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“Large Clean Room and Free Parking”

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Buena Vista Motor Inn
Ranked #117 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Seaside, California
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Large Clean Room and Free Parking”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

The location is great if you are planning to walk to Fisherman's Wharf or Ghirardelli. Our room was large and clean and the bed was comfortable. The room did face Lombard so there was a lot of traffic noise. As mentioned in other reviews, a big draw is free parking. The continental breakfast consisted of apples, bananas, pastries, orange juice and Peet's coffee (a plus). There is a nice seating area and outdoor deck on the 3rd floor, which the front desk might want to publicize more for those complaining about lack of room for breakfast on the 1st floor. There is even a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the 3rd floor deck and eating area.

Room Tip: If noise bothers you, ask for a room in the back away from Lombard.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We're frugal seniors,... We had a clean, large room . Friendly and helpful desk clerks, and great location on the border between Marina District and Fisherman's Wharf. Short walk to Union St. restaurants and shops. Breakfast was limited, with limited eating space.

Room Tip: Rooms on north side are noisier, but larger (I believe), but noise wasn't a problem.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 3nights at the end of our honeymoon after travelling up the coast from San Diego. The free parking attracted us initially but also the price of the hotel. It's on Lombard street which is very busy but we were offered a room overlooking the street or at the back with no view. We chose the back and it was really quiet.
It's about a 25 minute walk to fishermans wharf and we found this to be no problem. Coming back was uphill but we found a route which wasn't so steep!
The room was clean and of a good size and shower worked really well.
All in all excellent value for money for San Francisco.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights to explore San Fran and were happy with it generally. I think for the price and location we would of given it 5 stars, but due to the poor breakfast and having nowhere to eat it (foyer only) then we drop it to 4 stars.
We turned up in a Ford Escape and found the parking absolutely fine, there were spaces but I think there's plenty of room to fit a car even when full. The turning circles are a bit tight but much bigger than I was expecting reading some of the reviews.
The rooms were clean, the shower was great and it was about a 25 minute walk to the piers ( a bit further if you want to go to Alcatraz).
There is a tour bus which stops right outside the hotel, though I warn you that we read up on it and the reviews aren't great. Not only that, it's expensive! It also does not run after 6ish so you still have to purchase other means of transport or walk, when you've paid the high price that's not ideal.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

The good thing about it was that the parking is free because to park anywhere in San Francisco its a small fortune. We were only there for 2 days so it was ok but the pier and wharf where a hike...they say its close but its about a good 20-25 minute walk ...so the day we went to the wharf, we found a reasonable parking area and left the car there..The room was basic..they have a continental breakfast in the morning which is just muffins, pastries, apples, bananas, orange juice and coffee but if you get there a little late...its all gone!..Lots of europeans there the week we stayed. If we decide to go back, we'll try the Wharf Inn which also has free parking and is closer to all the action..all the other hotels get between $250-$300 a night and the $46 A DAY fee for parking..

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

It was fair hotel for its price, location was good and in walking distance to Fisherman's wharf and not too far from Golden Gate Bridge and city centre. Rooms were spacious and clean.Staff were alson helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Midwest
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49 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

As other reviewers have noted this hotel provides free parking for one vehicle which is super convenient for SF. The outside of the hotel is attractive and our room was just as advertised. It was a nice size and had a large bathroom. The furnishings are out of date but the room was clean. The bed was okay. The front desk staff was nice. They also offer continental breakfast of fruit and pastries with good coffee and juice. The location is great - near lots of shops and restaurants and within walking distance of many of San Francisco's tourist spots. We would stay again if wanting to save some money on a hotel room just for a place to sleep.

Room Tip: Choose a room away from Lombard Street because of street noise.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Buena Vista Motor Inn
Address: 1599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3113
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #117 of 229 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):
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