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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed on the second floor in a cozy, bright room with two beds. The room was quiet and the beds were very comfortable. We slept well. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location was within walking distance of great restaurants and interesting shops. The nearly empty soap dispenser in the shower was unexpected. A motion sensing overhead light switch turned the light on when we rolled over in bed. A bandaid over the sensor fixed that. Those two things detracted from the overall rating. Room 213.
Really took good care of us fire evacuees.
I spent four nights here with my 14-year-old daughter and my two golden retrievers after being evacuated from our home in Northern California, as it turned out so did a couple of our neighbors we were over an hour from home but everyone at this hotel did everything they could to make us feel at home. I have to especially give a shout out to ask her who work the front desk and work magic extending our stay. He kept his cool under such great duress there were so many people wanting to stay there and no rooms available he completely try to move things around and make things happen for people. Always with a smile on his face
I will say if you’re looking for a tranquil environment this may not be your ticket it is a very family friendly and pet friendly hotel which is great if you have kids and dogs if you’re looking for a romantic getaway this may not be your place. Only a block from a huge dog park and lots of green space for dogs tons of restaurants and shopping within five minute walk perfect location
They even have a doggie poop bags at the front desk which I made great use of since I evacuated and forgot to bring mine. Thank you all for all that you did
Stayed here for a few nights in September 2019. Friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms. Well located (though not central to tourist areas) - but lots of local places to eat. Only issue we had was the street noise on Saturday night from groups walking by until after midnight.
Breakfast was good in the morning - a sugar rush to power through the day.