By Shannon Albright, Taking the Kids Correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO — We had one short night to spend in San Francisco before heading to our good friends’ wedding, and I’m happy that we spent it at Hotel G, which opened in May 2014 in Union Square.
Upon walking into the hotel, my first impression wasn’t overly positive–the lobby felt a bit cramped, and the desk was in a relatively dimly lit part of the building. The elevator and hallway felt the same. However, the hotel gave off a modern, savvy sensibility nonetheless. It was obvious the building had undergone extensive renovation to reach its current state, which gave it a certain character.
Our room was bright with natural light, extremely clean, and quite spacious. In addition to the plush king-sized bed, there was a full couch well-suited to a morning newspaper read and a nice-sized desk for catching up on email. The decor was very modern and simple: concrete floors, exposed brick, sleek light fixtures, and large standalone mirrors. The oversized windows let in as much light as one could want. In addition, the room was extremely quiet and the temperature controls were hassle-free, making it a relaxing place to come home to.
In addition to its comfort, it was convenient for multiple reasons. The location was unbeatable, located right in Union Square with plenty of shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and city transportation within short walking distance. Second, there was a trendy restaurant and bar attached to the hotel–great for those looking for a night cap or an early breakfast. Third, the valet service proved handy and dependable, especially when compared with the task of navigating city parking.
For all that I enjoyed about Hotel G, it’s a relatively new hotel, and it was evident that they were still waiting to hit their stride. While I was able to check in an hour early (very nice), it took several minutes longer to check in than what would be typical at a chain hotel. My key was coded with the incorrect room number, which required another several minutes of waiting at the desk. That being said, the hotel staff were pleasant and courteous. I would also say the hotel suffers from a lack of lobby space or common areas for guests to lounge.
Overall, I found Hotel G to be a comfortable and chic stay. The rooms have style without sacrificing comfort. The renovated older brick brings a neat character–the exposed brick and concrete floors go well together with modern plumbing and soft sheets. Plus, the location can’t be beat. Perhaps not the best space to bring kids, but sufficient for couples or friends looking for a hip, comfortable place to stay while enjoying what downtown San Francisco has to offer.