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Chelsea Inn in San Francisco, CA

Chelsea Inn in San Francisco, CA

Specialties

Chelsea Inn offers great value for your money. Centrally located in the Marina District on Fillmore/Lombard intersection, nearby restaurants, bars and boutique shops,  
Large rooms facing Fillmore and Lombard street.

Five minutes away from the bay and beach area as well as the Golden Gate Bridge. Room rates include free parking for one car per room and High Speed Internet.

History

Established in 1979.

Chelsea Inn was built 35 years ago.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.46

Address: 2095 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA, 94123
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
  • Tue: Open 24 hours
  • Wed: Open 24 hours
  • Thu: Open 24 hours
  • Fri: Open 24 hours
  • Sat: Open 24 hours
  • Sun: Open 24 hours

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Comments (54):

1. Beth V.
This place is as good as it gets for under $100 in SF!  I love this hotel and stay here a couple of times a year.  There is free parking, free wifi that actually works, and its very clean.  The rooms are quite large & comfortable.  They are always really nice & helpful at the front desk.  This neighborhood is wonderful for walking to many attractions, dining & bars.   We always ask for an inside room so that its extra quiet.

30/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Matt W.
Nice enough. It's got a great location, plenty to see within walking distance and for the price, you can't beat the clean, respectable rooms which have probably been redone sometime in the past few years. Be sure to take the stairway to the roof. Not  sure if you're supposed to be up there, but it's got a nice view of the surrounding area. The free parking is a plus. Note that there's a loud bar across the street on Lombard so request one on the opposite side unless listening to bad Guns and Roses cover songs as you fall asleep on a Friday night is something you find enjoyable.

04/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. perche e.
I've stayed here many times over the years with the location, free parking  and price being the main attractions. But after my last stay, it is time to find another place to stay.

The problem is noise. I was given a "quiet" room in back. While you won't have traffic noise from Lombard, be prepared to listen to drunks from the numerous bars in the neighborhood raving in the streets long after closing time and for an added bonus, the USPS has a facility right next door. The sound of large trucks backing up and mail carts banging while being loaded into the trucks began around 4 a.m. and made for a sleepless night.

Additionally, the carpet was damp, squishy, sticky-gross; one of the bathroom faucets was barely functional; and god help you if your room is next to the excessively loud ice and vending machines.

This place used to be a bargain, now not worth the ordeal.

18/09/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
4. Beth N.
I've stayed here quite a few times, but this time I will only give 2 stars.  The room we had was on the first floor, corner of Lombard and Fillmore.  The noise during the night was horrible!  Felt like people talking on the street were right in our room!  Beds were comfortable and location excellent - close to shops, restaurants and coffee houses, but a bit too close to very noisy bars! Bathroon floor is freezing as it is made of marble.  A shock in the middle of the night!

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. Patricia Y.
We checked in after booking online the last room, booked for 4.. Dropped off our luggage and headed out for the evening. When we returned at just after 10 PM we noticed how noisy it was in the neighborhood. It got louder and louder until the bars closed. Unfortunately there was some kind of business across the street that used an INCREDIBLY BRIGHT LIGHT that came on around 2:30 and flooded the room i shut all the drapes but it was still noisy and not conducive to sleep. The next morning while checking said he had noticed 4 people not 2 and he would have to charge us. They were aware of the # when booked. Also said he smelled smoking in the hallway, we were not smoking but extra charges were put on our card, which we are disputing. Unless you are totally desperate stay somewhere else. Hotel Whitcombe is a wonderful place and cheaper.
Forgot to mention the next morning we noticed in the light of day that the bathroom floor was so dirty we didn't even take showers. Next time i will drive home.

14/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
6. Krystel D.
This place was decent. The room was nice and clean. It was really cold in the room and when we used the heater is was really cold. The location is the best though. Very close to all the shops and restaurants and bars. Really close to Chestnut St.

02/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Riko H.
If this site has anythig going for it, its LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.
I loved working here due to the lively beating heat of Cowhollow/Marina District and its only a few steps away from the bars/shops.
BUT-----------
as a hotel, average at best.
love the old school hard steel keys still being used, a vintage German room style (like how it would feel if one was living in the time of Sound of Music), Technology was non-existant and forget about peace and quiet sleep, your right next to one of the Busiest streets in S.F. and a loude BAR right next door.... although you will wake up with the smell of Chicken in the Air due to a KFC next to it as well.

