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Rating: 4.32

Address: 975 Bush St, San Francisco, CA, 94109

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    Comments (114):

    1. Jenna K.
    The Mayflower Hotel exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only for the money--it's so so reasonable--but for any price, this hotel--quaint, clean, centrally located, with a friendly, helpful staff--is everything you need in San Francisco. Not to mention the free breakfast and in-room fridge and sink. It took less than an 8 dollar cab ride to get anywhere in the city. it was my first trip to San Francisco and I worried that the hotel, being as I was on a budget, would completely ruin my trip--that I would feel poorly rested and unsettled. Because of the Mayflower my trip was perfect. Friends of mine stayed in well-known chain budgets (like the Days Inn) for far more money, in a much less interesting part of town. I wholeheartedly recommend this and will definitely stay here the next time I travel to San Francisco. I hope it's soon.

    21/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Christine A.
    I LOVE the Mayflower.  I stayed here for a couple of weeks, and it was a perfect little home away from home. The staff were so nice, the rooms were pleasant and clean, and the kitchenette with microwave and fridge was a huge bonus.  The location could not be better.  Easy walk to union square, chinatown, and the ferry building. Its proximity to the tenderloin is a plus in my opinion, because of the wealth of tasty cheap eats that can be found there (thai house express, shalimar, and tons of great pho places) in addition to some great dive bars (ace's, the tunnel top). Of course you also have dry cleaners, drug stores, produce stands etc. within walking distance. I was delighted with my stay and I will definitely be back.

    01/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. terra d.
    very cute family-run hotel but kinda noisy.

    08/01/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Whitney B.
    What a great little hotel and VERY unexpected! Located very close to the hub of the shopping district in downtown San Francisco, this hotel is quaint with all the modern charms that you would hope to find! Our room on the third floor had a great view of the city and was equipped with all of the necessary items we wanted in a hotel: fridge, microwave, walk in closet, television, desk and wi-fi. The full beds feel a little on the small side, but are very comfortable. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. This is one of the few places in San Francisco where you can park FOR FREE! Your car is locked into a garage under the hotel and is accessible whenever you need it. However, ONLY compact sedans will fit in this space. It was VERY tight, but since everything is so close there isn't much of a need for a car as you can walk to what you are looking for. I would stay here again at this reasonably priced hotel the next time I come up to the city. It truly was a great experience!

    29/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. poet d.
    This is not the perfect small San Francisco hotel, but it is my favorite small San Francisco hotel. It's clean, welcoming, charmingly decorated, convenient, and provides real value for the dollar. The sole con is that the rooms on the front of the hotel can allow too much of the noise off Bush street (the shouts of late-night revelers, the banging and beeping of a 5:30 a.m. garbage truck). So, I suggest ear plugs if you want a view. The rooms all have kitchenettes with small frigs and microwaves (constructed early 20th century, the cabinetry is old fashioned but new granite countertops lend modernity). The closets are walk-in and there's plenty of shelf and drawer space. Housekeeping is quite good. There's complimentary do-it-yourself breakfast and occasionally a really decent house label wine with check-in. I haven't use the parking garage, but I understand it's underground and secure. The Mayflower Hotel is perfect for unfussy extended vacation stays or taking a mental health break from a crazy roommate.

    15/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Vol T.
    Just finished a 7 day stay at this wonderful hotel. If you are budget minded (about $90/day) and do not need all the frills this is perfect. The location at the bottom of Nob Hill could not be more perfect to most of San Francisco's tourist attractions, shopping, cable cars, and MUNI/ BART. They have free breakfast, free wifi, and free parking. I rented a subcompact (Toyota Yaris) knowing that the garage will only fit small cars (from reading other reviews). But free parking in the area is UNHEARD OF. So that was the clincher for me. Just be sure to rent a small car! They only have double beds I believe, but worked fine for me and my partner. The staff were great, couldn't ask for more. The hotel itself is just charming. Old World charm that I experienced in European older hotels. It was clean and quiet. Closet space for me was enormous. Lots of space for all my stuff. Definitely will make this my hotel from now on when I visit San Francisco again!

    10/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Jonathan S.
    I called for a reservation on Sunday afternoon for Sunday and Monday evenings and was told it wasn't necessary--I could just show up and there would be rooms available. I was hesitant, but I gave it a shot.

    Incredibly friendly front desk staff. They answered all my questions, helped me out a few times with a key card that didn't work, and even pushed my check out time to 5 PM.

    The room was clean with a double bed, kitchenette, clean bathroom, small television (but who cares about the television?). It was exactly what I needed as a place to sleep while I spent the days sightseeing and the nights drinking in the Castro.

    The location was fantastic. Just a ten minute walk from Union Square, very residential, safe, a few bars around the corner, convenience stores, delis, restaurants, etc. Everything you need to recharge your batteries if you're hung over and getting ready to take on the day.

    They do check your room key when it's after ten to make sure you don't bring "visitors" along, but I brought someone back after barhopping and it was no problem at all.

    22/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Marie S.
    I'd really love to give this place a higher rating because I had a nice little stay here with my sweetheart when we felt like switching it up for the night.  The staff at the front desk were very pleasant, and gave us a complimentary bottle of wine when we checked in around 7pm or so.  

    We went upstairs to a clean and charming little room with a kitchenette and an extremely comfortable bed; so comfy that we passed early on in the evening (with the help of the boozing that had taken place prior, of course), so comfy that we didn't wake up until about 1:45 AM, wondering what had happened and ready for another cocktail.  My guy rushes down to the liquor store that's conveniently located right below us, and he gets there just in time for our festivities to continue.  Thank Goodness!  He comes back ready to make us drinks, and goes to get some ice, only to discover...



    Nice going guys, way to ruin the luxury of having a perfectly good liquor store right below you.

    Apparently at this hotel they expect you to make your own ice with the little ice trays supplied in the shoebox-sized freezer thing in the mini-fridge.  Does this even work?  Has anyone in the history of mankind successfully turned water to ice with a mini-fridge?  My hypothesis is no, and I would love to see proof that it can actually be done.  

    At this point I thought the wine must be complimentary as some sort of  unspoken peace offering, and I'm glad that we have it to fall back on, EXCEPT...

    We didn't turn on the fridge when we tossed it in there, so all we have is warm wine, warm vodka, and soon-to-be-warm ginger ale.  
    I'd love to blame the folks downstairs for not telling us to turn it on, but they were really nice and we were really drunk.  

    Cold beverages would have warranted a much higher rating.  


    EDIT: And for the hater hating on me for not "getting up off my ass and buying it from the store across the street..."   Glad you enjoy paying for ice and wasting your money for no good reason, I sure don't.   It's hard to  pointlessly throw away my money on such a commodity t after 2:00 AM when the store is closed. Even it were open, who wants to do this in the TN at night when it's pouring rain outside?  NOT I.  Motel 6 and every single other cheaper, dodgier, nastier shithole in America has an ice machine, so there's NO EXCUSE for lack of one at a hotel such as this.

    23/04/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    9. Tamar N.
    This review is based off of my mother and grandmother's experience at the hotel.  They are both picky women but were charmed by the Spanish Hacienda interior, the "immaculately clean" rooms, the friendly service, free bottle of wine, free wifi, and close proximity to all the sights of the city and to the apartment of yours truly.  And of course the place is very affordable and they even offer a complimentary continental breakfast with damn good banana bread (my grandmother stole 6 pieces in her purse and gave them to me to feed my husband, who according to her looks like he is 12 and needs some fattening up).

    Hotel Mayflower is a great deal.

    29/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Jocelyn G.
    My husband and i stayed at the Mayflower hotel. I did alot of research prior to choosing this hotel and i must say im very happy I did you cant beat the price for the location walking distance from alot of the major attractions, free Wi Fi, Free parking if your car fits we have a compact car so it was perfect. I did not try the complimentary breakfast I wasnt thrilled by the choices. Front desk very nice and personable. We will definitely be staying here for future City visits.

    24/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. J T.
    You can't beat the price, location and the fact that if you have a room in the back of the hotel, it's quiet!!

    27/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. E C.
    My boyfriend and I stayed here for our anniversary weekend in SF.  I found it on Yelp through its great reviews and we were very impressed.  The room was very clean and comfortable and the little kitchenette was awesome (with microwave, fridge, sink and dishes).  The continental breakfast is really good.  There was bread, cookies, scones, fruit, yogurt, applesauce, hardboiled eggs, instant oatmeal...  Plenty of food!  The location is great - within walking distance of many places we wanted to visit, like Chinatown and downtown.  
    As for parking, we were a little nervous after reading about it on Yelp, but my 2001 Honda CR-V fit just fine with the rear-view mirrors folded in.  One of the women who works there even came down to the garage after hearing that my car fit down there because she's looking to buy a new car that would work with the garage.  
    Very glad we found this place.  Our room cost around $100 per night.  If you consider that it was a clean, nice room in a great central location with free parking and free breakfast, that is an incredible deal for San Francisco.  We will definitely be back.
    The only complaint that I have is for other guests: you do not need to slam your door to close it!!  The doors close quietly if you just pull them gently.  Some of us are actually trying to sleep!

    26/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Sarah A.
    This is the best value in town! Its decor and "old school" elevators remind me of being in Spain....and in fact the owner's have relatives who still live in Spain! This is a family owned bed & breakfast that has been passed down for generations. They have great prices and friendly staff. Every time I come here, I feel like I'm coming home. Did I mention the fabulous baked goods that are provided at breakfast?

    19/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Aaron K.
    This will be my go to spot when traveling to San Francisco from now on. Came here with my brother for President's Day extended weekend. The front desk staff is incredibly friendly and make you feel welcome the second you walk in. We got a double (two beds) with a private bath and let me tell you, this was a pretty spacious room, complete with a small kitchenette (sink , fridge, and microwave), a massive closet (bigger then the one I have at home), and a nice bathroom with all the hot water you could want. The room also comes with a nice little HDTV with some basic DirecTV channels and dresser. They have a little parking garage underneath that is free to guests. We had a Dodge Caliber that barely fit so keep this in mind when trying to figure out if your car will fit or not. Right next door is a market that stays open fairly late and has all your food and toiletry needs. Union Square is well within walking distance as is Chinatown. All in all a great place to stay and I will be going back again next month. FYI, four nights, Thursday check in, Monday check out, cost about $420.00 with tax which, once I split it with my brother came out to little over $200.00 a person for four nights which is a steal in the city!!! Thank you Hotel Mayflower for making our stay great!

    22/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Mathman N.
    I have been to quite a few hotels in SF, and this hotel is hands down the BEST place to stay in the city!  It was a great follow-up to our horribly overpriced stay at Hotel Nikko!  From the friendly staff to the room itself, this place definitely earns a 5-star rating.  

    The wife & I decided to stay here based on Yelp reviews, and it turned out to be an excellent decision.  The first thing we found out about this place happened to be the BEST thing about it - FREE PARKING!!  When we checked in at 1130pm, the guy at the front desk rushed outside & unlocked the garage.  Once we parked & came out, he locked the garage back up.  Free parking in a locked garage??!  Sahweet!!  After experiencing free, secure parking we checked in and found the room was exactly the price we were quoted (a rarity in SF), $104 for the night.  We then get in the European elevator (awesome, reminded me of living in Spain) and went to our room and felt right at home.  The room is decorated as an apartment, so you're instantly comfortable.  Furthermore, the "standard" room has a kitchenette with REAL dishes, plates, glasses, & silverware as well as a microwave, mini fridge, & tons of cupboard space.  On top of that, the bathroom has REAL glasses and a big tub with shower.  Then to top it all off, there is a huge walk-in closet!!  Seriously, the closet alone could sleep 4 people comfortably.  The room itself was, of course, fantastic with a comfy queen bed, a long dresser with a TV on it, 2 comfy chairs, & a big heavy desk with an actual rolling desk chair.  When we woke in the morning (after a very comfortable night's sleep), we went down to check out & were offered breakfast & fresh coffee at 11am - one hour after continental breakfast was over!!
    So ya, the stay was very comfortable and an overall GREAT experience!  We will stay at the Hotel Mayflower from now on, no exceptions.

