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“Affordable and mere yards from Fisherman's Wharf, but be sure to lower your standards” 3 of 5 stars
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The Wharf Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2601 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)   |  
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Ranked #135 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
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“Affordable and mere yards from Fisherman's Wharf, but be sure to lower your standards”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stayed here for three nights near the end of July 2012.

The benefits of this hotel are easily summed up: price and location. You'd be hard pressed to find a better deal this close to the Wharf and Pier 39 - they're literally a few steps from the front desk of the hotel. Of course, this could very well lead to all the money you saved booking a room here being lost after all as both of these tourist traps loaded with eateries, gift shops and "fun 'n games" are nearby!

One of the other major perks of this hotel is the free parking for guests. This was the first time we visited San Francisco, but we've heard that it is near impossible to find (affordable) parking in the city and that many hotels charge you for parking. Suffice to say, we were very pleased. The parking spots aren't abundant though, so we opted to park the car when we checked in and didn't move it again until we checked out, relying on public transit to get around the city. There is a tram station (F-Line) within walking distance from the hotel which gets you to Union Square rather swiftly, so this was ideal. Also, there are a few bike shops nearby where you can rent bicycles to explore the city (and perhaps cross the Golden Gate bridge!) however you'd like to.

The employees at the front desk were helpful and above all, glad to help us. However, they did cause a mix-up with some tickets we purchased through them for a bus tour of the city - they apparently sold us tickets which were incorrectly priced (i.e. too cheap) leading to us not being admitted to the bus. Luckily, the bus tour office is across the street from the hotel so we were able to get it sorted out soon enough.

The room is nothing fancy, though it is spacious considering how little it costs! The bed was fine, as was the bathroom. Free WiFi is provided. The room was clean, but a bit dated both in terms of interior decoration and architecture; few sounds are blocked by the walls. You could hear other guests walking in the corridors and you could also hear everything going on out down on the street (we slept street-side). At night-time there were the occasional cars playing very loud music parked on the street and also, homeless people shouting at one another. Thankfully, access to the elevator and stairs is only granted by a room card, so we felt safe in our room at night.

If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time and feel like you want to be near Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 (and a little bit farther, Lombard Street), I believe this would be your best bet unless you'd rather spend more money for a bit of luxury. However, if you'd rather steer clear of the tourist traps and relocate in the direction of Union Square (shopping and tall buildings) and the variety of famous parks, streets and architecture, I'd recommend you stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

If you want to over pay for location, this is the place, old school motel NO A C ! This is california after all, you need A C.! I stayed in April 2013, stuffy! Ceiling fan, Penthouse, so what !! There is no false advertising in their info, it is what they left out that is important. . For the money and location stay at a chain motel-hotel. Did I mention NO a c ! And I am from Washington state.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Location, location, location! Oh, and free parking! Those were the positives of this hotel. Not a terrible place, since when you are in San Francisco, your room should just be used for sleeping. Our room had a view of the back wall of the building next door. No AC, but there was a ceiling fan. But, if you want to be close to Fisherman's Wharf, this is a well-located hotel. Hair dryers are available, but you have to get them at the front desk.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I choose to stay here because of the location close to everything we were doing - Fisherman's wharf, the Piers, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. In that case it was perfect. However the hotel is very old, run down. Don't expect a big room. We booked a 2 queen room with a cot. So for 5 of us we were cramped. They ran out of room for parking, however made an exception to allow us to park in one of the handicapped stalls out on the street. Our room had a water view but also had a view of all the street vagrants. The city collects garbage through the night and very early in the morning. So between loud people and traffic you don't get much sleep. Water flow was very sad in the shower and lamps were burnt out. No air conditioning which can create poor air flow in room. I recognize that this is one of the cheapest hotels in San Fran by the piers but considering is was still pricey to stay here I was hugely disappointed.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Spent four days in San Francisco and wanted to stay near The Wharf, Little Italy and China Town. Most places in the area are very expensive, around $300 per night for a room with a king bed. The Wharf in was almost half the price and a decent hotel. Since we were on the go non-stop while there, we didn't need anything fancy and this place fit the bill. If you book more than 30 days in advance you get an additional discount.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

The front desk clerk was very rude and disrespectful. I was extremely displeased with his service and would NEVER stay here again! If I wouldn't have lost out on my money for our stay I would have cancelled this hotel and stayed elsewhere! The main reason I booked this hotel was for location, which is fantastic, but that is the only positive thing going for this hotel. Once in our room we discovered fried shrimp underneath one of the beds along with someone's tennis shoe. Not sure how long it's been there, but that is disgusting! The room smells like a musty locker room, I'm surprised that smell overpowers the shrimp under the bed. Such a disappointment!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Would not recommended this hotel at all. Although the location is great the customer service is poor, room dirty and very loud at night. The walls are paper thin could hear people in the room next in the lavatory. For the money stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2601 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Fisherman's Wharf
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #135 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Wharf Inn 2*
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