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Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco, CA

Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco, CA


The Marina is a palm tree-lined urban oasis. Enjoy neighborhood attractions like the Marina Green, Fort Mason and Fisherman's Wharf, as well countless shopping and dining destinations on Union and Chestnut Streets. We've recently refurnished with playful and colorful pieces. Think California beach house. We welcome your family and pets, and invite you to enjoy our heated pool, complimentary continental breakfast, and inexpensive on-site parking.


Company Info:

Rating: 3.89

Address: 3100 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123
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Comments (91):

1. Brian D.
This is our second time staying here in the past four months.  Very comfortable and great location.  Kid and pet friendly, has pool that is kept moderately warm.  Very bright and cheerful colors throughout, nice artwork in the rooms.  Front desk is very helpful.  Breakfast is simple but adequate.  Internet service is wireless and was a bit spotty -- sometimes it worked great, other times not.  Parking is free and on-site.  Would definitely keep coming back to this place.

03/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. brandon b.
in my book its a five star not sure on the actual rating but it was well worth the money and at a value price i would tell anyone to stay here i will come back to this location next time i visit san fran for sure!

25/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Anna L.
Cheap and free parking!  Easy to walk to Union St. and down to Chestnut in the Marina.  I stayed here for about 4 nights on my recon mission to SF before I moved here.  The rooms are hip (no bathtub but those are usually gross in hotels anyway).  An ex-con friend of mine said that he used to hide out at the motel that was here before it was converted to the Hotel del Sol and I thought that was pretty cool!

03/01/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Allison B.
This is a cute, festive motel and a fantastic deal. (I've usually paid $105 to $115 per night.) Parking is free, and the rooms are clean and bright. Only negative is that kids playing the pool can sometimes wake you up early in the morning. Ok, 8am is early for me but maybe not a problem for you.

27/05/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Christy M.
Like everyone else has said: cheap and free parking, really clean, with incredibly cheerful and bright decor. Whenever I plan to stay over night in the city, I try to stay here since literally I just want a place to crash after a long night out (without driving across the Bridge back to Marin). This place doesn't feel as cheap as it is, it's no Hilton or W Hotel, but it's sweet, cute, and in a central Marina location.

17/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Janel A.
Free parking, free parking, free parking. Ok, I guess it's not really THAT free since I'm sure it's included in the price, which isn't that cheap. I put some friends up here and they seemed ok with it -- no frills, just a hotel room. Lots of bright colors. If you like the morning snacks, they have some danishes in the lobby.

04/03/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Anna L.
When I decided to fly into SF a day before my firm would actually pay for hotel costs, I asked my local friend for a hotel under/around $200 near the marina.   I had heard that running along the marina area was nice and was in my half marathon training.  Anyways, the hotel did not disappoint.  It's a cute motel-like place perfect for families (or folks like me looking for value).  The rooms were bright and cheerful and the staff was helpful.  This is a place my family would've stayed in when I was young..... really good value.  The walls are really thin but it didn't bother me, afterall I did expect loud families :-)  Stayed here July 13th.

24/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
8. Judy Y.
We spent one night here.  It was the perfect location for attending an event at Ft. Mason Center.  It was close enough to walk.  when I arrived the young man at the front desk was very friendly and helpful.  He said he upgraded our room at no cost.  We had a king bed on the third floor.  It was near the backside of the hotel.  the room was quiet as far a street noise but the walls are a bit thin and I could hear the TV from the room next to us.  the parking is FREE but the spaces are small.  It was a tight fit for our mini van.  The room was very clean and well equipped.  there  was an ironing board and iron,a hair dryer and a full length mirror.  A light breakfast is served in the a.m.  I had a bagel and cream cheese with hot chocolate and my husband had banana bread and coffee.  Check out was easy and the person at the desk was also friendly.
This was a very positive experience.  Sure it is not a five star hotel but it is very reasonably priced and clean.  If you want to spend $500 a night you will get fancy  but for just over $100 this was a good deal.

29/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Shelly J.
Noisy as hell- Don't get a room near a stairwell! Stay in one of the interior rooms. Decorated nice, comfortable, good location. Parking was never a problem. Not a four star glamor hotel, but for the price and location I think it's a good stay.

18/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. August Z.
Just a quick personal confirmation from the accountant at the nonprofit partner of Hotel Del Sol's "You Can Make a Difference" program that Hotel Del Sol does a good job forwarding the funds collected under the program and that those funds have a surprisingly large impact in serving children in the San Francisco Bay Area community.

01/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Macelle A.
I came for the cheap stay and free parking, but did you know they also serve continental breakfast. Got a free upgrade to the Junior Suite, so hubby and I can say, we had a good stay, even though we were on the third floor, the exercise is good for you. The shower water pressure was perfect. And this place is close to pizza organsmica!

