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“You could not find anything better in San Francisco for the money.” 5 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 233 Hotels in San Francisco
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“You could not find anything better in San Francisco for the money.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent location. Marvellous hotel in good district large room good bathroom. FREE parking in San Francisco! Unbelievable. Breakfast fine and you can take to the roof terrace with views of Golden Gate Bridge. There is also a shady little garden all this in the heart of the city. Truly fantastic. We'll done we should certainly return here.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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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Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is modest but nice and has a fair price. The staff is very friendly and helfpful. We were able to add an extra bed in our room to accomodate 5 adults instead of having to rent two separate bedrooms which was great. Location is good, not right in the city centre like most hotels, but has a bus stop very close. Walking distance to Fisherman's wharf is about 20-30 min. Breakfast area is not designed to accomodate too many people but we had a table and chairs in our room so it was easy to bring everything back to the room on a plate. Would definitively recommand if your budget is limited as you get great value for money.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The goods: Clean place, free (small) parking, breakfast included. About 15 minutes walking to Fisherman's Wharf, two blocks away from Union St and one from Chestnut St. It is not a bad hotel, but it is not a good one either. Fair price for the value, considering San Francisco standard average.

The bads: Breakfast is served on a place that fits for no more than 10 people simultaneously, which rarely is enough. The street in front of the hotel is quite busy all day long. During the night, it can be a little noisy. Small room, not much space for luggage.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, 2 weeks ago
Dear 2014Marit..,

We are happy you found us a good place to stay. Thank you for letting us take the worry of being comfortable while you spend your important time taking in our beautiful city.
When you visit again in the future please come and stay with us. We should be even better the 2nd time around.

Best Regards.

Andrew Andow
General Manager
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Having read reviews on this hotel we chose to stay here because it was placed fairly central to the attractions we wanted to see, the bus stopped very close by and the price was good compared to other hotels in the city. We asked for, and got a quiet room, away from the main roads. Our view was on to the entry way of some private apartments which suited us fine as we did not intend to spend hours in the room. Our room was comfortable and fairly spacious and everything worked OK. The staff were friendly, polite and very helpful. The area where breakfast is served is definitely too small for the amount of rooms the hotel has but you can take your food back to your room or do as we did and take it up to the small sun room on the 3rd floor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room away from the main roads unless you like watching the traffic!
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Sandy T,


Thank you for staying with us for all the right reasons. We are truly blessed with the perfect location just outside the touristy area but within walking distance of many attractions and local gems.
As you stated our breakfast area is limited but you took advantage of all of the options we like for our guests to consider.
The weather here has been exceptional partly due to a long drought but is perfect for visitors to get the most of the short time you have to cram all of you activities in.
It also affords the guest who loves to take peaceful breaks outside on the observation deck just to chill.
My staff and I are always striving to add value to our property and the next time you come to visit, I hope you will enjoys our ongoing improvements.

Best Regards.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a good value motel in the heart of San Francisco. There is nothing fancy but the rooms are clean, the service is good, and the breakfast is good. The parking is free but tight - don't bring a huge truck or SUV! There were clean linens, clean bathroom, no issues there. The furnishings are dated - maybe early 80s? But clean and in good repair. For breakfast there were some cheerios and flake cereal, milk, bananas, apples, and pastries, and coffee and tea. Good value for the price. No view at all but was told that the "side" was quieter so we got a room that was quieter but view of a wall, which was okay.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear marshallmakin,

Very happy that you were ok with the quiet side room. Surprisingly, there are guest who like that side, saying that they only have so much time to enjoy the city and come back only to get a quick shut eye before they continue their explorations. San Francisco is such a great location that they use us a base to check out Napa Valley to Muir Woods taking in as much as they can in just a short time. What we say is you need to come back again. We hope you won't think we are so average the next time around.

Best Regards.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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Cloverdale, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This hotel is centrally located in the heart of "Cow Hollow"; easy access to restaurants, parks, local sites and public transportation. Nice breakfast area and breakfast items. In room coffee maker. Free parking is a big plus.
The hotel is in need of a makeover and hopefully it will happen soon because it could be a real gem.

Room Tip: 3rd floor, back of hotel is quieter. Third floor has a little gathering spot overlooking the Golden...
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Linda C.,

We are happy you were able to enjoy our diverse neighborhood. The locals would rather keep it to themselves and not share it with visitors but you can't keep a good thing from getting around.
We are finished painting and now are ready to tackle the updating of our dated designs. We are working with a designer who is very excited to take us to another level. Lucky for us and you, by the next time you visit we will be well on our way to a new facelift.
Hope to see you again.

Best Wishes.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

So, they have parking, large clean rooms, lovely continental breakfast and roof top conservatory and outdoor seating. It is in the perfect location, the staff were friendly, I don't think I have anything bad to say. When we first turned up there was scaffolding and I thought what have I done but first impressions were very wrong, they were painting, its cream not pink now, love it love it, love it!

Stayed January 2015, traveled with friends
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Felicity S,

Thank you for recognizing our efforts in a much needed updating our property. We are grateful that some guest were ok with the transitioning. Now that the whole building has been painted we are working with a designer to makeover the guest rooms. We still have a ways to go but are excited to be moving along.
The staff was happy to hear that you found their hard work better than expectations and would like to serve you anytime in the future. We will be an even better value in the future.

Yours Truly.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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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 233 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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