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.
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Myself and my partner spent 5 nights here last week and thought that it was a nice motel in a good location and staff were friendly and helpful.
I liked the continental breakfast every morning and then cookies and coffee in the Afternoon. We also liked that you could use one of the hotel bikes for free. We used them to cycle to the Golden Gate Bridge (which isn’t far)
The only things I would comment on are, the wi fi kept dropping out, the hotel rooms are in need of a little tlc as they are a bit old and dated but still clean. We saw that they had people in painting parts of the outside of the motel so maybe it is all getting freshened up.
We were in room 101 which is on the ground floor and in a corner so it’s a bit dark and dingy and not a great view unfortunately so I would not want to stay in that room again but I would definitely stay at this hotel again and would recommend.
We had a lovely 2 night stay in this hotel.The room was bright and airy
With a spacious shower room.Theres free WiFi with a strong signal and the bed was king size and really comfortable.You have to go to reception in the morning for breakfast
Which is continental but very nice.The staff were very polite and helpfully for all these
reasons I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Memories are rarely about the size of the rooms and the depth of the carpet (though this place has lots of charm and a killer location) - they are most commonly about the people. And Hotel del Sol has truly great people. A warm personal welcome, cheerful house staff that simply can’t do enough for you, a personal text from the manager to check everything was AOK, even a very kind gesture for my daughter who (they found out) would be enjoying her 5th birthday during the stay. Thoughtfulness costs nothing - yet so few hotels seem willing to make that investment. But this one does. In spades. Can’t recommend it enough.
Its a nice hotel with a very friendly and helpful staff. Nothing fancy but everything is clean and nice. It is also very budget friendly hotel compared to others. This was my third stay and I enjoyed it.
Hotel was fairly old - although the bathroom seemed relatively newly renovated, the carpets seemed pretty dirty and it generally didn't feel clean. You can hear everything from inside the rooms - people in the pool, kids in the courtyard, people upstairs - it was rather annoying.