The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel - San Francisco

509 Minna Street, San Francisco, United States, 94103  show map
 2 stars
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The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel - San Francisco

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in public areas

 24-Hour

24-hour reception

 Breakfast

Continental breakfast

 Meeting facilities

Business center

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

 Child-friendly

Cribs available

 Adults only

Gay friendly

 Pets

No pets allowed

Overview

Pontiac Hotel is a 2-star hostel offering a non-smoking accommodation not far from North Beach, San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center and Cable Car Museum. The hostel serves as an example of Victorian architecture in San Francisco.

It is less than 20 minutes by car to Oakland International airport.

The nearest subway station is BART - Powell St., located about 450 meters from the hostel.

Rooms

Guests can stay in one of 70 guestrooms featuring free Wi-Fi, a radio and a clothes rack. The rooms also have a carpet floor. Some rooms are provided with double beds. Guests can find shared bathrooms available in the property. They are fitted with toilets.

Eat & Drink

A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning.

Relax

This property has a modern relaxation room.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in public areas for free.

Guest Parking

No parking available.

Number of rooms:   72.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Gay friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Vending machines
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled

Dining facilities

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • Breakfast room

Meeting facilities

  • Business center

Children's facilities

  • Cribs available

Leisure facilities

  • Leisure/TV room

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • In-room air conditioning
  • Living room
  • Rollaway/Extra bed
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Bath/Shower
  • Hair dryer on request

Kitchen facilities

  • Mini-fridge

Bedroom

  • Foam mattress

Media

  • Cable/Satellite television
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-In

  • from 15:00 - 02:00 hours

Check-Out

  • until 11:00 - 12:00 hours

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 13 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

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Hostel Address:

509 Minna Street, San Francisco, United States, 94103

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City Center
  • San Francisco
    4000 ft
Airports
Train Stations
  • Caltrain - 4th & King Street Station
    4300 ft
  • F Market Street Car
    1.3 mi
Underground stations
  • BART - Powell St. Station
    1700 ft
  • BART - Civic Center Station
    1700 ft
  • Bus stop
    400 ft
Restaurants
  • Miss Saigon (cuisine: Vietnamese)
    300 ft
  • Roxanne Cafe (cuisine: American, Café)
    800 ft
Parks
  • Yerba Buena Gardens
    2300 ft
Beaches
  • North Beach
    1.2 mi
Hostel information
  • Check-In:
    from 15:00 - 02:00 hours
  • Check-Out:
    until 11:00 - 12:00 hours
  • Number of rooms:
    72

Rooms and availability

The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel Twin RoomThe Pontiac Hotel & Hostel Twin RoomThe Pontiac Hotel & Hostel Twin Room
Twin Room
Bed type: Double or Twin beds or 2 Single beds
Size: 140 sq. feet
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Remodeled Double Twin Shared Bathroom

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    How to reach hostel

    hostel The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel - San Francisco San Francisco location
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    Hostel Address:

    509 Minna Street, San Francisco, United States, 94103

    Get directions
    City Center
    • San Francisco
      4000 ft
    Airports
    Train Stations
    • Caltrain - 4th & King Street Station
      4300 ft
    • F Market Street Car
      1.3 mi
    Underground stations
    • BART - Powell St. Station
      1700 ft
    • BART - Civic Center Station
      1700 ft
    • Bus stop
      400 ft
    Restaurants
    • Miss Saigon (cuisine: Vietnamese)
      300 ft
    • Roxanne Cafe (cuisine: American, Café)
      800 ft
    Parks
    • Yerba Buena Gardens
      2300 ft
    Beaches
    • North Beach
      1.2 mi
    Hostel information
    • Check-In:
      from 15:00 - 02:00 hours
    • Check-Out:
      until 11:00 - 12:00 hours
    • Number of rooms:
      72

    The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel Location

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    What's nearby

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    Shopping areas

    • Westfield San Francisco Centre - 1400 ft
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    • Stockton Street - 2000 ft

