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The position is 400 meters away from the center of San Francisco (Powel and Market st). The area is not so beatifull... If you are 2 or more guys there's non problem, but if you are one of two girls is not good for you to come back in the Hotel in the dark... The name is Pontiac Hotel, but I think that is better to call it an hostel. The room is not so big and the bed is not for 2 people, but for one ad a half. The towels and the bed is never been changed in the 5 days in witch we stayed there. The continental breakfast is only some muffins and fruit with a coffee.
Friendly staff. Great location at walking distance of Powell station. I didn't know bathroom was shared, I found out once there. No house keeping, you have to take care of your bedroom.
the location is near to cable car, but in the dark it' not really safe. the bath and toilet is not in the room, but clean
nothing I have stayed 6 days. Nobody cleaned the room. But staf are friendly..
Near the center city Located in a noisy quarter and badly frequented.
cheap need to put at least 4 bathroom/ shower . I noticed that there was only 2 shower room in each floor.
rooms were decent. considering the area, it felt safe. Staff was friendly - nice people all of them. Location: There's a drug needle exchange across the street! Lots of homeless people all over the area. Loud screaming partying people could be heard from 6 - 9 pm every day!! No air conditioning. I stayed 5 nights, they don't clean the rooms! It's a budget room.
The low price, of course! Really a pretty good value--very close access to everything, pretty quiet and easy to sleep, and the hallway bathrooms were remarkably clean! The area can be a bit sketchy late at night, so just be aware of surroundings. And I am not too crazy about the whole "bathhouse style" of towel exchange. Would much rather have a couple nice bath and hand towels in the room to start and go from there. Could also use a few more hooks and hangers in the rooms.
Although this hotel was not far from the main Downtown area, it was not in an area that I would advise others to stay in. The room itself was not clean or spacious; it had a continual beeping from the smoke alarm which we were told could not be fixed. Frankly we felt unsafe and threatened in the short time we spent at the hotel - we moved out before even spending a night there.
The staff was very nice, very helpful; I get the feeling this is a family owned and run place, and that they keep an eye on things. Hall bathrooms and showers were kept very clean. While it is a very close in and convenient location to things, it is a little sketchy after dark. Be advised to stay aware of your surroundings. It is older and not fancy, so very popular witht the younger and international crowd because of the low cost. Not really a bad thing, though.
The staff is nice, and the price includes breakfast. The room was tiny, the area must be one of the worst in San Francisco. They charged mt debit card with an extra 50 dollars as depisir and I have to wait 3 days to get it back (if I get it back in the end). We parked in the next street, and when I went for the car in the morning, someone was looking into it. My friend saw that policeman were in a shop where blood was on the floor. Avoid this area.
Cheap place to stay. Close to market street and train station. Not too many people stayed at the hostel. Bathroom was always stocked with paper. Bathrooms and shower were clean. Not a true hostel as their is no common area. Only private rooms. Neighbors always have music playing loud. Neighbors also smoke a lot. Smell from smoke reached our room
Loved the location the service and price Got the job don't I don't think I can complain
It's cheap and you get about what you expect for $50 in San Francisco. The accommodations were moderately decent considering the location. I was expecting it to be slightly more bare-bones so expecting literally nothing I was cool with how it all worked out. Also the location in terms of how close it is to everything is pretty great. It's right next to Japan Town, China Town and Haight & Ashbury, so that was cool. Don't expect much more than a convenient location in the ghetto. It's literally in the Ghetto, basically it's in the red-light district. There's no parking and I nearly stepped out of my parking spot onto human shit. Definitely come prepared and armed with some mace or a stun-gun just in case. Nothing happened but better safe than sorry. Avoid eye contact and don't talk to anyone until you get to your room and try not to come back late. Definitely not a safe area to bring your family. Also I was able to break into my room pretty easily, I won't disclose how but it was concerningly easier to break into my room than it was to unlock the door. Don't bring anything valuable. This a place to sleep, not a place to stay.
Seems to be in the midst of an overhaul. New floors and paint and in decent shape for one of these cheap San Francisco hotels/hostels. The owners/managers are a little crazy... Room was booked for two but they freaked out when my friend came in to stay, until I pulled up the reservation... Also, they hate animals... They were going off on someone with a small service animal.
Was a convenient last minute booking. Shared bathrooms, smelly hallways, large roach in bathroom.
I liked a peaceful atmosphere. No one bothered me during my staying. Everything was easy to do regarding checking in and out. Ohhh, for this amount of money , I think everything was great.
SF weather was warm. No A/C or fan in room. Was told by staff to buy my own electrical fan for room comfort.
