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Buena Vista Motor Inn
Ranked #119 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Australia
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“good reasonable accommodation, good location”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

We stayed there for 2 nights in December. I enjoyed our stay, the staff, the location, easy access to transport, the only negative was the beds where very uncomfortable. They have 2 nice guest areas, the foyer, or there is a nice area on the 3rd floor

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Buena Vista has it all for a satisfactory, low-cost rooms close to all the special spots in San Francisco. Nothing fancy but with courteous service, clean rooms and the money-saving extra- advantage of free parking, BV works best for business or tourists who don't come to SF to stay in their hotel. Over the years BV honors return customers with special rates. Money saving, great location, even a continental breakfast proves that there are bargains plus amenities available in a very expensive area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

A little overpriced for the state of it. The old lady is a bit tired and in need of a refurbish! Having said that, it is very close to everything, had a great friendly staff and THE comfiest bed I have slept in for a long time. Your $ is about the location, not so much the hotel I think. The secret garden is a nice place to go and enjoy the ruby breasted hummingbirds. A cosy place, but a bit overpriced, enjoyed my stay none the less. Very close to the famous "wiggly" Lombard street.....if you don't mind walking uphill aways. Put on your joggers! Also about a 20 minute walk to the famous pier 39 shopping and food area. Try the pubs along the way!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Kellie S
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Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Stayed for 5 nights at the end of our honeymoon after travelling up the coast from Las Vegas.

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 street and it was quiet at night. It's about a 15-20 minute walks to Fisherman's wharf and we found this to be no problem.

The room was clean and of a good size and shower worked really well.

There are good breakfast places or you can walk to the Marina and a liquor store very near to the hotel.

All in all excellent value for money for San Francisco.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seaside, California
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137 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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4 Thank Al S
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winchester
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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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Additional Information about Buena Vista Motor Inn

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #119 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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