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Civic Center Motor Inn
Ranked #204 of 231 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Myself and my partner stayed there in May 2014 as part of a trip around California. We booked it last minute.

The 1st thing I noticed is that the area that it is located in is terrible. Lots of empty shops and a large amount of homeless people walking around. I am a police officer in a rough area in England and I still felt uncomfortable. Staying here with kids would not be advised and I drove to most places even though they were only a couple of minutes away.

Its not really close to any restaurants either so you have to walk/drive to get to any.

The motel itself is not that bad and the breakfast is ok if you just want to grab something on the go. Staff were also ok and the pool looks decent as well.

If the hotel was anywhere else it would have got 3 but the proximity to the main roads mean it is also very noisy of an evening as well.

The rooms are nothing special but the shower is very good.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

The hotel is situated in a bad area of SF, even though it looks pretty close to the center.
I was afraid to stay there and all the people in the hotel looked that they will stalk you :) The rooms were ok and clean but for the same money one can find better accomodation. I woudn't go there again but as I said, in the end it wasn't as bad as expected.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

This is a motel, so don't expect more than that. It has recently been refurbished and they did a deduct job (I stayed here years ago). The bed I had was fine, nothing to write home about. The couch (hide-a-bed) had seen better days - glad no one had to sleep on it. The free breakfast is pretty minimal. Otherwise a decent place - good (free) WiFi. Small bathroom, but nice stall shower with good water pressure. Ask for a room on the back side that faces the parking lot - much quieter. Bottom line: you can't beat the price, especially if you have a car - free parking (and most SF hotels charge at least $20/night for parking - and it's often not in or attached to the hotel). I got the best price by going directly to the motel's website - no problems with that.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Thank JamesWhite
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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

I just left this room after only 10 minutes. The first thing I grabbed was a pistol to walk us to the room. I took pictures of the crackheads that I will upload. They refused to refund. I'm without a place to sleep, but it's better than the crack den. Please please don't stay here.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Umbrellaone7
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

The hotel is a two story u-shaped with parking in front and back. The first night we were in a second floor room close to a busy street, The traffic noise was very bad. Due to the traffic noise and a very pool quality bed, we were awake most of the night. The next morning we asked to move rooms and the staff were very accommodating. We were reassigned to a first floor room behind the pool. It was must quieter there, and the bed was much better. However, you could not sit on the pull out coach, let alone sleep on it. Although small, the bathrooms were nicely updated and very clean. The best thing was the friendly, helpful staff and the convenient parking.

Room Tip: We stayed at this hotel because it had free parking. In furture I would pay more for a better hotel...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Leslie D
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

I was looking for a cheap place to stay within walking distance of Moscone where I wouldn't get stabbed. The Civic Center Motor Inn delivered on that. Rooms are reasonably large, comfortable, and priced. It's a fifteen minute walk to Moscone, and I don't feel uncomfortable doing it at night. (Although I'm a pretty big guy, it definitely isn't the nicest neighborhood.) It isn't fancy, the rooms are pretty old (CRT TVs, that smell old hotels get) but it's clean, safe, all the plumbing works, they clean your rooms. Paras was extremely helpful. It's not a luxury hotel, but you can't beat the value, at least not in that area.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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2  Thank Lou L
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

went on priceline, OVERPRICED!!! but super close to the venue that we were going to (Slims) for a concert. other reviews seemed to be better than others in the area.
Check in seemed semi friendly... however that is where it ended. upon further inspection of the room they assigned us, noted that the SMOKE FREE ROOM reaked of smoke, so much so there were ever cigarette burns all over the sheets. After taking photos of the evidence I went to the office where i was turned away as first the attendant aske "What do you want?!" i preceeded with my case that was dismissed with "There was nothing they could do because they were full up to the night". after further investigating the room also noted that the cable TV which was supposed to be included in the price was NOT WORKING.
The night, wow lets just saw that my wife and I did not get ANY SLEEP due to the place being soo close to a major street and accross from a very busy bar.
The Breakfast, was sub par to say the least, only a single selection of bagle, or waffles, odd tasting coffee, apple and at least the orange juice machine that worked.
of course checkout was nice... as all they need to do is smile and forget how crappy thier buisness is.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank David G
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Additional Information about Civic Center Motor Inn

Address: 364 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3836
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #204 of 231 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: £71 - £182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Civic Center Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To really enjoy the City, stay in the center of it at the Civic Center Motor Inn. Ideally located just a few blocks from Union Square, cable cars, the Opera, theatres, and world class restaurants, the Civic Center Motor Inn is the perfect jumping off place for touring the City and other Bay Area destinations. Business guests will appreciate our proximity to the Civic Center and Moscone Convention Center. The Civic Center Motor Inn offers the ultimate in value and convenience, including complimentary continental breakfast buffet, free parking, easy freeway access, and nearby public transportation. Our friendly staff is at your service to help make your stay enjoyable and a place you want to return to again and again.The Civic Center Motor Inn offers 57 attractive guest rooms, each designed with your comfort in mind. Guest room features include: Free Parking Free High Speed Wireless Internet Free Continental Breakfast, 100% Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Swimming Pool, Microwave & Refrigerator, Hair Dryer, Iron with full size board, Expanded Cable Television with HBO included. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Civic Center Motor Hotel San Francisco
Best Western San Francisco
San Francisco Best Western

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