- Exorbitant parking fees
- No kids' menus at the on-site bar and restaurant
- Room service only offers dinner
Perfectly comfortable and up-to-date hotel
The 374-room Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Downtown sits just south of the bustling public transit artery of Market Street, in a building that was first erected in 2001. Thanks to a 2009 renovation, the property looks good, with spotless rooms, a well-maintained lobby, and shiny equipment in the fitness center. While other hotels nearby, like the generally more expensive Vitale and Harbor Court focus on stylish decor, the Courtyard does the basics right, and at a fair price.
While the hotel certainly sees business travelers -- the Moscone Convention Center is just a five-minute walk away -- it also draws families, who appreciate the generally low rates for spacious standard rooms (many of which come with sleeper sofas and can sleep up to four people to a room) and the small indoor pool, which is not available at other Marriott hotels throughout the city (including those in Union Square, just a 15-minute walk away).
Friendly and fast; good for the price
South of Market, close to the Moscone Convention Center and the shopping and theaters of Union Square; farther from other points of interest, such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Haight-Asbury
Located in San Francisco's SoMa (South of Market Street) neighborhood, the Courtyard by Marriott is in a mixed-use area of warehouses, art spaces, loft apartments, and technology companies. While it's a about a 15-minute walk from several of the city's best museums and the designer boutiques in Union Square, there's next to no nightlife in this part of the city and it's far from the most popular tourist attractions, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf.
For business travelers, however, the Courtyard could be a great choice; SoMa hotels are often a bit less expensive than hotels in the Financial District, about a 15-minute walk away. Plus, the Moscone Center, San Francisco's major convention center, is only two blocks south.
The guest rooms at the Courtyard don't impress with their muted decor, but that's not meant to be the selling point here. Instead, rooms are bigger than average for the city and perfectly comfortable. They were all renovated in 2009.
Small pool, not quite big enough for laps, and some dining on-site; many other restaurants and attractions nearby
The Courtyard offers large rooms for the price, and they sleep up to four people (other hotels in SoMa can only sleep two people to a standard room). While the location is handy for those attending baseball games at AT&T Park or checking out museums, some kids might be happier in Fisherman's Wharf, where there are more attractions that appeal to younger visitors. (The pools at the Radisson and Sheraton in Fisherman's Wharf are nicer than the Courtyard's, too.)
Decent options on-site; many better places to eat within walking distance
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