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San Francisco

Stunning 32 storey views and modern elegance come together at this San Francisco luxury hotel overlooking the Bay Area. Impressive in every detail, Luce, our Michelin-rated restaurant serves New American Cuisine that’s a gastronomic delight. Floor-to-ceiling windows let light flood into luxury suites and 10 spa treatment rooms offer an urban retreat. The hotel is located in San Francisco’s downtown district, with the city’s finest museums and upscale shopping within walking distance.

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  • Restaurant & Lounges

    This Michelin rated hotel restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a sleek, urban setting just off of the main lobby is the stage for arti...
  • Amenities & Services

    Our 24-hour fitness centre offers 2,200 sq ft of space equipped with free-weights, cardio and resistance equipment and an indoor lap pool (6a.m. - ...

    There's always something special happening at an InterContinental hotel. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled getaway or a place to host your n...
San Francisco
  • 888 Howard Street
  • San Francisco , CA , 94103
  • United States
  • Front Desk +1-415-6166500

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Languages spoken by staff

Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Swahili, Tagalog, Chinese

Pet Policy

Pets allowed with a non refundable 50 dollar fee per night. Pets cannot be left unattended in guest room. Specific rooms only.
Pet Fee $50.00 per night
  • Local Time

    3:07 AM
    • CHECK-IN

      3:00 PM

      12:00 PM Late Check out Available


    • US Dollar $ (USD)


