Man seeking hooker experience at San Francisco motel is instead robbed and beaten 

A shady meeting in a Tenderloin motel resulted in an assault and robbery Wednesday, police said.

A 52-year-old man who was meeting a prostitute at the Civic Center Inn at 790 Ellis St. was robbed by a man in his 30s about 3:15 a.m., police said. The victim was in a room in the motel when the suspect came in and punched and kicked him, police said. The crook then fled with the victim’s cellphone, cash, jacket and phone case.

For folks who have stayed at the motel, the incident might not come as a surprise. Reviews on the website www.tripadvisor.com show that the Civic Center Inn is not the most pleasant place to stay. Many visitors have expressed displeasure with the cleanliness and safety of the motel, while others praised the establishment for its cheap rooms and free parking.

One former guest said that in addition to being noisy and having small and dirty towels, he was searched by cops because two men suspected of stealing cellphones had entered the motel and that led police to search every room.

More than one review cited fly-infested hallways.

And another commenter said that if you can avoid the rooms in the back “overlooking Crackhead Alley,” the motel is not a bad deal “at times when other hotels are gouging.”

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