shuttles from SFO
we took a shuttlebus from san francisco airport and paid together $25 because we both went to the Powell hotel the driver could make a different price he said.
so if you are with more people to the same adress i think you can talk about the price. you share the shuttle with other people so maybe the shuttle goes first to another adress.
we stayed in the Powell hotel near Market street. here is the turnpoint from the cablecar Hyde and Powellstreet. if you stay in line here i think you have to wait for an hour sometimes. if you walk a bit one or two block you might have more luck.
you see a sign where the cable car stops.
buy a muni pas one day $6 three days $10.
a single ticket will cost you $2 and we have been sent wrong ways sometimes.
daytickets you have to scratch the date when it is the first day you will use it.
more pictures at my travelogue.
before we left san francisco we picked up our rental car at hertz in masonstreet.
this was walking distance from our hotel. powell hotel powell street.
we allready payed in the netherlands.
Great budget Hotel
I found out about Powell Hotel when i was searching in the internet for an hotel in San Francisco. I was amazed by the site.
I've stayed a week in San Francisco at the Powell Hotel in May. It's a wonderful budget hotel, it's near everyhting and with a lot of transport options. The hotel staff were very friendly... and weren't expecting tips in return of favours... The room furniture was a little old, but the bathroom was renewed... i had a big bathroom.
I left my heart in San Francisco and in Powell Hotel too:)
Great Location, Bad Smells
The Powell Hotel is situated in a great location, with shops, restaurants, and the trolley literally a few steps away, access to muni and bart is also nearby. The lobby of the hotel is quite nice and conveys that this place is dignified and contemporary and yet also historical. The customer service (very cordial hard workers) was excellent and the accomodations fair for the price we paid. Unfortunately, we did not have a great experience with our room. The room, #401, reeked of stale urine and the shower fixtures for hot and cold water were problematic. I would return to the Powell Hotel but not stay in #401.
I spent hours reading reviews, researching room rates, etc. before settling on the Powell Hotel. We spent 4 nights there and had a terrific experience! The location is unbeatable in terms of public transport, shopping and eateries. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The Powell is a cool old building, if you don't appreciate the beauty and quirkiness of historical buildings, don't stay here. Despite its age, our room was very clean and comfortable, which is all that matters. I will definately stay at the Powell when I return to SF, especially after the nearby construction is finished!
Excellent Location, friendly staff
We stayed at the Powell Hotel from September 11th to the 19th, 2004. It was perfect! It was very affordable. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff were very accomodating and helpful. The location could not have been better. The cable car stop begins and ends right outside the door of the hotel. All the shopping and restaurants were right around us, within walking distance. It even has a little café right in the building which was perfect for a light breakfast or quick snack. We felt safe in the area and would highly recommend it. Although there is no air conditioning (because it is not usually needed) you can request a fan which is more than sufficient since it never really gets that warm there.
Great charm and excellent location
After having stayed in San Francisco for about a week (at the end of April), we consider ourselves very fortunate to have found the Powell Hotel (we booked directly on their website - internet special of $89/night).
I would certainly recommend the Powell Hotel for those looking for value, character and a great location.
The Powell Hotel is wonderfully located about a 2 min walk from Union Square (nearly every shop you can think of is within a couple blocks) and about a 5 min walk to the Moscone Convention Centre (if you're there for a conference). Chinatown is only about a 5 minute walk.
In fact, if you enjoy walking, and don't mind a few hills, you can walk up Powell Street to the water (e.g. Ghiardelli Square/Fisherman's wharf) in about 30 - 45 min. You can also walk down Market Street to the Ferry Building in about 20 min (no hills) --- Sausalito is only a short ferry ride across the Bay, and is a great little spot for lunch and wondering around.
The cable car turnaround is right below the front of the hotel, but we certainly didn't consider it noisy even though our room was on the front of the hotel (mostly well behaved tourists waiting in line). This actually added to the unique experience and charm of the hotel. (The cable cars line-ups get busy at the turnaround, so walk up the street to one of the other stops to avoid the line).
The rooms were clean, fresh and comfortable; not huge rooms, but certainly not cramped either. The housekeeping staff were quick to make up the rooms.
We were in San Francisco during a unprecedented heat wave, and despite no air conditioning, the hotel provided fans which made it comfortable.
The staff were very courteous and always helpful.
The lobby is warm and welcoming, and has a modern art deco feel.
There is also a great little cafe in the lobby, which was excellent for a quick breakfast (bagels, yogurt, coffee, etc).
If you need to rent a car, nearly every major car rental company is within a block or two west of the Powell. This is great for getting out to Sonoma or Muir Woods and it's fairly easy to get in and out of San Francisco with a good map.
If you're into running, a recommended route is to go from the Powell, down Market Street (nice wide sidewalk and flat) to the water (i.e. Ferry Building). From the Ferry Building, turn left and run down The Embarcadero. You can keep running along the Bay and turn around at any time. If you're into longer distances, keep running toward the Golden Gate (it's a little over an hour). We ran over the Golden Gate to Sausilito (about 2 hours) had breakfast, and took the ferry back....probably one of the most memorable experiences.
The Cab fare is about $35 - $40 from the SFO airport.
The Powell is not within the Tenderloin Area (i.e. the rougher part of San Francisco). In fact, there is a lot of security people around with all the shops and banks nearby as well as the BART (transit) security.
Could anyone tell me what the Powell Hotel is like. I have booked for 5 nights and was wondering what the best things to see and do are that aren't goin to break the bank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.s.This will be my 1st trip to the USA
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At the top, on the left of this window , there is a place called 'serach'. If you type San Francisco, you will get all the tips travellers on the VT wrote about the city.
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All ready used the search option but nothing on there about this hotel
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My mistake found it but what are the best things to see and do? Basically what must i see while i'm there?
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how about free?i was there last year and there are excellent free tours sponsered by the san francisco library.there are over 100 options,i took the ferry building and haight- asbury tours,can't reccommend them enough.check you hotel front desk or the nearest library for the schedule.