23/03/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
8. Marcie L.
Nothing fancy, but it was very clean, quiet, economical and in a safe location. We got a great nights sleep and I'm a light sleeper. Our room had had plenty of room to spread out and we didn't feel cramped like in other San Francisco hotels. We had a balcony with a view of the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plenty of places to go to within walking distance. They have FREE PARKING...a rare commodity in San Francisco.

13/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Mindy W.
Whenever we take a road trip to San Francisco, we stay at Chelsea Motor Inn. It's close enough to restaurants, the water, and a ton of attractions to just walk, which is nice, and of course has free parking (a huge plus).

The rooms are always nice and clean, pretty spacious, and the staff is super nice. The first time visiting we told them we needed to go pick up our friend from a certain place and they gave us directions and even a map to help us out. Best of all, it's not that expensive. The few times we have stayed we paid around $100-120/night.

The only downside is that everytime we've had a room facing the street (with a really nice view!) but there are no screens on the windows and the street noise is way too loud to keep the windows open so it can be kind of stuffy in the rooms themselves.. if you're someone who likes fresh air. Overall, a pretty small negative compared to the other positives!

08/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Erwin S.
The room itself was decent, but the hotel is located on a really busy street.  And thats not the worst part.  Stayed here on a Sat night, and all you could hear until 3 a.m. was the music blaring from the night club a block up, and all the people heading to/from it loitering out in the street.  Probably won't stay here again.  One positive = free underground parking (in S.F..... wow)

03/06/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Samantha W.
I enjoyed staying at this hotel. Very comfortable rooms for a very decent price! it came to about $92 including taxes! Great location right around the corner from decent shops and resturaunts. The front desk staff could have been nicer but thats okay.
Free parking in san fran? amazing!!

28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Joyce L.
We stayed here recently and having never stayed in a hotel in SF before (have always stayed with friends), we weren't sure what to expect, but my in-laws booked this place at the recommendation of a relative and this hotel was pretty good. The place is old but has been remodeled (I was told about 3 years ago). The rooms are large and I like the king bed which was firm but not like sleeping on the floor but spacious. We were exhausted from a day of sight-seeing and eating so although there was quite a bit of street noise (even in the back of the hotel) from partyers in the late night and early morning hours, we slept pretty well.

The bathroom tile can use some extra cleaning as the grouts weren't all cleaned, but it wasn't filthy or anything. The sink is cultured marble and looked nice. The large mirror was a nice touch and there was a hair dryer hanging up on the wall which made it very convenient. Basic toiletries were provided and I especially appreciated the SHOWER CAP, which many hotels don't provide anymore. Towels were ok, linens were ok, blankets were on the thinner side but at least all the towels and linens were clean and clearly laundered (off site by some laundry company, I'm pretty sure), we just threw off all the bedspreads and decorative throw pillows (gross if previous guests used them and then they're just put back as is always the case). Internet mostly worked but my husband couldn't get it to work a few times and got frustrated. Technically both wired and wireless connections should have worked at all times. Not as big a deal to me as it was to him.

A major plus is that parking was available and FREE in the basement garage although spaces were limited and I'm pretty sure we were lucky both times we had to park to get the last available spot and of course spaces were very tight, but my husband is quite skilled at parking, so we were ok.

There's a lot of eateries in the area, KFC and Taco Bell next door, Noah's Bagel down the street, and although we didn't explore the area, we were told much more were available in the several blocks around the hotel. I believe Chelsea is the lowest of the several hotels owned by the same company (Cow Hollow Inn, etc.), but it wasn't bad and I can see staying here again if we were to stay in SF again.

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Scott J.
Excellent value in a great location. You can find just about anything you need in a 5 block radius. Free parking - large, clean rooms - very good staff. I love this place. It's my go-to hotel in San Francisco.

Some rooms can be noisy, but you're in a bar district, so what do you really expect. Beds are quite comfortable. This is a little weird, but I love the smell of their soap.

