Right off the BART Civic center stop. Close walking to Civic Center and Union Square. Taxi's were the best option. The hotel itself was fun, historic, and beautiful in an old, charming way. It is far from new, but we enjoyed the hotel BECAUSE of that. It is right off Market and the street was pretty dirty and has a lot of people sleeping on the sidewalks around this area. The hotel was great but the surrounding area outside was intense at times. Starbucks was attached, Sam's diner across the street was delish and there's a bar in the hotel.
We were very impressed by the hotel itself, the staff's friendliness and helpfulness and the comfort of the room...the bedding is to die for. It's central to everything in the city too: the infamous mall is right next door, Market street is a block away and the we boarded the cable car right across the street to ride to the wharf. Would recommend the Pickwick to anyone!!
I chose this hotel because it was under the allowed amount by my company for a work-related trip. I loved the funky location and enjoyed walking around looking at the industrial buildings that have been made into condos and homes. The hotel itself reminded me of B & B's I have stayed at in London with squeaky, carpeted hallways and tine bathrooms. However the bathroom had been renovated and was clean. This was the best option I had for my limited budget but was south of Market and my work was north so it was a 25-min cab ride from work to the hotel and the same the next morning. Continental breakfast consisted of good coffee but no cream-only coffeemate and muffins.
The staff at the hotel is excellent and accommodating. The hotel is dated, but reasonably priced. It is within walking distance of downtown San Francisco. The only drawback is the neighborhood -- very close to many shelters and services for the homeless population, so you will see many homeless in the neighborhood. We had no problem with the area and felt safe and secure at the hotel. They also have parking for an additional fee which was very reasonable for the downtown area.
Quick check in by helpful clerk. This is a motel and while the parking area is open to the public access to the rooms area requires a key, this provided me with a greater sense of security.
The room was clean and the decor was attractive and fresh. There was a TV, refrigerator & blow dryer. I don't recall an alarm/clock, but I used my phone for that anyway.
No closet but there is a hanging rack with hangars. The sink area was clean and fairly modern. The toilet / shower room was clean as well and even has a window up in the ceiling to let light in.
The motel is old, I believe 3 stories high (The lower story being parking) and is well maintained. The neighborhood was what could be expected for downtown San Francisco. A decent continental breakfast was served (and much appreciated!) That included packaged pastries, fresh fruit, small yogurt cups and refrigerated fruit juice.
Although I was not cold, my only complaint is that there is no bed spread, just sheets and blanket. Also the weather stripping could use some refreshing. I was there for 1 night on business, slept well, ate nearby and was just a mile or so from Moscone Center so the cab ride was quick or I could have walked of I wanted.
Pocket Guide: San Francisco South of Market Hotels
Home to many tech startups, South of Market embodies San Francisco's inventive spirit. Stroll along the Embarcadero and take in panoramic views of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Catch a ballgame at AT&T Park, the jewel of a bustling neighborhood, Mission Bay. Art fans should check out the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. And there's plenty of shopping to be found along 5th and Market.
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