We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Franciscan Inn Motel

955 South Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
Hotel amenities
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Franciscan Inn Motel
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
Franciscan Inn Motel
Write a Review

16 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (7)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
  • Mar-May only
  • Jun-Aug only
  • Sep-Nov only
  • Dec-Feb only
All months
Huntington Beach
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We visited friends in Vista for the weekend and decided to give this motel a try as it was recommended by our friends. The place is an 70's vintage motel that has been nicely remodeled but is in the middle of a busy shopping area. The rooms are clean but smell of rose water (reminded me of Grandmas house) Checking... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Take a pleasant time warp into the 60's. Fill out the cardboard motel intake card, have your credit card run over the carbon paper embosser, take your brass key to your room, begin your trip to the past in this quite pleasant 1960's motel. Big rooms, decent beds, small toilet/bathtub room, big old tv, refer and micro, what else you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
17 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is an inexpensive, clean, quiet motel to stay when you are in the Coronado, La Jolla area. Most hotels closer to these destinations are more expensive so pay the lower price with a smile! We were very satisfied.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Southern, Calif.
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We returned to the Franciscan as we were working the Escondido Renaissance Faire. They recognize me this time and pulled my reservation without asking my name. The bed was firmer and we got close to the lobby so the wifi worked a lot better. There is no doubt we will be back.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights with our children and not by choice. They were the only motel available at the time. The reviews and pictures didn't look too bad but it was exactly the opposite. The windows are held shut by what looks like broom sticks. I assume because there are no locks on them. The beds and pillows are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
san jose Costa Rica
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I stayed here for several weeks while undergoing some medical tests and procedures at nearby Kaiser facilities from Carlsbad to San Marcos. A very large property and very clean and also large room. I'm a veteran of many trips up and down I-5 and over the years have managed to find a few gems for lodging between San Diego and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oceanside, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I have had the misfortune of having to stay in hotels while waiting for permanent housing to become available. I am a mother of teenage boys, finding a place that will accept them and allow them to be kids is HARD to say the least. We have endured many managers and staff at other places for things as trivial as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
24 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Never stayed there. Might be a fine place, but do not call. The person who answered took my information then quoted a rate of $69 and pretended they didn't know the web price. Offered to lower it to $59 (web shows $45). This troubled me so I went elsewhere. So don't call, just book through any of the various web... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Brooklyn, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is really an old-fashioned, family road trip motel, and I am really glad we stayed here. The beds, while firmer than I'm used to, were comfortable enough and clean. The bathroom, clean. The rest of the room, clean. The price? Low, low low. Pool was well-sized and clean, no overwhelming chlorine smell, with enough furniture for mom and dad... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Long Beach, California
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
12 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed here when the San Diego HIghland Games were going on. Other more expensive hotels were booked and it was last minute, so we went here. It was easy check-in. The room was in a timewarp of the 70's, but was super, super clean. Quiet! Will stay here again!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

17 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (2)
Bathroom (1)
Room/suite (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (15)
Room/suite (5)
Pool/beach area (1)
Hotel & grounds (2)
Other (7)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay


Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question