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Buena Vista Motor Inn
Ranked #117 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Good location and free parking”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Room was ok and good staff willing to help. The best features for us was the location, 15 min walk to fishermans wharf and the parking on site which was free. Be aware that Lombard street is freeway 101 and so has constant traffic so ask for a quite room

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

this old motel is by no means luxury, but as far as value for money goes, in the heart of san francisco, with free parking. you can't get any better… bus stop one block down will get you to pretty much anywhere. or if your fit and don't mind an uphill walk, its a great walk up to famous lombard st.. great little deli 2 minutes up the hill. staff are excellent and more than happy to help you find your way around beautiful san francisco.

Room Tip: try stay away from the elevators as they are a bit noisy
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Zack D.,

Thank you for your kind review. We are striving to improve on the overall condition of our property and appreciate that our efforts are being rewarded. My staff is elated and want to relay how much of a joy it is that they did well in serving you needs.

Yours Truly.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stayed at this hotel as part of a whistle stop tour of the USA. The room was large and clean. Similarly to the other reviews, rooms were a bit tired but comfortable for our 3 night stay. Bed was comfortable and room service good. Unfortunately our room had the ice machine outside which was loud however didn’t stop is sleeping (think jet lag played a part in that though!). Location was good, about a 20 min walk to Fisherman’s wharf. Breakfast was yummy pastry’s which were a nice start to the day. Good hotel if a bit tired and free parking is always a bonus.

Room Tip: Ask not to be next to the Ice Machine
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

A fabulous, value for money hotel. Staff very friendly. Good location, free parking, pastries and coffee for breakfast. Beds are comfortable. Can be a little noisy at the front of the hotel but only due to traffic. Would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Traveltastica,

i love your web name by the way. So happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you thought we are a great value. I am also glad you enjoyed our new beds. I love traveling to London and understand and am happy to save expenses for you with our free breakfast and parking.

I am sorry you felt that the street noise was a bit much but happily we are installing new sound dampening windows along Lombard Street which should help that problem. Our staff thanks you and it would be pleasure to serve you on your next trip to San Francisco.

Best Regards.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Been to San Francisco for three nights in this hotel. The location is nice, if you don't mind walking a bit. Transportation in SF is required for going up the steep hills in the city, so I would recommend you get the hop on/hop off bus ticket that stops right in front of the hotel. For the record, we didn't buy it, we mostly walked by foot, but that is a lot of walking. The room was very good -hot water for baths, comfy beds, room was clean, big TV. The bathroom ceiling was a bit musty. Breakfast is not great and includes pastries, fruits and coffee. We preferred eating outside. Also,it feels safe to walk around at night. Recommended.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Sivyael,

I applaud you for walking around our great city. You must be very fit climbing our challenging hilly terrain. I am also glad you mentioned the Hop on Hop off tours bus that stops at our front door. I believe this is the best way to see San Francisco. You can do the 24hr or 48hr pass that lets you jump on and off the buses and explore our beautiful city at your own pace.

The next process in our property improvement is to paint all of the rooms so I apologize that the bathroom ceiling was not to your liking. I am glad that you did enjoy our new beds and flat screen TVs. Since the beginning of the year we have been steadily working to update and improve the property. We will also improve and expand on the breakfast as we redo the Lobby area and make more room for our guests.

Thank you.

Andrew Andow
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I was traveling thorugh San Fran with my sister on a budget so needed to find somewhere that was pretty central and low in cost. This place ticked both those boxes exactly. We also had a hire car so needed parking, it was free here so happy days!
The staff were lovely and the location and price made it a great place to lay our heads.
To nit pick, the hotel itself needs a little repair and tlc. It was a little dated with the decor but it was clean, which is the main thing.
I was a little dissapointed that the room had no safe, it didnt have a fridge either but thats not always essential.
Breakfast was pastries and fruit with selection of drinks, that was fine, I personally didnt like that breakfast was served in the lobby.
I would definitely stay at this place again if I had to :)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Christine,

Thank you for posting your kind review. I am glad you found our property to a good value. We have been steadily making improvements to the property since the beginning of the year and hope to have all rooms fresh and painted before the beginning of Summer towards the end of June. Unfortunately we do not plan on installing safes in the room but do provide safety deposit boxes at our Front Desk for our guests. We also do have refrigerators and microwaves available for an additional cost to rent.
We will continue to use the Lobby for breakfast due to the limited space in the building but will be redesigning the configuration to better accommodate our service. We also encourage our guest to take their breakfast to their room to to use our Sun Room or Observation Deck to alleviate the heavy traffic in the morning.

Sincerely,

Andrew Andow
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We have just spent three nights at the Buena Vista. The location is ideal for the tourist spots, about a ten minute walk to Fishermans Wharf for example. We chose a room at the back on the third floor. There is a viewing area from which we watched the sunset behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

The room was clean and tidy with an excellent flat screen TV if that's important. The breakfast was fine, a good variety of pastries some fresh fruit and coffee. Even the orange juice was fine, so often watered down for this sort of meal.

The parking situation looked very good indeed an absolute bargain given that we saw all day parking being offered elsewhere at over $30.

We would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Andrew A, General Manager at Buena Vista Motor Inn, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Andy,

Our staff thanks you for your kind review. We are always happy to know that our hard, though enjoyable, work has paid off. It doesn't hurt to be in the great location either.

We have been striving steadily to improve the property from the beginning of this year and should you ever return, we will be happy to better serve you in the new and improved Buena Vista Motor Inn.

Yours Tuly.

Andrew Andow and Staff
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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
Hotel Style:
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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