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The Wharf Inn
Ranked #111 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

We stayed at the Wharf Inn for 2 nights while visiting San Francisco on our way to Los Angeles. The Inn's location is right on Fisher Mans Wharf, just a short walk from Pier 39 with easy access to public transportation, cable car and tour stops. I felt very safe out walking the whole time we were there- as early as 8:30am and as late as 10:30pm. The Inn staff is fantastic! They are very welcoming, friendly and happy to offer advice, answer questions and help in anyway possible. The property itself is old but well maintained and our room was clean. There is free wifi, coffee, tea and hot chocolate (drinks located in the office). Additionally, the free parking is a huge bonus since public/street parking is difficult to find.

Now for the downside, as I mentioned this is an older property, the beds were uncomfortable and the shower was low for me (I'm 5'3"). The hotel does not have A/C. However these things would not deter me from visiting again.

The Wharf Inn is a great value in San Francisco compared to the more pricey hotels and the location cannot be beat.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back of the building would be quieter, however the views of the bay are in the front.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Wharf Inn is located just short one and a half blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, the "F" Trolley Line is across the street and the Powell St. Cable Car Line is two blocks away. The hotel itself may be a little dated but the rooms are clean and nicely furnished. The front desk is manned 24 hours and have been for me, very helpful. Free parking on site which is rare for this area comes in handy. The hotel is under new management and is keeping the same standards as the previous owners. The price of the rooms vary by date but are very reasonable for the Fisherman's Wharf area. I will definitely stay there again on my next trip to San Francisco.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Marietta, Georgia
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had a great stay at the Wharf Inn. The Manager was kind enough to upgrade us to a slightly larger room which is great with 2 teen kids in tow. The room was clean and the beds comfy. Tho there was some street noise, we all seemed to be able to sleep in past 9:30 each day. It is walking distance to anything at the Wharf and the street car picks up at the corner to travel down the Embarcadero. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed June 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan C
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Caterham, Surrey
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights with another couple in May 2014,price, location - within easy walking distance to Pier 39, etc, and free parking being the attraction. The rooms were basic, both rooms were clean, but our sofa was grubby. Bathroom small but adequate with toiletries and hair dryer from reception no problem. Very small safes at reception, not in room. We were on second floor facing car park and was quiet except for plumbing noise. San Francisco was experiencing a heat wave, but the ceiling fan was fine in our room, but our friends on third floor were too hot.
Reception small but adequate, free hot drinks available. Front desk variable. "Steve" was there when we arrived in the afternoon and again the following afternoon and was brilliant, so helpful, full of ideas, directions to places and recommendations for eating places, one for breakfast and the other for dinner, both excellent. Late evening totally different service. The man behind Reception barely looked at us when we asked him a question. He looked down at his mobile phone the whole time and was texting. We asked if he could recommend a place for breakfast and his response was 'Californians and I eat in our own homes, so would not know'. The Chinese lady on in the mornings did not appear to understand much English, or maybe our accents, as were from the UK, so difficult to get any information from her.
Wi-fi was fine in our rooms. Security could not have been better for a motel style hotel. The room key card was needed to get to the stairs or to use the lift, so no-one could get to your bedroom door. No fridge or coffee maker in rooms, but for the price by Fisherman's Wharf, we were not expecting it.
It is a tired hotel and needs some work on it, but there are definitely plus points to the hotel which overcome its shorts falls.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

For the same price we went across the street and stayed at the Sheraton which was WAY nicer. The pillows and sheets
Looked like they had not been changed in a week or more. There was hair in the shower and the floor was dirty.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

The wharf inn is really a motel and is costly as it is a thirty second walk to pier 39 and fisherman's wharf. Reasonable rooms with good bathroom and great fluffy towels. Good queen size bed and sitting space by the television, with a table and coffee table. No meals, but then breakfast on fisherman's wharf is part of the experience. They do provide free tea, coffee and chocolate at reception 24/7. The staff at reception were kind and helpful. Parking is of course free and we seemed to be the only people who did not arrive there in a car. For the wharf inn location is everything and we did not mind spending a lot because of it.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mel B
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San francisco
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

If you like watching reality talk shows or noisey 'all hours of the morning' garbage truck pickup dumping commercial bins, really loud plumbing, giant painful pillows with broken sleep then you will love this place. Facing a 711.

Spend a bit more for somewhere else away from any busy shops. You are only paying for the close proximity to fisherman's wharf.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Wharf Inn
Address: 2601 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-1209
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Fisherman’s Wharf
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #111 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2 star — The Wharf Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wharf Inn is an independent 51 room hotel with 50 guest rooms and 1 Penthouse Suite built in 1959 located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's most tourist-friendly neighborhood. We are steps away from Pier 39, cable car terminals and Alcatraz boats. Walk to world-famous restaurants, browse through colorful shops at historic Ghirardelli Square and the Cannery, ride cable cars and street cars to North Beach, Chinatown, and the Union Square shopping district. ... more   less 
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