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“Stylish modern boutique hotel with friendly staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Abri
Ranked #46 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Stylish modern boutique hotel with friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

I stayed at the Hotel Abri for three nights in December 2011. I had a very pleasant stay and would recommend this hotel highly to visitors to San Francisco.

First of all, the hotel has probably the most central and convenient location in San Francisco. Walk a block south and you're at the busy Powell Street-Market Street intersection. This area is a shopping and public transport hub for the city - there's a MUNI booth where you can buy public transport tickets, the main cable car stop for cable cars going north to Fisherman's Wharf and the Powell Street BART Station (where you can catch trains to and from San Francisco International Airport). A couple of blocks north and you're in the Union Square shopping and dining area.

The hotel is boutique-style with 91 rooms. It's in a historic building (I'd say built around 1900-1920) which was totally modernized and renovated in 2008. The renovation is impressive - the hotel throughout is clean, fresh and slick with an attractive orange, grey and black themed decor. I particularly liked the gas fireplace area in the lobby - very enticing to lounge about in a San Francisco winter!

I paid around $110 per night (it was a holiday special) and for that price, I was expecting a fairly nondescript convention-style hotel. To my surprise, however, my room was of a standard I would have expected to find in a much more expensive and luxurious hotel. My room was thoughtfully laid out to make the most of the space (it didn't feel cramped). It had an iPod player and radio (a bit fiddly to use though) on the bedside table and, best of all, a 42 inch wall-mounted LCD TV. A TV this large was a real treat and a credit to the hotel - far more expensive hotels I've stayed in have a 32 inch TV at best. The bathroom was spacious and looked very new and fresh. One delight was the L'Occitane toiletries - again a brand that would be at home in a more expensive hotel. The in-room WiFi was free, fast and worked well.

The only negative about the room is that there was no climate control system in the room, only a window-mounted dual heating/air-conditioning unit. This worked well enough, but took a while to heat the room up on a cold San Francisco winter morning.

Overall, though, my room was a pleasure to stay in.

The hotel has a young staff who were warm and friendly. When I checked in, I was made to feel welcome and given a choice of rooms (one more spacious, but facing the street and therefore noisier, and one facing the inner courtyard and quieter but a bit smaller). I'm an independent sort of traveller so didn't need their assistance much but the queries I did have were handled promptly, professionally and with a smile.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

My husband and 2 daughters stayed at the Hotel Abri Feb. 7-12. What a wonderful stay it was! We had an inner courtyard room and were never bothered by any noise, whether from the outside or from any neighbors. The room was on the small side as others have noted, but not so much that it was a problem. It was well appointed, had a nice large tv, a large desk which was perfect for my husband to do his work on, and the beds were very comfortable.

The staff was very personable and cheerful! And I mean all the staff- from the guy who opened the door for us, to the front desk, to the cleaning staff!

The restaurant which is next door (and connected to the hotel), Puccini and Pinetti, has a great happy hour, and we ate a delicious dinner here one night. Many interesting choices on the menu. Also Daniel's Cafe which is across the street makes nice breakfast sandwiches for take out!

The location is incredible. It was a short walk for my husband to go to the convention center. It was less than a block to the cable car line! A couple blocks to Union Square, a block from Market, a ton of shopping and restaurants within a short walking distance.

We had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel and will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I'm so glad my husband and I chose to stay at the Abri from 28 Jan - 2 Feb 2012.
Everything was within walking distance - Westfield Shopping centre, the BART/ Muni station, the cable car, various fashion brands, restaurants, fast food eateries, etc.
Above all, the room we stayed in (ask for the quiet section) was cosy, clean, comfy and had a decent bathroom with great water-pressure.
It definitely made our visit to San Francisco a pleasing one.
Will definitely stay here again, and would recommend tourists to stay here especially those who have shopping in mind and depend on various public transport to get around.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

We were looking for a room big enough for two adults and a teen (possibly a king with rollaway or suite) and chose the Abri because of it's location. We had a family event nearby and the taxi's would be impossible because of Chinese New Year parade. WOW! The room had a separate bedroom, pullout sofa and lovely big bathroom. It was spacious, quiet and the hotel itself was very sedate. The front desk staff were a huge plus and always accomodating. If I had to complain, I would mention that there is no mirror in the bedroom, the room was too warm, and booking the room wasn't easy via the phone. However, as we visit S.F. several times a year and generally stay at Starwood hotels (Palace, St. Francis, La Meridien etc.) this is going to be a new favorite. Easy and cheaper for parking, free internet, spacious rooms for 3 and fantastic amenities/staff etc.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

This was my first visit to the city and i was pleased with the hotel. From the outside you cant really tell anything but inside it is different. Although small you have all the usual amenities. The free wi-fi is great if you dont have your own laptop. My room had two large beds and a big desk complete with large tv. There wasnt much of a view but i didnt plan to be sitting looking out the window. The room had bathrobes for your use and some lovely toiletries. As for the position of the hotel it is great. No matter which way you turned there were shops and places to eat. I found the hotel to be really central for all my needs. If you want to be near everything then this is the hotel for you.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Abri
Address: 127 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-2109
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#30 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#32 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#60 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): $314 - $650
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Abri 3.5*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay Vibrant. Urban style at the center of it all in San Francisco's Union Square. Ideal for both the leisure and business traveler, the newly transformed Hotel Abri is a modern day urban oasis featuring a sleek décor complemented by contemporary art and upscale amenities. The hotel's energetic vibe is delightfully balanced with a comfortable ease, offering guests a unique sensorial experience and the highest levels of hospitality and service. Hotel Abri offers personalized experiences tailored to guest's individual needs and interests, from complimentary wireless high speed Internet, DVD players and movie libraries, to a full service business center and a knowledgeable concierge program. We are a dog friendly hotel, please note that a $75 pet fee will apply. ... more   less 
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Larkspur Collection San Francisco
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