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The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
Ranked #123 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Orange County
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37 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice Find”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento CA
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

A clean, renovated older hotel in a good location. We found a good last minute online deal for this hotel which is just a block off Market street near a lot of shopping and a moderate walk to the piers. The hotel has been renovated nicely but the sound control is not very good. With the hotel at the corner of 5th and Mission, there is a lot of traffic noise all night. Even though there are new windows, they do little to block the road noise. This is not a good choice for a light sleeper but is otherwise, a good value in an expensive city. The hotel staff were very friendly helpful. The first room we had was missing the TV and the staff quickly found us another room. The TV service does not have ESPN - beware if you are a sports fan!

Room Tip: Bring a noise generator if you are a light sleeper. TV does not have sports channels.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hiker-7
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Compared to other well known hotels nearby this place was very good value.

Close to Union Square with lots of bars and restaurants nearby. Good entertainment and night life and a good base to hit the city from. It's just off the Tenderloin so keep your eyes open.

I thought the staff were all very good, from those at the front desk, to those in the adjoining bar/restaurant and to the unflappable man in the car park. The man who checked us in would always greet me by name during our stay and I thought that was very great.

The room was fine, but things were starting to take a bit of a turn (old wires, wallpaper worn etc) and I think a refresh is probably in order. The room was quiet, comfortable and warm.

The bathroom was a bit on the small side but was clean and fresh; the shower was brilliant, super powerful.

Free wifi and a fridge in the room.

No mini-bar or room safes, you had to go to the front desk and leave your items in a safe there which I thought was unusual these days,

I originally booked through one of the aggregate websites but then found a better deal was available if I booked though the hotel directly i.e. reduced rate and breakfast included.

I would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rokan72
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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86 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

One block off the Market Street shopping area. A short walk to the Moscone convention center, and WAY cheaper than the "official" hotels my meeting was offering. An older hotel, but room and bathroom was nicely refurbished. Hotel restaurant is also not bad; with good Happy Hour drink and food special daily from 3:00 - 7:00 PM.
San Fran has a tremendous homeless and panhandling problem; at least in this area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michael G
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Halifax, Canada
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

stayed at the Pickwick for 10 days to attend an event at the Marriott on long block away. The price more than compensated for the short walk. The hotel rooms while a bit old fashioned are comfortable and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. I will be staying there again on my next trip to San Francisco.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank douglas h
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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

The hotel is one block from Bart, 5th and Mission, which makes it so easy to get to on public transportation from the airport. You can walk anywhere downtown from the hotel. The hotel staff were very professional and friendly. The hotel has old world ambience and our room was fine. The only negative is the outside traffic noise. The windows must be close to original so they did not keep out the noise from cars, sirens and garbage trucks.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fairbug520
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Rome Ga
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel is an upgraded older hotel that has great atmosphere. If you are looking for "slick and modern" don't go here. If you want great character and ambiance this is a wonderful hotel near Moscone West, and in Walking distance to Market Street(one block) and the street car turnaround that will take you to Fisherman's Warf. I will stay there again when I return to San Francisco.

Room Tip: Rooms are all nice
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco

Property: The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco
Address: 85 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1812
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa , South Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #123 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pickwick Hotel San Francisco 3*
Number of rooms: 189
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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