480 Geary St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.787206 -122.411074
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
A Little Gem On Geary street – The Touchstone is a tiny hotel with a friendly, efficient staff in the heart of the theater district. Our room was about the size of a match box, with simple but tasteful furnishings and everything in excellent working order. Little touches, from two-ply tp to chocolate chip cookies left on a plate at the front desk, made our stay very pleasant. I will definitely recommend the Touchstone to friends.
Avoid at All Costs – While the hotel will draw you in with cheap rates, a good location, a quaint facade, and an admittedly fantastic diner next door, don't fall for any of it! The room was clean, but room's fixtures, many broken, suffered from neglect. The single window revealed an air-vent approximately 8x8ft. and went at least 5 stories up, leaving the room perpetually dark, stuffy, and lonely in a great city. It was necessary to climb on a dresser to turn on the TV and the amount of floor space made it nearly impossible to avoid stumbling over something.
The service was appalling--either nonexistant or grumpy.
The one benefit of this hotel is that it was so horrible, I got to see much of the city in my attempt to stay away from the hotel.
A small, family-owned hotel in the theater district. – The Scene
The owners of this 42-room, family-owned hotel have lived on the premises for the last fifty years, and they like to brag about the safety of the area. Across from the Curran and Geary Theatres and only a few blocks from trendy Union Square, the hotel is certainly well situated for entertainment and shopping. Keep in mind, though, that the neighborhood borders the infamous Tenderloin District.
Rooms are sparse, with white walls and a few splashes of solid color to break up the monotony. Ikea-style furniture lends a modern, Scandinavian look. David's restaurant is on-site, and there are also dozens of restaurants in easy walking distance. Complimentary breakfast is served each morning. The front desk closes at ten p.m., but each guest receives a front door key.
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