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“Well Worth The Stay!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1940 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Formerly Ramada Limited San Francisco/By the Bay) (Marina District)   |  
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Ranked #204 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Hollywood, Florida
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Well Worth The Stay!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Once again while traveling to San Francisco on business, I was faced with taking out a loan just to pay for a hotel room in Downtown, so I ventured on one of my favorite discount hotel sites and decided to do the unthinkable, go for a one star hotel that I could afford. Prices for hotel rooms in downtown San Francisco are becoming like monthly mortgage payments. Well this was a pleasant surprise. I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!! Actually, I believe this property should be a 2 star not one. The new owners have really been working hard at upgrading all the rooms. I looked into several rooms and they all appear to have new carpet, flat screen TV and nice granite counters in the bathroom area. The bed was very comfortable and my room was very clean. The property is really quaint. There are 2 floors above the free parking garage and the only way to get in is through a stairway so the property is very secured with an open courtyard in the middle of the hotel. There is a free continental breakfast every morning and complimentary newspapers at the front desk. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. The cleaning staff does a remarkable job at keeping all the rooms clean. I REALLY RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL. For the price and location, you can't get a better deal in San Francisco. The area that the hotel is located in is full of great restaurants, bars and night life, not to mention right near the Wharf. Don't read the negative reviews they are not true!!!!

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i stayed there with my wife and my two kids. I really dont understand the negative reviews. I got a great deal with hotwire and after i red the reviews in the internet and also at Trip Advisor i was kind of skeptical. When we arrived the stuff at the front desk was very friendly. We have been in the room 233. it was absolutely clean and nice. Nothing to complain about especially at this price categorie. The inly thing about to complain is the parking situation because it ison first come first serve and it isvery limited. I just recommendto park your car and use the piblic transportation. We could even sleep with an open window. It wasnt loud at all.

Stayed April 2015
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Vino P, Manager at Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you, we agree, we are a clean comfortable hotel and we appreciate you mentioning it, please come back if you are ever in the area, enjoy your travels!
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Little Rhody, United States
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 96 cities Reviews in 96 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Old, lousy bed. Nothing fresh and clean. Noisy. Staff was friendly, but seemed to have an attitude of "this place is cheap, and you're getting your money's worth." That may be true, but it may be time to spend a few bucks more. Oh, it does have a good location. What a poor use of a good spot!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vino P, Manager at Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
We thank you for your feedback, and we understand that everyone has a level of comfort and and we are sorry that we let you down. We wish you nothing but the best for you in your travels.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Very dirty! Found a dirty used condom in the bed! Asked to change rooms, she said she had no rooms at all available. toilet was broken, when i asked to use the bathroom in the lobby she said, no i have to wait because she was gonna clean it. I wanted a non smoking room, got a room full of smoke. very rude staff, did not appreciate the attitude. will never come back to this hotel again! If I could give no stars I would!!

Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
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Vino P, Manager at Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, responded to this review, March 26, 2015
We are very sorry for your experience and will forward this onto the owners. We are a limited service hotel, but you are correct there is no excuse for unfriendly behavior, again we are very sorry and will rectify this situation.
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san jose
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Great service, room was nice and big, bathroom nice. Check in nice, lobby basic, service very professional, only thing i didn't like is you could hear the noise of the hallway outside when people walk and talk

  • Stayed February 2015
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vino P, Manager at Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, responded to this review, March 12, 2015
Thank you we do appreciate the feedback, We do have spacious comfortable rooms and a great locations!! and yes some of the rooms are noisier than others, but if you mention that when checking in we can accommodate you. Thank you for your patronage!
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Eugene, Oregon
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Need I say more? The first room was sprinkled in them. All over the beds, and even crawling the wall. Stained towels and linens. Limited parking, and breakfast wasn't very continental.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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Vino P, Manager at Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, responded to this review, February 10, 2015
As every hotel in this industry, there is always a chance for issues, However when we are made aware we will investigate this situation and if we in fact do have an issue we rectify it immediately. We cannot rent rooms that are not clean and comfortable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for the feedback.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We booked this hotel for the walker stalker convention and only booked the room for one night and boy was that a mistake! We have stayed in many other hotels around the state and by far this one was the WORST!!! As soon as we walked in the room smelled like smoke. I checked the bathroom and it didn't get any better. The tub was filthy and mold on the curtin. I proceeded to check the bed and pulled the cover off only to find mold stains on the sheets and stains on the pillows and even some hairs!
We ran out of there as fast as we could and asked for another room. The "new" one wasn't any better stains on the pillows only 2 of them were ok and carpet dirty bathroom not any better and towels looked like they had been used for YEARS!!! Oh and don't expext to find parking they have a limited amount and by limited I mean 10 spaces. Only good thing about this hotel was the location because it was close to the event we were attending. But even so next year we will NOT be staying here!

  • Stayed January 2015
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Vino P, Manager at Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District, responded to this review, February 10, 2015
We understand that everyone has a level of comfort. We clean each room between each use as we have comfortable rooms. We have heard complaints about the smoking rooms and the linens, we will look into this and also forward this information onto the owner. We are sorry that you were disappointed and we surely wish you luck in your further travels.
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Address: 1940 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Formerly Ramada Limited San Francisco/By the Bay)
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #204 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson San Francisco Marina District 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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Also Known As:
Ramada Limited - San Francisco Hotel San Francisco
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