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“In the center of it all!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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1075 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Russian Hill)   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Great place to stay for families on a budget, definitely in between Pier 39 and China Town. Bit of a walk so I would not recommend for the physically handicapped who use a cane like my mom and aunt. Otherwise great hotel for the price and location.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you are looking for a quality no-frills hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco this is your place! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable of the surrounding area, they were able to provide restaurant and attraction suggestions. The location of this hotel is fantastic for the price you pay, it is located in North Beach within walking distance of some great restaurants and neighborhoods.

If you are looking to avoid the tourist trap of Fisherman's Wharf and explore more that the city has to offer I would HIGHLY recommend staying here.

A few suggestions if you decide to stay here though. One, make your reservations well in advance, this hotel seems to be well-known for it's location and value so the rooms fill up fast.
Two, parking can be a bit tight in their garage but it sure beats trying to find street parking.

I would absolutely stay here any time I visit San Francisco.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great location for San Francisco sites. Within walking distance to most piers and other local attractions. Parking is included in the rate. We were lucky that they had a room ready for us before our check in time. They also let us park there late on the day that we left. Our room was clean and some might say out-dated, but pretty decent. Overall, great value for the money if you don't mind walking just a little further.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stayed here at the Columbus Motor Inn for our end of our vacation. We were lucky to get one of the corner rooms with the big windows. These rooms are very spacious and when we arrived the room was spotless. You might consider the decor a little bit outdated but our room still did look much nicer than what you might be used to from an average budget motel. Besides the clean room one of the big advantages is the fact that parking is available within the building and is priced into the room rate. This combined with the excellent location very close to the cable cars, Fisherman Wharf and many other must-do's of San Francisco makes this a very convenient place to stay at. The hotel staff at check-in was friendly.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great location....within walking distance to the waterfront Nd Fisherman's Wharf...also close to Lombard Street. Free parking was a nice plus. Nice, clean hotel...nothing fancy but a good choice if you are on a budget...Nice comfy beds also.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I stayed with my wife and daughter at this hotel during a 10 days vacation in SanFran. Wonderful place to stay if you don't need luxury from a hotel. the rooms are clean and the staff is nice.
I strongly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This Motor Inn is very basic - nothing fancy, the room decor is a bit dated but it was clean, friendly, reasonably priced and in a great location. There is no lobby, no dining, no pool, just the parking, check-in room, and 3 floors of rooms but we didn't come to San Francisco to stay in our hotel - just needed a clean, economical, comfortable place to sleep and come and go from for our family of 4 trip and for that Columbus Motor Inn fit our needs
Free parking in this touristy pricey area and walking point location are two of the main reasons to stay here

PROs
Free parking
Nice staff. One guy (didn't catch his name) always seemed to be there! But he was very nice and helpful
Walking distance to many key tourist sites and transportation services (double decker buses, cable car, bus stop #30 right outside door) easy walk to Fisherman's wharf, Pier 33, Ghirardelli square. Convenient Walgreens at the end of the block, We walked to two breakfast places - Pat's Cafe and Hollywood Cafe- both good places

CONS
Not really a con as the main reason I picked the hotel was the free parking (other hotels in the area charge around $50!)just a word of advice the parking takes some serious maneuvering skills as the spots are tiny(they make use of every square inch of the garage) Be prepared but again it's such a great reason to stay here if you have a car. (Our trip included Sonoma area days ) We parked the car the day we checked in and didn't move it until we checked out

ROOM
I request and received a 3rd floor room with a view
We stayed in room 301, had a terrific view (we could see Coit Tower, church, water) a large room good for family of 4. no balcony (but nice big windows you can open for air) and was right across from the elevator, corner room.
Very basic, the decor is a bit dated but it was clean, cable box is laying against the wall on top of the flat screen TV which was a bit odd. wi-fi was a bit slow.
I requested a refrigerator (only $5 a day) very helpful when traveling with kids
The shower/toilet room was probably the most dated part of room and smelled a bit our first night so I bought an air fresher the 1st night at walgreens
There is a safe in the closet which is nice to have
There is a restaurant/bar across the street that was a bit noisy one night but being on the 3rd floor it didn't keep me up at all - the view definitely made up for any typical big city street noise you might expect.
Other reviews mentioned Bimbo's which you can see from my picture is on the side of the hotel we stayed in, (bathroom window looks out to the building and more great views) we were there mid week so heard no noisy so not sure if that would be a problem on weekend nights

when we checked in we were told they were going to steam clean our room carpets during our stay and we worried that we would come back to a musty smelling room but we didn't and it was nice to know we were walking on a freshly cleaned carpet (although I wish it had been done before we were in the room but oh well) they did a good job. Had a chance to speak to the cleaning lady who mentioned she was a bit behind cleaning our room, but only because she was making sure the carpet cleaners did a good job!

SUMMARY
I do like staying at hotels with nice amenities but when traveling with a family on a budget and you want to spend your money wisely in an expensive city and make the most of your time enjoying the sites nearby the Columbus Motor Inn is a great option. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#29 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#31 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
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Also Known As:
Columbus Motor Hotel San Francisco
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