Service was pleasant, and rooms were immaculate. Overall great value.

Down side: The motel doesnt have the SF feel, it's a nice motel. And the Marina district is a party district so you can sometimes hear the drunken parties walking by.

But overall - Great Value for Great price!

12/02/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. CC G.
Good place for older children, but if you have a toddler I'd find a better place.

My husband, my 22 month old and myself recently stayed here for 4 nights while visiting the city.  I decided to book here because one website considered it the #1 place to stay for kids in San Francisco.
I also liked the fact that with the Jr. Suite I would have two rooms so I could put my son down to sleep early or for a nap without having to worry about making too much noise to wake him up.

We paid $206 a night.  46 hours before arriving my husband said he checked travelocity and found much better hotels for a lot less so I checked myself and found the Westin St. Francis for $120!!  Even with $50 parking it would have still been cheaper to stay there.  Unfortunately you have to cancel with Del Sol 48 hours in advance.  (Something I will always check now for last minute deals before cancellation fees come into play)

So our vacation was stressful and while traveling back home I thought to myself that I would not let that skew my review of Del Sol. But, after thinking more about it, I think the hotel actually added to the stress.  When I'm on vacation I want at least a little bit of luxury to help relax at the end of the busy day of sight seeing and Del Sol isn't that type of place.  More of a place to sleep only.

My husband and I agreed that for older kids this place would make since but if you have just younger children that aren't even going to remember the vacation, stay at a place that cators more to you and not them.  We just wanted a place that added a little more to our vacation not just a place to sleep.  (if not room service at least a restaurant attached, a larger relaxing bathroom, closer to more of the tourist spots so we didn't have to take a bus to every place, a spa :-D)

Decent Cont. breakfast but get there before cut off, they were putting it away around me while I was picking out snacks for my kiddo.
Close to bus stop.
Walking distance to plenty of places to eat.
Area outside to play in with kids
Playground 2.5 blocks away on chestnut

NO vent in TINY bathroom (the door won't open all the way b/c it hits the toilet)
One person shower, this made it hard to bathe my child.
Thin walls
No coffee maker

13/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. staci s.
LOVE this quaint little funky hotel!  If you're looking for 4 stars and fancy, this is not your place...if you're looking for a clean, comfortable, nice place in a GREAT location WITH free parking...this is your spot!  The rooms are comfortable and clean and they have done a great job with the court yard/pool etc.  Nice simple FREE breakfast.  Location can't be beat, you can walk to everything!  Highly recommend!

16/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Ellie S.
I liked this hotel. Gary, the manager, was kind enough to mention the Joy of Life Club when I made my reservation which is free to join on the hotel's website. We did not get our bottle of wine and paper right away but, when I mentioned it to the person at the front desk, they made sure we got it. It was a nice touch. This is not a fancy hotel. It is a kitschy motel. We spent 5 days there with peace and quiet (we asked for a room away from the stairwell) except for loud noise Friday evening/Saturday morning from the drunken revelers on Lombard street. Not sure any motel in that area can avoid it. Did not eat breakfast but, saw the breakfast. It looked fine. Your standard toast, jam, bagels, muffins, cereal, fruit, yogurt and juice. Loved the shampoo, conditioner and shower gel attached to the shower. Saved me from dropping a bunch of small toiletries all over the place. As far as parking, if you can't find parking in the immediate parking area, you need to drive through and you will see an additional parking lot. They do let other people park in the outside lot during the day but, a valet is there to move a car if you get boxed in. The location is great, near Fisherman's Wharf and Marina area. This hotel is NOT near Union Square if you are expecting to stay in a "downtown" location. Rooms were clean and staff was friendly. Basically, this is a very nice motel. For the price and star rating, I think this was a wonderful hotel. It is not the Ritz but, it is very nice and my family enjoyed our stay.

24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Jim R.
The place is "Kitschy -Cute". Brightly colored exterior, cool looking palm trees in courtyard along with pool and hammocks.  That's where the charm ends.  This place is a dump.  we put out of town guest here for the week since it was close to our home.
Walls are paper thin.  the place is old, floors were spongy, yes spongy it was like walking on a trampoline.  The place is in need of major renovation. Joie d Vivre group who owns this place should be ashamed of themselves.  All they did was slap paint  on this 50's motel and they charge 60% more than other newer motor inns in the neighborhood.
If you want to stay in the Marina District, there are more than a dozen nicer places on Lombard street to choose from and most of them have parking as well.

28/10/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
16. Joanne M.
Loved this place.  Great price, very clean and the staff was very caring.  The decor is cute and our room was very quiet.  I like how the rooms all open out to the inner courtyard.  Feels very safe.  And it's walking distance to our fave Marina spots.  You can't beat the free parking either.  We would definitely stay here again.

