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“Motel in SF - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
Review of Nob Hill Motor Inn

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Nob Hill Motor Inn
Ranked #135 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Corona, California
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Motel in SF - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

The good: this is a well maintained, clean property in a good location. We needed free parking and lots of in and out privileges and this motel provided it in a good location between Fisherman's Wharf and USF. The staff was helpful and welcoming, the in-room coffee was good (a pleasant surprise) and the pastries at breakfast included fresh donuts as well as those packaged ones.

The bad: it's expensive for what you get. I paid more here than for a better Hampton I stayed at in NYC. It's an older property with a motor court layout.

The ugly: they sold someone else the same room on the same night for half the price. I felt cheated.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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sydney
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Arrived to Nob Hill late at night with a party of 6 and found the room we confirmed was given away. This happened although we re confirmed the room by phone 9 hrs prior leaving Hawaii. As you could imagine it did not go down too well. We were in a position where at 12 midnight we had no where to go with kids tired and stessed. The hotel clerk was fantastic. We found another hotel around the corner that required us (including the clerk) to carry and wheel matresses to the one bedroom apartment at 1.30am down Van Ness Ave. The hotel was very apologetic and gave us a discount. What I appreciated was that when a mistake happened they tried their best to correct it. I would stay there again. The family room we eventually went back to was great.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

I stayed in Room 225 for 3 nights in May 2012. I wish I had chosen another place. With an average price of 102US$/night I had expected a spacious room that was OK-nice to be in. I was given a shoebox sized room with a slight odour a la wet dog (hotel has no pets policy though).
The outside temperature was in the high 50's so heating was needed - and the heater/aircon protruded from the wall leaving 1½ ft between aircon and bed! High noise level! One heating level with on/off thermostat that only regulated the heating element while you maually had to adjust/turn off fan. In 10 minuttes it would be too warm so turn off and then in 20 minuttes too cold... Windy city comming to your room...
Only windows towards center of building, and they open only a little. Curtains didn't close completely - so you are exposed to bywalkers (who must pass by to get to their rooms.
Not recommended! (this boy scout got out a needle from the sewing kit to remedy the situation) Check windows location and room size if you must book!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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san francisco
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

The Nob Hill Motor Inn is the place of choice for my Mom when she visits us in San Francisco. She loves the location and we all love the support the hotel provides us with. I highly recommend staying here. It's great!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Umea, Sweden
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

This is a budget motel with good location and free parking. For me as a well-fit European, it is within walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf, the city centre, Lombard Street and more. The room was clean (most important), no disturbing noice from the outside and OK in size, although a little strange furnished. The staff was helpful and I will definitively stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
1 review
Reviewed May 10, 2012

An Asian lady working the night shift was rude and short with us. She quoted us a price she apparently shouldn't have. The next day they wanted to charge us the actual price but I protested. they offered a lower price but not as low as the rude lady had said. I said "OK" but that I was unhappy. Gretel said, "let me ask again" and she did and they gave us the lower price. Pauline, the finance person said "it's more important that the guests are happy". That's the kind of attitude that is sooooo rare these days. Hotel was clean and (aside from that nightshift lady) the staff was very accommodating. Very nice room. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Nottingham
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32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Just got back from a couple of weeks in California, including 3 nights at the Nob Hill Motor Inn. I'd agree with most of the reviews - it's a good standard motel with free parking in a good location in SF. We had a pleasant experience, the rooms in particular were of a very reasonable standard. We'd definitely go back next time we're in SF. Just be aware of what it does and doesn't do, ie its a perfectly pleasant motel but isn't a full service hotel so doesn't offer room service, swimming pools, restaurant etc. But we (a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers) all had a great stay.

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Property: Nob Hill Motor Inn
Address: 1630 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-2518
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Nob Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #135 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Nob Hill Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Nob Hill Motor Inn is a wonderful hotel in the trendy and popular Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Our hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco, within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf, the Cable Cars, "Crookedest Street," Chinatown, and a number of fine restaurants and shops. FREE PARKING is available for all of our guests. Each room is spacious, newly renovated and appointed with convenient amenities such as mini-refrigerator and microwave, cable TV with HBO, and complimentary in-room coffee. All of our rooms and hallways are 100% non-smoking.The Nob Hill Motor Inn's newly renovated rooms include: FREE covered parking, 2 room family suites available, In-room microwave and fridge, FREE wireless Internet, FREE continental breakfast, 100% non-smoking rooms, Elevator access to all floors, Cable TV with HBO, Direct dial phones with dataport, Complimentary in-room coffee, Free tour pickup, Complimentary coffee, tea, juice and hot chocolate served all day in our lobby. The Nob Hill Motor Inn is an award winning member of AAA and the San Francisco Convention and Visitor's Bureau. ... more   less 
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