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Powell Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Ranked #162 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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La Mesa, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel is a short walk to BART, Buses, F line street cars & Cable Cars (the Powell line starts just outside the hotel's door). There is also a large selection of shopping within walking distance but the city of San Francisco charges 10 cents per bag so make sure to take a tote bag with you. If you will... More

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Las Vegas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this hotel. Yes, it's a little worn, but, heck, it was built in 1908. For the most part, the rooms are nicely updated. There's no view to speak of, but the location can't be beat. You step out of the lobby door and on to the cable car (or in the back of the long line). It's also... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

1) staff The lady on the desk when we checked in was Great, professional, informative & pleasant but the young man working 'with' her was a stuffy grouch. As she was serving us he was asking her about money (counting a float) she excused herself & answered his question so we also humorously commented to him that we could count... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Tammerz M, We appreciate your candid feedback, and regret if we missed the mark in a couple areas throughout your stay. It is never out intention to discuss financial matters in front of a guest, and will be sure to address this internally so that it does not occur again. Please note that our hotel will be undergoing some... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yeah, it's seen better days. It has no A/C. The rooms are tiny and weird. But, for the location, it was the best hotel for the price I could find. Room was $120, parking was under $50, and they didn't charge for wi-fi. I was disgusted by the number of hotels in San Francisco that charge for wi-fi. Absolutely ridiculous... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

diskogirl- Thank you for acknowledging our central location and great value proposition in San Francisco. We don't believe in charging for WiFi either, and glad you appreciated this amenity throughout your stay. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back again soon! -The Powell Hotel Team More

Santa Clara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here on business for one night in May 2014. Hotel's location is its best (and arguably only) attribute. It is right downtown near Powell/Market intersection. Valet parking drop off was near a garbage dumpster. (Great first impression) Upon entering the hotel, it appears to have a kind of old 20's-30's charm. I liked that at first. But closer... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Lawchickesq, There are many hotels in our area, but we offer turn-of-the-century historic charm, interiors recalling turn-of-the-century architecture, and wonderful personalized service. Our hotel offers premiere access to Union Square in addition to the Powell/Market intersection. There will be some big hotel improvements coming in the near future, and we hope to welcome you back for a better experience!... More

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only good thing about this hotel is the location right off the cable car turnaround. It's loud, hot, and the employees are surly. The room was so small that the door hit the nightstand every time I opened it. The elevators took forever, internet didn't work, and good luck getting the reception staff to answer you, in phone or... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

Dear carorun12, Thank you for your honest remarks.. Rest assured, your experience is certainly not indicative of the excellent service we strive to provide. You will see from other reviews that our guests praise us for our outgoing and friendly customer service efforts. We strive to provide a great experience to all of our guests and are sorry that we... More

Powell, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel by far is the nastiest hotel I have ever checked into. I was impressed when I walked in because lobby has new furniture and clean surroundings. We went to room and what do we see but cock roach on the ceiling. Opened window and there was a window across from us that was dirty and tattered as thow... More

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Lehi, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I prepaid for the stay through an non-refundable package. After being there 60 minutes, I let them keep my money and booked a room across the street at the Wyndham. It just wasn't worth staying at the Powell. Issues: The wifi didn't work. The front desk said it was a problem with my device but my iPad connects to... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Travis-- Thank you for sharing your honest feedback on your recent stay with us. After reading your comments, I was alarmed to hear that certain elements of your stay fell below expectations. Although travelers expect to take the good with the bad when staying at an unfamiliar hotel, most of our previous reviews describe just how exceptional our service... More

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was awoken twice during the night by bugs crawling on me, once on my hand and once on my face. The second time, I jumped up in bed, and a cockroach fell into my lap. I whacked it several times and knocked it off the bed. I found it the next morning dying on the bathroom floor. If not... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jeff B., The Powell Hotel is committed to the health, safety and welfare of our guests. To ensure that we are proactive in our pest control we contract a nationally recognized pest control company which performs scheduled professional inspections and, if necessary, elimination protocols on a regular basis. It is our mission to make every guest experience an enjoyable... More

London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This hotel was in a very central location and that is what it's got going for it. We loved that it was a little old and interesting but it was very loud at night and very close to a shady neighbourhood, the room and decor seemed quite run down. Don't expect too much from this hotel in terms of glamour.... More

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KokuaHospitality, Guest Services at Powell Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Bumbleandthemog, Please be aware that our hotel recently changed ownership; therefore, there will be many exciting enhancements coming in the near future. We hope to invite you back to experience this positive turnaround, and change your overall impression of the hotel. -The Powell Hotel Team More

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  • Cable car(16)
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Additional Information about Powell Hotel

Address: 28 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Powell Hotel 3*
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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A beautiful and recently renovated boutique hotel situated at the world-famous Cable Car Turnaround downtown San Francisco. With 137 stylish and comfortable guestrooms, the Powell Hotel welcomes vistors from all over the world offering friendly service, convenience of location and comfortable accommodations. Free wireless internet only one of our services. ... more   less 
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