04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Lesley M.
We got a great deal on Hotel Del Sol from a Twitter offer. The room cost us $44! Because of this, I had low expectations. However, we were very happy with the room--it was clean, smelled good, and had a comfy bed. While we didn't use the pool, I'd imagine couples or kids would enjoy this feature during warmer months. I also appreciated the milk and cookies in their lobby, and a continental breakfast with tea, oatmeal and a few baked goodies. You can't go wrong on location either. The hotel is right between Union and Chesnut- two great shopping streets. Plus, bus 30 picks up on Chesnut so we were able to hop over to the wharf, North Beach and Union Square very easily. Overall, we had an inexpensive yet very fun weekend.

20/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Katie S.
My mom, sisters, and I stayed here on a quick trip to the city to look at wedding dresses.  The room was cheap, particularly considering that my mom could park her ridiculous car for free (she drives one of those embarrassingly large SUVs that makes no sense considering she's a life-long green party member).  

Anyway, the rooms are on the small side, but comfortable and clean.  Apparently it was noisy at night, but I didn't notice, perhaps in part to having consumed a good part of the complementary (half) bottle of  wine they gave us on arrival.

30/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. daniel s.
We were put up here for a work related event, so no clue on price.  I do really like the "Green" factor, the staff was all terrific (including the housekeepers, super nice women), and the location can't be beat.  

Time to replace the mattress I think.  The courtyard can sometimes bounce late night revelers voices about (bring earplugs?), and I was scalded more than once with the random blast of insanely hot water in the shower.

20/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. douglas B.
What a fantastic hotel. The staff are pretty much the friendliest I have ever experienced at a hotel, anything you need they help you with. Restaurants, sightseeing and general facts they will help you with. The Bed was super comfortable, the TV was modern. The Hotel gave off a very cool vibe. I plan on recommending this hotel to all friends that plan on visiting in the future.

21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Mandy C.
This is probably one of the most ghetto hotels I've stayed at. I thought it was going to be pretty decent since they had pretty good reviews. The only good thing about this hotel is their complimentary parking. I was placed in a room near the stairs, so it was super hidden. Every time I went inside my room it smelled terrible. I can't really describe the smell..maybe like an old person's room. The complimentary internet SUCKED. I barely got internet. The restroom toilet was terrible. It flooded! The bed was ok, the pillows needed to be changed. There was not enough support. The kids were super loud, you can hear someone vacuuming in the morning. There's no AC in the room. They charge over 100+ dollars for these rooms. If I paid that much I would've been so upset.

01/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Rob W.
Great place to stay, especially if your looking to be away from any of the usual touristy drama. They have good free parking both within the motor lodge and adjacent lot which belongs to the hotel. My standard room was clean with a very small bathroom.

The light continental breakfast was good enough to kick start the morning. Plenty of places within walking distance if your looking to grub.

Staff at check-in/out was very friendly.

If you can enjoy the fact that it is an old remodeled motor lodge you will enjoy staying here for a long weekend.

Definitely a good option if you can get a special rate or just considering the free convenient parking.

Wireless high-speed Internet access is available.

26/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Jude M.
My Minneapolis family stayed at this hotel last year when they came to town and LOVED it. This year my daughter and 5 year old grandkid suggested we spend two days in the city (I live in Sonoma County) so they could stay here again. I loved it as well. This is a cheery, super-clean, family friendly motel with a helpful and friendly staff. Parking is free. There is a small heated pool in the palm and bamboo filled courtyard and oversized hammocks for relaxing in the sun. Rooms are small, but immaculately clean and efficient, decorated in bright, fiesta colors -- reminded me of an HGTV decorating project. Top quality shower products are provided as well as a blow dryer. Sheets are super soft and luxurious; perfect weight duvets and a choice of pillow softness in 4 large sized pillows per bed. Flat screen TV, a DVD player, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast was free, continental style. Coffee was excellent, and the croissant I chose was fresh and flaky. The grandkid had cereal and a muffin. In the afternoon they offered coffee, hot water for tea, freshly baked cookies, and lemonade in the lobby. The place was full, but the nighttime hours were so quiet, I could hardly believe we were in the city. We could walk to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghiaradelli for the grandkid, and the Marina district was perfect for an early morning jog. We felt very safe overall. Hotel del Sol will become our go-to spot when staying in the city.

21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Nicole F.
Great place! Free wifi, complementary breakfast, and close to everything at a decent price. The hotel has a bright ambiance to it and the rooms are painted with vibrant colors. The pool is heated and the grounds are very clean. Great inexpensive place to stay in San Francisco. The only downside was the beds were too hard. Ouch!

