Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Classic, old-fashioned decor in a lobby with a baby grand piano
Built in the early 20th century, the Opal has some charming, historic touches, including stained-glass windows and old-fashioned, ornate light fixtures. The lobby has a baby grand piano and cushy leather sofas and armchairs. The red and blue patterned carpeting puts the common area more in the dated category, but some travelers may appreciate the classic vibe.
On busy Van Ness, the western border of the Tenderloin, with easy access to touristy areas
Found on Van Ness Avenue, one of the busiest streets in San Francisco, the Opal is next door to a movie theater and a boarded-up building. The hotel is also connected to the diner Mel's Drive-In and is across the street from Tommy's Joynt, another popular bar and restaurant. The location is central to both the more touristy and neighborhood-y parts of the city as Van Ness divides the area’s commercial/financial district from residential properties. From the hotel, it is about a 20-minute walk to Union Square and a 25-minute bus ride to Fisherman's Wharf. Cable cars are only four blocks away.
Basic and old-fashioned, but comfortable
The Opal's 164 rooms have basic hotel decor, with thick comforters and plain, old-fashioned furniture and subtly patterned wallpaper. With standard amenities like hairdryers and irons, the most modern thing about the rooms are the TVs, though even those are of the old tube variety. Bathrooms are similarly simple and classic, with curtained shower/tub combos and, in certain spaces, pedestal sinks.
Free continental breakfast and a small gym; lots of info. provided for sightseeing
The hotel serves a continental breakfast with bread, bagels, fruit salad, yogurt, muffins, and various spreads. There’s also a small on-site gym with a few machines and free weights, a laundry room, and an open-air garage. (A substantial daily fee is charged for parking.) The hotel is set up for tourists, providing information and recommendations for sightseeing in and out of the city.
This old-fashioned, five-floor hotel on a busy Tenderloin street was built in 1908 and has some charming historical details, as well as basic amenities and lots of helpful information for tourists. It’s near many attractions and offers a standard continental breakfast. While it’s a budget hotel and a little run-down in places, the rates are generally tough to beat. If there's room in the budget, though, the pricier Hotel Diva has a better location and a lot more to offer.