More about Travelodge San Francisco Central
Bad place to stay
I won't stay at this place again, the room is very small, the double bed they said is just a full size bed, for sure can't accomodate 2 persons, always having toilet smell in room, the paint is cracking apart both on walls and ceiling, no AC in room, the bed is inconfortable, making noise all night long. It's very noisy at night since it located at a busy intersection, I can't sleep until 2am...terrible experience...very early in the morning, people checking out early, yelling, talking, so waking up everybody. Free continental breakfast, but no coffee, no juice, no water, just only a few cakes left. I am not even touch it. The rate is not cheap. $119/night and $10+tax for parking. I am better pay $50 more to get a much better hotel in Fisherman Wharf. Not recommend to any one.
I stayed 1 night out of the planned 4 nights at this dump, then checked out because I thought I was going to have a coronary from anger at the owner/ manager who operates this hell-hole. According to the guy who owns a shop next door to the Travelodge, the turkey who owns this sh**-box used to own and manage a transient hotel down the street. This should give you an idea of the way they treat their unsuspecting guests.
The owner tried to rip me off when I checked out. He tried to charge me $40 more for the room than I was quoted on the phone. He also tried to charge me $10 for parking even though I was not driving a car. When I caught him he just sneered at me, never apologized, and acted like I had been the one who was trying to be a cheat.
The carpets were so filthy that my white socks looked like I had washed them with mud. People shouted and argued in the parking lot at all hours of the night. Housekeepers knocked on the door at 8 in the morning even though I had a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door.
The only nice thing I can say is that the motel is close to public transport and decent restaurants. Otherwise, if you’re thinking of staying at this place, I would recommend that you sleep on the street instead.
Not Special, Not Bad
I spent three nights at the Travelodge Central during a recent visit. I had a large room with two queen-sized beds, a functional bathroom, microwave and mini-frig, and a sofa. It was plenty of space and everything was reasonably clean and in good working order. I was able to park for $10/day (plus tax) and walked or used public transportation the whole time I was in SF. By the way, $11.40 per day to park in SF is a very good price! The hotel is about a mile from the Castro District and it is walkable in spite of the hills. If you think about walking toward downtown, well, don't -- this stretch of Market Street is full of homeless people and rundown businesses and is generally a downer. You can walk up to Van Ness Street to catch the Muni or BART and the street trolley stops near the hotel which is an easy way to get downtown or to the Castro. The only problems that I experienced were noise related. The plumbing is noisy, the heat sounds like a bug zapper when it comes on (but then is silent), and the windows are rather flimsy so you can hear plenty of traffic noise. I always travel with earplugs so none of this was particularly bothersome for me. Overall, the Travelodge Central suited my needs very well.
Smelly room, rude staff, location was it's only saving grace
First of all let me just say that I knew the place wouldn't be a palace, I mean it's a centrally located, budget hotel, which is exactly what we were looking for. But even on a budget, you don't expect to have to sacrifice the basics; a clean room & polite staff, who have at least a minimal grasp of the english lanquage. This is where the problems began. The room smelled like urine, EXTREMELY foul. Don't get me wrong, there was a maid who came everyday, made up the bed, vacuumed and even sprayed some sort of deororizer, in a failed attempt to rid the room of that smell. What she ended up doing was turning the urine smell into something far more sickening.
Believe it or not, this was the second room they had given us, the first one was the ONLY one that didn't have an electric key, but a door'knob that was practically hanging off. I had to go back down to check-in and request a different room, which they didn't want to give.. but I insisted.
When we first arrived at check-in, there appeared to be an argument taking place between a dissatisfied guest and the front desk staff. Apparently they had charged her credit card without her knowledge, and though she was standing there with proof, the desk person was vehemently denying that it had been done, he was down right rude in his response. At some point the guest followed us outside and warned us not to stay at that hotel, unfortunately we DIDN'T listen.
The only upside to the place was its location. We went out walking alot and sometimes we weren't back until late in the evening. It's close to everything which made it easy to get around. The Castro is less than a ten minute walk.
Do yourself a favor.. take a walk down Mission Street, toward Castro, and you will see one or two more reasonably priced lodges, MUCH nicer than this one. I wish we had done that before committing to this dump.
clean but that is the best I can say
When you are staying in San Francisco for under $100 over Labor Day weekend, you can't expect much and we didn't get much. The hotel was clean and cheap, but it was incredibly noisy through out the night. I could hear any conversations in the next room - not just the noise of talking, but the actual words. The walls were chipped in the bathroom but it was clean. The continental breakfast consisted of some orange juice and bad pre-packaged pastries. They did let us check in early.
Can't beat for the price
This hotel has received some very bad reviews by some very angry customers, so I'm providing a little counterpoint based on my recent stay.