    12/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Benny G.
    a quite room and comfortable bed, the BEST PLACE to stay in, is the Mayflower! fun, clean, convenient and simple not to mention there is a liquor store next door to satisfy your early noon or late evening thirst! We loved it, the price is right but the parking is tight........its San Fran....what do you expect!

    31/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Amanda K.
    we were a group of 4 girls and stayed here from a Tuesday to a Saturday...best deal in town after much research...it was cute and quaint...old school elevator...free parking!  it was tough to get in to the underground parking but for free it was not a big deal...centrally located...we were able to walk to china town, union square, the giants' game...i will definitely be staying here again...
    also...i left my tennis shoes in the room and they sent them to me for free!

    16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Kim T.
    This is by leaps and bounds my favorite hotel anywhere, let alone San Francisco.  While it's not mid bogglingly gorgeous or large, it definitely feels like you're coming home to clean (adorable) sheets, a chipped-but-sturdy dresser and the smell of homemade baked goods in the morning.  It's cheap, there's FREE parking (if your car is small and Asian which both I and my car are) and the staff kinda feel substitute parents.  There are obvious detractors like bad cable and the lobby closes after 10 or 11, but I forgive all of those quirky faults for waking up to homemade cinnamon rolls.

    13/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Sarah K.
    Best Deal In SF!!!!! This hotel had the best rates and free parking. The breakfast was helpful in the morning. The staff was all helpful. Honestly the location is decent it is about a 10 min walk to union sq which give you the bart and the busses and munis that are needed to get anywhere. the trolly stops about 5 blocks away. I will be back for sure. I love this place and the rooms and the closets for me were huge. THIS PLACE IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

    18/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Luz V.
    Yikes.  Didn't and won't get a chance to try this hotel.  I just called to inquire about availability and was treated very rudely.  Geez, I completely understand if there are no rooms available, but there's no reason to be nasty about it.  The man curtly informed me that he had nothing for the next few weeks and then hung up.  For a second, I wondered if I had the wrong number (even though I heard him give elevator directions to someone in the background before speaking to me after he picked up the phone).  Alrighty... guess not then.

    18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    21. Zoe P.
    Shady location!?! I'd totally stay here again and I'd recommend it to others.

    It's a chill, cheap, family-run place in a quiet, residential neighborhood. The lobby has some charm, the rooms are basic, the kitchenettes are handy, the stores nearby are actually useful.

    The only thing I didn't love was the breakfast. But the coffee wasn't bad.

    07/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Larry J.
    I'd like to keep this place a secret but I can't help to leave a 5 -star review for this hotel. I've had friends stay here on many occasions over the years. I've stayed here a few nights several years ago. This place is very clean, affordable and charming. The location is excellent. At $70 a night in San Francisco, you can't beat it.
    The staff is very friendly too.
    I like the old style decor in the lobby as well.

    27/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Jill T.
    Saturday night, 2 double beds, kitchenette with sink, microwave, fridge, silverware and cups - $135+tax.  AND A PRIVATE BATH!
    So many places in SF to choose from, but this was great and very old SF.  Each room has a painting on the door and in the room based on different SF landmarks.  Pretty cool.  Elevator was a little scary, since it's tiny and you feel like you're in a coffin - but can make a good talking point with your guests.  *Nervous laughter*

    Walking distance to BART, Union Square, but not too close so you can avoid the throngs of people.
    Walk to Uncle Vito's Italian restaurant. Excellent.

    17/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Florence M.
    This was such a clean, comfortable and centrally located place to stay!!! Within walking distance of union square, Chinatown and nob hill. Very friendly helpful staff and free parking for compact cars:) would stay here again in a heart beat!!!

    12/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Jacky I.
    Awesome awesome awesome! Hey if your a stiff neck this place isn't for you! I'm the type of gal that an spend $1000 on a dress but still enjoy an $90 room that is cottage style and not high roller type. The better of both worlds always keeps a good balance! The structure of this place is beautiful there's an upstairs room with computers and printer free wifi great breakfast... Awesome cultural people passing through with great conversations and no bed bugs in the bed!!! I have a fridge and walk in closet (awesome acoustics I am a musician so this was a treat for me) and free parking for the little car guys! I really like it and will come again!

    25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Roberta G.
    Reasonably priced hotel in a convenient location--a few blocks from Union Square, the cable car line, Market Street, many shops and dining establishments. The area is hilly, so keep in mind that walking is more work than usual. Approaching from Powell street, it seems like an OK neighborhood... But when we walked up Jones from Market Street after 9pm, it was a pretty scary experience with some people who looked truly messed-up and potentially dangerous congregating and confronting us. Be warned.

    The hotel itself was kind of charming, built in 1929, with what looks like the original tiny hexagonal bathroom floor tiles (I was a little worried how clean they could get that floor) and some of the grouting looked a little questionable, but in a city like SF that is very historic, I can overlook it. The kitchenette area and vintage  elevator are also humorously dated. The fridge and microwave came in very handy with a well-stocked market next door, also good  for restaurant leftovers. The breakfast provided was a pleasant surprise and  adequate, coffee, juice, hardboiled egg, instant oatmeal, toast, fruit, cookies and scones, etc-- at least enough to get us out the door and on our way. The lobby is very inviting, Spanish looking with a painted ceiling and details, painted decorations throughout the interior of the hotel itself, and there is a mezzanine lounge with Internet. In room 509, the wi-fi worked only when I moved to the inside corner of the room, but it was also good of them to provide it. The room was pretty homey, if slightly run-down feeling, and the beds were OK.  Our room had two walk in closets.  It made me think of a little studio apartment.

    If you or members of your party are not put off by a less- than brand-new hotel (I prefer shabby chic compared to new carpet and paint that is out-gassing nasty toxins), then I would recommend it.

    27/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Karen S.
    A few weeks before we headed west, I called the Mayflower to inquire about booking a room (no on line booking).  The lady on the phone-Nancy, I believe she said her name was, was very polite and helpful. I did have some special requests, as we were staying for 3 nights, leaving for several nights, and then returning for another 3 nights, this time with one more person.  Nancy handled my reservations with aplomb, and when I inquired as to securing it with my credit card-she said NO; they do not do that!  That was a first for me!  I guess they have enough business that a no-show wouldn't set them back.  Our first room was our favorite of the two, with a somewhat odd mixture of old and new, yet plenty of charm.  This room had a small kitchenette.  Our second room was OK too-we did have trouble getting an internet connection (The man at the desk said to walk around the room because there are a lot of steel beams, but we were never successful.  They do have several computers overlooking the lobby for guests to use, and we never had to wait for one.)  The hotel is reminiscent of another era, yet it is kept up and clean. Free underground parking is a bonus-but for compact cars only!  Market next door is handy, breakfast each day was a plus, and very accommodating, helpful staff.  We paid about $125 a night. Nice enough neighborhood as long as you don't stray a few blocks into the Tenderloin district! We walked many times to Union Square area. We'll go back!

    p.s.  They do have ice now!  Just ask at the front desk-they'll give you a ziploc bag with ice.

    04/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Ozzie H.
    Great hotel in a great location with lots of history and charm. I did a ton of research before choosing this place. Hotel Mayflower is by no means a luxury or modern hotel so if that's what you're looking for you might have to go elsewhere but if you want simple, clean and affordable lodging in a very expensive city this is the place. Where they did stand out was at the fantastic service and value. Free starter breakfast in the morning and free parking (for a small car otherwise you'll never fit in). In a city where parking your car can easily set you back $40+ a day this was an amazing find. It is close to Union Square. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful. Everything is close by so you wouldn't have to travel far to find what you're looking for. I highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a great hotel in San Francisco. Will definitely go back.

    29/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Summer K.
    I spent, literally, hours staring at multiple open windows comparing hotels/areas while trying to book a hotel for our San Francisco vacation.  I vacillated between going high end to going chain to going boutique...my eyes were killing me and I was tired of researching.  In the midst of my search, I stumbled upon The Hotel Mayflower (stumble, literally, because they do not advertise and don't show in your typical San Fran hotel searches).  The reviews seemed to good to be true, but, after consulting a number of ratings sites and reading the associated reviews, I decided to take a leap and give it a whirl, though I was a bit nervous because I was also booking for friends of ours and didn't want to let them down.

    We were NOT disappointed.  Now, before you book, know this is like staying at your Grandma's house (it even smells a bit like Grandma's, as it is an old building, but it grows on you).  The rooms are nothing to write home about, aesthetically, and are a bit of a mixture of 90's dorm furniture and Grandma's bedroom, BUT, what they ARE is fantastically CLEAN.  The real deal.  Super clean and spacious.  Our room had a WALK IN closet (which was awesome because we just laid our open luggage in there and had a make shift dressing room while not cluttering up our bedroom), as well as a small frig, microwave, and necessary flatware/tableware, all of which were spotlessly clean!

    The bathroom was small, but had everything we needed, including a medicine cabinet to store toiletries/cosmetics.  As the rest of the room/building, the bathroom as spotless.  Towels were plush and the water pressure was just fine.  The bed/bedding left a bit to be desired (double bed...grandma's bedspread), but the sheets were crisp and, again, CLEAN).

    We returned our rental car when we checked in, so I can't speak to the garage.  Other reviews have had issue w/the FREE WiFi, but we had no issues; it worked w/out a hitch at a quick speed for us.

    The staff was super helpful and polite; I also loved that you simply email your reservation and then pay upon arrival.  We were allowed to check in super early w/no issues and they also both delayed our check out and provided a holding spot for our luggage for our red eye flight.  

    We didn't take advantage of breakfast, so I can't speak to that.  The market next door, combined w/the frig and microwave in room, was a definite bonus!  The location is great and you're no more than a $10 cab ride to virtually anywhere.  

    If you don't need "frills" and appreciate the character of a non-chain hotel, you can't go wrong w/this place!  I won't even look anywhere else the next time we find ourselves in San Francisco...

    31/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. David C.
    I really like our experience at Hotel Mayflower. The rate is about $150 with tax which seems very good for SF especially when a lot of the B&B/hostels have shared bathrooms. It is located in Lower Nob Hill which is close to Chinatown and a 1.5 mile walk to Fisherman's Wharf. The hotel has a historic theme as they still have the old fashioned elevators. The rooms are solid an include a quasi-mini kitchen with a sink, a few plates/silverware/wine glasses a fridge and microwave - but we didn't see a hair dryer FYI ladies. Their is also a huge walk-in closet if you were staying for a few days! The breakfast wasn't spectacular but saves a bit of money and is very convenient. If you get there at the right time they have about 20 free parking spots and recommend a $20/night garage if their garage is full.  Another plus is the free Wi-Fi that sort of works. It is right by the street so maybe bring some ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. I definitely recommend Hotel Mayflower if you are looking for a good low budget option with a historic feel.

    22/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Heather M.
    Looking for great value and a clean, fairly quiet place to stay, you've found it in the Hotel Mayflower. We found this little gem on while taking a road trip down the California coast and it was perfect. Afffordable, comfortable and clean. Right in the middle of the city - walk a few blocks to China Town and Union Square, or catch a taxi to anywhere in the city from the front entrance with ease. Free parking if your vehicle is small enough to fit into the underground parking (amazing in SF where the some hotels charge $60 a day for parking).

