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Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #48 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed 18 August 2009

I booked the Hotel Del Sol largely because it was in a decent location, but more for the fact that it had free parking and breakfast. If you are searching for hotels with free parking in San Francisco, you will find there are very few. There are lots of nice hotels i looked at booking, but they were charging $25 and up per night for parking. This hotel was within about 10-15 minutes walk to Fishermans Wharf (I have read people saying 5 mins, but either they were running or found a much better route than us!) and was a really nice hotel. I was expecting it to be pretty basic, but the room was really nice with a super comfy bed. The pool was quite small but was nice and warm and I had a good cool down in it after a long day walking around San Francisco. The breakfast was pretty good and was constantly being replenished. The neighbourhood felt really safe, and the noise (which I had read reviews about being bad) was not a problem. The stairs WERE really noisy for some reason and you could hear people walking up and down them, but that is only for a few seconds so wasnt a problem. There was some street noise on the Saturday night of our stay, but that is to be expected in a busy city on a Saturday night. We went to Alcatraz and did a Segway Tour, both of which are highly recommended. We also ate at Boudins on Fishermans Wharf (where you can watch them making the bread) and this was also very good. This hotel was a really good base for our stay and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Reviewed 5 August 2009

Booked Hotel Del Sol for a family vacation based on mostly positive reviews on Tripadvisor.com. We spent 8 nights at the hotel and were very happy with our stay. The room was clean and maid service prompt every day. The Marina District location was excellent - walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf with a ton of restaurants within a 5 minute walk. The staff was attentive, friendly and helpful. I had read mixed reviews on the breakfast and the pool size but breakfast was fine - coffee, OJ, bagels, pastries and the pool was big and deep enough for us to swim lengths and it was salt water - no chlorine! Add in the complimentary parking, movies for our kids and hi speed internet and we found this hotel a great overall value - would absolutely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2009

If your looking for a 5 star hotel, being pampered, soundproof walls and catered breakfast don't bother. Quite simply PRO"S: Clean rooms, fresh linens, hot shower, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel dispenser in shower, heated pool, on site parking, close to food, stores, gas,main route and great location. Friendly and helpful staff, safe provided in room Daily newpaper in lobby CONS: parking can be tricky in afternoon, contential breakfast weak ( oatmeal, pastry, bagel, toast, coffee, juice, some fresh fruit would of been great) no refridgerator in room, Overall good experience I would stay again

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Ireland
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Reviewed 29 July 2009

Del Sol was a great little hotel.It was small,smart,convenient and friendly.It was spotless when we checked in and cleaned daily.It's basic but comfortable.We loved the colourful decor and the garden area.There's so much to do in San Fransisco why would you go to an expensive hotel and waste money when Del Sol has all you need.The reception staff was so friendly and helpful too.
Aideen And Kevin Jordan,
Athlone,Ireland.

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Reviewed 28 July 2009

You'll never be able to stay in a regular chain hotel after one visit here! You can't help but to feel happy when you wake up to the vivid colors found everywhere - the orange trees, the rooms and hamocks strung between palm trees. It is located in a family friendly neighborhood where people live, versus a tourist hub like Fisherman's Wharf. Only a two block walk from the bus, a fun playground and four blocks from a grocery store. Only con is the noise with the Melrose Place -style courtyard where the comings and goings of guests are amplified. But it's a small downside for such a great place.

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Reviewed 26 July 2009

This hotel is something really special: so colourful, with palms and an inviting pool in the courtyard. The hotel is located near Lombard street, but not too close to get its noise. The breakfast is served in the courtyard (one critical point: there are not enough chairs, when the hotel is full). The location is perfect to discover every sight in San Francisco.

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Lake Oswego, OR
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

The Del Sol is another great hotel in the JDV Hotel Chain. We loved staying in the Marina District, which is close to the great food and shopping on Union Street. Like all the JDV hotels, The Del Sol is decorated nicely....so bright and cheery. The rooms are clean and comfortable. We loved not having to pay for parking, which can run $30 to $35 per day downtown. The free breakfast of coffee, juice, bagels, muffins, oatmeal and yogurt is also a huge plus! We bought some fruit around the corner at a Market called Real Food that we added to the hotel's breakfast offerings. We stayed in a junior suite, which had a separate bedroom as well as a pull out couch. The couch bed was not that comfortable so my son slept on the actual couch (not pulled out) and said it was cozy. They gave us a roll away for my daughter. The bed in bedroom was very comfortable with very nice sheets and bedding. The bathroom came equipped with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion that all smelled really good. The hotel is also pet friendly. There was a CLEAN dog bed and filled water bowl in our room when we arrived. Finally, the staff was extremely friendly. I would definitely recommend this hotel for families. I have also stayed at JDV Hotels, The Rex and Hotel Vitale . Those are also great, especially The Vitale, if you have a little more money to spend. You can check out all the JDV Hotels at JDVhotels.com

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Address: 3100 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-3411
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#53 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#55 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#63 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#67 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 57
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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