Nob Hill Motor Inn Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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Nob Hill Motor Inn Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 29

1630 Pacific Avenue - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States Hotel Website | | 4157758160
542 Traveller

Reviews - Nob Hill Motor Inn Hotel

Great Stay at this Friendly Place
Submitted by: Amy in 02/01/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Singapore
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
My husband and I totally loved this friendly and family-run inn. It is very good value for money - the room is comfortable, the location is excellent, and the staff is absolutely helpful and friendly. We would definitely go visit again when we can and recommend it to our friends going to SF!
Very Secure feeling
Submitted by: Rick in 05/09/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
My wife and I loved the proximity to everything in the city. But I think we felt especially secure because of the onsite courtyard parking. We would definitely stay again...already contemplating it for November, this year.
Great Value!
Submitted by: Isabel Rosa in 04/07/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Very nice hotel accommodations and reasonable prices. Parking on the premises is provided at no extra charge - a definite plus in San Francisco! Near restauarants and shops on Polk Street. I would stay here again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Nob Hill Motor Inn Hotel

Great little find

from A TripAdvisor Member
Okay. Here's the deal. Enough of the froo-frooness of some of these reviews and the sheer audacity of others.

Cut to the chase: CALL BEFORE YOU COME to notify them you are coming in late or that you WANT THE ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR (you are adults and should be doing this anyway before you visit a hotel to make sure they even have your reservations.)

-Politely ask for a room on the top floor- minimizing overhead foot traffic.

-the contintental breakfast is a "Sam's Club" danish and some juice/coffee/hot cocoa. So what. it's not as though you're paying $200 a night for this place. it's a mom and pop thing (when they are there- that's later) they aren't chargin' for parking, so take that money and have a nice breakfast down the street.

-the parking spots are narrow. however, when we were there and every room was filled, and people couldn't park right, we were allowed to park in one of two handicapped spots. there are more spots than rooms.
they can also make a phone call to have someone come and re-park their car, if you ask nice.

-Because the photos don't show it, what this place is is, well picture an three layered oval (uncovered in the middle) (like a doughnut) the top two layers are rooms. the doors open up into the middle. the lowest level is where you park. so, if an idiot sets off his car alarm or some parents don't teach their children to respect hotels and use their "inside" voice, yes you can hear stuff. but i don't think it is nearly what people are making it out to be.

-this hotel is pretty much near everything you want. 2 blocks to the trolley which will take you pretty much everywhere. it will also take you to the bus line for places further out.

-the mom and pop who are there most of the time bring in another gentleman when they go away on family business, trips, etc. they are working too and from speaking with them, a heck of a lot. Now, i DO agree with the fact that they know a little bit more about where to eat, thing to do etc. but the young gentleman i just as good.. just give him some idea of what you want. saying "uh, anything" gives no one a chance.

- the place is clean as a whistle. the rooms are quite large for those of you toting kids.

-the price can't be beat (you've no doubt read about the free parking)

-the pizza place down and around the corner rocks.

i guess just use a little common courtesy and common sense and you'll probaly see it for the money saving gem it is. you get what you pay for. if you are looking for lux, go somewhere else. if you are looking for clean comfort on a budget-- give this place a try!!

ll be back!

from scsf
We usually stay in Union Square, but not anymore! At this hotel the rooms are much larger, there's free covered parking, very quiet (not on the main street) and it's at half the price of what we would normally pay in Union Square! It really did feel like home staying here, they even gave us chocolates for Halloween! We'll be back!

Quiet and affordable!

from A TripAdvisor Member
While my sister was undergoing some treatment at a hospital in San Francisco, I stayed at the Nob Hill Motor Inn. The people there were very friendly and were a big help on recommending affordable places to grab a bite to eat, etc.. since I wasn't really in town as a tourist.
As it turns out, it looks as though my sister is going to be fine (thank God) but will require several more 2-3 day visits to SF. I will definitely be staying at the Nob Hill Motor Inn, oh by the way, the best part....FREE PARKING!! I just took the local bus (there is a stop less than a block a way) to the hospital each day. The people in the office recommended that I take the bus and get a three-day bus pass which is what I did and it worked out perfectly!

Nice place, great rate!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My visit to San Francisco was great! I found this hotel on the web and chose it specifically because it had internet access and most smaller hotels don't....I have to keep up with both work and school on the internet while I'm vacationing so this was a definite plus!! The rooms were clean, comfortable and there was even free parking!!! The front desk staff was very helpful and pleasant. I quickly found out how much easier it is to rely on the buses or walking to get around in S.F. The hotel is close to most of the "touristy" attractions and the staff even helped me arrange to take a tour that picked me up right in front of the hotel. I have to come back to S.F. a few times a year for work and I've found a new place to call "home" while I am away!


from A TripAdvisor Member
My recent stay at Nob Hill Motel was riddled with problems, as well.
The room was certainly spacious, and clean. And the location is wonderful, as well as the free parking (but, I do agree with the review which stated the spaces are extremely narrow). However, the noise from rooms above is definitely a factor - to the point of not being able to sleep well. And, I experienced the same "cool reception" another review stated. I was terribly disappointed, because when I made my reservation, having spoken with Frank and Judy several times, and from viewing the motel website and other reviews, I expected the same friendly, helpful, accommodating atmosphere during my stay. I found out, as others have, that Frank and Judy are not the owners; that's Mr.
Patel. Frank and Judy are the "hosts" and cannot be present at the motel all the time to give their good service. I would suggest, if you would prefer the wonderful treatment received by others via Frank and Judy, you should visit when they are at the motel. When I was in town, to my misfortune they were not. Therefore, the next time I visit San Francisco, I will not be staying at the Nob Hill Motel again.

