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Hotel Zoe San Francisco
Ranked #63 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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Burlington, New Jersey
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Tiny Room”
Reviewed 5 October 2006

The hotel was nicely decorated as was the room. The lobby is a great place to sit and relax. The room was so tiny that my husband had to lift our suitcase over the bed. Our room overlooked the apartment building next door. Walking distance to Pier and cable car.

  • Disliked — Size of room
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Dawn T
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2006

This hotel is situated two blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. All the tourist destinations (ferry to Alcatraz, restaurants, public transportation stops) are all within reasonable walking distance. The rooms themselves are quite small but clean. The staff was very friendly and accomadating with any questions or requests.

Stayed September 2006
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Philadelphia
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98 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2006

My husband, two kids and I stayed at the Tuscan Inn for 3 nights in late August. Although we had reserved a suite with sitting room, it was too small for the four of us. We ended up with two interior connecting rooms, though the price was more than advertised on the website. Yes, the courtyard rooms are dark, but we weren't there much during the day anyway. Though small, the rooms were clean and nicely decorated. The staff was friendly and polite, and the a.m. coffee greatly appreciated. Try the restaurant , as they have decent meals and offer 10% off to hotel guests. We'd stay at the hotel again since the location, facilities and price were good.

Stayed August 2006
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boston ma
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2006

We had been traveling quite a bit this summer. We were in Calfornia for about 15 years in a row,for almost two weeks. We used to stay in downtown San Francisco , then found a nice small motel place near the wharf, but the mattresses became too lumpy for our backs. So, we were up in Calistoga(wine country) and needed a short two night stay before we headed home. I had read reviews of the Tuscan Inn in prior years and thought it would be a good choice. We were severely disappointed. The hotel manager did her best to help us, but certain problems with the hotel simply can not be corrected. The rooms that face the streets are very noisy due to tour buses, local buses and traffic. The courtyard room we were assigned was dark and dingy and since we are fresh air oriented, when we opened the windows we heard 30 +air conditioning units humming away. Couryard rooms are darker than street rooms. The interior of the room was sort of Rococo with a mishmash of colors. The room itself was small and crowded with old furniture and knick knacks. The bathroom had several problems. First ,it was tiny ,old and not at all modern. When I woke up early in the morning to use the facilities, a light outside on the vanity wakened my traveling companion.
The inn advertises coffee and tea and biscotti in the morning. Regrettablyt, the biscotti were tiny pieces, quite inedible.
The lobby is very busy, with lots of tourists rushing around, apparently quite a few on bus tours. We think the hotel needs a major redoing in almost every respect.
Before we reserved, we asked the front desk about the mattresses and were told they were new. My side had that typical depression you find in a hotel bed where a person has been sleeping on the edge and the mattresses have not been turned or simply were not of good quaity to retain any support.
We later in the day checked out several large chain hotels in the area, and found them not more expensive and just in more fantastic shape. So, we will never stay at this inn again, barring major renovations.We advise travelers not to be impressed with what the hotel sounds like, and to pass it by.

  • Liked — access to the wharf
  • Disliked — accommodations, roo quality
  • Tips/Secrets — look for value. Shop around.Ask to speak to front desk ay hotel directly
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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9 Thank KarlRadek
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San Diego
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2006

Spent 3 nights at the Tuscan Inn just after Memorial day. We booked through Expedia which was cheaper than the Best Western site. The hotel is about a 2 block walk to the wharf and 4 blocks to a cable car stop.. Based on recommendations here, we asked for an interior room...which meant we had a view of the roof....or someone else's window...but it was a nice roof, since they placed some potted plants up there to make you forget that you were looking at the roof. Next time I'd ask for a room on the street. I think I'd take a nice view for a little noise.

The rooms were very nice and clean. Bathrooms were also very nice. No free internet here though. Some Best Westerns have it, others don't.

Down in the lobby, they serve coffee with biscotti in the morning and wine and beer in the early evening. The wine and beer draws a big crowd so get there early...but it's great to get a couple of free drinks.

The bus line and electric car run right in front of the hotel. Forget about driving your car anywhere (and you have to pay to park here...about $20 a night I think. It's also valet only, so anytime you get your car...a tip!). In this city public transport can take you anywhere you want to go. Just pick up one of the multi-day passes at the cable car ticket booth (the booth closes about 4pm...something the hotel concierge did not know much to our chagrin).

This hotel is much cheaper than others that you'll find in the wharf area, but still very nice. We would absolutely stay here again.

Restaurant tips: Try La Taqueria on Mission Street. Okay...you don't usually come to SF for Mexican food, but man the tacos are good here. Not the best area of town, but you can get there by the bus and the trip is definitely worth it...yummmmm. While over in this area you're not too far from Haight Ashbury (don't miss Amoeba records) so combine the trip. For Italian food, forget the wharf and take the cable car to Columbus Ave.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Paying for Parking
  • Tips/Secrets — Get the public transportation pass
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled with family
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4 Thank Swamilama
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2006

We stayed at the Tuscan for the last two nights of our holiday following our return from Las Vegas. Having spent the first week in a hotel closer to Union Square we had decided to be nearer to Fishermans Wharf. It was a good decision and we were not disappointed with the hotel. Very conveniently situated just a couple of blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. The hotel was very welcoming and efficient and the room comfortable and beautifully presented. Unfortunately the room looked out onto another building, but it was at least quiet and we didn't spend much time there. The bed was extremely comfortable. The wine tasting session in the early evening was a nice touch and extremely popular and the complementary tea and coffee in the morning was appreciated too. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Tuscan again!

  • Liked — The decor!
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Jenny596
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2006

Stayed with my family ( 2 adults & 2 kids) early august 2006. the location is great for pier 39 and alcatraz ( remember to pre book if you want to go onto the rock as when we went it was completely booked up for 5 days ! ). the hotel itself is very nice with the rooms large and comfortable. the only criticism would be the traffic noise that bothered us on a couple of occassions early morning. staff were helpful although the valet parking and the laundry costs were extremely expensive. overall our visit was hit and we would recommend it as base to explore the beautiful city of san francisco.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — expensive sundry serviices
  • Tips/Secrets — make the most of the free wine / beer hour early evening in the foyer !
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Zoe San Francisco
Address: 425 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-1405 (Formerly The Tuscan)
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Fisherman’s Wharf
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#19 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#31 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#36 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#37 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Zoe San Francisco 4*
Number of rooms: 221
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Unique San Francisco Hotel near Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Hotel Zoe offer you the chance to experience San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf like a local. Located just steps from a famous cable car turnaround and the distinctive North Beach neighborhood, the views from Zoe are spectacular. Easy walk to the waterfront, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39’s sea lion colony and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Experience what life in the heart of San Francisco's vibrant Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood feels like. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Tuscan Inn Fishermans Wharf
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