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Hotel Stratford in San Francisco, CA

Hotel Stratford in San Francisco, CA


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Established in 1907.

Built right after the 1906 Earthquake the Hotel Stratford is listed as one of the Historical Buildings of San Francisco.


Company Info:

Rating: 3.56

Address: 242 Powell St, San Francisco, CA, 94102

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    Comments (100):

    1. Mika D.
    my fiance and i stayed here overnight on new year's eve. found this place on hotels.com . it was convenient for us to party since it was an easy walk to union square..practically the next cross street over!

    i found the room to be small and it wasn't as clean as i would've hoped for. the staff was helpful but not as friendly. we had the shorter end of the stick maybe because the staff needed to leave and celebrate before sundown. but still! oh well. doubt we'll stay here again.

    16/06/06 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    2. Holly B.
    I put my parents up here while they were visiting me recently and it was a fabulous experience for all.  They were happy with their tiny, clean, comfortable room on the 8th floor, that was quiet as a church despite being on the Powell street car side and right next to the elevator (!)  Mom loved being at ground zero for downtown SF shopping and the bustle on the street.  They got a 3 day MUNI pass and skipped the car entirely.  My dad got a shave at the Art of Shaving where some 29-somethings were hitting on him until I arrived, stroked his cheek, and announced that he belonged to me.  They scattered like (you fill in the blank)!

    19/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Erin P.
    When the American Dental Association decided to have its 50,000-attendee meeting on the same weekend that some friends and I needed a room in SF, we started dredging the depths of the hotel ocean to find a place to stay.  With everything booked and any remaining rooms hiked up in price, that meant making random phone calls to questionable hotels.

    But luckily, the Hotel Stratford came through!  They hooked us up with 3 double beds and a surprisingly immaculate bathroom in two adjoining rooms facing the street.  We slept well, felt clean, and weren't awakened in the night by street noise.  

    Most importantly, all members of the front desk staff were courteous, jovial, and even went out of their way to ask us about our afternoon jaunt and evening out.  In the morning they stowed our bags politely until we were ready to collect them later that evening after checkout.  Very pleasant!

    Recommended for utilitarian purposes, budget travel, or anyone who doesn't need San Francisco boutique hotel swank.

    08/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Mike W.
    This place was good for the price. Keep in mind, the rooms are extremely small. Probably about the size of a dorm room. Me and my girlfriend got back from a concert and the heater was on full blast and could not turn it off. We had to call the front desk and they had to turn off the entire boiler. The rooms were all full so we couldn't change rooms. But besides that, it was an OK hotel. Breakfast was basic. Muffins and juice. And the staff was nice.

    09/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Caroline T.
    My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Stratford on a nice little weekend get-away.  The room is little too.  We asked to see if we could get a room with a view, instead we were stuck with a view of the building brick wall adjacent to our hotel.  The ice machine was "out of order". It was fairly at a good location in Union Square, considering that we paid a decent price for this hotel.  The hotel offered a continental breakfast, that was ok.

    10/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    6. Cel J.
    cute lil' botique hotel...in the heart of union square & very cheap!

    21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Jason S.
    This hotel is perfect for young people visiting San Francisco looking for that balance of good hotel with good price.  Most of the people who stay here are young couples in their 20s.  The rooms are very small, but serve their purpose.  The bathroom of the room we stayed in had just a shower, no tub, and it was a small shower.  The sink is in the room (not in the bathroom), which was fine for us.  There was a small flat screen TV in the room.  PERFECT location.  Cable Car stop is right outside the front door.  Front desk people were very kind and helpful.  One word of advice; call about 15 minutes before you arrive and ask them to arrange for the valet to come pick up your car, otherwise it could take a while, and during the day they ask that you wait for the valet.

    25/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. JayChan H.
    I needed to go to SF for business and used Hotels.com to find a room. For under $80 a night in Union Square how could you not love this place. Everything is very much basic, old school Euro style economy. Breakfast is free and served with a view of Powell St. The breakfast room feels like a trip to Vienna on 40E a day. One thing to consider, they don't have parking.

    My room was very clean and tucked back away from the clang clang of Powell Street. The only good/bad thing about it was the Lush soap store. It is located just below my room window. Every day I would leave the windows open to air out the POWERFUL smell of cleaning solution the housekeeping staff likes to use. The Lush soap essences waft up the side of the building and fill the room with all kinds of exotic clean smells. Great if you're into that, bad if you, like me, have nuclear powered allergies!

    The staff is very helpful and extremely friendly. I wound up staying for three weeks. If you need luxury look elsewhere. If you want central location and a clean safe room for a low price then this is a great place.

    16/06/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Rubi Anne P.
    This place was great! Right in the middle of everything, really convenient location. All the reviews said the rooms were small... they were right but for the price and location, it was good. Stayed for 3 nights and 4 days and the room was always cleaned. Front desk people were friendly. We got a room facing the street which gave great views but the noise level was not so great... the only reason i didn't give this place 5 stars. I will definitely want to stay here again!

    04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Donna V.
    The bathroom in our room (with two double beds) was decent. It had a full-sized tub and the rain shower head was nice, but it was tough to rinse shampoo out of my big hair!. The only other complaint about the bathroom was lack of shelf space. The only shelf in there had towels on it...so we scooted those off and finally had a little place to put some things like our toothepaste and hairbrushes.

    The television does get lousy reception. I thought it was the cable connection, but after it was disconnected and then re-attached, it was still just as bad. Not a huge concern since we would only watch it at the end of our day and while trying to go to sleep.

    I cannot stress enough how fun the staff was for us. We joked with the different employees and they all seemed tolerant of our "So Cal" humor. They were extremely helpful too. Upon our early arrival, they were ready to store our luggage. BUT, when we mentioned how tired we were and that we had hoped our room would be ready so we could take a quick nap, the desk person checked to see if our room was ready. She checked us in and we were able to flop for a few minutes. She could have just as easily stuck to the check-in time. Bonus points for that!

    We did get a peek into another room across the hall from ours that was quite a bit smaller than ours. I can understand why some might complain about room size. If I were to go again, I would pay a little bit more to have the elbow room that we had with the two beds.

    My review from Trip Advisor:

    I truly enjoyed my stay at this quaint hotel. The rooms are very small, but well appointed. My friend and I shared a room with two double beds and our "biggest" complaint was that there weren't enough electrical outlets for us to charge our wireless phones and Garmin gps units. Seems almost silly to mention that now. We were on the top (8th floor) facing Powell Street and at night we were serenaded by street music and cable cars. It was loud with the windows open, but the noise was dramatically reduced when we closed them. The ceiling fan kept the room cool enough at night thanks to the mild temps while we were there. The staff was incredibly helpful with all of our questions regarding the public transportation. Take the Muni to AT & T Park for $2 one way...such a deal (fun to see our LA Dodgers win at the Giants stadium). I had fun taking the cable car from directly in front of the hotel down to the wharf. I also liked walking most of the city. Tad's, just a couple of doors down, serves a bargain steak dinner for $13.79. Nothing fancy, but if you are bargain minded like I am, the steak dinner is just right. I kind of wish we had more time to go back there to try something else. The complimentary breakfast served at the hotel was sort of weak, but we didn't care too much about that. They served hot tea, coffee, juice, apple muffins, toast...The muffins were good! Overall, if you are looking for a comfy, clean place to flop after a day of sightseeing, you will enjoy this place. If you are one of those high fallutin' types, then pick another place because this just won't do it for you. Of course, you will also pay two to three times more. Personally, I'd rather spend my money on jewelry or clothes or at the many fun restaurants in the city!

    26/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. John S.
    Great location, acceptable accommodations. Wifi for $10/night is as lame as no wifi.

    28/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    12. Eric J.
    Awesome place for a romantic weekend.  Small cozy little room, had about 3 feet on each side of the bed and 5 feet in front of it before the vanity.  Hanging LCD TV, and a desk crammed in the corner with the only 2 drawers in the room filled it out.  Does have a iron and board.  

    For those who like extras, well you better go somewhere else.  You have water in the room that is $3 a pop if you take it, a continental breakfast that consists of white bread, muffins, cereal, coffee and OJ... that is about it.  Also the first floor yields a small lounge, 2 computers and an ice machine.

    So it sounds simple, but it is very clean, new paint, very very cozy bed, friendly/chatty staff.  I called to say I was going to check in late, they said that's fine as long as I am there before 2 am!

    But honestly, if you are spending the weekend in SF, you are there for the city, not the room!!!! Half block to Union Square, blocks from market, cable cars zipping in front of you. I had an enchanting weekend, and this place hit the spot for what I needed.


    22/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Tina A.
    Great Hotel. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms, well they are tiny but they are very clean. I prefer a small clean room then a large not so clean room. Yes, it is a bit noisy but just close the window and you will be fine. I mean what you hear is the sound of the cable cars ringing their bells, which is not so bad.

    The hotel is located in the heart of union square. In this area you can shop til you drop. The hotel is located around the corner from Macy's, H&M, Saks Fifth Avenue and some other stores.  

    The F line passes about two blocks from the hotel. For $1.50 the F line takes you to Fisherman's Wharf or the Castro District.

    The hotel offers complimentary breakfast from 7:00am to 9:15am. They serve yogurt, granola, muffins, toast and coffee. It's a simple breakfast but it's pretty good.

    If your not familiar with San Francisco, ask the front desk for one of the sight seeing tours. They have one for around $40.00 a person and it takes you around the city in a double-decker bus.
    If your want a good cup of coffee while at the Stratford, walk across the street to Bellini's. They have wonderful Lattes, but the service is not so great.
    All in All the hotel is wonderful place to stay. Happy Traveling:)

    19/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. cindy w.
    2 stars due to hotel drama. I wish I could give this 2.5 stars because I did get this hotel room for under $85 a night.
    The story: We checked into our rooms, it was really small but doable, we check the water faucets/shower, NO WATER. Called the front desk who, then decided to tell me, that the Union Square area had problems w/ their water lines and the municipal was taking care of it. Sounded fishy but I confirmed the story with the store across the street. Okay...so that wasn't their fault.
    While we were out sight seeing, the water problem got fixed and we came back to find that our toilet wasn't working at all. The front desk quickly transfered us a new room. I walk in to check it out and the mofo' of a room is smaller then our current room, not even a dresser was available..the bathroom sink was outside the bathroom, next to the bed...
    dude...so I had to call them downstairs and tell them this wasn't acceptable. I go downstairs again and they give me a key to another room. I find it bigger then my first room, looks good so far...except it was cold inside and I checked the heater...and found that it was missing its radiator! Hellloooo...its like 40 degrees outside. In Bay area lingo: Hella cold for this Miami chica.  
    Called them again and told them this wasn't acceptable, that for this hassle, I deserved an upgrade. They negotiated an upgrade for $10/extra day (versus the extra $25 it would cost). I checked out the room and was finally satisfied. Enough room to put 2 suitcases inside...view of the city pedestrians below...iPod music player...bigger bathroom (sink insided) and everything worked!  Their wi-fi is sketchy and costs $10/day. I never got mine to work but Union Square has it for free if u want to walk it.
    The place is a lil shabby but the beds were comfy and the location is amazing...2 blocks from Union Square shopping...3 blocks from the Cable car exchange (and Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Gap, etc). A 24-hour Starbucks is also across the street.
    Just a warning: the hotel has no sound-insulated windows so you will hear everything at night (cable cars, street muscians, drunks) but the hotel has thoughtfully included ear plugs. Luckily I'm a hard sleeper, just crank that hissy radiator and I'm good to go.
    Oh yeah, and the hotel website's room photos are deceiving.

