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Pontiac Hotel

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   509 Minna Street, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94103
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I made a reservation for 2 nights at the Pontiac for 270$. Luckily something went wrong and the reservation didn't come through. So I had to make another reservation right at the desk which was 180$ for one night(!) But looking back I am glad that I only had to stay there for one night. The Room was okay but... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is cheap by San Francisco standards and extremely overpriced by all other measures. The place was unclean, the shared bathrooms should be cleaned on a more regular basis, there was dried crap on the second level bathroom door, my partner preferred the third floor and they tended to cleaner (relative term). Our room was right outside the neon... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stayed in the Pontiac for 3 nights. Here is a brief overview: Plusses: + Close to downtown and market street shopping + Relatively close to public transport (BART, MUNI, ...) + One of the cheapest options in San Francisco + Breakfast included (if you manage to make it) Minor points: - Breakfast is served from 7:30AM-9AM on weekdays & from... More

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Kigali, Rwanda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a great value hotel in the centre of San Francisco. Yes, the rooms are small and the neighbourhood at the east end of the street seems a little sketchy (although I never felt unsafe, and neither did my girlfriend), but the beds are comfortable and the rates are very affordable. The staff at the Pontiac are great, and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The Pontiac is in a rough area (I would recommend arriving during daylight) but once you step out the door during daytime it's fine. The staff are FANTASTIC. Rooms are tiny but it didn't bother us. Also just down the road from Dottie's - best breakfast ever but the wait can be long but it's worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The price is good, but you have to adapt. As other reviews say, if you are looking for a place to sleep and then you are going to spend your day visiting San Francisco, this place is ok. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the hotel, maybe you should spend a little bit more money and... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I think i was expecting too much but you can't beat the price considering how close it is to everything. The rooms are clean and ok, but the shared bathrooms are terrible and in need of refurbishment. The staff is very nice but i would consider a different place to stay if you're not short on cash.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The bed and equipment are basic, but the price is unbeatable. Some people might not appreciate that the bathrooms are shared. The neighbourhood might irritate the unexperienced, but it is not as dangerous as people say. Try the restaurant Tu Lan for lunch.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Got a double bed for two. Very average, small room which had a bad odour to it. However, it was in a good location, very close to Union square and also they serve a great complimentary breakfast. Be wary of walking on the streets at night though as there are a lot of homeless people around.

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Toronto, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My stay in the hotel was quite OK for the money I paid. Well, if you are thinking of staying there, you have to clearly understand that that is a budget place, which means you don’t pay a lot, and that is why you cannot expect much. The bottom line is: if you go to SF for a night or... More

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