Cornell Hotel de France
Member Reviews (5)
- Cornell Hotel de FranceSep 12, 2012
Me: "So, is this hotel French themed or something?"
Hotel Employee: "No, psh, this is not themed...it IS French"
Me: "Uh okay..."
Cornell Hotel de France is a cozy little French hotel located just two blocks away from Union Square. It is, however, uphill, so it may feel more like 4 blocks of climbing up StairMasters as you make your way back to the hotel from shopping. Also of interest, the Cornell Hotel is located literally right next to the Nob Hill Theatre, where they feature nude male dancers...but no worries, the area is not at all sketchy.
Finding the front desk may be confusing, as the hallway leads to a few different rooms that are for guests to drink tea/coffee in the afternoon. (How French!) Chances are the owner's dogs are sleeping in the front door of the office where you check in. Don't fret, they don't move a muscle as you climb over them to talk to guest services.
The rooms themselves are fairly small and old, with just enough floor space to fit the appropriate furniture. The larger rooms of the hotel (larger of the two sizes, but still quite small) have those big antique stand alone tubs in the bathrooms while the smaller ones have just a shower. All in all, I consider the rooms to be cozy and clean.
Be sure to check out the restaurant, Restaurant Jeanne d'Arc, below the hotel. The dining room is beautiful! I know the whole hotel is supposed to be French, but I truly felt transported to France when I stood in the restaurant.
- Cornell Hotel de FranceMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLGBT+ 1Jul 04, 2012
This hotel is a charmer like no other. Set just above Union Square -- walking distance to all the action and steps away from the Powell Cable Car line-- you're unlikely to find better value for your money.
The rooms are pretty basic: a bed, a dresser, a bathroom. The real draw is the romantic atmosphere the hotel fosters. Every detail, from the French owners to the (tastefully) themed floors to the beautifully frescoed dining room, sets a tenor of comfortable and moody atmosphere.
Not a lot of frills, but the price is nice and so is this little hotel. Be sure to book in advance. It's not a big place so it doesn't stay empty for long.
- Cornell Hotel de FranceJul 04, 2012
I don't know that I can entirely justify 5 stars for Cornell only because it's a bit on the older side and everything inside makes me feel like I was transported into some random teen-th century in Europe, but overall the concept is nice, the staff is friendly and the hotel is more than accommodating after you've had a few too many glasses of wine from dining downstairs at the quaint little restaurant.
The restaurant, though, is something of a gem. It's so themed and the food is incredibly good. For a mere $28 my first time and slowly but progressively $35... possibly $40 now? but still a deal! You get a 3 course French meal with a souffle dessert at the end.
It was the best souffle, and my first ever, that I've had! I think it beats many, many other places, even way nicer, better dining establishments that serve souffles.
The wine menu is nice, hence the need to stick around for a room after. The beds are comfortable, but then again ... the whole place is a little bit on the creaky old side. I would not recommend it unless you didn't care, but the location is nice. Parking is PRICEY!
Very Good!684 reviews across the web.
- Guests think this is a good boutique hotel.
- Guests recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
- Location100% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
- Service95% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Ambiance94% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Hotel93% thought it was clean.
- PriceBest value. 91% of guests enjoyed it.
- Food91% found the breakfast to be wonderful.