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San Francisco Inn
Ranked #139 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Medford, New Jersey
2 reviews
“A well kept secret.”
Reviewed 28 January 2013

Stayed for two nights. I didn't want to spend a lot, but wanted to be in downtown San Francisco. The Hilton it's not, but the room was clean with all the amenities I needed. Continental breakfast was okay - bowl of cereal a some yogurt and a cup of coffee and I was on my way! The manager greeted me and was very welcoming. That initial meeting made the difference for me.
No lounge, no restaurant, but a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Northfield, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

The overall rating of "very good" is in the context of the pricey San Francisco hotel scene.
This hotel seems to be recovering from a period of neglect. The manager, who lives on site, was charming and helpful despite being clearly overworked (they were looking for additional help) and a bit stressed. I stayed here one night because the other hotel, five blocks away, that I had been staying at, jacked up its prices for my final night in SF because some big convention was coming in, and other alternative places (including one right across 9th Street from this one) were doing the same. The neighborhood of both hotels is not ideal, but I was never actually
hassled although I regularly returned around midnight. However, if you consider yourself a vulnerable person, my impression was that you might want to consider staying east of
5th Street when on foot at night after rush hour.
The exterior photo, while accurate, does not really suggest the layout. All rooms are up one or two flights of stairs; the narrow stairway opens out on the parking area but is secured by a gate (opened by room key). The rooms surround the parking area so it feels like you're around a courtyard, which in fact is open to the sky. I had a room on the "first" level (up just one flight of stairs) and in the morning I wondered if I had left the bathroom light on; it turned out that there was a skylight in the bathroom that went all the way up to the roof and sunlight was now coming through.
The room was larger than I expected and felt like a throwback to motels I used to stay in
25 years ago: heavy curtains and bedspread, a huge dresser that contained an equally huge
(not flat screen) TV. There was a full bathtub and shower, which is a big plus for me.
Pluses: No artificial rate raise for convention day; helpful staff; other guests (encountered on the stairs) seemed pleasant and were quiet; full bath; refrigerator and microwave in room; Trader Joe's right down the street; not much street noise (the parking area is perpendicular to the street); comfortable bed; edible breakfast (one option was fruit yogurt, which is just
what I wanted); gate on stairs provides security. Also, although this didn't matter to me because
I had flown to SF, parking is free.
Minuses: A few things in the room weren't working (one of two lamps by the bed; the first
outlet I tried for my computer - next thing I knew, there was a low battery warning; the bath
did not seem to have a stopper, but I carry my own). Although the room was clean overall, the grille in the heating unit looked like it had never seen any attention. Because the walkway leading to the rooms is open to the sky, you might get a surprise - when I came out in the morning, a pigeon flew off, and when I later returned to the room, there were pigeon droppings on the walkway. (This had not been true the night before, and I expect that they got cleaned up soon thereafter.)
Summary: If you want everything to be perfect, go somewhere else, and good luck. If
you don't mind adapting a bit, as if you were staying at someone's house with whatever
deficiencies it happens to have rather than at a brand-new commercial establishment,
I think you'll enjoy this place and the ability to stay in SF for well under $100 a night.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

This hotel is in a great location. It is about a 15 minute walk to Market Street, where there are loads of shops, restaurants and lots of great people watching! Make sure you catch the vintage "F" buses down to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. The hotel is also a couple blocks away from the worlds best cupcake bakery "Cups and Cakes" . You don't want to miss their cupcake happy hour! A Trader Joes is also nearby, so stock up on food and drink that you can put in your hotel room mini fridge and microwave. The hotel staff we met was very chatty, friendly and accommodating. The only drawback was the audible traffic noises day and night!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2012 via mobile

I liked a lot the location you are in the middle of all atraccions Union square, Lombard st. ,pier 39,Chinatown ect,ect.Noisy but good experience.continental breakfast very good.Also you can leave your car in the Hotel for free during your stay, I used public transportation subway,electric cars ect,

  • Stayed November 2012
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

This property reminds me of a converted rooming house, and NOT a motel. While it may have had a slight facelift within the past 10 years, it could use a good cleaning. The rates are competitive with other properties in the neighborhood, but a far lesser quality of room. Add to the fact that all rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors, so bags must be carried up the stairs.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Property: San Francisco Inn
Address: 385 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3831
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #139 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — San Francisco Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer cozy & comfortable rooms right in the heart of the city! Stay in the HAPPENING part of San Francisco at very affordable prices!Fisherman's wharf, Golden Gate, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, ect are just few of the names of fun places near our hotel. Are you on a family vacation? Restaurants, museums, parks and every thing your family needs to stay entertained. Are you on a business trip? Need to relax and unwind after a long day? You are at the perfect place! Trendy hangouts are just around the corner! We offer a single queen and double queen rooms. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vagabond Inn San Francisco (Civic Center) Hotel San Francisco
Vagabond Hotel San Francisco

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