    14/03/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. Tracy S.
    What persuaded me to get a room here was first off, the price. I got my room for $70/night. Second, I noticed the Lush shop right outside.

    I'd read other reviews about the street noise and stuff, so I asked for a room toward the back of the hotel. They put me on the 6th floor toward the back and it was no louder than my apartment in San Diego. That's perfectly fine by me.

    The room is small, no doubt about it. It's an old building, what else would one expect? You do have to be careful in the bathroom, as the shower (no baths) does get the floor wet beyond its curtain.

    There's a continental breakfast each morning with yogurt, granola, muffins and coffee. What surprised me is how good the coffee was! I was expecting industrial blah, but it was actually a pretty decent cuppa joe.

    You can catch the free Union Square wifi in that second floor area where the breakfast is served. Oddly enough, you can't catch it anywhere else in the building (sorry, dude, for scaring you by being outside your door with my laptop open).

    I got exactly what I paid for: a clean room, free breakfast and a location that's within walking distance of Moscone Center, Chinatown and Union Square.

    16/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Kapena C.
    Awesome location! Staff is helpful and courteous all the time. Will definitely stay here again!! Definitely recommend!

    20/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Rahul S.
    Can you believe i've been to SF at least a dozen times and this is the first hotel i've ever stayed in!??  More out of necessity than choice (my crash buddy had a couple guests in town the same weekend), I decided to bite the bullet and find a hotel w/ 2 other Chi town friends since all of us were in town for the same wedding.  

    Through some great stroke of luck, I found a 24 hour deal on hotels.com which gave us 30% off Hotel Stratford.  We quickly booked a rate for three at $109 a night which is dirt cheap considering the location is incredible, steps away from Union Sq and Market st.  Although it looks pretty dingy from the outside, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the rooms were.  The only gripe I would really have is that they are SMALL, which is no surprise given how tight and narrow the space is in SF and how old many of the buildings are!  

    We somehow managed to squeeze 3 guys on two twin beds by pushing them together and using a blanket to fill the gap in between.  It sounds ghetto as hell but worked surprisingly well!  The bathroom could have used some more fixtures to hang clothes and towels, but that's pretty minor in my opinion.  Otherwise, they offer wireless internet and also have free continental breakfast from 7:30-9:30am every day!  On the first floor there's a printer room where you can access the internet and print boarding passes ($5 for 20 min I believe).  

    You really can't beat the price/location of this place.  It's super close to BART, Muni stations, all the cool shopping areas, and not too far from the Ferry building.  Look out for the online specials, you won't be disappointed!!

    13/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Jenny C.
    BEST location! Right in the middle of everything!

    Room is small and cozy but good condition and the bathroom was surprisingly large (ratio to the bedroom).  Continental breakfast was good as well.  

    Price is worth the location even if Hilton is only a few blocks away...

    Only thing is we had to park 2 blocks away - but if you're not carrying a heavy load and are able to walk the SF "hilly terrain"....this should not matter~ =)

    29/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Christopher P.
    When visiting San Francisco I usually stay out near the Embarcadero but my normal place was booked this trip.  After some reacher, I decided to give the Hotel Stratford a try.  I was not disappointed.  The location is great!  Close to the BART/ MUNI stops and in the heart of a prime shopping destination (although that wasn't great for my bank account).  Seemed a little too touristy for my taste but the location was close to my main reason of travel (SOMA & Castro).

    The rooms are small but they are cute and very well kept.  The bed was comfy and the shower water pressure was surprisingly good.  

    The best part about this place was the staff.  Everyone was really friendly and very helpful with the questions that I had.

    29/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Michelle F.
    I stayed here a few weeks ago and here are my comments:

    -Excellent location: It is in the midst of ALL the shopping but then again, there are a lot of hotels that are located in this prime area.

    -Extremely small. The room is smaller than a dorm room so if you don't mind this closet-space, then you'll be fine. Let's put it this way, you can touch your sink from the bed and if you have the luggage laying on the floor, then it will block you from getting to the other side of the room.

    -It offers good products. They don't have cheap shampoos/lotions. They use Rusk, which isn't bad.

    Overall, if you get a good deal on this hotel, then i'd take it. If you can find another boutique hotel that is nicer and has the same rate or slightly higher, then i'd take the other hotel.

    07/12/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    21. Mary V.
    Great lil' budget hotel literally steps away from Union Square. Friendly staff, continental breakfast, nice area, and clean super tiny room. Conveniently close to Powell Street BART station. Would definitely stay there again.

    18/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Michael C.
    Best deal I have found downtown (right next to Union Square) - Safe, clean, close to everything. Yes the rooms are small, and there is no room service - but for under $100 a night this place rocks! (who the heck is gonna stay in their room while in SF anyway?)

    Friendly, helpful staff for tourists.

    Wifi is available for $10 a day.

    16/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. J C.
    We stayed at the Stratford for a week at the end of August.  We chose this hotel based upon mostly positive reviews, the location, free wi-fi, and the excellent discounts they offered for a several-night stay.  It absolutely met our expectations, and for the price vs. location alone, we felt that we lucked out.  

    An iPod docking station is provided in each room.  A dinky flat screen played the cable channels.  (No on-demand movies).  The ceiling fan was very welcome.  Clean rooms: the housekeeping service is friendly and very much on top of things, although, we left some chocolates out on the dresser and they must have thought this was their daily tip because the chocolates all went desaparecido.  

    We were on an upper floor facing the street.  We didn't have any problems with noise from the cable cars (the windows are double insulated, and we are city folk), but noise from the Square itself was a bit annoying (the non-stop bucket drumming and the horn player who played the same song over and over).  The front desk will provide earplugs at no cost if needed.  Otherwise, the rooms were pretty solid and quiet.  The only time we heard our neighbors was when the bathroom window was open--it opens into a sort of shaft where other windows open.  Actually, that was kinda creepy--hey, I am in my bathroom, and I can hear you in yours.  

    Bathroom-view window aside, not everything else was splendid.  We were not planning on living our lives in the room, so we chose a smaller suite.  It was indeed small (I kept stubbing my toe on the bed).  The stand-up shower stall was a bit awkward (bigger rooms do have full-on tub/shower action).  Their standard-type hotel beds are not very comfortable, and the quilted spreads looked like something stolen from Grandma's house.  Also, it would have been nice to have had an additional mirror in the "living/bedroom" area.  The only mirror in our room was the large wall mirror in the bathroom.  

    They offer free wi-fi but have a weird system where they have to call in your wireless information to the third party that provides the internet service, adding you as an allowed user based upon your MAC address.  During the entire week, no one was able to get our iPod wireless connected--unless we paid the week rate to the internet provider directly (and they said they would discount that amount from our final bill).  Too much of a hassle for an amenity, and a bit of a disappointment.

    A very weak continental breakfast is served, so skip it unless you are desperate.  There is one elevator and stairs.  We were pretty high up, though we ended taking the stairs several times because the elevator was so slow (and low-capacity).  

    The evening clerk (before the night audit shift) was great.  Morning staff was a bit iffy; we were later informed that they were new, so some leeway is granted.  We had no problems with the valet parking, and it was priced very reasonably--and more importantly, nothing was missing from our car when retrieved.

    Not a fault of the hotel, but if you are going to be staying anywhere near the Square and shopping district, expect throngs of tourists the moment you step outside.  

    The strangely named Pizza Prada, a late night pizza joint, sits conveniently across the street and connects to a Chinese food place.  We took full advantage of that, even knowing it wasn't the best pizza slice in the neighborhood.  A neat little coffee shop/bar sits on the same block.  Next door is the life-saver of a wine/liquor shop which we used several times during our stay: thank you, guy who looks like that annoying greaser dude on the TV show called Becker!  

    All of the bus routes we needed were close.   There is also a very cool multi-level gallery on the corner across the street--they had Picasso and Dali on display, along with some other very unique pieces.  

    The Hotel Stratford is part of the cTwo chain of hotels.  Their toll-free reservation line handles several properties, and is off-site.  We made a preliminary query call, and a follow-up reservation call.  During the course of both calls, questions were asked about the hotel that the person on the other end could not answer.  At one point, the reservationist (Ha!  Is that even a word?  If not, I'll coin it!) had to put us on hold to call the hotel directly and find out the answer.  I would think they would be in the business of upselling the stay, but it takes some knowledge of the property to do that.  

    Otherwise, it served our needs and we would definitely consider calling them first on our next trip to San Francisco.  The price was great, and at that, we cannot complain.  Recommended to the thrifty traveller and those who do not intend to spend much time in their hotel room.

    01/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Caitlin B.
    Pros - in the middle of everything!  Low rates and nice place!  Total bargain!  Great service!

    Cons - rooms are SMALL!!  Halls smell like feet.  Elevator is SLOW - and I mean SLOW - there is only one in the whole hotel.  Continental breakfast is free, however, you get your choice or white toast, burnt muffins or cold cereal.  

    I had booked my room a couple months prior to arriving and at check-in, they had overbooked my room.  They offered me an upgrade, to a suite, but it only had one bed, I needed two.  My best friend and I ended up getting a roll away and a we slept on that and the couch.  The bedroom was way too enclosed for me to even be in for more than 2 minutes.  

    We were out until late at night, when we got back, the hotel was closed up and we had to buzz to get in - but had to wait outside for 15 minutes until someone realized that we were buzzing to get in.  

    Valet service is great, never took more than 15 minutes to get our car.  

    I would stay here again in a heartbeat, but just be cautious.

