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“Good price, good Location, free parking!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Buena Vista Motor Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123   |  
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Ranked #112 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Good price, good Location, free parking!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We had prebooked a two night stay at the Buena Vista as part of our road trip around California. We had read reviews on Tripadvisor, and felt pretty confident it would suit us, and it did. We had booked a two queen bed room with breakfast.

We arrived mid morning as we wanted to get a full day sightseeing in, and we didn't expect to be able to check in, but our room was ready and they let us. Excellent service. So we parked up in the main car park on Lombard Street, which is free. This is a real bonus as parking in San Francisco is very expensive. The car park is on different levels with the entrance on Lombard St, we found a sopace on ground level, stuck it in a space and as we didn't need to use it during our stay that was that. Secure and free, smashing!

On going up to our room we were happy enough with it. There were two queen beds with enough pillows, enough wardrobe space, but not enough hangers, a separate bathroom with shower and plenty of towels. Yes the decor is tired, and the view was non existant, but we hadn't come to San Francisco to stay in the room looking at the walls. The room was clean, airy with a good air conditioning unit, and tea and coffee making facilities. The location was great for us, near to reataurants, bus route and, crucially, convenient for a walk down to the piers, 39 in particular. It was also a short walk to the 'crooked' section of Lombard St with it's hairpin turns and beautiful flower displays, well worth a visit. Don't forget though that San Francisco is hilly and the walks whilst not long can be quite hard work, so if you don't want that you might want to consider another hotel. For us it was fine. We had also booked a tour of San Francisco combined with a trip to Alcatraz and the hotel is on their list of pickups, so we were picked up right oputside the front door which was great. We had a comfortable quiet night in the hotel, and the breakfast of cakes, juice and tea/coffee was fine. Just note that this is served in front of the reception area, is quite small with a few seats. We were lucky and got a seat both mornings, but it wouldn't take many people to fill it. We were perfectly content with our stay and would recommend it for the reasons I have stated.

Room Tip: Good value because of the location and the free parking.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Great place to stay in San Francisco. You can walk a few blocks to Fisherman's Wharf, shorter to cable cars, and the world's crookedest street is just up the road.
The room was large and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful with local restaurant choices. After reading a few other reviews I was slightly concerned about the parking. This turned out to be no problem. The parking garage had two areas and if you had an issue finding a spot the front desk asked to let them know and they would handle your parking. It was no tighter then any other big city parking garage but we're from the east coast so maybe it's considered a tight squeeze locally in SF. Continental breakfast here is the norm of most US motels, pastries, coffee, OJ, tea and fresh fruit from 7-10am. Our room was clean quiet and was very comfortable, the bath was updated and the shower was strong. Great place to stay in the Marina area of SF.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Wasnt expecting much but was OK i suppose.

As i kind of knew what i was getting myself into i was prepared for the hotel.

Great location and free parking with a pastry breakfast and a cup of coffee in the morning.

The person that checked us in had a terrible personality not that he was rude or anything just not engaging or friendly. However the other person that we delt with at reception was friendly i think he was the manager cause he seemed to care a little bit more.

The room smelled of stale smoke and was a little dated. the sheets of the bed actually had cigarette holes burned in it and the carpet was very old i wouldnt be walking around in my bear feet on it anyway

we had a smoking room which none of us smoke im nit actually sure if there is a non smoking room because every corridor smelt of smoke

we ended up just spraying deodorant to mask the smell every day as leaving the window open was not an option due to the noise from the street

also the air-conditioner unit is really noisy we didnt use it as was not that warm but if you did need to use it you would not be able to sleep with the noise of it

We just put up with it as the price was right parking was free and location was good.

If money was not as tight as it is i would stay well away from this place.

Room Tip: If there is a non smoking room request it as the place stinks of smoke!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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darrelld, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Checky 88,

Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time of writing a comment about your stay. We are sorry that your experience did not match your expectations. We are going through a lot of changes at the moment and are working on improving the service at the Buena Vista Motor Inn. All the details that you pointed out regarding housekeeping have been addressed, thank you for letting us know.
We would be very glad if you were willing to give us another chance next time you stay in San Francisco.

Best Regards,
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lfddfl
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

The staff was very welcoming and helpful throughout stay. Location was within reasonable walking distance of several attractions. Open Top Bus tour stops directly in front of hotel lobby. Room was clean and suitable for family. Stayed in a Lombard St. side room. Some traffic noise early in the evening but definitely nothing to prevent a nights sleep. Safety and Security was not an issue during our stay. Lobby and breakfast area is small but adequate for the limited time we spent in the hotel. The interior finishes could use some work and updates. WiFi worked well. Parking was tight for larger vehicles but free! Would definitely consider staying again on future trips to SF.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a very nice clean motel with parking space, which is a must in San Francisco since the parking is so expensive! the motel also give FREE wifi and a complimentary breakfast! I would highly recommend this motel to anyone that wants somewhere decent at a good location!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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darrelld, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear YRS55,

Thank you so much for leaving such a positive review about the Buena Vista Motor Inn. Our goal is to help our customer having the best stay possible, we are very happy that you liked our hotel and all the amenities we offer including Free Parking and Free Breakfast.
Please let us know if you ever plan to come back to San Francisco, we would be more than happy to accommodate you again.

Kind Regards
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Myerstown Pa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Best thing here was easy walking to cable car, Fisherman's Wharf. Room could have been cleaner but bed was very comfy. We did get a parking space w/ our room but WOW - tight quarters! We didn't move the car during our stay for fear of not having a space to use on our return. I guess by San Fran prices, it was a good value. Breakfast was just pastries, beverages, apples/bananas. And only available at 7am. Not early enough for an east coaster that just got in the afternoon before!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Easy to find on Lombard St (highway 101) and conveniently located for walking to many of the cities attractions. Also a stop out front for hop on/hop off tourist buses. We had a non street facing room which is recommended although friends using earplugs in street facing room had no major problem with street noise. Place is showing its age but everything clean and tidy and in working order. Room is a good size. Free wifi worked well and while no laundry, nearby laundrette (one block away) was good. Parking is entered off Lombard Street, 2 levels with separate entrances. It was a bit tight for my larger SUV but worked out OK. Could improve quality of towels, many showing age and over stay, 2 towels developed tears/holes in them while being used. Breakfast very basic with pastries, muffins and fresh fruit. No refrigerator in room but ice available. Location worked for us with 3 block walk to Union St and its bars, shops and restaurants, walking to Fishermans Wharf took 20mins, Alcatraz wharf 30 mins and 30mins to Washington Sq. Overall we had a comfortable stay but place needs some TLC and would not be my first choice if returning to San Francisco.

Room Tip: ask for room that doesn't face Lombard St
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #112 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Buena Vista Motor Inn 2*
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The Buena Vista Motor Inn is an exceptional value hotel, offering comfortable rooms, friendly service, a convenient Lombard Street location in San Francisco's Marina, and exciting Bay Area packages. ... more   less 
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