10/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Teresa D.
LOVED this hotel.  Super cute, sweet staff, comfortable, clean and quiet.  All the things we look for!  We will stay here every time we come up to San Fran.  The pool is great, there's a nice grassy area in the courtyard with hammocks and cafe style tables and the parking is easy and accessible!  We brought our dog and were pleasantly surprised by the dog friendly nature of this hotel.  We couldn't believe we could get such a nice room for such a great rate in the middle of the city.  We went down two blocks to Union St. for dinner a few nights and some great shopping.  Very close to Fisherman's Wharf and many other fun places in the area. Definitely recommending this place to our family and friends for their future visits.

04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. L T.
Found this place on trekaroo.com - just wanted to find a hotel that had suites and AC.

Pros:  great location (lots of restaurants/ bars in walking distance), very kid-friendly, free parking, free wi-fi, nice bright color scheme, cookie happy hour, complimentary b-fast (muffins, coffee), free lemonade in the lobby

Didn't get a chance to try out the pool :(

Cons:  sleeper sofa was pretty much unbearable for me (husb was fine), not enough towel hooks in the bathroom (ok, now I'm nitpicking)

Suggestions:  more towel hooks :), probably expensive and maybe not structurally possible but how about some pocket doors in the bathroom and the bedroom?  

Overall, we really enjoyed staying there.

08/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Rebecca M.
I cancelled a booking I had with another hotel after reading the positive reviews. Maybe we got the worst room (above the reception area). We could hear EVERY step in the room above us. EVERY time someone walked up for down the stairs, the room vibrated - the windows literally shook. The windows faced the street and at midnight the first night we had 3 drunk people in a car who moved their party below our room window. The next night we were woken at 2am with the group of young women discussing one of their dates at the top of their voice. We could hear EVERYTHING. I know it's the city and not the burbs, but this was ridiculous. It was like having someone talking at the top of their voice outside our paper thin door. I don't care about the size of the room which I honestly thought was fine. But we weren't there to hang out, we wanted to get out and see San Francisco and be in our accommodation to sleep. If there wasn't the noise issues, I'd be giving a rave review but our family being woken by drunks one night and gossipy girls the next, made us all tired and cranky and ruined this short vacation for us.

22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
28. Cheddar F.
Nice area! Located near everything.   Hotel is clean and staff is very friendly.  The continental breakfast is a plus!.  The only thing that bothered me a bit was the thin walls.  You can hear the guests next door and kids running up and down the halls.

05/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Faith G.
Great Service! Cute rooms! Awesome location!

12/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. GIR ..
Awhile ago I booked my Dad to stay here for a week's visit, but after one night he asked that I find another place for lodging. In his words he said it was not clean (and the way he said that made me suspect something nasty) and that there were holes in the sheets.

I don't know if this was an uncommon occurrence, some unusually bad housekeeping or not, but I felt it was key to post as I would have wanted to know about the circumstances to consider and check things out more thoroughly before making the reservation.

18/04/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
31. Lisa A.
I use to live next door to The Hotel Del Sol, so when I was in town for a few days, it made since to stay here. As others have said, they do offer free parking, which is pretty unheard of in SF. But beware, I can't tell you how many cars got broken into in the two years I lived here! Don't leave anything visible in the car!
The rooms are pretty bright and the noise factor can be off the chart, but this is a great location. Clean neighborhood and tons of shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance. The bed could have been a bit better, but this is a value motel, not a five star hotel.

30/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
32. Katherine K.
Great location, but the rooms are tiny and have the shortest shower heads I've ever seen. Kudos on great covered parking spots though.

18/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Milka C.
This place is adorable! It is walking distance to everywhere and free parking!! The staff was very helpful and accommodating and housekeeping was very nice. The morning breakfast was sufficient to keep you from starving and hold you off until lunch. The pool is small but heated. Small grassy area with hammocks on sunny days are a nice touch. My only complaints that the rooms were suffocatingly small, the bathroom plumbing was chancy. But for the price, amenities and location its a great deal. I

04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Blake B.
Fun hotel with great value considering the location.

I've lodged here on two trips (around 8 days total) and thoroughly enjoyed each visit.

They've really hit the mark with their bright, cheerful decor throughout the motel. I never experienced noise issues as other reviewers mentioned, however it's understandable as the Marina area in general can be a bit loud at late hours.

The desk staff is always very welcoming and accommodating.

Be sure to check out their complementary DVD library!

18/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Peter M.
I'm writing this from the Sol...  Cute, clean, fun.  Not a four star hotel, but they get four stars from me!

For the money, if you're looking for a place to lay your head in the Maring district, the Hotel Del Sol is the spot!

15/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. christine p.
My husband and I stayed here with our two kids as bay area residents playing tourist for a couple days. We've never stayed in an SF hotel  so I don't have much to compare it to. On those grounds I have to say I'm satisfied. Very clean, colorful, family friendly, tasty cookies and lemonade in the afternoon, toiletries smelled lemon-y and divine... oh and of course the free parking. (17 point turns mandatory but whatever) ;-)

Only complaints are that the continental breakfast included stale pastries, watered down oj and my husband got some expired coffee creamer.. I'm easy, so stale  bagel with cream cheese and black coffee suited me fine. My kids enjoyed go gurts and hot cocoa. ..

