Chelsea Motor Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chelsea Motor Inn San Francisco
Nice but noisy
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Chelsea Motor Inn. The main negative was the noisy brawl in the street outside our window on Friday night. The rooms were nice and clean. The free parking is a huge savings. We were able to walk to Fisherman's Wharf. Public transportation was close by and easy to use .
It's not possible to fault this Motel. Rooms clean. Staff friendly. Location good. Free parking.
It's not really close to Fishermans Wharf etc. but the bus is quick and fairly cheap. Lot's of restaurants and bars in easy reach with several on the same block.
Would I stay there again? Yes.
We had a corner room in the front by Fillmore and Lombard. The room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. It was a first floor room. I can see how the slight traffic noise may annoy some people but since we're from NYC it did not bother us at all.
Parking is so easy and it's free. The staff was so helpful in guiding us to breakfast places and the #30 bus that can take you to Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Powell and Market. so easily. The bus was $1.25 for adults and 35 cents for kids. With the bus transfer you can ride those buses all day long.
We'll stayhere again.
Nice Price, Nice Place
We had a good experience at the Chelsea Motor Inn. Very close to Chestnut, which had a lot of cool restaurants and shops. Hi-speed internet and free parking are a big plus. We got two CityPass's that we used to travel by bus everywhere we wanted to go. We would definitely stay at the Chelsea again.
We've been staying here for years. The rooms, while not the fanciest in San Francisco, are spacious, clean and charming, and priced very reasonably. The staff is courteous and helpful and parking is free - a rarity in San Francisco. Plenty of nice restaurants and shops on Chestnut and Union Streets. Our favorite for breakfast is the Baywatch just a half block west on Lombard.
Our family of three stayed at the Chelsea Motor Inn for 3 days during spring break. Our room was on the 1st floor, the corner unit. The room had 2 queen beds a sofa and it has a bay window at the corner with a table and 3 chairs. ($106 a night.) It was perfect for us. Our 17 year old's first response was "Can we stay here until it's time to go home!". We used public transportation (3 day pass $15 each, well worth it, not having to drive in the busy city) and left our rental vehicle parked at the motel (FREE OF CHARGE - VERY IMPORTANT) My initial response was that the room was great, a little wear but with character, except that the carpet was kind of dirty. We returned one afternoon at 4 pm to discover the carpet was wet because they had shampooed it. A little dissapointing to have 3 pair of wet socks but not a huge deal. I would highly recoomend this motel "motor inn". We enjoyed the room we had that faced the streets, there was defiitely traffic noise but we weren't bothered by it, we enjoyed sitting at the table watching people after spending the day out exploring the city. We had meat, cheese, crackers & wine for dinner at the cozy table one evening.
We spent nearly a week there in August of 2001 and found the room to be large and comfortable and clean with a good sized bathroom. The office staff were helpful and professions. We initially had a room with a view which means facing a noisy street. We requested a back room with no view but an air shaft and it was fine and quiet. Basically we used our room to decompress and relax a bit before venturung our for more exciting areas of the city. We felt comfortable returning at night as there were people around the area out at night. There were many places for meals all within a few blocks and a number of good coffee houses within a very short walk. The transportation was very good with a number or busses or trolley busses easy to get around on and going downtown, etc..
I like this hotel
I have stayed here several times and like the accommodations. I have found it to be clean, and it has secure entry to the hotel rooms, parking is on site with no additional charge. It faces busy Lombard Street and Fillmore St as a side street so it can be a bit noisy. Eating establishments in all price ranges are close and it is within walking distance to the Marina. I would recommend the Chelsea Motor Inn as a moderately priced place to stay, however, if some noise interfers with your sleep and you don't care about an outside view, you can request an "inside" room with no view.
Quaint and Nice....
My family has stayed at the Chelsea at least 4 times and each time we have a nice clean room, comfortable bed and it's in walking distance of two good restaurants. Mel's dinner for breakfast is a must. Plenty of coffee and great food just a half block down from the Chelsea. Great Mexican food across the street. Staff is very pleasant and efficient.
Good hotel in nice neighbourhood
Excellent hotel in a pleastant neighbourhood away from the busy tourist spots. Good sized, clean, well appointed rooms, free parking. Many excellent local resturants. "Mel's Diner" just next door is superb for breakfast. Stayed here twice and would do so again.
There are convenient (though rather slow) bus connections to Fishermans Wharf, China Town or Union Square (takes about 30 mins including waiting for bus).
Rooms at the front are very noisy (this would apply to many Lombard St/Hwy 101 Hotels), and those at the back do not have a view - we would choose the latter next time!