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Company Info: Rating: 3.83
Address: 730 Powell St, San Francisco, CA, 94108 Hotels in San Francisco, CA
1. Amanda C.
Powell Place is a timeshare that is clean and centrally located, those are the positives. The owner has lots of anal rules at the place, no guests after 11pm, if you stain the sheets you pay a fine, you must use the black washcloths for "makeup removal," wi-fi costs $4 a day, etc. ... This is funny cause her office is a hoarder's nightmare. The appliances are extremely old, like 1965, and there are only white curtains. It is extremely bight and noisy here in the morning. Being near the trolley is cute and all but it costs $6 for a slow one way ride and the bell rings repeatedly from 6am to 1am. This makes for an early morning. We also dealt with constant construction noises (sawing, grinding, pounding), for multiple years at different times. No AC, cause like I said earlier it is very dated. We left the fan on and the windows open while we were out experiencing the city to find them closed and the fan off, day after day. The room was disgustingly hot and gross when we got back. There is no elevator so that means hiking up 3 or 4 flights of stairs to get to your room. The staff know very little about being a tourist and aren't very helpful. The hotel is on top of a very steep hill, this means you will have to make a serious hike in every direction on the way back home at night. There are so many options of places to stay in SF. I suggest staying in "The Inn at the Opera" as another timeshare option or just about any chain hotel near Union Square. If you are the owner and reading this... please get darker curtains, double pained windows and update the appliances, it will be worth your investment.
19/06/13 | Link
| Rating: 2.0
2. Angela L.
We had a wonderful stay at Powell Place! It's such a great location and we had a 1 bedroom with lots of space and a patio - which is SO rare in SF. Some of the little quirky things about the hotel just seemed to add to the charm of staying there and being in San Francisco; however, we had all the amenities we needed and more. Would definitely stay there again!
30/05/13 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
3. Scott K.
Powell place has a charming staff ready to help in any way they can. As a time share property, be prepared with all of your paperwork - there are no exceptions. Though you may socialize in your rooms, the occupancy limit is strictly enforced.
The rooms themselves are spacious with many amenities. The huge fan above the bed was great for getting a breeze on the warm weekend. Our only complaint was the sporadic internet access via wireless - we couldn't keep a signal even though there were 4 wifi routers available.
The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom was fairly large, the livingroom/kitchen could seat six comfortably. Our view of the next building was unremarkable.
Being at powell and california, you are at the top of SF, which is great in the morning as you leave and tiring at night. A week's muni pass paid for itself many times over, as the car stops right here.
10/06/10 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
4. Brian P.
Stayed at this timeshare property on my recent trip to San Francisco for the first time and I have to say I was impressed. I wasn't expecting much from the photos, but I have to say it looks way better in person. The hotel itself is small and quiet, with not much activity even in the lobby besides minimal staff and guests coming in and out. Powell Place is located on Nob Hill which is central to the downtown area and a quick walk to Union Square or Chinatown. If you don't feel like walking or want to go further, you can simply catch the cable car which runs right in front and stops about a 1/2 block down the street at the intersection. The staff was nice, although I did not interact with them much since we were always out and about. My room was always made up when I returned in the evening and the evening front desk clerk always remembered our name and room number each time we returned.
The room we were in was a studio, which is what the majority of Powell Place is. I believe they also have 1 bedrooms but it depends what your timeshare is and also what you book with your ownership company. The rooms were cute and clean, with nice decorations (fresh rose, books on the shelf, etc) and fairly decent furniture. I didn't feel like we were cramped in a tiny little room and it felt pretty spacious for a studio. The bed was comfortable and sits right underneath a ceiling fan which is great because the rooms have no air conditioning. I think this is because they have not updated the property to include this amenity. They also have not update the key system either, because you have to use a physical key to unlock your door. The keys are attached to a heavy weight to remind you to return the key to the front desk before leaving the property each time. When you return, you must return to the front desk to pick up your key. The 1st couple nights I had to remind them which room I was in when picking up my key, but after that they remembered and handed me my key as soon as I walked into the door. The rooms have a small kitchenette that includes a mini fridge, 2 stove burners, sink, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. This is convenient if you're staying a while and don't want to eat out every single night. We made good use of the fridge, although not much else. The bathroom is also fairly spacious although mini toiletries are not provided like at other hotels. Instead, there is a Eurobath pump in the shower that dispenses body wash/shampoo combo and a soap dispenser by the sink. I think this is because everyone in California is trying to "go green"...whatever, it got the job done.
Overall we had a good stay, especially because the location and front desk staff were so wonderful. I would return in the future if staying another week in San Francisco. I deducted 1 star for the lack of air conditioning in the rooms as well as the hassle for having to drop off and pick up the room key each time. But still these were minimal inconveniences.
07/09/13 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
5. Kathy L.
Very nice boutique hotel. More like suites but quaint. Service was very good. Staff very professional and helpful with directions to popular attractions. Very close to union square and in walking distance to China Town. I would definitely stay there again.
28/12/14 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
6. Andrea W.
Very nice boutique hotel located very conveniently to Union Square and Chinatown.
You can tell this hotel used to be an apartment building and that is part of its charm! The room we stayed in had a nice kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bathroom. My only slight let down was that there was no tub for bathing, just a shower. Which isn't much of a surprise seeing as I have lived in a couple different apartments downtown and they didn't have bathtubs either.
The man at the front desk when we checked in was very friendly and even made a couple suggestions on dinner spots we might be interested in checking out.
The facility was extremely well maintained and I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to stay close to downtown without staying in one of the huge hotel chains.
29/11/14 | Link
| Rating: 4.0