    I agree with other reviewers that breakfast is lackluster, but enough for the price. There is a grocer right next door if you need something more to start your day off.

    Small space in elevator / narrow hallway may not be suitable for wide people.

    14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Tarabas L.
    The Mayflower is a Hotel in downtown, old school design, historic elevator, lovely owners and staff, not cheap but worth each $.
    One of the goodies for drivers is free parking (for smaller cars)  a plus worth 20-50 bucks a night :)
    Nancy and Hester are very friendly, helpful and kind persons  make you feel welcome from the start.
    Rooms are spacy, have seperate bathroom, kitchenette, fridge, TV. Ask for room on higher floors and for backside. I had 316 and it was great for 1-2 people.
    Breakfast is typical united states and OK  even if not that healthy compared to international standards (high carb, low vitamine, limited fresh fruits).
    I can recommend this Hotel without any doubt, remember, nice people and free parking :)

    08/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Ken S.
    Overall quality of the hotel is ok. The standard room I stayed in is old and more on the dirty side. Bedsheets, towels, and blankets are worned down. Stayed on the 4th floor and the WIFI connection comes and goes. Was only able to connect 10% of the time. Stayed over a friday night and the noise outside on the street was incredibly loud - so loud that I was woken up three times in one night with the windows shut. The really positive thing about this hotel is the friendly owners.

    09/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    34. Annabell H.
    The place is old so you can hear people walking through the halls and see light coming through the door. For a hotel in the city it is a great price and clean. I found it to be quiet as well with great staff.

    14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Chris F.
    This is as great as a 2 star hotel will ever get. The staff are friendly and accommodating and gave us a discount for staying 2 weeks. The family rooms have 2 double beds and plenty of space, a decent washroom with lots of towels, and a kitchenette.

    Breakfast is sparse, with no juices or cereals, but plenty of cakes, toast, delicious cookies, and mediocre coffee. Still, if you're staying a few days, you'll likely want a change-up. Try the market right next door. Also, the WiFi is spotty throughout the building, so don't expect a great connection in your room, if any!

    The location is pretty nice, in the lower parts of Nob Hill and a good distance from shady Tenderloin area. There are plenty of cafes, eateries, and laundromats around, and you can pretty much walk to most of the interesting places in the East end of the city.

    20/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Joseph Z.
    I chose this budget hotel thanks to the reviews here on Yelp. Definitely cheaper than most hotels in the area. It isn't a glamorous hotel but definitely choose this place if you'd like to find a place just to sleep. It is not luxurious but the place is definitely friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the old hotel style feel of the place with a nice lobby. The elevator is a bit of pain to get used to especially if you have a lot of bags but does add to the old hotel feel. Room was clean and pretty good view of the San Francisco skyline. Bathroom was also clean with nice running shower and we stayed in a quiet floor. Didn't really try the continental breakfast cause we were always on the go but we grabbed a bagel to go and everything we saw seemed pretty tasty. I would definitely come back to this place when I return to SF.

    30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Jennifer J.

    If you take it for what it is, this is a great deal for the area.  It has a very European feel to it (almost hostel like).  Rooms aren't huge, but are clean and have everything you need.  Service was very good; the front desk was very willing to help with directions anywhere.  Overall, clean and nice for a great price!    

    A couple notes:

    *Rooms don't have blowdryers or irons, but if you ask you can get them at the front desk.
    *They don't take American Express.
    *Computers available for use, but there is also Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
    *Continental breakfast is included.  Note that it is primarily toast and coffee!

    06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    38. Julianna O.
    Our choice to turn in at the Mayflower was primarily for its proximity to the Masonic center. We also discovered that in a fabulous San Francisco juxtaposition, Union Square is a couple blocks away. We literally used the car once during our weekend escape to the city, and it was to retrieve a cell phone charger. Opportune setting!

    We were sent to a sixth-floor room with a full bed; running up those six flights lost its cool after two early-day ascensions when the all-day uphill walks hadn't yet turned my legs to jelly. The room was small and stale-smelling, with faux-Victorian touches throughout, which a crack of the window and spritz of Flower Bomb cured. Also, dog-like tiredom erased any recognition of insufficient bed size [or 3.2 magnitude earthquakes and sirens sounding outside].

    The price is unbeatable: $250 for two weekend nights, free WiFi and breakfast included. Further, subtract parking and taxi money, and this hotel accommodates any budget-friendly getaway.

    30/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Meg W.
    I cannot say enough good things about the Mayflower. I stayed here a couple of weeks ago with my best friend for two nights. I was a little skeptical upon making the reservation, realizing they do all of their books on paper, and the fact that it was so affordable. However, upon checking in we felt a lot better. First of all, our check in wasn't until 2, but we showed up around 11 am wondering if we could just drop off our bags. The friendly Irish woman (one of the owners, I believe) told us our room was already cleaned, and that we could check in! Upon entering the room, I noticed the fridge, and microwave. Score! The room was also a good size, with 2 huge walk in closets, a table, and two dressers. The bathroom was also a decent size (although the shower head could have been a bit higher up, but it's understandable considering it's a historic building). The Mayflower was also walking distance to China Town, North Beach, Fisherman's Warf, and Union Square. And it's a cheap cab ride to the Mission, the Haight, etc.
    We didn't spend a whole lot of time in the actual hotel, as we were on vacation and wanted to be out and about having fun. I didn't actually hear anyone else in this hotel the whole time we were here. Our room didn't have a great view, it was actually about 2 feet away from another building, but we didn't care... if you want a great view of the city, ummmm, go outside? You're not going to get a twin peaks view for $115 a night. Also, the wifi didn't really work in our room, which was fine because in the upstairs lobby they have 3 computers with high speed internet, and free printing.
    I will absolutely stay here again next time I'm downtown!

    12/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Jim M.
    This hotel was exactly what we were looking for. Great location and It is a great value for the money, hard to give it 5 stars because it is so old but it was clean, staff was courteous and accommodating. They don't try to be something they are not, it is what it is! Continental breakfast was average, parking was free (call first for details), free wi fi (but slow).

    21/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Alex L.
    One winter evening in 1929, just outside a Chicago night club, Al Capone' & a few colleagues snuffed seven members of a rival gang;  across the Atlantic that same year, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (a British high court) ruled in Edwards versus Canada, that Canadian woman are in fact persons; continuing eastward, the German airship Graf Zeppelin flew around the world in just 21 days, no doubt providing the inspiration for the Band's excellent "Stairway to Heaven"; and not least of all, the Mayflower Hotel on 975 Bush St. in San Francisco, officially opened for business in February of that year.

    This event made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle; on 11 February 1929, it read: "102 Room [Hotel] Last Word in Modern Guest Accommodations."

    In June 2010, I spent a while staying in hotels during a several-month-long work-related move to SF. During this time, I stayed in the Mayflower for a week.

    This hotel might be the best value accommodation in SF. It's usually south of $100 per night and here's what you get for that: excellent location; free internet access that's also fast and reliable (it's definitely not the type of "free" internet access offered by some hotels, which is actually just a connection so fragile you can barely remain online long enough to order their "premium internet service" for $9.99/night); you also get an (excellent) breakfast. The rooms are impeccably clean; again, it's an old hotel but things that should be new are new--like for instance the carpet and bed linens. The rooms are a good size. Each room's entry way has a 'kitchenette' along one wall, including a decent-sized refrigerator. The bathrooms are small and haven't been refurbished in a while, but they are very clean.

    In each room a massive closet. These are not coat closets; these are like, store-your-christmas-stuff-and-outdoor-gear-and-­mountain-bikes-and-winter-cloth-kind of closets--roughly the size of my freshman-year dorm room. Paris Hilton would find these closets adequate. Why did hotels built in the 1930's have such big closets anyway? i don't know, but every old black-and-white (50's-60's) movie i've watched, in which someone takes a vacation, they travel with those large trunks, like the kind that magicians stuff their lovely assistants in and make them disappear (the assistants, not the trunks). In any event, if you are going to unpack and store a trunk, you need a serious closet.

    Like many old hotels, there's no air con, but the windows open, and there's a ceiling fan.

    So why haven't you ever heard of the Mayflower? I don't know. I don't think they like to pay for advertising. They also don't like paying an ecommerce site to handle their online bookings (seriously). So if you go to their website and click on 'reservations' it just invites you to contact the hotel by email. So that's what i did--thinking how pointless this is while i was doing it. About an hour later i get an email from Hester, confirming my reservation for the following week--no request for a credit card, etc., she just wanted to know about what time i planned on arriving. Anyway, I showed up a week later and they were waiting for me--not Hester, but Nancy, the other lady that runs the hotel with her.

    10/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. B H.
    $100 for a room in the city.  Good deal I thought.  Clean and really nice people.  I loved the location but I love to walk and see different neighborhoods.  Was easy walk from the BART.  The breakfast was so-so.  With so many great foods nearby don't kill your appetite with same o same o.  They have picture and trophy of their sponsored softball teams.  Thats cool!  Free WiFi too.

    11/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. Rob B.
    First off, any rating lower than four stars has to be from Mr. or Mrs. Pretentious.

    I've stayed at many a nice hotel in major cities and elsewhere and most do not have the charm/character that the Mayflower holds. Our stay was for three nights over the 8/24 weekend. The staff is great; all are kind and very accommodating. I failed to get names, but believe Nancy and Hester are the primary that helped with reservations as well as at the front desk. Thanks to all!

    The room itself, was surprisingly nice; spacious, comfy bed, sizable closet and kitchenette with fridge and microwave. We opted for a quiet room #21?, which was quiet as I heard street side rooms can be loud. Breakfast was also a pleasant surprise with nice strong coffee, OJ (not the kind that kills), moofins and other baked goods. Also, there were various breads to toast and spreads such as jam, Nutella and peanut butter. The breakfast room is spacious and appealing.

    The location cannot be beat and just a few blocks from Unions Square and Chinatown. We bought the MUNI Passport and simply hopped on the nearby Cable Car lines to head up to Warf and to Ferry Building, from which you can catch Street Car lines or buses easily. There is family run market next door, also called Mayflower, that has just about anything you need like snacks, beverages and awesome deli sandwiches.

    We hated to leave but the kids were running out of water and Cheerios back home- we'll be back Mayflower. Thank you!

    30/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Tony K.
    This was an absolute find!  Quaint and charming. If you are looking for modern day accessories and décor this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for  reasonably priced, well maintained and friendly facilities this is definitely the place. Would absolutely stay again if we ever return to San Francisco.

    15/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Jesse B.
    Not the prettiest or most lavish hotel you will find, but I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Mayflower.

    I was booked there for an extended stay while relocating for a new job in San Francisco. The apartment I was signing a lease on was a moving target and the hotel staff was always glad to accommodate my "I need to stay so and so more days" time and time again. The hotel was clean, in a great location, and for the price totally worth it. The staff is awesome and the rooms, while old, are still great.

    You'll get the regular drunk stumbling down the street late at night shouting at the top of his lungs, but that's a part of the charm of the area. Don't let the late night crowd that tends to hangout in the area turn you away, it's plenty safe.

    To be fair there is a downside, the wifi in the hotel is pretty horrible. I stayed on the 3rd floor and my signal was rather weak and the my connection was pretty much non-existent. I've had a few co-workers who stayed there as well and they experienced the same thing. But the wifi is free unlike most hotels so can't really complain.

    I definitely recommend the Mayflower Hotel.

    20/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Chuck F.
    After I had to flee from a methhead roomie after less then a week I stayed here for about 10 days.

