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Touchstone Hotel - City Center

480 Geary St Between Mason Street and Taylor, San Francisco, CA 94102-1223
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#140 of 248 hotels in San Francisco
At the pleasant 2 star Touchstone Hotel-City Center, you will be located in San Francisco's Union Square, surrounded by famous restaurants, luxury hotels, high-end galleries and exciting night life. Nob Hill, North Beach, Chinatown and the Moscone Convention Center are a leisurely stroll from our doors. A short 2 min walk will take you to Union Square, which offers some of the most sophisticated shopping on the West Coast. The famed Cable Cars are close enough for you to hear rumble by. The Touchstone Hotel-City Center offers 44 rooms blending old-world charm, new-world convenience and small-world comfort. Simply but pleasantly decorated and equipped with organic toiletries and complimentary bottled water. All rooms have their own en-suite bathroom. Internet is available throughout the hotel at no charge. There is an original 1950's deli/cafe adjacent to the hotel. Hotel guests receive a 25% discount coupon. The hotel provides a left luggage office and valet parking service at extra cost for 24 hours with unlimited in-and-out privileges. The Touchstone Hotel-City Center is very close to the city's efficient public transportation (25 min train ride from SFO). Great central location for this budget San Francisco hotel!
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German


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Grade: 100 out of 100
349Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
110Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Veronica M wrote a review Nov 2020
Florida110 contributions91 helpful votes
We spent one night at this hotel and were welcomed by Juliette. She was super friendly, professional and available to answer all our questions. Our room was small, old looking but comfortable. The beds were very clean and extremely comfortable. This is a simple hotel but great for the price and location. Pros : the parking is one block away and included in the price Cons: no coffee or tea in the room or on site and the restaurant next door does not start serving until 8am.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Room 403 was quiet even though on the street side.
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Wintheworld wrote a review Feb 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom37 contributions54 helpful votes
We stayed for a couple of nights and were welcomed by excellent staff who were helpful and pleasant. The hotel was in an amazing location and the room was lovely. If we return to San Francisco, we’d stay here for definite.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Wally-Singapore wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore434 contributions89 helpful votes
Oct. 21st to 25th. Getting there from BART Powell station, (with 2 pieces of luggage in tow) was simple enough. Just about a 5 - 10 minute walk. Was greeted by Conner who checked me in. 1st impressions, this is not a 3 or 4 star hotel and I didn't expect much anyway. Just a safe comfortable place to where I can leave my bags and sleep at night. In essence it's a 'no frills' hotel. Room 302 was comfortable enough only no air conditioner, just a ceiling fan. If you want the room cool just open the window if you don't mind the street noise. Room comes with a private shower/toilet (good enough for me) and T.V with no cable channels (hardly spent time in the room anyway). The basic stuff like bath soap, lotion, shampoo and towels provided and adequate. Location wise, it is within walking distance to Union Square and some good pubs and restaurants. And about 10 - 15 minute walk to the Chinatown Area. Front desk assisted me with my 1/2 day tour booking to Muir Woods with hotel pick-up and drop off. Which went on without a hitch. All the front desk/check-in people (Jane, Andrew, Conner aka Happy), whom I had good long chats with all the time during my stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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lovetoteach2407 wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Myself and four colleagues stayed at the Touchstone hotel in October 2019. From the first confirmation email to our final departure, the staff were helpful, welcoming and willing to give help and advice. The rooms were good quality, with a shower and toilet in the bathroom, alongside a sink set into the bedroom. The room included a USB charging point, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, a ceiling fan and TV. The water was hot, the towels were fresh and I slept like a log on both nights! Before coming away, one of my colleagues looked up previous reviews on here, and found a number of negative comments about the hotel - one of which included a comment about there being no lift. After visiting, I can most definitely say that there is a lift, and (whilst a little slow) it worked absolutely fine and served us well during our trip. The location of the hotel is extremely good - just a 3 minute walk to Union Square and the Hop on Hop off bus stop. For breakfast we ventured out to 2 great diners within 5 minutes of the hotel - one called Masons and one called Pinecrest...we had excellent, authentic meals at both, giving us the true American experience! I would definitely recommend the hotel as a bolthole for sightseeing...no coffee making facilities in the room, but a handy diner attached for your morning caffeine needs! Thank you Touchstone...a successful 2 night stay!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
2 Helpful votes
K B D 1980 wrote a review Oct 2019
Liverpool, United Kingdom34 contributions56 helpful votes
I booked this on the reviews and pictures on the web. The reality is far worse than I imagined. Reception is a tiny desk in the "lobby". We were on the 2nd floor of this hovel. The room was tiny, with our double bed pushed against a wall, so getting in and out of bed was a task. The decor was old and tired and the bedding was old blankets and a cover that was at least 20 years old. The furniture in the room was worthy of a skip. Breakfast was not included, so it was the diner next door. The exterior of the hotel was full of tramps and druggies, who were always drunk. My wife was terrified to go out on her own. Most reviews of this bin are phoney. Avoid it like the plague.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: Another hotel
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US$92 - US$349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoDowntown San Francisco / Downtown / Theater District / Union Square / Lower Nob Hill
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Frequently Asked Questions about Touchstone Hotel - City Center
Which popular attractions are close to Touchstone Hotel - City Center?
Nearby attractions include San Francisco Urban Adventures (0.4 km), Marrakech Magic Theater (0.1 km), and San Francisco Playhouse (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Touchstone Hotel - City Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, baggage storage, and a 24 hour front desk.
Is parking available at Touchstone Hotel - City Center?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Touchstone Hotel - City Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tacorea, Lapisara Eatery, and Liholiho Yacht Club.
Is Touchstone Hotel - City Center located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of San Francisco.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Touchstone Hotel - City Center?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Touchstone Hotel - City Center?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Alcatraz Island (4.5 km), Golden Gate Bridge (6.9 km), and City Lights Booksellers (1.2 km).