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“Lovely motel but noisy”
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Marina Motel
Ranked #109 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 February 2014

A really nice motel. On main road so noisy. If we could have had one of the rooms in the courtyard it would have been quieter. There are steps up to the room, which is above a garage. The room includes the garage. There was a full kitchen in our room. There are plenty of shops just round the corner in Chestnut Road and 3 bus stops for the Muni buses nearby.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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2  Thank alleng5
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This is a darling little hotel right near the Golden Gate Bridge. We were lucky to arrive during unusually nice winter weather. It was gorgeous! We walked from the hotel to the marina and enjoyed them most breathtaking views of the bay. The street directly behind the hotel is filled with boutiques, small shops, banks, coffee shops even a butcher! You can easily spend a day just enjoying the neighborhood.

The hotel itself reminds me of some of the hotels in Europe. It’s smaller, right in the neighborhood and more of a ‘mom and pop’ kind of place. We stayed in a room located in the building in the center of the courtyard. Those rooms have garages under them and their own stairway entrance with a small hallway.

I’ve lived in San Francisco so I knew more or less what to expect from this kind of hotel. Knowing it was on Lombard and older, I knew there would be traffic noise. If you’re looking for a silent room, you should consider staying in the upper floors of a chain hotel downtown. If you want charm, character, an amazing, garden courtyard view, windows that open and a teeny-tiny personal garage, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Christina H
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We found Marina Motel using Trip Advisor and we were not steered wrong. It is an old motel (built in 1939) and is right where Lombard is almost to the Golden Gate. It is built around a courtyard that is a veritable garden of California flowers and shrubs, meticulously kept by a gardener who clearly loves his work. The rooms are not large and the furnishings are "antique" but well maintained. The whole place is super clean. This is neither for those who want a trendy new place, or the standardized airport box, but if you enjoy a European kind of ambiance and a GREAT price for a spot right in the middle of the SF experience, this is unbeatable. It is one block from Chestnut, which is an urban shopping/restaurant row with mass transit right to the Wharf, the Alcatraz Ferry (with a bit of a walk at the end) and connecting to the streetcars, trolleys, etc. More good restaurants in the area than you can count, and a quick run to Golden Gate, beaches, the Golden Gate Park museums, etc. and the Palace of Fine Arts. Service was friendly, and there is free parking inside the courtyard.

Room Tip: NOT accessible for substantially handicapped, at least for most rooms.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank jmichaelslocum
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Free parking, very close to golden gate. $10 taxi from fisher mans wharf! Wonderful stay very clean room. Older rooms but nice and quiet facing in to the courtyard. We enjoyed our 5 night stay very much

  • Stayed: January 2014
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5  Thank CABlum
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

This motel has a charming exterior and a great location. Unfortunately, the staff are not charming or helpful. I was charged $20 for a broken towel rack that was broken before we moved in. No amount of discussion with the manager would get the charge refunded. This is an older motel and probably every room has something damaged or broken, so check things out carefully before you move into your room.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Katherine O
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Booked the Marina Motel for a last minute weekend stay in SF to take care of some solemn family matters. We didn't plan on spending a lot of time in a hotel room (but in SF, who in their right mind would?) and parking was very important. The Marina Plaza proved to be the perfect place. Great location, easy access to public transit, great places for breakfast or a late night meal within walking distance AND free parking...The rate was what attracted us, especially over a major football weekend and we knew the area well (SF was our home for over 30 yrs). The place is currently undergoing transfer to a new owner, who is working hard to renovate the rooms. It's come a long way from it's previous self, no longer the run-down, questionable "motel" of 10 years ago.
The staff is courteous and eager to help (especially the Night Clerk). The rooms are smallish, but comfortable, bathrooms are newly tiled and they provide some pretty high-end toiletries. They are still working on the exterior...and it needs it. I would definitely booked this place again.
As a former Hospitality Professional and avid traveler, the Marina Motel is not the Ritz or Huntington, but it provide comfortable basic needs after a busy day (and night) in The City...and FREE parking!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Originally built asa "Motor Court" to capture traffic on 101 over the newly constructed Golden Gate Bridge and lovingly maintained since! This is not your 1930's motel stuck in time, but tastefully updated without renovating away the charm. Great location and rooms facing the courtyard are quiet. The garages are fine for large sedans, but your giant SUV will have to park outside and not too many of those spots. If you have a car, i can't recommend this place enough - you should also love it!

Room Tip: Courtyard facing rooms are best and likeley worth it as 101 is a busy street.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 2576 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #109 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: £119 - £252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Marina Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Hotel in San Francisco, California Founded by the son of a Calfornia Gold Rush miner, the Marina Motel was built to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in the late 1930's. Designed as one of San Francisco’s first “motor-hotels” for the dawning of the automobile age, each room in this quaint Mediterranean-style motel has a private garage beneath the rooms, (courtyard garages are subject to size restrictions so guest are directed by the front desk to choose a garage that best fits their vehicle). Our 36 guestrooms and three suites are uniquely decorated with warm, stylish touches to make you feel at home. Our quaint courtyard, surrounded by colorful cascading flowers and a cobblestone driveway, offers a relaxing place to chat with friends. Flower boxes overflowing with fragrant blossoms adorn the windows adding European cottage charm. San Francisco’s top attractions are located within walking distance or a short bus ride from the Marina Motel The Marina Motel is still family-owned and operated today by the original owner’s granddaughter. For the past 70 years the Marina Motel has provided a beautiful and friendly place to stay while visiting San Francisco. ... more   less 
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