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Powell Hotel San Francisco

Powell Hotel San Francisco

3 Stars

28 Cyril Magnin Street San Francisco CA 94102


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Rating
Cleanliness 4
Facilities 4
Service 4
Location 5
Pricing 5
Overall 4.4
Enjoy the magnificence and character of early 1900's San Francisco, at Powell Hotel San Francisco, a contemporary boutique hotel. Built in 1908, and restored to its original grandeur, this upscale hotel offers graceful period details like 20' ceilings, marble floors, and staircases with wrought-iron railings. This beautiful hotel is located minutes from the finest attractions like as Yerba Buena Gardens, the Museum of Modern Art and Golden Gate Park.

Location
Powell Hotel is steps from Union Square, near the cable car turnaround. Moscone Convention Centre and the Theatre District are a short walk away.

Rooms
The vintage feel of the Powell Hotel continues into the elegant guestrooms. High ceilings and plush beds grace the recently refurbished rooms. Lovely artwork, reflecting the history of San Francisco, adorns the walls. High-end amenities like wireless Internet, flat screen TV's and coffee making facilities are standard in each room.

Restaurant
Breakfast and lunch are served at Powell Cafe, the hotel's chic eatery offering seating in the mezzanine, overlooking the ornate Powell Hotel Lobby. Dine on pastries, soups, sandwiches, desserts and juice.

General
The hospitable Powell Hotel is just a short drive from San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and The Embarcadero. An evening social is served featuring wine, beer and cocktails.

Additional Information

  • 1 km to the City Centre
  • 20 km to the Airport

Hotel Facilities

  • Conference Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Reception
  • Tour Desk
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Lift / Elevator
  • Room Service
  • Faxing Facilities
  • Parking Facilities
  • Safe Deposit Box

Room Facilities

  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Telephone
  • Ensuite / Private Bathroom
  • Radio
  • Voicemail
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wireless Internet Access

Powell Hotel San Francisco Guest Reviews (22)


Powell Hotel San Francisco
4 out of 5

Powell station for cable car as near as possible. No need to walk steep hills from BART to hotel!Rooms little bit old but clean. Staff OK or better. Breakfast; okay You can go out and find good breakfast near hotel. Here I will stay another time,too.

Raimo wrote on March 23, 2012


Powell Hotel San Francisco
2 out of 5

The hotel was in a great location but has two major flaws: 1. The valet service barely works and it makes check-in a lengthy procedure. 2. It is dirty and old. With regard to item 1, they need a full-time valet, particularly when it's check-in or check-out time. There are loads of cars, no where to leave them, and it took us about 45 minutes before we were actually able to get to our room. As far as item 2 is concerned, there's really no excuse. It's dingy, dirty (hair on the floor, dust on the dresser, rings around the sink & tub), and the bathroom was old and in need of repair. The faucets did not work properly, the shower had no water pressure, and it's aesthetic reminded me of a cheap motel with hourly rates somewhere off the beaten path in Nebraska. Hardly what I expected. I'll definitely not stay here again.

Liz M. wrote on December 6, 2011


Powell Hotel San Francisco
4 out of 5

This hotel is literally on top of the powell street Cable Car stop and is within walking distance of everything in Union Square. Room was on the smaller side, but had everything you would ever need!

Joshua14 wrote on December 5, 2011


Powell Hotel San Francisco
4 out of 5

I was in town for a conference and didn't want to stay at one of the official hotels, because they were expensive and charged extra for things like wi-fi. The Powell Hotel is by no means posh, but it had free internet, breakfast, and weekday happy hour (quite a surprise), and it's literally steps away from the BART station. It's just what I was looking for.

peripatetic academic wrote on November 24, 2011


Powell Hotel San Francisco
4 out of 5

Due to my friends ilness I was alone for this trip to San Francisco but The Powell Hotel made my visit easy. I was able to check in early and the room though small was perfectly adequte with modern bathroom fittings. It's an older hotel and hallways were dated. Staff were friendly and very helpful, especially John at the front desk. The location is fabulous and the coffee and pastries breakfast along with the happy hour on the mezzanine floor gave me oppertunity to meet and chat with other guests. It's not a 5 star hotel but it is excellent value and a great launching pad for your San Francisco visit.

