I wanted this hotel to be better. I should have tempered my expectation knowing that in the Marina district in San Fran, this was likely a converted Howard Johnsons. But I wonder why JDV stopped so short in their renovations.
Everything is just ok here. The room is ok. It smells like an old hotel. My son said "it smells like old people". And while you might find comfort in that, we didn't. The breakfast ok. Cramped in the small office space and you better get there early. The bathroom, not ok. There was obviously no renovation done on the bathrooms of this property. Ours was wicked small and felt incredibly dirty. The tile was original (read old and not so clean).
The location is great. Free parking is great. And it was pretty awesome to swim late March outside in SF. Unheard of. But I've stayed in other Joie de Vivre properties and this one just didn't measure up to their brand standards (I realize it's not the Vitale).
If you're going for family friendly, I'd shop around. We've stayed at Kimpton properties in the past and they treat a family right. Next time I'll shop more and not be fooled by the select photos on the website. Rookie mistake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to celebrate California's lively culture, the Hotel Del Sol is a cheerful explosion of the West Coast spirit. Once a 50s-style motor lodge, it has been newly transformed to offer the stylings and personalized service of a boutique hotel. The spacious guestrooms evoke the bright and airy interior of a California beach house. Relaxing hammocks, a sparkling pool and towering palm trees in the courtyard is a colorful feast for the eyes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Del Sol Hotel
- Del Sol San Francisco
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