    Wish I could have stayed for good. All my troubles would have been over and I'd still be living here (@the time they had permanent rental units).

    I think I was the happiest ever in this part of SF.

    Damn my puny income.

    22/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Angela T.
    My Step Father suggested this hotel to my husband and I for our one year anniversary. We stayed in the Heart Room and absolutely LOVED it!! The staff was so helpful and friendly and made us feel right at home when we arrived. We stayed on the 6th floor and were so amazed with our view. My husband had never been to San Fran and we were right in the middle of all the beautiful buildings. Before dinner, we enjoyed a nice glass of wine sitting right in front of our windows and just enjoyed each others conversation and the view.
    The room was clean, comfortable and the bathroom was great! I also loved the little kitchette that was in the room. We will definitely be staying here every time we visit the city!

    08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Heather H.
    Very affordable for the fantastic location.  Free parking (as long as you can fit in their garage.  My car did fine, but a SUV or truck couldn't make it).  Very friendly staff.  The first thing I noticed about my room was the smell.  It smelled so fresh and clean.  Walls and floor\ceiling are thin but that is expected from an old building.  The free breakfast offered plenty of choices.  Waking distance to many great sites and transit.  This is definitely my new favorite SF hotel.

    06/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Elin A.
    Thanks yelpers for leading me to this gem!!  I booked thinking "this could either be really cool, or it could be a complete nightmare" but trusted Yelp and went for it and SO GLAD I did.

    It's charming as hell, perfectly clean, in a good location (though not all that BART adjacent - it's uphill from the Powell stop and a few blocks over, so may want to cab it from BART if you have bags. It's maybe a 10 - 15 minute walk? Right about that much.  It's more than worth the small hike though.

    We got a top floor, corner room for $125 - yes really, and it was perfect for us.

    Quick summary:

    -charming beautiful building with great architecture, an old school cool elevator with one of those sliding cage things, and we had a room that had a fire escape which meant we got to step outside and enjoy the city views from outside.

    -Inside: perfectly clean, charming bathroom; little kitchenette area with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and even some glassware in the cupboards!

    -Wooden flooring in the kitchenette area, pretty comfy bed (though I would have liked better pillows and sheets, they just weren't good quality and that would be my ONLY gripe with the place) The towels however were softer than any in 5 star hotels.

    Loved the location! Not touristy, cool neighborhood with lots of great bars, breakfast spots and coffee shops. Walk down the street to Honey Honey for yummy breakfast, specialty teas and Italian soda. Mmmmm

    Thanks Mayflower! You made us feel like we were in our little studio apartment in the city. We'll be back.

    02/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Janice T.
    Stayed here twice (skipping two nights in between stays) while my husband was in the hospital in San Francisco.  Great value - free parking (for small cars, don't bring the SUV!).

    Had 2 different rooms - the higher priced room (deluxe queen?) was definitely nicer, but the lower priced one (standard double) was ok too - the room itself just wasn't as updated.  The highest priced rooms (still a great value) look out onto the street instead of at another building.

    Older building - beautiful lobby - kind, competent, and patient staff - nice breakfast - comfy beds - sparkling clean rooms and bathrooms.

    Only problem I experienced was with the wi-fi - but the desk person gladly loaned me an ethernet cable which worked easily.

    Also, there's a great little market just next door (every room has a fridge and microwave and dishes/cutlery) for your food needs -- another way to save money in a very expensive city.

    Convenient location, too.  Can't say enough good stuff about this place.  We'll be staying here again!

    13/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Alexandra M.
    I Stayed here for the first time this February. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed our stay, the rooms
    Were clean and the kitchenete came in handy. It's  walking distance to many places including bars, clubs, and restaurants. All the front desk people were nice.
    Definitely the only downside was the parking garage , it's great that it's free, just make sure you take a compact vehicle and even then it's still a very tight fit

    25/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Patricia T.
    Closer to 4.5 stars.

    Great, great hotel. VERY affordable option for the location.

    This hotel is located on Bush Street a couple of blocks above Union Square and about four blocks away from Chinatown. It is also very close to the street car lines that will take you to Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building (you can also reach Nob Hill/Little Italy and other locations via the two cable car lines).

    The hotel is extremely clean and at about $100/night for a two queen bedroom with a small kitchenette, it is a deal in this city. You can upgrade for another $30-40 to get city views but, honestly, you're going to get them anyway walking around but if that's your thing...

    The beds are super-comfy, some of the best I have slept on in a hotel.

    Rooms are actually "roomy" and two friends can comfortably stay in a two bed kitchenette for a week (as we did) without getting on each other's nerves and having the space to make tea or coffee in the morning (microwave and small fridge in each room).

    The staff is very friendly and helpful and are happy to assist you with any queries you have about where to eat, what to see, etc.

    Other positives: free wifi and a garage. I had no problem with the wifi at all although others have noted that reception can be spotty. The garage is tiny, tiny, tiny...they are not kidding when they tell you that it must be compact car. However, you should really not be driving in SF anyway...parking is hell and public transportation is ample. We had a car to go down to Big Sur so if you do have a car...you can park it here for free only if it is compact.

    Breakfast is a bit unusual but not bad. Continental for the most part with scones, pastries, cereal, toast, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, etc.

    Overall, a great hotel experience and a great SF experience.

    I didn't give five stars only because I know a lot of people travel with children and I don't know how this hotel caters to kids. For adults, however, it is five star all the way.

    Love this place and would definitely stay here again and again.

    26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Neil C.
    This is where I go when I stay in San Francisco.   The beds are comfortable, the service is good, the price is excellent for the location, they even have free parking.

    As for the service, I went into a room that wasn't fully cleaned, and told them about it, and they immediately fixed the problem.  The lady at the front desk told me places to check out, and where to avoid (the bad part of the tenderloin, which is nearby but you won't notice anything from it, just don't walk the wrong way around the area and you'll be fine).   Even though its close to a bad area, the neighborhood its in is quite nice, and very charming, a sort of west coast version of Manhattan if you will, with plenty of local restaurants, bars, markets etc to keep you occupied.

    The first time I stayed the wifi was okay, the second it was unreliable and spotty (I think that's because I was in a corner room).  In spite of this, you can connect with a land line, or go onto their own computer terminals, so its not a big deal.  While others have complained a bit about the noise, I would say that its not a big deal, just keep in mind that rooms facing  the street will be noisier than ones away from the street and remember the price and location.

    The driveway is fun.  Now if you have a bigger car, you won't be able to fit, but both times I was there I rented a compact.  Its probably the first time outside of Europe that I had to fold my mirrors in just to fit it down a passageway.   Its kind of a challenge, but makes for a cool story, trying to prevent your rental car from being scratched while dodging the stone walls and massive pillars down there.   Also unless you are going on day trips up and down the beautiful California coast, you won't need a car anyways, as San Fran has excellent transit and a car is more hassle than its worth in the city.

    All and all an excellent value for an excellent city, I'll be back next winter (as San Fran is an excellent spring like escape from the brutal Chicago winters ;) ).

    11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Kay T.
    I have rarely had an experience at a business that could rival this one for just plain, horrifically bad. I caution you at all costs, to avoid this hotel and find something else.

    I will admit that in my entire two years as a Yelper, this is the one time I have adamantly disagreed with the reviews in place on a business. When I needed a last-minute hotel in SF I checked a travel deal site for cheap rates and cross-referenced Yelp for decent reviews and The Hotel Mayflower came out a clear winner. All I can assume is that other reviewers possibly didn't meet the owner, like I did.

    So, we arrive and unload our bags outside and head up to the desk to check in. The desk clerk was quite a delightful young man and exceedingly helpful from the get go. But then, his boss who is the owner of this establishment, blew through the doors with a vengeance. With complete disregard for the fact that there were customers in line being helped by her employee, she began berating him for a serious of nonsensical things that a.) seemed like no big deal to me and b.) could most certainly have waited until they could be discussed privately regardless.

    In the first three sentences she spoke to him, she called him "dumb" 4 times. "Why are you wearing short sleeves when it's cold outside? You're dumb." "Why is this paper filled out this way, that was dumb of you." etc. It was shocking to watch. I actually felt like perhaps we were on a TV show where they do outrageous things to see if the audience reacts. But, I also felt like reacting in front of this woman would only cause this poor young man more abuse, so I refrained from commenting until she walked away. And I simply asked the man if he was okay and that I felt sorry to see him treated that way. He barely spoke on the subject but the entire thing was very difficult to watch. For that experience alone, I would recommend you stay away and frankly, I wish I had walked out then and there in protest as well. But it got worse.

    Our room was not clean. Not a little bit not clean, a lot not clean. Dirty bathroom and a rogue pair of dirty socks left under a bed. The room had a horrible odor like a cat box that hadn't been cleaned in a long time. The front desk kept calling us with noise complaints for a room that was two floors away from us and the only elevator on the premise is a freight elevator dated to whenever the building was built. i just couldn't stomach riding in it and had to take the stairs each time.

    For this experience, I got what I paid for and next time will surely just opt for something a little pricier in hopes they have higher standards for how to treat their employees.

    10/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    55. Will B.
    A really inexpensive hotel for San Fran with a liquor store right next door at the ready. I enjoyed my stay, and there wasn't anything "bad" but I wasn't blown away. The rooms were quaint, the elevator fun and retro-y but the best thing Mayflower had going for it was it was cheap!

    Overall not a bad stay, I'd stay there again and recommend it to youngsters travelling in the area!

    02/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Julie K.
    I would like to give it 4 1/2 stars but unfortunately that is not an option....sorry Mayflower.

    I stayed here with my friend when we were attending a Gala in the city. We have stayed in Motels in the city a few times for about the same price so this was a definite upgrade. (about $125 for a queen bed/no view)

    The room was very clean and although it was old style Victorian decor, like the building, it was not old looking. It had a mini fridge and a microwave which were also a plus. It had no ice machine that I found but maybe there was one on the main floor....they provided you with a tiny ice cube tray but really,....who has time to make their own ice. 2 HUGE closets with lots of hangers and a full dresser....if I wasn't only there for 1 night I would have really loved that. One of the closets was walk in with a full length mirror. There was also a huge mirror in the room with a table under it that had outlets in it.....perfect for 2 girls to straighten their hair.  

    Really the only complaint I have about the room is that there were no curtains....the blinds did nothing to keep out the bright sun at 7 in the morning. (or earlier....I have no concept of time that early)...oh and no AC...just a ceiling fan....It happened to be a really hot night but we managed....but any hotter and that just wouldn't do....It was only May so a July trip might not be as pleasant.

    The staff was really friendly and helped to direct my friend when she was pulling into the Garage.....yes they have a private garage....with no extra charge but it's small so if the hotel is fully booked you better check in early....also I wouldn't recommend bringing your SUV.....very tight to get in but none the less  no need for street parking and again.....FREE!!! The elevator was a little scary. It's old style with regular doors and a metal screen....little kids beware, they can most definitely put their hands in while its moving....I almost got my arm chopped off (OK exaggerating a little) when we pushed the button and realized the door wasn't shut all the way. So I reached over to shut it and then the automatic metal screen started to shut and I had to yank it back....good think I was paying attention.

    Also, Don't bank on the continental breakfast. There was bread for toast and some old looking muffins along with some oatmeal packets and hard boiled eggs. My friend had to take her coffee up to the room in mini plastic cups cuz there was nothing else.

    OK sorry for rambling on....aside for a few minor minor things....definitely a good place to stay...for pretty cheap money.

    09/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. Alf O.
    If you're looking for a budgeted hotel experience in San Fran this place is a totally reasonable choice.  Nice enough rooms, with a computer area and continental breakfast with muffins and cookies.