10/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Steven S.
Let me start by saying if you're into value then this is the place for you!
I am clearly into value and like a solid overall deal.  When we stayed here last summer the room rate was $99 a night and they also accepted AAA membership discount.  Brought the rate to $89 a night I believe.  Try finding another hotel in the area for the same price (no chance).  It is really close to the Marina District.  So close in fact that we walked there every morning for breakfast and a couple evenings for dinner.  Many really good places to eat within a 10 minute walk or less.  Speaking of value ... You don't pay for parking!  As I performed a rigorous search of possible hotels to stay at during our visit I found that most of them charge a daily parking fee.  Some were outrageous! ($50 a day) Alas, the Chelsea Motor Inn has a subterranean parking garage with ample free parking.  The only reason this place didn't get a five star review was because the hotel itself and it's "amenities" are a little outdated.  The noise wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be (considering it's on the 101).  Give this place a shot and try some of the local restaurants, you probably won't regret it.

Happy sleeping!

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Hubaloo M.
The Good: Great room, clean, two queen sized beds, large bathroom,  flat screen, nice sitting area overlooking the street. We actually enjoyed the scene on the street but I can see how the noise of the drunkies can be disturbing for thoses not partying (luckily, we were!)

The Bad: A tad more expensive then wanted..ended up being around $165 inlcuding taxes for the 2 queens...

Bottom Line: Well worth the clean room, no disturbances, and cramp free room. Will stay here again if in the Marina :) Don't let the name throw you...felt like a Marriott but not so corporate!

04/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Abbi M.
The Chelsea Motor Inn is a great hotel--such a great deal (mention the aaa discount), free parking and walking distance to Union Street and Chestnut street. The rooms are a great size and the beds are super comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.

04/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Eric O.
While not a 4 star hotel, we were sooo pleased to find this spot. Came in from LA and looked every where to stay. Nob hill too expensive, south side was dirty. We went to the marina and found a motel for $99. It was awful!! Quickly checked out and looked some more. Came across chelsea and found it to was $99. No pool or amenities, but very clean, convenient to everywhere. Very well kept. Probally the best value for the price in the area.

25/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Roanna Z.
Very comfortable rooms and the customer service was informative and consistently polite. I would not hesitate to stay here again or one of the sister Inns.
The bed was great and the room a fair size. This location is perfect. A lot of meal choices nearby and public transportation if you want to leave your car parked. The parking is free too.

01/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Yvette B.
We got lucky when we landed the last room available. We didn't do any advance booking so it was difficult finding a hotel. The Chelsea Inn ended up being a great place! It was very clean and quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful with providing us with information about the area.

We would definitely stay there again!

Yvette L. Brownstone of Ventura, CA

26/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Natalie N.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Chelsea Motor Inn. Its not a fancy hotel at all but it has the basic amenities and was very clean. My friends came to town for a bachelorette party and 4 of them wanted to share a large room. They got a nice corner room with a seating area that we were able to all hang out in and it had plenty of room for 8 people to be in at one time.

The room was clean, a little older but well kept, and the front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend for a cheaper place. Its also close to Lombard and Chestnut, where you can go to tons of restaurants, bars, etc.

16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Jonathan F.
While I have not stayed here. I have gone in several times to ask for directions and to get change for the parking meter or the news stand. Staff is always friendly and willing to help.

I have noticed the place is always busy and clean and customers seem satisfied.

They have a great little tourist map. Very helpful info. it includes bus routes as well as points of interest.

06/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. Linda L.
$2 dollar parking !!!   the 4 of us was so happy about $2 parking in SF, and totally lost our way

13/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Sarah B.
No problems with this hotel.  I booked it though Travelocity, where it had a two-star rating.  This is not a two-star hotel.  Allow me to elaborate:

Our room was clean with a big, comfy bed.  The bathroom was also clean and had moderately modern toilet, shower, and bath.  I had read reviews about it being too noisy, but I had no trouble sleeping and never heard any of my neighbors.  

The staff here were nothing but friendly.  I checked in on the later side with no problems and checked out in a similar fashion.  The rooms have televisions, but I didn't use mine.  The only thing I would add to the room is a small fridge.  This hotel is also near many restaurants and various means of transportation.

