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“no frills option” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cow Hollow Inn and Suites
Ranked #37 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“no frills option”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

This budget hotel is in a good location and meets basic needs. Our room looked like it had new rugs and wall paper. Amenities were shampoo & conditioner and room coffee maker. Lots of restaurants on Chestnut St. (one block away). Convenient to bus to tourist areas. Close enough to walk to Presidio and GG bridge.

Room Tip: ask for quiet room in the back
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank fromny
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Alberta
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26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Will give this property a "4" since it could definitely use some updates in rooms and halls. We booked 2 nights and stayed 5. A quick drive out of the city made it easy to do day trips to Napa, Sonoma and Point Reyes. Price was right, parking free and location also perfect for taking transit around San Fran. Its walkable (30/40 minutes) to Fisherman's Wharf and Cable Car lines but also easy to catch a bus along Lombard or Chestnut. The area surrounding the hotel is a hub of activity near Chestnut and Union Streets - numerous popular/busy restaurants to choose from. We tried Pacific Catch, Cafe Parma, Super Duper Burger (great burgers!), Toma, The Plant, The Grove (try the turkey club!)... all great and within a short block or two from the hotel. There's lots of shopping and small supermarkets nearby too.
IMPORTANT TIP: Request a room at the back. The view may not be as nice but our room (233) was super quiet. We could see the top of Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts so it wasn't all bad. Our window was right above the backs of restaurants but the noise (and food smells) disappeared every night by 11:00ish (maybe a bit later on weekends.) There is no traffic noise at all - no earplugs needed. We slept very well! Bed was comfy, room was clean and spacious. Staff all very courteous and helpful. No hesitations recommending this hotel, but make sure to request the "back side". It will make all the difference in the world for a good nights sleep!

Room Tip: Choose a room at the back.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Franceisfine
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Antelope, California
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

I guess you get what you pay for. The price was around $100 with free parking, which is nice in San Francisco. The rooms are a nice size with a comfortable bed, but furniture is a little dated. Main problem is the street noise from Lombard Street, which does not stop. The windows are single pane with latches at the top and the bottom. They let in a lot of noise. The front desk has foam ear plugs that they will give you. We went with another couple who did not notice that the top latches on the windows were not closed, so their room was extra noisy. They described it as "Sleeping under a bridge with a blanket."

My advice is to get a room on the side street that has less road noise, check the window locks and get the ear plugs and you should be fine. An extra glass of wine couldn't hurt either.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank BigKuehne
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Sodus, New York
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Rooms was clean and comfortable. The shower water pressure was really and the complimentary shampoo was wonderful! My husband and I stayed 2 nights and had not a single complaint. It is nicely located to explore the Marina district. The staff was friendly and helpful. We tried Mels across the Lombard st. but REALLY recommend the Bay Watch next door where your room key will get you 10% off for superb food.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Alex T
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Centreville
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We just checked out yesterday. Our bill including tax was $133/night for Friday-Sunday for 3 adults. While the appearance of the room is a little outdated, the value is great. The room was clean and very sizable. We had 2 queen beds and another would have easily fit in the room. It was great to have room to spread out and relax, and a bathroom large enough to turn around in! (The only downfall is that the rooms do not come with a microwave or refrigerator for all those leftovers from the great area restaurants.) The hotel staff was GREAT and very helpful in directing us on how to use public transportation, where to buy passes for such, places to eat, and current things going on in the city that were a "must see". The hotel has free covered parking, which is not easy to find in the city. It was easily within walking distance to the 30 Stockton bus line, which quickly takes you to the wharf where you can catch a cable or street car to see other parts of the city. The hotel is also located near many great places to eat. It seemed like the area of town popular with the 20 and 30 somethings, as there were a lot of young faces on the sidewalk and at the restaurants, but it did not give a rowdy appearance at all. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay there again in a heart beat. My daughter and I felt totally safe in this pleasant area. We made an excellent choice

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Linda S
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Auburn, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed 1 night and really liked this place. It's older, but clean and nicely kept. The walk to the marina is very doable. The bus is nearby,too. We had no problems getting to ATT Park. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Good price with free parking. My only complaint-our room overlooked Lombard St. and it was pretty noisy. Given all the plusses I will be back. Maybe with earplugs!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank alohafam
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Denton, Texas, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is great place to stay at a great price. We have a car so free parking was a factor in our choice but we could not have been more pleased. The room is good sized, clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is located in a very nice neighborhood with shops and good food in quick walking distance. Once you master the MUNI, you can go anywhere in short time.

We will definitely return.

Room Tip: Try to get a room that does not face Lombard to minimize street noise.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank DentonTraveler42
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Property: Cow Hollow Inn and Suites
Address: 2190 Lombard St, Between Steiner and Fillmore Streets, San Francisco, CA 94123-2713
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
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Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#31 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#32 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#75 Business Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Cow Hollow Inn and Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 130
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