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Chelsea Motor Inn
Ranked #86 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Lake Stevens, Washington
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Good location and parking, but...”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stayed one night post-cruise. We needed a hotel with parking because we had a rental car, and this hotel fit the bill with ample and safe parking. I know San Francisco hotels are pricey, so took that into consideration when booking, but we really didn't think this hotel is worth the prices they charge.

The room was dark and not that clean. There was a layer of dust in several areas. The bathroom floor looked filthy, then I realized the pattern on the floor made it look that way (!) So it was hard to tell how clean it really was, although after seeing a lack of housekeeping in other parts of the room, I'm not so sure...

We requested an inside room and had no problem with noise. The location is great. The Big Bus tours run right in front of the hotel, and we walked to dinner (The Tipsy Pig) and from Fisherman's Wharf after the bus tour.

Room Tip: As many others have said, ask for an inside room. Much quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

The Chelsea Motor Inn is located on Lombard St, so that you are already close to one of the most famous locations in SF if you just follow the road.

At the same time, this also guarantees that the place will be busy, and thus noisy. Having earplugs is definitely helpful. The room itself is decent, with furniture which seems to come straight from the 1960's. The wooden wardrobes, and especially the pillows make you think you're visiting your grandparents.

The beds are rather comfortable, although the mattress was a bit on the bouncy side.

The room we had was also lacking a fridge, but with everything being so close, it really shouldn't be difficult to find a cold drink.

Overall, good value for the money.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Anaheim, California
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Found this motor in from AAA's travel book. Even though its on the AAA book but it did not really offer the AAA discount. However, the price aint that $$$. The manager actually offered me a good discount while I booked two nites there. I went at the beginning of Sept which America cup (I guess) was held there so most hotels are $$$ according to the manager. Its not hard to find this motel. I had two doubles. ITs enough for my family. The room equips fair AC system, coffee pot, hair dryer, and towels. Internet is included. And Parking is included!! Its located on Lombard st and Fillmore. I went during the week days so it aint that noisy. Its near the bus stops to go JP town n Golden Gate park n bridge or Union Square. The only thing my fam would suggest is they need to work on their carpet and bathroom floor. Over all, we were happy w/ this motor inn.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2013

After a long flight due to delays we arrived at the Chelsea at midnight, there were people everywhere. Leaving or going from various bars, yelling and shouting to each other. This finally stopped at 3.30 (or I finally fell asleep) The following morning I asked for another room only to be to.d that I was in one of the quietest rooms of the hotel. The following night (Saturday) I took a sleeping pill however I believe the noise was not as bad. By Sunday night it was reasonably quiet, the traffic noise is always there. My opinion is stay here from Sunday to Thursday avoid the weekends when the noise is endless. As others have said the locations good a nice walk to the water and lots of nice restaurants all within walking distance. Some of the staff were less helpful, asking for information was often a chore. Our room was clean and the beds were good.

Room Tip: We were in room 210
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Observatory Point Bed & Breakfast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Having made reservations during the Americas Cup finals, we were pleased with the location. However, our room rate was $225 plus taxes....shabby, old, unlike other reviews, no safe or refreshments. The hallways were dirty, with stained carpets. I now believe we may have been put in an older section of the motel. Had the area hotels not been booked because of the races, I would have chosen to look for another place to stay. I would suggest inspecting your room before you commit to staying.

Room Tip: We did have a room...107...off of Lombard. Still noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Stayed at the Chelsea Motor Inn on Lombard St, with wife and son for 5 nights. Room was good, with TV and coffee making facilities. The only down side for me was hating the taste of coffee, the only way of making a cup of tea was through the coffee machine, which i could not drink. The majority of other hotels/motels we stayed at had a microwave to boil water. Don't let that deter you, its a good place to stay, and very near to some good restaurants and shops. Our favorite was Mel's Diner. We did not rent a car In San Fransisco (there is ample parking at this inn), we used public transport, getting a 7 day pass for the bus/f line/trams, which worked out cheaper.

Room Tip: We were on the 1st floor, and views from the windows were obscured by trees, 2nd floor may have bett...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

Had a great stay at the Chelsea motor inn. Good proximity to water front and easy to get around the main attractions of Sam Francisco. Rooms clean and nice decor. Rooms have a safe and come with refreshments in room and free wifi. Would recommend this hotel to friends and family. Car parking a good addition too and the area is really nice with good bars and eateries.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chelsea Motor Inn
Address: 2095 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2808
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#79 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chelsea Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Marina District, between Fillmore and Lombard. Centrally located in a bustling and crowded neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops and public transportation within walking distance. One mile away from Fisherman's Wharf or 25 min. walking distance.One block away is the Bus 30: takes you to Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, China Town and Union Square. It is safe to walk and bike everywhere in the neighborhood. A few blocks away you will find a Bike Rental shop for $20.00 a day. It is just a few miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge and beaches. Weekends offer a lot of activity and a higher level of noise in the streets with young crowds around the hotel. We offer complimentary parking for one car per room. In the event all the parking spaces are taken, guest needs to be double park and leave their car keys at the Front Desk. ... more   less 
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