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Hotel Griffon in San Francisco, CA

Hotel Griffon in San Francisco, CA

Specialties

Spacious Accommodations
The hotel offers 57 guestrooms and 5 luxury suites decorated with the comfort and care of a charming luxury hotel. All guest rooms and suites include high thread count linens, flat screen televisions, honor bar, and nightly turn down service.

History

Established in 1906.

Hotel Griffon captures the heart of this enchanting city by the bay. Enjoy spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, stay two blocks from those charming trolleys unique to SF, and celebrate life with all that one can do in and around the local neighborhoods of San Francisco.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.94

Address: 155 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA, 94105
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Comments (107):

1. Shelly D.
I haven't even checked out yet but couldn't wait till I got home to write my review!  This place is incredible....As other readers have mentioned, the rooms are small but well done and very comfy.  Having a sink in the sleeping area actually works for us...one can shower while one can finish getting ready.  The hotel itself is beautiful, the rooms tastefully done but what makes this hotel really stand out is the staff!  From the moment we pulled up they were there to greet us.  Everyone at the front desk goes out of their way to take care of anything you need.  We were going to be out sightseeing and wouldn't have had time to check in and print our boarding passes...no problem, they took care of it!  Connor, the Concierge was the absolute best.  He went above and beyond to make our stay perfect!  What he didn't know he found out in moments.  One thing that really stands out here, besides being treated very well, is how the staff treats each other!  The family atmosphere really carries over to the guests. We hung out in Perry's (the onsite restaurant) for Superbowl, the food was fantastic!  Wish we would have figured that out the first day....hamburgers were the best!  Would I stay here again?  Most definately!  Thank you Hotel Griffon for making our stay in San Fran the best!

08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Paula G.
Beware all SADS sufferers - all reasonably priced rooms ($189+) are in the interior - dark dark dark windows looking on a narrow shaft. No cable (they told me it was being "upgraded" with no eta. They "forget " to leave towels and other amenities. Major dive - stay at the  Harbor Court next door.

26/10/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Bridget T.
Good for visitors who want something unique and boutiquey.  My mother and stepfather have stayed here and enjoyed being away from the usual Union Square chaos.  Some of the rooms are a bit on the snug side.

04/09/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. Mark R.
Stayed one night on a web special.  We had an upgrade to a bay view room.  This is a boutique hotel, so the rooms are on the small side but not cramped.  The staff was polite and courteous.  We had a nice get-a-way thanks to the Hotel Griffon!

02/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. douglas s.
Outstanding location, near the Ferry Bldg. and Embarcadero BART, making this an ideal place to stay for travellers without cars. We had made a habit of staying here for easy car-free weekend getaways a number of times, but the last time experienced very bad sound-bleed between rooms. The staff here get 5 stars for their courtesy and perfect-pitch service.

19/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Trevor P.
We stayed here overnight during Chinese New Year weekend after visiting the DeYoung Museum's King Tut exhibit. I suggested trying it after staying next door at the Harbor Court on a business trip. The hotels on the Embarcadero are so much more appealing than the madness of Union Square, plus you have the opportunity to stay in something overlooking the Bay. I managed to book a special Valentine's weekend retreat package that included parking. It was better than what the Harbor Court had available. Check in was pretty effortless. The elevator up to the room was not so much. It was really small and cramped, situated between the back of the front desk and next to the kitchen for Perry's their full service restaurant. Our room was just ok. I was probably expecting more, but since it was not a Bay view room (we opted to be a little more frugal), it was dark due to a huge brick wall at the back of the room and the only window we had was practically butted up against the building next door. We also had an issue with the small refrigerator provided, which didn't seem to keep anything cold. Part of the Vday package included a bottle of champagne and some strawberries, but the bottle was not full sized. C'mon peeps! The cable tv service was also pretty lousy and the tv itself was mounted sky high. Seemed like they only had a dozen channels. The room was also very noisy. The tenants above us must have had a child or something, because we kept hearing someone running back and forth all night long. Their full service restaurant Perry's is pretty good though, and even though we were dining at the back of the restaurant on the Bay side separate from the bar, they turned on the Sharks game for me on the televisions in our area.

28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. Tristan S.
We had a wonderful stay on a recent weekend getaway following a conference for work. Like all hotels in San Francisco, this was not cheap. But, the location is incredible - a short walk to the Ferry Building and all that has to offer, as well as The Embarcadero and Union Square. And, there's Ozumo and Perry's and Boulevard and Chaya and... you get the idea. The lobby is small, but tasteful. The staff was very friendly and surprisingly helpful and attentive (like printing airline boarding passes for us). The rooms are tiny, but updated and modern (wall mounted flat panels and such). A great place to stay for a weekend. One item - the building is rather old, and the uneven floors in the upper hallways can make you feel drunk or hungover... even if you are not.

22/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Cindy M.
The rooms are small but nicely done.  

The problem is the room I was assigned to was incredibly noisy, way to noisy to be able to sleep.  Probably the noisiest hotel room I've ever stayed in.   I had to suffer through it for one night because the evening hotel staff weren't able to move me, but the next morning they did move me to a quieter room.

05/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. J J.
Pros: Great location.  Great places to eat nearby.  Walking distance to almost everything.  Check out the Farmer's Market across the street on Saturdays.  
Cons: Tiny room.  Hotel maids were upset since we asked for clean towels everyday (because they don't dry in the damp room.) Our floor in our room was uneven, so when you lay in bed, you're at a 25 degree angle (which would've been great for someone with reflux.)  Don't trust the bell hop, he assured us that the car service he got for us would take credit card, but when we got to the airport, the car service said he told the bellhop he only took cash.  Left us in a bind.  The front desk also told us a full breakfast is included.  But there was only toast, OJ, milk, some granola, and yogurt.  Not quite as promised.  And they were often out of coffee with no one to help.  
But I still loved the location despite all the cons.

29/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
10. Christine R.
Hotel Griffon is a gem. The rooms are immaculate and the service is top notch. The tea, coffee, and fruit in the lobby is an excellent touch. We couldn't believe what a great find this hotel is.

23/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Karen S.
My husband and I stayed here for a trip we took for his birthday; it was our first time to San Francisco and we thought the location was perfect!  We walked along the bay all the way to the Fisherman's Wharf and there were a ton of fabulous restaurants in the area.  This area is much better than the touristy Fisherman's Wharf and my husband actually hated the wharf so I'm glad I chose to stay here.  We had a bay view room on the third floor and it was great.  The view was amazing, especially at night.  While the room was small, it had a lot of character and had all of the necessities we needed.  The bathrooms could use a renovation as they were not up to par with the rest of the room.  Also, what is up with the toilets???  The "low flush" is supposed to save water but you end up having to flush it three times anyway so it defeats the purpose.  I agree with previous reviewers that the elevator is TINY.  I thought others were exaggerating when they said only two people could fit in it, but seriously, it's true.  Anyways, the staff was really nice.  They called a cab for us to the airport and were accommodating when I requested vanilla creamer for the coffee.  The best part of this hotel is probably the price; I want to say we booked it online for about $100 a night and then we called to upgrade to a bay view room for an additional $50 per night.  Can't beat that!  I would definitely stay here again and have already recommended it to others.

29/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. D H.
Interesting..   Very small room, it got a little cramped even with just the two of us and our few things.

TV was huge, but didn't use it since we were out exploring SF.   The dark decor is kinda cool.   The USB iphone dock was pretty handy.

The staff was very friendly.  There is a bar that connects to the lower lobby.

12/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Marc T.
We've staid at this hotel several times, we like the location and style of it. The rates have generally been reasonable and the staff are generally kind and polite, though we've never had "exceptional" service.

12/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Gabriel B.
This has to be my favorite boutique hotel anywhere. I have stayed at many but I am partial to this tiny one. I love the views of the Bay Bridge, the ease of getting in and out, parking is plentiful, the little restaurants and bars nearby are nice too. The staff are always friendly and the prices are, well becoming more reasonable lately. I have stayed here at least 12 times or that I recall over a 10 + year period. I used to like the old restaurant called the The Red Herring. Then it was Faz, then I don't even know the new place despite having dined there twice.  The rooms are small, clean, and the amenities are reasonable enough. There is a suite that has a balcony but it doesn't face the bridge, nevertheless its nice.

12/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Molly L.
Wow, they would have had 4 stars except they forgot a wake up call. There also was a bit of argument going on among the reception staff. A couple of them were perfectly pleasant and helpful, but can't promise the world.
The rooms range, I had a big room... with sectional sofa and balcony. It was nice, a bit damp and the brown decor does them no favors.
I'd stay there for the location, and it's a decent rest with juices and coffee for all.

