It is a historic hotel, close to the Balboa Theater, from circa 1916, built to house working people. Today it does that, in addition to students, retired ladies, downtown employees, and others that appreciate simple budget rooms. Male bathrooms have stalls and showers, as do the female bathrooms on every floor. This is similair to college dorms, with the individual renter bringing their own tv, 700 watt microwave, and mini fridge. Close is a laundromat, 7 11, and a minimart, as are buses and the trolley. Good Steward Management has a nice website, and hotel management does studio tours by appointment. Also background checks and verifying references may take up to a week.