The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
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Tuesday 25th August
Arrived in SF yesterday afternoon after an 11 hour flight!
At Heathrow in the morning we were told we had an message from BA, here we go I thought, but they offered us an upgrade for £150 each............said no but thanks and slummed it in economy! Which wasn't looking promising when the movies on demand …
San Francisco is a small, tight, beautiful and diverse city. It's easy to navigate once you figure out where certain things are – Fisherman’s Wharf, Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach, the Ferry Bldg, the Stadium and Union Square.
While Alan did his duty as hot shot network security guru with all the others, I went …
... then off on the h1 down to Felton where we found an awesome campsite in amongst the redwoods... and next to the river as well... very peaceful...
up late today and off to santa cruz... I loved santa cruz firstly very quiet hardly any traffic and so clean.. the beach was awesome sandy and clean, they have the famous boardwalk amusement park here , a typical English ride and stalls arena but as it was November so it was completely closed which was great because no ...
... the ride along Marina Blvd and through the Presidio. By the time we got to the bridge (we are ashamed to say, the hills were a bit of a struggle for us!) a proper San Francisco fog had set in and it was damp and dark. Thinking that we had got this far, we might as well carry on - and so we set off across the bridge. The fog came and ...
... cemetary just before the bridge so you're more than 6 foot under but live to tell the tale. We took the tram car back - these are moving museum pieces - trams taken from around the world (mostly US) which are slow but took us right to the door of the hotel.
Tomorrow taking the boat across the Bay for a family reunion with my American cousins and their kids - it's great being Irish and having family all over the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
My girlfriend and i stayed at the pickwick hotel in may 2003, i can tell you it met our every demand, the rooms were comfortable with everything we needed and the staff were freindly and polite at all times. It is the perfect hotel for self catering accomodation due to its central location.I would have no hesitiation in staying here again!Highly Recommended
Lousy hotel and Unfriendly staff
Lousy experience and ruined vacation due to the unfriendly staff at the Pickwick. Had confirmed reservations and after arriving was told they "overbooked" the hotel. They basically said "too bad" and sent my family to another hotel which was in a terrible neighborhood 5 blocks away. The Pickwick is surrounded by homeless people in the streets but the hotel I was sent to was in a crime ridden/homeless area. NEVER will I go back to the Pickwick and you should not either.
It was ok...I guess
I reserved and confirmed a room with 2 double beds for 2 guests. We checked in with no problem, but when we opened our door we only had a tiny room with one bed! We met with an unfriendly and uncompromising manager who told us that we either had to pay for another room or both stay in one (we're coworkers so staying in the same bed would have been a little unprofessional!). We ended up having to pay for another room - double what we wanted. We were visiting 3 friends, whom we had visit us (during the day) in the hotel on a number of occassions. I guess the manager didn't like this because he pulled me aside on entering the lobby on the second day of our stay and told me that if more than 2 people were staying on our reservation then he would charge us $20 per night per guest. Quite uncalled for! The rooms were comfortable and the rest of the staff was very nice, and location was great. However, I would not stay at this hotel again due to the experience I had with the manager.
I stayed here in April 2003 for one night. Hotel staff was adequate but unfriendly. Given room on top floor near the fire exit with terrible view of an alley down below. The room reeked of cigarette smoke even though I had specifically asked for a non-smoking room. Room itself was large but bathroom is very very tiny (although clean). The furniture in the room was very worn and somewhat dirty. The walls are apparently very thin, as I was kept up during the night by neighbors laughing and partying loudly. I was woken up to the sound of maids vaccuming and genenrally being very loud cleaning a next door room. Trying to take a shower was impossible. The water kept turning on and off and going from hot to cold...very very frustrating. Overall a very disappointing experience and I was glad to be leaving. Location is convenient, steps for Powell St. BART station but felt unsafe walking there past the many many homeless in the street...
Pickwick Hotel -- Not a Pick!
