The location is good for the Orpheum theater and civic center....but not the best for general tourists. But the value may trump that, as the hotel is nice! The hotel is locally owned and operated. It used to be the city hall for SF! The 1906 earthquake ruined the city hall in SF. So they built what is now a beautfiul city hall. In between, they used the first building built after the earthquake, which was tobe a 5 star hotel (hotel whitcomb). The basement of the hotel still has old jail cells! Really cool!