We spent one weeknight in Marina Motel in early November. Both my partner and I were very impressed with the property, staff, and accommodations. The free, individual stall garage parking was a unique perk compared to many other hotels in the city that only had $30-$40 per night parking lots or no private parking at all. Although we had read reviews that recommended not leaving your spot later in the evening, we saw plenty of open garages when we returned from dinner. This may be different on weekends. The room we were in was very small, but as a couple traveling light for an extended weekend, it was just the right size. If you tend to be a traveler that packs more than a couple of small carry-ons, I recommend requesting a larger room. We loved the more personal and homey feel of the room with pretty brocade bedding and windows that opened up for some fresh air. Both the room and the bathroom were charming with a retro feel. The only problem with the bathroom is that the shower stall was very dark. There was only one light in the bathroom and the stall style shower's curtain blocked most of that light, even during the day. I did see some other guests checking in to rooms next to us but surprisingly, I never heard any of them. I'm not sure what prevented the sound from traveling, but I didn't hear anyone walking to or from rooms, watching TV, or talking in other rooms. The staff was welcoming, warm, and helpful. I went straight to the front desk to ask how to get to Chinatown on mass transit. The person on duty had an immediate answer and drew the directions on a map of the city. I was really happy to find out that one of the main bus lines runs just one block away from the hotel and took us directly to Chinatown. You can easily walk to the Palace of Fine Arts and there are plenty of eateries within walking distance. The grounds were very pretty, with lots of bougainvillea hanging from the buildings. Once you come in off of the street, it feels like a different world. We stayed in a room right in the middle of the property and it was really quiet. I did notice that any rooms on the Lombard St. side would probably be pretty noisy. Overall we have no real complaints about the stay and we really enjoyed it. We're already talking about our next trip to the area and would love to stay at Marina Motel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Hotel in San Francisco, California Founded by the son of a Calfornia Gold Rush miner, the Marina Motel was built to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in the late 1930's. Designed as one of San Francisco’s first “motor-hotels” for the dawning of the automobile age, each room in this quaint Mediterranean-style motel has a private garage beneath the rooms, (courtyard garages are subject to size restrictions so guest are directed by the front desk to choose a garage that best fits their vehicle). Our 36 guestrooms and three suites are uniquely decorated with warm, stylish touches to make you feel at home. Our quaint courtyard, surrounded by colorful cascading flowers and a cobblestone driveway, offers a relaxing place to chat with friends. Flower boxes overflowing with fragrant blossoms adorn the windows adding European cottage charm. San Francisco’s top attractions are located within walking distance or a short bus ride from the Marina Motel The Marina Motel is still family-owned and operated today by the original owner’s granddaughter. For the past 70 years the Marina Motel has provided a beautiful and friendly place to stay while visiting San Francisco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Motel San Francisco
- Marina Hotel San Francisco