Holiday Inn San Francisco-Civic Center Rating: 3.0 Pearls
SoMa, San Francisco, California

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Pros

  • All rooms have small balconies.
  • Heated outdoor pool and terrace
  • Bright, modern bathrooms with good water pressure
  • Cup-at-a-time coffeemakers; Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi
  • Free use of Bay 1 Fitness, located at 37 Grove St., roughly a two-minute hop away

Cons

  • Unattractive location; it can feel a bit seedy
  • Far from most San Fransico tourist attractions
  • Poor on-site restaurant; few nearby dining options
  • Small fitness center; limited equipment

Bottom Line

Located in a seedier part of San Francisco, near its government buildings and courthouses, the 388-room Holiday Inn is not an ideal choice for tourists. For those doing business nearby, its newer-looking guest rooms and outdoor pool make it a better option than the Hotel Whitcomb, though the eco-minded Good Hotel has comparable features.

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Modern renovations and an outdoor pool and terrace spice up this otherwise cookie-cutter Holiday Inn located in a less-than-touristy part of town.

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The 14-story, 388-room Holiday Inn San Francisco is located just south of the Civic Center Plaza in a somewhat seedy part of the city that few tourists frequent. It is, however, the center of most of San Francisco's governmental and cultural institutions, including its courthouses, and if you have business in the area, the Holiday Inn can be a far more attractive choice than the dark, disappointing Hotel Whitcomb just around the corner. This is due to its heated outdoor pool, modest but functional fitness center, and, largely, its guest rooms, which received new carpets, bedding, furniture, and flat-screen TVs during a 2010 renovation. But compare prices at the eco-oriented Good Hotel one block away, which also has a pool, workout room, and up-to-date electronics in the rooms (including iPod docks, which the Holiday Inn lacks).

 Location

Just south of a seedy stretch of Market Street, far removed from many of the city's top attractions

Located half a block south of Market Street, the hotel sits between the Asian Art Museum, the Orpheum Theatre, and the Bill Graham Auditorium in the Civic Center area (to the north) and the numerous clubs and restaurants in SoMa (to the south). Nevertheless, the immediate area around the hotel can feel seedy, even by San Francisco standards, and it can feel eerily quiet at night. Union Square this is not.

Indeed guests find themselves far removed from most of the city's top tourist attractions. It's a 30-minute walk to the great dining at the Ferry Building and the picturesque promenade at the Embarcadero, and the touristy shops and sea lions along the waterfront of Fisherman's Wharf is a 15-minute cab ride away. Luckily, there's a BART subway station and the MUNI line half a block away, so escaping the area is as easy as hopping a train.

  • Seedy surrounding area
  • Limited dining options in the immediate area
  • A 20-minute walk to Union Square, a major transportation hub known for high-end shopping
  • A BART commuter train and a stop for Muni Metro (streetcars) is half a block away. Both systems connect many areas in the San Francisco Bay area, but there's no easy access to cable car lines.
  • Two miles to Fisherman's Wharf and the ferries to Alcatraz
  • Like most hotels in San Francisco, it is far from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury
  • 30-minute taxi from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

 Bottom Line

Located in a seedier part of San Francisco, near its government buildings and courthouses, the 388-room Holiday Inn is not an ideal choice for tourists. For those doing business nearby, its newer-looking guest rooms and outdoor pool make it a better option than the Hotel Whitcomb, though the eco-minded Good Hotel has comparable features.

Things You Should Know About Holiday Inn San Francisco-Civic Center

Address

  • 50 Eighth St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As

  • Holiday Inn Civic Center (San Francisco)
  • Holiday Inn Civic Center San Francisco
  • Holiday Inn San Francisco
  • San Francisco Holiday Inn

Room Types

  • Accessible Room
  • Executive Room
  • Executive View Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Standard Room w/sofabed

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 389
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: SoMa, San Francisco
Address: 50 Eighth St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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