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“Quite place with a garage right below you room”
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Marina Motel
Ranked #92 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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165 reviews
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“Quite place with a garage right below you room”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Make sure you book the courtyard, the streetside rooms are super noisy.

Love this flowery mediterranian style motel, clean room with a fully stocked coffee maker.

Free parking lot is the best deal in SF since parking is really a hassle business here. If you check out at 11am, you still can park here for additional couple of hours to stroll around town on foot.

Next to Fine Art Palace, awesome place, I can easily spend 3 hours here.

Cons: too far from the touristy famous fisherman wharf on foot.

But if you have 12hrs exploration plan, here is my recommendation:
Check out 11am,
Start from this motel to Fine art palace - Marina blv - fort mason, there is Safeway & Sbux accross fort mason so you can get your to go lunch/coffee then enjoy it outdoor in this area while enjoying the golden gate/ alcatraz/ greeny park. Better to fuel up yourself here, since everything is expensive in fishermans wharf.
Keep on rolling the coast line untill you reach pier 39, enjoy the street performers and the sea lions. And you will never know it is 8pm already ;)

Stayed April 2014
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Seattle, Wa
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I stayed here recently with my best friend and her two daughters and we loved the location in the Marina District. Right on Lombard with a million other hotels and motels, Marina Motel is located near the Presidio which if you love long scenic walks, works great. We rented a unit with a separate bedroom and a kitchen. We had friends meet us from San Jose and we hosted a tiny dinner party and were able to make meals all weekend, which is fantastic if you are travelling with people who have dietary restrictions or little kids. The unit was up to date, and extremely clean. The bed was super comfy and the kitchen was extremely well stocked. The only thing that was a detraction was the street noise. Considering the age of the building, this is to be expected. I purchased some ear plugs from the Walgreens around the corner, and slept like a baby so, problem solved. The desk staff was extremely friendly and helpful and I loved how clean the unit was. Final rave was for the parking. Each unit has it's own little garage so you are guaranteed a spot. Some of the garages can be a little narrow so just be warned. If you are able to secure a court facing room then the street noise is greatly lessened but I think those tend to be the more standard motel rooms (no kitchens) so be sure to call and ask. What a great find and I have already recommended this motel to friends.

Room Tip: The garden court rooms are quieter so if you are not sure what you're getting, be sure to call a...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Campinas, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2014

In the midlle of motels at Lombard street we found this small and very traditional motel. Taking one of the internal rooms we could enjoy a very calm enviroment just off the busy Lombard street. Walking around we found a lot of good restaurants and shops, just blocks away. We just loved our new discovery.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the gardem are quiet and charming.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

My husband and I just returned from a vacation in San Francisco where we stayed at the Marina Hotel. The rooms are surrounded by a courtyard filled with beautiful flowers. The rooms are very clean (though small) and each room has a private garage to park your car. Just a five minute walk, we had restaurants, bars, boutiques and bakeries. Based on other trip advisor reviews and the cost of the motel (half the price of other places we have stayed) we were not disappointed! If you decide to stay here, try to get a room in the courtyard area. They have rooms directly on Lombard St. which has a lot of traffic noise.

Room Tip: Get a room inside the courtyard
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We just returned from another trip to San Francisco. We highly recommend the Marina Motel. We have stayed there many times in the past 10 years. The courtyard is filled with beautiful flowers. rooms are very clean, private garages, friendly staff, within easy walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf, reasonably priced and several good places to eat nearby. We will definitely stay there again on our next trip!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

I really liked the "old times" motel very much. Everything was clean and nice. I liked the garage room and safety. We enjoyed to eat in the kitchen and they did have some glassware, dinnerware, silverware, utensils , toaster, microwave, refrigerator and oven. I loved the beautiful painted outside walls and fresh gardens. That motel is really worth it! Also, We walked to the Fine Art museum, bus, and to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Not very far ~ just about 5 to 8 blocks.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Block Island, Rhode Island
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Right off one of the busiest thoroughfares headed to the Golden Gate Bridge, you enter a private world: flowers, cobblestones, separate one-car garages with rooms above, a warm and hospitable staff and municipal buses close by that will take you to all the sights, just tell the driver where you want to go and if he doesn't go that way, he'll tell you which bus will get you there. The Marina Motel's website tells the story so you won't be misled thinking there's room service and a foil-wrapped chocolate on your pillow.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room on the interior court and not one overlooking Lombard Street
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Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Marina Motel
Address: 2576 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #92 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Marina Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Hotel in San Francisco, California Founded by the son of a Calfornia Gold Rush miner, the Marina Motel was built to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in the late 1930's. Designed as one of San Francisco’s first “motor-hotels” for the dawning of the automobile age, each room in this quaint Mediterranean-style motel has a private garage beneath the rooms, (courtyard garages are subject to size restrictions so guest are directed by the front desk to choose a garage that best fits their vehicle). Our 36 guestrooms and three suites are uniquely decorated with warm, stylish touches to make you feel at home. Our quaint courtyard, surrounded by colorful cascading flowers and a cobblestone driveway, offers a relaxing place to chat with friends. Flower boxes overflowing with fragrant blossoms adorn the windows adding European cottage charm. San Francisco’s top attractions are located within walking distance or a short bus ride from the Marina Motel The Marina Motel is still family-owned and operated today by the original owner’s granddaughter. For the past 70 years the Marina Motel has provided a beautiful and friendly place to stay while visiting San Francisco. ... more   less 
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