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Royal Pacific Motor Inn
Ranked #144 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Amelia Island, Florida
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“Night in the City”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Although I was staying in San Jose for a week w/an old friend, I decided to drive into SF on Sunday morning to reaquaint myself w/the North Beach area. After starting off at Sinbads- next to the Ferry(sic) Building, I went over the hill and parked near Columbus & Broadway. After some shopping I decided to stop at the Saloon- a favorite watering hole w/great live blues/rock and roll music from 4 pm until 2 am- 7 days a week.
Not feeling ready to drive back to San Jose, I stopped at the desk of the Royal Pacific to see if they had any rooms available (some 6-8 years ago I would stay there when I did not feel driving back to San Jose where I was working at the time made good sense).
So the same owner greeted me, said there was a convention and they were booked, but somehow found me a ground floor room- H/C and probably being saved just in case. At 2 am they let me have it for $99 which was the same price I paid back in 2005. Upon checking in to the room I noted there was no A/C , complained and the price went down to $89. The room was very clean, the bed comfortable and the next morning the desk man helped me fix my iPhone I had dropped in a glass of beer the previous evening. He said place it in 4-5 # of rice to dry it out. Where I asked would I find rice? He repliied, "... you in Chinatown!!".
So, for a more than reasonable rate I got a good night's sleep, had a FREE PARKING SPOT and
was able to fix my phone with a rice remedy I never would have thought of.
What a bargain- thank you Royal Pacific !

Room Tip: Ground floor H/C room has large bath tub and easy access in & out.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Very expensive, upold fashioned, no plasma tv, and BIG humidity smell. Poor lights you cant even read normally. Cold room and very bad isolation to temperature and noise. Well located but its not worthy. Bad option.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Prescot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Stayed here for three nights in April. We chose this hotel for its location and reasonable prices for an expensive city. It is on Broadway Chinatown and is central for most tourist attractions. - 20 min walk to Fishermans Warf, 30 min walk to Union Square, and also nearby to the Hyde - Powell trolley, 10 mins.
First impressions were poor, the outside looks worn out and run down, and the reception is dark and dingy. However our room (404) was surprisingly ok. It was small, but spotlessly clean. Bathroom was also clean and bed linens and towells changed daily. No shortage of hot water, and there was tea and coffee making facilities. The windows need attention as we opened one and it came right out with the frame!
Hotel has a very small car park and the parking is free but if it is full you can use the public car park next door free of charge.
The view from the room was of an alley, probably the worst view we have ever had lol, but this room served its purpose as a place to shower and sleep comfortably after enjoying the sights of San Francisco

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maybole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Picked this because it was one of only eight hotels in San Fransisco listed with parking. We had driven down from Las Vegas via Los Angeles to pick up a cruise ship in SanFran.

The hotel is just on the border of the Chinese/Italian sector in Downtown San Fransisco, and primarily Chinese run.

On our side of the street ( and for several blocks) all was chinese restaurants, food shops, markets etc. On the other side of the street were Italian restaurants by the dozen. Great for eating out. It is also only 20 mins walk from Union Square in one direction, and Pier 39 in the other.

Check in was quick and easy, and like most motel operations, paid in advance. Our room was on the ground floor, and quite large, with an enormous bathroom. Reasonably well equipped with fridge, tea/coffee, and flat screen TV.

Unfortunatley we seem to have a room which backed on the a chinese laundry, which started work at 4.00am each morning. so sleeping past that was sometimes difficult, with people coming and going.

Overall; It was Ok for a couple of nights but a bit basic.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you have been to San Francisco before you will know accommodation is not cheap. Royal Pacific is a great option for budget conscious travelers that don't need all of the finer things. These rooms are basic but clean. The room we stayed in opened up onto the street so there was a bit of noise but nothing that bothered us at all. You are at the top end of China town and a 10 minute walk (downhill) to Pier 39. We would have no problem staying here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Dallas
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Family owned and they run it like they care. Rooms are basic but this is one of the cleanest motels I've ever been in... absolutely spotless. If you book a balcony room, beware that you share the balcony with the room next door. Also beware that this is Broadway at Stockton with Chinatown noise abundant; it didn't bother me with my earplugs and I'm used to city sounds, but beware if you are a light sleeper or country folk. Reasonable rates and FREE parking in this area is a real value. Two blocks up Columbus and you're in the heart of North Beach.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Basic hotel that could use a good cleaning and updating, but cheaper rates then the chain hotels. Nicely located in Chinatown beside the adult entertainment clubs and crazy Chinese singing karaoke or something late at night. Plus side was free parking in a cramped lot.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Royal Pacific Motor Inn
Address: 661 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4405
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Chinatown
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Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #144 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Royal Pacific Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 74
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