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“Needs a bit of work, but location good” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Buena Vista Motor Inn
Ranked #116 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
RANCHO PALOS VERDES
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Needs a bit of work, but location good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

I booked four nights at the Buena Vista Motor Inn as a short little family vacation. I had previously stayed at the Coventry Motor Inn (sister property), but unable to get the room type this trip. Our room was a bit dated, but ok. Parking, which is included, was a bit difficult with the layout of the garage (two levels, minimal/tight spaces). Our room had an air conditioning unit that would blow hot air. We asked to move rooms after the first night and thank goodness they took care of us! The breakfast is juice, coffee, apples/bananas, and pastries. Good enough to get you to lunch time. It's about a twenty minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf, short walk to the famous Lombard tourist street, and a block away from the bus to take you over to Chinatown. Front desk was pleasant. The big concern is parking, yes, it's available, but very difficult to maneuver in and out. Not exactly an inexpensive stay, but I guess for San Francisco, it's reasonable...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mcbrill
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Leyland, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Good value because of the location and the free parking.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank lfcfan55
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Fanwood, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

Great place to stay in San Francisco. You can walk a few blocks to Fisherman's Wharf, shorter to cable cars, and the world's crookedest street is just up the road.
The room was large and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful with local restaurant choices. After reading a few other reviews I was slightly concerned about the parking. This turned out to be no problem. The parking garage had two areas and if you had an issue finding a spot the front desk asked to let them know and they would handle your parking. It was no tighter then any other big city parking garage but we're from the east coast so maybe it's considered a tight squeeze locally in SF. Continental breakfast here is the norm of most US motels, pastries, coffee, OJ, tea and fresh fruit from 7-10am. Our room was clean quiet and was very comfortable, the bath was updated and the shower was strong. Great place to stay in the Marina area of SF.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank RegularRoadTripper
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

Wasnt expecting much but was OK i suppose.

As i kind of knew what i was getting myself into i was prepared for the hotel.

Great location and free parking with a pastry breakfast and a cup of coffee in the morning.

The person that checked us in had a terrible personality not that he was rude or anything just not engaging or friendly. However the other person that we delt with at reception was friendly i think he was the manager cause he seemed to care a little bit more.

The room smelled of stale smoke and was a little dated. the sheets of the bed actually had cigarette holes burned in it and the carpet was very old i wouldnt be walking around in my bear feet on it anyway

we had a smoking room which none of us smoke im nit actually sure if there is a non smoking room because every corridor smelt of smoke

we ended up just spraying deodorant to mask the smell every day as leaving the window open was not an option due to the noise from the street

also the air-conditioner unit is really noisy we didnt use it as was not that warm but if you did need to use it you would not be able to sleep with the noise of it

We just put up with it as the price was right parking was free and location was good.

If money was not as tight as it is i would stay well away from this place.

Room Tip: If there is a non smoking room request it as the place stinks of smoke!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Checky88
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darrelld, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Checky 88,

Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time of writing a comment about your stay. We are sorry that your experience did not match your expectations. We are going through a lot of changes at the moment and are working on improving the service at the Buena Vista Motor Inn. All the details that you pointed out regarding housekeeping have been addressed, thank you for letting us know.
We would be very glad if you were willing to give us another chance next time you stay in San Francisco.

Best Regards,
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lfddfl
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The staff was very welcoming and helpful throughout stay. Location was within reasonable walking distance of several attractions. Open Top Bus tour stops directly in front of hotel lobby. Room was clean and suitable for family. Stayed in a Lombard St. side room. Some traffic noise early in the evening but definitely nothing to prevent a nights sleep. Safety and Security was not an issue during our stay. Lobby and breakfast area is small but adequate for the limited time we spent in the hotel. The interior finishes could use some work and updates. WiFi worked well. Parking was tight for larger vehicles but free! Would definitely consider staying again on future trips to SF.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lfddfl
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a very nice clean motel with parking space, which is a must in San Francisco since the parking is so expensive! the motel also give FREE wifi and a complimentary breakfast! I would highly recommend this motel to anyone that wants somewhere decent at a good location!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank yrs555
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darrelld, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear YRS55,

Thank you so much for leaving such a positive review about the Buena Vista Motor Inn. Our goal is to help our customer having the best stay possible, we are very happy that you liked our hotel and all the amenities we offer including Free Parking and Free Breakfast.
Please let us know if you ever plan to come back to San Francisco, we would be more than happy to accommodate you again.

Kind Regards
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Myerstown Pa
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Best thing here was easy walking to cable car, Fisherman's Wharf. Room could have been cleaner but bed was very comfy. We did get a parking space w/ our room but WOW - tight quarters! We didn't move the car during our stay for fear of not having a space to use on our return. I guess by San Fran prices, it was a good value. Breakfast was just pastries, beverages, apples/bananas. And only available at 7am. Not early enough for an east coaster that just got in the afternoon before!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jean R
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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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