I've never written a review on any site before, actually. However, what I've experienced at Encore Express is ridiculous enough, I feel compelled to post....
Yes, the price here is great, and they do have wifi. But there's one thing you should know before booking a room here: the hotel blocks porn sites. I repeat: this hotel, right here in San Francisco--this hotel, which in fact flanks one the diviest neighborhoods in the city--blocks porn. Not that anyone comes to SF to sit in a hotel and screw around online. But over the years I've found myself online at various hotels late at night, and have never, ever experienced anything close to this--even in very, very conservative, bible-belt places. (Encore Express also blocks many other sites that aren't porn at all...like, say, answers[dot]yahoo[dot]com, or even photobucket).
To be more precise, as far as porn goes, Encore Express blocks anything their "network administrator" has tagged as containing "adult themes" or "pornography" or even "lingerie/bikini." (Btw, their "network administrator" is opendns[dot]com--what parents use to filter content for kids.)
So, if you do decide to book a room here, keep in mind that sites that involve nude consenting adults (like youporn, for example, the kind of site you'd otherwise expect to be illegal in, say....Iran), you won't be able to look at here--which is freaking ridiculous, considering I'm an adult who lives in the U.S.
If you do decide to stay here... aside from porn being blocked, consider yourself forewarned: there will be plenty of non-porn sites, of the kind you probably routinely visit, that are blocked here as well--like, as I mentioned, answers[dot]yahoo[dot]com -- which is blocked because it's been tagged as "Research/Reference, Forums/Message boards." And photobucket has been blocked as a result of being tagged as "Video sharing, Visual search engines, Photo sharing." And who knows what else has been blocked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Music City Hotel/Hostel offers the best combination of service, location, and cleanliness for affordable Hotel and Hostel accommodations in San Francisco. Be energized by the past, present and future of music in the city while at Music City Hotel, a tribute to the robust musical history of the Bay Area, and dedicated towards nurturing its present. This is a one of a kind artistic and cultural experience you don't want to miss. Located in the vibrant Polk Gulch neighborhood, dozens of varied and excellent food, beverage, and entertainment options are within steps of Music City Hotel. Tourist attractions and neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, and the Mission District are all located either within walking distance or a short bus ride away thanks to our convenient and central location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encore Express San Francisco