They should also consider some sort of measure to make the beds more comfy. Comfortable beds are sorta expected at a boutique hotel..The beds are super basic.

The staff was indeed very knowledgeable and responsive. So for everything we experienced I will say that we would stay here again.

08/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Mark C.
The hotel staff emailed an apology and offered a free stay after I completed their guest survey.

22/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
38. Sarah P.
a caveat-this is as good as it gets in motel/motor inns along lombard.  it is a motel-small rooms, no bath tubs, few amenities.  although the continental breakfast doesn't look half bad, and the coffee is drinkable.  

on the other hand it is also clean, well maintained, cute and sunny and they've done a fine job f making it "chic" (for a motel), and the staff is all pleasant. plus free wifi and parking-and the rates are hecka reasonable.

they have a pool, which doesn't probably see a lot of use here in sf, but if you're traveling between july and oct it might end up being pretty sweet, especially if you have kids, whodon't seem to care about the temperature.

all make this as good as it gets.

09/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Patricia O.
As a Mex-I-CAN...

I loved this place!  The color scheme takes me back to my Mexico.  I'm not talking about the touristy vacation spots, I'm talking real, down-home, south-of-Mexico-City Mexico.  I especially liked the mural in the motor court.  Use of color makes me happy.  Fearless use of color makes me euphoric!  Hotel Del Sol = Euphoria!

The art was tasteful and ranged from b/w photos of famous architecture (LA arch. in our case), and Picasso-esque pieces. The beds were firm, but very comfortable.  The closet was a walk-in!  We used it as a dressing room :)  Unfortunately, there wasn't a mini-fridge in our room so we had to get creative to chill our champagne.  

The entire facility was very clean and looked very well kept.  The staff were very friendly and very accommodating - we arrived to a fresh pot of coffee and fresh-baked cookies in the lobby.

The elevator was a little scary, but we survived.  My advice:  leave "room for cream" in your coffee cup if you plan on riding the elevator up to your room.  There is a surprise dip that caught me off guard and I sloshed steamy hot coffee on my hand :(   Also, as you exit the elevator on the 3rd floor, there's an unannounced 2" step that luckily none of us tripped on or fell from.  Be careful!

The location is great.  A 10-minute walk to lovely Chestnut Street, and a short cab ride to the Fort Mason Center.

I'll be back!

29/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Sigfrido F.
Great location, convenient, you park your car as well. Comfy bed and colorful walls. Happy place in general. Is clean and the service is excellent. Flat screen tv in the room, pretty fast Internet as well.
I had an event at the Fort Mason center and it's just few blocks away. I like it much better than the Lombard's hotels which are cheap but with no character. This is my new favorite spot in San francisco.

01/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Jay J.
The best kid friendly hotel in SF.  Our daughters loved the hammock and pool and met lots of friends from around the world.  What a great stay!

12/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Sputnik S.
CUTE CUTE CUTE. stayed here 2 nights and really enjoyed my stay.  the breakfast is actually pretty outstanding considering it's a 'continental breakfast' and on the house. the staff are amazing. very attentive and very friendly. in fact, i left behind a few items (including a pair of designer sunglasses) and housekeeping located them and front desk shipped them back to me, the person helping me even stopping to the FedEx office the DAY i called, on his way home, to ship my belongings. The hotel itself is adorable, and really clean, but do keep in mind that it IS a RENOVATED motor lodge so the building itself is older--that includes the interiors such as bathroom and closet.  do not expect a "50's motor lodge-STYLE" hotel, this is the real deal. if you are on the 1st and 2nd floor it is pretty likely you will hear walking and what not above you, but it didn't bother me too much. if you are a light sleeper or are planning to sleep in late, you might find the peripheral noise slightly annoying.  I'd suggest asking to stay on the 3rd floor where i assume it is less noisy since there is no above noise.

i found the entire hotel charming and worth what i paid. Also, it is near tons of delicious restaurants and is in a VERY VERY VERY safe area. I've stayed in many of SF's different neighborhoods and i have never felt as safe anywhere as i did here.  The free parking and free wifi are totally the cherry...

I highly recommend Hotel Del Sol.

23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Jon R.
Came here for a spring break trip with two of my good friends.

The hotel is a good deal, mainly for the free parking! In SF, that's nearly impossible to find.

Room itself was clean, although the brightly colored decor was a bit jarring. Staff was very friendly, courteous, and helpful. The continental breakfast and free coffee/tea throughout the day was much appreciated as well.

