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“Nice for families” 3 of 5 bubbles
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da Vinci Villa
Ranked #89 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice for families”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

We were first our off by the look of this hotel, as it was more of a motel. However, the location in Russian hill was great. Nice restaurants on Polk Street. It is a bit of a hike to Fisherman's wharf, but an easy 10 min with little kids to Ghiradelli Square and Lombard Street. We are from NYC and used to walking, but the hills are challenging! We enjoyed the ease of public transport next to the hotel. Hotel room was clean and staff was courteous and helpful. We would stay here again.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

Find a shared van (Lorrie's recommended by the hotel)..."Where are you going?" Replying, "Da Vinci Villa!" the driver immediately nodded, "Yes, yes, the one on Van Ness, right?" Yes, that is the one and we were one our way . . . a multiple-visitor to SFO but never been at Da Vinci Villa before, out of what could be called, "mainstream" my thoughts kept searching all the familiar places along the way. We kept moving on and then the driver hit "Van Ness" and we traveled about five blocks from what in the distance looked like the bay, the wharf and all that the area offered. Hmmmm, only a ten minute walk? I wondered if my daughter would complain about how far from the crowd we were, or if my friend would complain about the distance . . . . we arrived at Da Vinci Villa and we were pleasantly surprised . . . it was not a large, imposing namebrand hotel with a driveway . . . it was however, a sleek, efficient check in area . . . modern in style but still inviting (especially the tall, glass dispencer full of , iced, fruit and cucumber-flavored water. The waiting area off to the side of check-in pergola was comfortable (but not if there was check in for more than eight people). However, when you walk the short distance to the elevator, one finds a very large room with couches and with a large enough flat-screen TV, a place that folks could set as meeting place before they set out for the day. The name escapes me now but located in the hotel is an Italian restaurant which offers a continental breakfast for the amount of days you are checked-in. A perusal of the menu offered what looks to be an offering of beautiful, flavorful meals, a little above-moderately priced (never got a chance to try the food). We arrved at breakfast time, and our party of four took advantage of the continental breakfast. We waited for what could be described as a "long wait" but it really wasn't ---- it is what's to be expected especially when everyone checked-into the hotel all woke up at the same time to grab a bite! The continetal breakfast was enough to get the day started. (There was one waiter who never smiled and seemed to be bothered that we wanted to order off the menu in addition to our Continental breakfast . . . it didn't bother me at first, because it was busy and I could forgive him; but our party happened to get him the next two mornings and his demeanor did not change --- boo hoo!)

Our room was fabulous, but my friend and brother exclaimed that more lights were needed, especially by the closet. We were given a room with a large bathroom and we did not know if all the bathrooms were all set-up for the handicapped . . . the bathroom was "huge" with my daughter exclaiming, "it's so big; bigger than my bedroom!" The beds where inviting with the down covers, the flat-screen TV providing a good respite to catch up on the 2012 Olympics and a desk area made for two was sufficient and had it's own individual lighting. The room had a heating system and we could not find an air conditioning unit but the natural, cool SFO air and slight wind, combined with the screened windows more than provided enough comfort.

Billed as a boutique hotel, it had a family atmosphere. It was comfortable with the pool right in the courtyard of this (was it four or five?)-story hotel. They even provided a work-out room. You could hear laughter of the children and teenage boys at play in the heated-pool that they enjoyed sometimes past 11:00 p.m. But we didn't mind because after a long day, out and about, with the beds inviting, we just sacked out!

Our party tried the walk to Fisherman's Wharf . . . it was not bad at all and we found many of the families that stayed at the Da Vinci Villa made the same walk. On our way back, during our five days in SFO, used the City's transportation system which stopped a half block away from the Da Vinci Villa . . . and some of those same families were on the bus, too!

All in all, the staff (i.e. Freitas and Griffin) was helpful, cheery, professional in manner and look, and friendly. The staff was equally as stylish as the hotel and the entire package: staff, facility, location, cost and amenities --- is a winning combination. However, a word about the elevator, it is "a little slow" but the stairs was only right around the corner and not a bad walk up or a run down (just ask the kids and teens)!

Room Tip: Our party arrived at 9:30 a.m. and check-in was at 3:00 p.m. Without even asking, we were offered a...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Marie S, Manager at da Vinci Villa, responded to this review, 29 September 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience during your recent stay.