    The wifi doesn't really work in the rooms, so know that they have internet wires at the main desk, you can plug in for internet.

    20/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    58. Jerika M.
    Stayed here with my dad and sister and loved it! The owner is so nice and her hotel is charming. This hotel is the perfect walking distance for shopping in union square. The wifi has been updated and it works perfect, i had no problems at all. It also has a convenient market right next door with awesome pie! I will be staying here again.

    08/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    59. Jess P.
    After calling so many places and seeing reviews on yelp, I decided this hotel was the one! We stayed for a couple of nights and I must say, im a fan of the Mayflower!! Staff was very nice and warming, which is a win. Hotel is in the perfect spot. Yeah maybe a couple of blocks near the Tenderlion but so close to many shops and restaurants. I would recommend going elsewhere for breakfast. They only have muffins, cookies, and bread..not really breakfast. Great place to stay if your on a budget. Thanks for making our visit great!!!

    13/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Jesse S.
    This is just a great deal. Free Wifi, parking and continental breakfast on Nob hill for a little over $100 a night!!

    Parking the car in the garage was challenging because of the narrow driveway, but it was free so, no complaints here. Plus, the management was nice enough to let us keep the car in the garage after we checked out for an entire day so we could explore the city on foot.

    27/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Natalie R.
    i love the feel of this hotel!

    01/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Rachel D.
    Great Location, Value & Staff - Our value-oriented family stayed here 4 nights during our San Francisco/Yosemite trip last summer. This hotel was a great choice for exploring the city. Booking was easy and they accommodated a later change of dates. The location was fantastic and particularly convenient to Chinatown and cable cars to Fisherman's Wharf. The rooms were good sized and clean. The continental breakfast was better than most and included hard boiled eggs (I need my protein in the morning). And the staff was quite helpful with information, directions and called a cab at our departure.

    06/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Kelly D.
    I stayed at The Hotel Mayflower last week while on vaca in SF - great decision.  The area was convenient and easy to get lots of places.  There are a few cute bars and restaurants near the hotel and a great market right downstairs.  There is a sketchy neighborhood maybe like 5 blocks away, but I felt totally safe and comfortable on Bush Street near the hotel.  I found the Mayflower on yelp after thoroughly researching hotels in SF.  I was a little skeptical at first since it was only $100/night, but I'm so glad I trusted the yelpers reviews.  Every other hotel I found was $$$$!   Mayflower was such a great value - huge room with kitchenette and a nice free breakfast every morning.  I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and will stay here on my next trip.  The wi-fi kept cutting out in the room, but whatever, I didn't come on vacation to sit on the internet! They also have a lounge with a few computers and printers to use free of charge.  Trust me..you won't be sorry if you stay here, unless you're expecting the Ritz-Carlton - in that case have fun spending $1000/night!

    18/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    64. Minji L.
    Very unique, quaint, well kept place.)

    The front desk people were very nice, friendly and helpful. The hotel was a good location. The place was very well priced (which was our main motivation to stay here-- San Fran is so expensive!). A lot of Eastrn European Backpacker types seem to stay here. Free breakfast was nice, but don't expect too much. I'm not a big carb person.. so I just ended up eating a lot of boiled egg whites. On the other hand, my husband loves carbs.. so he ate alot of biscuits, muffins, and toast with jam and nutella.
    Despite all the good things, I gave the place 3 stars because I recognize I've become slightly a snob as I grow older.. and I like very clean, modern places. I didn't like the shampoo/conditioner/ free soap that they had.. and I'm usually pretty low maintence and will use hotel shampoo/conditioner/soap. I also was not a fan of the colored towels. I like white towels. It made me question how clean the towels were. We had white towels the first day, but on the second day we had maroon towels.
    I also wishes the shower had more water pressure. Everything just seemed old too. Perhaps.. because it was old? But well kept.. considering how old the place was. But...... I want modern elevators.. modern showerheads.. modern closets. I'm sorry! I thought I was a quaint, laid-back artsy type of girl... but I guess I fooled myself.

    20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    65. Jamie G.
    This is a great hotel!! Don't let the price or proximity to the Tenderloin scare you away.    This is a great value and a really nice place to stay.  Very, very charming, warm and welcoming.  

    It's a great old building, well-maintained, very clean and nicely appointed, with free wi-fi.  The rooms have kitchenettes, which, coupled with the little market right next door, make it easy to keep food on hand and avoid some of the inflated restaurant prices.  They also serve a nice continental breakfast to get your day started.

    We were able to walk to most of the main locations - Chinatown was only blocks away.  We also walked to Coit Town and Fisherman's Wharf, and to Union Square from the hotel.  There is a bus stop nearby and one of the cable car lines is around the corner.   The hotel itself is very charming - it was built in the 1920's and the decor reflects it.  Very European - staying here becomes part of an old-town experience (if you like chain hotel amenities, then pass on this one).  

    Our 21-year-old traveling companions liked it a lot, too.  It's close enough to night life that they could walk to some pretty good places (and there is a funky little neighborhood pub  2 doors down) and they reported feeling pretty safe in the area, even late at night.  

    There is free parking available on a first-come, first-served basis, but you have to have a very small car (we had a Prius that just barely fit).  The hotel staff will assist you getting into and out of the garage.  There is public parking on the next block (about $25/24 hours).  

    The staff is friendly and very helpful.  Obviously family-owned, they take great pride in their business.  We all agreed we would absolutely stay here again (and again) and would definitely recommend Hotel Mayflower to my friends.

    07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Adriana R.
    Great place to stay at a low price for SF! The staff members were all very friendly. I was a bit hesitant about this place when I first booked since they do not take payment over the phone & they do everything on paper, no computer system. They write your reservation on a notebook & you pay upon arrival. This made me very doubtful, but it worked out great. I called a few days before to confirm my reservation & after a few flips of pages there it was. On arrival we payed, check-in was very fast & blow dryer was given to me at the front desk. I booked a King size bed room which was very roomy & lots of natural light. The room & bathroom were both clean & I was very pleased. Continental breakfast is served in the morning. The location is in walking distance of all public transportation. If you're on a budget, but still want a good location & good hotel book this place!

    10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Brandy E.
    Amazing old hotel with so much charm! Friendly and helpful staff with cute rooms and great views. Perfect location and close to Union Square and Chinatown. Will definitely be staying here again!

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    68. cassandra s.
    First of all, I review things for what they are. This is not the Ritz, let's just start there. If you are expecting immaculately clean walls, some grand cooked to order breakfast, and some 4 star room service, the Argonaut is a great choice at about 200 dollars per night extra.

    This little slice of home is absolutely fantastic for what it is. It's really inexpensive, quaint, and full of personality.

    My husband and I stayed for 2 days coming from Arizona. We got in at 2am, no problem. The guy at the check in counter was so nice, he was asking about our evening and stopped to say "I'm sure you guys are spent and want to lie down, I'll stop talking, here's your key." haha Cute. We were spent. We get in, check the place out. Tiny bathroom, cute little kitchen area with teacups and everything, and an oddly HUMONGOUS walk in closet. It was crazy big. Weird. The bed was not very comfortable. And it was a double, but that's what I asked for so no complaints here. I saw someone comment on how tiny the double bed was. Uhmmm... it's a double bed. They're small.

    Anyways, we hit the sack, and got up the next morning bound for Haight street. The breakfast had a very surprisingly wide selection of food. We ate muffins, toast, skipped the hardboiled eggs, and I think my husband had a scone. There were 6 different kinds of tea, coffee, and OJ. I had the tea. It was delish. Back at the room, I needed an iron, called the front desk, and they had one for me! woohoo! The lady at the front desk told us the best way to get to our destination, and we were on our way. That night went on without a hitch. We popped in at about 10, got our stuff and back later on for the night.

    Next morning, we used the absolutely adorable computer station on the 2nd floor. Then my husband used the computer (free wifi, free printer), and I sat and read one of their books from their bookshelf and sat on the comfy couch next to the computers overlooking the lobby. I was blown away by the cuteness of it all. Seriously.

    Our whole stay was great, but then I lost my wallet! I was so bummed, they didn't call me back after a couple days. I called and they still hadn't found it. Someone had stayed in our room and they still hadn't found it. But then they FOUND IT!! The sweet lady at the front called to let me know, and she mailed it out! Yaaaaay!!

    Bottom line is we love this place. We couldn't have had a better experience.

    15/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. James R.
    This is a great hotel if you're looking for somewhere affordable and clean to stay either short or long term. I spent two weeks here while getting myself setup in SF and it served my needs perfectly. My room was clean and included a bar bridge, microwave and lots of closet space making it ideal for longer stays.

    There is absolutely nothing fancy about the rooms in this hotel and there are no amenities like fitness centers and the like but this makes you feel they are focusing your money on the things that actually matter. There are computers on the 2nd floor with free printing which I found useful and there is also free(??) parking in the garage I believe but I didn't make use of this. The wifi is also included in the price of the room and was fast and fairly stable. My room was street facing and on the third floor so I had street noise during the day but nothing too bad.

    I really like the fact their pricing is very transparent and extremely affordable. I was paying $90 + tax a night for a room with a double bed and this seems to be standard no matter what night of the week you're staying - I'm not sure if it's this price at all times during the year though. I'm used to hotwiring/pricelining hotels but this was a refreshing change to just be able to book a hotel that charged very reasonable rates and had many rooms.

    The staff at the front desk were also very friendly and helpful and I would absolutely stay here again.

    21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Kevin W.
    Victorian in the Tendernob, original lifts and slender garage.

    25/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Ka'ili H.
    As a San Francisco newbie I had no idea what the hotels were like there, how much the "average" price to pay was, or the distance they were from union square.  My friends and I had signed up (and got picked!) for the Nike Women's marathon all the way back in the spring so our next important task was...to book a hotel!  As we are budgetistas, are pretty down to earth, and get a long pretty well, we searched and searched some more until we stumbled upon this gem of a hotel.  And boy did it become our favorite!

    We eagerly booked this hotel and all of us were delightfully surprised when we checked in.  Now, this ain't no posh apartment size room like the Westin, or the Mariott, but what it is, is charming, cozy, and welcoming.   The guy that helped us at the desk, Tagouri, was so friendly and nice it was natural for him to go beyond checking us in.  He showed us the "non" touristy places to eat on a map, where NOT to go at night (Tenderloin) what buses to take to japan center and offered us umbrellas when it was raining!  It's safe to say the customer service here is SOLID.   We headed up to our room and were so happy with it.  Of course it's a little old and it helps to open the window some times, but it's a comfortable size with ample storage place.  There's a dresser with a flat screen TV in the room, a table and chairs, a ceiling fan, a closet with a few hangers, another closet closer to the door with a dresser, a microwave, and a small fridge.  Awesome!  

    This hotel reminds me of a bed and breakfast with the old school charm, family like environment and the free continental breakfast!  It was simple, non greasy, perfect breakfast to start our trek throughout san francisco.  There were ample hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, hot water for tea and oatmeal, coffee, orange juice, cookies, scones, a variety of bread for toast, butter, nutella, and cheese.  We absolutely LOVED it.  I had some toast with butter and cheese, toast with nutella, cookies, hard boiled eggs, and orange juice and tea.  It was the perfect healthy breakfast!

    For my first time in San Francisco I'm so  happy to have stayed at this hotel.  It was about a ten minute walk to union square, which was actually kinda nice, it welcomed us with open arms, it was quiet as we slept during the night, and gave us food to eat to start our day.  I'm looking forward to staying here again the next time I'm in San Francisco!