The only issue was being rudely awoken each morning by children in the hall; if a person even walks by your room, you will hear it. However, when its a kid running through the complex, you will be jarred every time.

Overall, I'd recommend. Convenient, clean, a real gem. Just know the clientele ahead of time...families everywhere!

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Ignacio M.
Great hotel hidden in the city. The hotel is not in any popular tourist spot but that adds to some of its allure. The greet desk is helpful and very nice, with baked goods on the side to satisfy your sweet tooth. The beds were very comfortable and clean, didn't want to get up in the morning. If you're looking to visit spots like the Golden Gate bridge, Chinatown, etc. don't be afraid to use the bus system (youre set for the whole day with one ticket at $2.25) because walking will surely work out those legs. Also, there's a great night life in the area with mostly young business professionals trying to recreate their college years.

08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Jelly R.
This was a nice hotel for the price. Oscar, at the front desk, was very upbeat, helpful, and pleasant. The free cookies and maps were a nice touch that made us feel welcome. I thought the color scheme, outdoor fabric panels, hammocks, and inflatable pool toys gave the place a fun vibe... More eclectic than the row after row of pastel square houses that otherwise defined the neighborhood. The room was clean and updated, and I liked the layout (almost like a small one bedroom apartment, sans kitchen, with windows overlooking the pool/courtyard. . .) and thought the two TV thing (one in the living room area and one in the bedroom; both being decent quality LG brand TVs) was a nice touch. Unlike several of the other hotels we stayed at during this trip, the Del Sol has screens on the windows, so you can actually leave your windows open and get some fresh air without worrying about anything else coming in. However, the updating of the room was kind of inconsistent: In the shower, it was painfully obvious that they painted over pink tile with white paint (as evidenced by the fact that the shower floor had peeled to pink in the center area of the shower floor). But, it seemed like they're still in the process of renovating (our room got new furniture and floor lamps while we were there, blinds appeared to be new,  carpet appeared newer, etc.), so that might have just been a temporary thing until they could re-tile or something... Those things take time. The complimentary continental breakfast was a nice bonus: There was a variety of food, and it was displayed nicely given how small the lobby area is. Another bonus is that they offer free covered parking. Also, they offer free WiFi through AT&T-- yet another nice touch. I would definitely stay here again, and can see why they had so many awards in their lobby.

18/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. James H.
You gotta judge this one realizing that it is in a very expensive part of San Francisco, the Marina District.  In light of this, I give it 4 plus stars.  

The hotel is cheerfully remodeled.  The staff is friendly.  They provide a continental breakfast and cookies in the lobby at night.  

Although the rooms are small, the location is AMAZING.  Just 1 block to the Balboa Cafe, a fav of mine.  

You can spend a lot more in SF and get a lot less.  This hotel is a place I would come back to again and again.

A suggestion for improvement - the beds should be upgraded.

20/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Shapechanger V.
Great place for the right price. Everything is clean. Staff is friendly and extremely helpful. Well, the young little fella that sets up the breakfast in the morning needs a serious attitude adjustment but other than him, everyone was great. I walked around the neighborhood to check out similar hotels and Hotel Del Sol seemed to beat them all in charm and character. It's in a great location, too. Next time I'm in Frisco, I'll stay there again. Thumbs up.

01/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Marcia T.
Noise & foul odor were an unpleasant surprise in our room which was not the room type we had reserved.  The hotel refused to honor our reserved room type and put us in a room the size of a closet. If zero was a star choice I would give this hotel one!

30/06/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
49. Darin Christi F.
I loved this little place the staff was so friendly and helpful the yard was cute with it's little green lawn and bright and gaily lit palm trees and hammock. The rooms are small but so bright and cheerful. The parking is free as is the wifi and you get a free continental breakfast as well as cookies and Juice in the afternoon. The rooms are eco friendly and pet friendly. The rates are reasonable what more could you ask for. The only drawbacks are the walls are a bit thin or our neighbors were a bit loud and the stairs outside out room seemed to be where the neighbors like to dump there trash but I definetly would stay again. A great little place for a vacation.

22/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Leslie H.
Our family loved this cute hotel.  Great location. Most comfortable beds we have slept in anywhere.  On our last day, we peeled the sheets back to ID the mattress, because we want to buy one.  Room was clean.  Shower, no tub, but clean also.  Our room backed on Greenwich Street, so I was concerned about noise, but it wasn't a problem. Front desk staff is outstanding.  We came rushing in with 45 minutes to spare to get to an Alcatraz tour.  They let us park without even checking in, called a cab for us, so we could get there on time.  Also the front desk acts more like a concierge; all were very knowledgeable about SF attractions and helpful at looking up info for us and other guests.  Great value.

