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Holiday Inn San Francisco Fishermans Wharf
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)   |  
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Ranked #105 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
romeoville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Location & Comfy Beds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

We booked this hotel through Hotwire and were a little worried about some of the reviews after finding out the hotel name. Many people commented on the inconvenience of staying in the annex building. That is were we stayed and it was comfortable, quiet, and clean. We found no problem with that at all! We had a nice size bathroom and the beds were great! Free wireless is a real bonus and my laptop fit in the room safe, which gave me a great sense of security while out during the day. Cannot say anything bad about this hotel. We had a great experience. The location was perfect. Easy to walk to the Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, cable cars, and all attractions.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2009

I chose this hotel after DAYS of discussions with a travel agent friend and after reviewing maps of San Francisco hotels/neighborhoods until my eyes crossed. Package prices via Priceline were so similar, I didn't want to miss staying at a high-end 5* hotel when it was only dollars more per night. In the end, I chose this Holiday Inn for several key reasons:

Free Wifi: The prices I read for in-room Wifi at some other hotels were amazingly expensive and I didn't want to spend any of my vacation money that way.

Location: You're three blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, a few blocks from the the trolley cars, and there's a bus stop just outside of the hotel door on the street. Even though you are in the heart of the tourist area, we never heard a noise except for the morning garbage truck previously mentioned in other reviews - and after the first morning, we never heard it again.

Fridge at no charge: The hotel provided a free small refrigerator as we needed it for medication. The fridge was delivered to the room and working within five minutes of our check-in.

Large room: We stayed on the 4th floor and the room was huge. It featured a king-size bed, lovely sofa-bed, desk, two nightstands, a dresser, and an entry hall closet area.

Other noteworthy items: free in-room safe, coffeemaker & coffee, pool, nice toiletries, thick towels (and plenty of them), iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and a plush bed we just wanted to sink into.

We rented a car for one day (to see Napa Valley & Muir Woods) and because of the expensive hotel parking fee, we returned the vehicle that night instead of paying to park it at the hotel. If you must have your own vehicle and must park it at the hotel, be prepared for the price, because it is going to cost you some money. Thankfully mass transit is a breeze in San Francisco, so we did not need a car to see the city.

One day house-keeping forgot to replenish our coffee supply so on our way out, I mentioned it to the woman at the restaurant/bakery counter in the lobby, and she gave both of us free Starbucks. That's the kind of customer service that makes a huge difference! The concierge was friendly when arranging our transportation to the airport for the return flight and he even matched the price of a competitor. Every employee we met was friendly and willing to assist so we have no personnel complaints at all!

You can stay at more expensive hotels that charge for every little thing and you can stay at less expensive hotels that may give you pause upon arrival. We're happy that we stayed where we did b/c it was comfortable, clean, and fell nicely in the middle of the hundreds of San Francisco hotels at which I looked.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

Facilities good, free internet on fifth floor with access to printers. Room on 4th floor comfortable but noise from street below, especially in the early hours when the garbage truck came round. Staff friendly and helpful. Parking expensive, even with concession, but secure. Didn't eat there but plenty of breakfast places close by. Other guests say rooms by pool where quieter. Overall a good location. Fridge available on request, we needed this for medicines so no charge to us.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

I had read the reviews on trip advisor and was quietly confident! Once we had got rid of the very rude and unhelpful man who checked us in and wouldnt go out of his way for anybody with regards to rooms and spoke to a guy called "Gerry" I had every reason to be. He was so helpful and clearly happy in his job. This hotel is in such an excellant position to everything. The main front road along all the piers, the cable car turnaround, local bus stops outside. Its just perfect and not noisey at all. The rooms are fantastic and the beds really are toooo comfortable, i never wanted to really get up. The rooms are cleaned so well, new towels everyday and everything renewed. There is an in room safe. The shower pressure is great and the bath is nice too when you want to rest your weary feet!!!Walgreens and Safeway are all a short walk away. My only negative is there is no fridge in the room. The gym is excellant and has everything you need but unfortunately children were using it without supervision, despite a notice saying over 18s only. I did report to the front desk, its only a matter of time before there is an accident in there. But this hotel is excellant. You really couldnt ask for any more. A MUST is the mexican restaurant in the "Cannery" accross the road almost. Try it, you wont be disapointed. Service and food faultless.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

Stayed here with husband and children for three nights. The location was great, only short walk to all the piers. Was also within walking distance of Little Italy, Ghirardelli Square, and Chinatown.
When booking our room we were told it would have two queen beds and a sofa. Upon arrival, we were disappointed to find two double beds and no sofa. The room was also small for a family, and would have been better suited to two people. Our room was across the street from the main section, on Beach St. It was extremely noisy at night. The cable cars, buses, and people were right under our window which made it hard to fall asleep, and got us up early. We are from a major city so we are used to loud noise, but this was ridiculous. Also, the bath towels always had a weird smell to them, even though we got fresh ones everyday. Parking was expensive but we were aware of that beforehand. We were not in the room often and only used it to sleep and for a quick rest stop.
All in all, you get what you pay for. This hotel really does have a great location, and we got a pretty good price, especially for San Francisco.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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High Wycombe, UK
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2009

On first review, it’s a Holiday Inn… nothing special, nothing spectacular, just a Holiday Inn. However, it is far, far more than this. The Hotel is located very centrally in Fishermans Wharf, which is the main touristy area, with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Also, it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Italian district and 20 minutes to china town, with lots of fantastic restaurants. Furthermore, it’s about a 1 minute walk to Denny’s (within the second building) and Starbucks, so you don’t have to pay silly money for the hotels breakfast.

The hotel itself is split into two, a main building with reception on Columbus Avenue, and a second building which we stayed in on Beach Street, again with a small reception. Probably best to phone the hotel first to find out which building you will be in as there is quite a walk between the two. Not easy with heavy cases.

The rooms are large, mine had a king sized bed, sofa and desk, as well as a large bathroom. They are very well decorated, the bedding is simple & clean and the towels plentiful.

Security is good with lifts (or elevators) locked by room key, one-way emergency exits and safes in each room. One issue if you drive there is parking, it’s really, really expensive!

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody who wants to go to San Francisco for a vacation or even a business trip.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, UK
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2009

We stayed at the Holiday Inn 12 years ago on our first visit to San Fransisco with Virgin Holidays and we in the Annexe. We were back in May 2009 and got a room in the main hotel as requested.

12 years ago one of the big plus points was the free parking so what a contrast to find that parking would be $41 a night. To be fair we had spotted this before booking so had arranged for the hire car to be returned on the day after arriving as we knew public transport was plentiful and reliable. We tried returning the car on the day we arrived but got to the Dollar office 30 minutes after it had closed so ended up scouting around the area for cheaper overnight parking. The best we found was $28.

The room we had was on the 4th floor and it was huge. There was a king size bed and a sofa bed for our son. Our bed was extremely comfortable and a pillow menu offered. We did have to phone for bedding for the sofa bed but it was delivered within minutes.

The room did not have a fridge or a safe or much hanging space for towels even though the hotel heavily promoted their reuse.

We didn't eat in the hotel, although there was a very reasonably priced pasta and salad promotion posted in all the lifts.

My son tried the pool but said it was very cold.

We spoke to the concierge about a transfer back to the airport at the end of our stay since we were without a car. He advised us to take a taxi since the fare would be less expensive than using one of the shuttle services because there was 3 of us. He was right too.

Karen, Ian and David, Leeds, UK

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #105 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn San Francisco Fishermans Wharf 3.5*
Number of rooms: 585
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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