Fodor's Expert Review Columbus Motor Inn

1075 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, California 94133, United States See on Map

Fodorites sing the praises of this affordable motor inn, calling it "a good family hotel if you have a car to park." Outside, the cable car dings by, and North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf are nearby. A helpful staff, free parking, and Wi-Fi add to the allure.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Off-season rates are a steal.

room

Basic rooms are decked out with oversized pillows, earth-toned bedding, and large flat-screen TVs. Big windows offer the occasional glimpse of downtown.

YOU SHOULD KNOW All rooms have air conditioning.

bathroom

Simple bathrooms feature bathtubs.

lobby

The small brick-walled lobby is manned by a kindly staff.

dining

While the hotel does not provide a food and beverage service, nearby check out the historic Fior D'Italia (4-minute walk), one of the city's oldest restaurants.

drinking

For travelers wanting a nightcap, saunter into Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House (2-minute walk) for a colorful (and lively) spot for a pint.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Take advantage of the free parking to explore the outer edges of San Francisco. Walkers will love the proximity to fun neighborhoods like Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf as well as the Bay Trail that rings the north part of the city from Golden Gate Bridge to AT&T Park (and beyond). Muni buses stop nearby, connecting travelers with Union Square and the Marina district. Hop on the trolley or cable car in Fisherman's Wharf.

Restaurants

Enjoy a variety of pies, from calzones to NY style, at Tony's Pizzeria Napoletana (9-minute walk). Use all that cash you saved in free parking to splurge on the city's most long-standing vegetarian restaurant Greens (8-minute drive); epic bay views and outstanding dishes like the grilled brochettes make this a local favorite.

Bars

Grab a scotch bevvie to warm up at Cold Drinks Bar (7-minute drive) in Chinatown. In North Beach, hear the locals tell stories of old North Beach over a whiskey cocktail at Vesuvio Bar (9-minute walk).

WHY WE LIKE IT

Free parking and a fab location at an affordable price--must we say more?

QUICK FACTS

Family
45 rooms
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
$
Yes
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 415-885–1492

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