01/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Molly G.
I will start out by saying the hotel itself was okay, but their staff and customer service was far below par.
We went to SF for a running event and decided to stay the night before so we could get a good night's sleep before having to wake up at 5am all rested and ready to run a half marathon.  It happened to be daylight savings weekend, so we were really looking forward to the "extra" hour of sleep on top of that!
We checked in at 8:00pm (before time change) and were in bed, lights out by 9.  Our room faced Fillmore Street - we had asked for the quiet part of the hotel.  The party at a nearby bar started at 9 and was so loud that earplugs didn't help!  We called the front desk at 11 to request a change of room.  We were told they would not change our room unless we paid for another room.  There was apparently a price difference between the room we had (two doubles) and the "quiet" room (king), and we even agreed to pay the difference (like 20 bucks), but they insisted they had to charge us the entire room rate.  Expedia could not change their minds.
We called the police - twice - but they were very busy that night, so by the time they showed up at 2:30 am, the music had stopped thumping (only 15 minutes before).  Finally, we turned back our clocks and got a few hours of shut eye, though it was not restful.  
Before we checked out, we spoke to the General Manager and asked for a refund and/or a discount.  He said they were not responsible for noise, and there was nothing they could have done, but they would "deal" with the night employee.  There actually was something they could have done.  Had there been no other rooms available, I would have understood.  I would have even understood charging us extra for the upgrade, but to refuse to move us unless we bought another room (which they obviously weren't going to sell at that time of night) was ridiculous.  The manager simply kept reiterating "that's our policy," and they would not even issue any kind of credit for their customer's inconvenience and misery.  If I need a good night's sleep, I won't be staying there again.

07/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. Tom G.
Very affordable three story hotel in a great location.  It is close to the marina and just north of the affluent Pacific Heights neighborhood.  Hotel is clean but basic. Front desk people are very helpful and friendly, especially Stephanie and Pavel (June 2013). Free covered parking is a plus.  Tons of restaurants and bars nearby.  Our favorite was The Plant Cafe Organic on Steiner Street. Only negative for this hotel is that it does get loud on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm until 2 am due to all the bars right next to the hotel.  We requested top floor and windows were shut, but you can still hear a little noise.  If you are a light sleeper, you might look elsewhere for weekend stay.

16/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Michael L.
Great location. Many bars in the vicinity to black out at.

27/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
27. Wendi M.
We are the kind of travelers that would prefer to save on hotel costs so that we have more "play money" - with Chelsea Inn, we could not have made a better choice.

The location in the Marina/Cow Hollow district was ideal for getting to other places in the city, our bed was extremely comfy, and the staff was top-notch. For 5 nights, we spent under $600 and that included free parking for our rental (which is $40 a night at some other hotels.)

For those of you who prefer quiet, request an inside room. We overlooked Lombard and had the sounds of the bustling traffic (and some of the bar noise) below us, however coming from another city, we didn't mind it.

If we ever return to SF, we will definitely be back.

16/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. J R.
I've stayed at the Chelsea Motor Inn several times while visiting nearby relatives.  It's been a consistently good little place.  Not fancy, but clean, well-maintained, and updated.  I feel like the rates are a good value for the location and class of establishment.  The staff are always friendly and helpful.  The manager, Lee, is multilingual and genuinely interested in making his customers happy.

The rooms are large and the beds are comfortable.  There is wi-fi, but I've found that it's faster in some rooms than others.  But, I've also noticed that it's gotten better over the years.  The rooms have also been updated and have nice LCD TVs.  They have underground parking!  Great for when I've driven to SF.

This place is small and there's no onsite restaurant or bar, but the location is near plenty of good restaurants.  One word of warning is that there's a bar across the street that may get a little loud after midnight.  If you're sensitive to sound, I'd ask for a room away from that street.

Overall, I'd like to tell the management and staff of this hotel, thanks for always making my stay there a good one.  See you soon!

