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COVA Hotel - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, US (SFO)

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Based on 1016 reviews
Offering a delightful haven for travelers seeking spacious, comfortable and affordable lodging in downtown San Francisco, the COVA Hotel puts you step
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COVA Hotel - San Francisco
655 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA US 94109

Hot Hotel Amenities

  • Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center with New Cardio Equipment
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
  • 24-Hour Business Center
  • On-site Car Rental through ZipCar
  • Multi-Linqual Staff 
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • On-site Covered Valet Parking ($25 per day)

Central Location
The COVA Hotel San is centrally located in downtown San Francisco, nestled between Union Square, Moscone Center, Nob Hill, Civic Center and Japantown. This central location is rich in culture with San Francisco Symphony, Opera House, Theatre District and Asian Art Museum just within a few blocks. You will find an impressive selection of restaurants and nightclubs within walking distance. Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Castro District is a 10-15 minute by car, cable cars or public transportation. 

Why Stay Here?

  • Centrally Located Modern and Contemporary Boutique Hotel
  • Floor to Ceiling Windows and French Balconies in Every Room
  • 32 inch Flat Screen TVs
  • Daily Deluxe Breakfast featuring Pastries, Fresh Fruit, Juice, Coffee, Tea, Cereal, Oatmeal, and Hot Waffles
  • Complimentary Scheduled Shuttle Service to San Francisco Union Square, Fishermans Wharf and Moscone Center

Modern Accomodations

All of the 96 comfortable, well appointed guest rooms feature a modern and contemporary design ambience. COVA Hotel features 88 Superior Rooms, 5 Deluxe Rooms and 3 One-Bedroom Suites. All rooms feature modern contemporary design furniture in soft sand tones with ceiling to floor windows, large bathroom, and a French balcony. COVA`s signature bedding are available to all room categories. Each room comes with a high definition flat screen TV, IHome stereo clock, electronic safe, iron with ironing board, coffee maker and hair dryer. Whether traveling for work or play, the guest rooms are the perfect place to relax and rest. All rooms are non-smoking.

