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Royal Pacific Motor Inn
Ranked #144 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Vista
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great location, decent hotel”
Reviewed 16 February 2008

Located on the corner of chinatown, 1 block from Northbeach, this hotel is within 15-20 mintues walking distance to many SF staples (Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradellie Square, Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, North Beach). If walking isn't your thing there is a bus stop about 2 minutes up the street. If your with the family, the area is kind of iffy (there are stripclubs and such just down the block), but that stuff never seems to make it across the street. The hotel is definately dated, but was tidy and the staff was nice.They give you a danish for breaksfast and there is cable in the room. If your just looking for a cheap, safe, clean place to crash at night, this hotel is a great find.

  • Liked — Location/Clean
  • Disliked — Condition of room (was dated: water stains, decor, etc.)
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2008

This is a clean, basic, inexpensive place to stay. The hotel is located in a safe area. Chinatown and North Beach are right there; the cable car is three blocks away. One fantastic feature of this hotel is the free and accessible parking. Other hotels in San Francisco charge up to $50 per night for parking; not the Royal Pacific. Staff are very friendly. Make sure you get a room away from the street, as the street-facing rooms are quite noisy. They offer a AAA discount.

  • Liked — Location and free parking
  • Disliked — Forced-air heater in room is loud, but the heat - after walking all day in cold SF - was very welcome
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Ipswich, MA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2007

I stayed one night at this motor inn and would probably stay again. It is nothing at all fancy, but the room was in good condition and everything was extremely clean and well maintained. The bed was also good, though the pillows were those cheap foam rubber ones that don't give at all. Minor issue. I felt safe, especially with the three door locks.

The location is wonderful, an easy walk to North Beach and Chinatown, and to hundreds of restaurants, bakeries, espresso places, etc. I never touched the cellophane wrapped pastries in my room, choosing to have coffee and breakfast at a nice Italian cafe.

I chose a rear facing room but still heard loud industrial ventilation fans from a nearby building. Earplugs are a good idea for sensitive sleepers.

Free parking in this part of San Francisco is almost unheard of, and is a great perk included with the room.

I don't know where the average rate of $65 comes from, as $95 seems to be the minimum.

  • Liked — The great location.
  • Disliked — A trifle bit noisy.
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
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St. Louis
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2007

Location Chinatown. Great food, easy access to MUNI. Not far from anything. Booked the junior suite with the King bed. Note: this is a motor inn, equivalent to Super 8. big in size clean, un- modern. But the Price could not beat it, plus it is right next to Italain district, so food is no problem. Staff very very nice. If we go back we will book our stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2007
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1 Thank cmcbabe
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Diamond Bar, CA
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2007

We like this hotel because it's located right in the middle of China Town and we're surrounded by good, authentic, inexpensive chinese retaurants (and some Italian ones too). There's a Walgreen right around the corner within walking distance. Amenities are a bare minimum and the rooms are old but clean. We especially appreciate the hotel's flexibility in allowing a family of 5 to stay in one room without extra person charge. Parking is also free which is hard to come by in the heart of San Francisco. Cable car access is within walking distance. Rooms right up against the main street can be very noisy.

  • Liked — Located in the heart of China Town, no extra person charge
  • Disliked — old interior
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank CrazyMomOf3
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long beach, ca
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2007

Hello all...my family has been staying at this hotel for YEARS. It is clean and has FREE parking and you can't beat the location. My husband and I have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton and it was wonderful, but we prefer the Royal Pacific for its location and it is so easy to walk anywhere you want to go in the city. My father used to travel to San Francisco quite often on business and always stayed at this hotel. When my family went in June, the kind gentleman at the front desk inquired if we were related to my father and asked about him. We informed the gentleman that he had passed away and he was so kind and had such nice things to say about him. This hotel is not the Ritz or the Four Seasons, but is is oh so much easier on the wallet and frees up more money to enjoy many of the fine dining options SF has to offer. In the immortal words of my late father, when in San Francisco..."sleep cheap and eat expensive" and that is what we did (and will continue to do)!

Stayed June 2007
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2007

This hotel is called a motor inn, and that's exactly what it is. Don't expect any luxuries, but it's perfectly fine. It's in a FANTASTIC location, on the edge of Chinatown and North beach (the Italian quarter) and it's about half way between union square and the Wharf, so you're pretty much walking distance from everything. (but if you want to drive they also have free parking!!!)

One warning I might have, is if you're booking with them, you should check what the story is with their air conditioning. There did seem to be one in the room, but it wasn't on. I have a feeling it's just cos you have to pay extra, but if you're there in the summer it would be quite important so check it out in advance. We were there late September so it didn't matter.

Overall this place is absolutely fine. If you're fussy, go stay in a fancy schmancy hotel, but if you want a great location for a very reasonable price, stay here. (and for any animal lovers - there's also a COOOOL pet store accross the road!!! - I know not really a selling point but I had to go in and take a look and get a pressie for me little moggy!!)

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Not the most comfortable
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled as a couple
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Property: Royal Pacific Motor Inn
Address: 661 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4405
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Chinatown
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Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #144 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Royal Pacific Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 74
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