For one, at $50-ish per night plus $10/day parking, there is no better deal near central San Francisco. This is located right between the Mission, Castro, and Hayes Valley, which is a great location for restaurants and clubs and a decent location for shopping and general sight-seeing. "Normal" rooms go for 3x this price in SF.
For two, being located so centrally in a major city means it will be noisy. The Travelodge's thin walls and floors don't help this, and it is located on Market St., which is a major artery through SF. Try a more expensive hotel on a less busy street for less noise. I would not recommend this place for early risers.
For three, the Indian owner-managers are nice people, but they are also proud business owners as most Indians are. For us, they were particularly accommodating, friendly, and helpful. I suspect that several of these reviewers went astray by being threatening or impertinent--American tourists earn that reputation every day.
And four, the two rooms we stayed in were clean, decent, American-style motel rooms. They had not been remodelled very recently, so it's not like we got the "special" rooms that are especially nicer than the others. If you want to wedge yourself into a European-style closet, there are other options.
In short, this is a decent, clean, very inexpensive motel. If you set your expectations at the proper level, you should also not be disappointed.
Stinky,dirty,rude staff,rip off price,ugly customers,bad neighborhood
I've lived in San Francisco and it's good to be back to visit friends sometimes.My parents we're already in town and they've booked at this hotel for me too.
Geez...what a bad place.I really do not have words to describe it,just read my title.Other customer looked like a bunch of drug addicts.The rooms close to mine had 4 noisy girls,with the radio on at full voume.One night I'freaked out and smashed the wall with a chair,screaming like a psycho just to have them shut the %&$ up.I could be heard all over the place.
About the name "central",this hotel is everything but central,face it.The area around the hotel is of typical "ooh,look how trendy,how wannabe gay,wannabe yoga masters we are" San Franciscan
Upon check out I was charged 79.00 dollars...
For 80.00 bucks you can stay at much better and central places in San Francisco.
We stay at the motel for the weekend, the room was really clean and nice. i like the yellow walls..it feels very warm...the location of the motel is great..becase it is on market street where all the shopping places are.. ..and the price for the motel is really cheap $49 per night..highly recommended
Considering price, it's ok
I was braced for the worst after reading the reviews here and was pleasantly surprised. The checkin and checkout was fast, courteous and accurate. I booked way in advance and had a room for $59 a night. I did get one of the larger, recently remodeled corner rooms with fridge and microwave. Room 327. Considering I probably had the cheapest room in San Fran on a friday and saturday night, I was expecting the worst. I found two clean newer queen beds in the room. Carpet was clean. Bathroom was clean, especially the tub and toilet. The wall around the window leaks during heaving rain and has water stain marks and crumbling plaster. The main rooms looks like it has some ceiling water damage at one time, but didn't leak. This place is old, old, old. Old aluminum windows, no air conditioning -- but you don't really need it. Room had fan attached to wall. TV was newer 25" with remote that worked. I came to SF as a tourist and was only in my room to sleep and for a couple of afternoon breaks. It definately served the purpose. I didn't use the coffee maker or eat of the "free" breakfast in the morning. Everything you could tell was on the cheap. I didn't mind. I and 2 friends stayed here for 3 nights and the total room cost was like $207 with tax!!! The bus and trolley pick up right out front and it takes about 30 minutes to get to fishermans wharf. It was a little scary during the day, the hotel is right on the edge of the bad part and you have to walk through the bad part to get to the tourist areas, so the trolley works well here. I wouldn't walk out alone at night in the bad part. It's just a lot of homeless vagrants and dirty/trash porn shops going towards the tourist areas. Took a taxi for $6 from the union square at night once after dodging a big fight at the local hamburger joint.
Dont Think About Staying Here For Any Price!!!!!
Please ignore those reviews stating this hotel is ok! Dont get me wrong its not like im fussy and i can sleep anywhere as im in the army!! The hotel as stated is on the edge of town which due to its liberal lovey dovey nature and p.c. running is full of alcoholic/drug addict etc people every where and they dont get moved on.The room was clean to first appearance but had a soaked carpet that never dried.The bathroom window was held on very loose and would have fallen if opened.This wasn't noticed until the morning when my girlfriend picked up some now soaking wet clothes!The first night some of the local 'homies' decided to have a mini rave on the car park outside the window.This went on for 3-4 hours.Not once were they moved on.Then the spanish girls next door came back and every word came as though spoken from in the room.There was some sort of vent direct into their room!! As others have said any noise outside was so clear.The door had a gap all around it and windows very thin etc.The staff seemed very difficult to speak to and found English very difficult.Not friendly at all and arogant.The hotel is close to links as others have said but worth spending a little bit more to get a better place in my opinion.