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“Charming, quiet, budget-friendly, good service. Worth a stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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2690 46th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116 (Sunset)   |  
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Ranked #28 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Kansas City, Missouri
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“Charming, quiet, budget-friendly, good service. Worth a stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Let me just start by saying that trying to find a budget-friendly hotel for 4 people traveling together (who don't share a parent-child relationship) in San Francisco is right up there with "clipping your dog's toenails" on the list of tedium.

BUT, having said that, the Ocean Park Motel is a gem. It's clean, quiet, the staff are friendly, AND there's free parking. FREE. PARKING. I didn't realize quite what a luxury that was, but I digress.

We stayed in a room with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a kitchenette. The bedrooms are decent-sized and one is queen while the other is a full-sized bed. This may be slightly disappointing for people who are used to the space of a ginormous king, but the mattresses are comfy and there are plenty of pillows. The only slight drawback is that there is only one tv, located in the outermost bedroom - piling 4 adults onto one bed to gather around it is not that comfortable, so one person had to sit in the kitchen and watch from there. But seeing as we didn't spend a LOT of time watching tv, this was only a mild inconvenience on a couple early nights. Families traveling with children might find it a bit more of a drawback than we did.

The kitchenette is small, barely room for two people at once, but it's usable and nice to have. The fridge and microwave work fine, there are dishes and cooking utensils, and a small table with 2 chairs, which also doubled as a computer station for us. The bathroom is also quite small, although it was very clean and suited our needs just fine. There is no tub, only a shower. Tall people, have fun with the shower. There's not a lot of room for make-up, toiletries, shaving items, etc. There is a hot tub on the property, which looked nice and private, but you need to retrieve a key from the office and they only hand out two keys at any given time. The policy is to return the key after an hour, but if that doesn't happen... no hot tub for anyone else. We tried a couple of different nights but were never able to get in.

The motel is U-shaped with a row of rooms in the middle - obviously the quietest rooms in the place are located in the middle island, although we didn't notice a lot of noise outside our street-facing unit, either. We're not particularly light sleepers, though. They do provide earplugs for those of you who are. Parking is underneath the units themselves and around the U in parallel slots. We had no trouble finding a space, even when returning later in the evening. About those spaces, though: this charming little hotel was built in 1936, when they had charming LITTLE vehicles. Parking your SUV in one of the garage-like spaces is probably not going to happen. It was an exercise in patience and near-misses just pulling in our Malibu. Since the parking is free, leave your vehicle if you're just hanging around the city. One of the main train lines stops literally across the street, and since it's a turn-around, you'll likely have a seat for the duration of your ride. If you DO decide to drive, be prepared for parking rage, because finding a spot within even several blocks of your destination is hit or miss. Predominantly miss.

We didn't go to the zoo, but it's very nearby, maybe a couple of blocks. The motel is also about 2 blocks from the beach, which looks very nice, but since it was early June and the water was still numbingly cold for us casual swimmers, we didn't take a dip. There's a Safeway just a few blocks away for stocking up on snacks or groceries, and a couple of small cafes also within a few blocks. The line at Java Beach (less than a block away) is long, but your patience will be rewarded.

The staff was very friendly, and the owners, who live on site, were always happy to answer my questions about public transportation and local restaurants, etc. They also provide a handout full of useful information like transportation routes (ask them if you don't see your destination on the handout) restaurants that deliver, obtaining WiFi access (it's FREE!) and more.

A small note about the area: this motel is located in a mainly residential neighborhood which seems to be home to many older Asians. As such, it's clean and quiet - there are no radios blaring at 4 a.m. or drunks screaming loudly on the street. That said, items carried by the local markets serve this demographic, which we found out when we visited the Walgreens a couple streets away for what we considered basic toiletries and food items.

Other notes:
1) It takes a little less than an hour to get here from San Francisco International Airport.
2) The MUNI system is great, but it's not Speed Racer. Plan on about 30 minutes to get to the main downtown station at Market Street (with transfers) and another 30-40 minutes to get up to the Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 area.
3) A drive up to Cliff House to watch the sunset is well worth it. The nearby Sutro Baths around the same time is also well worth it.

TL;DR version: This is a wonderful, charming, non-chain MOTEL. There's no fitness center, no restaurant, no room service and no concierge. But in terms of what we were looking for in a such a place, The Ocean Park Motel far exceeded those expectations. Does it need a bit of updating? Probably, but it still has unbelievable Art Deco period charm. It can seem a bit cramped, but how much time are you going to be spending in your room? It's VERY worth the price and the accessibility, and we are recommending to all of our traveling friends.

Room Tip: The inside rooms located in the center of the U are the quietest but the smallest.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Butte, Montana
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My wife and I stayed here in 2008 while traveling with friends, and this time we were traveling with our daughter. We enjoyed the OPM so much the first time, with its convenient access to the MUNI (L train) system and close proximity to the beach, we decided to stay here again. Mark and his staff take pride in the history of the motel and do a tremendous job keeping the grounds well-maintained. Given the fact the motel was the first one in the S.F. area in 1937 the room sizes reflect that era, so don't expect lots of space around the beds and large bathrooms like many 'suite' hotels offer. You get the basic amenities, but they're offered nicely -- one of the most comfortable mattresses I've ever slept on, I might add.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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26 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed here for a week and chose Ocean Park because we had been here before and knew what to expect. I like the quaint decor and I appreciate the history of the place. But it's time for some upgrades. Heat is tough to regulate, room was very tiny. We wanted so save on our expenses so we did not get a larger room with kitchen etc, which I regretted. It is peaceful in the neighborhood, and we had no problems with L Train noise - hardly heard it. We spent most of our time with family nearby but stopped a few times again at Java Beach Cafe, which is open early morning til 8 pm daily. A short walk from the motel. It is less expensive than many SF hotels, and if you do not have a car, the L train is across the street, and buses run nearby.

Room Tip: Ask for the larger rooms with kitchen, for more comfort.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a quaint little place near the ocean and across the street from the zoo. Don't let the price scare you cuz others are waaaaayyyy more pricey. It's quiet, easy to get to, clean and close to Cliff House. Since you shouldn't be in your room a lot anyway, this will work out great. I recommend it!

Room Tip: We were in #24 with 2 kids and the room had 2 separate bedrooms so it worked out well.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

If you need a motel in Southwestern San Francisco near the Zoo, the Ocean Park is excellent. Established in 1936 and the first motel in San Francisco, the Ocean Park was built in the Art Deco style to resemble the great ocean cruise liners are the 1930s. It is beautiful and the owners have made it a nice place to stay with excellent service. My single room was okay for one, though it would have been a tight squeeze for two. (Accomodation in the 1930s was smaller than at present.) But the family units are quite large and our family will be returning in a month. Prices are comparable or a bit less than other motels in the area, but the Ocean Park also has atmosphere, a Jacuzzi and very nice gardens. A very good choice to those seeking accomodation in the area.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Los Angeles, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We loved staying here this spring and it was amazing! The owners were so helpful, gave us great tips and were very hospitable. There was cute everywhere we looked, such a refreshing place. We will definitely come back here, and recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Midland, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Family road trip from Texas this place worked perfect. was a little far out but once you get the muni system down no problems. Owners were great. I would walk a few blocks every morning to the local store/deli and visit and pick up a few supplies. had a great stay and would reccommend it. we are a family of 7 and we really liked it. Must add, of course we left some stuff and it was mailed to us in just a few days.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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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:
#4 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#21 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
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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