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Reviewed July 23, 2012

The CMI was great. Although it is an older place, it is clean and well kept. Our room faced the street and we had no problem with street noise. The room was large and the bed was very comfortable. Noah and the other desk clerks were very friendly and helpful.
You cannot beat the location as you are right between North Beach and the Wharf/Embarcadero area. Chinatown is also very accessible from this location, and you can catch a trolley car or bus within a block of the CMI to go wherever you want. We parked our car and walked the entire three days we were there. It is a longer walk to AT&T Park, but you can always catch the electric trolley. We plan on staying here in again on our next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Check in went smoothly: Noah was nice and efficient. Parking is free: two areas to park at the hotel. We had a king size room that was so very comfortable: king size bed very comfortable and lots of pillows. In room safe. The only negative: no refrig and you can rent a refrig for $5 a day (if available). There was some street noice from Columbus Avenue. Had a balcony room and saw the skyline at night (really pretty). Rooms very modern and clean. Short walk to all the tourist spots. Tourist shopping along Taylor Ave (cheaper than Pier 39 area). Had a great tour with Denise with San Fransciso Tour company: city tour, lunch at Saulisto, Muir Woods stop and trip back on the Ferry: wonderful tour.Cable cars lines close to hotel. Excellent and inexpensive shopping in China Town. Overall, a wonderful stay at Columbus Inn and would definately recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

I agree with all the other positive prior reviews. Location is great - walking distance to many attractions. The free parking in the brightly lit clean garage. Area is safe and convenient. Room was nice size, clean and we had a view from the balcony of Coit Tower.

Staff was friendly and helpful.

It was a little noisy but it's in a city so thats to be expected.

Many places to eat nearby and Fishermans Wharf is easily walk able.

I highly recommend this place. It's a gem as others have said.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Roy U
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We discovered this gem in 1986 and never looked back. It has large, clean, comfortable rooms and free parking (although the parking is admittedly tight). It's a short 3 block walk to the Hyde St cable car, Ghirardelli Square, and the hubbub at Fisherman's Wharf. The Bay & Taylor cable car terminus is 1 1/2 blocks away, and cable cars can be glimpsed and their clanging bells heard from the motel's balconies on Columbus Ave whenever they cross Columbus. This was great entertainment for our son when he was younger. For this reason, I would recommend requesting a Columbus Avenue room even though they can be a little noisier because of street noise. For this past stay, our room was located on the corner of the building next to neighboring Bimbo's nightclub, and I did hear the pounding of the bass through the exterior wall one night. However, Bimbo's doesn't have an event every night. Even though I am a light sleeper, this would never deter me from staying here. The Columbus Motor Inn couldn't be more convenient or more reasonable. The front desk staff has always been very helpful and pleasant. Although the Motor Inn has no restaurant, Pat's Cafe around the corner on Taylor serves an excellent breakfast.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed here passing through San Francisco in July 2012. We're used to staying in places more like the Fairmont, so the decor didn't really impress us but you can't beat the price. It was clean and cheap, and the staff were friendly. Hallway was a bit noisy.

Free Wifi and Free Parking.

Great Indian food place across the street. Book there with OpenTable to get points!

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