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Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway
Ranked #76 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Scotts Valley, Ca
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“Half n' half”
Reviewed 11 April 2012

Overall the hotel is nice and clean, location is great, decent views and convenient transportation, but we had booked a King Corner View room for my family with their 800 number reservations and asked for a rollaway bed for our daughter. When we arrived, we were told by the front desk that they could not accommodate a rollaway in that type of room as it was too small (which has views of the bay and Alcatraz) and had to settle for a room on the 16th floor (with no views of bay or Alcatraz) and 2 double beds. Although the lady who helped us at the front desk tried everything she could think of to get us in a room with a king or queen - it was spring break and they were booked.

Transportation was great - We came for a Giants game that day and were able to park our car at the hotel and then took a cable car and muni over to AT&T Park which was conveniently located right down the corner from the hotel.

Restaurants on site were horrible - went into restaurant for dinner that night and it felt like a cafeteria. It was mostly empty except for a family with 3 screaming kids all under 4 years old in the middle of the room and no hostess/host or servers to speak of. We left after sitting at a table for 5 mins with no acknowledgement of our presence whatsoever. However, found (by mere chance) an awesome Italian restaurant, Ti Piacera right around the corner from the hotel on Polk St. for dinner instead and had a fabulous time. Breakfast in the other restaurant the next morning was a total ripoff - $17.95 per person for buffet which did not have many choices.

Overall, we probably wouldn't go back to this hotel any time in the future.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, responded to this review, 23 May 2012
Dear WootSV,

Thank you for leaving a review. I am deeply sorry you received service that was less than satisfactory. This is not the type of service you should expect from our hotel. Your feedback is very important to us. We take all comments seriously and welcome any opportunity to improve. If there is any thing we can do to make your next stay more comfortable. Please do not hesitate to ask.

Katie J
IHGCare
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Hardyville, ky
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Stayed for one night while visiting SF. Staff very nice and helpful. Hotel provided adjoining rooms which was nice. Stayed on 17th floor but could still hear traffic and emergency vehicles during the night.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

A very good Holiday Inn on Van Ness near the Terminus of the California Street Cable Car. I have used this Hotel on 4 visits to San Francisco and have enjoyed each and every one. The Hotel has a good bar but like so many others in USA it closes at 10 pm. You cant get food or drink after that so be warned if you arrive late. I have graded this hotel average because of that and the high cost of parking - nearly 50 dollars a night is too much. Otherwise a good hotel in a good location with the cable car right beside it. Get a MUNI travel pass @ 14 dollars a day to use all the cable cars, trams and buses till 12 midnight. You can get to Fishermans Warf by cable car with one change but there is also a direct Bus service from just alongside the hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2012

We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It's walking distance from pizzerias and coffee shops. There is even a whole foods market about a block away. Breakfast is not free. Parking is about 40 dollars a night so we parked in a garage around the corner for 25 dlls a night. Overall it was a good experience.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

My first trip to San Francisco and I stayed at this Holiday Inn located on Van Ness. It's a great starting point to exploring the rest of city, thanks to it's proximity to the cable car line and multiple bus routes.
But what I was really surprised about was the staff. I can't remember his first name, but his last name was Baker, at the front desk, who really went out of his way to take care of us. We explained it was my first trip to the city, and he got us a great room, provided excellent advice as to where to dine and travel, and signed us up to their rewards program; a program we never even knew existed. It's even free. The concierge was great too, she works out of their gift shop.
Holiday Inn gets a bad rap, as a low brow hotel. However this Holiday Inn provided better service than in some boutique hotels I've stayed in internationally, and the room was great. I would stay here again!
Thanks Mr.Baker!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2012

We stayed in this hotel for two days in February. This was our first stay in San Francisco so I cannot compare with other hotels.
Location of hotel is very convenient for tourists. It's in downtown SF and near the most of the tourists locations. It is not so close that we can walk to Piers or Golden Gate bridge but close enough to go there in cabs.
Rooms of the hotel are on the smaller side. Amenities in the room and bathroom are good but will be easy to use if there is little more space.
Breakfast that is served is ample and good but little costly. There are number of restaurants near by.
Although I liked the hotel, I may search for other one next time, just to get some more space.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Great hotel within walking distance of the union square area (about 20 min walk).
Very clean and very friendly staff.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway
Address: 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109-4606
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Nob Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#77 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway 3.5*
Number of rooms: 499
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a video tour.The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is located in the center of San Francisco, just steps away from the historic California Cable Car turnaround. Located in lower Nob Hill, the Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is near all major attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf , a few blocks from Union Square and Chinatown, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes from Moscone Convention Center and a couple blocks north of City Hall/Civic Center. The 26-story, 499 room Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway offers fantastic city and bay views. Our tastefully appointed guest rooms begin on the 6th floor of the hotel and all offer flat panel TVs and free wireless Internet access. Cafe' Marlette offers a daily buffet breakfast for quick and easy service, as well as a delicious a la carte menu. Interlude Bar & Grill is a casual bistro and sports bar, with pool tables, and large screen TVs. The Holiday Inn Hotel San Francisco Golden Gateway is the perfect location for business or pleasure in thecity by the bay. ... more   less 
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