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Old Dec 24th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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>>The Tenderloin is the most crime-ridden part of San Francisco.

Probably second most - if you are talking about serious crime. Hunters Point is #1 - but no tourist would ever find themselves there.

>>It's also an historic neighborhood where you can take a tour - in the daylight.
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 09:38 PM
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Thanks everyone. I've narrowed it down to 2 Kimpton properties: Palomar or Sir Francis Drake? Any one have a preference? I plan to take a taxi to theatre, so location not a issue.
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Stu: I hate to state something contrary to "Mr San Francisco", but I did run across a map a couple of years from the SFPD designating the most crime-ridden neighborhoods. Tenderloin was #1 and Hunter's Point-Bayview was #2. (Not to say that those stats couldn't have changed for 2012) Can't immediately find that map right now, but ran across this Oct, 2012, tidbit:

Everyone knows that much of the Tenderloin is, on a typical weekday, an open-air drug market, an insane asylum, a gathering place for the indigent, and one gigantic halfway house.

http://sfist.com/2012/10/19/sfpd_arr...tenderloin.php

Again, just my opinion, but I wouldn't advise any visitor to stay in the Tenderloin, especially those with children.

katiekate: Both are OK, both are in fairly noisy areas, so ask for a room (rooms) away from the main street and as high up as possible; away from elevators or coke machines. The Palomar would probably win by a shake, although the Drake has a really great restaurant, La Scala. The Drake is closer to all the activity (and noise) of Union Square.

Hard choice.
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 06:28 AM
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Thanks Stu. I appreciate your advise as always.
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 07:07 AM
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I would chose the Palomar. Have a great trip!
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For rooms, I'd choose the Palomar. For restaurant, the Drake. Wouldn't be the least bit unhappy with either choice. Good luck -- hope it's a great trip!
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 09:33 AM
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Stay at the Palomar, eat at the Drake LOL!
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 09:34 AM
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Although, if by any chance, you're looking for a very high-end restaurant, near the Palomar, in the St. Regis, is Ame, which is fabulous.
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 06:15 PM
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SF Palomar looks like Dallas Palomar twin sister! I've stayed at the Dallas Palomar many, many times and have always loved it. sf7303 Thanks for the Ame tip. We're interested in a nice cocktail bar, but one that's not wild and crazy, more subdued. From the website, Palomar bar looked fun. Do you know if Ame has one?
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They do - I'm not sure if it's technically in the restaurant or part of the hotel There's also a nice bar at the W on Third and Howard (same block as the St. Regis).
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