Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fisherman's Wharf Review

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550 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94133
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Editor’s Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fisherman's Wharf

Sunbathing sea lions, awe-inspiring bay cruises, clam chowder in bread bowls, and sundaes dripping with chocolate. These are but a few of the more surface-level allures of the popular, historical Fisherman's Wharf, on San Francisco waterfront boasting picture-postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

For a family vacation among the area's myriad attractions, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf is a good bet for those seeking a prime location without parting with a premium. With 252 rooms (including 36 suites) over four floors, this Holiday Inn Express lives up to its brand's promise as an "uncomplicated hotel choice offering comfort, convenience and good value."

... more hotel has all the basics covered, but not much more -- it's not a full-service property, after all. The close proximity, however, of the much larger Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, whose main entrance is one block away from the Holiday Inn Express entrance, helps make up for that, as HI Express users are welcome to use some of the services of its neighbor, including its pool, laundry facilities and concierge services.

While rates for comparable rooms at the neighboring Holiday Inn tend to go for a few dollars less, the draw of the Holiday Inn Express for many families is the free daily breakfast, which is not offered at the Holiday Inn. Also children under 19 stay free and there is complimentary Wi-Fi.

In a land (Fisherman's Wharf) that pretty much revolves around families, this HI Express property does a superb job of being in the right place. It's a no-frills, easy-to-navigate (around and from) home base and stepping-off point for area explorations. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Prime location, steps away from Fisherman's Wharf attractions
  • No-fuss good value
  • Free all-you-can-eat breakfast
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The Holiday Inn Express at Fisherman's Wharf features standard rooms, mini-suites and family suites.

The accommodations at this property, in general, are clean, simple and equipped with the usual necessities, including an in-room safe, hair dryer, desk, iron, coffeemaker and phone with voicemail and free local calls. We all slept well on our firm-enough bed, heads resting atop both feather and foam pillows.

But you won't be surprised by any fancy extras. The TVs provide regular cable and pay-per-view movies, videogames are nowhere to be found, and, needless to say, jars of cookies or other kid-tempting treats are not found laying about. For us, that was fine (and preferable).

Wi-Fi access is complimentary on the property and there are plenty of outlets in the rooms to charge all of your devices. Computers are available for use in the small business center off the lobby.

Every floor in the hotel has a vending machine with snacks and drinks, as well as an ice machine.

Standard Rooms
Standard rooms, which are about 290 square feet, come with one king bed, two double beds or one queen bed. Rates cover up to four people in a room; any additional adults are charged an additional fee per night (this doesn't apply to additional kids, who are free). In the double rooms, rollaways are not permitted due to fire hazard. For other rooms, rollaways are readily available for a small fee. Those in standard rooms who want a refrigerator or microwave can rent one or both appliances on a nightly basis. Pack N' Plays are available free of charge.

Adjoining Rooms
Adjoining rooms are unavailable, but, when possible, rooms can be reserved right next to one another (call in your reservation if you want to arrange this). When adjoining rooms are vital, guests are typically referred to the nearby Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, which does offer adjoining rooms.

The mini-suite was comfortable and offered, over the standard room, more space (they span about 370 square feet total), a refrigerator and a microwave. Most of the mini-suites are equipped with two double beds, though there are two mini-suites available that have a king bed instead.

Family Suites
Family suites, which are about 550 square feet, can comfortably sleep five or six people. They are equipped with a kitchenette (with microwave and fridge), two TVs and a pull-out queen sleeper sofa.


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