No air-conditioning; old-fashioned steam heating system
Some guests say rooms are stuffy and smell of smoke
A budget property in an upscale area, the Park Hotel is clean and well located near Union Square. It’s an option for guests looking for the basics — a bed and shower — and who don't mind shared bathrooms, in a prime location, though it might be too spartan for some. It’s worth comparing rates with The Mosser, another two-pearl property with slightly more style just south of Market Street.
The Park Hotel lobby, with its plain black leather couch and glass coffee table, seems like a bit of an afterthought. It’s definitely not a hangout spot. The modern guest kitchen is clean and bright, with a small table and chairs for grabbing a quick, cheap meal.
Right near Union Square, with easy access to many attractions
The location of the Park Hotel — surrounded by the high-end shops of tony, touristy Union Square — stands in sharp contrast to the hotel itself. Union Square Park is two blocks away, and it’s a six-minute walk to the Montgomery Street BART station. Guests can walk 10 minutes to Chinatown, 15 minutes to the Ferry Building or take a 20-minute ride on a cable car — two blocks away — to Fisherman’s Wharf.
The 96 rooms are small and extremely basic — think college dorm — with bland white and beige bed linens and drab gray carpeting, or wooden floors. There are plain wooden dressers, desks and nightstands. Inner rooms look out to the walls of neighboring buildings, while some rooms overlook the street. There are mini-fridges, small flat-screen TVs, and small sinks in the corner. Some guests have said the shared bathrooms, with curtained tub/shower combos and toilets, are slightly gritty. Some rooms, including Doubles, have private bathrooms.
If you want to keep your meal splurges to a minimum, there’s a clean guest kitchen with a stovetop range, sink, microwave, toaster and toaster oven, and pots and pans. There’s also a coin-operated laundry and the business center is a small room with a desktop computer and Internet access.