The hotel was among the cheapest we found in that area, which is in a great location ( SF hotels are very expansive ), so we didn't come with too high expectations. The entrace to the hotel has high stairs so it's hard to get in with luggage. The room was clean but didn't feel completly clean. The room didn't had an AC and it got really hot (we stayed during the "Summer" of SF) but we asked, and received, a fan. The staff were nice and as we were just looked for a place to sleep and rest ,with hot shower, we were satisfied with the result. It is important to notice that the area has a lot of night clubs. Our room was at the back and on the last floor so it didn't bother us, but maybe other rooms can get more noisee. The bed spring were a bit too noticeable
We did not like our stay at the hotel at all. The owner was understanding that it was an inappropriate place to be for my family and me. There is almost absolutely no real parking near the hotel. The hotel is surrounded by topless/sex clubs and the area seemed very rough at night. There are lots of stairs to climb.
Npthing Disgusting and overprice. No extra blanquet no nothing
Cheap Horrible hotel, dirty, noisy, the sheets and all the room smelled bad. I don't recommend it.
location, staff supportivness it's a hostel rather than hotel, wifi didn't work
Location! location! Couldn't ask for a better spot. Right on the corner of Columbus and Broadway. You can see right down China town! Excellent food in the area and lots of history too! It is right above a strip club, but it is the first nude club ever in the US! Your also only 20mins from fisherman's wharf. Its right in the heart of the jazz area as sell as little Italy so lots of great Italian food. The Stinking Rose restaurant is right across the street and serves every thing garlic flavored. Even ice cream! Over all for the price, great place to stay. I will be back. Shared bathrooms.... more like a hostel then a hotel. Really not that bad though. They are cleaned on a daily.
nothing really. the only this is that is was close to bars/restaurants. it smell like someone was smoking the whole time. people live there! and you dont even have ur own bathroom!
It was right downtown in a great location we could walk to a bunch of shops and restaurants around.
The receptionist was very friendly and the location close to little italy is great. it smelled bad, not comfortable for single woman, insecure feeling. A man commented my friends 'nice ass' !!!
In-room Microwave, refrigerator, table No coffee machine or hot waterSmell weird in the beginningThe towels and curtains are not clean
Great location. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms were very basic.
I liked going to sleep, so I could forget about where I was until I woke up. The hotel was surrounded by bums. The odor of the hotel was awful curry opening the window presented a urine odor from the alley The bed had springs that drove into your back or side,The walls were paper thin. I had to go home and shower after this stay
the manager was great! The hotel is in the worst part of town - druggies, homeless, filthy rundown area. We were in San Fran at the very busiest time - this was the only room we could get. There was a big worldwide IT convention happening.
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I thought it was quaint. I think if you don't have huge expectations and you can make the most of it. It's worth it! A little dirty but I'm not too picky
Really dirty and smelly Toilet was backed up, room smelled and the whole area looks scary
Nothing The overall experiance
The location The air in the room was not fresh, i saw some small flies when i walk in the room.
The location for my conference at AGU was the best thing of this Hostal Is a hostel, so do not expect something fancy. It is just to stay to sleep, exactly what I need in my trip.
It was in the downtown, and the sheets were clean. The neighborhood was not sympathetic, even the clerc suggested to not park on the streets.I did not have the feeling that the restrooms are really clean.It was expensive, it had been better when we drive 40 minutes to an other hotel in the suburb.
Location was superb for my purpose Price is awesome for San Francisco My only problem is the place is really filthy, it could be improved with little effort. In general I'd be happy with the stay if not for the bed bugs experience. I was severely bitten. The management changed my room immediately but I am on my own with cleaning the luggage and clothes to ensure I do not transfer the bed bugs to my household.
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The owner of the hostel was an amazing guy, super friendly and looked out for us during our stay. There were no bugs or anything gross about the rooms. The location gave you a real taste of San Francisco and was located close to everything.
I especially enjoyed the free walk. It was on my first day and I met quite a few people I connected with over the next few days. It provided a great orientation to the area around the hostel. I also enjoyed my four-woman dorm accommodation. My roommates were quiet, friendly and thoughtful. I loved the location. It was close to public transportation, there was a convenience store opposite and plenty of nearby restaurants. I was looking forward to the biking the bridge tour, but it was cancelled because of rain. It turned out well because I biked the bridge independently with another woman from the hostel on a beautiful sunny day. We asked for the hostel discount at Blazing Saddles and paid $18 instead of $32. The dorm was warm, but thankfully we had a room facing the street and could open the window. The price is likely competitive for San Francisco, but with the exchange rate of USD to Canadian Dollars, paying $92.46 CAD isn't good value for one night in a hostel dorm.
