Holiday Inn Civic Center (San Francisco)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Civic Center (San Francisco)
Oasis in the city of old
The Holiday Inn civic center is an oasis in a city that sports mostly old, abandon buildings, graffiti galore, and litered sidewalks. The first of my 5-night stay in SF was in a very old and decrepid hotel. I could not breath much less sleep - the smell was so bad. Fortunately, I brought the number for the Holiday Inn and was able to book the next four nights there. I walked to the Moscone center each day - a 5 block distance but not a problem. There were 2 small grocery stores on the way (I think on Mission street). The Holiday Inn was clean and nice. It was as quite as can be expected in a city with lots of traffic and fire-vehicle running surprisingly often (I am sure they can be heard at many of the very expensive hotels also - I saw one station at 3rd and Howard). For a light sleeper, this was not a real problem for me. I did not use the pool but the weight room was adequate. The breakfast was just fine I thought - though there is some confusion about the coupon you get if you book with 'breakfast included'. Basically, you pay an extra $10, and you get $10 off (at least if you pay cash). Most days they had eggs. Everyday (I think) they have bacan, saugage, potato, cold cuts, pastries, and juice. Of course, you can order off the menu as well. There is a Ramada nearby with a resturant and coffee shop if this is not adequate. There is Mel's Diner 4-blocks away near the Moscone center also. The hotel has a parking garage (many other hotels do not have this so they offer vallet service). I was told it costs $23 a day. I took the BART system back to the airport. The entry was 1/2 block away - escalator on north side of Market street. It was fairly efficient (not sure what the traffic was like during rush hour, but BART runs every 5-10 minutes so I took no chances). I had to get off once and wait for next train at a stop just before Daly city (they tell you this is best stop to get train to SFO if you are not on the right one initially). Once at the airport you take the airtram to the desired terminal - the airlines are posted so you know which one (this is announced also). So I would not hesitate to use the BART system again.
It cost less than $5 to get to the airport. The Holiday Inn meets all my expectation of what I want in a hotel, and having full-breakfast resturant in house for convenience is great. I did not have much contact with the staff, but they seemed pleasant enough. If I ever go to SF again, I will most certainly stay at this hotel again, there is no question. I doubt that you can find a better hotel for the money, the location is the only thing that may not be ideal. I would like to thank the Holiday Inn for rescueing me from the other hotel.
Impressed with it all
My wife and I just spent a couple of days in San Francisco mainly to visit "Fishermans Wharf" and we stayed at the Holiday Inn at Market and 8th St.The people there and the service was great and I would recommend that Hotel to anyone. We were really impressed with the transportation system. BART to and from the airport amd the #7 Market Trolley.Very enjoyable trip......including Air Tran from Newport News ,Va.
Great for the price
Great room, spacious, clean, with a cool pool. For a hundred canadien bucks, it's worth the money. but, it is a little far from the Wharf and the main attractions like Castro or el Presidio Park (30 minutes of public transportation). Good value otherwise.
Valued for money
Stay there for two nights on 22 & 23 Feb 04, big room, clean, friendly and helpful staffs, but 1 room only comes with 1 free breakfast.
convenient, for us, not much "homeless" around hotel, because we travel by Muni(bus) and tram. Bart is about 50m from hotel, but if you are carrying few heavy laggages, it will be bad because you need to walk up and down from airport-train to Bart, killing us! beside this there were Fire Engines moving around in the miggle of the night. but it won't affect my sleep. If come to SF again, mostly will stay here.
Very good value
I have been to San Francisco several times over the last five years. I now choose to stay here as it's excellent value for money. The location is very good too (once you get over the homelessness). It's got the Muni subway system and BART (which you can now get from the airport) right on it's doorstep. You have easy access to Union Square and the Castro, as well as SOMA. If it's your one and only time in San Francisco and you don't have more than a couple of days in town you'd probably be better off in touristy Fishermans Wharf. However, if you are here for say a week or are returning for your second or third trip then this is value you'll find hard to find elsewhere in this city. I have never had a bad experience here and will definitely be rerurning soon.
SF image is being tarnished
It's a pity that this hotel is plagued by so many down and outs hanging around the area.Although we had now real problems, we felt uneasy going out at night.The hotel it self was clean and tidy, and the staff were very friendly and helpful.But the best thing was the position. You could reach almost all parts of SF from the Muni stop nearby.The restaurant was quite good for dinner, but breakfast, which was buffet style, was very good.I would stay again, if the street people were removed or encouraged to go elsewhere. During daylight hours the area felt safe, but there was the constant sound of emergency vehicles.We felt that this was the worst part of California, which is a shame as SF image is slowly being tarnished.
I would stay here again
We stayed for three nights in June 2003. The room was excellent, very clean and everything worked. The room had a couch and coffee table.
I think they renovated the hotel because everything looked new in the lobby, the restaurant and our room.
Breakfast is very good. You get an amount of $25 per day to spend on breakfast in the restaurant (for 2 persons). You only have to pay the difference if you spend more than $25.
Public transport is nearby. The hotel is a great location to explore San Francisco.
Also check the Holiday Inn web site. Sometimes they offer discounts that can be substantial.
Great for Groups
We have used this hotel in our group touring business for several years now. Never had a problem with the property to date and our customers are considered the most picky of consumers. It accurately rates 3-stars and is a good value. The staff is good compared to other hotels in the same category (not Waldorf standards but also not motel standards).
Breakfast prices are a little out of this world, but that's SFO. (Can also enjoy the Terrace Cafe nearby-especially on holidays when the hotel restaurant is closed).
A good value
My friend and I stayed at the Holiday Inn San Francisco-Civic Center for a week in early May, 2002. I had some degree of trepedation because of reports I heard about the immediate neighborhood's being somewhat seedy. However, it was no better nor worse than any central city neighborhood I've been to, and I never felt in any danger11. The location was good, with access to BART, and several rail and bus routes outside the door and around the corner. A small balcany in my room overlooked several parking lots. The restaurant, while not exceptional, was fine when we were too exhausted to travel elsewhere. Given the quality of the accomodations, it was an extremely good value for the price.
Holiday Inn Civic Centre in SF
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Civic Centre in SF in April 2002. The hotel lobby was very old and in dire need of refurbishment and we were beginning to have second thoughts when the receptionist decided that she couldn't find our reservations.
The rooms were quite a relief although the decor was not exactly inspiring. However we were really concerned about the location of the hotel because there were lots of homeless and vagrants hanging around outside the hotel.
We wouldn't recommend the hotel to any one of our friends and families simply because we didn't feel safe and walking back to the hotel every night was a heart-stopping dash to the hotel entrance lest we get accosted by the legions of beggars and druggies besieging the hotel when night fell.