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“A "Boutique" hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Buena Vista Motor Inn
Ranked #116 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A "Boutique" hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

A good place to stay was quite expensive though, free parking and close to sights, not sure what made it a botique, recommend riding on the trams, bit of a wait in the cold... but great fun. good city to drive around, bus trip was good but took ages to go across the bridge and we had to get off and get a taxi for the alcatraz boat trip,

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank regred
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Antelope, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

An impromptu adventure to the city and Expedia led us to this gem. The people are friendly and helpful; rooms are nice; it's close enough to walk (a couple miles) to the wharf; safe; best of all, it fit our budget.

We didn't take advantage of the continental breakfast but saw they had pastries, coffee and OJ.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lalinde, France
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122 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Booking hotels online is a bit of a gamble when looking at the hotels own website
But on arrival you realise you have been pulled in by the handpicked reviews,
and old out of date photos.
Well here’s a revelation, No trick photos no over stated reviews, A good honest hotel
Staff very good all polite and front desk very helpful, the rooms are big even for American
Standards very clean and Free parking in SF (yes free) the location is great on Lombard street
Look it up on any map, can’t praise this little independent hotel enough made are trip to SF
One to remember.

Room Tip: Book well in advance
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Steve C
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

SF in expensive and almost impossible to park in! The buena Vista Motor Inn is cheap and has parking!!! The parking lot is very tight and beware if you have a huge car. But we had a Chevy Equinox and managed ok. Our room was quite dated but perfectly acceptable for somewhere to crash and explore SF on foot.

The staff were really friendly and helpful and particularly patient with two incrdibly jetlagged and disorientated british tourists so top marks to them!

If you are looking for a cheap place to crash with parking included then this could be for you! We would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BLWORLDTRAVELS
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Helpful staff, good internet connection. Geat sized beds, nice bathroom except for faulty bath plug and couldnt have a bath only a shower. Breakfasts were light and adequate and parking was very handy indeed for Frisco. Great location, easy walk to Pier 39 and some useful restaurants about. All in all a fab place and will be going back soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tinglepeg
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Ilford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Clean and comfotable motel on lombard street within walking distance to most places.Unfortunately the breakfast was one of the poorest we have come across not much to eat and not very healthy food to start the day with, hardly any room to eat it apart from your room. Price was very good for the location and staff extremely helpful.

Room Tip: Stayed on the 4th floor on the inside of the hotel no traffic noise heard.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank derek888
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Winchester, Virginia
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76 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

I couldn't be happier with my decision to stay here for two nights. The price can't be beat plus when you throw in free parking it puts it over the top. The only reason this isn't five stars is because of how loud the traffic is if your room is near the road. I'm not for sure if all the rooms are near the road but ours was right on Lombard and it sounds like a racetrack day and night there. However, even with that being said I plan to stay here again if I ever venture to San Francisco again. The staff were all great and helpful. The room had a nice size bathroom, the bed was average with a microwave but no fridge.

One suggestion that helped us get a discount was to use the promo code "MAN" when booking the room. This was for the manager's special and it saved us some money! So in summary if you can put up with the noise then you'll be fine here!

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms by the street if possible.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank banjo60
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Additional Information about Buena Vista Motor Inn

Property: Buena Vista Motor Inn
Address: 1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3113
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #116 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Buena Vista Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Buena Vista Motor Inn is an exceptional value hotel, offering comfortable rooms, friendly service, a convenient Lombard Street location in San Francisco's Marina, and exciting Bay Area packages. ... more   less 
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