    13/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Brian K.
    Wonderful budget hotel! Super friendly and helpful staff, clean rooms, in a great location, especially if you like to shop, like me! (Barney's and Bloomie's were the best for menswear, as well as the vintage shops in the Haight.) Just steps to the trolley, and a block from the BART. Free breakfast. Many international travelers. Will stay here again! Found a good rate on Expedia.

    16/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Mary T.
    I booked a room here for 1 night of my stay in SF at the very last minute; after consulting Yelp this sounded like a safe bet.

    Negatives: (1) small rooms, but for the price you really shouldn't expect more, (2) the eye watering, asthma inducing smell of the lobby - I think the smell comes from Lush next door, but it's like they use 10lbs of potpourri or air freshener, (3) room mix up, I ordered 2 twins, but Hotels.com sent a request for 1 full. Luckily the doorman did his best to work the situation out quickly and nicely, we ended up with 1 queen in the end.

    Positives, and there are several: (1) the price, for the location you can't beat it, it's right by Union Square (there is a Walgreen's, H&M and Macy's close by in case you forgot something or didn't realize you might need a fleece AND a sweater in the middle of August), close to the Powell St. trolley and walking distance to Chinatown (2) very clean, (3) comfy beds (I may be biased since I was exhausted and slightly drunk when I checked in), (4) continental breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 - for the price I expected some cheap pre-wrapped danishes and Sanka, but we got much more. There was juice, coffee, muffins, toast, etc. with a nice large room to enjoy it in. (5) nice freebies, the soaps, etc. are all made by Rusk and (6) the decor, for the cheap price you'd expect it to look like the bedspread was around when Carter was elected ('76 for you youngin's), but it was completely the opposite, white spa-like bedspreads and Ikea-like furniture, (7) Prada Pizza across the street for when you come home late drunk and starving, and (8) if you're a coffee drinker there's a Starbucks on the corner.

    Bottom line you can't beat this place for it's location, cleanliness and convenience - I'd definitely be back.

    09/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Antoine P.
    I must admit, I liked this hotel.

    We just happened to have gone there the hottest day of SF's year. I'm not sure if things have changed since we last stayed here, but there was no air conditioning in the rooms, so if you decide to stay there, pray that it's not too hot. Our hotel room also had a very beautiful view of a GIANT BRICK WALL!

    This cozy hotel is located minutes away from all of the tourist attractions like Union Square, the famous San Francisco cable car trolleys, and tons of shopping and clubs near by.

    But for the most part, I would stay here again. There's not a whole lot of good bad things to say about this hotel. Was it the Ritz? No, but it sure wasn't a Motel 6 either. ENJOY!

    19/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    28. Miya M.
    We stayed here the week of Christmas 2009 - our choice was based on reviews, location, and price. Upon arrival, we were disappointed to find that the rooms are extremely tiny. I have never seen such a small room before. In fact, the sink was in the same room as the bedroom area - right next to the bed. Our view was of another building looking directly into someone else's window. It was so close I'm pretty sure I could reach out and touch it. But, it was a good price so no big deal, right?

    We asked the girl at the front desk for a street view so that I could feel a bit less claustrophobic and she told us all the street view rooms were suites. If we wanted one it would be an extra $30 per night, putting the room at over $100 a night. She was neither friendly nor rude - just indifferent. We decided to go with the upgrade since she also said the suites were bigger. Well, it was indeed bigger - about the size of an average room at a Budget Inn. At least the sink was inside the bathroom.

    For the same price we could have stayed at a much nicer place. (A note for comparison - Hotel Nikko where we stayed last year was only $99 a night, and I would consider it a luxury hotel with a location that is just as good).

    But the price alone isn't what turned me off. The service left much to be desired, to say the least. They offer valet parking for about $25 a day. When we checked in they told us to wait with our car until the valet person got there, otherwise we would get a ticket (there is no street parking allowed outside of the hotel, so if a police car pulls up you have to move your car). We ended up driving in circles a few times while waiting for the valet.

    The next day, we took the car out and got back to the hotel around 4:00, enough time to go upstairs and change before a 5:00 show we had tickets for. Went inside and asked for valet, the guy at the front desk was with another customer and said ok, someone needs to wait with the car. I told him there was someone in the car, so he went back to talking to the other customer. After 10 minutes of playing 20 questions with the other customer, the couple left and THEN the guy at the front desk picks up the phone to call valet. It was a 2 millisecond phone call that went like this, "Hey I need a valet," click. I don't know why he felt like he couldn't make that call while the other customer was standing there looking at a map trying to figure out where they were.

    Anyway, front desk guy tells me it will be 10-15 minutes. Ok, fine. THIRTY MINUTES later the valet is still not there. During that time frame I went inside twice to ask about the valet and was assured the valet was on his way. We had to drive in circles 3 separate times to avoid getting ticketed. I went in for a third time and asked him to call the valet, to which he responded, "I already called him." I told him that we had tickets to a show and now we were going to be late, and he just kind of shrugged. I know, I shouldn't expect him to care about my problems - how dumb of me. Anyway, I think we ended up waiting about 45 minutes.

    Next day, we took the car out again and came back early in the day. There were 2 different people at the front desk this time and we told them we needed valet. They said ok, then we went outside to wait with our car. We waited about 10 minutes, then I went in to check on the valet. The guy at the front desk says, "Oh, are you waiting outside?" ME: "Uh.... yes." HIM: "You don't have to wait, it's only at a certain time that they issue parking tickets." Oh, ok that's just dandy. Thanks a lot for telling me you a hole. They still ended up charging us full price for valet parking for our entire stay.

    Valet issues aside, there were a few other problems I had with this hotel, like not having any toiletries in the room except one bar of soap when we arrived. I always put a 'do not disturb' sign up because I figure that I don't wash my sheets everyday at home, so I don't need to here either. Anyway, I left a note on the door saying I needed some shampoo, etc and my request was ignored. Had to go downstairs and ask for it myself later that evening.

    On the last day we tried their continental breakfast, which was ok. Just toast, muffins, and cereal. I would say that the hotel itself isn't bad, it's just very old and the rooms are extremely small. I suppose the price would have been ok if I hadn't done the upgrade. But the service here was awful and I would not recommend this place to anyone.

    01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    29. rino k.
    I've stayed at several SF hotels in the past year, and I've learned not to get my hopes up when staying at a "boutique" hotel.
    So when I booked a 4 night stay at the Stratford for my business trip, I really wasn't expecting much. Boy, was I wrong!

    I had a wonderful stay from the minute I walked in til the minute I left. As so many other yelpers have said, the location is amazing. As for the room, I was so surprised at how clean it was! My room faced Powell street, so it got a bit warm in the afternoon when you get the sun shining in, but honestly, how often is that in SF? At night, I could hear the old man on one corner playing his Chinese instrument (I don't know what it's called...), and a band on another corner. But I'm a heavy sleeper and I leave the TV on so it didn't bother me too much.

    Yes, the continental breakfast might leave you wanting more, but hey it's free coffee/tea/juice at the least and you get to meet interesting people or spy on commuters/tourists as they walk down Powell street.

    The staff was very courteous and helpful.
    I had a very early checkout, and the man at the front desk was friendly and even looked up the weather for my next destination while I waited for the airport shuttle.

    21/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Starlight M.
    I go down to the front desk and say "hi - so... I heard there's some Beat Bookstore near here that's legendary... but I don't know what it's called or where it's at. Do you know what I'm talking about?"
    He says, "Sure... hang on..." *type type type* "Yep, here it is - located on... do you have a map... here.... *draws me a spot on the map*"
    I proceed to aforementioned bookstore and buy a stack of books and proceed to hang out with a slew of poets for the evening at the bar next door.

    Obviously, the staff is wildly helpful. They're all about orienting you to where you're at and the places around you to visit.

    I will certainly stay her the next time I go to SF - it's SO central. The BART, Cable Car, public transportation, gobs of shopping, Chinatown, the SFMOMA, lots of restaurants and "downtown" bars.... all within blocks.

    The rooms are small, but unless you're going to SF to stay in a hotel instead of sightsee, there's no reason that should be an issue.

    I thought the continental breakfast was "meh" at best, and it's more fun to eat at various places in SF than here for breakfast, but if you are on the cheap ticket, hit up the b-fast in the tea room.

    As a hotel it's not uber posh, it's just right. The beds aren't the fluffy comfort that you'd find at a W hotel, but they're not unbearable. There's no spa, pool or gym. And the wifi's not free. But the maps to the city are, and that's really why you're here. :)

    24/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Melissa S.
    August 2007

    My friend and I decided to take a mini vacation in San Francisco.
    I booked through hotels.com or maybe it was expedia... I forget.

    $600 for 4 nights? and 2 roundtrip tickets from SD to SF..not bad.

    So arriving a little bit too early before my friend Charlene and I could actually check in..they let us store our bags somewhere while we explored SF.

    The last time I came to SF was when I was 3...so 16 years later I decided to come back.

    Prime location. Smack dab on Powell. A couple blocks from the Bart station and SF Centre. And of course another cable car stop right in front of the hotel.

    It's situated between O'Farrell and Geary. A hop skip jump to union square, turn the corner and you're at a gigantic Macy's.

    Take the bus to Japantown or Bart to the Mission.

    The hotel was cute, the staff was helpful, and even though it was right in the middle of everything it didn't get too noisy.

    Two double beds, a little closet, tv, bathroom...on the week days the rooms were about $89/night...so not bad.

    The last night here there was a fight at the bar?Goldrush? across from the hotel and about 6 cop cars pulled up in front to stop it. Epic.

    Now that I'm 21 I definitely need to go back to SF again and might just stay at the Stratford again.

    25/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Sarah F.
    I will say the room itself was not amazing. It was very small and no-frills. It was pretty quiet though and served it's purpose. Only real complaint about the room would be that there was no view and the shower was really really tiny...but it's not like you spend all your time showering and looking out the window so who cares? The bed was pretty comfortable too.

    The Hotel Stratford was very cheap ($87 a night - found on kayak.com ) and extremely convenient. The BART was 2 blocks away and the cable car was literally right outside. There was also lots of shopping and food options right outside the hotel doors.

    Continental breakfast was a little sad - just toast, muffins, granola and yogurt with coffee and juice. It is free though so I can't complain too much. We did get a really yummy breakfast right across the street at Lori's Diner so maybe check that out if you need a more substantial meal.

    For as cheap and convenient as the Stratford was I would definitely stay here again .