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. K Z.
Stayed here last weekend with my two daughters. A gem in the city! We absolutely loved the personal touches and great service. An awesome place to stay in cow hollow and the staff knows everything in the area. Kuddos to Oscar for the amazing tips and local insider recommendations!

Would stay again & recommend it!

02/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Shawn C.
Pretty good size room for a San Fran hotel.  The location is awesome too.  Parking is convenient as well.  I would stay here again.

17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Cassi P.
Adorable boutique hotel on Lombard Street. Close to everything you need within walking distance (many restaurants and fabulous shopping) and a short cab ride to the rest of the City. It exceeded our expectations in every way. Very clean, very cute, not at all noisy and the desk service, Chris was there this weekend, was efficient and helpful.
Hotel Del Sol is a good deal and the free parking is the best.
We will definitely stay here again when we are in San Francisco.

13/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Juliette R.
I was more than pleased that Hotel Del Sol allows your dogs to stay for free, you just have to inform them beforehand, otherwise there is a $150.00 fee.

Once we pulled into the free parking area, we were taken back by the beauty of the hotel. Hammocks swayed between huge palm trees with the pool nearby.

The staff was extremely friendly and inviting.

Our room was spacious and just as colorful as the outside of the hotel. I noticed that the complimentary dog bed, treat, and bowl for my dog were not in the room; so we informed the front desk and they apologized and immediately had an employee bring the items up. My dog was barking incessantly at him, but, he reassured Tigger saying "No.. I'm your friend." I thought that was funny.

The only complaint that I have is that the walls are very thin. You can easily hear people walking up step and past your room. You can almost hear what people in the next room are saying, but, not clearly.

The pool is equipped with floating devices (noodles) and beach balls. It was a bit cold, but, bearable.

At night, we decided to walk around the Marina area and my friends got this craving for coffee. We tried looking for a coffee shop, but, all of them were closed by then. That's when we realized that the hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies at night. We were happy because that practically saved us $5.00.

The continental breakfast was located near the front desk and consisted of boiled eggs, danishes, muffins, toast, spreads, cookies, coffee, and tea. It was filling and much appreciated!

Our stay was amazing! We all had a blast and so did my dog Tigger. If I ever need to get away, Hotel Del Sol would be at the top of my list!

19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Jeff G.
This is THE hotel if you're traveling to SF with kids. We stayed in the Family Suite which had an extra room with a trundle bed and came stocked with books, games, puzzles and other toys. It also had a darling kid table with 2 chairs.

There is a cute courtyard with hammocks and tables & chairs. It has a small, homey feel and the staff were all very nice and helpful. The free breakfast had a good selection as well.

The pool area has tons of pool toys for everyone to use. Noodles, 2 floaties for babies to sit in, nerf splash balls, etc.

The decor is a bit odd, but certainly not a detraction. It really feels as if you're in your own little cozy world once you pull into the (free) parking area.

This was my 4th time in the city and I've never felt as safe and comfortable as I did while staying here. The neighborhood is fantastic. TONS of great food & activities to walk to. We walked to a playground a few blocks away, to dinner most nights and we even walked to the Exploratorium. It's a beautiful neighborhood.

This hotel was awesome and such a good value. I highly recommend it.

14/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Minch Z.
You get:
FREE parking,
FREE breakfast,
FREE internet;
Room is nice and clean, staff are nice.
The hotel is close to Golden Gate Bridge, and the area is safe.
If only you can get a discount rate. (Like AAA)

11/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Keisha A.
Trying to find a hotel with free parking in SF is like trying to find an attractive Tiger Wood's mistress, you might be looking for a long-ass time.  

Hotel Del Sol has got your free parking, and free wifi and complimentary continental breakfast, and free Jolly Ranchers at the front desk.   All of this without making me and my wallet cry.  Yay!

It's a motor-style hotel, decorated with bright, vibrant colors and Mexican-influenced motifs.   The rooms are equally bright and clean.  

Since driving in San Francisco is about as smart as trying to reason with a Tea Partier, I was happy when the front desk clerk allowed me to leave my car parked there after checkout since we had more sights to see.  The hotel is easily accessible to several bus routes, so it's easy to get around the city.  It's really close to Union Street with it's trendy shops and restaurants.  

The only downside? It can get a bit loud since the rooms face the courtyard.  At 6am you may be awakened by the unsoothing sounds of your neighbors rolling their luggage down the hall.  If you have dreams of sleeping in, bring earplugs.  

Also beware the steep hill of death.  Google maps directed me to drive North on Webster to reach the hotel.  For a long time all I could see was the bay.  I wondered, "Where is this hotel?! In the freaking ocean?!"  And then I saw the hill...the steepest road I have ever seen in my life.  Hell, motherbleepin, no I was not driving down that hill!  I made a quick (and rash) u-turn in traffic - I'd rather be hit by a car than roll down a hill in an SUV.  We found flat land to take us to the hotel - if challenging your vehicle's stability isn't your thing, I recommend you do the same!

