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Seal Rock Inn

545 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1499
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#115 of 248 hotels in San Francisco
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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. We are the closest hotel to the VA hospital and near the SF Medical Center. Our spacious guest rooms, many of which have excellent park and ocean views, provide our guests with many amenities including cable TVs, mini-fridges, coffee makers, microwaves, ironing boards, and hair dryers. Other hotel amenities include free high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary but limited covered parking, a private patio, ping pong and badminton. For those without cars, there is the 38 bus stop on the corner. All our guest rooms 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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Kids stay free
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Kittygal wrote a review Apr 8
Los Angeles, California5,817 contributions309 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to stay at the Seal Rock Inn after more then a year (Covid). It was so good to be back. I missed my special spot by the sea very much. Although accommodations were limited right now, the staff says they are gearing up for the Governor's mid-June date. The restaurant is closed, but there's word of a possible new tenant soon. But no word yet on timing. The owners continue to do work on the rooms, and they're looking good. I was thrilled to get the third floor suite and was so touched by the gesture. The 38 is running out to Land's End, albeit on a more limited schedule, so getting around was fine. It was great to see the city coming back. And to hear the hoot of an owl, the sounds of the sea, and my beloved foghorns. I'll return!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Global798767 wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Classic Retro Gem! We love it here! The staff is very helpful and professional. We had to make changes & extensions with our reservation a few times and it always worked out with their help. Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are great, I do like facing the street to overlook on to the beautiful trees.
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Patricia S wrote a review Sep 2020
Sacramento, California30 contributions10 helpful votes
We were pleasantly surprised to sum it up. The location and the friendliness from the staff made up for any outdated decor or grounds. We actually feel like that all gave it a very quaint and old school feel. The corner family suite had a wonderful view of the ocean and the location of the hotel literally put us across the street from walking trails with some of the most beautiful views! It is about a quarter mile from the famous cliff house (though has been forced to close due to Covid) and the beautiful Beach! The room was very spacious and equipped with a coffee pot, fridge and microwave and cabinets for food storage. The windows also opened which was nice to let that ocean breeze in. The room was clean and the setup of the twin beds was very clever! We have family that stays just a couple of blocks from the inn so this is now our go to spot from here on out. We’ll be visiting again next month!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Robert Elam, General Manager at Seal Rock Inn
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Thank you Patricia. Appreciate the nice review! We are working hard to be clean COVID-19 compliant and improve our facilities while maintaining our quiet, simple, and relaxed vibe that our patrons so appreciate. We are so proud that it is our 60th Anniversary as a family-run business! With our best regards, Bobby Elam General Manager
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ShortStuff69 wrote a review Aug 2020
3 contributions4 helpful votes
I’ve stayed here in the past with my family with no problems. Today I called to reserve because the online descriptions for rooms weren’t clear on how 5 people fit in any of the rooms. Rooms either have 2 Queens or 1 Queen, 2 twins. After explaining why I’m calling, first I’m countered with the online booking should be clear. Basically that I shouldn’t be experiencing the difficulties I’m experiencing. The rooms accommodate 5 per fire code. That’s nice if I’m reviewing their fire code. Then I’m told that either room can have 5. So I explain I’m trying to understand the sleeping configurations... to which I’m told it’s not his job to tell me how to arrange my sleeping arrangements... we can do what we want. Still not getting it... so 1 person in each twin and 3 in the Queen? Again, he’s not here to tell me.... anything. I ask for a manager and am met with a “good luck with that” attitude. I’m stunned at how completely rude, unhelpful, unprofessional this guy was. No attempt to problem solve, help me achieve what I’m trying to, no suggestions for an adjoining room... just a piss poor, warm body answering the phone, annoyed that I didn’t just book online. To be honest, at this point I let him have it. All of it. He deserved nothing less than the tirade he was given. And I will NEVER stay there again. Considering the times and the loss of their own restaurant, Cliff House and Louies, they’re screwed. This guy will certainly drive away anyone left remotely interested in staying there.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Robert Elam, General Manager at Seal Rock Inn
Responded Aug 31, 2020
Dear Christina S, I am sorry that our staff did not provide you with the best customer service. We have parted ways with this individual. He is not representative of what our team strives to be. With our best regards, Bobby Elam General Manager
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Passenger72681 wrote a review Jun 2020
Trinidad, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
We're native San Franciscan's and have stayed at the Seal Rock a number of times over the past 30 years. We know what to expect. It's an old hotel that has seen better times, despite some attempt at remodeling over the past decade. What we were not expecting was deck clerks without face-covering, and people standing in the lobby without masks. Right now their on-line web-site contains a statement from the GM recounting the steps they are taking to ensure the safety of guests. I can't say for sure whether our room had really been vacant for 48 hours before our stay, but other items they list on their site, such as removing throws and non-essential items from the rooms, had not been done. Be aware what you are getting into. FWIW, we were visiting for a medical procedure.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Robert Elam, General Manager at Seal Rock Inn
Responded Jul 11, 2020
Dear Passenger72681, Thank you for choosing to stay with us. It's disheartening to hear that you were not entirely comfortable during your stay and I apologize. I will investigate your concerns promptly to ensure better cleaning protocol. I am sorry to hear that our COVID-19 precautions were not consistent. We must do a better job of ensuring all folks are wearing face masks. On a recent sweep of rooms, we had removed decorative pillows and non-essentials. I will conduct a second review. I have also cleaned rooms alongside our room attendants and updated our cleaning procedures. I can say that your room was vacant for 48 hours to 72 hours. We don't know of any other hotel sacrificing that amount of lost income to protect their guests. Thank you for your stay. With our warm regards, Bobby Elam GM
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United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoSutro Heights / Richmond District / Outer Richmond
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Frequently Asked Questions about Seal Rock Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Seal Rock Inn?
Nearby attractions include Lands End (0.01 miles), Legion of Honor (0.6 miles), and Sutro Baths (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Seal Rock Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Seal Rock Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Seal Rock Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Seal Rock Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Seal Rock Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bistro at Cliff House, Louis' Restaurant, and Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to Seal Rock Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Golden Gate Bridge (3.3 miles), Battery Spencer (3.3 miles), and Fort Point National Historic Site (2.8 miles).
Does Seal Rock Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Seal Rock Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.