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Spending Less Green is More Green at the Good Hotel

Updated: Apr 30, 2009 14:04
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I get a lot of emails from a lot of people asking or offering a lot of different things.  I’ve gotten: offered a free haircut, asked on dates, invited to speak at various functions, hate mail, love letters, tips, suggestions, and absolute babbling nonsense.  Most of the time the emails I get are from people who are sweet, appreciative, and down for the cause.  Sometimes I get letters from the haters and cowards that are born in the dark spaces of the internet’s anonymity.  And often I get mail of the “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” variety.  Truthfully I love ALL the mail I get, even the hate mail (seriously, did you read that one I just linked to?  It’s amazing!), because it lets me know you motherfuckers are paying attention.  But out of all the mail I get, the kind I love the most is the kind offering me free shit.  


So with that in mind, when the people over at The Good Hotel wrote and offered me a free meal to come and check out their place, I of course said “Yes” (duh).  I figured that just because they were feeding me, didn’t mean that I had to write about them.  But as it turns out, I was so thoroughly impressed with what they had going on that I felt I’d be remiss in my duties to you, fair reader, if I didn’t.



To begin with, the Good Hotel is uber green.  The bed frames are made of local reclaimed wood, the wallpaper is recycled, the chandelier is made from previously used bottles, AND they even have this cool thing where, when you wash your hands, the water is reused for toilet water!  They also offer guests a FREE bicycle borrowing program through the awesome nonprofit Pedal Revolution.  The kicker is that this isn’t some crunchy hippie hostel in Humboldt (not that there’s anything wrong with them) it’s actually a sleek and hip hotel in the center of San Francisco.


Ok, so here’s the part you’ve been waiting for: it’s cheap too.  If you follow them here on twitter you can stay clued into all these crazy deals they have.  For example, last I checked rates were starting at $55 a night, which is hella cheap for anything that’s not an SRO in the Tenderloin.  Plus they do $10 all you can eat pizza at the adjoining Good Pizza.  As always, my tip for all you can eat places is to smoke a few bowls first. 


I’ve stayed in a lot of places in the world, both amazing (The Ritz in Philly) and shitty (the weird hostel in Bantry, Ireland where the Polish family was drying their socks on the radiator) and I’ve gotta say that the Good Hotel is easily one of the best deals in San Francisco.  So next time you or someone you know is staying in SF, make sure to crash with them.  In fact, try telling them that I sent you.  It probably won’t do anything for you, but it might get me another free meal.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.