    Amusement

    • Fascination - 700 ft
    • Metreon A Sony Entertainment - 1700 ft

    Museums

    Halls

    • Odd Fellows Building - 1000 ft
    • Renaissance Ballroom - 1700 ft

    Universities, Institutes

    • San Francisco Barber College - 400 ft
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    Local Attractions

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    • Chinatown - 1.0 mi
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    • Cable Car Museum - 1.0 mi
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    • San Francisco Public Library - 2200 ft
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    Restaurants Nearby

    • Miss Saigon - 300 ft

      Address: 100 6th Street
      Phone: 415.522.0332

      72% likes this, based on 13 reviews
      Cuisine: Vietnamese
      Price Range: USD 6 - USD 11

    • AQ - 700 ft

      Address: 1085 Mission Street
      Phone: 415-341-9000

      71% likes this, based on 55 reviews
      Cuisine: American

    • Tu Lan - 800 ft

      Address: 8 Sixth St
      Phone: (415) 626-0927

      68% likes this, based on 63 reviews
      Cuisine: Vietnamese, Asian
      Price Range: USD 3 - USD 22

    • Roxanne Cafe - 800 ft

      Address: 570 Powell Street
      Phone: (415) 989-5555

      63% likes this, based on 171 reviews
      Cuisine: American, Café
      Price Range: USD 8 - USD 15

    • Deli Board - 800 ft

      Address: 1080 Howard Street

      81% likes this, based on 36 reviews
      Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Sandwiches

    Hostel information
    • Check-In:
      from 15:00 - 02:00 hours
    • Check-Out:
      until 11:00 - 12:00 hours
    • Number of rooms:
      72
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    The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel Reviews

    Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel

    Individual guest reviews

    • Single
      2.4

      I did not like anything about my stay in this hotel, it was awful! I was disappointed because it was not safe, it was loud and stuffy.

      It was in an extremely unsafe area, not very clean, and stuffy.

    • Single
      5.4

      Rate per night of $20/night. Right value for a bed/night in a 2-bed shared room.

      Pretty bad on cleaniness, safety and ambiance.

    • Single
      5.0

      If you wanna know why I finaly enjoyed this place, read what I did not like but at the beguining of my time in San Fran. I met so many people here, great experience for who wants to live that way, maybe backpaper.

      Here is the real world of San Francisco, this is confusing when you arrive in the sixth street with all the homless. Just don't show your money,try the busy walk, and stay cool. I never had a problem in this area and even by night, which seems as friends of San Fran told me (who I met in a great pub up this street on left), the worse area of San Fran. Just one morning, "What the fuck are you looking at me like that !!" I just answered in my way, I never seen him again. So to resume, yes the area is confusing but not as dangerous, in my opinion and if you respect the rules it should be fine. The hotel is not so clean, but staff is really nice, internet is free, breakfast included, a grocery just at the corner of the mina street. It is closed from Powel Street, the San Francisco museum of modern art, and certainly other things, I was not interested in market street. Enjoy using public transport, get a city pass which can be expensive but then all muni's transports are free. By night, I went at the pub just at the corner on Mina and sixth street listening poems slam, then the pub Anu if I remind well (there is a sign with an arrow), a bit farest but esay walking, the supperclub.

    • Couple
      4.6

      The bedding seemed clean.

      The staff, with one exception, was unfriendly and seemed to be put out by my calling to add another night to our reservation, checking in, checking out or asking any questions. The bathroom facilities were dingy, unkempt and needed updating to have any sort of comfort. The neighborhood itself was frightening - a police officer told us that the surrounding area was full of drug addicts and that some of them lived in this hotel/hostel. Whether or not that was true, it certainly scared us a bit, and we decided to cancel our second night reservation after an unsettling night of police sirens and loud fighting within the hotel. Perhaps the hotel should have a better relationship with the area, especially law enforcement, so the police don't continue to frighten their guests. I would not stay here again.

    • Single
      4.2

      there was a gunshot at the evening........