    19/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. Eric K.
    I am all about the most bang for your buck and at just over $100/night in Nob Hill, this exceeded all expectations. I stayed here with a friend and found it odd that the rates were $10 or $20 cheaper for two full beds as opposed to one queen bed. At any rate, we did not want to share a bed, so this worked out perfectly. I did some research before booking this hotel and finding a hotel in this area with free parking is harder than finding a needle in a haystack. This was the tie breaker. But free parking doesn't compensate for everything. With my prior experiences with boutique/value hotels, it can be hit or miss, but this hit on all fronts.

    Free Parking (The garage is a tight squeeze, so make sure you drive a compact car.)
    Free Wifi
    Free Breakfast (Not a wide variety of foods but it's free.)
    Great location
    Refrigerator and Microwave
    Very comfortable beds
    Bathroom was extremely clean.
    Old school elevator brings charm to the overall experience.

    Con, singular:
    ESPN was not working.

    The hotel staff was extremely friendly and had a plethora of tourist brochures for us to take. I only took the map which ended up being pretty useful throughout the trip. I would recommend this hotel to any budget conscious traveler.

    14/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Kat J.
    FREE PARKING!! (though not very big spaces for anyone with a bigger SUV mostly sedan size)

    It was just PERFECT for a low budget, and convenient spring break in San Francisco. I was comparing prices online and came across this location close to the main attractions and not hard to catch the bus to get around as well, instead of paying to park everywhere. It does have an older feel more cottage style to it and is not new but was well furnished and comfortable. It was cute theme through out the hotel and was very accommodating. I would stay here again without a question. There  was a great view from our room and free WiFi.

    I did manage to call them and they gave me a cheaper deal then any online site tried to.

    There is even a great spot to eat down the street and right next door is a nice coffee place. There is a club attached to the hotel as well if you desire, but does not disrupt your ability to sleep.

    When I'm back in SF this will always be the place I go!! No "Rif Raf" problems or much street noise at all for the city.

    11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Jim P.
    This an older hotel with creaky floors and old school decor. When i opened the door to my room, there was that old smell like when you went into Grandma's house when you were a kid. That said, I had a great stay. The price was right and the staff was very accommodating.

    They have a garage under the hotel and there is no charge to park (that was a pleasant surprise. But be warned, if you drive anything bigger than a sport sedan, chances are you won't fit through the narrow passageway. A truck or SUV doesn't have a chance but there is a garage about two block away on Leavenworth.

    Breakfast is nothing to scream about, but muffins, scones, juice and coffee all at no extra charge works for me.

    I would stay here again.


    06/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Brett N.
    Why 4 stars?  Because I needed a cheap room in a decent location, and the Mayflower delivered.

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    I believe Hotel Mayflower was #2 on this list, but the other place was more of a hostel than a hotel, while they were both about the same price.  I put in a call to Mayflower and was painlessly reserved.

    I spent the first few nights of my week at the W Hotel for a work event.  I'll admit, going from the W to the Mayflower was a bit of a culture shock.  But all in all, I really don't have any complaints.  I checked in at about 10:30am and my room was ready immediately.

    The room felt like it had been virtually untouched since 1940, aside from the several thick layers of paint that coated all of the drawers throughout the room.  It felt like they re-painted parts of the room annually, as you could tell some of the hinges/screws were buried deeply below about 20 coats.  

    But all I needed was a room to crash in for a few hours a night.  I was nowhere near my hotel 17 hours a day while I ventured into the city, so there was no need for luxury conditions.  

    I thought it was funny how they don't even take your info down by computer while you're checking in.  It's still all done by hand on carbon paper, which makes you feel like you've gone back in time to 1990...but I guess that's why the rooms are so cheap!

    Here are my minor complaints:

    1) A TV Channel Guide would have been convenient.  I was struggling to find the NCAA tournament games, which can make a guy crazy.

    2) The bathroom could have used some semblance of a counter to place toiletries on.

    3) No matter what direction I walked, I felt like I was hiking up Mount Rushmore.  Obviously this is a problem that the Hotel cannot do a thing about, but I felt like adding it in there as a bonus complaint.  People that have lived in Texas and Florida their whole lives aren't used to having to scale a mountain en route to breakfast.

    All that aside, it doesn't get more budget friendly than Mayflower, and I will definitely look into staying there again!

    18/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Jamie K.
    This place is #1 on my list of travel nightmares. My husband and I booked a room here a few years ago on a trip out west. I chose it based on the beautiful lobby and low/affordable rate.
    We checked in and found that the lobby was the only nice part of the building. I love old buildings, but it did NOT smell good. It reminded me of a nursing home smell. In the room wasn't any better. All outdated, spare decor, uncomfortable bed, view of the alley -TERRIBLE!
    In hindsight, I'm glad about what happened next, but at the time, it was maddening. We went to the car to get  the rest of our bags, and when we returned, the front door to the hotel was stuck - or locked or something. We jiggled and wiggled it. Might have even "shook" it. Knocked on the window to get the front desk attendant's attention. Apparently the owner, who we hadn't met yet, came to the door. Opened it and yelled at us to go away, we weren't welcome there! Craziest thing ever. We said - thru a closed door- that we had already paid and checked in. He accused us of kicking his door. We started out calmly explaining, but there was NO CALM about this guy. He was irate and off the handle. The 10 minutes we spent getting our credit card refunded while standing in this crazy man's lobby were some if the worst in my life. No kidding. Do NOT stay here!!! There are much better options all around. Ended up staying a few blocks away at a newly renovated hotel with a complimentary wine reception for $10 more/ night.

    07/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    77. Alex V.
    The Mayflower was the perfect room w/ plenty of space for me & my BF's 3-night stay. Plenty of nightlife & eateries with blocks of the hotel.
    The hotel is VERY CLEAN!! & equipped with all the necessities: microwave, fridge, closet space, plates, cups, sink... Irons upon request.
    Our room [205] had a view & was just perfect for us! A short walk to the muni stop on Stockton. Definitely worth the low price, quiet enough to sleep with the windows open.
    Location was fine, never felt threatened by (nor did I actually see nearby) homeless or strange characters. Mayflower locks their doors at night, so no creepers can just walk in.
    Will be staying again soon.

    29/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Kelly S.
    Even if the room had been clean (which it wasn't) and the beds had been comfortable (which they weren't) and the continental breakfast had been abundant (which... well, you're getting the pattern) I would have given Mayflower a low rating. Why? Because the owner relentlessly berated her employee in front of us while we were checking in.

    Have you seen those shows "What would you do?" where something crazy happens and you're supposed to think about how you would react? It was like that -- but just not a TV show. She actually interrupted our process to make him feel bad about something completely inane. Not once, not twice, but three times she called him dumb for wearing a short sleeve shirt. And by the way, he is *not* dumb. He was exceedingly nice and helpful, despite the fact that their reservation system is a huge paper book. And then she blamed the door not being open on him. "Don't mind him -- we RARELY put him on days" when she could have just as easily stoppered the door.

    Other things to note:
    The whole place feels like a horror movie. Maybe it's because it's old but there was this really creepy sense about it. I'm not one for "bad vibes" but I got them here. Our room smelled weirdly of cat. We both had terrifying dreams with similar themes. The elevators are tiny steel door contraptions that felt like they could plunge at any moment.

    As for more useful knowledge, the parking garage is so tiny i had to pull in my mirrors to squeeze in. The wifi is slower than molasses. We found a pair of male socks under my bed. There are about three electrical outlets in the rooms, total, and two are behind the bed. No guests after 9pm. Our heater didnt work. Oh and how did I forget this? We got TWO calls about people making noise complaints. The first time when we were sleeping (zonked out) and the second time when we were packing at 8am. Perhaps packing in your room whilst barely awake constitutes a noise violation.

    This was a stop we made because we were desperate for a shower and a bed to sleep in. We bypassed other cheaper options because of the high star rating. Two hours after checking in, we were ready to change our flights and get out of the city. Spend your $100 elsewhere.

    28/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    79. Sarah S.
    Hotel Mayflower, thank you for existing and for being reasonably priced for us poor travelers! My husband and I booked two nights at the Hotel Mayflower after Yelping an affordable place to stay and stumbling across this little gem. I was pleasantly surprised at all the positive reviews and didn't hesitate long before I called and booked. They do not accept credit cards or any other payment over the phone - they just take your name and phone number and wait for you to arrive. Kind of old school but I liked it.

    We drove our 1992 Toyota Camry and were warned about the parking situation; many drivers are unable to make it down the scarily narrow ramp into the underground parking without knocking off (or at least significantly scraping) their side mirrors. Initially when we checked in we were told, "sorry, there isn't any parking available, they're all full." I explained that I had told whomever I booked our rooms with that we were driving up and we had expected a spot. The man at the front desk checked out notes and changed his mind, "oh yes, it does appear you mentioned that. Sorry. We have a spot for you." Hooray!

    Mr. Desk Man didn't think we'd make it down because our mirrors don't fold in, but my husband is (thankfully) a very confident driver in tight situations - unlike myself - and he made it down without a bump or a scratch. Mr. Desk Man was impressed.

    Our room was verrryyyy... interesting. Pretty much the only reason I'm knocking off a couple stars. There was a funny, unfinished looking painting of a pumpkin patch on the wall. The floor was disturbingly damp on my side of the bed. The bed itself had a chipped, cream colored wrought iron frame, creaky and with questionable smelling sheets. The bathroom and especially the shower were teeny tiny with a small window that looked into a brick-walled alley which I particularly liked.

    The wifi in our room didn't connect because the signal was so weak. We were at the far end of the building so maybe that's why. The vintage-looking accordian style door on the elevator was a cool touch, but the sign restricting it to only 4 passengers made me extremely nervous when two heavyset people stepped on with massive luggage. Eeek!

    Overall a nice stay, and we would probably be back again.

    25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    80. Jay P.
    Why am I giving a 3 star hotel a 5 star review?  Because it deserves it!  The staff was beyond helpful, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and everything worked well.  The hotel is old, and for us that just added to the charm.  We were doing our best to not spend a ton of money this vacation, and this place was less expensive than the super eight miles outside of town.  We walked everywhere from here, and were right in the heart of the city.  I would absolutely stay here again, and recommend it to all of my friends.

    The old time elevator was very cool, and the breakfast was better than most.

    02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Jess S.
    clean room and within walking distance of many restaurants.

    28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    82. Janey E.
    I had never stayed in a hotel by myself, but I knew I needed a cheap but clean place to say and this filled all my needs.

    I felt a little weary at first when I was asked how many weeks I was going to be staying, and the elevator was certainly different, with a large door and small window in it, but I grew to love the little old quirks about the place.

    My bed and bathroom were clean, however the kitchenette was a little on the sketchy side for me, and I did not use it, including no using the fridge.

    The staff was very nice, and I was close to everything I wanted to do, including just a few blocks from BART.

    The TV worked just fine, and the wi-fi was okay.

    14/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. Taargus T.
    This place was great.  Full disclosure: this is a "charming" old hotel so if you like those mariott/Hilton/other reasonable hotel chains that are really modern this is not for you. Very clean, well maintained and definitely unique and charming. Room is perfect size with TONS of closet space. You are technically in the tenderloin but rest assured you are not going to encounter those horror stories that you have been hearing about in other tenderloin area hotels, this is far enough removed it's a really calm quiet area. If you are looking for a clean, QUIET centrally-located hotel that is close to everything without the horrifying stories from the tenderloin then this place is for you!
    Continental breakfast was meh but free food is free food! I liked it. I liked it a lot. Super affordable and overall a great stay. We will definitely come back here and recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area.

    07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Myung L.
    Best deal you can get in SF!  It's very quaint, quiet and clean rooms.  I was surprised at how roomy the rooms actually are.  Would definitely recommend to others.

