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Cow Hollow Inn and Suites
Ranked #38 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Lancaster, MA
1 review
“Great price & location”
Reviewed August 14, 2007

I really liked the location of this hotel. Easy access to bus routes and the major tourist attractions of the city. Great restaurants and shops nearby. Very reasonably priced compared to many other hotels in San Fran. Absolutely would stay here again!

Stayed July 2007
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Thousand Oaks, California
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167 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2007

This is a very nice hotel. Clean, well furnished with free parking. While not in the downtown area, it is close to bus stops that take you into town. Great neighborhood for a tremendous variety of places to eat and drink. Major problem is noise at night. Hotel is on Lombard which is a major highway to the Golden Gate Bridge. Trucks and cars run all night long. Hotel runs from Lombard to Chestnut. Chestnut is much quieter. I would suggest someone staying here insist on a room closer to Chestnut Street.

  • Liked — Well run hotel..free parking...access to town and close to restaurants
  • Disliked — noisy
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank slr_7
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New York City, New York
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59 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2007

we stayed for 2 nights. the room had 2 dbl beds. it was very clean very safe but also very old. i am not fussy or fancy but the old funiture and carpet took me off guard. other eviews said the front desk was not friendly...i found them to be charming and helpful.the location was very nice but we had a limited time to see a great deal and it would have been better to stay near the wharf to see the tourist stuff and ride the trolly. the city bus is right around the corner from the hotel so if you have more time to spend this is great.

if you are not botherd by od furniture this place is perfect...price and parking cant be beat...and again it is old but clean.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — age of furniture and carpet
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Thank pheslie
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Chico, California
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87 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2007

Stayed at the Cow Hollow Motor Inn just one night as we were in town to watch the Giants play (got to see Barry hit #750) . Motel is very well kept, room was large by SF standards , lots of counter space in bathroom, good water pressure. Place seemed very secure , you have to use your room key to access elevators. Best of all parking is free in a enclosed parking lot, parking space is a premium in SF , with most hotels charging $35-45 dollars per day for parking. Heck we paid $30 to park at the ballgame and another $12 to go to the farmers market at the ferry building. As noted by other entries there are numerous places to eat within 2 square blocks of motel including Mels Diner ( of American Graffitti fame) right across the street. We had a 3rd floor king w/ city view , nice view however if you open the windows the noise from Lombard Street is very loud , once closed noise barley audiable. Staff were very effeicent check in and out took less than 5 minutes. All in all the motel met all our needs and we will not hesitate to stay here again.

Stayed July 2007
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Pearl City, HI
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2007

With an excellent location right on busy Lombard Street in the heart of the Marina District, Cow Hollow has a mix of regular hotel rooms and suites. We stayed in the 2BR 2B suites in the back, with its own underground parking, entrance and exit onto a quiet back street and literally 5 steps away from Noah's Coffee that supplied us with caffeine and breakfast on a couple of cold San Francisco mornings. The suite was more like a fully furnished apartment, full kitchen, fireplace, a 4 poster bed in one bedroom and ridiculously soft down comforters in both, a walk-in closet and another pullout in the living area.

Restaurants and watering holes ring the motel, I counted 10 within one block of the front door. Everything from pizza to Korean food.
Convenient laundry room right across the hall, with free soap. **Now the minuses. Old tube tv (with broken knobs & buttons)in the bedroom
that could only manage a greenish tinged picture. That was overcome by the nice flatscreen in the living area complete with DVD player. But I like to watch Leno before I sleep! Rooms are kept spotless by staff, but trash under the sink when we checked in and one day, no one made up the room! Lots of towels, so no big deal. The guy who came up to empty the trash acted as though he was doing us a favor. No tip for you buddy!

And of course, the requisite kids upstairs jumping off the bed or walls. We chalked it up to youthful exuberance, until it went on for an hour, then we called the desk. Problem solved. Finally, when I called to make my reservation I was told that an AARP discount of 10% would be applied. Of course, I never took a name, but upon checking in a matronly lady said quite curtly "only AAA but that doesn't apply to the suites." Thank you very much. Again, no biggy, but every little aggravation seems to be amplified when you have certain expectations. Know what I mean?

The suite should not be confused with a five star hotel, with turn-down service and chocolates on the pillows, but should be appreciated
for what it is, a comfortable, family oriented, base of operations for exploring SF and all it has to offer. Overall I'd go back.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Attitued of staff
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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6 Thank NaKoa
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Missouri
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2007

We stayed at Cow Hollow for 4 nights in May - 2 nights before we went to Yosemite and 2 nights after. The price was very reasonable (especially with the free parking). The room was VERY clean. They had free wireless internet. Others here have complained about the noise, but even though we had a room facing Lombard, we were not bothered by the noise (and we come from a quiet town of 16,000, so we are not used to the traffic sounds). We also liked the location - it felt very safe and there were lots of places to eat nearby (we liked the Bay Watch next door for breakfast). We walked to Fisherman's Wharf from here - a long walk, but very doable.

Our only problem - on our third night here, the toilet clogged. My husband called the front desk and asked that they send someone up with a plunger to fix it - he was told no they wouldn't, but there was a plunger available if he wanted to come down and get it and fix the clog himself! When I stay at a hotel, I expect the plumbing to work and if it doesn't I certainly don't expect to have to fix it myself! It was late (about 10:00) and it just seemed easier to plunge the toilet ourselves rather than argue with the front desk, so we did, but the whole incident certainly lowered my overall opinion of the Cow Hollow.

That being said, I would stay here again.

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — Service when we had a problem
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Northern California
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2007

We have been staying at the Cow Hollow, Coventry, and Chelsea Motor Inns every time we visit San Francisco (2-3 times a year) for the past 20 years. For the last 15 years, we have been staying exclusively at the Cow Hollow. We like the neighborhood (lots of good restaurants) and appreciate the free parking and the reasonable price. Over the years, however, the service and room quality has declined. Until the last few years, the service was good and if, at check in, the hotel could not meet requests for floor and room type, they apologized and did the best they could to accommodate you. This is no longer the case. Our last 3 stays have involved very perfunctory even unpleasant experiences at check in. The front desk now has all the charm of an airport ticket counter, with the same adversarial, hurried feeling. When I asked if anyone had even read our request for the 3rd floor, I was told with a shrug "we are very popular now." When we checked out, I noticed many welcome bags on the back counter and got the impression that the hotel caters to groups and does not really care about individual travellers anymore.

The rooms are reasonably sized but have gotten a little worn looking, with scuffed furniture, somewhat worn mattresses, and the occasional stains on the carpets. If you can get a room in the back on the 2nd or 3rd floor, the hotel is still a good deal, but if you end up on Steiner St. or worse yet on Lombard St. you'd better not mind lots of traffic noise.

We may stay at the Cow Hollow again, but are also motivated to seek a new place in SF.

  • Liked — Price, location, free parking
  • Disliked — The staff, and the worn out look of the room
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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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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#7 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#31 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#32 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#75 Business Hotel in San Francisco
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cow Hollow Inn and Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 130
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