    10/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Haroun K.
    For a big city hotel, the price was right.  The room was very small, with a wonky flat-screen tv.  The staff was iffy, but usually nice.  It was nice that they held our bags before we could check-in, and as we wandered around before our flight home.  Apparently breakfast was included, but I never partook.  The location is fantastic: walking distance to Chinatown, 2 blocks from a BART station.  All in all, I wouldn't be averse to staying here if I came for another visit, but I'd look elsewhere first.

    07/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    34. Big Mama Kaboose S.
    The man and I stayed here last weekend when we went to see Lisa Lampanelli. It was super close to The Warfield, which was a plus. Short walk and we were back to our hotel.

    Its "on the square" which we really liked cause there was so much happening right there on our street.  A queen bed room normally runs $89 a nite, but we paid $109 due to the fact that it was Gay Pride and the crapass Yankees were in town.

    We checked in and valet came and took our car (they let us stay in the garage til 6pm the next day even tho their limit says 18 hrs). The staff was very friendly and helpful. We got up to our room, room 206. Opened the door and almost tripped over the bed. Ok the room is SMALL. But ya know what, it was CLEAN (I immediately checked for bed bugs lol) and comfy. Besides you're not in your room much in the City. Unless you're a hooker I suppose. haha

    The bathroom is kinda weird, theres a shower stall w/a curtain and then the toilet w/the drain in the floor. We figured out that was there because when you shower the water goes everywhere even w/the curtain shut. So make sure you don't have any clothes on the floor while showering or they gonna be wet! They have RUSK bath products for you, the lotion is wonderful. The sink is in the bed area of the room. (see pics) Speaking of the bed, it was hard, but the pillows were comfy. After a nite of drinking across the street at Gold Dust I didn't much notice or care! lol

    They offer continental breakfast on the 2nd floor which consisted of bread for toast, asst'd muffins, oatmeal, coffee, milk, orange juice, cranberry juice and water. Very basic but stops the grumble in your tummy til you can get a real meal in ya. I was bummed that they didn't have any fruit tho.

    We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be staying there next time we go to SF. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4, is that the stupid woman who I talked to when I made the reservation told me parking was $20 a nite. Ummmm NO. When we checked in we were told it was $35!! Thats quite a difference. But, whatchat gonna do!?

    28/06/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    35. Patrick V.
    I stayed here for one night during my first trip to San Francisco. I booked this room late and it was very cheap.

    The room I got was REALLY small, but that was not really a big deal since I was by myself. By the sight of the place, I sometimes thought I would wake up to a floor full of scurrying cockroaches. Thankfully nothing like that happened.

    The front desk held my bags in their luggage closet for the day while I went around town before my flight. The hotel is pretty close to a BART stop.

    17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    36. Brenda H.
    Cute little budget boutique hotel.  I swung by here to hang out with a friend and peeped out the room.  

    Looks like they remodeled it and it was done pretty decent (rm 306).  It felt clean, which is very important with these budget hotels.  It even had a plasma/LCD TV in the room.  The furniture was light in color, and the linens were white -- which continued to give the "clean" feel.  The only thing was that the light over the sink was crooked, but it made us laugh.  It's slightly bigger than a "closet" per se, and I probably wouldn't stay here for more than one night...but i'd have to be forced for that one night.  

    I love my creature comforts of a larger hotel and/or resort.  But not bad for $70-ish a night.

    07/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Susan M.
    Three and half stars would be my rating if I could give a 1/2 star! This hotel was in a great location - right in Union Square - easy walk to BART and the Cable Car. It is right around the corner from Macy's. The room was small, but clean and comfortable. There is no air conditioning, but a nice fan kept the room cool. It was too loud at night to keep the window open. We were on the 5th floor and the elevator was broken the first day. At checkout we asked if there would be a discount for the inconvenience and we got 10% off! The price was good and far less expensive than other hotels in the area. If your #1 concern for booking a hotel is location - then the Hotel Stratford is a great choice!

    31/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    38. InfodivaMLIS B.
    Location Location Location

    If you are a seasoned S.F party goer you know there is a difference between a SOMA hotel and club and then the parties and hotels and shopping to be found near Union Square.

    I prefer this hotel because it is not in the more colorful sections of the tenderloin. There is tons of lighting 24/7 because of the retail shops that line the street.

    Hailing a taxi cab is easier from this central location. Tons of great restaurants, bars and the theater district abound around!

    I like I have an option to which parking garages to utilize also.

    I am glad the hotel has free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast. I recommend this hotel to my out-of-town friends.

    Price and location biggest selling points. Space is at a premium in S.F. I can deal with the size of the rooms.

    05/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Li-mei H.
    I was here but a mere few weeks ago and it was a wonderful hotel for a really good price. I was slightly worried about the noise, but found that after a certain hour, you couldn't hear a thing.

    The rooms were cleaned every day and we were given so many fresh towels (also daily) that we didn't know what to do with them all. We were lucky and managed to get three beds (two singles and one double) instead of two double beds (we were three guests) so that was a big plus and the hotel staff generally were really nice. Noel in particular gave us wonderful recommendations for restaurants and good local information too. He was so nice.

    I would definitely recommend this place to friends and would definitely stay here again. The location is fantastic and if you're looking to ride on the old-fashioned trams, there is a stop just outside of the hotel. You've more of a chance getting on there, than queuing for ages down at the bottom.

    13/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Atma D.
    This is a decent hotel for the price and location. We paid $70. It is a very small room. But it was relatively clean.

    definitely a no frills option. great location is you came to shop.

    28/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    41. Sasha F.
    This was a lovely hotel. We were staying in a room with two doubles, which was much more spacious than the reviews lead us to believe. We had more than enough room.

    Starting off, the service was wonderful. The man at the front desk was super helpful and shared in our excitement about being in S.F. He was quick to recommend awesome places to eat and let us know what's going on in town.

    We're pretty urban, so the sounds from outside never bothered us. It could have been because of all the time we spent walking, or just because it wasn't that loud. We did have a room facing the street and there was drumming, horns, and the occasional cable car. From what i've seen, they'll provide earplugs if you're really sensitive to that sort of thing.

    This is absolutely a wonderful location and I would recommend it to anyone who has never stayed in San Fransisco and wants to be sure they'll be safe and comfortable. As for parking, I'd suggest that you use the Ellis O'Farrell garage, it's only 6 dollars for the night if you come in after 5 and leave before 8! What a steal!

    13/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Jered R.
    It is historic but it was not what I was hoping for when traveling on business.
    No internet
    Cramped layout
    Cramped rooms and bathrooms
    No air conditioning
    Uncomfortable bed
    They lost reservations for the final several days of the trip

    It was clean and historic location was good if I was sightseeing or on vacation it probably would have rated a bit higher but poor choice if you are looking for a relaxing comfortable room to get some work done in

    03/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    43. AnnaMarie D.
    This is my "go-to" hotel in San Francisco for the following reasons:

    1) Location Location Location!! It's probably been said about a hundred times already but Hotel Stratford is smack dab in the middle of everythang! H&M is across the street, Powell St. is a couple of blocks down & Union Square is around the corner. My wallet suffers but I don't care.

    2) The staff is as helpful as can be. There's a guy named Issey (i probably butchered his name but he's the main guy at the front desk and when you meet him, you'll know who I'm talking about) who goes above and beyond for you. He greets you every time you walk in or out of the hotel and makes you feel at home.

    3) Although the room is a tiny, everything else makes up for it. The towels are thick and the shampoo/body wash is good quality stuff. (Rusk)

    It's a lovely place for a reasonable price. See you next year, my friends!

    Quick tip: The elevator is slow. If you like to exercise, take the stairs.

    16/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Mandy L.
    I will admit my review is a bit tainted from the lackluster service we received during this stay.

    Good location
    Fairly inexpensive (considering prices of rooms in SF)
    Valet parking (pretty quick service)

    Noisy neighborhood
    Not extremely helpful staff
    Bathroom light fizzes out and has to be reset on switch
    VERY small rooms (just big enough for bed, tv and desk literally)

    Overall, for the service we received, I would stay somewhere else before making a return visit here.

    22/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Alexander M.
    Adorable little boutique hotel in the heart of the Union Square shopping district. Like many of San Francisco's small hotels, Stratford has almost no amenities - just cramped rooms, quaint views, and a barely functioning elevator. But hey, it's San Francisco. You're paying for the location, and you're not paying much. I came with 3 friends and we were able to comfortably squeeze into a 2-bed room. The prices were very good, especially during peak season. The front desk staff were friendly, but don't expect them to go out of their way for any special needs like they might at a chain hotel.

    Great for short stays or families on a budget.

    17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    46. Jane A.
    LOOK AT MY PICTURE! others have done the same.

    I stayed here back in 2004. My friends from Seattle were in SF to visit and I could not accommodate all eight of them in my small living space. So they reserved the rooms and I just crashed with them. I told them they were in the most perfect place when visiting SF. In the heart of Union Square and in the middle of SF. Everythings walking distance.. bart is 2-3 blocks away.

    I had no high expectations at first. But once I walked it I loved everything about the hotel. It's not the hotels you would stay at in Las Vegas. Its not any booshy hotel. ITS CUTE, the decor is simple, the beds are comfy, and my favorite part is "my picture". we snuck out of the window and on the fire escape that's on the main street Powell. Loved it!

    LOVE THIS HOTEL. i'd stay here if you were planning to visit SF.

    03/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Faye G.
    Can't believe I reviewed all of the restaurants I ate at in SF, but forgot to review my hotel...duh!

    My boyfriend & I booked a room at Hotel Stratford from hotels.com based on my best friend's recommendation and we weren't let down. The hotel has THE BEST location! It's literally a block away from The BART station & bus stops and is around the corner from the Trolley. Not to mention it's smack dab in the middle of Union Square.

    The rooms are tiny tiny tiny but we were willing to sacrifice space just for its ideal location. The service is very friendly and the staff allowed us to keep our luggage in the hotel AFTER we had checked out so we could still explore the city because of our later flight.

    Our view was nonexistent but we really didn't care. The room was pretty clean and they offer a complimentary continental breakfast each morning which we didn't take advantage of (needed to save my appetite for other eats in the city!)

    I enjoyed my stay here and would definitely consider booking a room here again during my next visit up.  

    ***Just a couple of notes:
    -My boyfriend & I didn't drive up here so I can't share my experience with the parking situation.
    -Great walking distance to Chinatown and other surrounding areas. We ended up walking to R&G Lounge, The House & Brenda's French Soul Food (this was about a 40 minute walk)
    -We opted to book a room without a view because we didn't want to hear the noise from the bustling streets downstairs

    06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Vincent L.
    This place was charming as a boutique should be and also very clean. It is located near busy streets in the downtown SF area great for restaurants, shopping and people watching. The BART, MUNI and trolley are also located very close to here.