24/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Erika G.
Great Hotel in a great location with great service!!! AND FREE parking for my Hybrid! SWEET!!!!
While we live in the city, we decided to stay at a Hotel down on the Embarcadero for NYE to avoid having to deal with parking and trying to find cabs home. Hotel Griffon was the perfect choice! While the hotel rooms were on the small side, they were very comfortable and well decorated. Everyone who worked at the hotel was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this hotel for those who live in San Francisco or visiting the city!

02/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Kat S.
I really liked this place.  The rooms are very small, but let's be honest, how much time do you really spend in your room?  My room had a terrific view of the Bay Bridge.  The bed was comfy and complimentary breakfast in the morning was nice.  The staff here is wonderful, although they are more hands-off and don't anticipate their guests' needs.   I liked that you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you're not too far away from some terrific places.

27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Rui W.
Spent one night here as it's walking distance to client's office.
I booked the king room with discounted price, so it doesn't have the bay view, but the window in the hall way is facing the Bay Bridge, and has a nice view.
The size of the room is okay for the city. The king bed is very comfy to sleep on. As in Anika K.'s review, the window seat is very nice, but imaging it's better for the bay view rooms.
The Dell LCD TV is a nice touch for the room. Only thing is because the limited space in the room, it's hunging above the sink which is next to the bed. It's okay to watch when you lay on the bed, not good view angle for seat anywhere else.
Staff are friendly and help as well. Free cont. breakfast is served.

05/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. James T.
What a great local getaway and place to put up friends.

They just remodeled the rooms in late 2007 and the rooms we saw were spacious. If they did not have the flat screen on the wall and a monolithic TV stand in the room I could see these rooms be a bit snug.

We had a few rooms and the top suites with the deck are very fun. We were loud and nobody could hear us. The service was awesome, very friendly staff and any time we needed something they came right away.

They had to take the stairs because the elevator is way too slow. It's a boutique hotel but location is great for business and tourists. I hate setting friends and family up in Union Square and Pier 39 areas because that is not San Francisco.

This way they get to see the Ferry Building and be closer to better dining and less crowds.

Good local secret for those who want to have a backup housing option for unexpected visitors.

05/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Albion R.
quaint and comfortable room.

nicely put together for such an intimate space.

personable counter staff.

convenient location.

07/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Michelle C.
My husband and  I stayed one night at the Hotel Griffon.  I had found an online special for $74/night and when I clicked through the price was actually $85. I called the hotel directly and she was able to give me the $74 price.

Parking is steep at $40/day with in/out privileges. Or $10/day at the lot across the street with no in/out privileges.
Staff was very kind and helpful at check in as well as checkout.  

The room is very small but we were busy and on the go so it worked fine for us.  We had a view of a brick wall but again didn't spend much time in our room so we do not feel we needed to pay more for a better view.

Location, right across from the Ferry Building was fantastic.  Waking up in the morning to walk along the Embarcadero and through the Ferry Building was quite enjoyable.
We would stay here again.

18/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Anika K.
Great location. My view, unfortunately, was of a brick wall which was not so nice, and the room was super-small. The window seat would have been a nicer touch if the view was better - but it was a nice way to create extra seating in the room.

The in-room tvs are huge, the service is good, and overall, it's a good stay if you can get a good rate.

However, if you can get an equal rate at the Harbor Court next door, that still holds the top spot for me for SF hotels.

04/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
23. Chris O.
I stayed at the Griffon for a friend's wedding in August and was very impressed with it.

It is totally tucked away in Steuart, but once inside it is a blend of "cozy" and "cramped".  The rooms are very small...think "If I were to put a king-sized bed in a closet, what would it look like?"  And there you have it.  However, if you notice, I gave five stars.  It's San Francisco!!  If you are going to stay in your room, go to the Oakland Airport Hilton.  This is a nice spot in that it's close to the Embarcadero and some great restaurants, Boulevard.  It's also out of the way, so there is not much street noise in the rooms when you do snuggle up in some great linens.

As a boutique hotel, the service was impeccable.  There is a free continental breakfast each morning, with fresh juices and three different papers (NYT, SF Cron, and USA Today).  I think there was also a WSJ too, but I don't remember exactly.

The rates we got for the wedding were fantastic, so I might there is some negotiation possible for a group.  Or, just practice your haggling skills.  There is a free internet setup in the lobby, with printer.

I had a great stay at the Griffon and would recommend to any who want to experience some quaint SF hotel charm.

15/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. m s.
The service was outstanding.  Sooo friendly and super helpful.  The location top notch.  The room and the hotel was beautiful inside and out.  Did not get to eat at Perry's, but that is a must next time.  Only thing, no one's at the front desk late at night.  Needed help opening the sofa and getting an extra blanket.

30/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Tom L.
I frequently stay here for business and this place is 4 stars on its best day.  Nearly all rooms look into air shafts where kitchen and other equipment  is often audible throughout the night.   The best part about the hotel is the location and the price.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. G M.
This is a small boutique hotel with a regal feel in a great area at a good price.  The rooms are all one queen sized bed, but they have a couple of special deluxe rooms too.  Right by the Embarcadero, you can't beat the location and the closeness of good food.  They have great customer service!  We worked with Sunjay there to get a room block for our wedding and he was so nice and accommodating! I hope our guests enjoy their stay there.

09/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Geri O.
Loved it! Great location, clean, wonderful staff, nice bar and restaurant, close to AT&T park. Very small rooms but didn't spend much time there. Would highly recommend! Definitely coming back

13/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Erica H.
I just returned from my stay here and I really enjoyed this hotel.  The location is nice since it is away from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman's Wharf but still has great views of the Bay and Bay Bridge.  The Ferry Building being right across the way was also super convenient.  We enjoyed breakfast there a few days of our stay.  The public transportation is amazing with a stop right by the hotel so do not let the fact that it is further from the touristy areas stop you.  The hotel staff was genuinely nice and helpful.  Also the rooms I stayed in with the LS deal was not too small as many have said.  It was the perfect amount of space for my husband and I and I also love when the sink is "outside"  the bathroom since one can be getting ready with the mirror while the other showers.  Another thing to note is the lobby bar...great place to grab drinks since it seems the whole city of SF closes up pretty early.  Awesome bartenders and it was very lively every night of our stay.  I would stay here again.

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Spencer N.
With a prime location on Steuart Street, Hotel Griffon is perfect for a weekend stay or a week stay in San Fran. Price wise...its pretty cheap for a san fran. hotel. Please, if you come here looking for a motel 6 priced hotel, you will end up sleeping with crack whores in the Tenderloin. I dont know about you, but i like to wake up with out crabs in the morning. Thank you VERY much.

The hotel is done in a very, chic fashion(reds, browns golds) but also semi industrial with exposed brick. Its pretty cool. Rooms were very nice. We had an amazing view of a building...and an ally. You win some, you lose some. Oh...and hello! The valet parking guy called our room telling us we had left an iPod  in the car and was bringing it up in case we wanted to use it on the iHome in the room. Thats pretty nice service!

Having lived in the SF area, i must say that Griffon is easily one of the best hotels to stay in if you are planning a night out with friends and dont want to drive home OR settle for a bed with a cheap whore. Unless you like that.

01/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Tim O.
I defer to my interior designer girlfriend. Hold on. ... Let me ask her what she thought of this place. ... I won't tell her it's for Yelp. ... Hold on. ... She says it's "pretty nice." "They did some things well." "Cute, small rooms, but had some character." "I would have done some things differently, but whatever." Well, that's to be expected from her. From my perspective, the rooms were affordable, clean and hip. It's on the back side of the Embarcadero, atop Perry's restaurant, which is convenient. Staff was nice and hooked me up with a free paper. Plus, we swiped a cool cardboard pen. Score.

15/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. J. G.
Cute little boutique hotel with older rooms but nicely appointed. Couldn't have asked for nicer people and service.

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Jenny Z.
The owner of the hotel contacted me and has given me a full refund.  This is very appreciated!  He has also assured me that the problem I encountered has been solved.

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Avi S.
I don't usually write reviews on hotels but I have to for Hotel Griffon. I recently surprised my girlfriend in San Francisco while she was there for a conference and proposed to her. The spot I chose was Pier 14 near the Bay Bridge. Hotel Griffon was in the perfect location for me to stay since it was literally across the street from Pier 14. I booked a room here through their website because they happen to have a halloween special for that weekend. I got a great deal on a standard room.
The night before I was flying into SF, I called the hotel to make sure I could check in a little earlier than 3 PM since my flight got in early and I had to prepare for the main event. The person on the phone, Kevin, was really nice and immediately knew my plans since I had called a few weeks back telling them I was going to propose. Without me even asking he said he would upgrade me to the executive suite. Even though I didn't have the bay view, it was a huge room and had a lot of space. The balcony was pretty nice also as it was a great backdrop for photos post proposal.
Prior to my proposal, I involved the front desk staff in helping out with my plan. They were very nice about it and helped execute my plan perfectly. All in all, I felt the staff was extremely nice, had a great stay, was able to check out a little later (1PM) and was the icing on the cake to a great weekend with my fiancé...I would def stay here again and recommend it to anyone. Location was great also since it was walking distance to the ferry building and the farmers market. The Embarcadero BART is also real close by.

