85 5th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.782761 -122.406437
Neighborhoods: Central East, SoMa, SoMa (South of Market)
Horrible guest services – I was in San Francisco for the weekend and wanted to know where there was good dining after 1 AM. The gentleman working the front desk was not helpful at all. He first starts off with oh I'm really busy so I can't help you. My persistence made him attempt it and his solution was to bring a yellow page so that I could look up restaurants myself. I then just asked for a suggestion and he said that I would know as much as he would. Luckily the cab driver was more helpful then the guest services where I was staying!
Great location, but not optimal for business traveler. – Great location, within walking distance of the Moscone Center, BART, Muni, and the mall at Powell. The smoke-free rooms are pleasant, though the contrast between the slightly peeling paint in the fan-less bathrooms and the marble panels provided unintentional humor. The refrigerator is greatly appreciated, while the flaky TV's that randomly lose channels, not quite as much. The tiny gym room is good for only a few aerobic machines, but at least all machines are in good working order.
It should be noted that this is a poor hotel for business travelers. The "business center" has only two computers and a printer, lacking even the most rudimentary office supplies like staplers, scotch tape, or even paper notepads. The wireless network is only accessible from the lobby and the mezzanine, while the in-room Internet access is limited to wired, 10 Mbps Ethernet. (The actual bandwidth is closer to 25 KB/sec.) The second floor rooms do not even have wired Internet access--avoid! There is no space in standard room for impromptu business meetings, unless your business is appropriate when sitting on the bed. The desk provided can hold a small laptop, and free outlets are difficult to come by for travelers with many rechargeable gadgets.
A good value in a fantastic location. – I travel for business constantly. Was looking for an inexpensive place to stay near Market and happened upon the Pickwick. It's an older hotel in a very convenient location (1 block from Powell St. BART station and cable car turnaround). Plenty of shopping/sights within a very close walking distance.
I had a $99/night queen room facing 5th St. Room, bedding and bath were all very clean. Room was not huge but not cramped either. There's paint peeling in a couple spots but all in all, the room was perfectly fine for $99.
The front desk, bellhop (Leo) and cafe staff were all very pleasant and helpful. Went down to the buffet and the food was good...equivalent to any Embassy Suites I've stayed in.
All in all, a pleasant, inexpensive hotel in a great location with few surprises.
What a deal, what a value – Clean, comfortable, cheap and a GREAT location. Right next to the shopping centre, a block from the BART and a block and 1/2 from the cable car turn around. Room was small, but who goes to San Francisco to sit in a hotel room? Refrigerator and Internet connection were nice touches. Staff was friendly and helpful.
The hotel has recently been remodeled and it shows. Will definitely stay there again.
Reasonable rates for pleasant rooms in a convenient location for conventioneers. – The Scene
With its South of Market location, this hotel doesn't reside in a traditional tourist spot. Still, it's within easy walking distance of Union Square and Chinatown. And if you're in town for a convention, you couldn't pick a better setting--the hotel is next to Moscone Center. Proximity to the grassy slopes and waterfalls of Yerba Buena Park is a plus.
With its vaulted ceilings and marble reception desk, the hotel is famous for being featured in Dashiell Hammett's book The Maltese Falcon. Its 188 rooms are simple but warmly decorated with a cream, gold, and red color-scheme. Larger than average, they have space for a bed, desk, armchair, ottoman and armoire. Overall, though, the look is somewhat worn. As if to make up for the lackluster style, amenities include cotton robes and Nintendo in addition to standards like TVs, hair dryers and coffee makers.
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