02/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Terri R.
I was in San Francisco for one night to cheer on a pal who was doing the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, a race that she cheered me on at when I did it last year.  This was scheduled to be a quick, low-budget trip for me, so it would be public transportation the whole weekend.  After spending Friday night with friends who lived outside of the city, I took BART in from Pleasanton, exited at Civic Center and made the 2.5 mile walk to this little hotel on Lombard, rolling my carry-on behind me up and down the hills.  I picked the Chelsea for its proximity to the race at Marina Green, as well as Fisherman's Wharf, and the great restaurants on Union Street--all within walking distance.  I'd stayed here before way back in the day, so I knew it was a decent and clean place to lay my head for the night.  At $140 for one night, it was about the most affordable place I could find for the location desired on a Saturday.  I checked in without delay and got a room overlooking Lombard Street.  Given that, it wasn't too loud at all and I got a decent's night sleep.  It's not the St. Francis, but the Chelsea is reliable, it's worked for me and I would stay here again.

04/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Mitch L.
I chose the Chelsea Motor Inn for my road trip to San Francisco because, as the name implies, parking is included in the room rate.  That's definitely a huge benefit if you're driving into SF, because most hotels that offer parking seem to charge an additional $20-30 per night for it, so you can save a decent amount of money by choosing a place like the Chelsea Motor Inn.

The location is pretty good; you can easily walk to Fisherman's Wharf or the Presidio, and lots of Muni bus routes have stops nearby, so if you need to go somewhere farther away there are plenty of options.  (You probably won't want to drive around San Francisco.)

The room my wife and I stayed in was very clean, and the bed was quite comfortable, especially for a hotel bed.  They provided plenty of pillows, which is great because I'm pretty picky about pillows and some hotels only provide one per person which I inevitably find uncomfortable.  It was quite cold in San Francisco while we were there, though, and the heater emitted a dusty smell when I turned it on, so I left it off most of the time which made the room a little chilly.

WiFi is included in the room rate.  I had to ask at the front desk for the password to connect to it--it's a pretty minor niggle, but it irritates me when hotels have password-protected WiFi and don't give out the password with the room keys.  Why make me come back downstairs?  Just give me the password in the first place and if I don't need it I won't use it.

Additionally, the WiFi connection speed while I stayed there was absolutely abysmal.  I clocked it at around a megabit down and maybe a quarter of that up, and it was extremely unreliable even at those speeds; my browser frequently failed to load pages due to timeouts and dropped connections.  If you have a good data plan and can tether your cell phone, you're probably better off doing that.

We had a room facing Moulton Street, which seems more like an alley than a street to me.  We thought that we got lucky with this room because we figured traffic on Lombard Street would be noisy.  We were very wrong about that.  Apparently both garbage and postal trucks frequent Moulton Street; on our first night, they came by around 7 in the morning and woke us up with many metallic banging noises, and on our second night, they returned at FOUR THIRTY IN THE MORNING.  It wasn't as if the truck(s) just quickly passed by, either.  I swear they must have been back there for a good 15-30 minutes.  At one point the driver even started loudly talking to someone... perhaps arguing about why he was making so much noise at 4:30am?  I couldn't make it out, but between that and the banging of trash bins and perhaps post office boxes, I lost at least half an hour of sleep.

By San Francisco standards, The Chelsea Motor Inn is still pretty good value for what you pay, but in absolute terms it can't be said to be inexpensive, either.  That's why I'm only giving it three stars: for almost $200 per night, I'd at least expect the WiFi to work consistently, and they should really try to do something about the noise too.  I talked to an employee at the front desk about it when I checked out and he said they've complained to the city, but the city has refused to do anything.  That being the case, perhaps they should invest in some thicker windows.

If you stay here, I'd recommend asking for a room that doesn't face Moulton Street.  I'm not sure if the hotel has interior rooms, but if so, those would be your best bet... failing that, I'd take my chances with the traffic on Lombard before dealing with the trucks on Moulton again.  Oh, and bring ear plugs.

02/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Erika H.
Perfect for a stay in San Francisco. In a great, yet busy neighborhood. A lot of bars and great restaurants in the marina district. The hotel is close to public transit. The hotel is very clean, big rooms and bathrooms. We also had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from out window! Would recommend this place for a friend looking for an affordable hotel in SF. The rooms are a bit outdated and the TV isn't a flat screen, but if you're spending a lot of time in your room watching TV in San Francisco then you're not taking advantage of this awesome city.

