The Stanford Court San Francisco

905 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94108 [See Map]
#23 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1423 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 393 rooms, 8 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Bay
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Couples

U.S. News Review

Formerly a Renaissance property, the newly independent Stanford Court hotel offers boutique accommodations sandwiched between Chinatown and Nob Hill. Leisure travelers will love the fact that three separate cable car lines run past this hotel, making it easy to get to San Francisco's most noteworthy sites. Stanford Court's 393 guest rooms recently received a makeover, now boasting bright yellow decor, marble bathrooms, LCD flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. But some travelers say that this hotel still has some work to do, citing cold encounters with customer service employees as one of their main qualms. Others note that while the proximity to the cable cars was convenient, the noise from passing carriages made for a restless night. Also, travelers lament the lack of room service and say that the in-house Aurea Café's limited menu had them seeking dinner elsewhere.

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Critic Reviews


“Stanford Court has several of the less endearing quirks of an older building but few of its vestigial charms. Still, it's a relative bargain for the posh Nob Hill address.”


“Located at the junction of the two cable car lines, this service-oriented hotel is distinguished by its heritage. Guest rooms are inviting, and some afford sweeping views of the city's famous skyline.”
Award: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015

Other Awards:
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1423 guests have reviewed the The Stanford Court San Francisco, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1423 reviews)

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  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

Stanford Court San Francisco is located at the top of Nob Hill, close to the Financial District, Chinatown, and the Union Square shopping and entertainment hub. Nearby transportation options include the city's historic cable cars and the hotel's complimentary bicycles. Many of the property's outward-facing rooms have views of the city and the bay, but inside rooms escape the traffic noise.

  • Electric car and motorcycle charging station on-site
  • Located on steep hill
  • About 15 miles north of San Francisco International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($52 to $75)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Tech-savvy visitors to San Francisco will appreciate Stanford Court's free in-room Wi-Fi as well as small luxuries such as towel warmers, windows that open,and complimentary bottled water. Because the property is a historic building, rooms run small with thin walls, but they are attractively outfitted in neutral tones with padded headboards and marble-topped furniture.

  • The concierge desk delivers an updated calendar of local events
  • Coffee/tea maker is a standard amenity

Standard room size:

234-260 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Aurea Café and Lounge is Stanford Court's on-site restaurant, serving an American bistro menu at breakfast and dinner along with specialty cocktails, local beers and California wines. Grab-and-go items include pastries and cereal bars. The property does not offer room service, but accepts deliveries from local restaurants.

  • Dinner items include flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and entrees like steak frites and Japanese-style salmon
  • Hangar 1 vodka, from across the bay in Alameda, is on tap at the bar
  • Some reservation packages include a $20 breakfast voucher per night

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast




Cribs, high chairs, and babysitting can be arranged on request.

  • Interactive itinerary planner that can be filled with kid-pleasing attractions and events

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


Stanford Court's complimentary fitness center is located on the first floor and is accessible 24 hours a day with a guest room key. It includes cardio machines with personal TVs, weight machines, free weights and yoga mats and balls. A total of six loaner bicycles, with helmets and locks, are available through the front desk.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Stanford Court offers 2,000 square feet of event space spread across five meeting rooms and two larger event spaces managed by on-site event planners. The business center includes MacBooks, iPads and iPad minis, as well as a free printer that can be accessed by personal devices and the hotel's public computers.

  • Free boarding pass printing at kiosk in lobby

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Pets are welcome at Stanford Court San Francisco with prior notice and a $50 fee to cover cleaning costs. The hotel is situated in a pet-friendly neighborhood, just one block from Huntington Park.

  • Dog treats available on request

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



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The Stanford Court San Francisco

905 California Street | San Francisco, CA 94108 [See Full Map]