06/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Karla P.
My hubby and I stayed here on April 14th, thanks to a pretty cool living social deal. Most of the reviews were decent of this place, so I was excited to stay here. The location is great, right scross to the Ferry building, and a beautiful view of the bay bridge. We actually checked in an hour early (its 3 pm check in) and Olivia was very friendly and wonderful. Our bell hop was  super awesome too, just can't remember the name!! I read a lot of yelp reviews and read the rooms were small ,so I was prepared. Yes, they are quite small, be ready for that. Now, its just my hubby and I, so we were fine with it, but If you like to spread out, this could be a problem. Our room was beautiful and very clean, though I was super dissapointed we didn't have the exposed brick in our room, like some people had in theirs.

Some other points
-The beds weren't very comfortable, everything was way too firm.
-our first afternoon there, turndown service came by with complimentary water bottles. Nice.
-Parking is expensive, I think $40 bucks a night (double check though).

Other than that, we were very happy with our stay!!!

17/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Jack T.
I was VERY impressed.

The description looked like it was a fancy spa hotel but the price was not exorbitant. So naturally I went for it and was very satisfied with my experience.

The facilities were small but indeed very luxurious and spa-like. Service and staff was friendly without being annoying and they offered a nice set of FREE amenities... LIKE INTERNET! Other hotels can learn from them for sure. Complimentary breakfast items like pastries, juice and yogurt on every floor and decent coffee on the ground floor everyday. The location itself was pretty nice. Just few blocks from the SOMA area and even closer to the baseball stadium and the Bay Bridge.

This is one place I would look out for every time I stay in SF.

29/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Julie S.
Perfect location, so close to many things in SF:  America's Cup Paviillion, AT&T, Ferry Plaza, FiDi, Embarcadero, Bay Bridge lights.  Lovely decor in adequately sized room.  Free Hybrid parking.  Very friendly and helpful staff: front desk, valet, cleaning.  They understand customer service!  Restaurant attached was fun, positive staff, good happy hour.  Free wifi, coffee in room as well as lobby.  All in all, a great weekend in SF.  We will return!

22/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Cheryl G.
Our room was teeny tiny but clean, comfortable and quiet.

The view of the brick wall out our window was a bit disappointing when you could be looking out over the bay.....

The elevator is super slow so take the stairs if you can.

The real lure of this hotel is the location. You're right next to the Ferry Building away from the bustle of Union Square and the ruffians of the TL.

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Erin L.
Stayed in this hotel in March with my best friend. Yeah, we had to share a bed, but the room was great. Perfect size,very accomodating. The services was wonderful. Happy hour is not much to write about, but there are plenty of places close by.

23/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Mike S.
Great location. Great staff. Tiny room but it was clean and nice. Don't expect to be wow'ed with 5-star shampoos and lotions. It's a nice clean average hotel in a great location next to the Ferry Building with less than average size rooms and an accommodating staff.

The view from our room was all brick, but you could see the bay bridge, etc from the hallway.

There's a YMCA two doors down that you can exercise at (or take Yoga, etc). The hotel has passes for $5.

01/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Charlotte B.
Small but superb.

This fantastic boutique hotel is perfect for the business traveler, tourist, or local looking for an ideal getaway destination. They bay-view rooms are wonderful, especially at night.

Location, attentive staff, and impeccable rooms make the Hotel Griffon a jewel.

22/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Robyn W.
We chose the Hotel Griffon on our trip to SF soley for its location - close to the Ferry Building - but the service will bring us back again.
We checked in later in the evening, and the front desk clerk wasn't rude, but she wasn't overly friendly either.  She checked us in to our room - no more, no less.  But the service got much better from there (more on that in a bit).
We booked just a basic, standard room, and it was nice enough, but small.  Like, really small.  Like, my-claustrophobic-husband-was-near-panic-attack small.  And the bed had a big dip in the center, so we kept rolling in to eachother all night long. But we were only there for a couple of nights, so we sucked it up.
When we checked out, the front desk was very friendly, and we asked that when we returned in a couple of days that we not be put in the same room because of the uncomfortable bed.
When we got back after a couple of nights in wine country, I asked if it was possible to get a room with a king-sized bed, and again, the very helpful front desk looked at their availablilty and put us into a slightly larger room with a bigger bed.
Except it smelled.
I swear, I am not the type of guest that finds something wrong with every room, but the Griffon just kept throwing things at me.
As I was debating whether the smell (mildew-y) was "that bad", the front desk called up to see if the room was OK.  Since she asked, I mentioned the smell and she promptly moved us to another room.
I felt a bit like Goldilocks: the first room was too small, the second room was too smelly and the third room was just right...
The king bed was comfy and afforded us a bit more room to move around, and the exposed brick wall was nice.
But every member of the staff that we dealt with - front desk, bellmen/valet, housekeeping (except for the first girl that first night) - was exemplary; putting up with my seemingly endless complaints and requests without ever giving the impression that I was a pain in the butt.
And that is a skill worth rewarding.

21/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Sierra S.
Stayed here one night, a Friday.  Yes, the rooms are tiny, and yes, the elevator is small.  But what do you want for $125 a night (including tax) in San Francisco?  And yes, the window view is a brick wall.  But if you walk around the block, you are on the Embarcadero, just south of the Ferry Building.  It is also just a short walk to the Giants' ballpark.

Important note:  if your car is a hybrid, they will waive the $40 valet parking fee.

I would stay here again.

16/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Kyndal K.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Griffon for one night using the Livingsocial Deal. I religiously checked yelp and tripadvisor each week leading up to our stay to see what everyone had to say about the service and rooms and such so I'm happy to leave my own review and say that Hotel Griffon was great! It's a very lovely hotel with the friendliest staff. the bell-hop Terrance was very helpful. The room was impeccably  clean and very comfortable. We went to the Dodgers vs Giants game and walked to the park. It's an easy walk, but after a full day of walking the walk back was a bit exhausting.  We cant wait to go back and stay again.

06/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Robert H.
Stayed at the Hotel Griffon for an overnight getaway. The waterfront location is beautiful and within walking distance to anything you might need- restaurants, bars, shopping, drugstore, etc. What impressed me the most was the friendly and accomodating staff however. When I checked in I accidentally left my new cell phone in the car. Returning later in the day I asked if someone could retrieve it for me but they had already taken the initiative of removing it and holding it at the desk in my name for safekeeping.

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Jeimy F.
Customer service was great! Food was good.

30/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Jordan G.
My boyfriend purchased a LivingSocial deal for Hotel Griffon and we had a great stay. The room was cute and quaint- expected size for a boutique hotel. The location is fantastic, steps away from the embarcadero and Ferry building. Also a pleasant surprise to see that there was a Perry's connected. They have convenient parking and the front desk receptionist was polite and helpful. We would def stay here again when visiting SF.

09/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. karin m.
My husband and I had booked a room for a 5 nights.  It was a work trip. We stayed just 1. The room was tiny, had hardly any electrical outlets for computers and phones.

Only 1 chair and a small desk.

But worst of all was the lack of AC. We were told it was broken, and there were no fans available.

It was a hot night, so we managed to open the windows to the max, only to be kept awake by the noise from the sidewalk restaurant down below, and later by the drunks hanging out on the Embarcadero. For $ 349.00 a night we had expected better.

Nice view of the Baybridge though.

04/06/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
48. Leena N.
Lets start with location. It's near a lot of great restaurants and close to the pier. Parking. Valet is $45 a night. YIKES! But there is a garage nearby that you can park for $10 a day. Not bad yes? The room. It's nice and clean. The catch? It's tiny. Bed is comfortable. The robe is nice. But what I don't like? The sink and the toilet is separate. Meaning the mirror and sink is in front of the bed, and the bathtub and toilet is in a separate room. The heck?! The bathroom commodities are regular. Nothing spectacular. Service is great. The staff is nice. But you have to have a key to enter the elevator. YMCA is to the left. $5 passes from the hotel. Overall, it was an ok stay. Nothing stood out to me other than the fact that it's close by to everything. :)

14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
49. Katy M.
We had a great time at the Hotel Griffon!  Booked a room for $109 and $1 valet parking, so our total bill was $127 when all said and done.  It's a boutique hotel - so yes the rooms are cozy, the sink isn't in the bathroom and the elevator is slow.  So what?  The location is great - walking distance to a variety of restaurants, and to public transportation.  We stay here for Giants games or for a getaway to the city.