18/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Shari D.
After enjoying a weekend stay at their sister Lombard Inn, my friend and I decided to try out the Chelsea Motor Inn.  Upon arrival there were stains on the curtains (red in color, blood?) but what really made this experience awful was that my car was broken into in their garage.  The front desk staff, as well as the night manager, offered minimal sympathy instead stating things like "that's what happens in San Francisco."  Although they agreed to let me park my car outside the office area the second night of our stay (since it had no window), it was after I had to ask.  The night manager straight out told us there was nothing he could do for us in regards to comping a night or even giving us a discount.  So that free parking comes at a cost.  $350 for the window plus my school bag and contents that was stolen out of my car (textbooks are expensive!).  Don't stay here.  It's not worth it.

08/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
33. Alma M.
Three day stay in San Francisco,

Positive:
Free Parking
Comfortable bed
CLEAN
No smoking in any area
The afternoon front desk attendant with the curly mustache (very helpful with suggestions on buses and routes)
Coffee maker in the room
Bus stops just across the street

Negative
Feels a bit outdated (but we really just used it for sleeping)
TV was not a flat screen but they had cable (plus for my daughter)
Room was a bit small (but I did get the handicapped one since i booked so last minute, the layout for the others looked bigger)
My view was of the wall (but again I wasn't in the room during the day)
Fridge not included (although i think you can ask for one for an extra fee)
They charge your credit card when you book for one night - then when you check in they charge it for the whole stay (in addition to the one night they already charged) and they also charge you $75 damage fee (overall about $175 - $200 more on your card) but it was all credited back with in 48hrs.

14/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Lyndsi W.
We got a great deal on hotels.com over the Christmas holiday!! Free parking which was a plus compared to the other hotels I had looked at and I was so surprised not only was the room huge but we had a partial view of the Golden Gate Bridge!  This hotel was central to everything.  The elevator did seem to be breaking down a lot but, that didn't matter to us because we try to use the stairs anyways.  Just sucked when we first check in and had to carry our luggage up 3 flights of stairs.  Otherwise I would HIGHLY recommend this place for the price.  The location was so central in the city and it made it a great jumping off point to see the city in many directions!

10/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Mary C.
We have stayed at this Inn twice now. I don't like it. It's just okay. I give it 2.5 stars.

STREET: It must be a busy street at night because it can get loud.
HOTEL: Hotel is older looking but it looked clean.
PARKING: They have okay parking (a little tight), just be careful with other cars, the entrance is also the exit. We saw a lady who took like 10min. to park, lol...
FRONT DESK: We have AAA but they only accept AAA every so often (???). I have no idea why, they have the AAA logo in there website. We didn't get a discount.

OVERALL: I wasn't happy. I hope to stay at a different hotel next time. I want a quiet and cleaner hotel next time...

27/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. T K.
Free Parking is what make it 4 stars!!!

Needed an overnight stay in SF, and since I booked the room last minute, all other previous considered hotels were fully booked.  I chose Chelsea because it offers FREE Parking in the city, and the room rate is very reasonable for the location.  Free Wi Fi included.

I booked thru Hotels.com and fully paid for my room before check in, but they still require a $75 hold on the credit card in case of any incidental (In other word, a security deposit of sort)

We had a room on second floor , facing Fillmore (right across from KFC). The windows setup are little interesting, we could look into the next room if we wanted to. So we kept the curtain closed at all times.  Room is big and clean. TV and furniture are a bit dated, but not big deal as they are still in good shapes. The bed is little too soft for my taste and I could use another blanket; but overall it's comfortable room.  

The bathroom is roomy and clean but could use some update/upgrade for sure.There's water stains at the bottom of shower curtain and facets. The towels could use alot more fabric softener. coffee pot and Wolfgang puck coffee inside the bathroom.

We stayed on a Sat. Night and this quiet place turned into pretty noisy area around midnight. As other yelpers mentioned, there are quite a few pubs in the area and people tend to talk alot louder after they drink (or when they are drunk). I did see this from another review and thought as a city girl I could handle it, but I ended up having a pillow over my ears.

Overall a good value for staying in the city.

04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Eric W.
Just got home after a 3 day stay at the Chelsea Motor Inn, and this stay was just as good as the first.   I thought I may have forgotten a small bag in the room, so I called and Jasper was on it and gave me an update within 15 minutes!    (Oops...I actually had it in my shaving kit.).  

