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Nice place, traffic noise wasn't too bad
After reading about how noisy the rooms along Lombard Street were with traffic, we came with earplugs ready, but it really wasn't too awful. You can certainly hear the cars (especially since there's a traffic light there, so cars pile up, then accellerate away) but my wife did not even use the ear plugs to sleep, and slept fine.
Now, do you really want to sleep in a place where people have complained about noise, especially if you live in the country and never experienced city traffic? That's your call. And if you have plenty of money to blow, you can surely find a tall, expensive hotel and avoid the problem. But if you're considering the Marina Inn, I'm guessing you're on a budget, but looking for something better than a motel. This place is not fancy, but is certainly better than an informal motel. And the room price, in an already expensive city, is comparable to motel costs here. Plus you get breakfast.
We enjoyed the breakfast, bagels, muffins, hard-boiled eggs, juice and coffee/tea. However, bring your own coffee/tea mug, because the styrofoam cups here are tiny. (Took two of them to fill a mug.) The breakfast nook is not large, either, and gets crowded. There were 4 tables (for 2) and a couch. Good fresh bagels, constantly replenished by an attendant.
The rooms were nothing fancy, but they did the trick. We had a 4th floor room with a nice view across the city and bay windows that opened up. The windows were open when we arrived at 10 p.m. and the room was chilly, and there was no heat control, so we needed the extra blanket that night. After that it was not chilly in there again.
There are two nice areas just blocks away for restaurants, bars, coffee, shopping, movies. One is Union Street and the other is Chestnut street about 6 blocks in the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge. We enjoyed eating in these residential area more than in the tourist areas around Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach and Chinatown. At the inn's desk, they had a guide to restaurants and stuff. (But you have to ask the right desk attendant: when we asked one girl where to eat, she vaguely suggested Union Street, with no mention of the guide book. She was obviously too busy to help us. The next night a different girl gave us the book and pointed out her favorite restaurant.)
Overall, no real complaints. We would stay here again.
I love this hotel
I have nothing but great things to say about the Marina Inn. You can't beat the price and location. The hotel staff was very helpful. We're not used to taking public transportation so the lady at the front desk was nice enough to map out the bus routes for us and let us know where we needed to get on and off. They were also very accomodating when we decided to extend our stay. The rooms were simple but very clean.
Clean, Quiet, Friendly
We stayed at the Marina Inn for 5 days at the end of April 2004. We were lucky enough to get an inside room, so it was very quiet (birds woke us up in the morning!). The breakfasts are nice (muffins, bagels, hot tea and coffee, juice, eggs. (The eggs are warm if you get up at 7am.) The staff is very nice, went out of their way to clean up a registration snafu with us. They know the city very well - sent us to a nice local grocery. The area is fantastic - large park three blocks north, very frequent busses go direct downtown, to the waterfront and the cablecars 1/2 block north, nice little shopping district 5 blocks west. Very walkable, nice architecture in area. Marina Inn isn't one of your fancy perfect hotels, but it's the nicest place I've ever stayed. I recommend it to anyone who isn't snooty.
Great place for the price
Spent a week at the Marina Inn on Octavia St. with 2 kids. Cost was very reasonable, rooms were not fancy, but clean and comfortable, just like home. A continental breakfast was included, saving the cost of eating out. Within walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf and you can catch a bus to anywhere in the city with only a couple blocks walk. I'd stay there again anytime.
Great time at the Marina Inn
We had a great time at the Marina. We had a good sized room with a bay window overlooking Lombard Street. The street could be noisy, but it didn't bother us. We sat with the window open and enjoyed the city in the evenings. The room was pretty and felt like home. We added an extra day to our planned stay. Good breakfast and very helpful staff at a great price for downtown SF. It was very easy to get there walking or by bus.
Good breakfast, but noisy!
The staff was very polite at the hotel and the rooms were very clean.
The continental breakfast was great! Coffee, tea, OJ, muffins, hard-boiled eggs and bagels. It was a great start to our day. The only problem with this hotel was the noise. and not even the street noise, but if you are in 105, 205 or 305 (we were in 305) there was a pipe that ran down the side of the hotel and every night it would make a clanking noise that always woke us up. We were finally able to move to a different room, so if you stay here, don't get stuck in this room!
Also, the parking situation is difficult. lots of restrictions, hard to park.
Maybe I should have known better as I have been in SF before, but shouldn't the hotel info sites indicate if there is any parking available?? Me and my rental car cirlced round and round to get anywhere NEAR the Marina Inn and avoid 2hr limit zones. I would suggest a good place to park for the next traveler but I never found one, finally the parking gods had sympathy for me 5 blocks up on Lombard St.
I stayed at the Marina Inn in January 1998. The hotel location is great. I had an interview in the Pacific Heights area and was able to walk (steep hills) there without any problems (10 minutes). The room is clean. The BIG problem is that my room faced the street Lombard Street.
It is VERY noisy at ALL hours with all the traffic. You might want to bring ear plugs. Otherwise, it is a good hotel for the budget conscious.
Great location, great service, and excellent price. We were in San Francisco for 2 weeks, stayed in 5 or 6 different hotels and this was by far the best deal. They even sent us a bottle of wine for our anniversary.
Great stop over
Great hotel, good position, reasonable price
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