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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Great location, about 10 min walk to Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, cable cars, and about 15 mins to Alcatraz ferry and to North Beach (Little Italy). Free parking is really key as other motels in area charge ~$40/day. Yes, you can get lots of places by public transit and on foot, but a car is much better for driving the short distance to Coit Tower, Lombard St. (crooked street), and other must-sees like GG bridge, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, etc. The rooms are no-frills, but clean and comfortable. A suite was perfect for my wife and I staying with our teenage daughter. Due to a front-desk mix-up, we had to change rooms, and so got to experience front and back rooms. I didn't find front room (facing Columbus Ave) too noisy at all, and had great views of Sts Peter & Paul steeples and of Transamerica tower. Don't be put off by "Bimbo's" next door. According to a local friend, it's a long-time night club that mostly hosts private parties. It's not racy at all. However, they did wake us up one night at 3:00 am after one such private party. There's a Walgreen's about 5 mins away, and a Trader Joe's about 10 mins away. For breakfast, walk about 15 mins up Columbus Ave, and left on Filbert St for great Italian pastries at Victoria's. Otherwise, not many choices in immediate blocks along Columbus Ave.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

So, its not fancy and there are not a lot of perks, but, the price is great for SF, the rooms are clean (we got a 2 room suite for family harmony), the entire staff is friendly, parking is free, wifi is free, and the location was perfect for our family trip. Thanks to the free parking, we took advantage of a low weekly rental car rate at the airport and kept the car in the parking lot for the few days we were in SF even though we only used it once after arriving at the hotel. That was cheaper than using ground transportation from the airport, etc. The location is just a few blocks from the Fishermans Wharf madness, but not part of it. One block from a cable car, and just a few blocks from the North Beach area. We bought a three day pass for the cable cars and grabbed one whenever we wanted to go to Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach (if we didn't feel like walking), whatever. Lastly, I liked the fact that the windows in the hotel room opened all the way so you can really enjoy the sunshine or breezes while taking a break from the city.

Room Tip: Our room was third floor away from the street and was really quiet. We didn't have a great city view, but we were looking up the hill at other residences and felt like we were SF residents. It was a peaceful setting actually.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Thank GeorgiaQuacker
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This motel is centrally located. You can walk to the fishermans wharf, the cable car($12), and the Alcatraz tour pier. A quick bus ride ($2), or cab will get you everywhere else. There is a drug store right next door, and a Trader Joes 2 blocks away. Free parking is the best value. No refridgerator in rooms. Dark drapes allowed us to sleep in.

Room Tip: Higher floor room was quiet.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

The Columbus Motor Inn is fantastic value and well located. We were happy with the room size and free parking. The rooms dont have a fridge but you can hire one for $5 a night if you nedd one. There is an ice machine and vending machine near the elevator. This hotel isn't the Ritz but a clean and comfortable hotel. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

I have to admit that I was a little worried because the price was so incredibly reasonable. However, we were very pleased with our stay and would definitely stay here again if in the area. The location is fantastic; we were able to walk to many attractions and nearby restaurants with ease. The decor was updated and newer. Rooms were large with all the modern amenities expected (coffee maker, safe, flat screen TV, free WiFi, etc). Housekeeping did an excellent job of keeping the place spotless too.
We took the advice of other reviewers and asked for a room in the rear of the hotel so that we would not be bothered by Columbus Street noise while sleeping. This worked out perfectly and it was very quiet. We even had a great view of the Coit Tower and the Transamerica building. However, be advised that once a week trash starts being collected at 5:30am and lasts for a couple of hours. We were on the side of the building facing a restaurant/nightclub so they had lots of cans that needed emptying! I'm guessing if you were on the other side of the hotel, you would not have had that issue. Truthfully, it was not that big of a deal, especially considering the great rate that included free WiFi and free parking. There are a number of great breakfast spots nearby too. We especially enjoyed The Hollywood Cafe, which was recommended to us by the helpful guy manning the front desk one morning (sorry I cannot remember his name!)

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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