We've stayed here probably a dozen times in the past  year, and every time the staff has been extremely nice and accommodating.

15/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Brooke S.
Very quaint little boutique hotel.  We stayed here due to the location being so close to Piers #1-#3 in the Embarcadero.  The room was very clean and comfortable, including a window seat as well as an incredibly comfortable bed.

The room was just perfect for us, but the size is fairly small compared to many other mainstream hotels.  There was a great bar and restaurant on the lobby level - Perry's on the Embarcadero that had phenomenal food.  Plus, the waitstaff were fun and attentive as well.

All in all, we will definitely be staying at Hotel Griffon in the future when we are in the area!

19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Chris C.
Very comfortable Boutique style Hotel. The rooms are on the smaller side, but usually when I stay in the city I'm not in the room very much, so it worked well for me.  Perry's restaurant/bar in the lobby makes some good food and drinks, but it's a little pricey.

All in all, this is a Hotel I will gladly visit again.

19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. N. P.
First things first, what is it with hotels and the slamming doors? I know we're all for safety and not getting rooms broken into, but my entire night's stay here was characterized by *SLAM* *SLAM* *SLAMSLAM* *SLAM* *SLAM* *SLAMSLAMSLAM*
Then, in the morning when the maids come to clean, it continues for another 4-5 hours until about noon or so. (may I remind you, that check-out time is at NOON, and check-in time is at 3PM...seems unnecessary to be cleaning and slamming at 6am. But that's just me.)

I've stayed in a lot of hotels, and it seems like this is more of an issue in the "boutique-y" type places, but maybe the management could do something about that? For a hotel in SUCH small quarters, it's very disturbing.

Unfortunately, I wish I could say that was the only disturbing thing about this stay.

As soon as we (my husband and I) reached the hotel, we were met with an EXTREMELY unfriendly and rude front desk person who basically told us we did not have reservations at that hotel. Funny, because the day before, my husband called and arranged, you guessed it, *~reservations at the Hotel Griffon~*
My husband had asked the person on the phone that day if he needed to bring anything with him, like an confirmation print-out, and was told "no, just show up and we'll have you right here!"

Rude Front Desk Lady asked us if maybe our reservations were at something nearby, the "Harbor Bay Hotel?" Well, as of writing this, I wish I could say I were so lucky as to have stayed at the Harbor Bay Hotel.
After fooling around on her computer for a few minutes, and sort of shrugging her shoulders in a "well, what do you want ME to do about it?" way, her coworker suggested maybe she could give us a room anyway.
Now, did I mention, this was for a business trip and we were quoted the corporate rate the day before on the phone?
And somehow, magically, we knew what the corporate rate was going to be for that very hotel?
Anyway, she fooled around on a few more computer things, and told us that someone with the exact same last name was staying there.....next week? But there was a different first name? No worries, she could get us a room that night.
Interesting, because we have a pretty unique last name. Funny coincidence, that.

As you can kind of figure, that turned out to bite us in the ass. As my husband checked his account statement today (we stayed there last weekend,) he noticed......a broken reservation fee!! $200! Although we were told "we couldn't be found in the system," "we ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT BE DOUBLE CHARGED," etc.,etc. they managed to find our credit card information for the fee. Funny coincidence, that.

Now, I could tell you about the pros of this hotel, like the quaint rooms, nice bed, and great TV. But I'll spare you the pros, because they were so miniscule compared to the cons, that I would advise you to probably not stay there anyway. I will say that the other front desk people, as well as the man my husband talked to on the phone to get our refund were friendly, but friendly absolutely does not make up for incompetence in general.

Other fun cons that you may want to consider before staying here:

-our window view was of a white brick wall
-they also charged the wrong credit card for valet services
-valet services were $40, save yourself the hassle and park across the street for $10
-the maid came in TWICE although a "do not disturb" sign was on the door
-the rooms were, as others have mentioned, painfully small. this did not bother me specifically, but I know for a fact it would bother many people, especially those trying to work. Think, 'bathroom sink next to the bed' small.

All in all, if it weren't for the screwed up reservations, I would give this a solid 3 stars - please find somewhere else to stay if you're looking at something in this price range. The hassles and inconveniences were not worth it, and I will not be staying there in the future.

03/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
53. Terry N.
Had a great business stay at the Griffon.  Small but quiet rooms near the Embarcadero overlooking the Bay Bridge and it's close to the new Giant's stadium.  Local dining is excellent.  Close enough to walk to a Bart station or the farmers market beside the ferry pier.

30/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Jill M.
My husband and I decided to combine a weekend photo shoot with a romantic time together.   I am so impressed!  We purchased a package deal from Living Social.  I have found several times in the past that hotels will treat you like 2nd class citizens because you chose to save a little money and purchase an on-line deal....but NOT Hotel Griffon!  Absolutely incredible service.  I am not sure who does their hiring but he/she choses real quality people.  People who genuinely like their jobs!!!  EVERY body we encountered had a great attitude and went out of their way to make our stay incredible!!!   The front desk is especially amazing!    Some how there was a minor mess up with our reservations...but they went out of their way to make it up to us!     Our room was very nice, great view of the Bay Bridge and the embarcadero (see photos!!) .  It was a nice size, clean, and well appointed.  The attached restaurant, Perry's, was very good too.  We will for sure be back!!!

07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Lisa Q.
It's a small hotel with small rooms but guess what, it's right next to the Ferry Building.

It's convenient for breakfasts and nom tours of the the farmer's market.

07/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
56. LL C.
small cute rooms that make efficient use of the limited space. toiletries were well stocked. free valet. friendly staff throughout. water and chocolate at check-in. free wifi. prime location.

the only complain is the noise in the morning...the rooms are small and the door/walls are thin...vacuuming in the morning is not the best thing to do, especially not on a weekend when some guest are trying to sleep in

17/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. P C.
Great location on the Embarcadero, about a block from the Ferry Building. Nicely arranged modern rooms, Euro-sized. Enough for a quick overnight in the city. Desk staff was helpful. Morning coffee in the lobby much appreciated. Having Perry's next door is convenient for breakfast, or a late night drink. All in all a great place to stay, and use as home base for some awesome city walks.

28/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Matt P.
This a decent stay for one night, but I don't know if I would stay for 2 nights back to back unless I had a room that has a window facing the street.

It's a boutique, and the decor makes you feel at home, though the rooms are tiny. That's probably due the age of the building and there's no way they'd be able to expand the rooms without knocking out some load-bearing infrastructure.  Not much you can do with that, so I can't knock the room its the size alone, but I will admit it felt a little claustrophobic.

The view however, was, amazing...some exposed brick, rain downspouts and another guests window pain, maybe 10 ft -15 ft or so away - absolutely breathtaking.  Okay, not really, but if I were to stay here for more than one night, I'd surely loose all my marbles.

The location is great - it's right off of the Embarcadero & walking distance to the ballpark, market st, & rest of the downtown south of market area.  

Overall, it was good for one night - clean room & hospitable service too.  If I choose to book here again, it will all really depend on the length of my stay in the bay.

26/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
59. Hector R.
Stayed here in early April '12 for two nights during a brief visit to the city for a job interview. The location is great, right next to the Ferry Building and with sights of the Bay Bridge just a 30 second stroll away.

Rooms are nice and clean, with a comfortable bed and a lounge seat right next to the window. There's a restaurant downstairs if you need anything.

14/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Bob K.
terrible place to stay. really small rooms. We checked in and the room was so cold. The thermostat didn't work, and asked front desk to change our room. turned out all their rooms are crappy. so they ended up bringing an electric heater that smelled ver bad. the beds are also the opposite of comfortable. will never stay at this shit hole again.

30/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
61. Alison C.
Stayed here for a birthday stay-cation in early April. I bought a Living Social deal with them, so the room was nicely discounted AND included parking. What a deal.

The service was great, from the valet guy to the front desk staff. Everyone was friendly, accommodating, and helpful. The room was a bit tiny, but it had free wi-fi, a comfy big bed, and a decent sized shower. The sink is in the room, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you (and potentially your significant other) work. Getting ready with a sink and mirror while the other showered worked out well for us.

The TV is mounted up close to the ceiling on the wall, which made laying in bed and watching TV the least amount of effort I have ever needed to expend.