    The price for a four night stay was pretty steep but normal (I think?) for hotels in SF in the summertime in a good area. (The tenderloin district is a good two/three blocks away). Our room was in the back area so it was pretty quiet in the room. However, as soon as I opened our room door I could hear a band playing in the street loud and clear. Since our room was in the back it had no view (unless you consider the building accross the way a view).

    All in all, this was great hotel in the area. It's all about location!

    21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Andrew W.
    The stars are for the price not the hotel.

    On the plus side the hotel is close to Union Square in the heart of San Francisco, conveniently located for mass transport, shopping, etc.  The rooms are basic, the advertised single beds are just that European style single beds.  My room was comfortable, the towels were fabulous, the room was clean and the bed better than many more expensive hotels.

    It is a hotel that could do with a little investment.  The doors and walls are paper thin which means if you are next to the breakfast room, I was, you'll certainly know when breakfast is ready.  Breakfast preparation starts at 5am and flunks it's way through to 7am.  The start of breakfast was announced by the German guests standing outside my room and the breakfast room excitedly describing their plans for the day and, apparently, without a care in the world - including for those who had planned to wake at 8am!

    So if you want a low cost, clean, very basic hotel in the heart of the city this could be the one for you.  It might feel a bit like staying in a youth hostel though.

    Maybe other rooms are better but mine was beside the breakfast room

    15/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    50. Joseph C.
    My first visit to San Francisco was last week and I couldn't have been happier with the Hotel Stratford. Simple, cozy and more than sufficient for my tastes. I'm here to explore San Francisco not remain couped up in my hotel room. It's located on a trolley line right in the middle of it all in the Union Square district of downtown.

    The staff was very helpful with my inquiries and friendly as well. That is reason enough for me to stay here again on a future trip. The rooms were simple and clean and my bed was the most comfortable bed I've slept on in a long time. I wish I could've taken the bed home with me, I haven't slept nearly as well since I've returned home. But I'm guessing I would've had a slight problem trying to check a bed curbside at the SFO airport.

    Breakfast is of the continental variety and if you're on a budget, that's fine by me. Kudos to the Stratford and it's staff. I look forward to seeing you again in the future.

    02/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Armando D.
    Fantastic bargain for the area. Right in the heart of Union so you're literally steps away from Saks, Bloomingdales, Gucci, Louis V., etc as well as restaurants and nightlife.

    I made reservations through priceline and got a great deal on the room. I will say that the rooms are pretty small, about half the size of an average hotel room, just enough room to fit the bed and a few other furniture pieces. It would have been nice to see bigger sized rooms but then again you don't go on vacation to stay in your room all day.

    I stayed for three nights and really enjoyed my time at the Stratford. I never woke up in time to get to the breakfast but I'm sure it was decent. The parking in this area of San Francisco is impossible so check out the reviews here on yelp for local parking garages that let you stay overnight for a cheaper rate than most hotels!!

    When I checked out of the hotel I got my receipt and was confused because it looks like they charged me less than what I agreed to pay per night in priceline. I waited until my bank cleared the transactions and yes I saved about 33% from the discounted rate I got online! I guess there was a mistake somewhere along the line but I'm not complaining!

    26/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Ray W.
    I understand its a boutique hotel.. but seriously, i can open by bathroom door and get another 1/3 space..  no complimentary soaps, shampoo, lotion, slow elevator, loud loud rooms, windows that face each other--i literally could of climbed into another room.  All this for $250+?  Are you serious? I'll pass thanks

    26/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    53. Pritika C.
    First time I have stayed at Hotel Stratford.  

    Totally not what I had expected from the hotel.  Not to sound hoity toity...but, I have never stayed at a hotel such as this one.  I didn't book it...but was told the price is great, great location, and it's a nice hotel.  

    Yes, the price was great...the location was great...the hotel was decent.  The hotel is conveniently located "on the square".  It is a fantastic location, for those that are looking to stay in downtown.  

    The price is great for being on the square...more less half the price or 40% cheaper than the high end hotels that are located in that same area.  

    In terms of quality...the hotel is decent.  I have never stayed in a hostel, but this is what I imagine a hostel to be like...but with a TV and cable :)  My room was VERY SMALL...had a sliver of a closet and a door that could not open all the way because the nightstand was in the way.  The blankets and sheets looked a little dingy.  

    The hotel has 8 floors and offers complimentary tea in the afternoons and also complimentary continental breakfast every morning.  

    Both of the gentleman at the front desk were very nice and helpful.  

    I would probably come back again if I decide to do something short notice in the city again...but I do prefer to have a little more amenities at the hotel I stay at.  I know I know...I'm not going to be spending as much time in the hotel, as I will be outside the hotel...but I still like to have something nice to come back to when I'm ready to call it a night or to R&R.  

    Notes:  Wi-Fi is not free...it is extra.  The bottled water in the rooms are not free...it is, also, extra.

    28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    54. Mike W.
    When I booked here, I was a little worried by reviews I'd found on other sites that it was a bad idea, but I was wrong.  This hotel is in a great location, convenient to transportation, and was a lot cheaper than other hotels in the area.  The room was small, yes, but I don't expect luxury from this kind of hotel.  Other people mentioned noise, but the street noise ended early enough that I had no trouble sleeping (maybe I just stay up too late!).  There was free wi-fi and free breakfast too, though nothing fancy.  I'd stay here again.

    30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Mike S.
    My wife and I recently stayed here for 10 nights whilst on vacation in San Francisco

    Plus side
    Location - on Powell just down from Union Square
    Friendly, helpful staff.
    Reasonable free breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Room was too small for such a long stay.
    Mattress was too soft - though that might be a matter of personal taste.
    Only one small, slow elevator.

    Would recommend it is best for short stays.

    25/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Thao V.
    Adorable boutique hotel right in the heart of Union Square. The location is ideal for a nice little staycation for anyone from the bay area because it definitely makes you feel like a tourist once you step outside because your right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle.  The hotel is a very short walk to the BART station, right next to Macy's and H&M.

    Rooms are very clean, front desk and housekeeping are super friendly and there is a pretty good selection for breakfast offered in their tea room. Only one elevator though so sometimes taking the stairs might be a faster alternative.

    19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Seth B.
    Three star hotel, four star experience- excellent staff experience during my three day visit. Not a good hotel for someone who needs space and pampering (reminded me of hotels in Europe); perfect hotel for someone who just needs a bed, convenient location.  Complimentary breakfast and wi-fi, which is often not the case at more expensive hotels. Excellent value I thought.

    18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    58. Patrick R.
    Everyone's main complaints seem to be small rooms and slow elevator.  Yes that's true, but you know the rooms are small going into it. I was in San Francisco for the weekend and wanted to stay near Union Square without the high cost of the "fancy" hotels.  The Stratford is perfect.  It's much cheaper than most hotels in the area, it's half a block from Union square, the hotel is clean and updated, the staff was friendly, they had valet service.  Yes the room wasn't big but I wasn't planning on spending much time in the room.  I'm San Fran, I'm going to be out in the city.  I would highly recommend anyone that wants to stay in this area and explore the city.

    15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Steve M.
    The Stratford is a lovely little hotel, wonderfully well placed and a good value. My stay there was great, and I am very grateful for their service. On top of that, I left my wallet in my room when I checked out, and one of the hotel maids got it for me, and saved it, completely intact. She left it for me at the front desk. That is integrity with a capital 'I".

    11/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Anna W.
    Back in June, Boyfriend and I had a mini-staycation in San Francisco for a couple of nights and finally settled on staying both those nights at Hotel Stratford. For the price ($120/night), we had a tiny little room down the street from Union Square.

    The hotel's location is definitely its best feature. The room we stayed in was teeny, but it had a bed and a bathroom with a shower and honestly, that's all we really needed. The room was clean (I personally really liked their "please do not disturb" door hanger; one side said "I like it clean; please clean the room" or something to that extent with a suggestive silhouette and the other side said "I like it dirty; I don't require room service" paired with an even more suggestive silhouette) and the bed was super comfy.

    Don't expect there to be a scenic view though; sandwiched between buildings, when we looked out our window, we looked pretty much directly into the window of another hotel guest's room. The walls are also paper thin -- I would constantly overhear the conversations that the people staying in the room next to us were having, and if there was anyone talking in the hallway at all, it was definitely audible pretty much throughout the floor.

    There's also a complimentary breakfast that they serve every morning. Their toast is their best option; in my humble opinion, the chocolate muffin I ate tasted like it had been burnt. The orange juice was pretty good though, and there's also coffee and cereal as options as well.

    The front desk staff are super friendly and across the street is (if I remember correctly) a 24 hour pizza place and Walgreen's, in case you weary travelers forget something. And, being less than a block away from Union Square, you're surrounded by food places, entertainment (like bars), and the Westfield mall.

    All in all, a pretty decent little hotel. I would definitely stay here again because it really is the best location for its price in San Francisco!

    24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Emily C.
    Stayed here last year and after getting into our room, we discovered issues with the toilet. Called front desk and they told us to come down to get a plunger!!! Yes we hda to plunge our own toilet. There was also no air conditioning, just a ceiling fan. The elevators are also verrrrry slow. Not worth the cheap price even if it is in a good location.

    22/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    62. Ismael S.
    From the very short time I was here (Friend's B-Day Weekend Getaway), I stood in some pretty shitty places. *Cough, Tenderloin, Cough* But despite the small size of the room, having to sleep on the floor and having to endure hearing others worshipping the porcelain gods.. I must say this was a nice place to stay! Reasonably priced and the staff & other folks there were nice! Plus, it was in the middle of EVERYTHING!!! You name it. I defenetely recommend it for anyone who's looking for a safe bet.

    P.S. Complimentary breakfast... I wasn't quite sober to enjoy it but it was still nice to have lol.

    20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    63. Nava N.
    I booked this hotel expecting the rooms to be small. We had a queen size bed in our room which was comfortable since we were only staying for one night. Overall the hotel is OK, like everyone else has mentioned the location is the only thing this place has going for them. The breakfast was also nice, toast, muffins, juice and coffee.

    I didn't like that they didn't have good parking options for the guests staying at thier hotel. Most of the boutique hotels around Union Square offer overnight parking for $13 to $18. We had to pay $31 for Hotel Stratfords Valet service.

