Trust me, don't ever try this terrible hotel! I stayed there for ten days for the 2005 June SF Pride. At first I thought it's a clean, neat and cheap accommodation option. It turned out the service was horrifying. In the ten days I stayed, no one ever cleaned the room. Not even once! I even had to beg for new towels myself.
The hotel is owned and run by an Indian family. The father and mother were just mean and rude people. The old mother is called Fatima, and she's always at the counter handling hotel matters, including bookings and registration.
Their Web site says they only accept cash, traveler's checks or payment via PayPal. But when I proposed to pay via PayPal for my added stay at the hotel, she refused BECAUSE only her son knows about their hotel's PayPal account! I had to convince her to call her son on the cell phone before I could settle the payment by PayPal. So never trust what they say on their Web site. They don't even have a proper payment system!
And something even more unbelievable happened on the day I checked out. My return flight was at 9 at night. I checked out at 1 p.m., thinking I could leave one of my luggage pieces at their place or counter so I could do some final shopping or running around before heading to the airport. BUT Fatima refused to keep my luggage, claiming that they don't have room for luggage! She even went so far as to say that no hotel would provide luggage storage! She added that even though my room was vacant for the day, they couldn't leave my luggage there BECAUSE they had to clean the room! (Wow, they finally realized they had to clean the room!!) Knowing that I couldn't reason with her, I proposed to pay a few hours rental for my luggage. And you know how much she said she would charge me? 35 dollars!!! God, their weekly room rate per night is only 50 dollars! I was so angry, and I dragged my luggage out of their premises, claiming that I will never go back and make sure that everyone knows about how bad their service is.
And I think I'm not the only victim to their horrendous service. I recall one night some police officers had to come over and intervene in a money dispute between Fatima and some bewildered customers in backpacks sitting in the hotel lobby. I wasn't sure about the details of the dispute. I only overheard the police officer telling Fatima calm down and be more flexible and suggested the hotel should return the down payment to the two waiting customers so that they could leave and find another hotel. I have reason to believe that things like this may happen a lot there.
So, if you want some quality time visiting San Francisco, stay away from this damn hotel. Trust me, Hotel Tropicana will ruin your vacation in no time.