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“Excellent Deal and Great Location”
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Redwood Inn
Ranked #156 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Encinitas, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent Deal and Great Location”
Reviewed 1 May 2012

Our friend who used to live in San Francisco recommended the Redwood Inn, otherwise, we probably would not have found this gem. We called the day we were arriving, which was a Friday in mid-April, 2012 and they had rooms available (lucky for us). The rooms are very reasonably priced.

One of the aspects that drew us was the free parking, which is great in the middle of San Francisco. We asked for a quiet room and we were not disappointed. Our room was spacious and clean, with a full sized refrigerator! We didn't need it, but had we been staying longer than a night, we would have taken advantage of this. There is an elevator as well as 2 sets of stairs and motel style rooms, which open directly to the outdoor tiered walkways. The free donuts in the lobby were a bonus when I checked out.

The only thing that kept me from giving them 5 stars was some confusion around my credit card receipt, but the woman working at the front desk was very kind as she worked through it.

Room Tip: The top floor seems to be the quietest.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012 via mobile

Recently booked 2 rooms for a long weekend at the Redwood Inn and got more then we bargained for. We got 2 modestly furnished rooms. Also 2 free parking spaces, free donuts, free wifi, a microwave and mini frig......yes, there were reasonably comfortable beds and a decent bathroom as well.

There are very few things we did not like or appreciate about the Redwood Inn. Here's a list:

The sounds of city traffic piercing the thin exterior window, door and wall (after 1 night, we didn't seem to notice it as much)
Management asking for a $50 cash deposit from the members of one of our party for one room, but not the other. (deposit to assure the return of the TV remote control. I guess we fit the remote stealing profile)
Requested a microwave in each room and there was only a microwave in one (honestly never used the one we had)
Locked gate to the roof (dont know that we would have spent longer then a few minutes anyway...took some pictures and came back down)

BIGGEST COMPLIANT
Paper thin pillows...you know, the type you have to fold in half so you can at least feel them under your head and only 2 on each queen size bed. This being our biggest compliant and the great price we paid to stay here.....we all gave it a 2 thumbs up!!

The good far exceeded the bad. Now understand, if you are looking to impress someone, I would not bring them back to this "motorlodge", but that aside, we enjoyed our stay in this safe, clean accommodation.

See picture we posted for more details.

  • Stayed April 2012
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London
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Lovely hotel for the price, we stayed 4 nights.
Staff were plesant, and Breakfast is provided at Reception in the morning. Get in quick before all the Donuts and Muffins are gone though!
Located in Fishermans walk so everything is a bus ride or walking distance ( beware of the hills) away. The rooms were clean and the provided coffee and fridge which was handy. Safeway is a 10 min walk away (always a plus).
Other people seem to moan about noise but this did not bother us at all.
We got to San Fran on a Friday evening. A few motels were booked out. I looked at 5 motels in the same area in San Fran and all were more expensive than the Redwood so I would definately recomend the Redwood for your stay.

Room Tip: Don't be afraid to ask for a discount if you stay more than 3 nights :-)
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2012

This hotel really close to the bus stop of lines 30 and 45, taking you to Chinatown, Union Square. The rooms close to Lombard street can be loud, so bring your earplugs.
The Staff is really nice, the rooms are not really cleaned sometimes, but well this is what you get for this price. Anyway you are here to visit SF, not to watch TV in your room.

Room Tip: Rooms far away from the road are better
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Anaheim
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Best price we found within reasonable walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf. Staff were all extremely nice and helpful. Internet would not connect. Clean, basic room, small frig and coffee maker in room. Good donuts in office in AM. A little noisy from traffic, but when you're tired......

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Stayed here for two nights during a trip through the Bay Area to look at colleges for my daughter. I picked it for the good reviews and its proximity to the Wharf, where we enjoy walking at nighttime. It's an easy 6-block walk from the hotel to Ghirardelli Square. Also just up the road (literally) is the top of Lombard Street, the world's windiest road. We stayed in room 38, which is on the 3rd floor directly facing Lombard. There are exterior stairs and an elevator close by.

The room was clean enough and had adequate facilities, including a shower/toilet separate from the vanity area; a refrigerator; and a TV. You pay a deposit for room keys and the TV remote. The staff is friendly and always available. When our toilet stopped up they had a guy up to fix it within 5 minutes. They also offer donuts and pastries there at the front desk in the morning, which was nice and unexpected. They have free Wi-fi, not even a password, though it is extremely slow.

The fridge makes a loud-ish rattling sound so I unplugged it at night and propped open its door. Also due to its location on Lombard, there is traffic all night long outside and this is fairly noisy. Walls are thin, as expected for a lower-end motel. The morning we checked out, there was no hot water at all, so no showers for us. They said the hot water heater had stopped working for everyone, for some reason.

Many places charge for parking but Redwood's is free, and they guarantee you a space; if you come back from somewhere and there are no spaces they say they will take your keys and double-park you in the lot until a space opens up. They are also close to bus lines in case you like using transit to get around.

Our stay was okay, and for $110 in that location we felt it was a good deal, outside of the hot water problem.

Room Tip: Might be quieter if your door/window are not facing Lombard Street.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Stuttgart
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Free parking, WiFi, nice staff, good location. We stayed there three nights in march. The room was a little bit smelly, there was a whole kitschen in the room, but we didn't use it, didn't seem really clean to me. The refrigerator was very loud so I unplugged it during our stay. The location ist nice, easy walk to fisherman warf - there is also a bus stop around the corner. No booking over the internet was a little bit strange first, since I didn't get an answer of me e-mail request, i phoned to book the room.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Redwood Inn
Address: 1530 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3114
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
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Ranked #156 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Hotel Class:2 star — Redwood Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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