I've stayed in inside rooms here and the Coventry, and things are quiet.   This time we were in a room with a view of Chestnut and a partial of the bridge (GG?).   The downside is, as you may have already read in other reviews, you can here the street chatter.   Not too bad, and it did not affect my sleep or ability to relax; light sleepers should consider an inside room.

16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Monica D.
This place seemed okay at first, but the last night I stayed there I found ants. The armchair was covered in them, and I had set my suitcase on the armchair. I didn't expect there to be ants all over the chair. The ants were inside my suitcase and all over my clothes. Hotel staff was not helpful at all and tried to pour an unlabeled cleaner on my clothes. They weren't sympathetic and didn't try to offer much to make up for what happened. It was a decent location, but bad customer service and ants are not acceptable. I most likely will not be staying at this hotel or any of the owner's other properties anytime soon.

19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
39. Mike W.
Have stayed at this place many times over the past few years. Great location however it has it's bad points like really noisy on most rooms that not located in the inner court. The inner court has no views and looks at a brick wall. The rooms are not the cleanest and the carpet has odors in the rooms and in the hallways. Beds are not comfortable by any stretch. These are trade offs for location, price and free parking.

This time we stayed and I got bit about 6 times from bed bugs which are painful to say the least. The deal doesn't seem so good anymore with stuff oozing out of these bites. Would I stay at the Chelsea again even though I like the location, parking, price... HELL NO!

22/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
40. Keri D.
This is my 3rd time staying at the Chelsea, this time the rooms are pretty expensive $$$, the noise outside was exhausting to say the least. Because of bars in the area the front desk tells me the music and party people won't quit until around 2 am!!! I'll never stay here again it sounds like a concert going on outside, I agree they should double pane their windows. Bed ok room clean but don't plan to sleep until after two AM!!!!!

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
41. David W.
Perfect choice for our only night in SF.  Free parking and huge, great room for the pricepoint!  Convenient to several good bars and restaurants!

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Carol B.
What a great value! I can't believe that this place is so affordable. Rusty and I stayed here for two nights and really enjoyed it.

The King-sized beds were very comfortable and adorned with soft, fluffy pillows and comforters. They have free parking (which is a bit tight, but if you leave your key with the staff, they'll park for you). You'll also find a coffee pot in your room, ice makers and soda machines on each floor. Everything seems very clean and nicely maintained.

I also loved that so much was within walking distance of the hotel (Presidio -- about 15 minutes, Wharf -- about 30 minutes). I thought that this was a perfect and very quiet location for our first stay in San Francisco. The hotel staff was also very nice and had many suggestions for us during our stay.

Also, we stayed during the week (Sunday and Monday night) and had no problems with noise from outside. This inn is not modern by any means but it's definitely kempt and well maintained. Try it out!

18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Don E.
Stayed here over the weekend for my daughters wedding, upside, good price, nice room, good location, downside, very loud traffic and nightclub noise, low water pressure from the sinks, might not be so bad if you can get a room away from Lombard St., really nice restaurants close by was a big plus

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
44. Doreen D.
I checked into room 104 and soon noticed a bad odor.  The inn was full, so I walked to the store and bought room deodorizer.  I told the front desk and they said they would send the housekeeper when they came in.  The housekeeper said they had Sea Breeze and it was fine.  The odor came back (smelled like bad body odor)!  I sprayed my cologne and the deodorizer but nothing helped.  I spent two nights and when I checked out, the room clerk argued with me that the Sea Breeze took care of the odor!
Worse place I've ever stayed at!

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
45. SharonLee A.
Although it is located at a very busy intersection it's currently after 11p, 1108 to be exact on a Friday night as I write this and it is super quiet. I too am shocked. Lol It's not like a tidal wave came or half the city has been raptured.

With that said, I take it ALL BACK. It's now 1210am and you can now def hear the presumably drunken revelers sloushing back to where they came from. Good thing I'm a city girl and can tolerate all the noise. So if you too can withstand the ruckus outside then this hotel isn't too shabby.

