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“good value in a very expensive town” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Buena Vista Motor Inn
Ranked #116 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“good value in a very expensive town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were staying the long weekend on July 4th so you can imagine the price of hotels in San Francisco was ridiculous. Buena Vista was a less expensive option in a good location. We walked to the nearby sights of fisherman's wharf, the marina, lombard street etc. Got buses easily enough to places further out.

My minimal requirements for a hotel are 2 queen beds, clean rooms and bathroom, wifi and a neighbourhood i feel safe in. This hotel passed all those requirements. Rooms could definitely do with update but were clean so I was happy.

Positives - wifi, clean spacious rooms, good location, friendly responsive staff, free breakfast (not great but kids liked it)

negatives - key to room played up throughout our stay, breakfast was very very basic (some average pastries and some 'past its best' fruit) and the ice machine outside our door was a little noisy.

Room Tip: ask for a room not facing lombard street - we did and I couldn't hear traffic.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank roxy392
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear Adelaide,

We are happy you felt that we were a good value in San Francisco, With a special thank you for your kind recognition of our staffs hard work. Our breakfast service will be expanded once we have remodeled our Lobby to expand room for our guests.
We strive to give our guests the best service and when our renovations are completed we hope that you may want to return to visit with us again for an even better value.

Best Regards

Andrew Andow and Staff
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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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Bergen, Norway
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149 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

Stayed for two nights, and was happy with the service upon arrival. The hotel is located close to the wharf and only 3.5 miles from the Golden Gate bridge (but take the bus, there is a bus stop close by). Easy to get around SF by public transport, and there are a number of lines passing by close to the hotel. Not much of a breakfast, few number of seats, but the food was ok. Parking may be an issue if you have a larger car like we did (a Ford van), but it worked out fine - free parking is a bonus in SF!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TriTrond
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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you want luxury in San Francisco -- go spend buckets of money on one of the bigger chains. If you want clean, comfortable and friendly this is the place. Reasonably priced, pillows and bed just right and it was pretty quiet too. I left my camera charger & battery in the bathroom and the front desk called before we left town so I could pick it up! Nice!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank TerryB4
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear Terry,

I have to thank you for pointing out how great my staff is. I is nice to be reminded how much they care abut the service they provide. I hope you can visit us again and be pleasantly surprised at what we are doing to make your stay even better.

Yours Truly.

Andrew Andow GM and Staff
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Bath, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Excellent location on the corner of Gough and Lombard. Easy to walk to wide range of restaurants in Union Street or Chestnut Street. Can walk to Fishermans' Wharf in about twenty-five minutes. Own car park is a bonus! Staff enormously friendly and helpful, pleased to give good advice and very welcoming. Breakfast slightly uninspired but better than adequate. Has small top-floor lounge wth view over rooftops to distant Golden Gate bridge, also has outside terrace at same level.
Reception area has had relatively recent make-over, but corridors and bedrooms haven't! Our bedroom badly needed redecorating and much of the making-good where small alterations had been made was amateurish. It was at the back of the building and its window looked out on a blank wall about 8 ft away. As a result, the bedroom was dark. However, there was plenty of space in the room, and plenty of drawer and cupboard space and we didn't go to San Francisco to stay in our room, so the advantages well outweighed the not-so-good bits! Would use again. Definitely!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank johnwiththewind47
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Dear Guest,

Since taking over last year we have changed all of the bed, new flat screen TVs' and sound proof windows. We appreciate that our kind guests have been patient while to take care of each new phase of our updating. Our next phase is repairing and painting of the rooms as well as the exterior building. The staff and I thank you for your kind words.

Sincerely,

Andrew Andow and Staff
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Bodelwyddan, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

The hotel has a good location within walking distance of fishermans wharf and the famous zig zag Lombard street. The hop on hop off bus stops outside which is ideal if you don't want to walk. Breakfast was good and plentiful, fresh pastries were brought out regularly. Even though the hotel was basic it was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. Would recommend as a good value place to stay

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Beverley T
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Andrew A, Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Dear Beverley,
My staff and I are happy that you found our accommodations and service to your liking. We are undergoing renovations for the Lobby and will upgrade the breakfast as we make more space in the new design. We are continuing our total reservation as our occupancy allow.

Best Regards

Andrew Andow
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Corby, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed here 3 nights whilst exploring San Francisco. Hotel is in a good location to get around, walking distance to fisherman's wharf and the zigzag street on Lombard. The rooms were lovely nice and big . This hotel is ideal for those on a budget and the breakfast in the morning is good as well (the only thing i will say it gets very busy for breakfast so make sure you get down there early). The hotel is a few blocks away from a Mels Diner which was handy to get dinner in the evening. Staff are very helpful. Would definitely stay at this hotel if we ever go back to San Francisco :-)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Rolemodell
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Andrew A, Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Dear Rolemodell,

We are truly blessed to be in one of the premier neighborhoods in San Francisco. Along with being close to the Wharf , we also have many of the finest restaurants within a few minutes walk on Union and Chestnut Streets. Our Union street is one of the favorite local districts with many unique boutique stores for your shopping pleasure.
I am happy you took the time to explore the area.

Yours Truly.

Andrew Andow
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

This hotel is situated just a few blocks from the start of fishermans wharf. It's a bit dated in the interior and rooms, but if you are looking for a comfortable place to stay that's near to the tram and Fishermans Wharf then it's ideal. San Francisco hotels can be very expensive but I found this one to be good value for money with plenty of facilities nearby.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Paul S
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Dear Guest,

We are happy that you found us a good value for San Francisco. Many of our visitors do not take advantage of the great shopping and dining in the neighborhood which are also just a few minutes away. Fisherman's Wharf is the place that everyone need to see but take some time to visit the great boutiques' on Union Street along with the great restaurants that the locals have cherished for years.

Sincerely.

Andrew andow
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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
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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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