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Columbus Motor Inn
Ranked #43 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Excellent location”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Along with majority of the reviews, it is in an excellent location, and a very short walk to several main tourist spots, we did not feel far from anywhere we wanted to visit.
Rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable, but great value. The room was a bit dated, but we were only there to sleep after busy days sightseeing.
Very little noise at night, and comfy beds, pillows
The options for breakfast nearby seemed limited, but would recommend Pat's and Hollywood cafe.
For dinner, try Fior d'italia, it was very good and not touristy.
Would recommend as a good value base for seeing the city

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Had a very enjoyable 5 night stay here at the start of April. First of all - location - excellent, just at the North end of Columbus Ave, around the corner from the start (North end) of the Powell-Mason cable car line, so easy access to Union Square and everywhere inbetween. It takes 5 mins to walk to Fishermans Wharf (We walked down Jones St which takes you right into the heart of Fishermans Wharf). Great nearby places for breakfast - Hollywood Cafe at 530 N Point St, or even closer is Pat's Cafe at 2330 Taylor St which is just across from the hotel (level with the Bimbo 365 club - which is NOT a Gentlemans Club - did not appear to even be open while I was there) behind the 'International Sports Club' (which serves great Magaritas by the way!).
And what about the guest parking - its free! Most hotels in SF charge $40 plus tax per day so if you have a car with you you really should stay here! There is a second level to the car park, you just have to drive up the short driveway to the left of the hotel as you face the front, then take the first right.
The rooms are large for the city, clean, quiet (no street noise - I was at the back on the third floor) and there is a lift if you have heavy luggage. The staff are friendly and helpful, I really cannot recommend this place highly enough. Its in a great area, very safe, lots to do within walking distance (also a large Walgreens across the street) and the room options and prices are also extremely reasonable and competitive. Highly recommended - even from someone more used to Holiday Inns and Hiltons around the World!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Had a great stay here with my friends. The staff are nice and the rooms are simple but clean. It's the perfect location for sight-seeing around San Francisco. It's an easy walk to the piers and there are a lot of great Italian restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 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, travelled with family
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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Reviewed 21 April 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...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Agoura, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 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.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 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.

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Property: Columbus Motor Inn
Address: 1075 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1798
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Russian Hill
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#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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