    14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Katherine P.
    Not bad not bad although there were a few quirks.

    I stayed here during the Outside Lands music festival. I stayed here for five nights and it totaled about $580 which isn't terrible.

    -I called the day before to ask what time check-in was and was told 3pm, which was a bummer because my flight came in at 8am so we had to kill some time. (Totally not their fault obviously since that's a pretty standard check-in time, just poor planning on my end). Exhausted, the boyfriend and I wandered in around 11:30am to see if we could at least drop off our bags, turns out the room was already ready! It was perfect to get a nap in, so I was happy. It's the small things haha.

    -Our reservation was ready to go with no hassles AT ALL! I don't think I've ever checked into a hotel with so much ease, usually they lose my reservation, have it under a weird name, the dates are wrong, ect. Maybe I just stay at shady places but I was surprised when these guys got it right the first time haha.

    -The staff was extremely helpful, polite and nice :D

    -The Mayflower Market directly to the left of the hotel was very helpful for buying those odds and ends plus snacks.

    -Tons of places to eat/shop in the immediate area, with Chinatown being about 6 or 7 blocks away.

    -The continental breakfast is nice, very basic stuff, coffee, muffins, toast, fruit, oatmeal ect.

    -This might be me being lame, but for the life of us we couldn't find the remote for the tv, yes this is petty but I feel I shouldn't have to hunt for it. We asked the front desk for a new one but they told us our room SHOULD have one so we should check one more time. Turns out it was under the bed...geez. Lol.

    -The tv was so static-y that it was hard to watch the few channels we did get.

    -Walls are pretty thin, I could hear our neighbors come in late and hear their conversations word for word.

    -While there was free wifi (awesome!) it was a bit flaky, my ipad was getting disconnected every 20 minutes or so. Annoying yes but not a deal breaker, that's what 3G is for!

    -Half the light fixtures in our room didn't work, the main ones did but various lamps didn't.

    -The bathroom door didn't latch all the way, it was...odd.

    Overall I would stay here again.

    14/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    86. Jessica G.
    Great centralized location and very affordable. Free parking in a small garage but it is tight so small cars only! No AC but it honestly was not a problem because it cools off so much at night in SF. The breakfast was basic, but free. It would be hard to find a better location and a better value hotel in SF than the Mayflower.

    17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. Maureen D.
    Stayed at the Mayflower for two nights recently during a trip to San Fran.  I liked the older style of the place and found everyone at the desk to be very friendly and helpful.  A very kind woman took a great deal of time to show us lots of spots to go (and to avoid) on the San Francisco map.  
    My only complaints are that the entire building is very cold and that the continental breakfast was not very good.  I would stay there again.

    18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    88. Molly E.
    I mostly just stayed here because I decided to drive to SF on a whim, didn't want to spend a lot, and my friend who lives down the street found this place for me. I couldn't find any other places available on such short notice, and definitely not for this price. It is vaguely reminiscent of the sort of place some low-life-step-above-a-hobo would stay for a weekly rate while drinking himself to death. But I think that is helped by the fact that it has a kitchenette.

    I think it is better than the last hotel I stayed at in SF, Hotel Des Arts, simply because it has an actual view instead of a brick wall, and the kitchenette is a nice thing to have too. Location of HDA is slightly better, and obviously the painted rooms are cool, but other than those small differences, I'd say the two are very similar. Kind of old, dingy,... but I think I am spoiled. The first hotel I stayed at in SF was the W. Now that's a hotel... or at least it was back in 1999.

    Another cool thing about Mayflower is they have a safe place to park your car for free if you happen to drive there. Also, there is an excellent little market right next door that has fresh produce and a deli. The continental brekkie had organic applesauce and green tea, which I found to be kind of amazing since I expected only danishes and coffee, nothing I could consume. There was free, unrestricted wifi in my room as well as a bath tub. I really can't complain. I would probably stay here again.

    11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    89. Bette M.
    I chose to stay in this hotel based on the other Yelp reviews, and it didn't disappoint. It's a mom-and-pop-run hotel in an older building (think elevators with doors that you have to open and close yourself), and the rooms are on the smaller side but full of charm. The owners still use a book (as opposed to a computer system) for the reservations, so you must call or email in order to reserve a room. However, I was able to split the room cost on two credit cards, which was great. There's a breakfast of bagels and muffins with spreads, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, packets of oatmeal and coffee/tea/OJ. There's Wi-Fi, but it's not fast. I was struggling to load even gmail at times -- I imagine there's only one or two routers for the entire hotel, and when everyone at the end of the day is trying to check email, it's not speedy. There are computers to use, though. Don't expect to be able to load large, web-based programs and do extensive work.

    In short, this hotel is a GREAT value -- central location, ideal price. I would recommend it to anyone visiting San Francisco.

    06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    90. Brad S.
    Fantastic little old, historic hotel at a great price ($120/night in late may early june) ... free wifi, wonderful customer service, free breakfast, free parking (if your car can fit), and overall ambience.  A little noisy and rickety but if you ask for a room on the 6th floor you should be fine ... still, the walls are thin so if you're a light sleeper bring earplugs.  It's located next to everything in the heart of san fran.  10 min walk to BART and Union Square.  2 blocks from Grace Cathedral.  Great for people coming into town for a wedding.  We will be back!

    05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Lolo M.
    Just spent my first night here, and I'm so glad we found this place. The staff is great and the location is central- walking distance to Union Square. Our room is a queen room, facing the street, so there is some traffic noise, but nothing some earplugs couldn't block out. It is very clean- new looking laminate floors, which I much prefer to a grody old carpet. Plenty of closet space, fridge & microwave, comfy bed... Neighborhood is not sketchy.  And free parking!  Their low key reservation method totally worked, so don't be put off by that. I will definitely stay here again.

    16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Julie S.
    WOW, what can I say.  From the first phone call to the sweet lady at the front desk, to the checkout, a great overall experience.  It is definitely for those who like older buildings and  architecture (I do).  The elevator alone was an experience.  Very quaint, extremely clean, definitely cool.  I would stay there again.  As stated in other reviews bring your smallest car.  The underground garage is unique, to say the least.  We drive a little Toyota Yaris sedan and we had to fold in the mirrors just to squeeze in!  But worth it, better than parking on the street.  Centrally located to all of SF.  The breakfast is limited, but enough to get your day started.   I would stay there again.

    11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. A W.
    I'll leave the rest of my review below and highlight what's important right at the top.

    The staff sets this place apart. They understand the "human element" of doing business. From their restaurant recommendations to a simple gesture of providing a map of the city and telling us where to go and where not to go. The simple truth is they care and are extremely dedicated to you having a memorable stay. 5 out of 5 and 10 out of 10 if that were possible. You can't go wrong with this beautiful building built in 1929 and a staff who cares more about your stay than you do.

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    I almost never leave reviews but I had to after this trip... The building is extremely charming, the location is within a 10 minute walk from Union Square which is very convenient. You have everything you need including a market immediately next door if you're planning a longer trip.

    Our room had a small kitchenette area with microwave, fridge and sink. Everything is extremely clean and kept up well. It was a great 4 day mini-vacation.

    I love this place. I will definitely come back!

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. Misty R.
    Stayed here agin a year after the original stay. Still great!  Got the free parking this time. :)

    15/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. Scott N.
    I am a frugal traveler, make no mistake.  I save my money for brilliant meals or extraordinary events.  All I generally need for a hotel is internet, a bed, and a shower.  So I read all sorts of reviews.

    I took a chance on the Hotel Mayflower.  It had free parking, so that swayed me.  It sounded a bit like the Moore Hotel in Seattle (except the Moore doesn't have parking).

    I was very pleasantly surprised.  The Mayflower was a great frugal hotel.  The rooms were very clean, relatively freshly painted, the hallways were fine, two eclectic elevators, a very clean restroom, a walk in closet, a microwave, a refrigerator, plates, glasses, coffee maker, sink, & utensils. There is an ironing board & you can borrow an iron.

    They also have a free breakfast, but it's not much.  Cookies, breads, apples, ready to microwave oatmeal, coffee, juice, apple sauce, and not much more. But I wasn't counting on a free anything, frankly, so this was a bonus.  I do wish they'd keep the coffee available other than just during breakfast hours.

    There's also a business center with computers available on the 1st floor.  The internet in the rooms was variable & often fluctuated to where it was not usable. I have other sources, but that was a tad bit of an inconvenience.

    There is a washateria just around the corner.

    Their front desk people were the most helpful I've encountered in quite a while.

    This hotel is one of the best values I've found in quite a while.

    12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    96. Ashley P.
    I loved this hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I loved the old elevator and their antiquated reservation system just added to the charm. The rooms are very large with more closet space than I could ever need. Despite being old and full of nooks and crannies to potentially collect dirt, everything was immaculate; even the ceiling fan was free of dust. I only stayed for two nights, but this location would be perfect for a longer stay as well. There is a market right next door as well as many restaurants, bars, and drugstores nearby (seriously there are like 3 Walgreens within 4 blocks in different directions!). It is a quick walk to Chinatown or Union Square, and the staff is more than willing to give recommendations or help with directions. I would definitely recommend The Mayflower to anyone looking for an affordable yet cozy and hospitable hotel within the city.

    16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. Corey B.
    Staying at the mayflower hotel was a wonderful experience. It was extremely affordable, especially by SF standards. Check-in was fast and credit cards are accepted. The hotel does have a distinct smell, but that's to be expected because it's 100 years old! Character? The room was charming and spacious. It had a small functional bathroom, two (huge) walk in closets, a kitchenette, and decent view of the city. More important was the fact the hotel was in a safe area. Some homeless but at no point (day or night) did we feel unsafe. The hotel was also walking distance from union square, chinatown, and BART stops. I would definitely stay here again! Also, free wifi & they will hold your bags after check out (1pm) so you can roam the city before your flight.

    Clean, cheap, safe area, friendly staff, free wifi, central location.

    Peculiar smell, small bathroom

    17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    98. R V.
    My sister and I planned a road trip up the coast and decided that for the price and location and parking garage the Mayflower was perfect for our visit to San Francisco. Once we got there the woman at reception asked for our car information and Everyone's IDs.
    Then she went on to measure my car with a measuring tape and told me my car probably wouldn't fit through the narrow alleyway that leads to the underground parking garage and told me that my car wasn't gonna fit because my mirrors didn't fold back. When I asked what we could do for parking she sent us to the parking structure around the corner which charges $26 a day for parking. $30 if you plan to move your car in and out throughout the day. When I asked if we would get a discount since the hotel said we were gonna have a parking spot her answer went along the lines of "we don't promise anything" and "there is a review on trip advisor that says that your car might not fit on there" and "maybe if it was a rental car you could go back and exchange it for a smaller car".

    26/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    99. Trilla D.
    Not your typical hotel, but great nonetheless. If you are looking for pomp and luxury, it's not the place for you. If you are looking for a great deal in a great location don't pass it up. It has an old timely elevator, kind staff, and a general sense of friendship. There's no air conditioning, but we were comfortable the whole time. The breakfast in the morning wasn't fancy, it definitely did the trick.

    31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    100. Aimee P.
    I loved staying at this hotel the people who work there are charming and friendly. The room was actually a lot nicer than I expected for an older hotel. I did not smell any type of smell that the hotel had and I am very funny about smells.
    The room was very nice had a huge closet that I wish I had in my home. A small refrigerator so you could keep water or other drinks cold along with a microwave. All you need to have an affordable San Francisco trip. The bathroom was very clean and roomy.
    My girlfriend and I have decided that this is going to be our go to hotel whenever we head out to San Francisco. The fact that they offer free parking is also a plus.

