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“Summer's Best” 4 of 5 stars
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545 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121-1499 (The Richmond)   |  
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Ranked #124 of 236 Hotels in San Francisco
Cumming, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Summer's Best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

In an expensive city to stay during any season, Seal Rock Inn is still the best "bang for your buck" The rooms are spacious and always clean, and the parking is available for free. It's also within walking distance of the Ocean and Golden Gate Park. Very quiet part of the city and their restaurant has great breakfasts and lunches. Good food at great affordable prices. Yes, this is an older mote/hotel established in 1959, but are you going to be staying in your room 24/7 or are you going to be out touring? Close to the bus lines too if you don't want to use a car.

Room Tip: try getting an upper room for a better view of the Ocean
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I wanted to book a room for one night, the hotel WILL not make any exception to there minimum 2 night stay. First time we called, the person at the desk said to call in the morning to see if they would except our one night stay. So we called in the morning,it is no surprise that the person who took our call was extremely snotty, and wouldn't even give us the time of day. The person actually just hung up on us. I would expect this staying at a $700 night hotel, but this is out of hand.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nortre Califonkneeonee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Been going here for years---Why?
1, Free parking- yes free parking in San Francisco. Never a problem or theft for me- great neighborhood.
2. Clean always- steady improvements,not allowed to run down. New windows do a good job of cutting road/bus noise.
3. A pool- yes a pool in San Francisco- what a rarity!
4. Near Cliff house, Sutro Baths, Legion of honor, Golden Gate park, Lands End, and Clement shopping district.
5. Fast and easy transportation. Grab a bus map from them. You can get downtown without a change and Fisherman's Wharf or North Beach on one transfer. You must- listen up- must take the 38 Geary Point Lobos 48th avenue to get back- otherwise you in for a walk to get to the motel.
6. Lands End trails are right there for some of the best views of the mouth of the bay. Great walks- look of the WW-2 machine gun nests still hidden away.
7. And there is Seth in the lobby- who has changed finally from a Dodgers hat to a A's hat. Ask him when he is going to change to a Giants hat for a reaction.
8. There is a good enough breakfast and lunch place in the motel.
9. Most rooms have Ocean views.
10. Many rooms have fireplace.

You cannot beat what you get for the price- and not located in a tourist trap but a real San Francisco Neighborhood. Take the bus down to about 3rd avenue and walk over to Clement street for a interesting collection of shops and super restaurants until you get to Park-Presidio. Gives you a feel of hometown San Francisco.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We recently stayed with our son and other families at the Seal Rock Inn for a sports tournament. While it's not a 5-star hotel, it did the job for us. With uniquely arranged rooms, you can comfortably have 2 adults and 2 children sleep in a room. There is a folding partition to give the adults some semblance of privacy. A center courtyard offers ping pong and badminton. Most rooms have views of "Land's End" and Ocean Beach beach. Just a short walk from the hotel are the interesting Sutro Bath ruins. Also nearby is Lincoln Park and the Legion of Honor Museum. A nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's also right on a bus line so most everything is just a 1/2 hour bus ride away. You can't beat the price, $165/nite on a holiday weekend is a steal for San Francisco! Great family hotel!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I've stayed here dozens of times- the rooms are clean and comfy- nice setting- safe neighborhood- and FREE PARKING in SF! Be sure and ask for the corner room on 2nd or 3rd floor for the best ocean views!

Restaurant downstairs is good- large portions








Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is a good option for value-minded travelers. However, there is no night manager, so if something goes wrong (like an extremely loud TV next door, as happened with my brother), you are out of luck. If you call the desk you are instructed to call 911 if it's an emergency.

The coffee shop has hearty egg breakfasts, but the coffee is horrible. For a good coffee and pastry, walk to the nearby visitors center.

Stayed March 2014
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Springfield, Illinois
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39 hotel reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Seal Rock Inn is a good choice for your San Francisco visit if: you want free parking, you don't mind riding bus for an hour or so to see sights, you like nature, and you appreciate authenticity. It is a bad choice if you expect luxury. Rooms and common areas are dated and perhaps a bit shabby but clean. Bathroom was updated. Super nice desk clerk- very patient and helpful. Gorgeous location near ocean to walk and run. Adjoining restaurant is good. Pool was closed when we were there, but it was too chilly to swim and we spent most of our time in the city during the tourist things. I enjoyed the stay, will choose Seal Rock again.

Room Tip: Ocean view isn't worth a lot more $ if you are on budget ( which you probably are if you are loo...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 545 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121-1499
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > The Richmond
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated next to the quiet, scenic surroundings of Sutro Heights Park and Land's End, we are located away from the noisy downtown traffic and crowds, yet still in the city in a resort-like location. We are just a block up the hill from the historic Cliff House and a few steps further to miles of beach along Ocean Beach. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast or lunch at our own restaurant which serves all day and every day. Our spacious guest rooms, many of which have excellent park and ocean views, provide our guests with many amenities including free high-speed Wi-Fi , cable TVs, dual-line phones with voice mail, free locals calls, in-room iron/ironing boards, and hair dryers. Other hotel amenities incude complimentary but limited covered parking, a private patio with swimming pool, ping pong and badminton. All our guest roomsrooms are non-smoking and some with fireplaces. So if you are ready to try something different in San Francisco then consider us as your home away from home along San Francisco's ocean front. ... more   less 
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