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A Relatively Affordable Place in Japan Town, San Francisco Aug 20, 2011
We stayed at Hotel Tomo for two nights when we were in San Francisco for a concert. As hotels in San Francisco are generally very expensive, we were looking for an affordable place. As we searched on the Internet, we stumbled upon Hotel Tomo in Japan Town. My nine-year-old son looked at the hotel pictures and declared, "I want to stay here!"
While Hotel Tomo is a Best Western establishment, it does not look like one. From its Lobby to the guest rooms, everything has Japanese pop-culture vibe. There are a couple of TV screens at the lobby showing Japanese animation. Guest rooms have wall graphics inspired by Japanese pop art. The furniture is clean and simple (my hubby said it reminded him of IKEA furniture...). Basically, the room looked like a kid's room! No wonder my son was intrigued.
It looked very different from any hotel rooms we stayed before, but we found it kind of fun. Beds were comfy and the bathroom was small, but sufficient. We liked the location, too. It is just a few blocks from the center of Japan Town. It was convenient as we wanted to check out that part of the city.
The hotel has a parking garage, but it was full when we were there. I read at their website that the cost is $25 per night. We parked our car at Japan Town Main Garage, which is just a few blocks away from the hotel. It is a big garage under the shopping mall, and it was $16 per night. A better deal.
Things we didn't like:
1) Our room was on the 7the floor and was facing the Sutter Street. It was apparently a trash collection day, and we were waken up way too early with the loud noise of garbage trucks. It was Tuesday morning, so be aware if you are staying on Monday night.
2) The wall must be thin. We could hear music and TV from the next room. I could hear people walking from all directions. We could hear outside noises quite badly even with our windows closed(as mentioned above).
3) Free WiFi is available, but it was so slow during the night that it was hardly usable. It was OK in the morning.
4) The TV remote was broken. We couldn't control channel or volume with it. A small thing, but it was annoying... :(
Overall, however, it was a decent place to stay. Lastly, the staff was very friendly and helpful.
Room #710 withe two queen beds.
Booked @ Best Western Website
$143.10 + tax & fee
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Fun and perfect! Apr 02, 2011
This hotel is near the Japantown area so it has a fun Japan theme. There's a different colourful mural on the wall of every room and all the furniture is cartoony and colourful too.
If that's your style then you'll love this hotel.
It's not expensive compared to other hotels in SF and the quality and 'newness' is much better than more central SF hotels.
This one isn't in the very centre, it's in a trendy residential area (which is interesting to walk around). There's a bus across the street that gets you to the centre in just a few minutes.
Affordable quiet hotel Mar 04, 2011
Its a nice and quiet place if you want to get away from the noisy streets of San Frans and its just opp the japan center.
Its a deadtown after 7pm and you will need to head downtown for more.
Hotel Tomo Overview
Located in Japan Town, the Hotel Tomo is near a number of popular areas in the city, including Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Fillmore Auditorium, Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House and Union Square. Visitors to the area will find a number of interesting places at which to dine and shop as well. The Hotel Tomo is only a short drive from the airport and guests will be able to find public transportation that will take them to other areas of the city.
The 125 rooms found in the Hotel Tomo feature pop art murals, platform beds, beanbag style chairs, mp3 docking stations, television, Internet access, bathrobes, and much more.
This newly renovated 8-story hotel is inspired by Japanese pop culture. Guests at the Hotel Tomo will find an exercise room, a gift shop, a cocktail lounge, and an onsite coffee shop. The hotel also offers guests laundry facilities, meeting areas, a business center, and 24-hr front desk service.
Hotel Tomo Amenities