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Darmstadt
Reviewed 1 August 2006

We spent 3 nights in Hotel des Arts, in a shared room and it was the most disappointing accomodation experience of the 17 nights spent in the USA, including cheap road side motels, hotels, etc. It is safe and it has a great location, near Union Square and China Town, but as others before have put it, it is an...

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4Thank Silvertongue
California
Reviewed 24 July 2006

What's good: Great location, comfortable enough bed. What's bad: no AC or fan in the middle of July = no sleep, walls painted in junkie crash pad Snake Pit style--a real grafitti artist would have been embarassed; black paint spashes in the toilet bowl look like--well, you know. Icing on the cake: If you go outside --you might not be...

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4Thank swickie
indianapolis, indiana
Reviewed 4 July 2006

In the heart of the financial district right down the street from China Town and within walking distance to Little Italy, this hotel is a diamond in the ruff of cheap hotels. We stayed in the Madonna room, which was clean, quiet and a perfect location for tourists. A Starbucks is located on each corner and there's many shops from...

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5Thank indymamaof2
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 29 June 2006

We stayed at this hotel for two nights while recently in San Fran. Be warned the photos you see of this place on the web and in magazines make it look A LOT nicer that it really is. Art hotel, sure. Boutique hotel, noooo way! Rooms are surely individual and uniquely painted, but that is all that they have going...

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Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 22 June 2006

My husband and I were travelling from Tokyo to San Francisco, then Phoenix, Arizona and on to Vancouver, Canada..back to Tokyo...this was our summer vacation, 2005. First stop, Hotel des Arts....the saying "Dont judge a book by its cover"..applies perfectly to this hotel..Dont be fooled by the unassuming facade...which does not do justice to what awaits you inside...We were given...

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AZ
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Reviewed 21 June 2006

I've stayed here everytime that I've travelled to SF. How can you not love the location, the art, the quirkiness, the uniqueness of this little gem of a hotel? The art fabulously showcases local artists and talents.. as all art would be, they evoke such emotions and yes raised eyebrows too. The location is prime; right by the Chinatown gate,...

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CA
Reviewed 19 June 2006

It amazes me on peoples expectations from a hotel for the price they paid. My wife and I stayed here recently and paid about $80 a night for a room with a bathroom(you can get rooms with shared baths). I guess people expect Hilton service for Motel 6 prices which IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. For $80 a night in...

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9Thank ses650
Glenside, PA
Reviewed 2 June 2006

These are pretty basic accomodations, but they do add some interest! Many of the rooms are painted by artists. Our room, which was one of the lower-priced rooms, was decorated by an artist - the motif was "college dorm room from the 70s". Really very interesting. The bathroom was okay. There was no air conditioning (but that wasn't a problem...

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new york, NY
Reviewed 19 May 2006

Each room has its own "art" with some rooms happy and some downright depressing, Rooms are small, and hotel is very funky: you get to the reception fastest by walking a flight up otherwise taking caged elevator ride.The best thing about this hotel is that it is very well located. Clientele appeared very casually dressed, and either mid twenties with...

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5Thank ialine
Culver City CA
Reviewed 15 May 2006

A fun, quirky hotel with the art thing as their catch. We had a suite, the beds were comfortable, but the pull out couch was so-so. Very hard to set up. Bathroom was small. The art work was funky and gave the room personality. The hotel had an intimate european feel to it, complete with a creaky old fashion "cage"...

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Hotel des Arts is at the crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District and the Chinatown Gate; perfect for business or pleasure. The Hotel des Arts presents the contemporary work of local artists complemented by the neutral simplicity, modern lightings and clean lines of the hotel furnishings. The result is art as an interactive experience rather than just decoration. Enjoy our complementary continental breakfast or dine in Le Central, a French Brasserie right downstairs. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel des Arts

Address: 447 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3704
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Price Range: €131 - €209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel des Arts 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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