Casa Loma Hotel
610 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, United States star
Doubles from: $50 to $80
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Perched atop a hill on the border between eclectic Western Addition and chic Hayes Valley, two blocks from charming Alamo Square and its famed “Painted Ladies,” the Casa Loma Hotel offers stylish digs with low rates. A newcomer to the San Francisco hotel scene, this one-star, which bills itself as a “European-style hotel,” gave us a sense of what happens when a hostel grows up.
The Casa Loma’s 48 medium-sized rooms are defined by a sleek, contemporary simplicity. Think clean lines and mod black-and-white furnishings straight out of an Ikea showroom. White walls are unadorned and burnt-orange blankets add a splash of color. All is new, fresh and impeccably clean. The rooms are air conditioned (a rarity for budget hotels in this generally breezy town), and some are equipped with a flat-screen TV and mini-fridge.
All rooms have small sinks. Six are equipped with private bathrooms and the rest share facilities. Both shared and private bathrooms are small, but new and clean, with tan tiles and sparkling fixtures. Towels are included and hair dryers are available.
The still-affordable “superior” rooms are well worth the splurge—the friendly staffer showing us around almost had to drag us away from their breathtaking panoramic views. (Golden Gate and Transamerica Building from a budget hotel window? Pinch us please!).
Though it hardly has a hostel feel in the traditional sense, the Casa Loma offers several of the convenient perks often found at hostels. Just off its minimalist lobby is a large laundry room, and a small kitchen is also available for guest use.
The location is well-placed for art-hounds, foodies and fashionistas looking to take in the galleries, boutiques and restaurants that line haute-Hayes Street and its surroundings. The miniscule Alamo Square Café, located just across the street from the hotel, is great for a morning bite. And, of course, its eponymous park is just around the corner, guarded by one of the most famous and colorful lines of Victorians in existence.
Wi-Fi is available for $5.95 a day or $20 a week. Note that the Casa Loma does not have an elevator and rooms facing the busy Fell Street can get noisy. Ask for an interior room or one on Fillmore instead. Reception is only open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., although there is a staff member on the premises 24 hours a day.
Reviewed by: Suzanne Russo, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Fax Machine
- Guest Kitchen
- Hair Dryer – at reception
- Laundry Facilities
- No Elevator
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: Limited Hours
- Vending Machines
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Alarm Clock
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
- Iron available
- Mini fridge
610 Fillmore Street
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, United States
About the Casa Loma Hotel neighborhood
Haute-Hayes Valley became San Francisco’s latest mecca for fashion, food and funky art recently. Given its location east of Civic Center, the area was historically an extension of the Tenderloin. Today it still has a nonexclusive feel. Pricey boutiques and quirky art galleries mix with laid-back eateries and dive bars. Fillmore Street divides the ‘hood from the free-spirited Haight.