Based on 1016 reviews
from Murray
Submitted on 12-05-2016
I recently spent 3 nights at the Cova Hotel while on a girls road trip. When I return to San Francisco I will definitely stay here again. The rooms were clean with cozy beds. The breakfast was nice for a free breakfast. They have a free shuttle to places like the wharf which was so nice. The cost of the rooms and on site parking was very reasonable. The rooftop terrace was awesome. The staff was helpful and curteous. Frank in the breakfast area was a love. I'd recommend The Cova Hotel to anyone ... Read more
from Henderson, Nevada, United States
Submitted on 16-05-2016
Great hotel for the price. Friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are clean and good size for the area. Rooms have been upgraded along with the bathrooms. A non smoking hotel! Nice breakfast included with room price and free shuttles to various locations. Overall a wonderful stay!
from Ashland, United States
Submitted on 19-05-2016
Upon reading all of the reviews for this hotel I decided to stay here for two nights for a monthly trip on business. Unfortunately the room was in shambles comma with the door lock falling off and only a test with one screw Kama a less than clean room and upon checking out I was charged $100 more than I was quoted for one of the nights. My recommendation is that you check out the Holiday Inn nearby or even the Hilton since they are nicer and have similar pricing not to mention are in a safer nei... Read more
Submitted on 26-06-2016
We stopped at the cova hotel for four nights in june 2016, the hotel is a little bit out of the downtown san francisco area but the hotel offers a free shuttle service to the main areas of interest to tourists. However please note you need to book these as they fill up quickly, otherwise youll have to rely on taxis. The hotel is comfortable and the staff are friendly and courteous. The rooms are of a good standard and very clean. Breakfast is adequate. The only downside to the hotel is the amoun... Read more
from Geelong Bellarine, Australia
Submitted on 08-07-2016
We stayed 5 nights which was the perfect amount of time Hotel clean big rooms comfy beds good roof top terrace Breakfast very average food minimal no toast uncooked cakes average fruit Lots of homeless people in the area very confronting they don't approach but are everywhere Shot walk to union square and cbd but you do need to get past the homeless Great Asian resturants in area The hotel does have free shuttle to main tourist places so that was handy
Submitted on 12-07-2016
This hotel was really nice inside. The rooms were clean and modern. The breakfast was one of the better we had here in America. The area was not the best, it was too close to Tenderloin which is one of the worst areas in SF. There were a lot of weird people and drugs on the streets but if you walk past them they don't do anything. The hotel had a free shuttle bus to three different locations in SF.
from Roma, Italia
Submitted on 19-07-2016
Very lovely hotel, clean rooms, excellent breakfast. But.. it is located in the worst district of San Francisco!! Full of stinky and dangerous homeless. There are so many hotels in Frisco, you'll surely find something better!
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 20-07-2016
Nice hotel. Currently trying to give it a face lift. Rooms are ok bed comfy , rooms a good size. Bathroom not bad ,plumping ok pipes rattle a bit. If you get a room facing the main road it can get very noisy , I would suggest a room on the inside. Staff all very nice and very helpful.
Submitted on 03-09-2016
The Cova hotel was wonderful. The staff were incredibly helpful from the front desk to the shuttle driver. The rooms were newly remodeled and clean. The music selection was even awesome! There is a common "Epic Room" to relax in and enjoy spectacular views of the city. I was nervous when reading about the location, but don't be. We used the shuttle and took Uber at night and walking during the day was no different than anywhere else in a major city. Stay at the Cova, you won't be disappointe... Read more
from Brisbane Region, Australia
Submitted on 03-09-2016
Yes this hotel is not in a particularly great neighbourhood but that said it is a very clean and comfortable place to stay and very safe. San Francisco has a lot of homeless people and some of them live on Ellis Street but they are not a problem to people walking past them. We did not encounter any problems. We were able to walk to Union Square from Hotel and then we bought a day pass for trains, cable car etc and got around very easily
from Warsaw, Poland
Submitted on 05-09-2016
very nice hotel inside, comfortable beds, very clean and well equipped. Surprisingly good breakfast as for US. But we didn't like location - although in the middle of everything, you step out of the hotel and get immediately into homless people.... it is quite scary to walk alone or small group even in the early evening. therefore not the best place to discoved the charm of San Francisco.....
from Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Approximately a 15/20 min from the Golden Gate Bridge - typical tourist attraction! But even better, the hotel runs a free shuttle throughout the day to get you to numerous locations. Staff are friendly and more than happy to help - big shout out to Tara who was especially amazing! Rooms are lovely and perfect for couples/solos/friends/families!
from Aalst, Belgium
Submitted on 06-09-2016
I am in love with this hotel already and I just checked in. We had the pleasure of having Atarah at the front desk to help us check in. She explained everything super well and made sure we had the best room for our honeymoon ^-^ This really made our honeymoon so far! The hotel has complimentary shuttles to bring you to, or get you from, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Japan Town. I havent checked the continental breakfast yet, but I've heared its pretty good and delicious. Cant wait to expl... Read more
from Göteborg
Submitted on 17-09-2016
Tara, the best driver in San Francisco Works at the Cova Hotel. She has Always A smile for you and is very helpful with all kinds of information that you need as A tourist. She drove the shuttlebus downtown telling us everything we did not know about San Francisco.
Submitted on 19-09-2016
Rooms are comfortable (though no airco) and staff is friendly. Good point: shuttle service. Breakfast not great, but will do. Rooftopterrace nice view. Icemachine was out of order. We will never be back because of the neighbourhood. Never in my life I ve seen so many homeless people right in front of the hotel and in all the streets around the hotel. All the streets smell awful (urine and worse). We got attacked twice (at 6 PM). (We travelled a lot and are from Amsterdam, so its not like we re ... Read more
from Worcester, United Kingdom
Submitted on 20-09-2016
I'm a travel agent and have been working in the industry for about 12 years now. I'm a great believer in you get what you pay for and this hotel is a perfect example. I'd read all the reviews before travelling and I had concerns following this. First point to make is that the hotel is a perfectly comfortable 3*hotel. It's not the Ritz but neither are you paying for it - San Francisco is expensive! Rooms are very clean and comfortable, staff on the whole are very friendly and breakfast is fi... Read more
from Vancouver Island, Canada
Submitted on 21-09-2016
My wife and I stayed for 2 nights in September and loved the room. Very spacious with kitchenette, king bed, sofa, and a HUGE bathroom. We loved having a drink on the roof top patio at night. We had a great night sleep and we will be back.
Submitted on 25-09-2016
This was our first stop for our california adventure, we spent three nights here. The hotel it self is very clean and tidy. The staff were super friendly especially a lady with dark long curly name sorry didn't get her name. She helped us a lot with taxi and where to go. We were always met by a warm welcome at reception Our room was very clean, previous reviews has mentioned the noise from neighbours through the paper thin walls. We never experienced any problems or noise. The only noise was fr... Read more
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 26-09-2016
Had an amazing stay at Cova and especially loved the rooftop patio! Shuttle service to and from anywhere you would want to visit in the City plus breakfast at the restaurant in front of the hotel. The staff was quite lively and entertaining as well as friendly and knowledgeable.
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 26-09-2016
we weren't aware when we booked this hotel that it was located in a bad neighbourhood with a lot of homeless and drug affected people living on the streets. it was okay although i would not go out on my own especially at night. the hotel however was great. our room was modern and comfortable and felt very homely. the staff were friendly and helpful and there is a complimentary breakfast offered every morning. being complimentary, we expected the breakfast to be quite basic but we were surprised... Read more
Submitted on 27-09-2016
Friendly front staff, clean and spacious rooms, and nice rooftop patio. It was a comfortable and great value hotel, but just be aware of the neighborhood and take advantage of the shuttle service. Also, breakfast had a good selection of food.
Submitted on 28-09-2016
We have just returned from 5 days in San Francisco staying at the Cova. This is a hidden gem. We stayed before in San Fransisco just on Union Square but had to opt for a hotel a few streets away this time due to the city being so busy with an Oracle conference....after reading the reviews before our stay we arrived at the hotel with slight trepidation regarding the neighbourhood....we should not have worried.... The staff are so welcoming, helpful and overall just seem happy to be there and gre... Read more
Submitted on 28-09-2016
I stayed at this hotel celebrating my Birthday. I did not know what restaurants to go to so I asked Shadon the lady at the concierge and she had some good suggestions. Overall I had a great celebration and I would definitely suggest this hotel
from Glasgow, United Kingdom
Submitted on 30-09-2016
