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“Business Traveler in a holiday hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway

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Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway
Ranked #79 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Business Traveler in a holiday hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Was on a business trip in San Francisco and stayed for two nights in this hotel. It was an average experience being with many families on the premise. I might come back with my family if I look for an inexpensive place in SF but definitely won't come back as a business guest.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AmirHY
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
We would be excited to host you and your family on a future visit. As this is peak travel season, we certainly have more families visiting now than in fall, winter, or spring. Thank you for considerate remarks.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

The Holiday Inn was fairly nice inside and the rooms appear to have been through a partial refit fairly recently. As such, they were well appointed to a high standard. The bed was comfy and there was a fridge, safe and coffee machine in the room. Our room on the 12th floor had good views although was pretty noisy as the windows weren't well double glazed. Furthermore, the interconnecting door with the adjacent room was paper thin and the archaic air conditioning unit sounded like a road drill.

The main negative of the hotel was most certainly its location. The hotel is situated outside of the main tourist areas and is only two or three blocks from some very dodgy areas. If you take public transport back from the main tourist areas at night then you need to expect to walk through some very unsavory and unsafe streets to get back to the hotel. Only a few blocks away between the bus stop and the hotel there are abandoned buildings, drug dealers and ladies of the night - none of which makes it feel very safe.

Overall, not too bad a hotel but in the wrong place.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
We sure appreciate your visit and the recognition of the comfy beds and good views. While San Francisco in general has many people living on the streets, our area is quite safe. Some guests do prefer to stay near one of the main attractions in the city. We think this hotel is in a perfect spot, ideally situated between all of the popular sites. The nearby cable car and bus stops make it fun and easy to get around. Thank you.
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110 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Booked one night here on a college tour with my daughter and two of her friends. Had a nice room with a great view on the 23rd floor. Clean and comfotable, but somewhat small. The bathroom was very small and we had to take turns getting ready with only enough space of one person. There is a mirror near an outlet which helped. The girls were hopng for a jacuzzi but this hotel just has a pool. Room rates are high but everything in SF is. Parking is steep, too - about $46 with taxes. General Manager helped us personally when one of the girls discovered her wallet was missing. We did not eat the breakfast as there are cheaper options nearby and it was not included in our rate (Starbucks is right across the street). You can take the California St. Cable Car down to Chinatown, Union Square, all the way to the financial district. It connects to the one to Fisherman's Wharf, too. Kind of nice location since you're not in tourist central. A good last-minute choice.

Stayed July 2014
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Thank you picking us! I’m thrilled that you, your daughter, and her friends enjoyed San Francisco and staying in our hotel. See you again soon!
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Texas
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

This is indeed a great location, centrally located and right around the corner from the cable car line. Although the outside of the hotel is somewhat dated, the inside has been completely redone and is very welcoming. Our room was spacious, comfortable, and quiet. But the best thing about our stay was the staff. They were so welcoming and friendly, and extremely helpful. Will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TexasMom2two
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Now that’s good news. Thank you for sharing the great experience you had with our staff. I couldn’t agree with you more on this review.
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Kings Park, New York
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44 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a very large hotel with a lot of traffic coming and going. Location was good for us it was in a relatively quiet area of the city with lots of mass transit available to get to all the tourist areas and sights we wanted to visit. Forget about bringing your bathing suits the pool is outdoor on the sixth floor! It is way to cold and windy up there and the pool is not heated. The staff was very helpful and we would stay there again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maddalena M
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Your comment on the mass transit nearby is spot on. The Tour and Travel desk even offer Muni Passes that cover cable cars, buses, and the old fashioned street cars on the Embarcadero. Since you mentioned the pool, we keep it at 82 degrees. Thank you for staying with us.
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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Stayed in room 713 three nights from July 11th.This is a top class hotel with everything in its favour.The rooms are clean and tidy with modern furniture and excellent bathing facilities,The staff are very professional and obliging.This hotel was the best I stayed in during my 17 days in western US.At the terminus of the cable cars with a convenience store just around the corner.Being on top of the hill,there are great views from the rear down over the town but my room faced the street and missed the view but never mind.Airline staff stay here and a lot of tour groups also stay.Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
We certainly appreciate your glowing recommendation. I’m particularly excited about how well the staff took care of you and your room. You’re welcome back anytime!
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York, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

The hotel is on California Street and at the end of the Cable Car line linking the Hotel with the shopping areas and financial district. Large rooms and cleanliness good. Our room faced Van Ness Ave so did not have great view of the city which we had hoped for. Good whole food store a couple of blocks away where you could buy takeaway hot and cold good quality food. Also try Tommys Joynt just up the road on Van Ness - some great beers on tap

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brian C
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Ru P, Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 20 July 2014
Large, clean rooms can make a visit relaxing, especially when you don’t have far to go for great food and drink choices. Thank you for the recommendations and review.
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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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