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“Good value choice with some caveats”
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Lombard Motor Inn
Ranked #86 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 19 July 2012

My husband and I spent 5 nights at the Lombard Motor Inn as part of a business trip. This is a no frills hotel--you get a clean room with a flat screen tv, internet access and free parking (which we did not use). The price is very competitive with other budget hotels. That's the good.

The Bad from my point of view--The Hotel was recently renovated (Spring 2012) and as of July 2012 there was still significant outgassing from the new carpets and mattresses and a strong chemical smell apparent. I have allergies and I had many allergic symptoms in my room--red eyes, nasal and other congestion. My husband does not have allergies and did not experience these effects but other colleagues staying at the hotel reported nasal congestion without a cold.
Another caveat--The location is central and it is about six blocks from Fisherman's Wharf but you will encounter medium hills which could be a problem for those with disabilities.

There is no food available at the Lombard except for a bowl of fruit in the lobby. There is a cafe lombard across the street and there are two restaurants with breakfast and lunch at the corner of Van Ness and Chesnut.

The staff are very nice and some colleagues appreciated the free parking.
Personally I would not return to the hotel due to the outgassing and chemical smells. Hopefully these will resolve over time.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in rear if you want to avoid street noise. Rooms in the front have a balcony and a vi...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Considering this is a budget priced motel, it is great value for money, it's a little bit dated, but the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Only a few blocks ( uphill) to the famous part of Lombard street, and about 15 minutes walk to pier 39. Cable cars are also lose, free parking. Great value for the budget conscious. There is a diner about 1 block down the road which has absolutely the best breakfast I have ever had. We are staying here again in December this year.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

The Lombard Motor Inn is located 4 blocks walk from Ghirardelli Square and an easy walk to Fisherman's Wharf or Pier 39. It's convenient to bus stops and only 3 blocks from the free Presidio Shuttle. It IS a bit of an uphill hike to the famous part of Lombard Street, but good exercise.

The hotel isn't fancy to enter - no actual lobby but more of a reception desk and an elevator next to the parking garage. Parking is FREE! And the hotel itself is a great deal as we paid $126 + tax (AAA rate) in July for a good sized 2 double bed room. The room had a huge dresser, flat screen TV, small breakfast table with 2 chairs and was fairly roomy for San Francisco. The beds have memory foam and are comfortable. It's fairly clean - nothing glaring that a bit of vacuuming wouldn't fix. If you get a room in the back, there's no traffic noise and it looks out on a quiet space between buildings. Recommend 3rd floor because we heard walking upstairs.

There's no facilities but there is in room coffee and free (slowish) WiFi. There are 2 unsecured garages under the building. The going rate for parking at hotels in the area looked to be around $25 and hotels such as the Days Inn right down the block charged a lot more. There are small cafe's across the street for breakfast. It's not the best neighborhood, but we felt safe walking back at night. So, while the hotel is average, for the price and location it's a good deal.

Room Tip: 3rd floor with a view, try rooms 303 or 302.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

I'm normally stay in the higher end hotel chains and veer away from any establishment with the name 'motel'. Since my husband and I were traveling with a budget conscience couple we opted to stay at the Lombard Motel because of the reviews. We were pleasantly surprised. The Lombard is not a fancy place but it is clean and the price is good. It is older but the rooms have been renovated. The woman who checked us in was great. I cannot remember her name sadly. However the woman Misty who checked us out was awful. She talked down to my husband and I. I am a huge advocate of proper customer service and Misty does not seem to understand what good customer service is. Regardless of the nastiness of Misty, I would stay at the Lombard again and will probably try a motel again.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

Nice, clean and quiet, with parking. 100 dollars a night. Well worth it.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We stayed in a recently remodelled room. Very nice! With free parking.
It takes 25 minutes walking to fishermans warff.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

the place is getting a facelift in the lobby, howere we totally enjoyed our three day stay clean safe and near the bus routes with free parking

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Address: 1475 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3111
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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:
#20 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#65 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#72 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lombard Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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