Stayed here for 3 nights and the only reason I've rated the place so low is due to the neighbourhood. The hotel is modern with large comfortable rooms (we had two double beds) and good size bathroom. The rooms were cleaned every day and front desk staff were friendly and helpful. Free continental breakfast was included in the price which was a handy start to the day and had a reasonable choice although it was being renovated while we were there so may be improving. As noted by others the area a... Read more
Submitted on 03-10-2016
Had a great time in the city and being able to enjoy San Francisco from a semi private rooftop with friends, ABOVE the hustle and bustle of the streets below was more than we could have expected. Cost to stay was also noticeably lower than the comps in the area.
from Brisbane, Australia
Submitted on 06-10-2016
We have just spent four days staying at the Cova Hotel. The accommodation was very good, staff were extremely helpful and friendly. It is not in a good area of San Francisco but to compensate this the hotel offers a shuttle service to downtown and the popular Fisherman's wharf. They also indicate the best root to walk to the city centre. Taxis are also very reasonable. I would definitely recommend this venue. I would recommend not coming in the first week of October as there is a huge conventio... Read more
from Hamburg, Germany
Submitted on 06-10-2016
ROOM We booked a room with two double beds for 3 people. Our travel agent had told us we could get a third mattress in, but that was unfortunately not the case. The room was what I would call "standard business". The bathrooms was clean and big enough; the beds were comfortable. There weren't any noise problems. The hotel itself was also "standard business". The rooftop area gives an okay view of the surrounding city but feels a bit neglected. BREAKFAST The breakfast was very disappointing. The... Read more
from Vancouver, Canada
Submitted on 12-10-2016
The Cova is a good hotel in a sketchy neighbourhood. If you plan on using Uber or Lyft, this maybe a reasonable choice. My wife and I walked to all the major attractions to and from the Cova without incident. We just had one pan handler ask us for change as we dodged many homeless spiralled within about a 3 block zone of the hotel. The Hyde Rd and Post St. routes have fewer street people. A well connected local told us the folks living on the streets in the area are not known for violence. Our... Read more
Submitted on 19-10-2016
I love the Cova Hotel i recommend it to anyone. Even though the neighborhood was not very comfortable the hotel was nice in the inside rooms spacious and comfortable clean and quite. The bed was soft thread count excellent. Staff was friendly and very helpful a young lady named Shadon assisted my Husband and i she was kind and patient she made sure we had everything we needed. Cova Hotel also offers Breakfast that was helpful as well. When in town i definitely will be coming back.
from cardiff
Submitted on 21-10-2016
staff very helpful and very polite,rooms are basic but cleaned every day they put on free transport to union square and fishermans wharf (book early),breakfast was your normal American breakfast,union square was a short walk,there are homeless people about but they are no problem at all.
from Duncan, Canada
Submitted on 21-10-2016
Staff were very friendly and helpful especially Tara. She worked at front desk and drove shuttle van. Always friendly and smiling. Cannot say enough good about her. Rooms spacious and clean. Rooftop terrace was a welcome retreat at the end of the day.
Submitted on 24-10-2016
I loved my stay at the Cova hotel. I especially love the customer service. Shadon anderson helped me promptly with all my questions about the sf area and more. The room was great and my and husband and will definitely be Coming back to Cova Hotel ???????????????
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 25-10-2016
Travelers beware. Cova should not have three stars on Priceline and four stars on Trip Advisor. This is a one-star hotel at best - and I am going to write an honest review to try to spare you the unfortunate experience of staying at this low-quality motel. Interested in sleeping during your stay at Cova? I know I would have loved to have slept after my cross-country flight from D.C. Due to very loud construction next door that literally shook the walls of my room, it was impossible to sleep afte... Read more
from Sacramento, California
Submitted on 26-10-2016
The location looks a little scary at night, but by cab you are fine. We were able to walk around the neighborhood in the morning and it was nice out. The hotel is great, nice and quiet. The room was beautiful and the bed was super comfortable.
from Christchurch, New Zealand
Submitted on 26-10-2016
Only a few blocks from Union Square and Macy's, handy to hop on hop off buses and cable cars, free shuttle, what more could you ask? Free breakfast thrown in as well. I would recommend this stay. Rooms well appointed and quiet.
Submitted on 02-11-2016
I would recommend this hotel because it's very clean and the staff was very friendly. The lady at the front desk, Shadon, checked us in and she was so helpful and made me and my family feel at home :)
from Melbourne
Submitted on 03-11-2016