Olwyn wrote on November 4, 2011


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Overall Guest Rating

Overall4.4 out of 5
Cleanliness4 out of 5
Facilities4 out of 5
Service4 out of 5
Location5 out of 5
Pricing5 out of 5

Powell Hotel San Francisco Guest Reviews

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4 out of 5

Powell station for cable car as near as possible. No need to walk steep hills from BART to hotel!Rooms little bit old but clean. Staff OK or better. Breakfast; okay You can go out and find good breakfast near hotel. Here I will stay another time,too.

Review by: Raimo
Date stayed March 23, 2012

2 out of 5

The hotel was in a great location but has two major flaws: 1. The valet service barely works and it makes check-in a lengthy procedure. 2. It is dirty and old. With regard to item 1, they need a full-time valet, particularly when it's check-in or check-out time. There are loads of cars, no where to leave them, and it took us about 45 minutes before we were actually able to get to our room. As far as item 2 is concerned, there's really no excuse. It's dingy, dirty (hair on the floor, dust on the dresser, rings around the sink & tub), and the bathroom was old and in need of repair. The faucets did not work properly, the shower had no water pressure, and it's aesthetic reminded me of a cheap motel with hourly rates somewhere off the beaten path in Nebraska. Hardly what I expected. I'll definitely not stay here again.

Review by: Liz M.
Date stayed December 6, 2011

4 out of 5

This hotel is literally on top of the powell street Cable Car stop and is within walking distance of everything in Union Square. Room was on the smaller side, but had everything you would ever need!

Review by: Joshua14
Date stayed December 5, 2011

4 out of 5

I was in town for a conference and didn't want to stay at one of the official hotels, because they were expensive and charged extra for things like wi-fi. The Powell Hotel is by no means posh, but it had free internet, breakfast, and weekday happy hour (quite a surprise), and it's literally steps away from the BART station. It's just what I was looking for.

Review by: peripatetic academic
Date stayed November 24, 2011

4 out of 5

Due to my friends ilness I was alone for this trip to San Francisco but The Powell Hotel made my visit easy. I was able to check in early and the room though small was perfectly adequte with modern bathroom fittings. It's an older hotel and hallways were dated. Staff were friendly and very helpful, especially John at the front desk. The location is fabulous and the coffee and pastries breakfast along with the happy hour on the mezzanine floor gave me oppertunity to meet and chat with other guests. It's not a 5 star hotel but it is excellent value and a great launching pad for your San Francisco visit.

Review by: Olwyn
Date stayed November 4, 2011

4 out of 5

I had a difficult time finding a good value to stay in SF near Union Square and scoured all the web pages looking for a place with relatively good reviews. I had not stayed here before and my first several choices were all sold out. I wanted to find reasonable parking too although the parking here was no bargain. I was looking for an inclusive parking package to no avail. The Powell was however very decent, clean, comfortable and quiet. The street was not sketchy as is the case in some locations. It was directly in front of the cable car terminal and round table at the base of Powell and across the street from the higher priced Parc 55 Hotel. The staff was helpful and friendly and the rooms were very comfortable and contemporary. I would recommend this hotel and return myself.

Review by: G.T.
Date stayed October 24, 2011

4 out of 5

The Powell Hotel is in one of the older San Francisco buildings and is located in the heart of "downtown." For those reasons, it is a comfortable stay but not outstanding in modern amenities or decor. (The elevator is slow, but the Internet is fast. The plumbing is old, but the television fare is up to date.) The Powell is also convenient to everything and everywhere. Just outside its doors is a cable car turnaround. Stops for city buses, streetcars, and rapid transit are just yards away on Market Street. And Union Square, the start of several tour buses, is only a couple blocks away.

