Great location, opposite the Chinatown gate on Grant Street; Chinatown has great range of food, souvenir and necessity shopping; there is a café next door, with Starbucks over the road; coin laundry 400 metres uphill along Bush Street ($2.50/wash, $0.25/7 minutes drier, closes at 10 pm so last wash is to begin by 9 pm); easy taxi ride to many city features such as airport (three people are slightly cheaper riding by taxi than by share-ride van, $50 taxi fare – 3 x $18 for share-ride van), Fishermen’s Wharf/Pier 33 ($10 taxi fare) and Greyhound depot ($7 taxi fare).
There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms, there is high quality fresh coffee (and tea bags) available between 6 and 9 am, in the lobby – it would seem that Triton has made some sort of deal with the coffee supplier to provide high quality coffee for free, if the guests do not have any other opportunities in-house. Starbucks is across the street, but they are not open at 3 am on Saturday morning. This is a refurbished older building. The air-conditioning is a box in the window opening type. The 'high cool'is not particularly cool and the 'high warm'is not particularly warm (I tried it just to see). The 'high cool' was about the same temperature as outside, so not particularly cool.
We traveled with our teenage daughter and usually booked two rooms, except in SFO where the rates were exorbitantly high (we used an online deal that gave us a $400/night room for $300/night at the Triton, for three nights). We shared the room, it had two double beds, which made the room so cramped that we had to go into the hallway to change our minds (boom boom!).
We booked the room for the three of us, and when we arrived the room had only two bath towels. When requested, two more towels were sent straight up. The second day, when we had an early departure day-tour, the included continental breakfast was requested for 6 am. Apparently, the staff member knocked at 6 am, but left again without persisting. As we embussed for our tour (6:20 am) after advising reception, the bagged continental breakfast was raced out to us, at the bus. When we return that night, from the day’s tour, an additional breakfast for that day was in our room (a bonus). The next morning, breakfast arrived at 6 am and was left our door (acceptable). However, the guest has no choice as to what is included in the continental breakfast.
The Triton has a gym/fitness room in the basement. I had a look, it seems suitable with three treadmill type devices and one weights device (all new).
Overall, for the fee charged I would have expected much more/much better, but the Triton is a ‘boutique hotel’. Obviously they aim for a certain type of clientele of which we are not. We have stayed in 5 star hotels in Australia, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, and lesser star hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. We have stayed in better for less. I will not stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco
- Hotel Triton
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Triton is a creative vision made real. Sprung from the imaginations of San Francisco artists, the Hotel Triton is a colorful and ever-current showcase of the pop culture that keeps this city vibrant. It is a welcoming wonderland that cares for you as if you were the Greek god for which the hotel is named. Across from the Chinatown gates, the Hotel Triton is conveniently located near San Francisco's top destinations and attractions. ... more less
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