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“Rooms need an update, but great value!” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Ranked #110 of 234 Hotels in San Francisco
Bath, United Kingdom
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“Rooms need an update, but great value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Excellent location on the corner of Gough and Lombard. Easy to walk to wide range of restaurants in Union Street or Chestnut Street. Can walk to Fishermans' Wharf in about twenty-five minutes. Own car park is a bonus! Staff enormously friendly and helpful, pleased to give good advice and very welcoming. Breakfast slightly uninspired but better than adequate. Has small top-floor lounge wth view over rooftops to distant Golden Gate bridge, also has outside terrace at same level.
Reception area has had relatively recent make-over, but corridors and bedrooms haven't! Our bedroom badly needed redecorating and much of the making-good where small alterations had been made was amateurish. It was at the back of the building and its window looked out on a blank wall about 8 ft away. As a result, the bedroom was dark. However, there was plenty of space in the room, and plenty of drawer and cupboard space and we didn't go to San Francisco to stay in our room, so the advantages well outweighed the not-so-good bits! Would use again. Definitely!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Since taking over last year we have changed all of the bed, new flat screen TVs' and sound proof windows. We appreciate that our kind guests have been patient while to take care of each new phase of our updating. Our next phase is repairing and painting of the rooms as well as the exterior building. The staff and I thank you for your kind words.

Sincerely,

Andrew Andow and Staff
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The hotel has a good location within walking distance of fishermans wharf and the famous zig zag Lombard street. The hop on hop off bus stops outside which is ideal if you don't want to walk. Breakfast was good and plentiful, fresh pastries were brought out regularly. Even though the hotel was basic it was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. Would recommend as a good value place to stay

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Beverley,
My staff and I are happy that you found our accommodations and service to your liking. We are undergoing renovations for the Lobby and will upgrade the breakfast as we make more space in the new design. We are continuing our total reservation as our occupancy allow.

Best Regards

Andrew Andow
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Corby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed here 3 nights whilst exploring San Francisco. Hotel is in a good location to get around, walking distance to fisherman's wharf and the zigzag street on Lombard. The rooms were lovely nice and big . This hotel is ideal for those on a budget and the breakfast in the morning is good as well (the only thing i will say it gets very busy for breakfast so make sure you get down there early). The hotel is a few blocks away from a Mels Diner which was handy to get dinner in the evening. Staff are very helpful. Would definitely stay at this hotel if we ever go back to San Francisco :-)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Andrew A, Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Rolemodell,

We are truly blessed to be in one of the premier neighborhoods in San Francisco. Along with being close to the Wharf , we also have many of the finest restaurants within a few minutes walk on Union and Chestnut Streets. Our Union street is one of the favorite local districts with many unique boutique stores for your shopping pleasure.
I am happy you took the time to explore the area.

Yours Truly.

Andrew Andow
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This hotel is situated just a few blocks from the start of fishermans wharf. It's a bit dated in the interior and rooms, but if you are looking for a comfortable place to stay that's near to the tram and Fishermans Wharf then it's ideal. San Francisco hotels can be very expensive but I found this one to be good value for money with plenty of facilities nearby.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

We are happy that you found us a good value for San Francisco. Many of our visitors do not take advantage of the great shopping and dining in the neighborhood which are also just a few minutes away. Fisherman's Wharf is the place that everyone need to see but take some time to visit the great boutiques' on Union Street along with the great restaurants that the locals have cherished for years.

Sincerely.

Andrew andow
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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This place can be very noisy if you get the room facing the street (our friends stayed there) so be aware. Our room was on the opposite side so no such a problem. Breakfast is quite poor with no place to sit except of the lobby sofa and the staff was not very friendly. Room was very dated but quite big. Free parking is a plus. Would probably choose another hotel next time.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Guest,
I am sorry that you did not find out breakfast service to your liking. We understand that the space is limited but will soon have a new facelift with new furniture and more rooms for guests. Many of our guests are happy to take their breakfast upstairs to our sunroom and observation deck. They also enjoy being able to take it to their rooms where it is more relaxing.
We have just completed sound suppressing windows on the Lombard Street side but due to construction at the Golden Gate Bridge a number of large truck are presently part of our daily life.
For guests who are not city dwellers not used to this kind of noise, we will gladly place them on the back garden side of our property.

Best Regards
Andrew Andow
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed in two quad rooms. Rooms are a bit dated but were very comfortable. The airconditioner was a blessing because it was a bit warm in Sn Fo when we were there. There was also an ice machine along the hallway which was very helpful.

The staff in the Reception were friendly and accommodating.

Breakfast served in the reception area was made of pastries, coffee, tea and juice. You can just take them and bring them in your room because the area where it is at is really small.

Free parking is great and location of the inn is very strategic to all the touristy places. We walked to the wharf every morning.

This is a really nice inn to stay in Sn Fo.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your kind review. We are doing he best that we can for what we have now but very soon will embark on a major updating of the property. With this and our excellent location we will be the excellent value of our neighborhood.

Yours truly.

Andrew Andow
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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Street side rooms may be considered noisy by some due to all night traffic, but alternative could be a room with a brick wall view only! When we arrived desk clerk Ian was very helpful and accommodating. We found one of our two rooms ready (street side), and the other room Ian let us see… which literally had a brick wall view out a single window. Since we were early Ian offered us a choice for our guest’s room, we chose street side.

There are two sitting areas on the third floor. One inside, and an adjacent sitting area outside. There is a slight view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Camera zoom brought it closer. This is a non-smoking facility. If you are inclined to smoke, it is acceptable to smoke up on third floor’s outside sitting area only.

There are two free parking garages on the Buena Vista Inn’s property, both with limited spaces. If you should pass the first under hotel parking garage entrance on the corner of Lombard St, there is a second entrance directly after first. Vehicle size could be an issue and take extra maneuvering. We were told if all spaces were taken we could just park any way inside and give desk clerk our keys, should anyone want to move they would move our car for us. We didn’t have to do this.

Up the street a couple of blocks (opposite side of street from hotel) is a Denny’s. Denny’s has a small parking lot for patrons.

We were entertaining another couple over the first weekend in May. Two ordinary rooms street side (where you can open your windows) total was $674.28. There were no fridges in rooms, upon arrival we had to call and request one for each room at an additional cost of 10.00 per day plus tax. Continental breakfast was average.

All in all - Buena Vista Inn wasn’t bad. A bit run down, but clean. We spent most of our time out of the hotel showing our guests around San Francisco.

Room Tip: Best room option is street side.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #110 of 234 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Buena Vista Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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