    14/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    64. Melissa A.
    We stayed here for 10 nights.
    Perfect location! The staff is really friendly and helpfull, you can ask then anything. Breakfast a little bit basic but good enough. You can always walk a block to lori's diner for a hot breakfast meal. We did not stay on the street side so no noise at all. Room size is good enough. Housekeeping is really friendly. Really slow elevator, take stairs whenever you can.
    Would stay here again.

    20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    65. Glenn L.
    +1 for LOCATION
    A small boutique style hotel located in Union Square! It's close to a bunch of shopping places and our favorite restaurants in the area so my friends and I booked this hotel! It's not as fancy as the other hotels near by but the location is a big plus for this hotel!

    We found a deal on priceline for $149 for a night stay in Stratford! Really cheap compared to the other hotels in the same area. Valet parking only cost $27 for a night! We've paid 30-40 dollars in other places in SF before, so that's actually not bad!

    +1 for CLEANLINESS
    Judging from the outside it looked like this hotel had very little to offer. But once inside our room, it looked very clean and well maintained. The bathroom was also very clean.

    Everyone in this hotel seemed nice. No complaints.

    Over all, this is a perfect hotel if you're only staying in the city for 1-2 nights. I don't think I'd like this hotel as much if it was a longer stay than that since the rooms are very tiny. But since we only stayed here for one night we didn't care about the room size. I would've given this hotel five stars, but they didn't have a secured room where guests can leave their stuff at. We wanted to walk around the area after checking out and we were surprised that they made us leave our stuff in the brunch/breakfast room instead of a secured room. One of the managers warned us not to leave valuable items in the bags.... Kinda weird that they're lacking a secured room since they deal with many tourists also!

    04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Lilli M.
    Let me preface my review by explaining that I stayed at Mithila Hotel in Tenderloin for 3 nights prior to staying here, so I may have rose colored glasses on in that regard. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here.

    +Location, location, location. Near the BART, a cable car pick-up and convenient to the Muni buses that will take you to Golden Gate Bridge (just cross the street and take bus 30, then transfer to 28 at Park Presidio)  and the street car that you can take to go to Fishermans Wharf. It's also within easy walking distance of Moscone, for those attending a conference here.
    +The price is right. I must have scouted out every hotel (read: hotel, not hostel) in Union Square online and I found this to be among the cheapest, esp if you have AAA or a govt discount and are staying on a weekday.  On weekends, the price steeply increases, unfortunately.
    +Start the day off right with their complimentary breakfast, 7-930 AM. True, I hungered for something hot like eggs or waffles and neither of those are available here.  However, you do get milk, juices, toast or English muffins, assortment of cereals, coffee and a selection of tea to choose from in a nice, clean dining area on the second floor. Very decent.  The one Yelp picture showing the breakfast doesn't do it justice b/c they seem to have expanded the selection of breakfast foods since.
    +Front desk pretty helpful. Requested a quiet room based on Yelp reviews abt potential noise and was given one. Requested help on which bus to take to various sights (GS bridge, the park, ferry building) and the guy was very helpful explaining which buses to take and where to catch them.
    +Wifi sufficiently fast.

    -As other Yelpers have mentioned, only one elevator and a bit slow but it didn't bother me too much.
    -Room is a bit small but again - don't expect to be doing snow angels on the floor since there's no room for that.  However, it was sufficient for my purposes.
    -No mini-fridge or microwave in the room, but many of the nicer hotels for some reason, don't have those in the room (whereas the cheaper hotels tend to)

    I'd definitely recommend staying here again.

    18/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Molly R.
    It's over priced for what you get for the room. Water pressure was HORRIBLE and the heat takes FOREVER! It is right next to central square but if you turn the wrong corner you are at 10 Half way homes and area can be scary. If your looking for a place to "crash" okay, but I've been told by friends there are other nicer hotels, cheaper, and right near the action.

    26/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    68. Richard H.
    Yes, the rooms are small, but the staff is great and very helpful. Nice if simple braskfast. The Linens and Towels and first rate, what you'd expect from a luxury hotel. I did have my doubts, but at the end of my stay they had vanished. One caveat. No air conditioning.  Definitely worth the price and the location can't be beat.

    16/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. Alyssa A.
    The location is perfect for those who want to shop, but don't expect any fantastic amenities or services.  The staff is friendly enough.  For people who are used to 4-5 star rated hotels - this place provides only the essentials: bed, lights, bathroom & TV.  There is no central air/heat, just windows and a really old radiator.  The water pressure is probably the worst I've ever experienced.  I only needed to stay one night, so it was adequate for the purpose of my visit to San Francisco, but I don't plan on coming back.

    15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    70. Kateri T.
    The location of this hotel was amazing. Union Square was around the corner and all the shopping your could want was at the front door. The cable car was down the street, the street cars were a 3 minute walk away, and the BART was a 5 minute walk away.

    The rooms were very tiny, but we didn't spend enough time in the room to really care about that. The only gripe I have is that the elevator was not working at the time and climbing all those stairs was a pain. The front desk was really helpful with that though. One of the guys was actually gonna lug our bags up all those the stairs! Also, room cleaning is only  available until 3pm. But overall great location and nice staff.

    28/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    71. Renee H.
    It's clean, safe and convenient. The end.

    The double room I have is very small and cramped with just twin beds. It's hot but there is no a/c and opening a window doesn't open to the cool fresh air.

    No coffee maker, no mini fridge, just very basic. Oh, and the lowest water pressure I've ever experienced.

    17/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    72. Brett N.
    Why 5 stars?  It was an incredible deal and location.

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    I had never been to San Francisco before this visit last summer, but it very quickly became my favorite place that I've ever visited.  Hotel Stratford definitely contributed to that.

    I was only in the city for about 3 days, but I certainly felt like I was in the "heart" of it all on Powell Street.  The room for my friend and I was very small with two twin beds, but who needs a huge room when you're on vacation?  We were only inside the room long enough to re-charge our batteries and take a shower.  And for $79/night in the middle of city, we were very satisfied.

    All of the employees were friendly and the hotel was very quaint and in great shape.  I would highly recommend anyone check out Hotel Stratford when planning a trip to San Francisco on a budget.

    27/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Sara G.
    I recently stayed at the Stratford and was truly impressed.  Not only was the location perfect but the hotel clerks were wonderful.  They constantly greeted us when we walked in and out of the hotel and always checked if we needed anything or any help locating places.  The hotel is so close to the heart of Union Square and very close to a Walgreens just in case you have forgotten anything.  

    Of course it is right in the heart of all the stores so I made sure to take some time to shop as well.  It is very close to the BART as well which is extremely convenient to travel.  If you drove it is also VERY close to the underground parking in Union Square which is around 33 bucks a night.

    Last but not least the complimentary breakfast was just enough to get you going in the morning.

    Thank you Jamie! You are the best!!

    03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Michelle L.
    Perfect everything EXCEPT for the noise and hissing radiator.  

    Hotel Stratford is in an old building with a modern twist.  It's centrally located right across the street from Union Square which helped a directionally challenged person like myself.  If you can see Macy's, you can find your hotel!  The BART and Muni is about a 5 minute walk away.  

    We got the top floor (8th) facing Powell Street.  At first, I thought it was pretty cool to see the street performers and cable cars but after the first night, it was too much noise.  Until probably 11PM, I heard the cable cars clanging their bell and this drummer doing his set.  He played the same damn thing every night that I was dreaming about it!!!  Although the hotel does offer ear plugs, I didn't take advantage of it which is my fault but still noisy.  Also, my bed was closest to the radiator which turns off and on automatically and it hisses every few minutes which kept waking me up.  

    While searching for hotels, Hotel Stratford partially had me at FREE breakfast.  Each morning from 7:00 - 9:30, a light continental breakfast is served.  It came with fruit, toast, cereal, coffee/teas/juices.  Not bad so I cannot complain.

    The staff was very friendly!  They always greeted us with smiles and gave great recommendations in the area.  Even after we checked out, the front desk guy ran out after us to tell us to not to walk on the metal plates because it's slippery.  So sweet of him.

    I highly recommend this hotel!  The price and location cannot be beat.  Cozy rooms and clean is all most people need.  I am a fan.

    PS: No air conditioning in the rooms.  There is a ceiling fan but the SF air is so nice and cool you just need to crack your window for a little bit and you're good to go.

    PPS:  The hotel shampoo and body wash smells amazing...sniff sniff.

    25/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Alexa L.
    This hotel is perfect for a 1 or 2 night stay. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for and what you pay for with this hotel is convenience & location. The Stratford Hotel is located within walking distance to shops, restaurants and the famous SF trolley. It's also a 15 minute drive to Fisherman's Wharf. The hotel room was small but comfortable. My friend & I stayed in a 2 twin bed suite and were pleased with the set up. There's also a complimentary breakfast served from 7-9am on the 1st floor. The staff is friendly and accommodating. There was no problem when I requested a late check out and the front desk was helpful in storing our luggage since we had later flights in the evening after the check out. All in all it was a pleasant stay.

    04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Jennae H.
    Exactly what three stars on Yelp means -- "A-OK". I've stayed at this hotel twice (NYE 2011 and Fourth of July 2013). The hotel is semi-overpriced (it's the city, it's to be expected), the customer service is friendly, the rooms are small but clean, and the location is ideal. You're conveniently located by Union Square, Cable Cars, BART, and the Muni. I don't recommend using Stratford's valet for parking, there tends to be an hour+ wait. Utilize the parking garages! Would I stay here again? Yes.

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    77. Jennifer M.
    We were pleasantly surprised with our stay at Hotel Stratford. You can't beat this super affordable price. We got the club Queen room...it was small. But again, we were in the heart of everything! We had a great view too. Free wi-fi, free continental breakfast. We also felt pretty safe and secure too.
    The only downside is they have a strict 3pm check in (but they do hold your luggage if you arrive early)
    The maid arrived at 10:30 asking to clean our room, although we had a do not disturb sign up AND checkout was at 11am.
    It was way too loud to sleep. If you want a view bring ear plugs. You can hear everything happening all night.
    We will stay here again regardless of the cons!

    30/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    78. Elizabeth D.
    A European-style hotel in a great location, but our room was really hot and stuffy even in December and a little awkwardly set up. The continental breakfast was a nice gesture but nothing to write home about.

    20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    79. Z M.
    Awesome location! It's right next to Union Square and all the places people may love to shop. It's just a few blocks from Chinatown and down the street from the BART.

    The room was quaint and clean. I got a room on the 8th floor which was the top floor and it was pretty quiet. I could still hear the cable car bells on the street below but it wasn't loud enough to annoy me.

