My wife and I visited San Francisco in mid-September and wanted to avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown, particularly during the Americas Cup. We were drawn to the history and architecture of OPM and were prepared for the sound of the trolley outside - as some reviewers have said, earplugs are supplied.
You can't ignore the history here. Our room was quite small by comparison with rooms provided by some motels and there was no light in the curtained closet or in the ceiling of the sleeping area. To me that's OK - this is close to being a heritage site (if it isn't already) and this is what they built in 1937. Put simply, the room layout works and we had an adequate bathroom, shower, sleeping area and storage. We could watch TV, make our own coffee and be comfortable.
The buildings and garden area are clearly maintained to a high standard and are a pleasure to be around. The owners have also gone to a lot of trouble to provide printed information on local eateries and public transportation - and we made sure we used it. Specifically, I'll tell you that Brothers' Pizza on Tarraval will feed you better and cheaper than you might think! I may review this separately, and I may do the same for the Java Beach Café, where you'll get a nice, healthy breakfast - just make sure you don't trip over the laptop cables!
Having the #18 bus and the L Tarraval Metro line literally on your doorstep is a plus - actually it's vital if (like us) you don't have a car. A taxi from SFO cost us $42 plus tip. A taxi back to SFO cost about the same. A word of advice: make sure you book cabs to the airport in plenty of time and don't let the dispatcher tell you they never heard of the place. For what it's worth, we used Yellow Cabs and the dispatcher acted dumb, but the driver was smart and turned up the following morning 10 minutes early.
Everything's not perfect and I have every intention of emailing the owners with one or two ideas that I hope could make their lives - and their guests' stay - just that bit easier. As my review title says, this property is unique and to enjoy it fully you should look at it in context and ensure that you research how to get around and where you will eat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Francisco's first motel is an award-winning Art Deco gem where guests enjoy our secluded gardens after a whirl of downtown attractions. Family friendly rates in a variety of rooms, some with full kitchens. Dogs are welcome and enjoy Ocean Beach and nearby Fort Funston. Entirely non-smoking, with free parking, local calls, and internet. Twenty minutes' drive to airport or downtown, with downtown streetcar at door. Near UCSF, SFSU, Golden Gate Park; opposite beach/zoo. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ocean Park Hotel San Francisco
- Ocean Park San Francisco