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San Francisco- hotels near Orpheum Theatre to see Lion King

Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 09:15 AM
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San Francisco- hotels near Orpheum Theatre to see Lion King

We have tickets to see Lion King at the Orpheum, January 2013. Would you please
suggest 4-5 star properties near the theatre and dining options (pre-theatre)?

Is it safe to walk to the theatre or would you recommend taking a cab from hotel to theatre? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as I am not at all familiar with this area.
Thank you.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 09:21 AM
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I would NOT stay near the Orpheum

Instead of 'stars', what is your actual budget?
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Thank you. Budget around $300, but not a huge factor. Would prefer a boutique style with full service hotel, but open to all suggestions.

I'm curious, why not stay near Orpheum?
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:44 AM
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If you're interested in a boutique hotel, I can recommend any of the Kimpton properties in the immediate area, Monaco, Prescott, Serrano, and Palomar. They each have their individual personalities but all share the signature Kimpton attention to customer service.
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To clarify just a bit - the Kimpton's are great hotels. But they are all near-ish Union Square and not that close to the Orpheum.

The Serrano is probably the nearest -- but it is just a bit too close to the Tenderloin for my comfort.

I really like the Monaco
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 11:13 AM
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The Orpheum is in a "seedy" area in Civic Center. I wouldn't stay there. You'll feel "threatened" at night" - except when surrounded by other theatergoers. Stay around Union Square instead - it's a tad less threatening.

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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 02:31 PM
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>>But they are all near-ish Union Square and not that close to the Orpheum.>The Serrano is probably the nearest -- but it is just a bit too close to the Tenderloin for my comfort.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 03:00 PM
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Thanks for the good feedback. I'm a member of Kimpton InTouch, so I'll check them out. Is one in a better location than another? Monaco the best?
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 03:36 PM
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>>But they are all near-ish Union Square and not that close to the Orpheum.<

But only 1 Muni-Metro stop away.

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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 05:18 PM
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Stu Dudley- nice to see your name. I copied several San Fran threads you've written.... such great info. My daughter lives in the Palo Alto area, so I'm always researching and planning for my next visit.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2012, 05:46 PM
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obxgirl: Only 400 feet - but 400 feet in the 'wrong' direction IMO

And yes one can take cabs - but if one stays in a bit nicer area, one doesn't 'have to'.
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katiekate, We preferred the location of the Palomar but the decor of the Monaco. I think they are both about the same distance from the theater. San Francisco is swimming in amazing food choices, but if you were to stay in, we liked the restaurants in both hotels. I'll be taking notes on the recommendations you get for pre-theater dinner.

>>And yes one can take cabs - but if one stays in a bit nicer area, one doesn't 'have to'.
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I would not walk from the Orpheum to a Union Square hotel post-theater. We drove through the Tenderloin tonight and it has gotten worse than I ever remember it being (in terms of seediness), and I've lived here nearly 40 years. If you stick to Market Street, it might be okay, but if you're unfamiliar with urban grittiness and characters, you may feel a bit uncomfortable.

It's one Muni stop and one BART stop from Union Square proper.
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The Monaco in Union Square is very nice. We recently stayed at the Marriott near it, but don't recommend the Marriott. (It's very loud, with its central open area.) While there, I walked into the lobby and looked around the Monaco. Very nice.

We had a great dinner across the street at Fino, which is itself in a little boutique hotel but I don't know anything about it.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2012, 09:03 AM
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We highly recommend Fino:
http://finoristorante.com/

(Some reviews call it in the Tenderloin, but it isn't.)
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Old Dec 23rd, 2012, 11:56 AM
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What's the Tenderloin?
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Old Dec 23rd, 2012, 12:09 PM
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A nasty area - SRO hotels, drug dealers, hookers, dive bars let's just say 'gritty' . . .
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The Monaco is my favorite hotel anywhere. As Stu said, the Union Square hotels are just one stop away. I used that option coming back from seeing Wicked at the Orpheum. You'll much prefer being at Union Square.
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It doesn't much matter - if you want a 4-5 star hotel, there are none really close to the Orpheum, so stay at Ynion Square, and plan on taking a taxi or public transport back
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The Tenderloin is the most crime-ridden part of San Francisco. A lot of drugs and homeless. And dirty. It's also an historic neighborhood where you can take a tour - in the daylight.

http://www.thisboundlessworld.com/to...the-tenderloin

If you have that kind of budget, stay at Union Square, up on Nob Hill with only a handful of hotels (Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Huntington - some of the best hotels in San Francisco), or the Embarcadero (Vitale - boutique, quiet area). A cab ride is only $5 or $10 away from the Orpheum. You'll feel much safer.

Like sf7307, I drive around San Francisco a lot, not as much as she does, but quite a lot. At present, personally, I would never recommend that anyone stay in any of the hotels in the Tenderloin - no matter the star rating. Especially not with young children.

If you stay in the Union Square area, there are plenty of restaurants to fit every budget. If you have to go a few blocks away from Union Square, stay away from the West side as the Tenderloin starts just a couple of blocks west of Union Square.

Enjoy your trip and Merry Christmas!
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