All in all, great little hotel tucked away in the Embarcadero. Right next to the Bay Bridge and Ferry building. My one disappointment was not having a view, and not knowing that since the description for the Living Social deal didn't mention it.

Oh, and it's literally across the street from Yank Sing. YUM.

11/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Dan S.
Really liked this hotel. Right next to the embarcadero. Perry's the restaurant downstairs had good food and was great for cocktails. The "city view is pretty much just looking straight at the post office but the bay view was a nice view of the bridge and the embarcadero. Staff was top notch and extremely friendly. Room was very nice and modern but just a bit small. Overall the staff and the location made this a great place to stay

29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Conrad M.
Very pretty historic Art Deco hotel right next to the Embarcadero Drive with a view of the Bay bridge. Well maintained building, staff was very professional, smiley and friendly. Refrehments were offered in the lobbey. The restaurant/bar was very busy and apparently very popular with the local upscale professional after work crowd. I would visit this place again.

14/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Amy O.
This is a quiant hotel near the Ferry Building in San Francisco that has great character.

I have stayed here twice and the customer service is hit or miss. And when it is miss, it is really a miss. Both times I checked in, the check-in staff (at the desk and valet) were very short with us. Almost where you don't feel welcomed. The first time I stayed here, the front desk actually argued with me about my AC not working.

But, then, the morning service on Saturdays is great...friendly...all smiles...not inconvenienced.

The rooms - the rooms are very small (typical for SF boutique hotel), but I have also stayed in a suite here which was awesome.

Anyway, I don't want to pay $200+ for a small room and get service with an attitude.

06/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
65. Laurie H.
Yes the room was teeny tiny - but I knew that going in. It was exactly what my son and I needed for the night - a quiet place to sleep. Even if someone is above you, chances are they walk pretty quietly around their room - no kids jumping up and down in the morning.

The room was clean, it was interior so no view (again - I knew that), but it had everything we needed and the whole place truly is quiet quiet quiet.

One thing I do absolutely hate - the sink/mirror in the bedroom. There's just something about that - lack of privacy I suppose - that gives me the ewww factor. But where would they put it? No room in the actual bathroom for it.

Now I'm going to give you a great tip for parking. First of all, props to the front desk and valet staff: when we arrived and I asked if there were in and out privileges for the valet overnight, they said yes....and let me know about the fee of $45-ish (tax and all). Seeing my discomfort with the price, they were kind enough to let me know about a special that the Rincon garage (entrance around the corner) had for Friday night/Saturday. If I entered the lot after 6pm, I could park there for $10 until 7am, and then $10 from 7am to...well, I forget what time, but for awhile. The problem was that you have to get into the garage by 11pm - and since I was going to a show at the Fillmore, that wasn't possible.

SO, after doing some reconnaissance based on some knowledge of the area, found that 1/2 block down, there are meters on Howard between Embarcadero and Steuart St where you can park for free on Friday night after 6 or 7 pm until 7am the next day. And then, those meters are 4 hour meters at $3 per hour. So I rolled up close to midnight, parked there, set my alarm for 6:55am - fed the meter (takes credit cards, too), and went back to bed.  Later, we hung out until 2pm in the area and only ended up paying around $22. Yes, it's a lot, but it was way less than the $45. Obviously it depends on what night you stay (3 nights a week they street clean so watch for that), and what your plan is with your car, but it's a great option. I also believe the deadend section of Steuart south of Howard has the same meter situation.

13/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Silvy A.
I think I am just a fan of the bay area in general but I LOVED my stay here. I only stayed one night, the friend I was visiting that weekend was moving out of her apartment on Sunday, so I booked a single Saturday night stay.

The location is PERFECT. I met up with my college roomie in Chinatown for dinner and had  a lovely walk from the hotel. You have all kinds of public transpo stops, the bart, the muni, those little cable cars?

The bed and room was so lovely and clean. Yes, small but I who needs that much room to sleep? The bed was amazing, I didn't want to get up! You also get no noise since you're far enough from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but close enough to walk there.

For parking, we stayed at the lot right across from the hotel (Rincon Plaza) it was only $10 over night. The $45+ valet the hotel charges is ridic! I am glad I read yelp and saw that there was parking. The only thing yelp didn't mention was the name of the plaza and the exact location so we drove around to find this $10 parking structure only to find out it was right across from the hotel! The entrance is actually on Spear street. You can walk out onto Steuart where the hotel is located, so convenient!

Another hidden gem was the bay bridge right behind us. We walked over and there's a bridge platform thing that you can walk out "into" the water. It was so pretty at night! So yea, we didn't have a view of it from the room but  you can just walk on over and take a look at yourself.

Overall I would stay here again. I got a good price on the hotel by booking ahead of time, so I would just need to do that again. The staff is nice, the location is perfect, the  hotel noise level is awesome, and the rooms are comfortable!

23/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Misti P.
I bought the Living Social deal for $126 including parking.  When I called to make my reservation, Julia told me that the date I needed (my wedding anniversary) was one of the dates excluded in the deal.  Sure enough, it said so on the web site, I just hadn't read that far down.  My bad.  Anyway, I explained my situation and she went ahead and booked it for me anyway.  The web site also stated that the rooms with a view were excluded so I was shocked when Julia upgraded us to a view room when we checked in.  We had the most amazing view of the Bay Bridge and the Ferry Building!!

The staff was exceptional.  Julia was there for most of our stay but I did meet Olivia in the morning when I went down for coffee.  We were looking for something to do on our anniversary that is not the typical tourist stuff since we go to SF often.  Julia made a few suggestions, helped me find a web site of free events (nothing going on that Monday though) in the area and eventually suggested the perfect day, a trip to the Science Academy.

Pros:
Location is excellent and the view was fantastic.  Service was top notch.  The bed was huge and had tons of pillows.  The TV was mounted high on the wall making it extremely easy to watch from bed.  Perry's downstairs was great for breakfast.  Free wi-fi and truffles in the room.  Free coffee, tea and fruit downstairs in the am.  Sink was in the room so I could get ready while hubby showered.

Cons:
Honestly, I have no complaints about my visit at all.  However, if I had paid over $400 for my room which is listed on the web site, I would have been upset about the size of the room.  It was pretty small and there was no closet, only an armoire by the desk.  Parking is usually not included in the price of the room and is expensive (around $40 a night).

Non of the cons applied to our visit, but I thought it fair to include the information for others.

15/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. SB C.
Wow, this place is so great. I want whatever the employees put in their orange juice in the morning. Everyone is so sweet, and it feels authentic, not showy.

I bought 2 Living Social deals for my niece's visit to SF from Michigan. I asked, when we checked in, if she could have a bay view room since this was her first trip here (she is 16). Olivia so nicely upgraded her to a killer room even though we had the LS deal. Imagine the memories that made for a 16 year old! Olivia could not have been nicer or more professional. She remembered us everytime we came into the lobby, and made my 6 year old daughter feel special as well. To be fair, the rest of the staff was wonderful as well. But she definitely was the heart of the operation.

The second room was small but comfy and quiet. The complimentary tea and apples in the lobby were appreciated by old and young alike. The valet service (included in the LS deal) was terrific and they even let you leave your car till 3 the day you check out. All told, a wonderful experience and I will definitely keep them in mind the next time I come down to the Bay Area.

06/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Michael M.
I had just moved to the city and need a place to stay while I looked for a more permanent solution. I decided to stay at Hotel Griffon because of its convenient location and not being nearly as expensive as other nearby hotels. I found the room to be cozy and clean. No problems at all with the bed or the bathroom. The front desk staff were also very friendly and helpful; one of them even personally reached out to their friends to see if any of them were looking for a potential roommate or tenant (in me). If I'm ever between places, I would definitely stay here again.

25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Eric N.
We stayed here for the first time a couple of weeks ago while attending a Giants game.  Location is so great being on the Embarcadero with the ball park, Ferry Building, and plethora of restaurants all within within walking distance.  Bay Bridge and the current light show displayed is breathtaking from a window view or just out front the hotel.  Although the hotel feels somewhat "miniaturized" with small narrow lobby, tiny elevator, and  subtle room size (although not all that atypical for SF), the charm of the building and incredible warmth of the staff are ten times larger that the walls it occupies.  Bathroom was a bit outdated with a broken shower head that was still usable.  I mentioned it as I was checking out and they were there to fix it before my wife had left the room.  This place is perfect for business travelers and bay area residents that want a night or weekend in the City.  Although not that close to typical "tourist" activities (Pier 39 is a LONG walk or taxi away), it is ideal for going to games or hitting the farmers market across the street on Saturday mornings!  OH!!!!!! The biggest surprise of our stay is they have FREE parking for hybrid vehicles.  That was a $40.00 savings and bumped my 4 stars to 5!

