Courtyard By Marriott Fisherman's Wharf
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard By Marriott Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
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This hotel is a mixed bag of goods and bads. Depending on your needs, this hotel may be a perfect fit for you or a nightmare.
Goods: 1. Inexpensive, especially for the area. 2. Walking distance to all Wharf activities. 3. A hub of local activity till about 10:30pm. 4. A VERY excellent staff, especially Edward the concierge.
Bads: 1. It needs a makeover. 2. Close to NO soundproofing from the streets and from the neighbors. 3. Proximity to Wharf and activities makes the area have its tiny handful of unsavory folks
Summary: If you can deal with the bads, its a great deal. We were two women traveling together for a weekend (outdoors San Fran activities most of the time) and enjoyed our stay. If you are looking for luxury, pampering, long term stays, a business environment, and quietness...go elsewhere.
Average Courtyard Property
I stay at Marriott properties, particularly Courtyards, over 100 nights a year and have seen just about everything at this point.
The hotel is well located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. My room was really big and overlooked a courtyard with some shops and a fast food restaurant.
The decor and condition of the bathroom were okay, not really new and fresh but not terrible either. It was below average for a Courtyard in my opinion.
The hallways are labyrinth-like and long, so request a room near the elevator if you want to avoid a long walk.
Nice location, but old rooms
Good location, nice staff, no rollaway charge which was nice, but hotel rooms need upgrading. Toilets were the kind of toilets in public restrooms- no fans or heat lamps in bathrooms either. It just seemed old.
These people are nuts! This is a great hotel
I booked a room at this hotel thru the Marriott website at a rate of $129/night for three nights, December 10-12, 2004. I called the hotel from the airport for directions and got clear, concise and accurate diretions. Upon check-in, the Concierge greeted us and spoke to my wife while I checked in (it was just the two of us). Jammie, the desk clerk was as pleasant as you could ask for. We received a king/ns room on the second floor, which faced Beach overlooking the hotel sign.
The room was spacious with a king bed, a sleeper sofa, coffee table, desk with FREE high-speed internet access, a large entertainment center with a nice-size TV, plenty of closet space with hangers and all the usual, ironing board, hairdryer, etc. The bed was very comfortable, but beds are a personal preference. The bathroom was clean and everything functioned properly (ie. the tub & sink didn't backup and there was plenty of HOT water).
We were there Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and did not have any problems with noise, nor were we awakened by anything from being so close to the street.
You can't beat the convenience of the location of this hotel. If you want to see the sights around Fisherman's Wharf, this is the place. We did other things in the city, but mainly stayed around FW. If you leave out the back of the hotel, you come out on Jackson Ave, and are only a few blocks from Pier 41 for the Alcatraz tours and Pier 39 for restaurants, etc. There's a Walgreen's next door open to midnight, which was nice as well. The hotel does offer parking in the garage next to the hotel which was reasonable and convenient.
I would definitely stay here again. It would have been nice to have a cheaper rate, but this was about as cheap as I could find for a nice hotel. If it bothers you, I did notice that our room wasn't cleaned until mid afternoon. We were always out, but would stop in now and then and I notice this. However, housekeeping does a very nice job cleaning and straightening the room.
Trash Trucks or Bar Fights - take your pick - but still OK
Took out of town family for the Fisherman's Wharf experience on a Tuesday (November 30th). Booked two rooms via the internet based on location, price & my personal knowledge of the area (everything within a short walk). My room was facing Beach St. Yes there is traffic & trash trucks in the early AM, so light sleepers would be best to opt for a room facing the garage. The other members of the family had a room directly over the bar mentioned in other reviews. The bar is a "Hooters" and clientele gathered in the courtyard below their window. They witnessed two bar fights and this was only a Tuesday!
Now for the upside - close to everything, including the Embarcadero street cars. No problems with street folks during our visit, but that could be do to it being a weekday in the winter. Parking is the best deal of all - $10.00 with free in and out privlidges. Staff, friendly and helpful. Easy access to park & unload baggage - self serve carts - so not tipping as it is self serve and self park. I disagree that the buffet was not a good deal. You can order off the menu or opt for the buffet. Though not inexpensive, it is a nice quiet refuge, especially for breakfast. Plenty of take out places within the area. In & out Burger is on the premises.
All it all it served our purpose. I would advise anyone driving in to the area during the off season during the week, to check about the area & see if cheaper quieter accomodations are available.
Older maps and travel guides show this location as a Howard Johnsons, however it converted to a Courtyard Marriott some time in the late 90's, I believe. It is operated by an independent operator under the Marriott banner.
Loved the Marriott Courtyard
We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in late September, 2004. We had booked a room with a queen size bed, but upon check-in were given a room with a king size bed and also a sofa at no extra cost. We found the room very comfortable and clean and the staff courteous and accommodating. Location was convenient, however, we found Fisherman's Wharf to be a bit on the "seedy" side, which was in no way a reflection of the hotel itself. Only complaint was concierge's recommendation of a good seafood restaurant (Neptune's Palace). We found the quality of the food inferior and your typical tourist trap.
While the location is good for one day of tourist activities, for the price you would be better advised to stay in one of S.F.'s true luxury hotels, which also all provide convenient access to all the best sites in the city.
We stayed in one of the "suites" (a large one room with an alcove). All suites overlook the street where garbage is picked up at 5 am and the contstant truck and bus traffic from that point on is guaranteed to keep you awake. It is like staying at a motel overlooking a freeway. We are from New York and generally not bothered by noise, but nobody wants to be awakend at 5 am for $200 a night while on vacation. The staff is unapologetic and the hotel offers very few services.
...checked out after one night for a room at the Palace Hotel where surprisingly we ended up with a better room rate than this overrated "motor-lodge."
Great place. Stayed there for 8 day. Superb staff and location. Did not have to rent a car since the bus stop and cable car is a block away. Having Denny's, IHOP, and Walgreen nearby is a bonus.
The location was very near perfect - an easy walk to the cable cars and Fisherman's Wharf. The quality of the rooms are somewhat below that of typical Marriott accommodations. Our view through the window was of the adjacent parking garage. We didn't care because you don't go to San Francisco to spend your time in a hotel room. The room was clean, comfortable, and noise-free. Be aware that parking costs are fairly steep, upwards of $30/day. The Courtyard cut our cost to $10/day plus any addition fees for time spent beyond our hotel stay. The breakfast costs are also high. If you eat a light breakfast, opt-out of their breakfast plan and avoid their buffet. There are plenty of local shops to choose from. Hope this helps!
Good location, but bad exterior
Great location, steps away from the cable car turn around, 2 blocks from the cafes, next door to the Cannery, and within a 2-3 min walk from G. Square.
Had 2 rooms, one of which was on the street, so the tour buses and trash trucks went by starting at 6 am, the other overlooked the couryard and had loud live music that started in the afternoon and went until 10 pm, so if your a night person, request a room that overlooks the courtyard. Biggest problem was the odor outside of the entrance.
Staff blamed it on the Homeless in the area that used a nearby alleyway as a restroom, and the runoff ran into the driveway.
Staff was the most helpful i've ever had in SF, gave us great tips and directions, and got us a great rate for a car to the airport, instead of a shuttle