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“A pleasant surprise - but consider your room location” 4 of 5 stars
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The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   85 5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103   |  
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Ranked #121 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
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“A pleasant surprise - but consider your room location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The Pickwick is south of market by about a block directly across from the old Mint (which is now a museum). It is a "classic' hotel though seems to be totally redone. The rooms are of medium size, very clean and have everything one would need. The internet is free and they have guest computers for use. The staff is very helpful. There is a small workout area with decent machines, but for those serious it is probably better to pay a guest fee at the gym nearby. The hotel is quite convenient to the Moscone convention center. While the attached restaurant is very average, there are a number of good places nearby - for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The lobby bar fits the bill - a quiet haven after a hectic day.

My one complaint is that the rooms facing 5th street can get very noisy. Choose a room away from 5th street for some quiet. Even with earplugs, it was a challenge. Surely the hotel can't do much about this but it is good to be aware. Also, thankfully, the hotel does have heat and airco in the rooms -- something that is not typical in most "classic" hotels in the city.

The bart station is quite close (Powell) making connections to the airport simple (~$9 each way per person) versus a quite expansive cab ($40-45). Bus transit in the area is excellent. You can get a day or multi-day Muni pass that covers all buses, muni trains and cable cars. Just for the cable cars this beats $6 each way.

I would definitely return. It was a good choice in a city full of hotel options.

Room Tip: Take the rooms not facing 5th street.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Pickwick is a charming hotel located near Moscone Center in the center of San Francisco. The room and bathroom were very nice. I was pleasantly surprised. I parked in the underground garage, which was very convenient. I will gladly return on an upcoming trip.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in hotel for 2 nights good location for down town area and reasonably good area. 5th street. Hotel looks good foyer area, goes down quality wise, as you climb stairs and enter room. Passable though, reasonably clean. Take ear plugs due to position, which us to be expected, so slept well. Had breakfast at hotel, pleasant staff and food quality was good. Price was reasonable, not extortionate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Great location near to Westfield shopping centre and a cable car stop. Room was a little smaller than most we stayed in on our road trip but clean, cosy and quiet (even on new years eve!). We made use of the small gym. Staff were friendly. Only complaint was that the wifi did not work in our room. We enjoyed our stay, thanks Pickwick!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

For our budget (which was low/ average) this hotel was perfectly functional. The room we had (ordinary twin) was clean and fit for purpose. The decor is dated, and the room was a little cramped to navigate round the beds. However, we weren't on a trip where we wanted to spend time in the hotel; the location is perfect for downtown San Fran.

Just round the corner is Westfields, the bottom of the tram station and union square. For those wanting a good value hotel with a central location, it is perfect. Unless you are a keen walker around towns, most people do chose to hop on the bus or tram to get to the water front area. We had a 70 year old as part of our trip, so we did have to use transport to get to the tourist areas.

Parking was also good; directly under the hotel.

Yes, if you want a clean, safe hotel and to spend your dollars out in the city. No, if you want to spend time romancing in a modern, trendy hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My partner and i stayed here for 2 nights and the welcome we got at the front desk was definitely not what we expected when we arrived. The female staff was rude and snatched our passports when she wanted to check us in. When I asked her a question, she gave me a rude response. If i hadn't paid prior to my arrival, i would have opted for another hotel. When we reached our room, it was definitely value for money with free wifi, comfy bed and a decent bathroom. It's a great base cause its located strategically close to Union Square and just a few doors away from malls and cafes. You can also walk about 5 mins to the tram station to go to the piers. It was a good stay except for the rude staff at the hotel whom we kept seeing for 2 days straight.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Guest_Assist1, Director of Sales at The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
We appreciate your kind words about your room and our convenient location. However, we would like to apologize to you for the less-than-friendly welcome you received at check-in. Although we normally get very high marks for our great customer service, please rest assured that we have addressed this matter directly so that all our guests can expect the excellent customer service we are known for.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Although it has been nestled near downtown San Francisco for decades, I just discovered the Pickwick while looking for a business stay while in the City. A classic City hotel, both exterior and interior, I enjoyed a very comfortable and restful time at the Pickwick. Located at 5th and Mission, it is just a short walk from the Powell/Market Bart station.

The staff was very courteous and professional - making sure that I was comfortable, yet they were not overly intrusive. The room was typical of older City hotels; relatively quaint and small, but with ample space for everthing that I brought. It was very clean, as was the bathroom. I always sleep with a window open and was bit concerned with potential street noise based upon previous reviews. Perhaps it was because my window faced east (not directly onto 5th or Mission), but I had a very restful night of sleep without any interruptions. Good tip for my next stay.

The on-site restaurant - Soma - was adequate. I had a simple selection of appetizers, nothing spectacular or too bad. However, do yourself a favor and sample the Speakeasy Ale. I am not necessarily a beer drinker, but this is a good local ale, with a hint of hops. Probably should have had some sourdough with it, in retrospect.

Location was great, but the best part of this stay was the economics of it all. A very good deal, considering all of the other nearby big name establishments and their big name prices. I will definitely book the Pickwick again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Pickwick San Francisco
Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
Address: 85 5th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #121 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pickwick Hotel is close to many popular attractions within walking distance…take a hop on to the historic Cable Car just a block away, a leisurely stroll to Union Square, Museums or Theaters all within 3 blocks. Attending a conference, The Pickwick Hotel is just 2 blocks away from the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center and 2 blocks away from the San Francisco Federal Building. ... more   less 
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