Columbus Motor Inn
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... up again and we were on our way. After a quick bite to eat at the cafe on the corner of our street, Cafe Divine, which had yummy sandwiches and decent coffee, we walked down to Fishermans Wharf to look around before our Alcatraz tour. We walked down to Pier 39, the obviously touristy area that the locals must loathe. It was like a crazy carnival down there - carousel and all! - with lots of kitchy shops, food etc. Just off the pier are about a dozen pontoons just for the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsColumbus Motor Inn San Francisco
Great check-in, excellent parking, and close to Fisherman's Wharf. Rooms are excellent comfortable and quiet. Highly recommend this place. Good value price tag.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Columbus Motor Inn San Francisco
A few blocks to the wharf, cable car one block over-what more can you ask for. Well, the room was wonderful. Recently renovated and extra large. We had a two room suite to accomodate my kids and felt like we were in an apartment. My husband and I actually had our own room. Great value compared to the high priced hotels two blocks away.
Convenient and Comfortable
We stayed at Columbus Motor Inn for the beginning of our spring break, March 12-14, 2004. We had 3 adults and a 7 yr old. We got the 2 rm suite with a King and Queen bed for $145. Both beds were fullbeds, not sofabeds which many suites have. Rollaways are also available. Rates are cheaper on weekdays in this part of town. The beds were comfortable. Both rooms had TVs, that we did not use. The bathroom is small but adequate with the sink outside the bathroom.
The best part is the convenience and free parking, with easy access to both the Golden gate and bay bridges for day trips. Several good places to eat nearby. We loved breakfast at Pergaminos, a few blocks north on Columbus, although it can easily run over $10 per person. Pat's cafe, even closer, by the cable car turnaround, also offers good breakfasts and lunches. I don't know about their dinners. A bike rental shop is next door. Fisherman's wharf, crooked street and other attractions are an easy walk.
This is not the place if you are looking for luxury and lots of hotel amenities. However, we found it very convenient and comfortable and are thinking about staying there again on a trip this fall.
Just got back last week from 4 days in SF. Very nice and helpful hotel personnel. Free parking - big deal in SF. Rooms clean. Very good location. Walk to Fisherman's Wharf and China town. Near Lombard Street (the crookedest street). Good place. Would stay there again.
Great value and launching pad for vacationers
Great value, great location, large room, free parking! Spent the first 3 nights of 2004 here for a base rate under $100. The Best Western Toscana and the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf had similar rates via the internet, but added $25 and $35 respectively for parking. We needed the car for parts of 2 days so chose Columbus Motor Inn again (4 of last 5 visits to SF). Great convenience: about a 10 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiardelli Square, and the Hyde Street Cable Car; two blocks to the Mason/Powell Cable Car; 5 minutes to the bottom of crooked Lombard Street - anybody can walk/drive down it - take the challenge and walk up the hill; the #30 bus stops right outside the garage - goes to Union Square via Columbus and Stockton($1.25). If you have a car, it is no more than 10 minutes to either I80 to the east bay or points south or to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north. We spent an afternoon around Lincoln Park and the Presidio area and took in the Art Museum there then drove through the hillside housing and down to China and Baker beaches. Great views all around. By the way, lunch at the Art Museum was very good and reasonable. We also took a day trip to Monterey/Carmel and the 17-Mile Drive. 2 hrs drive via 101/156/1.
Relaxing and great shops and scenery.The motel is basic - office, parking garage, room. Not an attractive exterior. No food service. They have beverages and snack machines and in-room coffee/teas. The room is spacious - not your normal size motel room. Lots of storage. Bathroom is basic and ample. Rooms have been refinished in the last couple years. Look nice. Had a king size bed that was comfortable and had a view of Telegraph Hill and the bay. Breakfast suggestion - Pergamino's about 3 blocks north on Columbus. Good food, great juices and coffees.
Small place, familial, well known, worth the wait. Interesting people may drop by. Excellent service. Not cheap - it's SF. Can lunch or dinner - recommend Caesar's (east on either Bay or North Point Streets); there's another Italien restaurant at 800 Greenwich - south on the corner near Columbus and Mason - easy walk. Recommend The Stinky Rose, for garlic lovers, not sure of address but we went south on Columbus - followed the curve in the road and went just up over the hill. Check Yellow Pages or ask at desk. All 3 restaurants had entrees under $25 - good for SF but also good food and great service. But then, there are lots of great places to eat in SF.If you plan to spend most of your time sightseeing and eating in the city, this motel is a good place to spend the night. Great location to launch your next day's adventures. You can pay 50-150% more a couple blocks closer to the Wharf. You can also spend 200-300% more at Union Square. But, for the more value minded, you'll be pleased here. Have a great visit.
Perfect for a city day
We are relatively locals to S.F. and stay in the city often. The Columbus Motor Inn is where we usually stay. The price and the free parking is great but the location is unbeatable. It is within easy walking distance to: Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Pier 39 and North Beach. The cable car connection to the rest of the city is only 2 blocks away.
Good value at Fishermans Wharf
we have stayed many times, always clean good value and happy to see you also free bonus of free parking which at around Fishermans Wharf area is not to be found all hotels charge at least $15 a day.very good value.
We spent a week in California, and Columbus Motor Inn was the best hotel experience. They are in walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 and our room was immaculate. There were 4 of us - Two grandparents, two teens, and we were able to get their two bedroom corner suite for about $130. There is construction in progress across the street, but it was no problem. The only inconvenience was the ironing board. They provide iron and ironing board on request; however the ironing board is one of the small, table-top ones, and not very handy. But the free parking, cleanliness and location and staff cooperation made this a great hotel.
We had a very comfortable suite for a family of five. One bedroom with a queen and a living area with two queen beds. The hotel was within walking distance to the pier, restaurants, and to chinatown and the cable car. It is one of the few hotels to have free parking also.
My sister & I stayed here in July 2003. We found the location and covered parking to be great. Our room was quiet, clean & comfortable.
The staff friendly and very helpful. We'd definitely would stay here again.
Columbus Motor Inn
We stayed there in April of '00. It had been recently refurbished and was in immaculate condition. Our 3-night stay cost under $300, and it included covered parking. It is an easy 5-minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf. I would stay there again in a heartbeat