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Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway
Ranked #77 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
West Yorkshire
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect base for exploring the City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2008

We started our 3 week tour of Calfiornia and Las Vegas here and were not disappointed. It is by no way luxurious and the room we had was next to the lift and small so may be insufficient for some light sleepers. Everyone was really friendly in and around the hotel. It was clean and the lifts were quite quick.

But it was fine for what we wanted it for. Good restaurants in walking distance (Ruths Chris Steakhouse - huge side portions and not cheap, Village Pizzeria excellent Calzone for reasonable price) and we only tried breakfast once which wasn't great for what we paid. We went to Mel's Diner down the road instead which was excellent and 24 hours so if you're having trouble sleeping they are open.

It was a stone's throw away from the California Street Cable Car and regular buses pass by.

There is clearly a homeless problem in San Francisco and there were some sleeping on the streets nearby which being from London I'm ok with. Some people might find it a bit uncomfortable..

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2008

Booked the hotel on Priceline, for $100/night. Exellent price for a decent hotel in this area.
Good location, plenty of parking (rather expensive, but hey, it's San Francisco). Clean, comfortable room. Extremely dirty windows, which is a pitty, as the view would be quite interesting. Diverse crowd of people in the hotel, quite a few European tourists. Staff is very professional and helpful. Hotel is very close to Union Street which is just loaded with cute restaurants, wine bars, bistros and boutiques.
All in all, good value for the money.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
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Swansea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2007

A great location as you can walk to the tram stop, the only way to travel in san fransisco! The hotel is great for what you need in a city, clean comfy beds, large tv for the kids and good choice of food. A couple of nice dinners and cafe a few streets away but do not wander to far at night. we did and found ourselves about 4 streets away with down and outs. This can be un-nerving, there are a lot of homeless in SF and the majority do not bother you at all. Enjoy this truely amazing place to visit!

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed April 2006, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2007

Nice, clean, place to stay. Good room. Has views on higher floors. This is a great location for easy access to San Francisco sites - it's about 10 to 15 mintues from all the major attractions. One block from Polk street, so plenty of restaurants near by. Starbucks at the end of the block and two blocks away. California street cable car ends right there.

Reasonable parking a couple blocks away on Sutter street.

Room was comfortable and warm.

Great deal from the travelzoo.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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1 Thank purple_phoenix
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Edmonton, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2007

I echo recent comments that this is a pretty good place. The bathtub drain was blocked when we first got there but repaired the next morning. Internet was slow when all guests were there, likely since many of them were at the geophysicist's conference and heavy users of laptops/internet. That is about all I have bad to say and those are minor things.
I did eat in the sports bar on the last night and it was fine. The Polk Street area offers a lot of other options (plus there is the gem in the rough of Tommy's Joynt on Van Ness). As mentioned, the New Village Cafe is a good breakfast choice, much cheaper than the hotel itself.
I found all staff I dealt with very friendly, but the bell captain seemed hard to find at times.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled on business
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2 Thank Craxiter
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Rossendale, Lancashire
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2007

We were allocated this hotel by our travel company & enjoyed our stay. The room was small but adequate & was clean & comfortable. The gift shop was well stocked with basic items & souvenirs of San Francisco.
The hotel staff were polite, helpful & friendly.
We didn't eat in the hotel as we had been recommended to have breakfast at 'The Village Cafe' which provided an excellent meal with hot coffee or tea. For our evening meal we went to 'Grubstake' which might look a bit scruffy on the outside but served an excellent menu choice.
We found that we had easy access to the bay area & the cable cars or could walk to & from this hotel

  • Liked — Near the cable cars
  • Disliked — Nothing really
  • Stayed November 2007
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2 Thank Foxymimi49
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Alexandria, Virginia
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2007

I wasn't expecting much from a holiday inn but I was pleasantly surprised during my stay here. It was perfectly clean and presentable, rooms were spotless, bathrooms smelled fresh and the beds were very confortable.

The location was great too - aside from being in the perfect location downtown, it was also close to a whole foods market, walgreens and other convienent places.

The best part about this hotel is that pretty much no matter what room you stay in - you're view of San Francisco will be amazing. The higher floors even give you a view of the bay (I stayed on the 22nd floor - it was spectacular).

I did have a minor problem during check-in. I arrived at 1 in the morning only to find that the room they had given me ALREADY had someone sleeping in it! I was too tired to even care (my body was at 4am eastern time). The staff was genuinly apologetic about it and acknowleged they had made a mistake.

  • Liked — The view!
  • Disliked — The business center was terrible
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
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Property: Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway
Address: 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109-4606
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Nob Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#77 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway 3.5*
Number of rooms: 499
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a video tour.The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is located in the center of San Francisco, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround. Located in lower Nob Hill, the Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is near all major attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf , a few blocks from Union Square and Chinatown, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes from Moscone Convention Center and a couple blocks north of City Hall/Civic Center. The 26-story, 499 room Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway offers fantastic city and bay views. Our tastefully appointed guest rooms begin on the 6th floor of the hotel and all offer flat panel TVs and free wireless Internet access. Cafe' Marlette offers a daily buffet breakfast for quick and easy service, as well as a delicious a la carte menu. Interlude Bar & Grill is a casual bistro and sports bar, with pool tables, and large screen TVs. The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is the perfect location for business or pleasure in thecity by the bay. ... more   less 
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