We stayed at the Lombard Motor Inn for 5 nights in mid-April and it proved to be an excellent choice. I originally looked at a number of hotels in the Union Square area, but decided not to spend the money on a hotel room when we would be out sight-seeing most of the time.
The room at the Lombard Motor Inn was recently renovated with a clean, modern bathroom, a 42"(+?) flat screen TV and a balcony overlooking Lombard Street. We requested this location as the third floor Lombard Street rooms have a view of the GG bridge. Yes, Lombard St is busy all night and the tour and commuter buses all come through on the 101. But we never even used the ear plugs I brought. Guess all the walking and activities made for deep sleeping. Anyways, we loved the street-life and the balcony.
The new (tempurpedic?) king-sized bed was wonderful! Linens are changed every three days, unless requested more often. We ordered the optional refrigerator at and extra $5 per day.
Check-in and check-out were flawless. The average price per night was as stated on the reservations: about $102/night. Staff was friendly and helpful. We were able to borrow a corkscrew from the front desk. And when our TV froze at about 10pm one night, the the front desk attendant came right up to fix it.
The location was very convenient for us as we planned to visit many different areas of the city. We took the muni everywhere, especially the buses along Van Ness and Chestnut St. The walk to Fisherman's Wharf was about 15 minutes. We rented a car for one day and were able to park it overnight in the hotel garage at no additional charge.
I would definitely stay at the Lombard Motor Inn again. But I would also check out the Cow Hollow Motor Inn, a sister property. While it doesn't have balcony rooms, I would love to be closer to a restaurant/shopping district, as the Cow Hollow is. We walked to this area for dinner on two different evenings; on two other evenings we had dinner on Union Street. Both are easy walks, but it might be nice to be closer to the nightlife of these areas. Another possibility would be the Columbus Motor Inn, which also has balconies and might be closer to restaurants.
There are a couple of small markets in the immediate area for snacks and drinks and other supplies.
It looked like the first floor rooms were being renovated in April 2012 while we were there.
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- Also Known As:
- Lombard Motor Hotel San Francisco
- Lombard Inn San Francisco
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