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“Great Value with Free Parking and Fantastic Location” 4 of 5 stars
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1075 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Russian Hill)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Value with Free Parking and Fantastic Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My boyfriend & I stayed in the hotel for 4 nights during a Californian road trip and can honestly say it was a great find! When looking for other hotels in the area the already exorbitant rates were then pushed up again when you added on the cost of parking – especially on a nightly basis for 4 nights - which made the free parking here invaluable and the rates were already very reasonable. The other great thing about this hotel is the location – just a few blocks from the touristy Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf but as the hotel advised us – it also has a bus stop right outside for the Number 30 bus which takes you downtown through China Town, Union Square and all the way down to a few blocks from the San Francisco Giants Baseball Park – which was very handy for us! It costs just 2 Dollars a ride and this will last a few hours so don’t do what we did and pay every time (even then it was still a great, cheap way to get around).

The rooms were dated in décor but had all modern amenities you would expect such as tea/coffee, toiletries, a flat screen TV and so on and it was very clean. The bed was massive and one of the most comfortable we had on our whole visit. We were on the 2 floor facing the street with a balcony (and a view of the Coit Tower and Transamerica Pyramid Center) and I was worried at first it may be noisy from the road outside but this turned out to not be an issue and the road quietened down completely by the time we went to bed.

All in all a great value hotel and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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125 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We chose this place because of the reviews. The rate was decent and the free parking was great.
The parking garage can be a little tight at times but is sufficient. We had a suite with 3 beds on the front corner of the 3rd floor. They were upgrading the TVs to HD the day we arrived. We had 2 TVs and asked for a mini fridge in our room for drinks and fruit. We also had a balcony overlooking the street and the windows fully opened. The beds were fine and the bathroom was adequate. No breakfast area but there were plenty of places nearby. The location is about 3-4 blocks from Fishermans Wharf which was convenient. The bus stop was also right outside of the front door. We took the bus to the ballpark. We had no issues or problems with this place. I would stay here again. It is a nice affordable option in downtown SF.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Martinsville, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Husband & I stayed 4 nights in a king room which was very nice, comfortable, 3rd floor on Columbus Ave side. I am a light sleeper and was not awakened by any noises or early morning traffic. Hotel is within easy walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Sqare (get a sample of chocolate and buy some wonderful ice cream) & restaurants. Very friendly staff who offered tips for getting around town and even arranged shuttle service to airport via Lorrie's Shuttle Service and at a good price! Free parking but you won't need a car. Bus stops in front of hotel or hop on a trolley at Fisherman's Wharf.
Fast and free wi-fi
Negative:tub water is extremely hot, be careful.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle at heart
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Stayed here for one night to explore the main tourist attractions in San Francisco. As for location, I really don't think you can beat it. As most reviews have mentioned, almost everything you'd want to see is within walking distance. Yes, it is a budget motel with dated rooms, but everything looked clean and it was comfortable enough for one night at the price ($128 plus tax). I couldn't believe that just one block down the street, the Marriott was charging their GUESTS $50 for overnight parking!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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80 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Not much to add about the overall hotel from all the other reviews. The location is great and when you get free parking, you have hit the jackpot. For room details... we had one of the "suites" (I think it was room 212?) which had one separate room with a queen bed and another room (like normal hotel room connected to the bath area) with a king bed. The TV in the room with king bed was very fuzzy and they couldn't fix it while we were there. Not a big deal considering you are sight-seeing all day, but at night, you will look at a scratchy\fuzzy TV. The housekeeping room was next door, too, so there was some noise coming from there in the morning. There is no view from this room but even if you were on the front of the hotel you would just be looking at the street (but you would have a little balcony). There is a unique irish pub\indian restaurant place across the street (great if you want a beer or snack before going to your room each night).

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Along with majority of the reviews, it is in an excellent location, and a very short walk to several main tourist spots, we did not feel far from anywhere we wanted to visit.
Rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable, but great value. The room was a bit dated, but we were only there to sleep after busy days sightseeing.
Very little noise at night, and comfy beds, pillows
The options for breakfast nearby seemed limited, but would recommend Pat's and Hollywood cafe.
For dinner, try Fior d'italia, it was very good and not touristy.
Would recommend as a good value base for seeing the city

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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229 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Had a very enjoyable 5 night stay here at the start of April. First of all - location - excellent, just at the North end of Columbus Ave, around the corner from the start (North end) of the Powell-Mason cable car line, so easy access to Union Square and everywhere inbetween. It takes 5 mins to walk to Fishermans Wharf (We walked down Jones St which takes you right into the heart of Fishermans Wharf). Great nearby places for breakfast - Hollywood Cafe at 530 N Point St, or even closer is Pat's Cafe at 2330 Taylor St which is just across from the hotel (level with the Bimbo 365 club - which is NOT a Gentlemans Club - did not appear to even be open while I was there) behind the 'International Sports Club' (which serves great Magaritas by the way!).
And what about the guest parking - its free! Most hotels in SF charge $40 plus tax per day so if you have a car with you you really should stay here! There is a second level to the car park, you just have to drive up the short driveway to the left of the hotel as you face the front, then take the first right.
The rooms are large for the city, clean, quiet (no street noise - I was at the back on the third floor) and there is a lift if you have heavy luggage. The staff are friendly and helpful, I really cannot recommend this place highly enough. Its in a great area, very safe, lots to do within walking distance (also a large Walgreens across the street) and the room options and prices are also extremely reasonable and competitive. Highly recommended - even from someone more used to Holiday Inns and Hiltons around the World!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1075 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Russian Hill
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#3 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#35 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#40 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
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