I have been residing here at The Hotel Mirabelle for over a week now and realize that, for a very good price, I have discovered an exceptional boutique hotel of San Francisco. This very well taken care of victorian property is donned with vibrant colors and eloquently apropo decorations that define era's passed and various places in the world. It is a smaller, cozy hotel with her two stories. There are larger guest rooms facing the street that have those slightly rounded windows characteristic of SF victorians. I inquired about one of these rooms for a small rate increase. That is, from a weekly rate of $225 for the regular room to a weekly rate of $280 for the 'step up,' which were not available to me due to their already being occcupied. A gentleman who oversees the hotel was giving me a welcome tour of the entire place when we came upon a woman steadfastly preparing one of the rooms for a new tenant, I was introduced to her, the owner, whose demeanor was personable and unobtrusive. Three rooms were presented to me to choose from. Each was assigned a name to describe the theme of its unique design and obviously, to discern one from the next. I immediately chose my third option, the Chiang Mai Room. Textiles, in shades of deep, dark, red against a lush green Backdrop grabbed my interest. The cleverly picked antique furniture pieces each served to function throughout the space. The room seemed quite small (but with tall ceilings) at first. While lying on the well suited, full-sized bed, the room began to feel much larger and very comforting. I noticed Ralph Lauren bedding with deep reddish sateen damask sheets enveloped by a gorgeous handmade quilt. On the door, there hung, a saffron colored silk bathrobe of which I wore everyday. There were many colorful props and antique furnishings from abroad to complete the Northern Thai atmosphere that became my personal, quality space for eight nights. To boot, nice new sinks, microwaves, and refrigerator/freezers equip each room. A tv is included upon request, with an antennae, devoid of cable or satellite. there is, easy to access, complimentary hi speed wireless, of which I indulged. The toilet rooms are situated at the end of the long hall on each floor, sparkling clean with new looking everything. They are bracketed by two separate shower rooms, also very clean with new glass doors, fixtures, and tiles, similar to their counterparts. A very accomodating manager named Buddy resides in the hotel. Between his presence, two separated steel, locking entry doors and the security cameras pointed only where they ought to be, I feel very safe here. It is important to note that, the Hotel Mirabelle is generally very quiet. Rarely have I spotted a guest (two during my entire stay). For the most part, I feel like I have the place to myself, although I know this is not true. Every time I walk into the hallway, I see no one, only Victorian Charm. The bathing facilities, I also have never seen anyone use during my stay and always appear polished. A week is the minimum length of stay here and then a daily rate of $45 can be imposed, which includes tax. I have stayed in many of the B&B's and boutique hotels that San Francisco offers. New to me is the Hotel Mirabelle. She is very San Francisco - esque with her victorian features while delightfully inexpensive. You must call for an appointment to visit the hotel, Don't hesitate in taking this extra step to becoming a guest. A week at the Mirabelle is a sweet deal and like taking a breath of fresh aire.
I travel to San Francisco annually to participate in the Nike Women's Marathon. Usually I travel with a team and my accommodations are taken care of, but this year I participated in the event on my own. As with the race registrations each year, the hotels in the area fill up quickly. And with the start line being at Union Square, location is everything! I found the Mosser quite by accident on one of the large travel sites. It was offered as part of a package deal with one caveat - I could get the package (round trip from southern California and a four night stay) for just over $300 (discount applied), but the only room available was a "single." These rooms have a sink and mirror in them, but use a shared toilet and hall bath, all of which gave me pause because bathroom time is important when preparing for - and after - a marathon, for various reasons. Still, though I had my concerns, my choices were limited, so I took the deal, single room and all, and I have to say, I was NOT disappointed. Though not huge, my single was clean and nicely decorated, and all in all was spacious enough for my needs. Better still, it was just blocks away from Union Square, and afforded me easy proximity to the start line. It is also convenient to the Powell St. BART station, and the hotel���s 4th street location intersects Market St., and is within walking distance to myriad shops, restaurants and entertainment destinations. I was a bit concerned about street noise, but the reality is, even when I stayed on the 14th floor of a nearby four-star hotel, I still could hear noise all night. There seems to be no escaping it if your destination is Union Square. All in all, the Mosser is a great value for the budget-conscious, and for those looking for a true boutique hotel experience.
Castle Inn is a really great value. It's in a great location, safe area, central to everything, and walking distance to most everything in the city, or a very cheap uber or lyft ride. There's free parking, but you don't really need a car. Walgreens is right on the corner, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars right around the corner on Polk Street. There's a coffee maker, microwave and a decent size fridge and freezer in the room, so you can pick up that ice cream from walgreens, bring back your left overs, and eat them later in your room. The rooms are a pretty nice size, very comfortable, with lots of counter space. There are newly remodeled rooms, which are very nicely done. No pets or smoking allowed in any of the rooms, which works well for me. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is because while there is no smoking allowed in the rooms, there's an ash tray by the elevator/stairs, so you often have to walk by smokers on your way to and from your room. And if you have a room near the elevator/stairs/ash tray, you get the cigarette smoke coming into your room, and the occasionally late night disturbance of smokers hanging out and talking by the ash tray. I was not too happy about that, and that's why I can only give 4 stars.