Monday 2 April 2012

Prescott Hotel, Post Street, San Francisco

A venerable establishment in a central location, the Prescott is a keenly-priced four star hotel, striving to stand out from the many other hotels around Union Square. The foyer and lounge are comfortable and reassuring, rather than trendy and edgy. But a wood-burning stove, together with free water and coffee (in the mornings) make for a cosy, welcoming ambiance. The elderly lifts are showing their age (the floor buttons don't always light up when you press them) and the corridors are narrow and dingy.  Still, the innocuous standard rooms (decorated in shades of brown with white bedspreads) are well-equipped with fast, free Wi-Fi, safes, ironing boards and big, comfortable beds. Moreover, there is a long list of bits and bobs, such as toothpaste and sewing kits, that you can get from reception for free or a few dollars.  But the window might overlook a brick wall, you may lack a proper desk and the ancient air-conditioning can be noisy as it chugs into life. Moreover, there is a shortage of electric sockets, particularly if you are using bulky international adaptors. Still, the Prescott's helpful and cheerful staff seem keen happy to go the extra yard. 7/10