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Columbus Motor Inn
Ranked #52 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Cramerton, North Carolina, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Best value in San Francisco”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We traveled as a family in early June, and the Columbus Motor Inn was an ideal place for us to stay. It was very affordable without being cheap. The accommodations were very clean, parking was free and off the street, and the desk attendants were very helpful. The inn is at a central location close enough to walk to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and Ghirardelli Square. Our family would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have been here a couple of times. Make sure you ask for a room up front with a view. I could see Coit Tower out of mine. The rooms in the back have a view of a wall but they are quieter, I'm sure.This a budget hotel for SF. But you are a short walk from Fisherman's Wharf and right next to the cable car and bus lines. But better yet, you are just a short walk from all the great Italian restaurant on Columbus St. And you get free parking and wifi. I will stay here any time.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank MrBretz
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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stay here every time we visit San Francisco. It is reasonably priced, very clean, close to restaurants, and right on a bus line, We walked to Coit tower and it was a pleasant walk. The staff (especially Joe) was very helpful and always had great recommendations. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Patsy_Toledo
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Tifton, Georgia
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We booked our San Francisco vacation stay at the Columbus Motor Inn because of other travelor's Trip Advisor recommendations. We were pleased to find out it was the perfect place to stay in a pleasant, safe neighborhood. It is located within walking distance of the wonderful restaurants, parks, etc. to the north of the hotel, and the Fisherman's Wharf area with restaurants and various tours locations to the south and east of the hotel. Since San Francisco is a large city and it was our first trip there, it was important to us to be able to casually and easily get around to see what we wanted to see. It is also close to the locations where various tour buses, the trolly, etc. load and unload. The city bus stops right outside of hotel also which is an inexpensive way to get around the city. The rooms were very comfortable and clean, and the staff was very helpful and always had great recommendations for any of our questions. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Judy B
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Hubby and I went to visit family in San Francisco for one night and needed somewhere that would give us easy access by foot, wouldn't empty our wallets on parking, and offer a comfortable bed and a good night's rest. Columbus Motor Inn met the requirements and I was definitely pleased. This is a great mo/hotel for a short stay. The beds WERE comfortable. The shower was hot. And my husband and I were able to walk everywhere. It's a short distance and a steep hill's walk from Lombard, a nice walk to the Pier 39, and within easy access to tons of excellent restaurants and shops all around Cow Hollow and into Washington Square. Free parking is amazing in a city that averages $40/night anywhere else and there was always an available spot between the main lot and secondary lots. Service was pleasant, even though our only encounters were at check-in and check-out. And the rates were very reasonable. The building itself is showing its age, the amenities are extremely basic, and the room seemed a little dungy to me, but not bad enough to deter me from getting comfortable deep sleep. I was warned that it may be noisy both at night and in the morning, but I experienced neither. Our room was facing Columbus and I didn't start hearing cars until after I was waking up and getting ready for the day. To be fair, it was a Wednesday night... but I didn't have any issues with noise. Overall, our stay at the Columbus Motor Inn could not be beat. We had a great time and were thrilled to be so central to everything for such a fair price. And free parking? Oh heck yes!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank LA_Neener
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Denver, Colorado
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2013

First, the hotel is solid for the money and especially the location. No complaints on the facility. However, we booked on our VISA debit card and paid with another card. $295 dollars is still being held by Columbus Inn and we are on our 14th business day. We were told, you will be told "takes 5-7 business days" - which is already about 4-6 business days longer than it should be in today's transaction environment. It's NOT the amount that stresses us out, it's the verbal mis-information that all the Columbus Inn employees keep relaying, it's inaccurate and shady.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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7 reviews
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Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

Our family (parents, oldest brother and I) booked this hotel based on needing at least three beds, separate living areas. This place was priced right (FREE parking), had 3 beds (1 king, 2 doubles) and was a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf! We stayed in 215 (I think, last unit at end of hall). Had a great view of the bustling city but was very noisy when trying to sleep! The room was clean but no 5 star Ritz! We were very pleased with the accommodations and booked based on reviews from others who stayed here. Thanks Columbus Motor Inn for the quick night passing through San Francisco!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Columbus Motor Inn
Address: 1075 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1798
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Russian Hill
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Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#37 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#39 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Columbus Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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