    • Service animals allowed
    • 16 Room(s) with Accessibility Standards
    • Parking
    • Special Needs
    Guest Reviews
    Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 110 reviewers.
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by basically fine, minor annoyances room was clean and large, staff were pleasant, price was reasonable. my minor complaints were that the toilet leaked and ran, and I had to turn it off (I was only there one night and never complained, but the housekeeping staff should have noticed it), and the breakfast is a little bland. also, at the "business center" it was very difficult to print something, because there were two computers but the printer was connected directly to one (the other one from what I was using). when I finally figured it out, I spent about 10 minutes figuring this out, then there was this HUGE backlog in the printer cache, other people had obviously had the same problem as me, and that took a few more minutes of my time to correct. but wifi is free, and these were relatively minor annoyances in an otherwise acceptable stay. 10 July 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by clean, comfortable, quiet room Hard to beat in Berkeley: clean, updated room, quiet, free parking, free internet, extensive & good breakfast choices. 17 June 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good place to stay The room at the Holiday Inn Berkeley was fine, I would have preferred more choices at the breakfast buffet. I tried to get eggs served without cheese , but they only had eggs with cheese. The price for the room was a little steep , but , it was probably a bit higher due to the fact that it was a holiday weekend , and it was also a graduation weekend in Berkeley. 31 May 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice hotel We stayed at this location for a tour of UC Berkeley. It is a nice hotel, although the surrounding area is very run down. Not being "urban" type people, we didn't feel comfortable with the area, but never felt unsafe at the hotel. It is modern, clean, and comfortable. The only complaint was that the curtain let in some light at the edge of the window. The staff was courteous and helpful. I would recommend this hotel if you need to be in the Berkeley area. 29 May 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Convenient and Comfortable Very nice facility, pleasant staff and relaxing, updated rooms affording an excellent sleep and restful stay. Close to freeway and downtown Berkeley; I'd stay here again. 16 May 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Location The Holiday Inn Express Hotel located on University Ave provides easy access to our meeting site. The rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet. I have enjoyed my stay and will return and recommend it to other travelers. 09 May 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great place to say in the Bay area I have been staying here for many years. Centrally located, quite , my favorite business place to stay. I love the manager and his very competent staff. My home away from home! 08 April 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable bed and great service .... Since 2004, I have been enjoying the excellent accommodations and great service at the Holiday Express- Berkeley. In particular, the general manager during the day and the night manager are true professionals. 06 April 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent choice You would love this Holiday Inn, highly recommended, clean, quite, great staff! 04 April 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by clean and comfortable beds room was nice, food was great, area was quiet. the curtains were a problem because it was a sheer curtain, not a black out curtain and we were on the main floor. So, the lights from outside filtered in and could make it hard for you to sleep. Our only other problem was when we booked, it said the couch was a pull out couch and it wasn't. The manager was really nice. When I was having trouble using the computor, he let me use his! I would definitely stay there again. 23 March 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very Good Value The hotel is very nice, and has a friendly staff. Breakfast was included and had some fresh fruit that was pretty good. The pillows are not the greatest, but okay. Sheets are clean, and comfortable. 22 March 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Unique Location I was doing business in West Oakland, and this was one of the closest IHG properties I could find. Was kind of odd to find this fairly new hotel sandwiched into the crowded older buildings around University and San Pablo Aves. Very unique and eclectic neighborhood, with plenty of restaurants and hole in the wall bars for some simple dining options. Easy drive from Berkely to Oakland down San Pablo. Quick access to interstate too, but nice to have options to avoid traffic. I think it is a great location overall. Pretty close to San Fran too. Hotel was very clean and quiet. Friendly staff. The only thing I wish they would improve is offering breakfast starting at 6am instead of 6:30. I would like to get out the door a little sooner.... 20 March 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Best Worst Holiday Inn Express I had two problems with this stay, and I'm going to mention them right up front: My bed was so hard that when I lay on my back it felt like I was lying on top of a dome, and each evening sometime between 6:00-8:00 the bathroom filled with the scent of cigarette smoke. Weird, huh? It's a non-smoking property with a designated smoking area on the far side of the building from my room. No idea how that could happen and the gentleman I mentioned it to at the desk was casual enough about it that I assumed it had been mentioned before. Other than those two things, it was a great stay. Super nice folks at the desk, very clean. The attendant in the breakfast area was very thoughtful and thorough, and the breakfast area was kept super clean. This part of the town is very walkable. Lots of good places to eat within walking distance, and a used bookstore just a block or so up the hill. 10 March 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by New Favorite I travel to Berkley every few months, and this is just a great addition to my favorites. First location, right on University Ave. Second the rooms are large and newly appointed, Third a great Staff that was so helpful and friendly. Everything about my stay was excellent, and I plan to make this my go to Hotel in Berkley. 02 March 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by stay at Holiday inn - Berkley I had a great stay. The room was clean , big . It was in a good area of the city. Close to Berkley. 25 February 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by immaculate room and great breakfast The only other thing I would add to this hotel would be a magnifying mirror in the bathroom. Otherwise plenty of towels and hot water, comfortable bed and breakfast variety. 16 February 2013
    Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Spacious room, great breakfast Thank you for a very good experience--spacious and quiet room, comfortable bed, great variety of breakfast choices, friendly and efficient staff 05 February 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable rooms and great service My kids and I stayed here the night before taking a UC Berkeley tour. We really enjoyed ourselves. The price was right, the room was clean and the breakfast was really good. So good, that my son took two trips. I felt safe there. Nice place to stay. 18 January 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Berkeley is awesome! We had the opportunity to stay at your hotel while visiting our son and his wife. We were very impressed with the desk clerk that checked us in. She was very kind, efficient and made us feel welcome. The whole experience was wonderful. The room was clean, more than we expected and the breakfast was very well put together. Thank-you 17 January 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable firm beds. Comfortable firm beds for us bad back people, tastefully decorated rooms, breakfast is so helpful when time is important. I use Holiday Inn Express for both business and leisure travel because of its excellent value. Try becoming a Priority Club's worth it! And this is NOT a paid advertisement! :-) 16 January 2013
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great hotel for the money Excellent bang for the buck. Very clean and comfortable room. 11 January 2013
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Berkeley Visit The room was clean when we arrived. All of the amenities were there and the room was the size of a small suite. We had difficulty with the toilet on the first day. It did not flush well so I needed to obtain a plunger from the front desk to relieve the problem. All of the staff were excellent. Bottom line: replace the toilets with more efficient and newer ones. 03 December 2012
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Berkely I have stayed several times at this location and find the price is lower than surrounding areas. There are many local restaurants within walking distance. 21 November 2012
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable stay and great location I stayed here recently for an unfortunate reason. I was in town to care for my daughter who had to have some outpatient surgery. She wanted to stay with me to recuperate for a couple of days. Holiday Inn Express was a great choice. Having the microwave, refrigerator, and small sink was invaluable as she couldn't go out to eat. The front desk and housekeeping staff were kind and understanding. The price was a little high, however, because it was a home game weekend for Cal. Otherwise, the regular rate is reasonable. The complimentary breakfast was excellent - BEST cinnamon rolls I've ever had! If they have these at all HI Expresses, I would definitely favor staying there! 16 November 2012
    Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Thin walls and drunk neighbors The room was fine but the building has thin walls and is not contructed with any sound proofing. My neighbors were rude and loud and the hallway noise was significant. 15 November 2012
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Staying for a business trip The staff were helpful and the room was nice, comfortable and clean. It had a (fast!) wired internet connection, which I much prefer over WiFi and a nice selection of TV channels, both local and cable channels. The only weakness in my opinion was the breakfast. The first three days of my stay it was exactly the same: cheese omelet, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, and assorted pastries. The cheese omelet wasn't very good, it seemed a bit chewy. The first day of my stay there was no one attending the breakfast bar for the 15-20 minutes I was there. On the last day of my stay the breakfast choice changed: western (?) omelet and sausage links. The western omelet was better, although it kept falling apart when I tried to pick it up. Overall I'd still recommend it since is a good value for the Oakland area, but I would very much suggest that the breakfast is varied a bit more often and keep an eye on the quality of it. 15 November 2012
    Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by bedding We were very late in coming back from a concert and went to bed to find the linens looked like they had not been changed, hair, stains, YUK. We pulled the extra cover over the bed sheets and hoped they were clean. We would have called for new linens but the hour was so late we didn't think anything could be done except move to another room, so just stayed in our room. In the morning check-out person at the front desk didn't even look our way as we stood there to check out, let alone acknowdege our intent to chat about our experience, just left. 11 November 2012
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Spacious room My wife and I stayed five nights on the second floor. Location was convenient for our purposes, a short drive to campus and shopping. Room was spacious, with one king size bed, a couch and a seat. The TV was large and the program selection was OK for an hotel. The gym was good but the display on one of the thread mills seemed to be out of order. It had a convenient microwave oven, a kitchen sink and a fridge. The only improvement needed is more frequent sweeping of the parking lot outside, there was litter on it all the time. 20 October 2012
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great service and lodging I had a very nice stay at the Holiday Inn Express and found it conveniently located near JFK University. I greatly appreciate the staff's understanding and flexibility in my schedule change. My room was great, as well as the breakfast. 19 October 2012
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Staying in Berkeley The hotel staff were great, very accommodating and helpful. The room was very nice and quiet and the hotel was convenient to several good restaurants and BART. 09 October 2012
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