    02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    101. Michelle B.
    The Mayflower Hotel is a vintage hotel for the most part. The rooms have newer flooring, refrigerators and microwaves. The water pressure in the shower was notably wonderful for any hotel. The breakfast in the morning was to be continental breakfast so I expected nothing more than some bread, coffee, and some hot and cold cereal. To my delight they had a bit more to offer like, do it yourself ham and cheese bagels and little egg bake muffins that were quite tasty, this in addition to the usuals that looked quite fresh and had all the fixings. The elevator is old school, I LOVED it!  On the second floor over looking the lobby the owners offer you a good selection of reading materials, a couch for lounging, a few board games at a couple of tables and a computer with internet access and a printer; no extra charge!!! Very nice touch. They welcomed me to print my boarding pass even after we had checked out. The hotel rates are most reasonable, in fact when I booked it was the best deal for the better reviewed hotel near Union Square. (It's about 4 to 6 blocks from Union Square and a 1/2 mile from BART.  Take a cab if u have luggage other wise it's not a bad walk at all)
    What stands out the most about this place is the CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!! The people at the front desk were very nice, ever informative, and most generous. It's a small group of people who own the place and they work the front desk, I loved that too!  My friend who stayed there with me was just as smitten as I was. She brought down a coffee mug because she was attempting to finish her hot tea, the young man at the front desk took her dirty cup and asked us to wait a moment, he ran and grabbed up two complementary, newly wrapped coffee mugs with the hotels name on it as a parting gift!  
    This little 3 star hotel supersedes all expectations!!!! From the little extras to the stellar customer service!  We can't wait for our next SF visit, and I can guarantee you, THE MAYFLOWER HOTEL will be the first place I attempt to book for the stay!  Cheers!

    31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    102. Marisol S.
    I stayed here for the 2014 New Years Eve weekend and it was a great experience!  

    It is located in downtown right next door to a bodega with fresh produce and a great selection of beer and wine.

    I stayed in a two bedroom with three friends because we just needed a place to crash while we explored the city and celebrated the new year. It was very comfortable, cozy and very clean.  

    The staff is friendly and helpful. They gave us a map and circled the areas they recommended for bar hopping and breakfast.

    There is an upstairs lounge/library area with computers and printers and vintage checkers and board games. Its very cute with its grandpa chairs and hardwood floors. It gives you a 19th century feel.

    There is free parking offered but gets full quickly but we parked at an overnight garage for $20 around the corner.  

    This is a great hotel for people just looking to spend a few nights in a comfortable hotel while they explore and enjoy SF! Im coming back here again!

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    103. Emily U.
    When we got there the parking garage was full so we had to go down the street(luckily for us they had lots of parking real close. It has a real friendly staff who we would ask for good places to eat and where places were that we wanted to see and they would tell us directions.. The staff gave us the free wifi password very quick.
    it is really close to Chinatown and to yummy food places a market right next door, a laundro-mat down the street and  an Italian pizza place on the corner. Free continental breakfast, Free parking in the garage but unfortunately it was full when we got there so we just parked down the street and either walked everywhere or took a taxi. We would recommend this place to anyone.

    14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    104. Vale L.
    What can I say...
    First, its in the nice part of The Tenderloin, not at all sketchy, still close to Chinatown for a dim sum meal. They have Pizzeria/Deli on the left hand corner not to mention a mini food market next door, even a launderette right down the street.

    But don't forget you get a free continental breakfast each morning, ham, cheese, scones, cookies, toast, peanut butter, Nutella, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, muffins, OJ coffee, tea and hot chocolate! You really couldn't ask for more, specially in such a pricey town. We paid around $300 for 2 people 2 nights, in a queen room with taxes.

    Free Parking! But it has to be a compact to a mid size on the small side cuz this is an old building and the garage is pretty TIGHT and first come first serve.

    Wifi was super fast and accessible through out the whole building and Free!

    Great views, great rooms, cleaned everyday, cable tv, fridge and microwave.

    It was simply PERFECT!

    This is our new  Hotel of choice is SF :) Thanks for such a great weekend!

    03/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    105. Kathleen N.
    Excellent hotel for anyone who wants to be in the heart of the City near to a lot of activities. You are in the heart of the hilliest part of SF so be prepared to climb or plan for cab fare. Clean,  spacious, nicely decorated rooms with kitchenette. Excellent prices for S.F.  Rooms actually have walk in closets!  Continental breakfast is strictly yogurt & cereal but sufficient. This is a vintage hotel that has been & is being renovated but it has an elevator (a real plus when you have heavy luggage) and has some parking available (first come first serve) for small compact cars. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a small market next door and a few doors down a nice neighborhood pub (Bacchus Kirk) with a great happy hour. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for anyone visiting San Francisco!

    21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    106. Lexter C.
    Very happy with my experience at this hotel. The hotel was clean, affordable, and in a great location.  We took the BART to Powell Station and walked for about 10 min to get to the hotel. It's a bit of a trek up steep hills and through crowds of slow moving tourists, but doable.

    The area was quieter and nicer than the chaos near Union Square. There were many great restaurants and easily accessible services nearby.

    The hotel was located in a neat old building. Some of the decor and furniture was a bit dated, and I wished that my room would have had some lounge chairs or small couch to relax on, instead of a massive walk in closet (not really needed in a hotel room).

    I definitely would stay here again.

    17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    107. Jon U.
    May 2014: This hotel simply cannot be bested! Great location, unbelievably friendly and helpful staff, cute rooms with fridge and microwaves....and....great COFFEE in the morning. We will see you next year!
    Jon and Sandra Uditsky

    18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    108. Lynda B.
    Stayed for 4 nights and was very impressed.Room was of a good size and the facilities were fine and the room spotless. Location is beautiful.Self service breakfast was fine. It can get a bit hectic at peak time!I can't praise the front desk staff enough. They were so helpful and pleasant, and they ensured the stay was as enjoyable as possible.Would definitely recommend a stay at this hotel.

    26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    109. A R.
    Stayed here for four nights during the week. Hotel was great,  it was clean, free wifi, quiet, comfy beds, and no bed bugs. Price was awesome for the location. Our room had a small kitchen with a sink, fridge, mugs, and plates. Hotel has an Internet cafe, and a garage for parking. Continental breakfast was amazing! The hotel also called an airport shuttle for us too.

    10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    110. Rob C.
    So we are in the middle of our 10 day stay here and we both LOVE this hotel!

    It is nice to be welcomed by such a genuine staff each day, who gives great guidance on getting around the area, lower Nob Hill. Location is walking distance to Union Sq and all areas easily accessible by bus or cable car, also used Lyft a few times which is convenient.

    Nice room and free basic but good breakfast, cool second floor sitting area and 2 nice Macs for your use as well.

    Recommend Honey Honey Crepes for breakfast not a far walk! Can take cable car close to the Whole Foods for your typical yuppie necessities lol.

    Buy a week long pass for cable car, bus at nearby Walgreens, ask them how to walk there.

    Keep in mind do not walk into the Tenderloin neighborhood! Day or night not safe, but hotel area is fine.

    Highly recommend this place, even for lovebirds like us :)

    03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. Tammy W.
    I stayed here from June 23-26, 2014 in a family room for 3 people total. My other 2 friends got a regular room. I stayed in room 607, the most top floor. There was a queen size bed and a day bed. The day bed can fit 2 people so the room is actually good for 4 people. The hotel is in a very good location. Very close to everything. CVS, trader joes, and walgreens are about 4 blocks away so if you forget anything, it's a quick walk there. Union square and Chinatown are a few blocks away as well. It's a very safe area but I think if you walk a few blocks down it's the tenderloin which is not the best area in town. We checked in early around 12pm but regular check in is 3pm. The woman at the desk I think her name is Hester was so sweet and nice. She had our reservations on a desk and just asked for my name and then we filled out some paper work and charged the credit card. She gave us the wifi password and the keys to the room. She showed us how to use the elevator. It was cool, old school. The hotel is not a five star place like the marriott or anything like that so if that's what you're used to then don't come here. But I don't care for that stuff especially since I'm mostly gonna be using I for showers and sleeping. I'm not picky with my hotels. As long as it doesn't look rotten and gross and everything works, I'm happy. I actually liked the room. It comes with a tv but sound isn't the best. Also has a kitchenette (sink, mini fridge, and microwave). I never used the microwave though. Having the sink is a big plus to me especially when you have so many people trying to get ready at the same time. There's a big closet that you can walk in and change in if you wanted to. The closet has a full length mirror. The bathroom is a regular bathroom (tub/shower, toilet, sink). The towels are really soft!  They give you extra towels and such too. They also give you shower caps, lotion, bar soap, and conditioning shampoo. I didn't use it because I had my own things. The only bad thing is there aren't a lot of outlets. I brought a 6 plug extension cord so I was ok. There was no hair dryer but we just asked the front desk and they gave us one. There is no A/C but the windows open and there is a ceiling fan. When I went it was pretty chilly 50-60s everyday so I didn't need an A/C. My friends actually turned on the heat in their room lol every morning there is a free continental breakfast from 7a-9a. Coffee, orange juice, tea, hot water. Different types of bread, plain bagels, muffins, scones, biscuits, Nutella, peanut butter, cream cheese, jelly, jam, boiled eggs, cookies, cereal. It was enough for me to eat a little and go on to whatever I had to do that day until lunch. I liked the bagels. I don't know what it was about them but I liked them. The wifi in my room was good. My room was in the middle of the hotel. My friends were on the side of the building and their signal wasn't the best.

    On our first day, we asked Hester what she suggested we do and she took the map they have on the counter and put a big X on the tenderloin area so that was pretty funny. I appreciated that. We knew it was a bad area but it's funny that she marked it as a NO. She gave us some recommendations on where to go and walk around so that was cool.

    Overall this hotel is great. I would definitely stay here again. Such a good price too. I paid ~480 for 3 people for 3 nights. I didn't use the garage so I can't tell you anything about it but another couple said it's $25 a day to park there.

    I'll be posting pictures soon.

    26/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    112. Richard S.
    What a great hotel!  And in other city's it may be overpriced, in SF in was a great deal as hotels are so expensive. The service was extremely friendly.  They help my family of 4 get around the town and showed us where not to go.  They helped me get my car in the garage, which is kind of scary because I had about half an inch on both sides.  No problem for smaller cars, but my Charger was scared, but it made it.  The Elevators were the highlights for the kids as they were were old and fun.  The rooms are also old, but clean and well maintained.  It kind of felt like staying at your grandma's house- Old but comfortable.  I was surprised with how fast the free Wifi was too.  My kids were logged on and had no issues with it. Its a 10 minute safe walk to  Union Square where you can pick up the bus.  I would stay there again for sure!  Hidden gem.

    11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    113. Rachael C.
    Stayed here for a two nights, and loved it. The room itself felt like a mini apartment, very charming in my opinion. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I'd say the only down fall about this place is the parking. The garage is like a dwarf door right next to the hotels entrance. I was so terrified getting my car down there. Luckily the man guided me down without any issues (phew). I researched just about every hotel in SF and this place really was a steal. Located in a really good part of town, costing about $140 a night (after taxes).

    22/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    114. Lee M.
    Excellent hotel for a great price!! We took the shuttle from the airport and the neighborhood looked a little scary passing tenderloin. But around the immediate area of the hotel was nice and we felt safe. Union square is very close. The room was nice and the bed is amazing!

    We parked in the garage for 1 night. It was so small and I had to direct my husband up and down the garage. Alamo and national rental place is 2 blocks away!!

    When leaving, we were given a coupon for the shuttle bus back. Paid 22 total for 2 people (coming we paid $18 each).

    Overall great stay!!

    15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0