Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Authentic retro style inspired by the hotel’s former life as a 1950s motor lodge (but with all the 21st-century amenities, naturally)
- Free WiFi, continental breakfast plus afternoon cookies and milk
- Family-friendly focus with four sets of adjoining rooms and a "Kids Are VIPs" program
- Free morning town car service to the Financial District and local convention centers
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What To Know
- The lovely heated outdoor swimming pool is saltwater instead of chlorine
- The hotel operates “Quiet Hours” from 10 pm to 8 am
- Guestrooms connect via communal balconies, so expect some noise from neighbors coming and going
- Cabana Rooms do not have AC/heating units though you’ll be unlikely to need them with SF’s temperate weather
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In San Francisco’s Marina District, Hotel del Sol is a 1950s motor lodge turned colorful value sleep close to Fort Mason and Fisherman’s Wharf. Cozy guestrooms are connected by central communal balconies and transformed from their 1950s roots into colorful, contemporary crash pads in bold orange, teal and yellow shades. All have double, queen or (in the executive suite only) king beds, plus 32-inch flat-screen TVs and compact ensuite bathrooms. Continental breakfast (juice, bagels, coffee and pastries) is free for all guests, and there’s also an afternoon spread of milk and cookies. A hit with families, the hotel operates a Kids Are VIPs program that offers a lending library, welcome amenity and, in the summer months, snow cones on Fridays and Saturdays. For parents, there’s the quiet courtyard that’s strung with colorful hammocks, an offsite fitness center and movie library. Everyone has access to the heated outdoor saltwater pool and free morning town car service to the Financial District and local convention centers.
In the Area
Naturally, you’ll spend some time roaming the Technicolor eateries and souvenir shops of Pier 39, but the best of San Francisco lies off the beaten track. Take a short walk to Hyde Street Pier, a fun alternative to its crowded counterparts. You can walk it for free — the views of Alcatraz are epic — or pay a small fee to board the historic boats moored there. Down the street, at the end of Pier 45, you’ll find the nostalgia-rich Musée Mécanique, full of old-school coin-operated arcade games that range from turn-of-the-century moving dioramas to child-of-the-’80s Pong. To explore further afield, hop on the cable car and ride it all the way to Hyde Street, a few blocks from the boutiques and cafés of tree-lined Hayes Valley, and from there venture into the Mission for the city’s most exciting restaurants, including Argentine-styled Lolinda and Central Kitchen, which has a pretty open-air courtyard.
How to Get There
Wonderful place to stay in the City away from the hustle and bustle of downtown or larger facilities. Close to everything in the Marina and Cow Hollow area as well as the Presidio and Fort Point. Dog friendly and close to dog parks. Staff is friendly and it has a 1950's feel. Felt like home to me since I grew up in the neighborhood.
My teen daughter and I loved our stay here! Complimentary light continental breakfast included which you can either eat outside at the tables or take back to your room. They honoured our room request of an upper floor room with 2 double beds. (Be aware there is no elevator so if stairs are an issue for you get a lower floor.) Area felt safe walking around at night with some great local restaurants. We walked to Lombard street from the hotel also. Bag storage was also not an issue. Highly recommended.
Compared to NZ costs, this was a very expensive property at NZ$670 per night for what amounted to a 1950s motel room (even if it was brightly painted) with "make your own breakfast" available in the reception area. That may well be a reflection of accommodation costs in this area of San Francisco. Only one of 2 TVs worked most of the time and there was no tea/coffee available in the guest room. Location was good in terms of proximity to Fisherman's Wharf (within reasonable walking distance). Staff were always very pleasant and helpful.
Loved this little hotel. Very bright & cheerful. Kids loved the hammocks. Cookies were nice in the arvo. We enjoyed the breakfast too. I liked the location we walked most places. Very annoying there was no fridge in the room. Especially traveling with children.
I have stayed at this hotel several times and have always had a good experience. The friendly staff made checkin easy. They provide a nice breakfast of bagels and rolls and toast, juice and coffee or tea. The rooms are clean and my bathroom seemed to be recently remodeled so it was clean. I find the Del Sol to have an excellent location. Lot of restaurants to the north on Chestnut and south up the hill on Union.