Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hotel Review - Holiday Inn Civic Center

Holiday Inn - San Francisco - Civic Center
50 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Hotel : 1-415-626-6103
Fax: 1-415-552-0184

Hotel Review and Trip Report - Holiday Inn Civic Center

Note- this is a 2.5 Star Hotel, not a 4 or 5 Star hotel by any means.

Ok, so why would anyone stay here? Well, its uniquely close to where I need to be in San Francisco and its often available for around $100 per night. Plus the rooms were remodeled about 4 years ago, so its still clean and comfortable. There are better San Francisco Hotels, but this one serves my needs for most business trips.

The rooms are all the same size, there are no suites or jr. suites -- just basic hotel rooms. The 12th and 14th Floor are private floors for Platinum Level Priority Club members -- Not Gold.

The hotel claims to be a 3 diamond rated hotel, but its more on the 2.5 star side. Staff can be great or completely unwelcoming -- varies by person, but most are on the great side.

The rooms are all the same with only bedding varying (King, King+Sofabed, two doubles).

The bathrooms are tiny -- there is a bathtub and shower, but you must keep the door closed to maneuver around. There are lots of towels and a Hot Kettle for tea and coffee. This hotel sees mostly international groups, so there is no coffee pot.

The hotel is on the south side of Market street -- on Eight street (between Market and Mission streets). The area nearby is somewhat dodgy -- especially at night. Sixth street is really bad, so it should be avoided.

The civic center BART and underground MUNI station is 1/2 a block away -- making it very convenient for traveling to the Airport (SFO or OAK) or to the Ferry Building down at the Embarcadero.

I would not recommend this hotel for first time tourist to San Francisco -- unless you are a on a REAL budget. The hotel is best suited for people who are going to spend very little time in the hotel rooms. Plus it has ZERO character for a San Francisco hotel.

Other Notes:
Laundry - the hotel lists it has washer/dryers, but they are VERY old and dirty. The dryer takes forever. A better option is a nearby coffee/laundromat

Hotel Bar - oh my, this is just a very sad Hotel Bar. The bartender is a bit "salty" and not in a fun way.

Wireless - there is free wireless for hotel guests, its now password protected so the bandwidth is decent.

Parking - there is a parking garage, but its cheap by San Francisco standards-- $27/day. Unless you are going to travel outside the city -- a car is not needed.

Again - this hotel is not for most people...but can be a cheap business trip option.