Review by: Ninabina
Date stayed October 14, 2011

3 out of 5

We went there for 3 nights, in a renovated room (well, renovated, but 20 years ago...). The room was cold and noisy. The staff is not especially friendly or helpful.

Review by: NBoyer
Date stayed September 26, 2011

4 out of 5

Location was perfect. Right downtown and within walking distance from AT&T Stadium. Hotel was very nice and not cramped. This was much nicer than other places I have stayed in San Francisco. I will definitely think of this hotel for future trips.

Review by: All Friends
Date stayed July 17, 2011

4 out of 5

Excellent location. So handy to the shops, Cable Car, Street Cars and Union Square. Great having a coffee machine but we would have liked an electric jug to make a cup of tea. Quiet room, good facilities and we eventually learned to use the tv remote! We will recommend this hotel and we will return again.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed May 22, 2011

4 out of 5

An old-style hotel given a facelift to accomodate modern facilities in hotel and in the bedrooms. However, to be expected, room size was rather small but adequate. Had a slight musty spell like damp carpets which was the case in our bedroom. Probably due to the rapid turnover in occupancy. Best thing of the hotel is its fabulous location - convenient to the underground trains, cable cars (trams) and the hop-off-hop-on sightseeing buses and plenty of eateries and great shops all around. If price continue to be reasonable, would certainly go back and also recommend to anyone going to San Francisco.

Review by: Soon Ling Chin
Date stayed January 5, 2011

4.2 out of 5

Excellent location and all in all good value. I had a late check out at 3:OO pm and this cost $70 which I thought a bit steep.

Review by: John Fitzpatrick
Date stayed October 6, 2010

4 out of 5

Great location and friendly staff.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed July 19, 2010

4.8 out of 5

What a fantastic location! Close to cable car (right at the door!), restaurants, shops, Union Square and more all within very easy walking distance. Staff were wonderful, very helpful and knowledgeable of the area. I would stay here again and recommend it to everyone.

Review by: Stephanie Rogan
Date stayed February 28, 2009

4 out of 5

The location of the Powell was perfect - right next to cable cars and BART, great shopping and restaurants. The staff was very helpful allowing us to check in early and out late as we had runners in the Nike run. I had a confirmed request for two twins. Since they had filled those available rooms they put us in a suite with two bedrooms, each with a queen and sharing one bath. The rooms were faced to the inside so we did not have all the cable car noise. We also had ceiling fans in each room. I felt the bathroom floor was a little dirty but I know old buildings are hard to clean. We enjoyed the visit.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed October 23, 2008

3.6 out of 5

The hotel was in an excellent location.However, our room on the second floor was very noisy with music being played in the building next to us until 9.00pm which was ok. However, it restarted at 1.30am until 4.30 am. Not ideal when you have spent all day travelling. When we told the front desk they just asked us to request a middle room next time we booked!!! So if you stay here make sure you request a middle floor room otherwise a lovely hotel.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed September 17, 2008

4 out of 5

The hotel location is excellent, hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. It's a hotel that I will go back to when I'm back in SF.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed September 5, 2008

4 out of 5

Hotel well placed and room comfortable. Towels fresh and clean every day. Only drawback - room was at top of mezzanine stairs and therefore could be very noisy early on with guests moving about. Air con fantastic.

Review by: Ishbel Ahern
Date stayed August 12, 2008

3.8 out of 5

The hotel's location, right at the Powell St. BART station and the Cable Car terminus, is its strongest point. Most convenient.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed October 16, 2007

4 out of 5

The best thing about this hotel is the location. We climbed the stairs from the Powell St BART station right to the front door of the hotel. Outsde the door was the terminus for the Powell-Hyde/Mason cable car, so we could check in the morning how big the queue was before we went out. The choice of restaurants and shopping in the area was great - check out Sears Fine Foods, Lefty O'Douls and Kuleto's for breakfast and dinner. The room itself was basic, but clean. The hotel is undergoing a refurbishment, and I'd be interested to see it when it's completed. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.

Review by: Anne Margaret Tierney
Date stayed April 11, 2007

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