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Curtis H.
The Griffon was a truly exceptional experience.
The staff went out of there way several times for, the room was perfectly appointed and very comfortable. Free Hybrid parking, fun bar restaurant down stairs. I will make it a point to stay here again.
Thank you all for a great stay! Kudos to your entire staff.

22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Jean S.
Great location. Small rooms but this is San Francisco and really why do you need a large room (if you want to have a get together in your room though, not the place)? The rooms are great though, bed very comfortable, everything works well. No view both times I stayed, don't know if they have rooms with one or not. Excellent customer service, Bryan at the reception desk is one of my favorite receptionists ever, just nice, professional and helpful with a genuine smile.

Ask for a room away from the ice machine, the hotel is too small to have an alcove with the machine, so it is in the open. People apparently need ice all night. :(

Room service from Perry's downstairs was fast and delicious.

Expensive parking but again you are in the City.

30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Gregory G.
Great location.  Smaller hotel in renovated older building.  Perfect place to stay for business or short vacation in SF.  Views of the bay and Bay Bridge from some rooms.  Many great restaurants in the immediate area.  Short walk to the Ferry Building, Market Street and the Embarcadero area.  Staff is very helpful and friendly.  Easy access to gym at the Y next door.

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Courtney K.
Pros:  Great location and a nice boutique hotel with a restaurant and bar conveniently downstairs.  Staff was friendly.  Hotel was clean.

Cons:  Rooms are really small (at least mine was) and it was cramped for two people because we didn't really have room for both of our carry-on bags.  I've stayed in a lot of boutique hotel rooms and this was much smaller, even smaller than a cruise ship stateroom.  The other con is that my room had one window which faced three brick walls.  (In other words it was an interior window in an old building that basically had shafts to allow for my daylight, I suspect.) The third con is the nonstop roar of the vacuum.  The hotel was clean but it was a bit noisy.

I struggled with how many stars to give this place.  I only paid $126/night for my room thanks to Living Social and for that it was a steal, but for other prices, I would be highly disappointed. My ratings go something like this...

Living Social Deal of $126/night - 4 stars
Travelocity price of $250/night - 3 stars
"List Price" on the inside of the closet door of $400/night - 1.5 stars

Knowing that most people won't get a $126/night rate, I've tried to scale my rating accordingly thus the three stars.

08/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
75. Julie T.
I was introduced to this hotel when I saw a good deal for a one-night stay on LivingSocial. My fiance and I needed to come to SF for a trip to check out some wedding-related details anyway, so why not make this our resting spot?

We checked in right at 3 and lounged in the room for a bit. It had a really cool exposed brick wall, and a window seat! With a light! OK, since I was about 5 I have ALWAYS wanted a window seat to lay on and read books. This little nook indulged my childhood fantasy. A-OK in my book.

The pillows were uncomfortably large (didn't realize that until about the middle of the night), and yes, the sink was out in the room rather than tucked away in the bathroom, but otherwise our room was lovely. The employees were polite and quick with their assistance. Room service breakfast was pricey (as room service always is), but the food was good and not stingy.

The location of the hotel couldn't be better - it's on a not-so-busy, safe street in the Embarcadero area, a block away from bus stops, and only a couple of minutes from the freeway. Next time we're in SF I would consider staying here again.

21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Kaity J.
I think the Hotel Griffon is absolutely charming. A friend won two free nights here and was kind enough to let us use them, and I'm so glad that he did.

The place is small. If you're expecting huge rooms with lots of space, this probably won't be your cup of tea. I, however, fell in love immediately with the exposed brick walls, the huge, comfy beds, and the gorgeous views of the bay and bridge. Oh, and the delicious truffles they leave in your room every night :)

Great location on the Embarcadero, and within easy walking distance to the Ferry Building and the rest of the Financial District.

If you're looking for a quaint spot with charm, consider Hotel Griffon.

28/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
77. Scott P.
The experience at Hotel Griffon was excellent. The staff was friendly and very helpful to someone visiting San Fran with no idea which local spots to hit. The management staff was very accommodative. The rooms were quaint, but the location of the hotel was within an easy walk to desirable spots and within 2 blocks of the F line. I recommend this hotel to anyone visiting San Fran.

01/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Debbie V.
We loved the Hotel Griffon-yes it was pricy but was worth it. We had 3 rooms for 3 nights because there was 5 in our family. It was close to everything. Loved running in that area. Our 18 year old son enjoyed working out at the YMCA just a few doors down fro just $5 a day. The rooms were small but we knew that going in and they were nice and the service and everything was great. We didn't eat at the hotel, so don't know about the restaurant. The coffee and fruit in the lobby in the morning was great.

21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
79. Lyn A.
I reserved sleeping rooms and meeting space at the Hotel Griffon for a three-day  executive meeting last week, and the event turned out great!   Toshi Goto and Kevin McHale were my Sales Dept contacts, I was very impressed with their professionalism and helpfulness;  they were real pleasure to work with!  I arrange many meetings throughout the year, if only all my hotel contacts were as nice as these two gents!

Being a small boutique hotel, the Hotel Griffon only has one meeting room, their Boardroom, which normally seats 12, but can be increased to seat 14.  We managed to cram in 16 people at one point, it was very snug but it still worked out ok (though really, I don't recommend it, but we had no choice, so we made the best of it!) The room comes nicely equipped with a 50" wall-mounted plasma TV, which is very nice for presentations; comfy seating, with a small patio and balcony right off the room which made for a nice break area.  Catering is provided by Perry's Restaurant, the food was very good, and the staff was very attentive, timely, and easy to work with!

Again, this is a boutique hotel, so the sleeping rooms are very small (they are modeled after European style hotel rooms), but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in charm, and many rooms have great views! The hotel itself is in a great area of San Francsico, easy walk to many restaurants, BART, and you're right on the Embarcadero, one of the prime locations in The City!  

I truly look forward to working with the staff at Hotel Griffon for another executive event, in fact I hope to stay there soon for some personal R & R!

17/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Josh F.
Checked in for the first time. Matt and Jordan helped me out. Very quick check in service. Got to the room had a nice suit that over looked the bay bridge. Room has direct tv and complimentary Wi-Fi. Great lounge downstairs. Great location.

09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. Suzie D.
My husband and I stayed here for our Anniversary it is in a great location. When we were checking in they asked what brought to the city. We told them it was our 28th anniversary. They gave us a discount in parking, drink coupons for the bar and a nice bottle of champagne was chilling in the room when we got there. Everyone was very friendly and attentive during our stay. The reason I'm only giving four stars is because the room was extremely small. Other than that we enjoyed our stay. I do recommend this hotel.

12/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Ash Sparks F.
I definitely enjoyed my stay at Hotel Griffon!

Our room was altogether lovely despite its size.  I loved the wallpaper and the light fixtures.  I also loved the USB port on the desk.  It was very useful for me since I did not bring my iPhone charger's plug and only had the chord with me!  The compact, space-saver design was definitely a plus for me.  The number of pillows for a queen sized bed in a room for 2 also made me so happy!  They provided 4 regular sized pillows, 1 "hot dog" pillow, and smaller decorative pillow with a griffin on the case!  Lovely!    

The bathroom was very clean and there was no grime on the bath tub tiles.  I loved the toiletries they provided, especially the waste-reducing exfoliating soap and the shower cap.  Hotel Griffon also had a REAL hairdryer! -- not like the wall hair dryer in most hotels.  The bathroom looked very sleek and modern.  However, the sink is built too far from the edge of the counter and so I had to bend over to I reached the sink.

Hotel Griffon offers free wi-fi.  Guests can purchase wi-fi for a faster internet connection, but I was happy with the speed of the free wi-fi.

It was a tiny, whimsical boutique hotel, and I loved it!

PS.  Hotel Griffon is in a prime location too!

08/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. CC S.
I booked a 2 night stay at Hotel Griffon for my parents when they visited San Francisco, because I was looking for a boutique hotel on the Embarcadero that had a view of the Bay Bridge lights.  

Because my Internet was down, I called Hotel Griffon and made my reservations by phone. The staff member I spoke to was professional, warm, and accommodated the specific requests I made to make my parents' belated anniversary visit special.

When I checked my parents in, the staff greeted my parents, congratulated them on their anniversary, gave them complementary tickets for Perry's Restaurant, and gave them a room on the top floor with an amazing view.

My parents raved about their 2-night stay, the friendly staff, and how much they enjoyed staying at Hotel Griffon.

I received frequent email updates before their stay, and was sent an immediate "thank you for staying at Hotel Griffon" message the morning of their check out. Thank you Hotel Griffon for making my parents stay a memorable one!!!

