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“Don't let the "motor Inn" scare you off”
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Columbus Motor Inn
Ranked #53 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Don't let the "motor Inn" scare you off”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Booked this hotel on TripAdvisor recommendations, due to the fact we needed 2 queen beds in room. This was one of only a few hotels we could find with 2 queen beds and booked for the rate and location also.
We could not have been happier. Room 108 was very large, clean, at the end of the hall and very quiet. The only complaint was the musty smell throughout.
Don't expect a big, fancy lobby or dining option, because you will be disappointed.
You are within walking distance to the Wharf, Pier 39, Lombard Street and the cable cars!!

If ever I'm back in S.F., or others ask where to stay...I'll always recommend this hotel and room 108!!

Room Tip: Room 108...very large, at end of hallway, quiet. Great view of Coit Tower and Transamerica Tower.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

This is in a super location, especially if you enjoy a few beers, as there are many great local bars. Negative things were - loud ice machine in the hallway, no fridge in the room, that said, I would definitely stay here again. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Just bare in mind that this only a good place to rest up, you don't want to spend much time in your room here.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

An other place in San Francisco where you don't pay for parking your car. Located in the heart of the city. Coffee houses, markets, restaurant all walking distance. The room are ok. I stayed in the back on the top floor overlooking the city. Very good view. Window frame cut very low, (way below hip level) and fully opens. Can be risky with small child. Easy check in and check out.

Room Tip: Back room on top floor as a good view of the Coit tower and the hills.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This was our second stay at The Columbus Motor Inn. Location great - just a short walk to the Wharf, cable car nearby and Pat's Cafe for breakfast. We didn't have a car on this occasion, but the parking is free. We arrived early and tired from after our flight from the UK - not a problem our room was ready, said Noah who checked is in, that was great news so we had a coffee a short rest before heading to Italian district for something to eat. Yes the hotel is an older property, but our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back would be quieter as the road is very busy.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fishers, Indiana
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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

The best thing about this place is the location and free parking. Close to the wharf, north beach, Lombard, & Cannery Row. Room was large but smelled like sweaty old men. Even Febreeze didn't work. It's an old place they've tried to fix up but it still looks tired. Beds were a little firm and pillows flattened out fast. Depending on the prices on the area, I'll probably look for another room if I return to The city.

Stayed June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

We got off the plane in SF, without having a hotel booked.
We checked on trip advisor for best recommendations & this was one of them, so tapped address in sat nav and away we went, was very lucky & got booked in right away.
Our room was at the side of the club bimbo, we stayed tues & wed night, bit of music on Wednesday night, but didn't disturb us, specially as I am a light sleeper.
Big rooms clean & comfortable, great powerful shower, little dated, but free wifi & could smell cigarettes, but just sprayed my husband perfume & was great!
For the price & free parking especially situation, was fantastic.
We are traveling all over the place, so didn't want to spend a fortune.
So if your not wanting to be extravagant, would recommend!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Guelph, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We chose this hotel after reading other reviews and we weren't disappointed. The rooms are spacious and clean. Small balconies with great views of the city. We were not disturbed by street noise at all. We were pleasantly surprised at how close the hotel was to the wharf and the cable car. We walked everywhere. A block away is a Trader Joes store, where we stocked up on beverages and snacks. Pats restaurant nearby provided an excellent breakfast.
We can't say enough positives about the staff at this hotel. They were so friendly and helpful. We arrived early and they courteously provided luggage storage until our room was ready for us. They organized a shuttle to the airport for $15 per person....excellent service. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#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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