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
Nicely jazzed up motel with great service. Rooms are comfortable, walls a tad thin and internet service slowed down considerably when people started to wake up and use it. Overall great value for San Francisco
The updated rooms are fantastic and the location of Hotel del Sol can't be beat. We walked to the Marina, Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge from the hotel. We strolled on Union street. We easily Uber'd to downtown San Francisco. Staff all very accommodating and efficient. Can't say enough good things about Hotel del Sol; am recommending to all our family and friends.
What a gem! My experience with this adorable hotel was five star from beginning to end. Check was easy and pleasant. The gentleman checking me in was friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean, decor is modern and taste fully decorated. The. Grounds , pool and landscaping on point. Rent a bikes and zip cars are right there on premise if needed. Great coffee and “real” continental breakfast with a great selection. 4 days after checking out I realized I had lost a pair of my favorite earrings. I called and let me in the answered looked and said they had found one of them. He then informed me that the maids were about to clean that room and he would ask them to look harder and deeper. He called me an hour later to tell me that they had found the other earring and asked me what address I would like them to send them to. I was elated and grateful and thankful. I would recommend this hotel to family and individuals on business or vacation. It’s great place great location great people working there.
The hotel is almost a small oasis, downtown San Francisco. A nice breakfast available to start the day. A small table and a couple of chairs in the room would have been handy, the weather not allowing to eat outside. A pool, bikes to rent for free, parking, snacks and beverages available all day, everything has been well though of. A bit noisy, bring your earplugs to sleep in.
We have stayed at the Hotel del Sol a number of times. We love the design of the rooms and the hotel overall. But most of all we love the neighborhood. If you’re looking for comfortable accommodations in a non-touristy location in San Francisco, the Hotel del Sol does not disappoint.