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... Lori's right next door for breakfast. Good food and service. Then we set out on the trolley toward the Ferry building (passing lots of regular mall stores along the way). But we totally liked the Ferry Building - various independent gift and food stores and a large farmers' market.
Back on the trolley, looking for a particular haberdashery that FIL likes, "Cable Car Clothiers." He was looking for a particular chapeau, but did not find one he wanted. ...
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... is the first of us to make a purchase. She bought herself a Grey Wolf Puppet from a puppet shop at Pier 39. Money won't last long with that one. On our way back to the motel we bought a bottle a Californian red. Got an extra discount because we were N.Z'ers. Bought some bread from an amazing bread shop and cheese from another great shop. The kids are now in bed and the grown ups are ...
... the duty free area bought some gin and vodka and a new pair of sunnies, chilled and trying to catch up on my blog. flight took off i bit behind (BA286 a jumbo) but nothing to wright home about, so this is it my last flight will try to get my head down as you do but can't help but think about the journey that i have just done not just physical but mental, so many memories to enjoy.
... ILLUSTRATION! Derek Hale! He DRAWS! I'm totally buying him art things and making him draw stuff as we go. (Yes, he is arguing. No, it won't sway my decision.)
So yeah, we've had fun. We're going to have MORE fun. I hope you guys have accepted by now that we aren't taking calls and we're not talking to you. No hard feelings, right? Oh well, keep checking in here for updates from the road!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Dakota Hotel San Francisco
cool little hostel, would stay there again. with great dinner deals ffor 5 bucks. loved it.
close to the action was our main concern and it was in the middle of it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Dakota Hotel San Francisco
We have just returned from the Dakota and really couldn't have been happier with our stay. The hotel is in a great location, union square is two blocks away at the junction of Post and Powell, just two blocks further down Powell is the cable car turn around station where you can purchase travel cards fro 3,5 or seven day (we bought the 7 day card $20 each, great value as a one way ride costs £3! And you really need the trams/cable cars and buses to get down to the waterfront). The hotel has a very subtle old west theme going on in the lobby, the old birdcage elevator is reliable and just adds to the character of this hotel.
Excellent for the budget minded
I am in San Francisco every year and I always choose to stay at the Dakota. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and the rooms is quite good for the price. The furniture may be old but it's clean, you have your own bathroom (With a great claw foot tub) and the location is everything! You are steps away from Union Square and only a few blocks from the Powell street Train station which means you have access to every point of the city and beyond. Yes traffic on Post can be a little noisy but it adds to the ambience of the stay. I love this hotel for its great price, and well, everything else!
Eight of us stayed at The Dakota, and all were pleased with its cleanliness, staff friendliness, and location. We reserved a double room, but were upgraded to a suite for the same price. Even though our room faced a busy street, the room was insulated from traffic noise. The staff were very willing to answer questions and give recommendations. They were willing to keep our bags in a secure location for hours after we checked out.
I stayed at the Dakota Hotel recently with a friend, we picked this hotel for its location and good price. Being only a couple of blocks from Union Square is great, especially if you don't have your own transport, which we didn't. The room was of a good standard, the bathroom was not so good but it was clean. There were only two downsides - firstly we were on the 8th floor, which made it difficult to make quick trips to the shop next door (we didn't always trust the lift and they had no drinks machines in the hotel - probably because the corridors are too small). Secondly the noise was unbearable! Definately make sure you take ear plugs because we did not get one single decent night's sleep there, which was our fault for not thinking ahead! I would recommend the hotel if you don't want to spend much time there, want a good location and good value for money.
My husband and I just returned from a trip to San Francisco and the Bay Area. We stayed at the Dakota Hotel for 3 nights, and were pleased with the hotel. It is certainly a good value for the low price. The room and bathroom were very clean, which was my main concern. The hotel is very old and the furnishings are modest, but if you aren't picky and are on a very low budget, this is a good option. I agree with the reviewer who suggested earplugs. We took that advice and had a sound 3 nights of sleep, but without the earplugs it would have been very difficult to sleep with the noise from the street. The location is great, just a few minutes walk from Union Square, and we felt safe in the neighborhood at night. We would stay there again, and recommend the Dakota to travelers on a tight budget.
Dakota - way to go!
My fiance were going to SF for 4 nights, and we were on a budget. We were not planning on spending much time in the hotel, so we were not expecting any luxuries with the price we paid. THe Dakota Hotel was very cheap in comparison to other hotels.
The hotel was much better than I expected (but I was setting myself up for alot worse). Our bedroom was small, although we had a fridge and microwave in the bedroom. Most importantly the room was clean. Furniture was old. The location was excellent also, close to the cable cars.
We both couldnt complain about anything there. The staff were also very polite and friendly. If you are looking for a decent, clean room, and are on a budget, I would recommend the Dakota Hotel.
Stayed at the Dakota for 6 days very recently. Got a small room at one of their cheapest rates... $55/nite... and was quite pleasantly suprised.
Great Location, But Traffic is Noisy
My friend and I stayed at the Dakota in late December. The staff was very friendly (we ended up crashing their office Christmas party!) and helpful. The location of the hotel is EXCELLENT. The biggest problem is that the Dakota is OLD and antiquated. Albeit some of it was charming (the old school elevator and environment), the noisy heater in the room kept my friend up at night and it was HOT in our room most of the time.
Also, the windows must super thin, as the street noise was overwhelming--what do you expect in a big city though? We ended up buying ear plugs so that we could sleep! The room was clean however, but nothing fancy. Inexpensive for sure, but bring ear plugs!
Very Old But Cool For Us
Built in the 1912 have character clean but backwards with a cool feel.
Young lady at check in and during the day was great with info when asked saw lots of colorful things going on from our window above. Lots of beggars but heh that's SF
Dont stay at this hotel
room were in terrible condiditon and we moved out asap.