Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Compared to other chain hotels near Fisherman's Wharf, the Holiday Inn offers less for the money.
First impressions matter, and the Holiday Inn's first impression isn't good. In fact, it's annoying. The hotel's 585 rooms are split between two buildings, and the level of services and amenities in the two are quite different. Upon check-in at the main building, we were told that our room was in the annex, a block away. The annex is a block closer to the wharf, but it's also farther away from the hotel's pool, fitness center, business center, and primary restaurant -- all of which are in the main building. The lackluster design goes beyond the simple inconvenience factor. The pool, which is next to the parking lot, is bordered by a . And some things are just awkward: To enter the annex, you either have to walk through the parking garage or pass through the entrance to a 24-hour Denny's.
It isn't all bad, of course. The hotel is clean and the staff is friendly. Each building has a lobby, front desk, and concierge -- though when asked for a restaurant recommendation, the concierge couldn't remember the names of several area restaurants and instead resorted to describing them and pointing in the general direction. At Bristol Bar and Grill, in the main building, kids under 12 eat free if accompanied by an adult ordering from the regular menu. As you might expect in a food-centric location like Fisherman's Wharf, the Bristol was pretty empty, but busier in the mornings. In the rooms, the comfortable Serta Perfect Sleeper beds were a plus, as was the hotel's pillow menu. Other amenities were outdated: a Zenith 26-inch tube TV and an old Magnavox alarm clock. Mini-fridges are available only by request, for a fee.
A group of chain hotels vie for business on or near the wharf, and the Holiday Inn may be the least attractive among them. Try the Radisson, with its impressive outdoor pool and prime location, or the Hyatt, with its superior restaurant and fitness center.
In the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, convenient to major tourist sites and transportation
Just one or two blocks from the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront (depending on which building you stay in), the Holiday Inn is conveniently located near the docks where ferries leave for Alcatraz, Sausalito, and Tiburon. The hotel is also a block away from the terminus of the Powell-Mason cable car line, which connects to the farther reaches of the city, like Union Square and Nob Hill.
The 585-room Holiday Inn is probably the least attractive of the chain-hotel options near Fisherman's Wharf. Nearby hotels offer cheaper or comparable rates and better amenities -- like the Hyatt, with its superior restaurant and fitness center, and the Radisson, with it's direct wharf access and impressive pool.