    The breakfast was okay. It was just bread, cereal, muffins, fruit, tea, juice, coffee and hot cocoa. It is enough to get you going, but I would like more variety.

    All of the hotel staff was nice and friendly.  Micheal was very kind and helpful. I will definitely be staying here again on my next trip.

    29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    80. Dean P.
    This place was great for us, but my friend who joined us had a different experience.  So did I . . . .

    You get what you pay for.  That's the truth for the most part here.  

    My big issue is that I "closed down" a bar at 2am about 1 block away, Lefty O' Doul's.  I walked back to the hotel and the doors were locked.  No hotel card access...

    The lobby was dark.  I noticed a security guard on the lobby couch.  Sleeping...

    I knocked on the door, no response.  I hit the door harder, he kinda turned over.  I started smacking the door and yelling that I wanted into my room!  He got up, walked away even though I waived my hotel room key at him.

    Yes, I was drunk, no excuses here.  I just wanted to go to my room.  I wanted to sleep.  I was not out of control, just a hard core buzz....

    That is when the cops showed up.  Epic, I know.  I explained exactly what I wrote above, was escorted to my room and nothing further occurred.

    My problem here is the security guard.  Well, and also the Stratford.  

    Don't fall asleep on your job, douche.  Stratford, don't lock your doors at night!!!   And if you do, tell your guests.

    PS.  I still have my room key for verification!

    19/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    81. Teddy L.
    Excellent location. Small room. Smells bad. Weird design and bad sheet. Price cheap. Complimentary breakfast is bad. Only good thing is location

    20/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    82. Elizabeth B.
    My boyfriend and I had a great experience here. We are backpacking and needed a place to rest up before we departed for Thailand.
    Found this place on Orbitz. Decent rate for the area, think we paid about $120. When we arrived we were greeted by Jack- this guy needs to work at the four seasons or something because he's hands down the friendliest, most HELPFUL concierge we have encountered in a while!
    He set us up with the bus system, told us all the most see sights, helped us find lunch, etc. Great service. He even upgraded us to a great room facing the main boulevard on the top floor. THANKS!!!!

    Yes, there's no aircon. It's small. It's no frills. But if that's okay with you then you'll have all your needs met here. My shower was hot and my bed was comfy. Good enough for me!

    11/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. Rachel M.
    I love this hotel.

    My boyfriend and I have stayed here three times in the past five months. I live in SF but have 3 roommates, and he lives in LA. When he comes to visit we like to have a place of our own to hangout and that place has been the Stratford. Here are what our three stays were like-

    First stay was mid August. For some reason the weekend he was here everything was beyond crazy expensive, even for SF standards. On a whim I booked here on Hotels Tonight for something insane like $200 p/night. Listen, this is really not a $200 a night kind of place, but I was grateful because it's in an ideal location and everywhere else was close to double the price. Our room was on the 6th floor, teeny tiny room with a bathroom but weirdly enough the sink is outside of the bathroom near the bed, I will never understand that. This hotel is just kind of wonky, but it really never bothered me because it gave it some kind of charming quality. At one point our lights just stopped working and the awesome people at the front desk were like, "Ah, yeah, that happens. Here's how to fix it. We're really sorry." hahaha. I dunno, I thought it was funny. We also went looking for ice our first stay, it's on the second floor. We couldn't find an ice bucket in our room so my boyfriend brought the tiny plastic trash can. hahaha. Turns out there are ice buckets at the ice machine. It took forever to get ice too but again, it didn't bother us. We really enjoyed our stay despite the oddities of this place.

    We enjoyed it so much we stayed here again in September! For our second stay I booked it through their website for something like $130 p/night I think. Our room was on the 6th floor again, and again it was great. We never had a problem with noise from other people, or from the street, or cable cars, and no one seemed to have a problem with us coming back drunk at 2am. The front desk guy even hunted down a wine bottle opener for me! This hotel is freaking great.

    Our third stay was this past weekend, beginning of January. Hotels Tonight hooked it up for $80 p/night. A much more reasonable price. Our room was on the 4th floor this time and had a totally different layout. I feel like it was smaller but I can't really be sure. The sink was inside the bathroom this time! So that was cool. This time we really made an effort to make it to their complimentary breakfast on the second floor. I mean, we'd stayed there three times now so it was about time to check out the breakfast situation. It was fine, muffins, toast, cereal, everything it advertises. Again, our stay was perfect AND the front desk guy remembered us!! Which was oddly satisfying. (He is seriously the best, possibly the manager, he's always there and is overly accommodating and generous. Love him!)

    I guess a more normal review would include these important details too: the beds are incredibly comfy and there is free wifi!!!! Good wifi too, we were able to watch Netflix and stream a hockey game with no problem at all.

    TL;DR: This place is tiny and a bit odd but such a great place to stay!

    12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. Joe S.
    Horrible. Crazy Asian lady at the front desk was absolutely insane. I strongly feel that you should screen employees for mental disorders before allowing them to work in the customer service industry.

    28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    85. Matthew M.
    Just steps away from Union Square, Hotel Stratford is within walking distance from a great selection of restaurants, shops and entertainment. Hotel Stratford is an affordable first class hotel ideal for individuals seeking exceptional value and service with a stylish, contemporary atmosphere. Guests who want the convenience of being right in the center of the City will enjoy their stay in this European style affordably priced property, with over 80 pleasantly decorated rooms, all with the most modern facilities

    28/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Curtis N.
    The staff are here are excellent and you can't beat the location.
    A package was delivered to the hotel after I left and Jamie mailed me the package.

    19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. Kayla C.
    This hotel is amazing. First off, it is a family owned business which is great. They are SO nice, accommodating, they seem to really take pride in the hotel and really go over and beyond for customers. AMAZING tea room with free hot ready coffee at all hours with awesome seating area (tv, nice tables, awesome view of the hustle and bustle in action on Powell street) HBO with cable on tvs and ceiling fans (which I love) and my favorite RARE things about this hotel, the soap they give in showers are amazing and actual NICE and great smelling soap, AND very quiet, andddd super sweet maids (which isn't always case with hotels) this place is truly a gem, If you're from out of town, OR a local , this place is really a perfect location , super conveiniet, fun, and I have had incredible luck meeting all types of wonderful people that stay at the hotel lol its like this place just brings good people, maybe because everyone is happy & greeted by the amazing staff. LOVE. And my #1 hotel reccomendatkon for hotel in sf (and I've stayed at almost all) bravo! I will always come back for a visit.

    10/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    88. Rachel A.
    Just came back from a weekend trip in SF and stayed at Hotel Stratford. It's my first time staying at a boutique hotel ...and overall my stay was just OK. Dont get me wrong, the location is perfect.  Located on Powell street right in front of the cable cars. And you're literally withing walking distance by everything ...bars, restaurants, starbucks, walgreens, H&M, Express, and so much more.  We had the Family Suite and was able to check-in on Friday around 11:30am which was awesome. Free continental breakfast, and free wi-fi..and that is why im at least giving it 3 stars. My complaints was that our room didn't have an AC, the TV's are SMALL and we had a really bad signal...could barely even watch TV, and worst of all the water pressure on the shower was extremely LOW.  lets put it this way, the water pressure on the sink was stronger than the shower. When I called the front desk to complain, they said there was nobody available to take a look at it and the soonest to get it fixed would be the following morning, which never happened. It was a challenge taking a shower in that type of water pressure, really frustrating! For paying $349 a night in the suite, that's ridiculous to have to go through that.

    26/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    89. John D.
    This hotel is in a great location; the cable cars run outside the front door, Union Square is steps away, and restaurants are everywhere along with lots of shopping. There is no AC, but there is a ceiling fan. The room was very warm even with the fan. Because you have to keep the window open (it only opens a couple of inches for ventilation) you get lots of noise. On my visit, a band was set up on the street corner, complete with full drum kit and a bass player, and they played until 10 or 11 on a Sunday night. I want to like this hotel more than I did, but the noise and the difficulty I had getting comfortable is my lasting memory.

    15/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    90. Pamela X.
    I was pretty happy with my stay here.  The location can't be beat.  As soon as you walk out the door, you're in front of the muni and union square.  You won't run out of things to do here.  The staff is very friendly.  The room was small but clean and comfortable.  The only problem is that there is only one elevator, and this place can get pretty busy, so you'll end up waiting for quite a long time for that elevator to get to you as it picks up and drops off everyone else along the way.  it does have a pretty decent breakfast, which is hard to find when you're staying in San Fran on a budget.  Although most places have at least coffee, not all places offer breakfast.

    27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    91. P P.
    **WARNING** this hotel is not supportive of Bay To Breakers participants!

    I have been in B2B for several years & have NEVER been denied a late checkout. NO, I am not looking for baggage storage, I simply want to shower after the race. This has ALWAYS been allowed at past hotels where I have stayed for B2B... as well as my friends at their SF hotels. They didn't even have anything welcoming B2B participants there, the last 2 yrs elsewhere I was greeted with water bottles & Cliff bars. All that I got here was a gruff cell-phone checking girl at check-in! Who denied my late check-out. B.S. this is a once a year, major SF event, your business should be planning for it, allow late check-outs, and plan maid service accordingly. We are supporting your hotel & local businesses for several days, please support US as well.

    SF hotels inflate their prices for B2B. I booked many months in advance for this room at a decent price.  Room was nice, but very WARM, and it was a cool day. Tried to open window, will only open a few inches! Luckily there was a ceiling fan, that's the only thing that saved me. No a.c. in room!

    Very few outlets to charge your cell ph, iPad etc! Most being taken up with lamps, tv etc.

    Ice... there is ONE ice machine, located in the so-called "Tea Room". It produces hail-sized ice pellets, which melt fast in their plastic non-insulated mini buckets. No plastic liners provided either. It is posted that accessibility to "Tea Room" ends at 10pm! If you want ice after that time, tough luck!

    I found the water pressure for the shower to be fine. But the bathroom sink was a teeny trickle! Shower door would not close completely.

    Tv channels were pretty dismal. They do have HBO.

    Be advised, the elevator is SLOW. There are stairs to use. Hopefully ur not on a high floor.

    There is a free breakfast provided. Was cold cereals, watermelon, bread items, coffee, juices. Thank God, I got there at 7am when it opened. Because a few minutes later,  a huge tribe of LOUD Europeans descended on the food like locusts.  Inexpensive hotel + great location= mobbed by Europeans.

    I found the ppl at the front desk to be nothing special, unfriendly, non-smiling. The mole-chinned girl at check-out didn't even say thank you!

