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The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
Ranked #116 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
London, United Kingdom
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“In desperate need of refurbishment”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

I booked this hotel through Hotwire, for our 2 night stay in San Francisco, so we didn't know where we would be staying. It was described as "boutique" by Hotwire which couldn't be further from the truth.

The best thing about the hotel is its location. It is very well located downtown, near the Westfield shopping mall, Yerba Buena convention centre and a short walk from Union Square. Parking in the associated garage is expensive, but there didn't seem to be a decent alternative in the area.

The hotel itself is desperate need of renovation to bring it up to modern hotel standards. Our room was small, but in fairness was clean. The bathroom window had a crack in it which just lent to the general air of disrepair.

In truth, we wanted to enjoy our stay in SF so tried to be out and about as much as possible. I couldn't really recommend this hotel to anyone, as I am certain there must be better places for the same money in the city.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

I could not get out of that hotel fast enough, I didn't experience a ghost but there was just something awful in the air, I felt like I had walked into an Alfred Hitchcock movie. My piece of advice ...STAY CLEAR OF THAT PLACE! I was booked for 3 days, I lasted only 2 hrs and grabbed a room at the Marriott Courtyard.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

When we arrived the check in staff were very helpful and polite. The hotel concierge was extra helpful and the hotel was in a good location. We did notice the 'teddybear' on the reception desk asking that hotel visitors 'bear' with them during their refurbishment. This actually helped to explain the state of our room. It certainly needs refurbishing! Although in it's day this hotel must have been very charming it is at the moment very sad. The room was extremely tatty with stained carpets, crumbling paintwork, broken wardrobe shutter and electric wiring that looked quite unsafe. The bed although had clean linen was very uncomfortable and only had one flat pillow. My advise would be to stay away from the Pickwick until all works have been completed and then hopefully it may be again the charming and characterful hotel it once must have been.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

Vintage hotel. The rooms were clean but a bit small. The staff was attentive and friendly. Great central location close to BART, Cable Car and street car to the wharf

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

The room we stayed in was filthy! There was dust everywhere and stains on the carpet, and receipts from the previous guests on the floor. We went down to reception to complain and they were very helpful. They offered us another room but unfortunately it was too small, so we asked them to clean our room and they did. Although the room was still dirty and the carpet was full of stains it was not as bad as when we first arrived. We decided to grin and bear it and just get on with our holiday. We would never stay there again but if they replaced the carpets and spruced up the furniture the place wouldn't be half bad.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco

Property: The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
Address: 85 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1812
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa , South Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #116 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,498 - ₹ 22,738
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco 3.5*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pickwick Hotel is close to many popular attractions within walking distance…take a hop on to the historic Cable Car just a block away, a leisurely stroll to Union Square, Museums or Theaters all within 3 blocks. Attending a conference, The Pickwick Hotel is just 2 blocks away from the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center and 2 blocks away from the San Francisco Federal Building. ... more   less 
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