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.


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.


Simple bathrooms feature bathtubs.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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


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


Phones: 415-885–1492

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