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“Redwood Inn - The truth” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Redwood Inn
Ranked #141 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Redwood Inn - The truth”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

We visited San Fran in early June as part of a 2 night stop over on the way to Baja
I had looked for a decent hotel, in walking distance from Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39.
What the other reviewers says are all good points but coming from the UK it was important to know that this hotel does not reply to emails or web bookings, only by ringing up and booking over the phone. That said May was extremely good to talk to and made the arrangements with no trouble, we paid when we got there and used the free ($400 deposit) safety deposit box in the reception throughout our stay.
The hotel itself is more of a Motel in its appearance, it has free parking (we used the taxi $50 from the airport) which strangely discouraged reverse parking.
The rooms were very clean if a little small. There was a coffee machine but no fresh milk or tea bags - for us Brits, take your own Tetleys or Ty-phoo.
May & Whan have been at the hotel for years and know the place inside out. They had excellent English as well as a great sense of humour. They put us on to the best ways to get round (open top bus tour $20), the best Chinese in town (C & Gs) and the nicest muffins and donuts (free in reception) you could wish for before setting off for the day out and breakfast up the road.
Fishermans Wharfe is about 35 mins walk away - its hilly so take some decent shoes and plan drinks & toilet breaks before setting off either end.
The hotel is on Vermont street and is a 6 block (uphill) 25 minute walk to the 'Crookedest' street in the world.
Once on the Wharfe, Joes Crab shack is famous if overpriced and underfurnished. The tour to Alcatraz goes fom pier 36 I think but you MUST book before getting there or youll risk being dissappointed by the tours being full.
The trams cost $6 each way and are slow, overcrowded, uncomfortable but quaint. The open top bus is better, faster but colder.
I'd get a cab especially from the Wharfe back to the Redwood, only about $8, 5 mins and saves all the sweat and cursing of the hills.
Be aware of the street sellers on the Wharfe. They seem to make a living out of asking people if they have dropped something then somehow persuading them to donate up to $20 for a 10 cent sticker saying 'I love San Fran' !
We had nice weather while there, dry sunny and 17 degrees which isnt cold for the area. There are plenty of shops selling hoodies etc for $20 if you wanted to risk travelling without one.
The area is very expensive which made the Redwood so appealing and I would reccommend it to anyone visiting San Fransisco

Room Tip: No room is better than another - three floors with 1 small lift or stairs. As th ehotel is on th ema...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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154 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Rooms are dated but very clean, comfortable and well maintained. You get what you pay for.

Service by all staff was fantastic and didn't mind helping with ideas, maps and everything San Fran.

Good location to get around town, either by foot, bus or bike.

Free parking onsite was a huge bonus when you can pay upto $25 overnight in town.

Complimentary breakfast of fresh baked pastries was a great start to the day.

Close to some great restaurants too and if your intown on Friday take a walk down to the fort on the waterfront and check out 'off the grid' for food truck heaven!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

This motel is on Lombard street, only a few blocks away from the famous zigzag steep street. And it is within walk distance to a really nice beach park. It provides coffee maker in each room and you can get donut at front dest each morning. They were super nice and friendly. It would be a really good choice.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 MandyWangM
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Portland, OR
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

My husband stayed here with two other couples for a long weekend at the beginning of June. We had called in advance to request rooms away from the main road within close proximity of each other. Upon arrival the individual working at the front desk told us that he had no clue what we were talking about when we mentioned these arrangements. This was frustrating but not the end of the world. The rooms were clean and not too noisy even though we had a window facing the street. The hotel was also in a great location on Lombard street. We were able to walk to almost any place we wanted to go. They also had fresh donuts every morning which was a big hit with the guys. A good stay overall.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AshleyPortland
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

Stayed there 3 nights with family of 4 from May 23-25. Location is in more residential area but close to the wharf/pier areas. Takes about 15 min. stroll to walk to the wharf. Good location if going to Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, Piers and Aquarium. Reasonably priced, clean and seemed like a fairly safe neighborhood. Not much to do in the immediate area but a few small shops and restaurants if you need to eat. Had free parking the whole time, donuts in the morning and a fridge in the room. Microwave was available in the front office. Being able to walk to the pier area was a big plus with a lot of places to eat, and a lot of places to make reservations to do things such as boat rides, attractions , bus tours, etc. Not the Hilton but overall for the price and location it was a good deal. No swimming pool or restaurant on site. Queen beds and ac and room was a little on the smaller side.

Room Tip: The room we had was on the upper floor and near the back away from the road. Don't recall any b...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Drudgewboardandnail
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Co Armagh ireland
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Very convenient to public transport,staff could not have been more helpful;fresh doughnuts and muffins plus travel advice each morning,linen and towels changed each morning and room very clean.

Room Tip: Second floor at back seems quietest
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank annaloiste
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Mission Viejo, California
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

A friend and I stayed here on the nights of 5/14/12, 5/15/12 and 5/16/12. We each had a room and were very comfortable throughout our stay. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. We had free parking for our entire stay. The people in the front office are very helpful and the office is open 24 hours. You can walk to Fisherman's Wharf from the motel. We discovered that you can travel anywhere in S.F. using public transport. We caught buses near the motel that connected with other buses or cable cars and we were spared the worry of driving in this busy city. The Hop On - Hop Off bus tours are a great way to get around the points of interest.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Property: Redwood Inn
Address: 1530 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
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#14 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
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Hotel Class:2 star — Redwood Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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