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“Good no frills hotel at a good location”
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Columbus Motor Inn
Ranked #52 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Good no frills hotel at a good location”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

The great thing about the hotel is its location. All the major attractions are within 15-20 mins driving distance.

It is clean, though old. The internet is of reasonable quality ie 3-4 bars of signal strength most of the time

If you are looking for service, then you will be getting cold, though not unfriendly service. I spoke to the night clerk and the day clerk and they both were "cool", though not rude.

The parking is free. They have parking on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor. The parking spots are somewhat narrow but that's not a knock against the hotel as this hotel is in the prime location, I was not expecting wide parking spots

The walls of the hotel are not noise proof. We could hear the footsteps of the folks upstairs. Though, they could be "loud walkers"

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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South Daytona, Florida
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Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights at the start of our trip down the PCH. Clean, comfortable, very convenient location...really terrific for the price! I travel a lot for business, and generally stay in the upper middle range of chain hotels, and this hotel is as good as any chain experience I have had...better than many, actually. We would recommend to anyone, and will definitely book again when traveling to San Francisco!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

When we checked in, the guy at the front desk treated us like it was a high end hotel. For the price, it is fantastic. The pricing structure is predictable, rooms are clean and above average for the price and they have FREE parking - seriously, just a few blocks from the wharf. I think we paid $110. We stayed at a chain hotel in the wharf as well 2 blocks away where we paid more, were treated like a number, paid a bunch for parking, etc. STAY HERE!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2014

If the popular tourist attractions are what brought you to San Francisco, you can't really beat Columbus Motor Inn for location at an extremely reasonable price. We booked for two weeknights at a rate of $125US taxes included. As others have noted, this includes parking which could run you another $20-30 a night in other downtown establishments. The two double beds room was spacious enough for us three, nicely decorated, and very clean. We also were fortunate to have a third floor room facing away from the street with a great view of the Transamerica tower. It's a quiet, small hotel with almost a nice feel of exclusivity. It's only three floors, so if the lone elevator were to ever conk out, it's an easy jaunt up and down the stairs.

The immediate area doesn't have much in terms of restaurants (there is bar next door), but that probably makes it more peaceful compared to Lombard street hotels. It felt safe, which was important to us. A few minutes walk north on Columbus and you're in Little Italy, a little further and it's Chinatown. Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, all the tour bus and cable car stops are within 5-10 minutes walk.

The hotel manager was efficient and helpful.

We would always check the availability of this hotel first the next time we decide to visit San Francisco,

Room Tip: Third floor facing away from Columbus. It's quiet (except when the garbage truck comes down the...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Amanda, Ohio
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Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

We wanted someplace near the waterfront and tour buses with free parking. This hotel is certainly conveniently located within walking distance to the waterfront, cable car route, the Italian district of SF. The price is excellent for this area. The staff is very helpful. The rooms are quite spacious and comfortable and clean. Bedding is very comfortable. No breakfast but there are nice cafés in the area. A great bargain in SF!

Stayed March 2014
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Edmonds, Washington
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Columbus Motor Inn is in a perfect location...one block from cable cars, three blocks from the waterfront, 6 blocks from Ghiradelli. There is a great restaurants near by. We rented there because of the free parking which was ample. Forgot to ask for a room in the back...we were one floor up above the sidewalk and it was noisy on Saturday night.

Room Tip: Forgot to ask for a room in the back...we were one floor up above the sidewalk and it was noisy on S...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Bedford Hills, NY
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94 reviews
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We stayed at the Columbus Motor Inn for 4 days during a recent trip to San Francisco. This was our second time staying there. It is the perfect place to stay in San Francisco! The rooms are spacious and clean, and the location is the best: It is walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf, lots of great restaurants, Lombard Street, the Alcatraz ferry, the beginning of 2 cable car lines, and so much more! The price is so reasonable, and it even includes free parking. There are lots of cafes nearby for breakfast, but we get a refrigerator in our room ($5 per day) and pick up yogurts, cereal, milk, juice, and fruit at the Trader Joe's a few blocks away and eat in the room.
We will always stay here when we visit San Francisco.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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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:
#21 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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