Before ending up at the Whitcomb I did a fair bit of research about the area and the facilities and I told my friend that it'd either be "a great deal or a horrible one". I'm glad to say that it is the former.
Most reviews I've read mentioned the homeless people around, I was only approached twice on Market Street and a short "sorry" was enough, I wasn't mobbed or anything. The hotel room itself was decent, I felt that there was enough space, and though the toilet was small, it seemed sufficient for what it's meant for (unless you were hoping for a bathtub, then you're in for a disappointment).
The Whitcomb is located just outside the Civic Centre BART station, which made it very convenient to get to from San Francisco International Airport ($8.10 as of writing). The trolley line is also just outside, and the staff were helpful in giving me directions to get around (F-line trolley to Fisherman's Wharf, $2). It is also across the road from the Orpheum Theatre, and a couple of blocks away from SF City Hall.
A real gem is how near it is to the Heart of the City Farmers' Market, which happens on Wednesdays and Sundays. I missed the market at the wharves on Saturday because I'd gone on the Angel Island/Alcatraz tour, so I was pleasantly surprised when my walkabout on Sunday morning led me to this place. Granted, as a tourist, I was limited to buying either small amount of edibles or stuff that could last a while longer, but it was still quite a sight to see.
Across the street from the hotel there are also a couple of places to eat (I didn't eat at the hotel restaurant during my stay so I can't comment on that), which is always a good thing.
I will mention that I didn't really venture out past 8pm, so I'm not qualified to say anything about that. The CRT TVs might feel ancient to some, but it hardly bothered me as most of the time I wasn't really in the hotel room watching TV (why would anyone go on vacation to watch TV anyway?). The wireless was a little off and on, though.
I arrived early for check-in so I don't really blame the hotel for only giving me towels and and toiletries the day after, and I brought my own so I didn't need to request for any. There was no kettle available to boil water, so I had to run across the street to the grocery store to pick up some bottled water, which to me was not a big deal since I'd intended on buying some for going around anyway.
For the price I got it at, it was definitely a great deal!
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