45 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This is where the Renoir Hotel shines. I had reason to call the hotel several times before our trip and everyone I spoke to was pleasant and helpful. I verified that the Moscone Convention Center was walking distance (3 blocks) and that public transportation was nearby (five feet from door or across the street if going the other way). I had made two separate reservations because we hadn’t finalized our airfare so I had a reservation for one night and one for six. I called ahead to be sure they understood we didn’t want to check out in between. Once we arrived, the desk help (concierge perhaps) gladly gave directions, helped with shuttle reservations, and answered all our questions until we got our bearings after a few days. There were bellhops available to take luggage to and from the rooms, bring an iron when requested, or extra towels or pillows. The place reminded me of an old European hotel. There’s no meeting rooms or food court just clean hotel rooms with plenty of service. The bistro in the lobby was open for breakfast and lunch. We did not eat there but when we walked through the food was very appealing and smelled wonderful. Continental breakfast was $7.99 and American breakfast was $9.99. We did have an Anchor Steam in the pub one night. There was a long bar with a TV at one end. The other end had a fussball table and a dart board. It wasn’t crowded and the bartender and the other patrons were quite friendly that night. The larger restaurant served Brazilian food. We had dinner there one night. Two people, with two beers, two entrees with salads, tax and tip came to $46. I couldn’t finish my platter and felt guilty not being able to take a doggie bag. My husband had a pork dish and I had a vegetarian lasagna. They were quite good. The hotel provided off street valet parking for $22 a day with in and out privileges. Vans and buses were higher but we used public transportation so I don’t know how smooth this was. I was able to walk to many major attractions including Union Square, Chinatown (saw the Chinese New Years parade just 6 blocks from the hotel), several theaters, The Modern Art Museum, City Hall, the American Automobile Association (AAA) office, United Nations Plaza (where they had a farmers’ market on several morning), and even Grace Cathedral. I just had to ignore the peep shows along the way. The buses and trolleys that ran right in front of the hotel took me to Fisherman’s Wharf, Mission Delores, Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and Coit Tower with no more than one transfer to another line. If you have need to be in San Francisco, are not adverse to public transportation, find the hubbub of a big city to be energizing, have no need for conference rooms, and can live without room service, The Renoir is a great hotel with clean rooms and friendly staff.