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
Good location in the city, the room was very clean, and the staff is very friendly and accomodating. Only negative is that you can sometimes hear your neighbors. Good selection of pastries in the morning.
Hotel is nearby to the pier 39 and palace of fine arts. You could even walk from here if you have a will for it. Also well connected all over by MUNI buses. LOcation is good.
Rooms are big and neat though a bit oldish. b/f is inclusive. But is only Croissant and muffins and bread etc.
Has a small lawn with hammocks in the centre with rooms all around. also has a small pool. Parking available on payment.
I think depending on your personality you will either love this place or think its tacky. The courtyard is very colourful and fun. The bedrooms likewise. Prices are a little high for what it is but probably appropriate for the neighbourhood. You can tell it has been spruced up but there are still some quirks to be worked out. Our bureau in our room wasn’t level so the draw kept opening itself. The internet/wifi didn’t reach our room as we were on the far end of the building. The breakfast include is very tasty pastries, but not a full breakfast. The bathroom is small and a little hard to ‘move around in. They used automated lights in the bathroom and walk in closet which is annoying as if you walk into either the light comes on (including in the middle of the night). They do use solar panels so and appear to be environmentally conscious. Unfortunately it was too cool to use the pool but it did look nice, as well as the hammocks. The tall palm trees in the court yard were beautiful. Overall not a bad place to stay but again quirky.
What a wonderful recent business/personal trip visit! I stayed in downtown during 2018 business visit, and while full-service hotel was good, way too loud. Hotel Del Sol is tucked away, yet conveniently located to downtown via taxi, Muni services, or even walking. Sandwiched between Union and Filmore, lots of A+ eateries and shops. Wonderful proximity to Marina front, Golden Gate, Presidio and more. Accommodations fresh, cozy, modern and authentic. Hotel management and staff personable, professional and spared no expense in making me feel 100% comfortable. Free Continental breakfast with all-day coffee and snacks, and more. Weather was drizzling so didn’t use pool but everything super clean, tidy and custodial staff super friendly, too. A sunny stay and superb hospitality. Highly recommend.
Heater was in poor working conditions The breakfast choices were poorHated not having coffee pot in roomStaff was wonderful , resolved heating issue and brought us a portable heated which worked well