The Cow Hollow Inn

San Francisco Hotel Review

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R.W. writes, "My wife and I stayed at the Cow Hollow Motor Inn in September. We were delighted with the hotel, the room, and the location. The reasonable rates, along with the free parking was a huge plus. The staff was friendly, always helpful and knowledgeable. The location was great. Walking distance from all of the restaurants and shops on Chestnut Street, the Marina, the Exploratorium and the Presidio. A short convenient bus ride to the Wharf, Chinatown, and other attractions.

A final note, our trip was scheduled from Sept. 8-12, 2001. Needless to say, world events necessitated our extending the stay a few days. The staff at the Cow Hollow was very accommodating, not even a hint of the kind of mercenary attitude some of the car rental places adopted that week. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and everyone, including families with kids."

R.R highly recommends, "I have stayed at the Cow Hollow Motor Inn four or five times for work and now it's the only place I'll stay when in San Francisco - either for fun OR business. The location is fabulous - one block from a wide variety of moderately priced (and mostly good) restaurants in the Marina district, safe, and relatively quiet. If traffic bothers you, ask for a room in the back, since the Lombard Street side gets noisy, especially at 7 o'clock in the morning.

They recently became a no-smoking hotel, but one of their sister properties allows smoking. There's no room service, hotel restaurant, or anything like that, but you really don't need that with all the food near by. The parking is free (in basement), the rooms are large and comfortable, and each room has a large modern bathroom.

Transportation to the usual touristy spots is a little difficult (although there ARE buses nearby, and cabs are plentiful), but if you have a car you won't care. For convenience and price (around $85 winter and $95 summer, I believe), the Cow Hollow is the best! It also puts you close to the wonderful northwest part of the town, plus the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, which should not be missed if you have a car. If you can't get into the Cow Hollow, there's a Coventry Inn nearby, which is run by the same folks, plus another Motor Inn whose name escapes me. I have not stayed at either, but they look to be quite similar, just a little less desirable in terms of location.

There are a number of budget hotels and motels in the Lombard Street area near the Marina district. The Cow Hollow is one of the best in the high range of budget. It's similar to a very nice Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn - not a Motel 6. I highly recommend it."

Rodger writes, "RR's comments regarding the Cow Hollow Motor Inn on Lombard are right on the money, except for the comment about the premises being smoke-free. Only one side of the hotel is smoke-free and the other has smoking rooms. I stay at the Cow Hollow whenever I am in the city and I find the staff very accomodating, the rooms quite comfortable and the restaurants nearby remarkable. Try La Barca one block down on Lombard for good Mexican and margaritas. And for steaks and chops, Izzy's, around the corner on Steiner, is an S.F. landmark."

L. writes, "The Cow Hollow Motor on Lombard is another of San Francisco's hidden jewels. We have stayed there several times and it is clean, near bus lines and restaurants. Some of the rooms have views of the Golden Gate Bridge! You are minutes from the wharf area and the Bridge, Presidio, Marina and Coit Tower. The rate was $115.00 per night (our 3rd night was only $99.00). Excellent location and the staff is helpful also."

Barbara Mosgrave writes, "I've been staying there for 30 years and have great respect for the safety and cleanliness as well as the location. The staff is terrific and I highly recommend it."

$88+ tax with parking
2190 Lombard