We are extremely delighted to learn that you enjoyed your accommodations at da Vinci Villa. There is no greater satisfaction, as a customer service professional, than receiving kind comments from a valued guest. It will be my pleasure to share with Griffin Freitas that he contributed to the enjoyment of your stay.

I am disappointed to read about the shortfalls you experienced while dining in our restaurant. We constantly strive to provide our guests with exceptional service and I sincerely apologize that we failed to impart that service to you. I am glad you have notified us so we may acknowledge your experience and use your comments to improve our service.

Again, we thank you for choosing da Vinci Villa, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

With warm regards,
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

I recently stayed here during a business trip and was dismayed to find out that there was no air conditioning! Each of the rooms has heating, so they would be comfortable during the winter, but my room was 85 degrees when i checked in. Even with the door propped open and the window open for hours, it was still in the high 70s when i fell asleep. I liked the cleanliness and the style of the place, it was a nicely remodeled older property. The soaps and shampoos and such were an intoxicating blood orange smell which I absolutely loved.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Marie S, Manager at da Vinci Villa, responded to this review, 29 September 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience during your recent visit. We understand that there are many travel options when visiting San Francisco and we sincerely appreciate and thank you for choosing da Vinci Villa. Your comments are valuable to us and will be forwarded to the appropriate department for review.

We look forward to welcoming you back to da Vinci Villa in the near future.

With warm regards,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012 via mobile

My husband and I spent two night at the hotel. The staff was very nice and helpful, every time we came in they greeted us and answered all questions which we had. The rooms were very clean and the linens were very nice. I am very picky about the pillow which I use. Theirs were great. The free breakfast was nice, not very special but it was nice to have it right there.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Marie S, Manager at da Vinci Villa, responded to this review, 29 September 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for providing valuable feedback during your recent stay at da Vinci Villa.

We understand that there are many travel options when visiting San Francisco and we certainly appreciate your patronage and look forward to hosting you during your future visits to our beautiful city.

With warm regards,
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012 via mobile

Stayed at the Davinci Villa for a week. The room was great and very spacious. The continental breakfast was good, everything was fresh. They are clear as to what the continental breakfast consists of so the people that complain...shouldn't.

Went to the restaurant in the hotel but wasn't impressed. Good portions but all our food was extremely salty which made it unpleasant. My son asked for a medium rare hamburger and it came out burnt and dry. The staff were very accommodating though and did a lot to impress the guests. The pool was nice as well as the sauna which made it relaxing after a long day.

The location is good. Only a 30 minute walk to pier 39, 20 minutes to famous Lombard Street and the same amount of time to the cable cars to downtown. Overall a great stay except for dinner at the restaurant. I don't know what the complainers are complaining about. My wife and I have travelled quite a bit and recommend this hotel. It was fun and yes.......we would stay here again.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Marie S, Manager at da Vinci Villa, responded to this review, 29 September 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for allowing us to host you during your recent visit to San Francisco.

It is with great pleasure to learn that you and your family enjoyed your accommodations at da Vinci Villa. I am most certainly delighted you took advantage of our pool and sauna as it really makes a difference after a long day out enjoying the city. Please accept my sincere apologies for the challenges you experienced while dining in our restaurant. Please rest assured your comments will be forwarded to the appropriate department for review.

We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Sincerely,
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Additional Information about da Vinci Villa

Property: da Vinci Villa
Address: 2550 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Russian Hill
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#66 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#69 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#76 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): $198 - $432
Hotel Class:3.5 star — da Vinci Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find yourself in the center of San Francisco's most sought-after destinations at da Vinci Villa, an upscale San Francisco boutique hotel newly opened in Summer 2011. Ideally located between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, da Vinci Villa is just a short walk to the area's most exquisite San Francisco dining, shopping and Fisherman's Wharf entertainment. We're also just around the corner from Russian Hill, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, the ferry to Alcatraz Island, Pier 39 and the University of San Francisco. Whether you're in town for a weekend getaway, business meeting, family vacation or group trip, you'll love the luxuriously spacious San Francisco boutique hotel accommodations and competitive rates at our boutique hotel in San Francisco. We are a Non-Smoking and Non-Pet hotel ... more   less 
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