Review Adagio Hotel San Francisco
The Adagio is part of Marriott chains Autograph boutique collection of hotels located just blocks from famed Union Square in the lower Nob Hill area of San Francisco. We arrived on foot having taken the BART train from the airport just for the experience – and a low fare of $8.00. By the time we completed our 5 block walk, mostly uphill, we were pretty tired but as it was early (around 1pm) the room was not ready. We checked our luggage with the bellman and did a bit of exploring. Upon our return front desk clerk Michael was delightful and during the course of “check in banter” he offered to “curate” the rest of our visit for us.
The Adagio is an old style hotel with 171 renovated rooms to accommodate modern tastes. The upper portion of the high arched hallways were painted a dark color cleverly camouflaging the exposed plumbing pipes painted the same color, while modern chandeliers and carpets and lighter colored walls gave the old narrow hallways a sense of space.
Our room was spacious even with two queen beds. The width of the room was generous giving plenty of open area for two people to move around comfortably. Some advertisements claim these are the largest hotel rooms downtown and I believe it. The flat screen TV was very large and the room has many places to charge a myriad of electronic devices, an oft overlooked convenience feature.
Staff called almost immediately offering an array of items for deliver to the room. We requested a coffee maker and ice, as there were no ice machines in the hotel. The single serve keurig and coffee were a great addition. We kept a small container of milk in the minibar fridge but did not eat or drink any of the large selection of ridiculously priced snacks and beverages arrayed to tempt us. A Walgreens and small grocery are within blocks.
The bathroom was spacious and modern although it had a shower/tub combination rather than an oversized stall shower most associate with a luxury hotel. The room stocked with Bigelow hair products and soaps. Vanity was decently sized with a small extension over the commode yielding extra room for ones accoutrements. As a side note, I despise bathrooms that combine the light and exhaust fan into a single switch as in this room. The tone and pitch of the fan was almost as painful as it was inescapable if you needed to use the room as there was no other source of light available.
The lobby was quite small with front desk, bell station and limited seating but they managed to eke out space for an urn of ice water – always a nice touch. The adjacent bar/restaurant, The Mortimer offers supplemental seating to the lobby but is somewhat small to serve the additional functions of trendy watering hole and eatery for a hotel of this size. As would be expected, drinks are expensive but I did enjoy the “Barbados Cup” rum punch. After sampling three hors d’oeuvres I was not particularly impressed with the food – perhaps the sampling was too small.
All in all the hotel was very nice, the service excellent and the room more than adequate. Although close to Union Square it’s location bordered the “Tenderloin District” known to be quite “rough” but then everywhere we went in San Francisco it seemed as though there was a homeless person or aggressive panhandler. Locals seem not to notice but even this jaded New Yorker was put off to the point that I can’t think of a reason that might make me return to the “city by the bay.”
Date Visited: July 29, 2017