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Buena Vista Motor Inn

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Marina District)
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Cairns, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars NEW

Myself and my partner stayed 4 nights in this hotel. Each day we either hopped on the hop on hop bus which you can at the front door, fantastic, or we walked down to our destination. The rooms are large and have whatever you need for your stay. Our room was on 3rd floor next to the lift and near... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed here one night when my flight out of SF got cancelled. Can't complain at all. Rooms are spacious enough and clean. Staff was courteous. Free parking and good neighborhood. Not a bad choice for a trip to San Fran.

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear Hansi74, We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The value that we give is of great pride to us and our service strives to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Our location in one of the best neighborhoods is the city doesn't hurt either. We have a great boutique shopping district with many fine restaurants... More 

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for 9 nights in February 2015. Very spacious rooms two queen comfortable beds in each of our two rooms ,clean though a bit tired. Coffee making facilities but no kettle which is a bit of a pain if you like tea. Staff on reception very helpful and kind. This hotel includes a great continental breakfast - cereal, pastries,... More 

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear Lynn C, Thank you for your kind review of our property. Because you stayed for an extended stay we were happy to make sure that you received a very special rate. Please come and visit again in the future, when we think you will be pleasantly surprised at our efforts to give you an even better value. Best Regards.... More 

Washington DC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok this is not a luxury hotel, nor does it claim to be. It's a basic but clean and safe motor inn on the main drag to the Golden Gate Bridge. I stayed there three nights on business when the city had so many visiting conventioneers that it was very hard to find a room. Everything worked; the shower, heat... More 

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear nip77, We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and found us a great value in San Francisco. The staff thanks you for your kind recognition of their service. We hope we can serve you again in the future with an even greater value once we have finished our renovations of the guest rooms. Yours Truly.... More 

Chehalis, WA
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No one advised us that the entire hotel is under construction and wrapped in scaffolding. Noises, and rooms have broken TVs they've not fixed and broken lamps. Already moved to another room, and that one has the windows blocked with the scaffolding. UNACCEPTABLE!!! And trapped here for another night!!

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear SasySue1977, I regret that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Unfortunately we had already finished painting the building but the scaffolding company was delayed in breaking down. It should have been down but its has taken until today to finish. We are in the next phase of remodeling our rooms which do need to be redone. I... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you want something under $250/night, I don't think you can do much better. It's a great home base from which to sightsee — near the crooked street, waterfront, and lots of cool neighborhoods with good restaurants. The staff is very sweet; the continental breakfast perfectly adequate. And FREE parking and wifi! But this hotel will not put you in... More 

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear Jessicajds, We are making every effort with our renovations to improve the quality of our hotel. The entire building has been repainted and the smell in the halls is from the fresh paint which was just finished. The rooms have already been painted and the next phase it to remodel. We are working with a designer to make the... More 

Chicago, IL
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I stayed for two nights. Your standard hotel properties (marriott, sheraton, holiday, etc) were going 400-700 this past weekend so i had to dig in and do some serious research. After reading lots of reviews for several 2 star properties, i picked this one. First, the manager of the property responded to almost all reviews (good and bad) so that... More 

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear IslandLifeNeeded, I really appreciated the comment regarding my pride in our property. When I started here in July of 2013 everything and I mean everything needed updating. It has been a long and costly renovation but there are still a few things that need to be done. The final phase of the renovation will be the remodeling of our... More 

Kutztown, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Great location, staff friendly and helpful. The double decker bus stop was right out front for sightseeing tours, we also used it for transportation to the Wharf. Parked the car and didn't use it for the entire time we were there! The rooms were clean, the breakfast was good and the Wi-Fi was free! Would definitely stay here again!

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear KlFree, It makes me and my staff very happy to have made your stay such a pleasurable experience. I agree that we have the perfect location and services right at our doorstep. We are also diligently working on improving the quality of our property to make sure you have the best value in town. The staff wishes you the... More 

Hamburg, Germany
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

pro: beds are good, rooms are clean, perfect access to public transport, friendly service, fishermans wharf within walking distance and all together for a reasonable price contra: it's not the ritz ;-)

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear Tom H., We are happy that our location was a great help with your stay. Being away from the crowded tourist areas but still within walking distance from Fisherman's Wharf and public transportation makes it an idea base from which to explore our wonderful city. I hope the next time you return you will find us an even better... More 

15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Good location if you visit San Francisco with a car. Park it here, then hike around town or get a CityPass. Long walk but doable to wharf area. Decent bus connections. Interesting restaraunts and shops a few blocks away on Chestnut or Union. This is a friendly, well run, clean motel. Staff will let you park early and continue on... More 

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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review

Dear JohnWFA, It was a pleasure serving you again after 10 years. I hope you enjoyed the ongoing upgrades we have been doing. We are in the process of remodeling the rooms and sun room to greet you for your next trip here. I hope you don't wait another 10 years to come back. The Staff thanks you for your... More 

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Address: 1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Buena Vista Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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