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“Clean Beds, Great Location - Highly Recommend!” 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 #141 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Yorba Linda, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Clean Beds, Great Location - Highly Recommend!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This was the cheapest rate we could find at the Fisherman's Wharf area so we were skeptical. What a great surprise!

Pros: clean beds, clean bathroom and towels, comfortable room, convenient walking location to FW & Embarcadero, Ghiradelli Square and other spots via a short cab ride. Free parking and wi-fi. Best rates. Friendly staff and helpful. Parking close to rooms so you don't have to haul luggage far and elevator access for second floor guests.

Cons: blow dryer, iron and board are available, but you must go ask front desk for them. Make sure to request them when you check in so you don't have to go back down. Water temperatures fluctuate so be careful when you start the shower- I had to adjust for a few minutes since the water initially came out ice cold before hot. No HBO or premium channels/movies.

Things to consider: not a four star hotel so don't expect flat screen tv, modern decor, nor a coolness factor. Basic and a little outdated, but still worth every penny. Towels a bit thin and shower curtain a bit broken but still worked. Older motel-style inn with outside room access only.

Overall: Happy to have stayed!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night because of the location. From the reviews I read I was honestly worried about staying here and considered changing hotels but for the price and free parking and location we figured it's only 1 night lets chance it. I'm glad we did.

The hotel is nothing fancy but the front desk was helpful and the property is really in a good location. It felt safe because of their cameras around and the front desk is across the elevator. I also liked that you need your room key to call the elevator.

Our room was basic but actually bigger than the room we had at the Handlerly Union Square. First time I've been in a hotel that had a big old tv. Most have flat screens but no big deal as I wasn't there to watch tv. We didn't have a view which would have been nice but for us we don't stay in the room much so it didn't matter. I believe our room had an a/c control but I wasn't sure how to work it so just set it at 70 and turned on the ceiling fan which made the room comfortable.since SFO is normally cool anyway. The location is across from a 7-11 and when you leave the hotel and walk toward the wharf you end up at Boudins Bakery. A short walk will take you to Pier 39 (sea lions) and a walk the other way takes you to Giradelli Square. This was a great central location. They also offer free coffee and hot cocoa in the lobby all day which was a nice added touch.

I'd stay here again if I wanted a hotel near Fishermans wharf.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sparks nv
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We always love staying here.. This time we had the penthouse. Check the rates for different times of the year. Rates can double in all San Fran properties during certain months. The access to public transport is great, 2 blocks from a cable car, half block from street car and bus. We get the 3 day passport pass good for unlimeted travel on Muni. The Embarcardo has free maps of transportation system. The hotel is basic, not a lot of frills. but, parking is free and the rooms are clean. We love to go to Boudin's in the a.m. for fresh bread for breakfast. Only half block from wharf. The penthouse has a full kitchen. It's roughly the cost of two rooms, has 2 bedrooms, living, kitchen combo, and 2 decks. We love it here.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Torrance, California
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Great location, Hotel is very basic, we had a hand-I-cap room. The room was clean and staff was friendly. No added cost to park on site. Balcony rooms facing the street are a must, great view of the bay, but a little noisy. Rooms have fans overheard, no A/C (not needed). Walk to Fisherman's Wharf and other sites. City tour buss and street cars half block away.

Room Tip: Balcony rooms facing street are good.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SANTA MONICA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

My sister had to cancel a non refundable reservation, and the manager Michael agreed to cancel the reservation for a small fee. This is why dealing with small businesses is better than dealing with large corporations. Other large hotels or businesses will never refund a non refundable fee. Thank you - Michael.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Enfield, New Hampshire, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Great location of hotel right by Fisherman's Wharf. Walked to many sites right from hotel. Ask for "Balcony" rooms, I think 210-215 and 310-315. Our view was of a large white brick building and there was no air circulating or breeze. Room was very warm with no air conditioning. No blow dryer. Beds very comfortable. Staff helpful and friendly as well as guests.

Room Tip: Ask for Balcony/view rooms. Stay away from back rooms that face building next door
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We had a lovely stay in San Francisco and the Wharf Inn is in a perfect location. The fact you had to swipe your accesscard to use the lift or stairs was extra security for us and our children. We stayed in a "suite" as we had 2 adults and 3 children but still found this very small. 2 large bed and a creaky fold out couch. Plenty of storage for our clothes and a great shower, however no fridge or beverage facilites. You could make a coffee or hot chocolate in the foyer but would have been happier being able to make a coffee without having to leave my room in the mornings. We had a external corner room which was terribly noisy and we had to ring the front desk to ask another guest to turn their TV down as we could hear it through the floor (our room didnt have any others adjoining. I would probably look for another place to stay if I was to go again, but the location was very hard to beat. 2 min walk to Fishermans Wharf, 5 min walk to the trolley cars, a Supermarket 1 block away....

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the streets unless you can sleep through the noise
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Wharf Inn

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #141 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Wharf Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 51
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