I highly recommend Hotel Griffon if you are looking for a boutique hotel with personalized service in a happenin' neighborhood for out-of-town family and friends in San Francisco. It would also be a great place for out of town business professionals, and couples to stay.

06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Suzan S.
My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary 3/17/14. My husband found the hotel through a Living Social deal and I am so glad we did. This is a charming boutique hotel with a wonderful location near the ferry building. The staff are very friendly. Upon checking in we mentioned it was our anniversary. When we got back from dinner that night a lovely bottle of sparkling wine was waiting for us. So very sweet. The rooms are small but our bed was a king and very comfortable. I will say the hotel is old but very clean. I loved the exposed brick walls and the decor was lovely too.
Thank You Hotel Griffon for a wonderful stay. I would stay here again.

18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. Susan L.
Superb location.  Our room was dark, small and stuffy, as it was an interior room looking out on an air shaft. It was nicely appointed however. That being said, the staff at this hotel was outstanding.  Every single person we had contact with was pleasant and helpful.  Everyone went out of their way. Simply outstanding service.  Even the bar in Perry's was pleasant. We enjoyed our stay and felt we for real value for our money, even with the room's limitations.  Oh,  and tiger need was comfortable.

19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Jiwon K.
Got a sweet deal through the hotel tonight app for a suite with a beautiful view of the bay bridge. The room had really comfy, warm robes and a yoga mat I put to good use. The wifi was complimentary and fast. The shower had good water pressure, and the soaps smelled nice. Has a cool elevator with really big, satisfying buttons for 'Restaurant' and 'Lobby'.

06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Sharon B.
The Hotel Griffon is a delightful boutique hotel to stay in when visiting San Francisco.  It is a perfect location on the Embarcadero steps away from the Ferry Building.  The Bay Bridge is right in front of you!  Several good restaurants are within easy walking distance. What really stands out is the attentive service from the entire staff.   They go out of their way to ensure that guests have a wonderful stay.  Everything went smoothly from start to finish, from the warm welcome by the valet service (use the valet parking since you can take your car in/out at any time) to the friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable reception staff providing outstanding service.  My comfortable, quiet room had a wonderful view of the Bay Bridge.   The rooms on the top floor with the bay views are great.  This hotel has a charm often lacking in other SF hotels.  It is now my hotel of choice when visiting the city.

27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
88. Jessica W.
Stayed here with a friend while she was visiting. Cute little place one block from the Embarcadero.  Great location for walking.  Elevator was super tiny!  Rooms are on the cozy side but have all the amenities you would need...including soap with a hole in it. :)

You can go to the gym next door at the Y which is nice!  I would go back again.

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Christine T.
Nice spot for family, close by if you reside SOMA.

Great character, decent staff, excellent location.

It's San Francisco.

03/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Kira M.
Stayed here on a stay-cation party night in my own city over the weekend, and enjoyed it immensely! Rooms were small but sweet- with great organization and use of space. Loved the exposed brick walls and the lighting.

Didn't like that we couldn't see outside at all- our small window looked into an atrium (?), and we couldn't see the sky- so we were completely unprepared for the day and had to go back up and change after heading out the door the first time.

Valet parking, great breakfast you can order in from perry's, easy access to the Ferry Building and downtown. I would definitely stay here again!

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Frederick V.
Another phenomenal stay at The Hotel Griffon for our weekend staycation.  It is always our preferred hotel of choice when we come to stay in San Francisco.

04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. Annie D.
This place deserves 5 stars! I'll keep it short and simple. Came here in February.

Very clean, great room service, great service, good food, and very helpful bellboy.

Our bed was made everyday and soap restocked and new towels upon request. Staff was always friendly and greeted us with a smile every time we entered the hotel. The bellboy just happened to be from where we were from and helped us choose a few places to visit and gave us great tips. The food at the restaurant attached to it was really good. A little pricy but good. The location of the hotel was perfect. Next to the ocean and near bus stops. We did a lot of walking so coming back to a made bed was awesome!

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
93. Shanna K.
Teeny tiny, older hotel with slightly tilted rooms due to the old building.  More like an upscale motel, really...   no nice bath products...   typically crappy in-room coffee but Peets in the lobby and a handy restaurant downstairs.  

Super friendly and helpful staff, $40 valet parking with in and out privileges, and a great location near good restaurants and the Ferry Plaza.    Quiet... comfortable.   Free wifi.. don't bother paying for faster upgrade, it's fast enough.  I wouldn't RUSH back to stay here but it was fine for a night before an early business meeting nearby.

05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
94. Carlos M.
WHAT HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!  We stayed at the Griffon due to its proximity to the finish line of the San Francisco Marathon.  Boy, do I regret it!  Starting with the front-desk staff attendant not able to find our reservation.  He denied emphatically that we had any reservation.  We had to pull out our reservation details before he was able to find it...  it's not like our name was that hard to spell...  and even after we spelled it out... he couldn't find it.  Not sure if he was just trying to make us pay a higher price, or if he was incompetent...  nevertheless, it wasn't a good start to our stay.

Then there's the valet parking...  took almost 20 minutes to get our car when we checked out.  And the valet is mandatory.  They don't provide self-parking. Add another $50 to your stay...  something they don't tell you when you make your reservation.

Then we went upstairs... in an elevator that is only good for 4 guests.  Let's call it "charming."  But the reality it was no bigger than a tuna can.  

When we got up to the 4th floor, where our room was...  we couldn't believe how bad the floor was.  It is leaning a good 10-15 degrees, to the point where we didn't feel safe walking on it and almost got dizzy.

When we got inside the room, the room was clean, and the linens were good.  The decor was quaint and almost elegant.  That's why they get ONE star.  Until we opened the curtain.  The "fabulous views" of the alley.  Oh wait, we couldn't even see the alley because the texture allowed light in... but there was absolutely NO VIEW!!!

The bathroom was poorly maintained.  The wallpaper had been patched over...  VERY POORLY.  

Now let's talk about INTERNET ACCESS.  They advertised "complimentary WIFI"...  sure... you get complimentary WI-FI at 1.5 MBps.  Hardly what I would call "high speed internet."  The connection was not reliable and frustrating as it kept connecting and disconnecting.  The only answer I got from the staff was "we would be happy to upgrade you to our high-speed connection ---  for a charge."

Overall...  if you like "charming" and overpriced, this might be the place for you.  Definitely not the place for me.  I'd much rather stay at a "not so charming" but more reliable and better-maintained facility.

29/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
95. Dorothy B.
Amazing stay at a small historical hotel. The rooms are charmingly small and are very efficient. The front desk was open really late when we had checked in and was vet helpful. They offer room service and offer free tea and coffee in the lobby during the morning.

31/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. Toni E.
Hotel Griffon is in a great location close to the BART and Embarcadero.  
Staff was very friendly, Etienne was most helpful with reservations and just a nice guy.
We had Santiago help us with directions to explore Muir and Mt. Tam.

Though bed was nice and firm/comfy, rooms really could use updating.  Was hoping for an upgrade with Bay view, but maybe another time.  

Free Wifi would be good!

Perry's is decent. The bartenders there are pretty rude though.  Seemed socializing with their friends/locals was more of a priority.  One bar tender with an accent, (Sean/John???) was so busy talking to a girl I sat waiting for him to serve me. I had to interrupt his conversation about their plans.  

Location and staff made it worthwhile.

09/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Vanessa P.
We stayed this past Friday for my bf's bday. Got done hiking up in Stinson beach and when we were checking in, was greeted with such a pleasant woman at the front who made checking in just quick and fast. Also it really was well worth it to get valet parking because the gentleman who helped us was friendly, and helpful. He even went out of his way to look at menus online for steakhouses nearby. The room was clean and quaint. All the employees we came across during our stay was pleasant and made sure we didn't need anything else that would make our stay extra special.

Of course the location is fantastic, across the street from Bay Bridge and the Ferry building. Walking distance to North Beach and even Chinatown and there are great bars and restaurants not too far from hotel. I would definitely stay here again.

13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. TJ U.
No need to explain. I just wouldn't stay here again.

My wife turned on the shower and luckily I was in the room because with in 20 seconds a maintenance guy knocked as he was entering the room.
He had to of heard the shower go on to enter the room or why else would he try to come in. I called the front desk and they said they would notify management but never heard a word back.

23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
99. Shannon C.
This is a little gem of a hotel. Very European. The staff really puts it over the top, they are SO nice from the front desk to housekeeping, across the board, I've literally never had a negative interaction- and I'm picky!
I stay in a lot of hotels for my work and I just love this little spot. As I checked in today, the hotel was getting new mattresses; they couldn't have been more accommodating and respectful in allowing my early check in and prioritizing my room for the new set up. I knock off one star ONLY because I'm a coffee snob and the coffee sucks!