The facilities were nice and clean and the staff was always helpful
great location, nice and helpful staff a bit noisy and messy in the pit, room not clean enough, too many people sharing bathrooms.
The kichen in the under ground floor
Good location and price.
Good position. Free lockers in the rooms. Room not very clean. It was not possible to keep the window open. There are lokers in the rooms, but the hostel don't provide locks. The wireless worked well only the first out of three days. The light in the toilet was flashing, they didn't repair it even after I reported the problem.
I met some cool people at the Amsterdam Hostel, including the guests and staff.
Location, price and breakfest
It was close to very good public transport and Union square and Chinatown. The hostel offered quite a bit tours and maps. Breakfast is uncluded and other services like internet or telephone, for a small price in case you don't have a laptop for the free wifi. Not very clean on the borders of the bath, but for such a low price, it was really not bad!
Location is great, overall quality is good the beds are not quite comfortable. It would be better to have a free locker in the room. Currently the locker is provided, but extra money is required to purchase a lock...
The thing I like the most about this hostel is the price. Too cold, thin blanket
good location free wifi security is good because person has card only enter hostel and own room room is dirty There are little cockroaches in the kitchen.
The staff here are very friendly and very informative. they gave us a lot of information about where to go and what to eat around here. the stay was enjoyable. We were able to meet with people all around the world who came to san francisco for visit. over all, nice stay. we lived in a dorm room with different people. if you are not a dorm person, i would suggest to rent your own room. the door of our bath room were broken and later, the nob of the shower disappeared, but we just needed to call the staff and they fixed it right away.
The room is very comfortable and the location and transport is very nice. I loved it. Thank You for everything. The bed is too high, extremely high!!!!!!!!! I slept afraid to fall down on the ground!!! And there is not stairs!!! Please could you solve this.
Breakfast Had to change the room every day
i lost my stuff after cleaner cleaned my bed. so i advice that everyone should not put your stuff on the bed.
nice other travellers, central position, tv in the kitchen, kitchen also nice as meeting point with other people rude lying, stealing, bad staff. was pretty bad organized, people had to change roomes like every day while reserving 7 days or even more without any obvoius reasons.no communication between staff at all which partly doesnt speak any english-way too bad to solve the problems which come up like every day based on a stupid way of trying to run a hostel without the idea of what it means to comfort people.disgusting dirty fridge and dirty beds.even the computer wasnt working correctly. besides using exel to organize everything like living in the stone ages almost no room and enough knowledge in english language to discuss or solve problems-a mostly smiling like insane group of indian people without any skills- even if they try hard sometimes.c.
Accommodation for backpackers only. If it is not you case, go find a hotel. There was no parking area nearby the hostel after 9pm. The neighborhood is dangerous at night. If you are traveling by car, definitely do not park your car in the street. My car side window was broken during the night and my gps (which was hidden inside the car) was stolen. I was informed by hostel staff about the gang activities at the neighborhood only after the incident.
The staff is helpful to my needs, but the location was a bit scary for solo traveler (gals) Bed was rough, I had a hard time falling to sleep. The bed was so hard on the top bunk. Waking up with a stiff back! There weren't parking at site. I had to go a block away for it. It was an uneasy feeling to felt while traveling there.
none could not sleep all night. it is my first time sharing a room with three other people. ventilation was poor. and there are small insects bothering me all night.
Just awfull!!! My plane was late, so I was late to check in (it was like 1 A.M.). So, I called to hostel to ask if they would let me in or I should stay in airport for night. They've said they would let me in. Guess what happened when I arrived to the hostel? Yes, nobody opened. Well, I waited for 40 minutes outside keeping ringing the bell, got cold, my vacation was ruined 'cuz next day I began caughing and blah-blah- blah. Next morning when I finally got my key, I was surprised that in my room it's not much warmer than outside. It was dirty, showers and restrooms are always occupied. just terrible place to stay in!
I'm a traveler from Japan and this was the first time to use a hostel. This hostel has really nice facilities. I enjoyed good service. The place around the hostel was a little dirty and there was few clean restraurants. But it's okay because I could go to the market street easily from this hostel.
Location. And it reminded me of a hostel. The bathrooms are shared on each floor. Could have been a lil cleaner.
It was a clean room in an old building in a party district. I felt safe and slept with the window open. The music downstairs was cool as we had been to hardly strictly bluegrass festival and were coming down off the good times and good music. It is right by a Bart station but we didn't use it. Having the bathroom and shower across the hall was not an issue. It is hard to find free parking but possible. Bring good energy and the parking gods might smile upon you.