Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel
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30 January 2010 - Marin
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel San Francisco
Lots of good vibes at this cool place! The kids loved running around the court yard and even the pool, which was heated (important because of how chilly it is in SF all the time)! They had games and movies you can borrow from the lobby area while you are there. Breakfast was a bit weak; your very basic continental: bagels, juices, coffee, muffins, and some cereal. Otherwise we really enjoyed this place!
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel San Francisco
Good location, but...
the location was wonderful. close to nice restaurants, cafes, and public transportation. this may not be true of all of their rooms, but ours did not have a bath tub. just a shower with very little water pressure (our room was on the 3d floor). also some plumbing issues. a few stains on the carpet, and sagging mattresses. the staff however was wonderful--friendly and helpful. had a laid back atmosphere.
Not bad,could do better
To be fair, the hotel has a lot of hype on the net and the Airline tourism video so maybe our expectations were too high. Some nice touches-gorgeous handmade soap in rooms , colourful bedlinen, pool, free parking, nice safe feeling in the surrounding area if you are nervous of big cities travelling with kids. Easy access to golden gate bridge by car.
Downside,our room was not big by US standards (Huge by UK standards tho!)it was dark, pool was freezing (although it was April I suppose, but other hotels we stayed in at the same time had much warmer outdoor pools)it was a little walk to restaurants.
I would probably try other hotels in the area before coming back.
Needs some TLC
I was disappointed in the Hotel Del Sol. When we first arrived, we got an unfriendly lecture from the man at the front desk about how we shouldn't make our reservations through a travel dot-com. Although I can see that the hotel was cute when it was first renovated, it is in bad need of fresh paint inside the rooms and out. The carpet was stained and needs to be replaced. The walkways were dirty and poorly kept. The location was great and the pillow selection was a treat. If you're picky about cleanliness, think twice about the Hotel Del Sol.
Good atmosphere, room kind of needs help
We stayed at this hotel for the last few nights of our honeymoon and liked it but probably wouldn't go back. The hotel was in an excellent location and in a very cool neighborhood (Cow's Hollow). There was excellent botique shopping and fun restaraunts in the area (be sure to check out Brazen Head - no sign outside and you have to know where it is, but a great steak house where stars supposedly show up sometimes).
The staff was also very nice, helpful and friendly. They had a bar-b-que for us one night and breakfasts also. We were in a corner room on t he second floor of this motel style location. Our room was updated (the interior furnishings) but the carpet seemed old, the room was dark, and it had an overall dirty feel to it. Like I said, the location and staff were wonderful, but the rooms could still use some work!
Loved the Hotel Del Sol...!
A great little hotel! I loved the location of it as well - I really got the feel for San Francisco. It was small and quaint. One heck of a bargain too..We stayed in a King suite for $139 per night and this included parking(we stayed at the Westin St. Francis and parking was $39 per night! - not to mention that was a boring, overpriced business hotel!) and continental breakfast which was perfect!
A great funky hotel just off busy Lombard St. My kids thought this hotel was great, painted in bright colours and the room was clean and the bathroom a good size. Guaranteed parking was a must for me after being told by a nearby hotel "first in first served parking, no guarantee of a parking space". We paid $75 for the night, a great deal and one of the best hotels for value we stayed in during our three week tour of Califonia, ( however when I asked for an additional night he wanted $125pn so it was time to move on). Nearby is the Crooked Street, Chectnut St Restaurants and its a short ride in the tram to Fishermans wharf area.
Great deal and location
I chose this hotel due to the reviews on the trip advisor web site and am very glad I did! I have had very scary experiences with online hotel bookings, but this time the reviews I read were correct! My mother and I planned to visit San Francisco in May 2003, and I was looking for a decent hotel that wouldn't break the budget. Not only is Hotel Del Sol very clean and comfortable, but its decor makes it a cult classic! The friendly staff and free parking were big pluses, not to mention the proximity to the funky parts of San Francisco (and the cafés and shops of Chestnut St.) and right near the #30 busline that can take you right to the city center. I took advantage of the closeness to the marina/bay area and jogged along the water, over to the Golden Gate Bridge. The neighborhood it is in is decent and we had no problems with noise; the only noise came from fellow travelers walking by the room, but that was not a problem. All in all a great deal!!
A highlight of a very long trip
We stayed at Hotel del Sol for 3 wonderful nights just before Thanksgiving, 2002. This was part of an extended, year-long road trip tour of the U.S. with our kids. Of all the things we've done and places we've seen, my 6 year-old still cites Hotel del Sol as her favorite. The kids especially enjoyed the tropical courtyard pool and the beach balls given to them on arrival. Their parents appreciated the Marina neighborhood location and the easy access to bus and streetcar routes.
Very Good Experience
Fun, funky place that did most things right. BIG points for allowing us noon check-in. Close to many SF sights and amid Union St. and Chestnut St.; short walks to transit. Free parking, mentioned by others, was a reason we stayed. Coffee and packaged sweet rolls was the morning complimentary breakfast-- filling but not thrilling. Minor thumbs-down for 50 cents for ALL calls (incl. calling card calls) and missing/broken bathroom towel hooks. Friendly staff had good recommendations and company-produced guidebooks. A king suite w/parking and smallish breakfast in a safe, quiet, and accessible neighborhood was worth the "internet special" price, and I wouldn't hesitate staying there again if we wanted to stay in this part of SF again.
I booked the Hotel Del Sol over the Internet, so I had no idea what to expect. I have been burned in the past by bogus descriptions of hotels. Not this one. The Hotel Del Sol is the best bargain in San Francisco. I got a room for $99 a night, which includes parking (a BIG DEAL in S.F.). The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, rooms extremely clean (with Avedia products) and it was in a super neighborhood w/i walking distance to the Marina Green and Chestnut Street shops. I would recommend this place to anyone. It was fantastic.