05/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Adam F.
I stayed here for one night around Christmas last year - just getting around to writing reviews. I'd give it 4.5 stars.

Location is fantastic - close enough to all the action that you can walk there easily, but far enough away that you don't feel like you're right in the middle of a noisy city. Busses go right by, too, which is nice. Kind of romantic, too, with the water basically just across the street.

Service was awe-inspiringly good - if you ask them for something, they will happily give it to you pretty much right away, or if they can't, they're soo apologetic, like they're honestly sad they can't grant your request! (Like for instance, I asked just in case whether they had any rooms with good views, checking in moderately late right around Christmas, which of course they didn't - didn't really expect them to, but I expected them to be like, "duh, of course we don't", not so sad that they couldn't get us into one. Heh.) We asked if we could leave our car with valet longer than checkout, and they were like, sure! Leave it as long as you like! No extra charge. That is *quality*.

So, as has been mentioned a bunch, so I knew going in, but yes, unless you're really lucky, you will have a tiny window that gets air but zero view (it looks out into a tiny courtyard that's basically just an air shaft). So it is fairly dark in the room, and there's nothing interesting to look at. Too bad, in such a nice city, the view would've been nice, but I survived.

Bathroom was great, bed was great, everything was spotless when we arrived, internet was a tad slow but generally fine, basically everything was great. The one weird thing is that their sinks are next to the bed, instead of in the bathroom, which isn't the greatest design if your partner is trying to sleep, but again, we survived.

Extra bonus: I dunno if they do this all year or just around the holidays, but they always had a thing out in the lobby of (complimentary) ridiculously good hot cider. Sooo good.

I would absolutely stay here again if I needed a place to stay in SF, unless I could find something way cheaper - it's not exactly cheap, but it was still one of the cheap*er* places I could find in the city, or at least the good part of the city. And so nice! (Especially cheap considering we had a car, and valet parking was included in our price. Most hotels in this area seemed to want to charge you an extra like 50 bucks a day to park!)

30/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
101. Sarah F.
My husband and I had the most amazing experience at Hotel Griffon that I had to write this review right away. We checked out less than 24 hrs ago. I was initially skeptical staying at a small boutique hotel but right away the friendly staff proved me wrong. When we got there Olivia and John greeted us with warm smiles and made us feel right at home during our entire stay.  

Highlights:
Customer Service - During our stay Hotel Griffon staff went above and beyond what we expected. They totally made our experience at SF unforgettable.
Knowledgeable - Staff was knowledgeable of the surrounding areas and offered great suggestions for eateries and destination spots.

Pros:
All the above
Location - 2 blocks away from the Ferry Building. I recommend getting there Sat AM to take advantage of the Farmers Market and delicious food trucks
Parking - Parking is an additional cost BUT you have unlimited in and out privileges and once you check out you can keep your car in the lot until 3pm
Clean - Hotel is overall very clean. The maids were very accessible if we needed anything
FREE - Free fruits (all day), coffee and tea in the AM and water in the PM. Free WIFI

Con: No mini fridge but at least there was an ice machine close by.

Overall: I give this place FULL stars. I highly recommend it and I'm definitely coming back soon. Thank you Hotel Griffon staff!

23/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
102. Amy C.
*rooms are small, but for a tourist traveling alone, I had everything that I need.
*the restaurant downstairs serves decent burgers, but service was nonexistent. The manager saw me standing there for a while trying to order takeout, felt bad that I looked so hungry and confused, and immediately helped me out himself. (Thank You!)
*front desk staff are friendly and helpful with directions and recommendations.
*GREAT location by the Bay Bridge and Embarcadero, especially for the light show in the evenings!
*the area can get pretty quiet and VERY dark at night, I encountered a few creepers. Ladies (especially those traveling alone), be careful.

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Raquel Y.
I really liked this hotel.  Actually, I loved it!  Clean, nice, good service, location was perfect.  It was right in front of the Bay Bridge and the Ferry Building on embarcadero.  The only complaint was that it didn't have a fridge and the room was a little small, but other than that everything was great.

+ Location
+ Great views
+ Excellent customer service
+ Reasonably priced
+ Clean, Nice
+ Really close to bart

- No Fridge

I'd definitely stay here again

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
104. Regina L.
This place is amazing! It's in such a prime location. My friends and I decided to have a weekend trip in SF (we are Berkeley students), so we chose Hotel Griffon. We took Bart from Berkeley to the Embarcadero and only had to walk less than 5 minutes to get to the hotel. It's right next to the Ferry Building, so it's great to head over there on Saturdays for the farmer's market. That's a great touristy spot. The fact that it's so close to public transportation is the key to getting around San Francisco.

We checked in at the front desk around 5 PM and the lady was very nice and helpful. She got us our keys and we proceeded to our rooms. At first, the room key did not work so I had to go back downstairs for new keys. This time it worked. We settled in and not long after that, we got a knock on the door and it was a lady hanging us complimentary water bottles, chocolate, and a weather report!

My friend forgot to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste, so she called the front desk around 11:30 PM at night and they came over to our room five minutes later with those amenities. Customer service was on point. All the staff were friendly and would greet us every time we passed by them. I loved it!

The beds were comfortable and the TV is at such a perfect angle when you are lying on the bed. Plus, the view from the hotel overlooking the Bay Bridge is beautiful at night!

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
105. MC B.
We selected this hotel based on location and reviews.  All in all, we were disappointed with our stay.  The lobby was very small, dark and rather unwelcoming.  The staff member who checked us in must have been having a bad day as she was unfriendly and curt - not a good way to start our stay.    The elevator located behind the front desk barely held three adults with one small suitcase each.  I realize this is a historical hotel but there are plenty of them in San Francisco which we have stayed in and they all have bright, cheery lobbies and normal sized elevators.  We reserved an Executive Suite and were very disappointed in it.  The suite consisted of a large sitting area, a small alcove with a bed and a very small bathroom.  There was a large balcony with ten foot walls.  The hotel description of this room was a "city view" which was not the case.  One window was blocked by a desk and the other was frosted, so we literally had NO view.  For the room cost ($452.00) for one night I expected at least some type of view.  

There were no water glasses in our room, only wine glasses.  When we went downstairs we requested some be brought to our room, which did not happen.

Later that evening as we were returning from the Giants game, we walked into the hotel and I wanted to speak to the front desk staff person to inquire about the gym setup as there is not fitness center in the hotel.  As I got closer to the desk it appeared no one was there, which concerned me as there were many people on the streets returning from the game.  As I got closer I saw the staff member whom I had spoken to earlier about the water glasses.  He was sitting on a small desk chair with wheels and he was halfway between the front desk and a side office texting on his phone - hidden from view and totally oblivious to who was coming into the hotel.  This was disconcerting to me from a security standpoint.   Once again I asked about the water glasses and was reassured they would be sent right up - but never were.  We had a drink at the bar that had patrons spilling into the lobby as the bar was very crowded due to the game going into overtime.  When we left the bar and were heading up to our room, the front desk clerk was in the same spot as before - texting away on his phone.

The next morning upon checkout the same gal that checked us in was there.  She did not ask how our stay was nor thank us for staying at the hotel.

All in all, this was not an enjoyable experience.  In my opinion the only thing this hotel has going for it is the location.

24/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
106. Lydia H.
I've stayed two nights here and the stay was awesome. The place is a little small, but it is definitely a prime location. It is about a block from the Ferry Building.

There is only one elevator and the room is a little small, but LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. So there is no problem at all.

The staff were really nice and accommodated any needs we had.

The bed was extremely comfortable and the TV was positioned perfectly so that you could watch it while laying down and relaxing after a long day of exploring San Francisco.

There is free WiFi so that is super nice. Most places would charge you.

Lastly, they have fruit and coffee for you in the morning so that is also a nice touch. I would definitely return!

25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
107. Jen H.
This hotel was a pleasant surprise! There are really only positive things for me to say about it. The location is prime; a quick walk from the Embarcadero BART station, next door to the Ferry Building, and about a mile walk to AT&T park. The staff members were great - the front desk even gave my boyfriend and I water bottles to go when we checked out. I thought the bed was comfortable, and the room was very clean (which is first on my list of requirements). Another major plus was the fact that the hotel is quiet; I didn't hear any of the neighbors which was wonderful. The price was great for the City; about $70 less per night than the surrounding hotels. There is an option to book either city view or bay view; we opted for the "city" view (which was a little cheaper) but I think the upgrade to the bay view would absolutely be worth it (the bay bridge is very pretty at night).

I will happily recommend this hotel and will likely stay again in the future.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0