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
Great little gem! I'd stay here again. The staff and property were on point. The front desk was all too helpful with our stay offering suggestions of places to go. I found this place randomly, but so glad I did.
I love this cute totally upgraded motel. It’s retro and furnished with mid-century modern. The customer service is great.. when I stay at JDV Hotel (Joy of Life in French) the service is great..I always gravitate towards these properties owned by JDV.. they understand what people want when staying at a hotel. Comfort, clean and hip.. JDV have the hippest hotels around a great prices...love them all and thanks again for a great stay
Perfect hotel to stay in the city:) perfect location, perfect for parking, driving and location! Clean friendly accommodating:) we could walk to Marina, China town. Japantown, oyster Hog was amazing. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating also felt very safe along with our cat being right below our room you had easy access to your car:) double bonus in case you forgot something or wanted to leave personal items in your car :)
Everything went so well for my trip for business in San Francisco. I had previously stayed in the middle of the city and the noise and chaos was too much for me. I'm from NYC and the scene in downtown San Fran was too hectic.
This time, I got smarter and stayed at Hotel Del Sol. They have free bikes, a swimming pool and peace. I walked over to world famous Green's Restaurant. I also strolled through the neighborhood several times. The Marina is so pleasant!
The hotel staff, room and everything else was great. I recommend the Hotel Del Sol!
Hotel Del Sol was a wonderful experience! The hotel itself has a vibrant, cool, fun atmosphere and the staff is extremely helpful with suggestions on local restaurants and help with travel throughout the city. We will certainly be booking again at the Hotel Del Sol!