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 two, OR, if you plan to spend most of you time in a hotel room, I would recommend staying in a more upgraded and upscale accommodation; however, if you plan an extended stay, which was my case, and you need a decent, functional, and safe (but very simple) place only to crash at night, get up in the morning, and keep exploring the city next day, - this place is quite appropriate!
The room, which was private – I didn’t share it with anybody, was quite small, but OK for one person. It wouldn’t have hurt if the room itself had been a bit cleaner, but the bed, sheets, pillows and things like that were clean, not overused or worn out. Bathrooms/restrooms and showers are shared, but I have to tell you, they are very clean and very well taken care of, which was a very pleasant surprise! So, if you don’t mind sharing – there’s nothing to be scared of. There are a few of them, so you don’t have to wait in line – well, at least I didn’t have to. Breakfast was nothing fancy, but, again, it was quite OK and healthy to start your day. There are a lot of really good restaurants within a walking distance anyway, where I went for lunch and dinner. The BEST and the GREATEST asset of the hotel is the staff. People at the front desk are amazingly friendly, knowledgeable, polite, helpful… and I can go on with the list forever. The worst feature of the hotel is the neighbourhood where it is located. Although it is not the hotel’s fault, but rather the problem of most big cities, but the abundance of homeless people, beggar, hustler, prostitutes, etc. made me nervous. My advice: avoid 6th street; use 7th instead.
Overall, it’s you choice. The best thing to do not to spoil you vacation/stay is to go places without faulty expectations. I think I didn’t that’s why I liked my trip to SF. Pontiac hotel contributed to it. As I said, I liked the staff. Should I go to SF again for an expended visit where I would only need a place to stay overnight, I would most likely consider staying in this place again. Otherwise, I would choose something fancier.
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- Also Known As:
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