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Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA 94115
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Blocksburg, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm, friendly staff. Laurel Inn is close to UCSFand Mount Zion Hospitals.Hotel has a parking garage and is very pet friendly.Coiffee and locally made pastries a.m. in the lobby, lemonade in the afternoons.Good transportation close by in this safe neighborhood. Located near Golden Gate Park.Excellent restaurants nearby and some shopping areas. I am becoming attached to the unique elevator.

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

It is a pleasure to have you enjoy your stays with us. I am glad that our staff, location and amenities are all to your liking. We are happy that you have joined our following of repeat guests. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to San Francisco. Sincerely, Clark Latterell General Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff here are phenomenal - they cannot go out of their way enough to help. It was a stressful moving period for us but the Laurel Inn made it as easy on us as possible. I love the room maids - they are very thorough - and I love the touches like coffee and pastries every morning and fresh... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the positive comments. I am glad that you found our staff to be one of our best amenities. Having some rooms with kitchenettes does provide some of our guests that additional touch that they need while staying with us for more than a couple of days. It was our joy to have you and your... More 

Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I recently stayed at the Laurel Inn during my stem cell collection at UCSF. The front desk clerk was pleasant, helpful. There are two parking garages, one on the hotel level and one below. The clerk gave us the remote and directed us how to get to the lower level garage. It was easy, not a hassle.... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments in regards to your stay. I am glad that you found our hotel to be a great retreat for your trip to San Francisco. While San Francisco has historically not needed air conditioning in homes and hotels, I am pleased to say that we will be adding air conditioning to all of our guest rooms... More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first trip to San Fransisco. This hotel was clean and comfortable. It wasn't in a very noisy area. The staff was very nice! And, they gave us a drink coupon for Swank, the bar next door. I would stay here again.

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Thank you! It is so nice to hear that your first visit to San Francisco was enjoyable. Having a very nice staff and being in a quiet location are just two of the reasons that our guests enjoy staying at the Laurel Inn. We are happy to hear that you would stay with us again. We look forward to your... More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I always stay here on my trips to San Francisco. The staff is welcoming, caring and so accommodating. Rooms are always fresh and pristine, and there is never a feeling of being 'cramped' in any room I've ever had. Five star rating in my opinion...and...terrific location. The staff feels like family!!!

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words. I believe that our staff is the best feature that we have at the Laurel Inn. It is a pleasure to work with others who know what hospitality is and to make sure that our guests have that feeling of being like family. Many of our guests, such as you, have that... More 

Aptos, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was here to be near kaiser for the birth of my grandson. I called to let them know I would be arriving after midnight because the labor was longer that expected. I confirmed my type of room because I needed a kitchen. I checked in only to find out they had moved me to a different room because of... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I am very sorry for the mix-up that took place in regards to your arrival. I completely understand your point about the way in which this was dealt with. After we spoke to you and made sure that you were moved to a more appropriate room, we did complete some training with the staff in... More 

New York, NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I booked this hotel because of the reputation of the Joie de Vivre brand. What a disappointment. I believe the hotel is owned and managed (poorly) by another company. The rooms are old and need an upgrade. The staff was just okay. I would not recommend this property, and I'm surprised JDV is associated with it, as it doesn't help... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

I am very sorry that you did not have a good experience at the Laurel Inn. I am happy to say that we will be completing a total renovation of our hotel early next year. We will be basically gutting all of our rooms and completely renovating them. In addition to our guest rooms, we will also be completing a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

From the moment we arrived, our experience at the Laurel Inn was a complete disappointment. Arriving late in the evening, we were not greeted what so ever. Our friend had already checked in so we made our way to the elevators. Come to find out the elevators are not working. We were told it would be fixed by noon the... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

I am very sorry for the challenges that you had during your stay. I can assure you that this is not indicative of the service that we normally provide to our guests. While our elevator did go down last Thursday, our service company did tell us that they were hoping to have it working by the following day. This is... More 

Hamilton, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We recently stayed five nights at Laurel Inn in San Francisco. The only good thing was the friendly staff. The hotel itself is old and worn. The lobby is very small and the elevator was out of order half of the time spent there. The breakfast is called a pastry breakfast and consists of a few muffins and some tired... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

While I am glad to see that you found our staff to be friendly, I am sorry that you were unhappy with your stay. As a smaller boutique property in San Francisco, we do not have all of the amenities that you may find in other properties. At the same time, I am happy to say that we have a... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I enjoyed my stay, comfy hotel, without pretense of large downtown chains...perfect for me and my small dog. Easy in and out parking and quiet, safe and well located mostly residential neighborhood near Pacific Heights and Inner Richmond areas. Rooms are pleasant and comfortable with soothing warm colors and modern feel, clean, if just a bit worn, but still nice.... More 

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Clark L, General Manager at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel, responded to this review

It is a pleasure to see that you and your dog had a pleasant stay at the Laurel Inn. Being a comfortable and appealing hotel that is not in the center of the hustle and bustle of San Francisco are some of the reasons that people enjoy our charm. Being a pet friendly hotel that does not charge a pet... More 

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