Holiday Inn Civic Center Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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Holiday Inn Civic Center Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 389

50 Eighth Street - San Francisco - California - 94103 - United States | 4156266103
301 Traveller

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Best Days Ever
Submitted by: DHARJ in 05/03/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The Holiday Inn was a very good hotel, that offered a great stay with welcoming staff and service. The room that I stayed in (527) was very large and well kept.

The area around the hotel was very nice also. Just along the Market Street, it was easy access to the bus and tram routes also.

PS - The ladies in the gift shop downstairs were nice, and very complimentive!

Thank You Holiday Inn!

I Loved It!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Inn Civic Center Hotel

Enjoyed staying at this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of our stay in SF.
Because it had been booked through Air Miles, Id not done any research on it. V easy to get to on BART from the airport. Reception staff upgraded us to the top floor, so room was very spacious and comfy with HUGE bed and I found it extremely quiet so got over the jet lag perfectly. My other half thought the swimming pool was great too - not a common hotel feature in SF.

The location is not the best - homeless people can be a bit scary if youve never encountered them in droves before, but they rarely bother you. However, there are great transport links, and fully recommend Buzz9 opposite on 8th street as somewhere to eat and has a lounge downstairs.
We stayed at Union Square, Nob Hill and Las Vegas during this trip and this was the hotel I enjoyed the most because it was the biggest and the quietest

Worst hotel we experienced this summer

from Ronald_Goudsmit
Of our long stay in the US, the Civic Center hotel San Francisco has been, by far, the worst hotel we experienced :
- I stayed for 10 minutes on the phone with reception for a complaint and nobody ever answered
- When I asked reception how to go in town without experiencing the many homeless of the main walk, I got the answer that there was no solution whatsoever
- I don't know why but nobody of the staff is EVER smiling in the hotel
- There is no "in room" description of the hotel so I discovered the existing of a fitness room only the last day of my stay
- I left the breakfast with an apple visibly in my hand. I had to pay one dollar for the apple !

I do not recommend anybody to stay in this hotel.

Not bad!

from chemicalsuk
We spent 3 nights at the Holiday Inn in mid September. I'd read a lot of reviews about it being in a bad area and there being lots of homeless so we were quite apprehensive. The hotel itself is fine. The rooms aren't amazing but are a good size and are clean.

There are a lot of homeless around but its the same all over the city and they generally don't bother you. The location is quite good in that you can get the BART or MUNI one stop over to Powell & Market St where the cable cars start their run right thru to Fisherman's wharf. Thats what we did when going out for meals in the evenings. Market St is great for shopping too.

Good value for money

from RobertJE
We stayed at this hotel for five nights from 25th July - two adults and three children in a room without feeling two squashed. We come from the UK and the maximum room size there is to sleep 3 so we always have to book two rooms when we holiday in the UK. This makes the US incredible value for money. The Holiday Inn, Civic Centre was very reasonably priced and was brilliantly located for transport. We took the BART in from the airport and the station is literally 5 mins from the hotel. Also it is well connected for the overground and underground trams and buses. As other reviewers have noted there are a lot of vagrants on the road by the hotel running up to Powell street. Sadly we have encountered vagrants in other US cities and given the lack of state support for the homeless and those with mental health difficulties this problem is only going to get worse. However, even at night I never felt threatened even with the kids in tow. It just was not very nice. Great value for money, great for transport, perfect for the budget conscious but not for those who want to be in the centre of the touristy bit (down by the seafront) or those wanting something up market

Average Hotel

from gabe1217
We stayed at the Holiday Inn on 7-26 & 7-28.. The rooms were average, service was good, the restaurant had excellent food. The location was excellent as Union Square is nearby, so is the Bart subway. The only drawback was the incredible amount of transients
and homeless people all over the area. We did not venture off at night, we did not feel it was safe.


from organ254
to get to hotel catch Bart from airport,get off at civic centre and walk 70 yards to hotel. i couldn't find that info before i went there as they did not answer e mail as previous reviewer!
check in was very slow as every person in the queue ahead of us appeared to have some sort of problem, there were only 2 computers available for checking in and they could surely do with more as check in time is 3pm and everybody arrives at the same time!
hotel room spacious and clean with "interesting"? view of neighbouring hotel and 8th and Market.
many homeless in area which made walking to union cable car quite intimidating but none of these unfortunate people asked more than once before leaving you alone,the city obviously has a serious problem with homeless people estimated at about 12,000 with many suffering mental health problems.
would recommend hotel to friends despite above .
self check out which is a great assistance

d return

from A TripAdvisor Member
Service was very friendly, though with sometimes long lines; breakfast buffet was VERY nice; the room was clean, basic; neighborhood not the greatest, with few dining opportunities; generally a great hotel for the price--I would return.

Not the best room you can get

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although we're priorityclub members and booked nearly 2 months in advance we didn't get a room in the bets part of the hotel which is the top 2 floors. Instead a room on the 7th. So you have a view of the wall of the building next door.

The room wasn't renovated yet and it shows particularly in the bathroom. There was some black mold on the ceiling and the paint on the door started to crumble off. Other than that it was clean.

The breakfast buffet was excellent. We've stayed here in the past and you get a discount coupon for your breakfast. The amount has been lowered substantually: in 2003 it was $12 p.p. this year it was $6.20 p.p., which means you have to pay about $13 a day extra (for 2). I thought breakfast was always included in Holiday Inns.

The staff are very friendly however it takes them ages to resond to e-mails. And even when I got a response they forgot to answer half of the questions so I'd have to e-mail them again and wait for another week to get an answer. On my last e-mail I didn't get an answer at all.

It's a great location if you want to explore San Francisco. The F-train and BART stop close by. There are a lot of homeless and beggars around but you can find them throughout the city and even in front of the Hilton.

Poor location..

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is located in a run down part of the city. The hotel room smelt of ammonia, the toilet would not flush and we could not sleep due to the traffic/street noise. The breakfast was poor and over priced at $12.50. We would not stay there again.

Loved the staff and excellent service

from A TripAdvisor Member
I love the hotel. The General Manager was extremely nice, so were all the hotel staff members. I had complementery breakfasts every morning (priority club), and complementery fruit baskets every week for staying there. The gym is pretty good, however, the equipment tended to break down, though the management would fix it quickly. The location isn't the best, but the Orpheum theatre is close by, so people walk around all the time. The hotel is also really close to the BART Civic Center station, which is very convenient for anyone who would like to travel via BART.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting SF.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Skip the car rental, take public transport in SF Public transport in the SF area is a joy, and I'm not talking about the cable cars. BART will take you directly from SFO to downtown. MUNI will take you around the city on underground and above-ground trolleys (some of them antiques from other cities) and buses with frequent and late service. Ferries will take you across the Bay to places like Sausalito and Alcatraz. Compared to other cities, prices are fair and vehicles are clean. If you're only going to be in the city, don't even think about renting a car!

car/no car... san francisco I think in san francisco the best way to get around is there public transport, its cheap... if you hire a car you got the added expence of paying to park your car anywhere, the hotel parking lot you pay, anywhere you visit you pay and the charges are not cheap, so you really need to way things up, I generally think you dont need the car here, as say you would in los angeles. Taxi cabs are reasonable too.

La Traviata La Traviata restaurant on Mission was very good - a family run restaurant with a lot of atmosphere. Photos of famous opera singers on the walls. Opera music. Good Italian food and friendly service. Good place for a family celebration as they can accomodate (with advance notice of course).


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  • Address: 50 Eighth Street - San Francisco - California - 94103 - United States
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