    This hotel has a great location, literally in the center of Union Square, close to everything.

    I parked at Sutter Stockton garage, not too expensive after 6pm at this time, only $1. per hr., look at posted rates & park accordingly. The hourly rates fluctuate, much higher at peak times. Sundays were cheap all day.

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    92. Kirsten A.
    PERFECT location, right in Union Square. BART from the airport is around $9, and they offer a shuttle to the airport for $15. I got a high floor (7) and it was pretty quiet, but the 2nd floor seemed pretty noisy to me when I was there for breakfast. Glad I asked for a high floor!

    I stayed for 7 nights and the total cost was just under $1,000 (got some sort of deal).

    Staff was always friendly, especially the guy who checked me in. I can't remember his name, but he had a British accent (I think).

    16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. A E.
    I planned a mini SF getaway to experience Pixar Night at AT&T Park. Little did I know that it was also Pride Weekend... so booking a hotel was pretty tough. Luckily I found this place for a good price, and in the perfect location - close to UNION SQUARE.

    - Clean!
    - Simple complementary continental breakfast ie toast, cereal, juices, teas and coffee. It's complementary so don't complain. :P
    - In the middle of everything, and yet cheap considering the area.
    - Walking distance to the Bart, Muni and Cable Cars.
    - Across the street is a 24-hour Starbucks, Walgreens and other mall-type stores,  (Express, Nike, Aldo) and food. If you forgot any essentials, hungry or want to go shopping... it's all within reach.
    - Free Wi-Fi
    - Rusk body products. Never heard of Rusk, but it smelled good.

    - Your view is a brick wall.
    - Rooms were very small, and bathroom had no tub.
    - No AC, fridge or microwave
    - Very slow elevator.

    It's not a fancy hotel, but it's good enough. It was built in 1907, but it does have some modern touches. Boutique hotel? Sure, whatever that means. It fulfilled my basic needs - place to sleep comfortably, place to wash-up, and it was clean. One thing that would have bothered me was the lack of air conditioning. Luckily it wasn't unbearably hot, otherwise that would have been an issue. A fan would have not cut it for me.  

    - The cable cars line may have been right outside of the hotel, but there is always a long wait. I think the wait was even longer by the BART station.
    - Go to Walgreens and purchase the Muni Passports. They come in 1, 3 or 7 day increments. This allows you to have unlimited rides on the Muni and Cable Cars for whatever amount of days you choose consecutively. (Does not apply to the Bart. Boo) Get lost in the city, and experience public transportation!

    14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    94. Liliana D.
    I arrived last night to plan stay at this hotel and a shorter Asian lady opens the door to let my boyfriend and I inside. Don't get me wrong the hotel was probably a nice place to stay, but the lady was extremely rude, and disrespectful towards my boyfriend and I, we left and booked else were at a nicer hotel, with much friendlier staff.

    18/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    95. David S.
    Great Budget Hotel Close To Union Square

    Hotel Stratford is not fancy, but is a clean hotel in a great location with reasonable prices.

    The hotel is in a historic building with updated rooms.  While our room was small, it is just enough space if you spend most of your time exploring the city.  The front desk staff, especially Jack, made us feel as if we were staying in a high-end resort.  His personal attention to our needs, from assistance with storing luggage to directions and restaurant recommendations, Jack's customer service left a great impression with my wife and me.

    The light continental breakfast is exactly that, light.  The options consist of cereal, muffins, toast, apples, oranges, coffee and juice.  Do not expect a great meal.  However, if you have the correct expectations, the food becomes a free option for some calories in the morning.

    The price for a double room started at $200 a night (with the AAA discount).  Free wifi is a plus.

    The hotel offers convenient access to Union Square, about a block away.  Powell Street Station, two and half blocks to the south, provides easy access to both MUNI and BART public transportation systems.

    Overall, Hotel Stratford is a simple, clean hotel at a reasonable price in the heart of a big city.

    09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Mark S.
    This is a small boutique hotel so don't expect to get the amenities of the bigger hotels.  That said, the rooms are very small.  The room I was in had two twin beds crammed in there and there was not much space left after that.  It should be noted that there is no ac in the rooms and they get HOT!  What is great though is the price and location.  It's hard to beat getting a room right on Union Square without paying a premium price.
    Pro tip: If you are on the second floor, take the stairs.  The elevator takes foreeevver, foreeever.

    01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    97. Matthew L.
    If I could summarize Hotel Stratford in six words, I'd describe it with the old saying... you get what you pay for!  Hotel Stratford is a low-end, budget hotel located in the heart of Union Square.  The only thing that this hotel has going for it is its prime central location next to Union Square and convenient public transit connections (Bart & Muni).  

    I stayed here overnight a few days ago for my birthday.  I had booked this hotel about a month ago at a relatively good rate ($114 after taxes, for a "queen" room) and had chosen this hotel mainly for its cheap rates and pretty good reviews (i.e. most reviewers stated it was clean).  In retrospect, I kind of wish I paid more money for a better hotel because my stay wasn't the most comfortable.  Read on...

    I stayed in room 600, which was super tiny.  I think the room had dimensions of about 10'x10', so the first thing I said when I opened the door was, "WOW! This place is small!" The bed and desk are crammed into the room, within about 4-5 feet of the doorway and with the bed taking up almost two-fifths of the room.  Of note, the bed wasn't a queen size either -- it was a full size bed!  I also was sharing the "queen"-sized bed with my friend, so it wasn't very comfortable having to share such a small bed with someone. The room was also super hot (there's no A/C), as the fan wasn't on and the window wasn't open.  This room faces a wall/alley-way, so there isn't much cool air that can circulate into the room.  I had left the fan on and window open for a few hours, and even with that... it was still stuffy and hot.  For me to fall asleep and sleep comfortably, I need the room to be cool... so as you can imagine, I couldn't fall asleep given how hot it was inside! Lots of tossing and turning trying to find the best way to stay cool.

    The hotel does offer a few good amenities such as free WiFi (I didn't use) and free continental breakfast (I didn't eat) and its location in central Union Square area is perfect for tourists.  Don't get me wrong, I think this hotel can work well for some people, but it just doesn't work for me (i.e. no air conditioning).  After staying here at Hotel Stratford, I've concluded that the single most important thing I need whenever I travel is... air conditioning.

    If you're planning to stay here, just be forewarned, your room may be hot! Although for those who are reptiles, the heat might not be so bad.  But for the rest of us mammals, cooler temperatures are usually better!  At check-in, you may want to request for a room that is cooler (not facing a wall/alley, and low floor). Good luck.

    Next time I stay in the Union Square area, I'll probably stay somewhere else. I need that A/C!

    26/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    98. Casey C.
    Just to be clear, this review is about my stay.  I'm not implying the class of the hotel by the star rating.  We stayed over the 2015 Valentines/Presidents Day long weekend.  

    First the negatives.  The room (700) was small.  Tiny, in fact.  The view was of a brick wall.  No exaggeration.  Well, I guess we also had a view into the neighbors bathroom.  The room was hot (as was the outside weather.  San Francisco hot in February???).  We had to open the window to get what little cool air there was.  But no screens on the window meant bugs, rats, and other vermin could come in at their leisure (thankfully the only rat we saw was in Union Square).  The elevator was super slow.  Our TV wasn't working (not a big deal since we weren't staying in SF to watch TV).  The bathroom door squeaked loud (a little WD-40 needed).  The radiator was off but it still made some dripping sound all night.  Very annoying.  The headboard on the bed was a cloth material, which is a little gross.  The free breakfast is not worth waking up to (bread, cereal, and coffee was pretty much it).  

    But none of the negatives are anything to get excited about (except the hot room).  Most are minor.  The positives more than make up for any bad stuff.  The price was fantastic for the location.  About $100 a night.  Remember, this was Saturday and Sunday with a Monday holiday and Valentine's Day!  The location across from Union Square on the Powell streetcar line was perfect.  The room, though small, was clean.  The bathroom was huge compared to the room.  I think this is the biggest bathroom of any hotel in SF where I have stayed.  The water pressure and temperature were spot on.  The place was quiet (except for the cleaning crew in the mornings) and the neighbor puking (told you their bathroom window was right outside ours and both were open).  The front desk people were cool.  The guy let us check in early on Saturday.  Which was awesome.  We needed a good nap after that long plane ride (okay okay, it's only 2 hours from Phoenix).  

    I would not hesitate to stay here again.  We're already planning for next year.  We might try one of the fancier rooms though.  But I think this will be my go to place whenever I travel to San Francisco.

    21/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    99. Ash M.
    Oy...you get what you pay for!

    5 stars for location - easy 2 minute walk to Powell St. BART station/Cable Car stop, easy walking to shops and Westfield mall, located next to a Lush shop so it smells like soap in the lobby.....all good things.

    2 stars for everything else. The room is absolutely tiny. My friend and I stayed in a standard double room which had a single double bed, and the room was so small that the door couldn't even open all the way because it hit the bed. The desk was falling apart, and you couldn't sit in the chair because it's located right by the bed and you can't pull the chair out far enough to actually sit in it.... Why is there even a desk?!?!!? Oh, and the desk lamp did not work. It's a pretty old building, with minimal remodeling, so our room definitely had that dank old-building smell, but the room was overall clean. We kept the window open to get some fresh air circulating, but there were no screens on the windows. No A/C, but there is an old heater and a ceiling fan. View of another room's bathroom.

    Overall, given the price (in downtown SF), I have no complaints. Wouldn't be my first choice, but the whole experience was on par with a Motel 6.

    Tips: Check out @ 11am, but they hold your luggage for no extra fee. Free wifi (slow, but beggars can't be choosers). Free Breakfast from 6:30a-9a; includes coffee/tea/juice, muffins, cereal, toast :)

    17/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    100. Zak C.
    An absolutely fabulous hotel in an equally fabulous location.

    Hotel Stratford is not only beautiful inside and out, but the staff is extremely accommodating. I'm vegan, so I requested they refrigerate some soy milk so I could enjoy their complimentary breakfasts and they allowed me to store the milk in their staff fridge. The front desk was always very patient and understanding (shout out to Alma, she was fantastic). The rooms were impeccably clean and our room had a fantastic 8th story view of Union Square. The bathrooms come outfitted with shower gel, soaps, conditioner, hair gel, and lotion.

    The only thing to consider before booking is the hotel has no air conditioning. The city never got too warm, so we were fine with just opening our windows (no bugs in San Francisco!). But if you're going in their warm season, be weary. Also, the street is very loud, so bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper.

    21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0