Horrible Experience!! Beware

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had read great things about this place. The rooms are large, indeed.
But, if you are on the 1st floor, you will hear your neighbors walking
around upstairs. Those are the good things, now on to our stay.Our
experience before we got there was troubling. We called from Monterey
to verify a late check-in. The front desk was rude and said that 'they
liked to get some sleep around here, too!!'. We planned on checking in
by 10 pm.Upon arrival, the front desk clerk (after 15 silent minutes)
said that the room we had reserved (family suite) was not available!
Absurd! We tried our best to find out how they had given our room away.
We have a family of four and needed the suite. After an hour of tense
discussions, we finally were put in a room with two beds and a roll
away bed. That sufficed for one night. The clerk then made a concession
on the price for the rest of our stay. We were tired and accepted his
offer. It seemed reasonable.The next day, the owner called. It
impressed me that he cared, until I found out that all he wanted to do
was retract the agreement on price that had already been signed and
charged. It goes on and on from there. At first he said he would
'honor' the agreement, then he changed his mind later in the day. Our
entire stay was marred by the whole mess. More tense moments occurred
upon check out. Customer service is not in their vocabulary. $$$$ is.To
top if off, they intentionally charged an unauthorized amount on our
credit card! This amount was considerably higher than the agreed upon
rate.San Francisco has many better alternatives than this!! Hospitality
missed the boat here.

Great Service - Even Better Price

from A TripAdvisor Member
Coming from New York, one thing we are not used to in a major city and at an beautiful motor inn is FREE parking! The Nob Hill Motor Inn had it and we took full advantage. We arrived on November 1st - parked our rental car in a spot close to the elevator and never used it again.
There are a ton of nice restaurants close by and the cable car / fisherman's wharf were all within a short walk. The hotel rooms were spotless and we especially enjoyed the in-room microwave/fridge for leftovers. We tried a couple of the "staff recommendations" in their in-room binder and particularly enjoyed Chinese food in Chinatown at Yuet Lee (it's a hole in the wall but fabulous chinese seafood!) -- The staff was very friendly - we exchanged contact info with Frank and Judy (the owners). My husband and I made reservations to return for Christmas -- Our daughter lives nearby and our first grandchild should be gracing us with his/her presence by then! : )

Love the spacious rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
We found this hotel from the internet and decided to stay there after reading good reviews from Tripadvisor. We book a standard room and a junior suite. The rooms are clean and very spacious. We love the microwave ovens in the room because we were travelling with small childeren and the ovens come in handy when we prepared their formula milk.The owners are very friendly and give good tips on where to eat and how to get around the city by public transport. This hotel is really value for money (FREE parking) and my husband intends to stay there again when he is in SF for business.

Great room and location - but cool, unfriendly reception

from A TripAdvisor Member
On the whole, this was a very good stay which exceeded our expectations in most areas. The room was large, comfortable and well furnished (though the TV was a bit small). The location was excellent, in a surprisingly quiet area considering the proximity to busy Van Ness Ave.
If you don't mind climbing a few hills, it's perfectly feasible to walk to either Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown or Union Square, but otherwise the cable car is only 3 blocks away.

The free parking was a major plus - though the spaces are narrow, particularly if you end up close to someone's oversize truck (why do people drive these things in cities?).

"Breakfast" is a bit of an exaggeration - some instant coffee and a pastry available on the front desk - though perfectly acceptable given the room price.

Biggest gripe was the extraordinarily unfriendly welcome. Maybe we just caught them on a bad day, but the front desk had a serious attitude problem. We were made to feel quite uncomfortable; having travelled halfway across the world to be met with frosty, indifferent, almost suspicious reception staff (who I believe are actually the owners).
This let down an otherwise excellent impression.

Very Nice

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently stayed at the Nob Hill Motor Inn and what a delight. It's not the Ritz, but for the money in such a good location in San Francisco, you can't beat it. The room was spacious and very clean. The microwave and refrigerator were nice to have. The management went out of their way to be accommodating. The continental breakfast left something to be desired, but given all the other pluses -- you can live with it. Did I mention free parking -- in San Francisco, that's a biggie. P.S. bring your walking shoes -- they don't call it Nob HILL for nothing.

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  • Address: 1630 Pacific Avenue - San Francisco - California - 94109 - United States
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