Highlights:
- running heater: warmed up right away
- clean, white sheets: didn't find any stray hairs or questionable stains once I pulled the covers back
-warm water: flowed warm instantaneously
-free parking: did I say FREE parking, yes I did!
-free wi-fi: username and password is given to you at check-in

They did also pay attention to my special requests that I requested online because I received all of them I.e. Lombard location, 3rd floor.

It was all a good omen: stayed in rm 316, checked out on 03/16, and I believe in 3:16. With all those numerical similarities this place has heaven's seal of approval.

08/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Ana C.
The rooms are clean. The inn is in a great location - we could see the Golden Gate Bridge from our window. There are lots of shops in the area. Union st is not very far!

17/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. D W.
We stayed for two nights. Great location with easy access to transit. The hop on hop off tour stops right by, which we didn't know but might consider next time. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance as well as a grocery store and wine store.

The rooms was comfortable and clean. We were in an outside unit on the Lombard side not far from the corner of Fillmore and didn't have any issues. I'm a lite sleeper, yes you could hear the cars drive by, but I slept sound every night. Maybe it was all the walking and fresh air :)

Only downside, tv had only one working channel, but we didn't spend much time in the room. Internet was to slow to buffer amazon prime movie, but worked great for surfing the net and planning next days activities.

Overall I would definitely stay again as it is the perfect location and you can't beat free parking

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Cella W.
We found this hotel on Yelp and read reviews but decided to go with it anyways because of the price and location! We are glad we did. We were lucky we were asked to choose between a room in the interior or exterior of the building! We knew from yelp reviews that exterior rooms were kinda loud so we asked for an room in the interior.
Now negative points:
-ice machine was broken on first 2 floors
-water pressure was weak
-we didn't see full effort to "go green" as advertised.
Positives:
-FREE PARKING
-air conditioned rooms
-security card swipe to use elevator
-we were able to check in 1hr before check in time
-easily accessible by bus.

Would stay there again.

04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. L. G.
Excellent stay at the Chelsea Inn. I love to visit San Francisco and always choose the Marina area instead of Union Square.  This hotel has a great location and the rooms are reasonably priced compared to other hotels. Staff is friendly and personable.  I received a lot if useful information and helped me a lot during my stay.  I would come back any time I am in town. Good value price/quality. Another plus is the free parking in the city.

I would definetely recommend this hotel in the Marina. Close to the water and public transportation.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Jay And LouAnn W.
The best thing about this motor inn is that there is free parking.  The hotel is located across the street from a very very noisy bar  which plays thumping music all night long...the drummer knows his one song super good and plays that beat loudly over and over and over.  Secondly, a do not disturb sign on your door is meaningless - the staff will enter your room regardless.  The room is large but there is furniture missing so it is not very nice or comfortable.  Oh and bring extra towels because they seem to be scarce here.

10/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
51. Tom B.
We stayed here for four nights, nice place, well located to restaurant's and activities. The staff were pleasant and helpful, we enjoyed our stay.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Nerice L.
The space was nice. I don't feel that the windows were really sealed well, or maybe the windows were just very thin. I liked that there's free parking. Be careful though because there's only one entrance which also serves as the exit to the parking garage... and there's only room for one car. Yes, it's loud at night (and you can hear the people above you), but slap on some ear plugs and you're good to go! The beds were comfy. And I love the location of the hotel. It's a 25-minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf and a 2-5 minute walk to so many great restaurants,like Bay Watch Restaurant, Pacific Catch, Home Plate, and Over the Moon Ice Cream & Cookies! If you have the frugal munchies, it's also right across the street from Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Karla M.
I love the Chelsea Motor Inn!  It's my favorite place to stay due to its location.  I can catch the MUNI to go anywhere in the city.  Cute shops and restaurants just around the corner.  Parking is free too, not all hotels have that.

The manager, Eunkil Lee, is wonderful.  Let us check in a little early and made sure I got my favorite room, which is any of the corner rooms.  They're a little bigger than the other rooms and you get a great view.  Especially if you get the top floor.

Thank you Eunkil for the wonderful customer service and hospitality.  You made us feel very welcome and special.  Looking forward to our next visit.

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Claudia S.
Great little place to stay. Clean, and great location. Bars close by so if you can't sleep through noise you might want to stay further from hang out spots.

Will definitely add to my "places to stay" list.

21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0