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2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   509 Minna Street, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94103 (SoMa)
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Pontiac Hotel
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Ranked #186 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all I want to say, you can't believe always what travellers write. Seems too bad image on this hotel. It's true that the place is not nice but not a big deal. If you don't have balls just take a taxi from union square. When me & wife went in the room. Was cleaned,good wifi + good breakfast.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was indeed double minded when I read few negative reviews of people about Pontiac and its neighborhood. Luckily I was in San Francisco ahead of my booking and so I visited the hotel ahead of my check in day. I was satisfied and realized that I won't find a better option keeping in view the rent range. Their rooms... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Reading other people's comments makes me laugh. Life is all about perspective. How do I see this hotel? It's a place to sleep for a night or two. That's all. But everyone bashing it for the quality begs me to ask the question. What do you expect when you pay $65 bucks a night in San Fransisco?? You pay for... More 

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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

- Dirty, bad smell, no service (we stayed there and nobody came to clean the room), many homeless people in the area, 1 toilet (and not so good) in every floor, room and bed too small, + cheap, free internet, basic breakfast, near the center. In SF is difficult to find a good+cheap hotel but there should be some basic... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We decided to come to SF at the last minute and this was the only place that I could find that was cheap and the pictures looked some what decent. I read a lot online about this area and how bad it is, yes it's pretty seedy, I saw a guy shooting heroin in front of the hostel when we... More 

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Address: 509 Minna Street, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94103
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Pontiac Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 72
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