We just returned from SF May 4th, '03 from a 3-night stay and would have to say I was disappointed. We had a room on 6th floor. The first night around 3 a.m. there were 9 police cars barricading a local coffee shop across the street. Who knows why and what was going on?? There were also quite a few homeless people sleeping on the steps of the vacated Old U.S. Mint building across the street. They would rummage through garbage all the time. And there were a number of young men on the streets (maybe gangs?) yelling at each other whee hours of the night.I would also have to say this hotel is in need of repair. The guest room needed paint desperately, however it was clean. It didn't bother us that the room was small. We were gone most of the day. The service was average and never cared to eat at their hotel restaurant. It was vacant most of the time.Unfortunately, the hotel is located near the bad area town. The Pickwick has strong potential, but has no control of the surrounding neighborhood. I wouldn't "pick" it again!!!
Pickwick Good value
Myself and two adult children stayed 3 nights at the Pickwick in early April 2003. The room was adequate for our needs and the staff were very friendly. The Bell captain was a star. He looked after our rental car while we checked in, gave me excellent directions to the car rental office for its return. His best acheivement was obtaining a stretcHed limo to the airport for the same price as a basic cab, which made the holiday perfect for my 18 year old daughter.The location of the Pickwik is its main asset, you are so close to the main shopping areas and transport links. We paid a low price for the rooms so in terms of value it was superb. The breakfast in the restaurant was very good for $10. I payed much more for poorer in the city.On my next trip to SF the PIckwick will be top of my list.
Pickwick is a Possibility
The three of us (me, wife, adult daughter) stayed at the Pickwick in mid-March 2003 (Sat. - Wed.). The exterior of the hotel is drab, without even a lighted sign at night. The lobby is small, but nice enough; the picture on the internet makes it look bigger than it is. We got to the hotel on a Saturday night around 8:00 pm, and were given a room on the second floor. The hallway leading to the room was worn and unattractive. When we opened the door to the room we were disappointed; it did not look like the picture on the internet. No headboards to the beds, worn looking everything, bathroom oldish and small. But, what really got us bent out of shape was we quickly became aware of our next door neighbors. There was a connecting door to the next room, and we could hear exactly what was being said next door. Two women were chatting incessantly, and they didn't seem to be talking particularly loudly. I called down to the front desk to express our dissatisfaction with the room, and they reluctantly moved us to the 8th floor. As soon as we got off the elevator, we sensed that things were going to be different, and they were. The room was much nicer (like on the internet). It was somewhat smallish, but satisfactory. The bathroom was rather nice, but really, really small (no way two people could function in there at the same time). The water pressure was terrible. The only real drawback to the room was that it was right next to the elevator shaft, and we had to listen to the whirring of the elevator through much of the day and night; but, that was better than listening to people talking next door. The location of the hotel is both great and not-so-great. It is virtually right in the middle of the action downtown. Shopping is right there on Market St., and Union Square shopping is in easy walking distance. Plus, and this was a big deal to me, it was right near the turnaround for the cable cars (I rode them 9 times during the trip -- worth the trip right there). There is a good bakery (Bor the troops every morning and brought them up to the room. On the down side, the area around the hotel that is in the other direction from the action is rather seedy. We never ventured there. We felt safe as long as we kept turning right when we walked out the hotel door. So, would we go back to the Pickwick if we went back to San Francisco again? I would say yes, but only on the condition that we got a room on the 8th floor, and it wasn't next to the elevator shaft. The room is okay, and the location is almost perfect (all the transportation -- BART, streetcars, buses, cable cars are right there, 50 yards away).
Don't let exterior fool you...
If you are looking for an inexpensive hotel in the downtown area, the Pickwick may be your solution. Within easy walking distance to Nordstroms, Union Square, cable cars and SFMOMA. The Pickwick reminds me of European-style hotels I've stayed in on the east coast. I've never had an unpleasant experience while staying there. Watch for their specials...you can park in their garage and pay for the room for under $100 a night. Not the safest area to roam after dark, but taxi's are abundant.
Found the Pickwick in an online reservation system. Ideal for tourist travel. It was clean, comfortable and near Union Square. The staff was attentive and freindly. A real value for a hotel of this caliber in San Francisco. On site parking too. We'll go back there again.
I stayed here over labor day in 2000. It was a fairly nice place, but worn. It's one of those typical places that used to be an upscale chain hotel but has since been abandoned or sold by the chain and is now independant. As a result, things a little shabby - the linens are a bit worn, so are the carpets in the hallways. Also, the staff is nice but just not as professional as they could be. Good location, within easy walking distance of market street. Public parking garage nearby ($15 per day, I think). Nice coffee shop next door.