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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).
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.
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.