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“Stayed for Bear Weekend” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Civic Center Motor Inn

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Civic Center Motor Inn
Ranked #196 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Ione, California
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30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Stayed for Bear Weekend”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

Decent, Reasonably priced place to stay. Centrally located. Conveniently located for public transportation. By no means a dump, like other similarly priced places I've stayed at in The City but not the Hilton either. Just a plain, simple, clean, conveniently located place to sleep, shower and change. Has undergone some renovations and still looks like it has some more work still going on. Staff nice and friendly. Since we were there for Bear weekend, it was just around the corner from some of the Gay Bars that were hosting events. We have stayed here in the past and will definitely stay again, as long as the price stays reasonable. I'm a price shopper, so price is a big factor as is the Free Parking, which there is plenty here. As for Bed Bugs, as the other posters mentioned, the posters must have brought their own, because we didn't see any sign of any or that there were ever any there. I think some people that are just plain snobs and are expecting 5 star quality at a 3 star price. They are not happy so they throw in the "bed bug" scare to try and hurt the owners of the establishment, which is just plain mean and unethical.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Bear C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

My kid is still traumatized.

I had never seen bed bugs up close in my life. It was a disgusting experience to wake up itching with bites all over and a bug still feeding on me.

There was also a huge stain on the ripped comforter and lots of traffic coming in and out of the rooms around me.

The staff acts as if you're a Burden and even with a dnd sign up, housekeeping came banging on my door at 10 am.

Rooms look ok, but only get cleaned very superficially.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nachodo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

I've stayed here for both business and pleasure. The rooms were a lot nicer than I expected and very clean.

Location is fairly central & they have free parking, which is rare in sf.

The front desk staff was AMAZING. Alexandra at the front desk helped me plan my itinerary for each day of my first visit and was extremely pleasant. They will definitely go out of their way to help a guest.

I'd stay here again- no doubt

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Skyguy5
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Ione, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

I stayed here back in February of 2009 (it doesn't give that option in the drop-down). The ONLY thing I can say that was good during my husband and my stay was they allowed us late check in. I booked this hotel at a good price right before our trip. They decided to inform me, after booking, that they were doing some renovations but said that it shouldn't interfere with our trip. Because of all the work the sight of the hotel was an eyesore. During our 5 day stay there, we heard every type of typical construction work you can think of. Sawing, Hammering, Drilling, etc... All of which started around 9am or earlier. While I usually wake up early, if I choose to sleep in while on vacation, I should be able to. The fire alarm malfunctioned in our room and went off, twice, as well.
The day before we left we had been out all day and came back to our room to find a ring of my husbands missing (luckily it was only being used for sizing and only worth around $50). I called the front desk to ask about this and they told me the housekeeping didn't see it. Of course they didn't.

After our trip and my husband returned overseas I proceeded to email the hotel to complain. They said they had no listing of us staying there at this time and as such wouldn't help me. Because, apparently, I would take time out of my day to lie about staying at their hotel. I replied to them and gave them both the names of my husband and myself, told them if need be i'd find my reservation confirmation through priceline or could print out a statement from our credit card. I sent this to them multiple times. I have yet to receive an apology or a response.

This is even more of a disappointment as I have stayed in many best westerns and always been happy. Unless some serious changes have taken place. Find somewhere else to stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sharon A
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

My husband & I stayed for 2 days. Got a good price, the room seemed really clean, came with lots of tv channels, free parking, microwave & fridge. 1st night was fine, but on the 2nd night we started itching. I turned on the lights and found a bunch of huge bed bugs. We left immediately without bothering to stop & check out.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Angie H
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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

The Civic Center Motor Inn as a quaint hotel located deep in SOMA, (South of Market Street). Most of the Inn has be remodeled, and the rooms are nice and very affordable. What's nice is that it's located right behind the Lone Star bar and within walking distance to other gay bars. The staff is very courteous & kind. I will continue to stay there when I visit San Fransisco.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mrgusgus
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Laguna Beach, California
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is a motel that is centrally located in a hip/gay quasi industrial area of S.F. within walking distance of both the Union Square shopping and all the nightclubs of SOMA. The motel was much better than our expectations: It was very clean and the housekeeping was impeccable. Surprisingly, even the interior decorating and the bed comfort were several levels above Travelodge. The breakfast (which I visited only once and left) was, however, strictly Travelodge quality. There was ample free parking and, with a router in our room, quick wi-fi connections. The front desk was very friendly and accomodating. Altogether a very pleasant place to stay at a very reasonable price.

Room Tip: We were in the back--very convenient to the parking lot and quieter than directly on 9th Street.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank martin l
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Additional Information about Civic Center Motor Inn

Property: Civic Center Motor Inn
Address: 364 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3836
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #196 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Civic Center Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To really enjoy the City, stay in the center of it at the Civic Center Motor Inn. Ideally located just a few blocks from Union Square, cable cars, the Opera, theatres, and world class restaurants, the Civic Center Motor Inn is the perfect jumping off place for touring the City and other Bay Area destinations. Business guests will appreciate our proximity to the Civic Center and Moscone Convention Center. The Civic Center Motor Inn offers the ultimate in value and convenience, including complimentary continental breakfast buffet, free parking, easy freeway access, and nearby public transportation. Our friendly staff is at your service to help make your stay enjoyable and a place you want to return to again and again.The Civic Center Motor Inn offers 57 attractive guest rooms, each designed with your comfort in mind. Guest room features include: Free Parking Free High Speed Wireless Internet Free Continental Breakfast, 100% Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Swimming Pool, Microwave & Refrigerator, Hair Dryer, Iron with full size board, Expanded Cable Television with HBO included. ... more   less 
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