... Read more
from Uxbridge
Submitted on 02-10-2016
Situated on Bush Street at the corner of Powell Street. Clean and comfortable. Lives up to its name - very French in style. Complimentary coffee / tea in its small café - just leave a small tip. Very helpful and friendly staff in the Reception office. A cooked breakfast is served in their basement restaurant and could benefit from a buffet style. The bacon is delicious but only one slender rasher is served. When asking for two rashers in lieu of eggs, the request was met but with surprise... Read more
from Sydney Australia
Submitted on 03-10-2016
For the money this is a excellent boutique hotel for the single traveller. Close to Union Square and Market St. The hotel is almost BB in style. Staff had to be prompted to advise where breakfast was ( downstairs) and I could not get a late check out given my 11.30pm flight which was a shame. The rooms are clean and quiet .The French restaurant downstairs was very good. Overall a nice hotel and I would return on my next visit.
from Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Submitted on 04-10-2016
Hotel was located up the hill from Union Square and at the side of the cable car route. Staff were helpful and the room comfortable. Only negatives were no air con or fridge in room. Also we weren't told of the location of the ice machine, but found it after a couple of days. Complimentary breakfast was good but little choice
from Madison, Maine
Submitted on 04-10-2016
Visited California for week and a half staying in San Francisco the first two nights. Stayed at Cornell de France Hotel very convenient to most locations (easy walk to Chinatown, Union Square, Trolley goes uphill right by). Very nice quick breakfast in morning with excellent service. Room clean but small and would expect that in big city like San Francisco. Good pizza across the street at Uncle Vito's
from Israel
Submitted on 06-10-2016
Excellent location. Charming European style hotel. Cozy room and a nice breakfast. Garage Parking to hotel guests across the street at a cost of US$ 28. Excellent Pizza/pasta restaurant right in front of the hotel.
from Beijing, China
Submitted on 09-10-2016
A family running hotel, but so elegent place, very European style. You must go to the restruant for a breakfast or a dinner, so beautifully decorated and full of medieval style. Very nice staff, clean room, quite different feeling from other America hotel. Very enjoyable stay.
Submitted on 10-10-2016
This hotel was very adorable and in a great location. Hand painted ponies graced our ceilings and walls. The restaurant was very charming and breakfast portions were plentiful! I recommend staying here for a great visit to a beautiful city! Catch the cable car right on Powell street and attend yoga and grace cathedral right up the street on Tuesdays!
from Edmonton, Canada
Submitted on 11-10-2016
For those looking for a unique and wonderful experience that differs from the standard type of hotel, the Cornell would be a good choice. The decor and atmosphere are very old world European. It is totally charming. You will see many medieval accents around the hotel as well as painted accents and murals. Even the ceiling over the bed was painted with flowers. It is all very tastefully done. Staff are helpful and friendly. Breakfast is fresh and very good, served in a dining room with medieval d... Read more
from Stockport, England
Submitted on 13-10-2016
A very warm wecome from the staff of this small, somewhat quaint, pre earthquake (building) independant hotel. Proudly French run but all are welcome. The complimentary breakfast is more than adequate to make eating out unnecessary. Had some difficulty with the doors of the ancient lift but it worked OK. Main disappointment was the size of the room, bathroom, wardrobe space; cramped, more Montmartre than USA. If the price is right, room OK for a few days but when price doubles because there's a ... Read more
from Witham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 16-10-2016
Small boutique style hotel with amazing french decor. All amenities and comfortable. Close to Union Square - 2 or 3 blocks away - we awoke in the morning to the lovely sound of tram bells. Complimentary cooked breakfast served on the lower floor ideal for preparing you for the San Fran hills!
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 18-10-2016
Great staff and great location a couple blocks from Union Square, but relatively quiet. Decor was unique with great wall paintings and collection of Joan of Arc art. The restaurant downstairs was done in a disney-esque French castle style. Overall it was fun and somehow even charming. Room was good, bed comfy, breakfast fine. Good deal for the price.
from Tauranga, New Zealand
Submitted on 18-10-2016
Pleasant staff and a warm welcome received. Guests are travelling couples similar to ourselves who appreciate this comfortable quirky hotel with it's location in Union Square at a fair price for San Francisco. The breakfast was delicious and served by efficient friendly staff, no delays, nothing too much trouble. The Management kindly allowed us to use a room for a short time to re-organise our packing before departing to the airport, this was very helpful. I would recommend this hotel due to... Read more
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 21-10-2016
Stayed for four nights at Cornell Hotel de France. A lovely boutique hotel in a perfect location, right next to a cable car stop and a close (10 minute walk) to a Bart station with easy train access from the airport. Arrived early morning before check in but no problem with the hotel holding your bags for you until your room is ready later in the afternoon. Right on Union Square with great shopping and easy public transport or a 25 minute walk to Fishermans Wharf. Lovely comfortable rooms wit... Read more
Submitted on 23-10-2016
Cozy but comfortable room just off the cable car line. Friendly staff and parking right across the street. Room was spotlessly clean! LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION ! A short stroll to China Town and Union Square. The restaurant in the hotel served decent French cuisine.