This is an average hotel in an average part of town, as there is a church that feeds the homeless on the same block. The streets are so noisey from the vagrants below we could here it from the 6th floor all night, then you have the drilling and banging from the construction site next door. The staff were happy to move us to the other side of the building but it was not that much better. The front desk staff very friendly and helpful and the rooms were clean but are in need of some updating, not... Read more
from Suisun City, California
Submitted on 04-11-2016
Took a trip out to San Francisco on a wing and didn't have any plans or fun stuff to do for the weekend. The Cova Hotel rooms were nice and had transportation to certain places in the city. We ask the lady at the front desk by the name of Shadon on what was enjoyable but away from the city to do. She referred us to Muir Woods which from the hotel had so many things to do within a miles from the hotel. Thanks Cova Hotel and Shadon for a wonderful time I will be back in SF soon.
from Maastricht, The Netherlands
Submitted on 07-11-2016
Great hotel has everything you want. In the center of SF and yes its in a bad neighborhood but the free shuttle from the hotel takes care of that ! Friendly staff, complimentary breakfast and a breathtaking rooftop. 5+
Submitted on 08-11-2016
The hotel is average There is no AC in the rooms, which makes it horrible in the middle of the day The location is very central and you can easily make it to all the points of interest in town, but it is really not worth staying in the middle of the most hobble neighbourhood I've seen in my all life!!
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 08-11-2016
Loved my stay at the Cova and would definitely recommend this hotel! The room was clean and spacious. When we first arrived, Shadon checked us in at the front desk and was very friendly and helpful. Throughout our stay, we were lucky enough to go back to her for some suggestions on where to go throughout SF. Shadon's recommendation made our visit unforgettable! We will definitely be coming back!
Submitted on 09-11-2016
To be completely honest and fair, the hotel was clean and hotel staff were great, friendly and helpful. Breakfast was continental and hotel had a really cool waffle maker and the kitchen staff are so lovely. We had read the reviews before we arrived and were undeterred by the homelessness as thought it "couldn't be that bad" but it was disgusting, the hotel around the area Absoloutely stinks. The floor is covered in human faeces and needles. The amount of crack pipes I saw people using was unre... Read more
from Calgary, Canada
Submitted on 12-11-2016
Had never been to San Francisco before, so didn't know where to stay. Cova had good ratings, at a reasonable price ( for San Francisco ). The hotel itself was nice and rooms were clean. The area it is located in was not so great, but we just took an Uber to wherever we were going , so didn't walk down the streets, as driving past it was enough to know that I wouldn't be overly comfortable walking there at night. Based on that ( again realizing that you are not staying at a 5 star ) I would recom... Read more
Submitted on 18-11-2016
We stayed at the Cova hotel for 2 nights during our first visit to San Francisco in a Superior King Room with breakfast included, and although we thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring the beautiful city, we wouldn't choose to stay in this hotel again if we ever have the opportunity to make a return visit. The decor and cleanliness of the room was fine as was the air conditioning, shower and hot water. The bed was comfy and made up daily. The location was a problem for us. We arrived late at ... Read more
from Aspendale, Australia
Submitted on 22-11-2016
I really liked the Cova. The staff were lovely & helpful, the rooms clean & tidy - Shame about the location in the middle of the tenderloin. If you want to cab or drive then it's fine - but if you want to walk (to union square) better to get a hotel closer so you feel safer.
from Kempsey, Australia
Submitted on 22-11-2016
First time in San Francisco & stayed at this motel. We overlooked the bad location, rude staff, having to pay the extra deposit and not getting the room I had paid extra for while there. We had paid for a room with a view but when we had got there our room was flooding so we were given a standard room, nothing was mentioned about refunding us what we had paid extra and no apology. We overlooked this and made the most of our time there. Bus Shuttle times are very limited, your better organizing y... Read more
from Plainville, Massachusetts
Submitted on 03-12-2016
The Cova Hotel was nice and clean. Hotel seems to have been recently remodeled. You have to pay to park at adjoining private garage. Neat roof top deck. About 10 minute walk to Union Square but area did not feel safe, was dirty, and sidewalks crowded with homeless people
Submitted on 03-12-2016
A good, friendly stay! Meet the lovely Craig who was helpful, friendly and such a lovely man! He went out of his way to give us directions and tell us about this beautiful city. Thanks Craig :) Room was nice, clean and the extra facilities were handy. Would stay here again