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Marina Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   2576 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Marina)   |  
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Ranked #87 of 236 hotels in San Francisco
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“Cozy, comfortable, clean - and free parking in a garage!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Our family stayed here for two nights in May. SF had a little heat wave going on that weekend. The check in was fast and very pleasant. Cookies at the desk make for a nice welcome. We stayed in the two room w/ two queen beds suite, which is right on Lombard Street. The main room was average size, the back room is very small, accommodating a bed and 2 side tables. It has a small window. The main room has 2 large windows overlooking Lombard, a dresser, metal frame bed (Headboard was loose and banged against the wall. Our son put a pillow between it and the wall to stop the noise), and bedside table. There is a flat screen TV. The shower is a stall, very small and bath has a window. Thankfully, new windows had been recently installed and the noise was considerable reduced when they were closed. They need to put room darkening shades in the back bedroom. It was a very nice place. The courtyard is absolutely beautiful. People were generally respectful and quite by 11pm. We would recommend this place because of the value for these accomodations. Our garage was on Lombard at the lights and required someone's assistance backing out to be sure traffic wasn't coming.

Room Tip: We were in the 2 room/2 queen room (#42 we think) It can be loud, but you're in a city!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Charming motel in Marina District. Flowers and flowering plants everywhere (plus flowers painted on selected walls). SIngle garage parking (free). Many restaurants, delis, shops,etc. on nearby Chestnut Street.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in center block; it's quieter.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

What can I say about this little place? It's simply adorable! Love the Spanish feel of the property and FREE parking! You know that's a rare thing in SF, so this plus the affordable price makes the motel truly charming. We stayed in a 2 double bed room which was perfect. Everything was clean and felt very comfy. Loved how the motel is also pet friendly too. The neighborhood was probably one of the nicest I've ever stayed in while in SF. Lots of great restaurants and shops all around too. Very close to the Pacific Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge. Awesome location and we will be staying here again!

Room Tip: Whatever you do, get a courtyard room...if you want to sleep. The street rooms face Lombard and it...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Stayed only one night regrettably.

Location. Okay, Lombard Street (101) is very busy. We were on the street side and had windows open. Slept soundly. Easy access from north. It's really at an edge of the city, not centrally located, but bus service is nearby.

Parking. We knew we wouldn't fit into garage, and we alerted staff ahead of time. The nice individual who checked us in had a spot for our van with box on top. It's tight in the courtyard, requiring us to pull our mirror into the car.

Staff. Gracious, helpful.

Unit. What a delight. Well equipped kitchen, good bathroom with just shower, good sleeping room. The decor is perfect for the vintage without appearing to try too hard. Bed okay. Very clean.

Ambience. How good does it get!! Lovely flowers, beautiful paint job. Like an oasis in the city.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Cypress, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Stayed here two nights and had a pleasurable experience. The property seems well maintianed and quaint. We stayed in room 19 which was towards the back of the property and away from busy Lombard St. The room was fairly small but did the job, clean with decent sized restroom and storage closet. I would call it cozy and comfortable, with flat screen tv and a small refrigerator too. Everything we needed, basically for a short stay. You get garage parking included which is a huge bonus in SF, but if you are driving a massive Tahoe or similar vehicle you are going to have issues. We never experienced any issues pulling out or into the property as some reviews have mentioned. Lombard is a busy street but just be patient and it will all work out.

Please note this is a "Historic" motel, so keep that in mind as far as luxury is concerned. No duel pane windows here.

The front desk was polite but not overly helpful. Marina area location was good. Walk to see the Palace of fine arts. Walk to the marina/beach for views of the Golden Gate etc. Lots of restaurants and shops close as well. Would definately stay again.

Room Tip: A room not facing Lombard would be your best bet to keep things quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sandy, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

What is a quaint and charming looking motor motel turns out to be the "Hotel From Hell".
Forget that the hotels address is Lombard Street; it is on the US 101 Northbound access to the Golden State Bridge with non-stop heavy trucks and buses along with jump starting cars at the corner traffic light.

Do not think about having a "full" size car here. Inside garages are snug; requiring any passengers to exit before parking. Street garages require a spotter in the highway in order to align any vehicle trying to park or exit the street garages.

In spite of a noise disclaimer concerning street side rooms, the noise is beyond outrageous. The doors are paper thin and have NO weather stripping to mitigate the street noise. Also, vestibules magnify the street noise to the rooms.

On a positive side, the marina district location provides access to shops and restaurants within blocks of the site.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed here for 1 night as we wanted to catch a SF Giants game and the motel we had booked for the remainder of our stay in San Francisco was fully booked.
We arrived at 1.30pm after a 3hour drive and were told we were very early so wouldn't be able to check into our room. It would be available from 2pm. To be honest, it didn't matter that our room wasn't available as we were a bit (marginally) early, but the member of staff was so rude. I asked if we could park our car and walk for lunch and to be fair, she agreed, but after all the exceptional service and hospitality we'd experienced during our road trip, and having stayed at 8 hotels or motels in the USA on it, this at the final leg of the holiday, was highly disappointing.
Which is a shame, as the Marina Motel is actually quite nice. Each of the indidual units have a garage beneath them, so you can park and go up to your room. They're very well appointed too with a full kitchen, including a dining table. The only downside is the steps up to your room - if you have lots of/ heavy luggage, it can be a pain getting it into the apartment.
It's at the far end of Lombard Street, so walking into main SF (Pier 39, Union Sq etc) would be quite a trek, but there are great little cafés and restaurants on Chestnut, which is right behind.
Nice place, but not the service with a smile you come to expect when travelling the USA

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2576 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#81 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#83 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Marina Motel 2*
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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