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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
Great Hotel. Stay Here
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.
The staff were friendly and efficient they provided any information we asked for, helping us with directions etc and they allowed us to store our bags in our room after check out time while we went out and then organised a shuttle bus service to the airport for us for $12 each (cheaper than a taxi). Unfortunately our toilet malfunctioned twice whilst there and on one occasion overflowed it's contents to the floor!, this was due to work being done to the plumbing system in the hotel at the time, upon mentioning this to the staff they immediately arranged for the bathroom to be cleaned and the toilet fixed. The room its self was large with a double bed, large TV, microwave and fridge. The room was cleaned each day and our towels were replaced every day (except one, they forgot to give us hand towels), mentioning it to the reception staff soon rectified this problem.
We were on the fifth floor facing out onto Taylor Street, the noise really isn't that bad unless your used to living in the middle of no-where, you can hear people in the street if they're making a lot of noise or the odd fire engine go past but that's about it, the noise isn't excessive.
The hotel is in a good central location; a ride of fifteen minuets on the cable car will have you down at fisherman's Warf. We both felt the area was safe at night to walk around. Don't shop at the newsagents at the bottom of the hotel, he charged us $3 for 1.5L of water!. There are loads of Walgreen's in the area, which offer much more value for money.
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.
Good value for money but noisy
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.
The Dakota Hotel - Clean and Cheap!
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.
Had a Very Nice Stay at a Good Price
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.
Room was small but immaculate as were the other parts of the hotel I was in (lobby, etc.). Front desk help was knowledgable, courteous and friendly. Maid service cleaned thoroughly each day. Everything looked freshly painted and well maintained.
There was mild/moderate traffic noise during the day that pretty much quieted down by evening. I was visiting San Francisco for a conference so
hadn't planned on occupying the room much during the day anyway. A convenience store and dry cleaners located right next door to the hotel were handy to have available. There is an internet cafe just two blocks down the street that I made daily use of to check back-home e-mails.
I was a bit suprised that payment for my full 6 day stay was asked for upfront (the upfront thing is apparently hotel policy) but I was urged to view the room and approve of it before any funds changed hands. The "butterfly elevator" was a trip (think small frieght elevator) but that was the only real downside and for 55 bucks a nite a very small
I'd recommend the Dakota as a great value and plan on staying there again when I'm in S.F.
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.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Dakota Hotel San Francisco
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