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“Quirky if not weird, ordinary but not normal” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Triton
Ranked #69 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Gold Coast, Australia
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Quirky if not weird, ordinary but not normal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

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.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

Recently remodeled and close to everything -- located right by the entry to SF China Town. Our rooms (2) were quite spacious, nicely decorated and very clean. Hotel staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Free coffee downstairs in the morning. Unfortunately, we stayed only one night -- wish we could have stayed longer! I highly recommend this hotel!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012 via mobile

This is the third Kimpton we've stayed in and I loved it. Perfect location next to Chinatown gates so it's still in the flat part of Union Square ( very important when hauling cases)! The rooms are small and bathrooms tiny but that's typical of San Francisco and they are so beautifully decorated that we don't mind. The beds are beautifully comfortable. We were on the 5th floor facing Grant st and were not troubled by any noise. The service was amazing - so friendly and helpful. I was even given a bottle of wine for my birthday and a card signed by the staff. Lovely touch.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012

We were 3 nights in the hotel. The problem is the cabage collection bus, every hour from one o clock to five o clock every hour twenty minutes long with a shrill and excessive noise. Be sure sleeping is not possible. The reception was friendly, but changing the room wasnt possible because all rooms are occupied.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

Quirky decor. No dining facilities, though they do provide a kind of continental in-room breakfast, which comes in a bag! Not for a traditional English traveller. Staff were very friendly. Plenty of bars & restaurants near by.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hotel Triton

Property: Hotel Triton
Address: 342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in San Francisco
#56 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#56 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#71 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): $213 - $542
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Triton 3*
Number of rooms: 140
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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