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“Great 1930s gem” 4 of 5 stars
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2690 46th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116 (Sunset)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
“Great 1930s gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

I was able to make a reservation with little notice and the owner stayed up till late in the evening for us to arrive and was very helpful and friendly, even upgrading our room. It was perfect as a romantic getaway, a little gem set by the sea and away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. It felt like we were transported back to art deco days and added to the atmosphere. We'd happily come here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Very pretty little motel, and $150 for a room with a full kitchen isn't a bad deal in SF. However, the two most important things for us are a good mattress and decent water pressure. Mattress seemed both very firm, and lumpy--neither of us slept well all night. (We do a lot of hotel travel, and have rarely slept so poorly due to the mattress being uncomfortable.) And the shower pressure was extremely weak--hand-held shower, with not enough pressure to actually spray, just sort of dribbled.

Apart from these issues, it's a great-looking place, with nice folks at the front desk, and we had no problems with street noise (our room was at the back of the property, so ask for that if street noise is an issue for you). We'd have liked to return, but that bed was a deal-killer.

Room Tip: Back of hotel is much quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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fabulous berkeley ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We chose this motel near the SF Zoo and Great Highway for one night, because everything in or near downtown SF was at $400+ per night due to a conference in town. We also were interested in the historic and art deco architecture aspects of this 1930s hotel with 'streamline moderne' design. The people were great: very friendly and accommodating, quickly switching us to a different (better) room, #3, when a small plumbing problem developed in #19. In both, the room was very clean. While there have been renovations, this motel has not been completely updated in the interior. Rather, fresh paint and new/clean bedding are found in small rooms and tinier bathrooms. #19 is to be avoided unless you are a very heavy sleeper. Just spending a few minutes there when we first arrived we thought the noise of the trams, cars and busses just outside would be excessive, although the motel does offer earplugs on the nightstand. There is a hot tub which we did not visit and a very lovely little garden for relaxing with children's play equipment at one end. #3 includes a kitchenette and was a lot quieter, despite being next to a street. On the plus side as well, they are very dog friendly and have a reasonable fee for your dog. For a small dog it is $10 per night and larger dogs are $25. On the down side, all rooms that we saw had steps up to them, the fewest being the 3 up to our room #3. Anyone with mobility concerns will have a difficult time with the steps as well as the somewhat cramped rooms and doorways and lack of space in the bathrooms. Other guests appeared to be younger and included several families who would make good use of the 2 bedroom units with kitchenette. Being across from the zoo and beach also makes it family friendly. The neighborhood includes a number of art deco residences that have been restored and boast colorful exterior paint. A fun area to explore. For those not from Northern California, this area of SF typically is pretty foggy and much cooler than elsewhere in the city. In the end we really liked this motel for its style, cleanliness, nice staff and pet friendly policies. We, as travelers, are at this point more inclined to creature comforts than this retro little spot can offer.

Room Tip: See review--discuss which room you'll get with staff when reserving.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The motel itself is great - architecturally interesting, immaculately clean, well maintained, good value and quite the friendliest owners. However, before you book there are three things you should know: 1/ this is the foggiest part of a famously foggy city. In our trip in early August, it only lifted for an hour a day in mid afternoon, even though eastern SF was clear. 2/ You are about as far as it is possible to be from the main tourist sights, eg Fisherman's wharf and Coit tower, a good 40 minute drive. 3/ If you are unlucky enough to get one of the front facing rooms (eg the family suite with kitchenette) you will not sleep for the sound of trams. From 5am it is like camping on a railway platform, with trams running every 20 minutes and loud enough to make the bed vibrate. The owner moved us after the first night and looked kind of embarrassed, like he knew he'd rather sold us short, and the second night was great. But really, I wouldn't stay in those front rooms for any money, so do specify when you book.

Room Tip: avoid any rooms facing 46th avenue
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chico, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

As a big fan of San Francisco, I have stayed all over the city. I had never stayed, nor explored much, over in the Sunset/Ocean Beach area. We wanted to take our 3 year old to the zoo and Golden Gate Park for his first trip to SF and found this little gem. We knew we didn't want to stay downtown as it is really overstimulating and the prices for anything on the Wharf were outrageous. We found Ocean Park Motel here on trip advisor and were not disappointed. For people who appreciate history, charm, character and older buildings....you will love this place. The landscaping is so lush and beautiful you forget you are in the middle of a "concrete jungle." The grounds are meticulously kept by the owner himself. The rooms are basic, but EXTREMELY clean. The beds were more comfortable than your average place, which I appreciate as I am accustomed to a tempurpedic and motel/hotel beds usually kill me. The private hot tub was a nice escape after traveling down the state with a child.... In reading other reviews/complaints I wanted to add- the WiFi was never a problem for us and the streetcar was not a bother. We did stay in a room that was not directly not he street, but it wasn't that far from those that were and it never bothered any of us. I am a very light sleeper and it never woke me up. It is actually much quieter at Ocean Park than any hotel/motel I've stayed at in SF. Union Square is so loud with sirens, transportation, etc.

Ocean Park was a little oasis, perfect for families or people who want to stay off the beaten path and experience a different part of San Francisco. We didn't mind driving to our destinations as driving through SF is also a great experience and we actually saw more than we ever have. It was also great not to pay 400+ a night. The199 (with tax) for TWO rooms was well worth it. The owners take pride in their establishment and it reflects by the grounds, cleanliness and advice/tips they give to their customers. We didn't even have to get on trip advisor, google, yelp etc because they provide a 4+ page handout on all the close/nearby eateries and sights. I talked directly with Vicki, the owner, when booking and she took special care to place me in the right room for my family. She even placed us in a room that was over their storage/laundry so I never felt worried about my 3 year old running around....there was no one below to complain! I loved that! They truly know their customer base and cater to individuals. If you are expecting the Four Seasons or a modern place, this is not it. But if you are expecting a quiet, clean, beautiful, charming home away from home this is the only place like it in San Francisco!

We will most definitely be back to Ocean Park! Frankly, I don't see any reason to say anywhere else!

Room Tip: Just explain to the person you book with what your needs are and they will place you in the right ro...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This was a lovely calm & relaxing day in San Francisco! We got in early, and the owner let us check in a hour early. He was amazingly helpful & kind We are here on our honeymoon, and this might be the sweetest place we have stayed so far!

Room Tip: Plan for a calm & relaxing night!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Jacksonville, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This unique trendy motel was perfect for what we wanted. moderate price without selling our first born child. It is across from the Zoo, has some great little breakfast eateries within a block, the ocean is close, rooms are clean. There is even a little childrens playground and jucuzzi on site. Chester, their employee was awesome--polite and a very pleasant man that was willing to help with directions and city info---also this place is right on the train line so you can get into the city pretty fast and cheap--$2.00 per adult and $1 for kids 5 and over. The train noise really didn't bother us despite what others have written in reviews--We will come back in future travels from Oregon.

Room Tip: Best customer service in the world--see Chester at the motel
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2690 46th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Sunset
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#26 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#71 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Francisco's first motel is an award-winning Art Deco gem where guests enjoy our secluded garden Jacuzzi after a whirl of downtown attractions. Family friendly rates in a variety of rooms, some with full kitchens. Dogs are welcome and enjoy Ocean Beach and nearby Fort Funston. Entirely non-smoking, with free parking, local calls, and internet. Twenty minutes' drive to airport or downtown, with downtown streetcar at door. Near UCSF, SFSU, Golden Gate Park; opposite beach/zoo. ... more   less 
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