by Andrea Orr
When the Mayflower opened its doors in 1929 just north of Union Square, the San Francisco Chronicle billed it the “last word in modern guest accommodations.” Today it falls into a different, but equally appealing category, of a wonderfully maintained older hotel that offers a sense of history and the individual details that you don’t find in today’s modern chains. The hotel has a stunning art deco lobby and rooms that are by turn quaint and quirky, as well as clean and comfortable. Although there are no restaurants, or pools on the premises, kids and parents alike tend to love the family suites featuring two connected rooms, where families can spread out like they do at home.
Our Editor Loves
- Family suites offer extra room
- Near Union Square
- Historic hotel
First of all I want to say that the staff couldn't be nicer and the room was impeccably clean. However the "ambiance" of the building and the room was ugly, outdated, dismaying and depressing overall. The elevators are from a bygone era and not fun to operate. In fact the whole building reminded me of a YMCA I used to go to many years ago.
The quiet room that I requested was on the side of the hotel which overlooks the wall of the next building and because of that natural daylight is very limited. All the room floors are presumably bare laminate as mine was with not a shred of carpeting in evidence which meant I heard every step in the room above mine.
The only mirror in the room was a small latticed one over the sink in the ugly bathroom which is only big enough to reflect your face. The shower in the bathtub had good water pressure. There were no tissues provided other than toilet paper.
The remote for the television has a piece of paper taped on it that says to only use the arrows for changing channels. I did use arrows but no chanels changed. Worst of all was the bedding. Hard mattress and cheap hard pillows that I ended up not using as they were so uncomfortable. The room also had a fridge and a microwave neither of which I used as I was there for only two nights.
Hotel prices in SF have become outrageous and The Chancellor where I used to stay since the 1980's have doubled their prices which out of principle I refuse to pay. So bye-bye San Francisco, it's been swell.
Stayed as a couple for four nights in Sep 2019. Check-in was ok with a bit of a safety talk about areas to avoid. Useful, but a bit disconcerting on first arrival. The location is probably just a fraction too far out of the centre or away from Fisherman's Wharf, but this is a big city so a travel card might be a good option. The room was spacious and well appointed and the staff were friendly. While there was nothing wrong, breakfast was very plain and uninspiring. All in all, there are probably better options.