Trip Advisor Rating: 3 stars
My stay: November 2013
Location: Unbeknownst to us when we booked the hotel (this was our first time away, let’s just say we were novices at pre-booking research) the Hotel Metropolis boarders San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. This is one of the unsafer areas of the city, and a wrong turn from the lobby doors would take you straight into the heart of the district. During the day the area was mostly fine, however my travel partner and I were always a little hesitant when returning to the hotel after sunset.
Room: The twin room we booked was on the smaller side, but had a very unique feel about it; bright yellow adorned the place, and it appeared to have traditional fixtures from its days as an apartment building. Unfortunately our window didn’t close properly (which left us to battle the freezing November air) and the shower wasn’t the greatest. The lift up to the rooms was also a little disconcerting in terms of the strange sounds it produced.
Staff: The desk staff were, on the whole, quite helpful. However, and it may have just been the staff which we happened to deal with, there was at times a language barrier which was unexpected for English speakers visiting an English speaking country.
Price: The services and facilities of the hotel itself were in keeping with the relatively cheap price we paid. However, considering the location, I would next time opt to splash out a little more for the peace of mind of a better location.
Verdict: 2 stars