    • Group of friends
      2.8

      We just liked the Wi-Fi, so we could book another place to stay.

      Didn't like the shared bathroom. The room smelled cigarettes smoke and weed. It was a really bad neighborhood with gunfire and so on.

    • Group of friends
      7.4

      If you are vegan or dairy intolerant, there isn't much to eat at breakfast.

    • Couple
      3.8

      The low point in our Summer trip in the US and Canada was staying at this hotel. Welcomed at the door by a steel jail gate and a miserable young female receptionist who never smiled once in the 4 days we stayed in San Francisco, things did not get much better with the dodgy surrounding area outside. I have stayed in some budget hostels, hotels and camping sites before but they have mostly made that little effort in friendliness to make up for the lack of facilities - this was most certainly not the case here. The showers and toilets even when cleaned seemed dirty and unhygienic, there was no soap dispenser in either also. Do yourself a favor and book into a hostel if you want to save some cash, avoid this place.

    • Group of friends
      4.2

      The only thing I did like about The Pontiac Hotel was it was close to place I needed to go.

      Rooms are dirty, bedclothes is old and not clean. There are no bathrooms in the rooms! Shared bathroom was dirty too, and there were no soap in it. And for this scanty service I paid about $80. I will never stay in this hotel again.

    • Couple
      7.0

      Very central location and a good breakfast.

      The hotel is very central, but in order to get there you have to walk through the worst and most dangerous section of San Francisco.

    • Single
      2.8

      no bathrooms! Was not a double room. Misled, left right away, but still had to pay

    • Single
      6.2

      The hotel was well located just a 5 min walking distance from un Bart Station. The room was quite confortable with big and confortable bed. The room is also away from noise which is good in the city center. However there were some pitfalls with my stay there: (1) the neighborhood was quite scary, with some guys smoking hash in the streets nearby (2) The wireless strenght did not reach all rooms, the hotel ad says it has wifi but doesn't specify that it doesn't cover all rooms. Besides, my computer was unable to log in the wireless, I requested to reset the router/ find a solution but the stafff could not help.

      The shower in the third floor was everything except clean (too many rooms use the same shower). The furniture and ceiling lamps in the bathrooms seem very old. The price paid by the room is fair given the location of the hotel, but the confort is not adequate. An improvement could be made by improving bathrooms (I.E. with ceramic tiles for the floor/ adding extra-showers).

    • Single
      5.0

      It's cheap, and also close to sf downtown

      It's not very comfortable and clean, escpecially the bed

    • Single
      7.0

      downtown, free wifi room downstairs was cool

      not so safe neighborhood, shared shower wasnt pleasant

    • Single
      9.6

      Staff was very polite, rooms, restrooms and corridors are cleaned, breakfast was very delicious and was given on time. Location is comfortable. Very good hospitality and modest environment of hotel allow coming back to this place during the visit of San-Francisco!

      Restroom and the bathroom were one for a corridor (or floor), not private

    How to reach hostel

    hostel The Pontiac Hotel & Hostel - San Francisco San Francisco location
    Show big map »

    Hostel Address:

    509 Minna Street, San Francisco, United States, 94103

    Get directions
    City Center
    • San Francisco
      4000 ft
    Airports
    Train Stations
    • Caltrain - 4th & King Street Station
      4300 ft
    • F Market Street Car
      1.3 mi
    Underground stations
    • BART - Powell St. Station
      1700 ft
    • BART - Civic Center Station
      1700 ft
    • Bus stop
      400 ft
    Restaurants
    • Miss Saigon (cuisine: Vietnamese)
      300 ft
    • Roxanne Cafe (cuisine: American, Café)
      800 ft
    Parks
    • Yerba Buena Gardens
      2300 ft
    Beaches
    • North Beach
      1.2 mi
    Hostel information
    • Check-In:
      from 15:00 - 02:00 hours
    • Check-Out:
      until 11:00 - 12:00 hours
    • Number of rooms:
      72