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The Wharf Inn
Ranked #110 of 227 Hotels in San Francisco
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84 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2009

This hotel was clean and comfortable and was right on Fishermans Wharf. The staff is very helpful and they also offer free parking . I think it is the best bargain in the city with the rooms being reasonably priced.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2008

This was our third time in San Francisco but our first time staying at the Wharf Inn. Free car parking is very much a bonus (Holiday Inn charges $25 per day for guest parking), and we never moved the car again until we checked out. The Desk staff were courteous and incredibly helpful. We stayed here for 3 nights in late September in 2 king rooms with balconies at the front of the hotel. The rooms were large and nicely decorated and the beds extremely comfortable. The bathroom had a walk-in shower (no bath) and was more than adequate (we never had an issue with water temperature at all during our stay like other posts on here). We were on the second floor and they have a small elevator, so no dragging lugage up flights of stairs, which was good. Location is everything in San Francisco and the Wharf certainly delivers! Everything is so conveniently placed - grocery store doing breakfasts and Subway across the street, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 for Alcatraz just minutes walk away, as are the cable cars. We only ever heard noise in the morning as the refuse truck came round at about 6am. We never heard a peep out of any other guests at all, whether we were just 'lucky' or not, I don't know. There seems to be a lot of picky people on here, and a lot of people do seem to complain about the smallest of issues such as 'no hair conditioner in the bathroom' - if this is really so important then I suggest you take a small bottle of your own with you, just in case! Please never come to England if you are picky, you will hate the accommodation unless you can afford the top dollar hotels. You will think you are 'roughing it'. Would I stay here again? Absolutely!!!! It isn't The Ritz, but it is the next best thing and totally adequate for your needs and the cheapest by far of other hotels in this location. If you need the highest of standards then go and pay the highest of prices somewhere else for them!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed September 2008, 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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2 Thank binthere-dunit
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Lakewood, Colorado
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135 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2008

This is the second time we've stayed at the Wharf Inn. It's reasonably priced, very close to Fisherman's Wharf, has free parking for one car, and the rooms are OK. Stay away from the mini-suite on the second floor at the corner of Mason & Bay; it's one of the noisiest hotel rooms I've ever had the pleasure of being moved from. Great view, though. If you want quiet, you have to put up with the view of the adjacent building.

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Port Orange, Florida
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2008

First the good points:
The location is excellent, one block up and right between Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. The hotel offers free parking and you can continue to use their parking up until 3pm on the day of checkout. The room was large including a couch and the bathroom was good-sized. The room was also clean.

Now for the bad:
There was no fan except a quiet ceiling fan which meant that every noise was easily heard all night such as doors slamming, people in neighboring rooms and street noise. This made for difficult sleep. Also, we were there when the weather in SF was 80 during the day and the room was very warm and stuffy. No air conditioning or even a wall unit fan for white noise.

If you are a heavy sleeper this hotel might be okay but after a long day of walking around we were tired and just wanted a good night's rest and we didn't get that due to the noise.

We usually stay in SF a few times a year as we live only an hour away. This was our first time at the Wharf Inn. On previous visits we have stayed at the Handlery on Union Square but their rates this time of year were a bit high for us but it is a great hotel and we've never had the noise problems we had here. I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank Kim H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2008

This is a great location to see and do all the typical tourist things in San Francisco.The access to the cable car line a few blocks away lets you explore and experience more than just the pier area.As other reviews have stated the garbage trucks do wake you up at 5:30, but that just gets you up and going to be able to enjoy more of what the area has to offer.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank 2condors
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Bern, Switzerland
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18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2008

First thing to say is't that the hotel itselfs isn't a 4 star. But if you compare the location and price with the Hotel you have to give 4 stars, because all other hotels in this area are much more expensive. Even the carpark is for free at The Wharf Inn. Negative to say is, that the walls of the Hotel are very thin. we were able to hear the words of our neighbours. We got a room with "wall" view, but the postive thing was that we didn't hear the street noises. The staff in the lobby was a bit lazy, but friendly. Anyway, the location is great, 10min walk to Pier 39, 2 calbe car stations, and alcatraze curise. The Wharf Inn is very good Hotel to stay some days in San Francisco.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank comlab
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Grass Valley, California
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2008

We chose the Wharf Inn for it's location, its reasonable rates( yes, these are extremely reasonable) and the free parking. We seem to be on a budget more often now. We also travel with two teen age grandchildren. Directly across the street from the Wharf Inn is a 7-11 convenience store and a Subway sandwich shop. We always take along reusable bowls and spoons, so we are able to have a quick breakfast of cereal and fruit( found at the 7-11). Subway has many specials and healthy options. These two places saved us a lot in a very expensive , yet not-to-be-missed city.

  • Liked — location and free parking
  • Disliked — noisy, weird shower, warm room
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NancyfromGoldrush
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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 #110 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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