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Street Smarts Are Recommended, But Not Required, For A Stay At San Francisco's Cova Hotel

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  Site Where: 657 Ellis St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94019
June 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

The Tenderloin in San Francisco is not exactly a neighborhood you want to spend a lot of time wandering around by yourself in the middle of the night. And that's usually the first concern raised by guests of the Cova Hotel, which is located equidistant between the Civic Center and Powell St BART stops, near the city's Vietnamese quarter.

Luckily, the 88-room hotel offers a free shuttle bus that picks guests up and drops them off every hour (8am–10pm) from central points around the city, like Union Square, Moscone Center and Fisherman's Wharf. Pretty handy, no?

This convenient amenity means guests don't have to forfeit an otherwise perfectly nice hotel due to its questionable location. And the prices you'll pay here? Waaay better than some other places we've seen around San Fran.

Read on to find out how much a Superior room costs, and then browse our photo gallery!

In addition to the 88 rooms, the Cova also offers free breakfast, free WiFi, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour room service, biodegradable keycards, and a rooftop lounge with awesome views and regular events.

The hotel even boasts its own iPhone and iPad app. The free app is geared towards those who wish to really explore San Francisco during their stay, and allows guests to browse the city's top destinations with photos, recommendations and directions on how to get there.

Another major appeal of the Cova, though, are the large rooms, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto little balconies. So technically, you don't even have to trek up to the roof to properly take in your surroundings, though we do recommend you try. The design of the rooms is bright and beach-y, with beige straw carpeting and sand-colored curtains. A simple desk adjacent to the TV, and a chocolate brown armchair—with ottoman—round out the look nicely.

Prices for a Superior room (pictured) start at $130/night, with Deluxe rooms starting slightly higher at $180/night; and as far as the mid-range hotels in this city are concerned, you can't do much better. The hotel's winning mix of friendly staff, simple design, and charming rooftop breakfast room mean you might have to plan your comings and goings a little more carefully, but you'll be so glad to come back here at the end of your sightseeing-filled day.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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