We had prebooked a two night stay at the Buena Vista as part of our road trip around California. We had read reviews on Tripadvisor, and felt pretty confident it would suit us, and it did. We had booked a two queen bed room with breakfast.
We arrived mid morning as we wanted to get a full day sightseeing in, and we didn't expect to be able to check in, but our room was ready and they let us. Excellent service. So we parked up in the main car park on Lombard Street, which is free. This is a real bonus as parking in San Francisco is very expensive. The car park is on different levels with the entrance on Lombard St, we found a sopace on ground level, stuck it in a space and as we didn't need to use it during our stay that was that. Secure and free, smashing!
On going up to our room we were happy enough with it. There were two queen beds with enough pillows, enough wardrobe space, but not enough hangers, a separate bathroom with shower and plenty of towels. Yes the decor is tired, and the view was non existant, but we hadn't come to San Francisco to stay in the room looking at the walls. The room was clean, airy with a good air conditioning unit, and tea and coffee making facilities. The location was great for us, near to reataurants, bus route and, crucially, convenient for a walk down to the piers, 39 in particular. It was also a short walk to the 'crooked' section of Lombard St with it's hairpin turns and beautiful flower displays, well worth a visit. Don't forget though that San Francisco is hilly and the walks whilst not long can be quite hard work, so if you don't want that you might want to consider another hotel. For us it was fine. We had also booked a tour of San Francisco combined with a trip to Alcatraz and the hotel is on their list of pickups, so we were picked up right oputside the front door which was great. We had a comfortable quiet night in the hotel, and the breakfast of cakes, juice and tea/coffee was fine. Just note that this is served in front of the reception area, is quite small with a few seats. We were lucky and got a seat both mornings, but it wouldn't take many people to fill it. We were perfectly content with our stay and would recommend it for the reasons I have stated.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Motor Hotel San Francisco
- Buena Vista Hotel
- Buena Vista Motel