04/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Ted B.
A good value, but not a problem-free stay. The price is very good and it is in a great location. The pool is sunny for the fist half of the day. The downside is that there is a lot of noise from surrounding rooms. Our toilet clogged and our Honda CRV + roof box would not fit in the covered parking. I'd stay there again, but definitely request a room on the top floor.

30/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
59. Angelina L.
Pretty much one of the only places with free parking that you'll find in SF. It's decently priced and a close walking distance to the bus stops. There's also free wifi and breakfast, though the breakfast is not too great. Toast and cereal would be your best bet, cause the bagels are hard and the pastries don't taste too fresh. The employees are very nice and helpful. As for the room, it's okay. Clean, I'm sure, but had a weird smell from the carpet cleaner(?). Flat screen televisions and a/c. You can get cheaper pricing if you book 14 days in advance :)

20/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Andyman S.
Nice place, although the rooms are small for the price (pushing $350 a night+), it is conveniently located in a neighborhood I had yet to experience.  Lots of restaurants nearby (although the sushi joint across the lot on Lombard wouldn't get me in without a res as a single at the bar?  It must be worth trying...).  WORD OF WARNING:  This hotel is like Romper Room.  Every day the shriek of kids playing in the courtyard will fill the air, so if that will bother you, don't even book it.  It's nice that they have a heated pool as well.  A few problems:  The A/C didn't work properly.  Set on low or high, not just auto, it would run two minutes then kick off for 15.  I get hot, and this was a bit of an annoyance.  Bathroom could use some more shelving, although it is small, it is nicely appointed.  There is a strong level of upstairs noise, to get the top floor if you can (we didn't).  So, expect a nicely located, clean, nicely appointed small room surrounded by playing kids.  All in all they do a good job here.  Oh, the bathroom did indeed have an exhaust fan.  More like a propeller, it really pulled the air.  Perhaps those lunatic rants from other people obsessed about the bathroom fan were about some particular room that doesn't have one.  No window, though.

06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
61. Gourmet G.
Joie de Vivre, like Kimpton, is responsible for converting some of the city's seedier hotels into upscale yet low-priced properties, and this family-oriented, Crayola-colored non-smoking Cow Hollow motel is a prime example of their handiwork. More South Beach than San Francisco, it boasts a vibrant exterior and a heated courtyard pool, complete with toys for tots of all ages. Each of the fifty-seven bright, cheerful, and spacious guestrooms features WiFi, a two-line phone with dataport and voicemail, cable TV, VCR, CD-clock radio, in-room safe, and iron with ironing board. There are ten one-bedroom suites, three with kitchenettes and two with fireplaces. A family suite includes a room with bunk beds, board games, toys, and child-sized furnishings, and free beach balls and sunglasses for the little ones. A light continental breakfast is served poolside each morning, and there's ample parking on-site. Definitely not for corporate types or anyone who hates kids. Rack rates start at $129, with discounts available for AAA and AARP members.

26/09/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Jeanne C.
Great location. The room was definitely clean, you could smell the bleach, but it was cheerful and spacious. The staff was friendly, eager to make suggestions of what to do and how to get places. I felt safe staying there and you can't beat the free parking.  The continental breakfast was a nice touch. There were bagels, pastries, some fruit, juice, tea, and coffee. We would definitely try it again and possibly with our kids in the future as it was just my husband and I, but it seems family friendly. The pool is heated and you can't beat the decorated hammocks.

28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Helena S.
Cute, nice hotel with excellent location, walking distance from the Fisherman's wharf.
Room was clean, nice decorated, well equipped with everything you need. Heating worked fine. Friendly staff, free parking, we could even keep our car parked on check out day until evening, trip continued after rush hour. I warmly recommend.

27/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Norman B.
A 2 1/2 star motel with a 4 star review.  It is a 2 1/2 star motel.  The walls are paper thin, the staircases are metal and resonate, sound carries and breakfast is essentially various forms of cardboard with jam.

HOWEVER, it's so much better than a 2 1/2 star motel.  It's very brightly painted.  Tasteless, yes, but almost ironic in its use of color and you can't help smiling at it.  Likewise the fabrics in the rooms are vibrant (nylon certainly, but fun nylon, not disgusting nylon).  There's a little pool and last night, in December, kids were playing in it.  How fun is that!

Off season, this place is worth sub-$150 rates for free parking, and free cardboard for breakfast.  In season, it's not worth the amazing prices they get for the rooms.  In season, save $50 per room and stay at the more modern, but infinitely depressing Chelsea Motor Inn or Cow Hollow Motor Inn down the road.

07/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Danni D.
Free WiFi.
Free parking.
Friendly, helpful front desk staff.
Walking distance to Cow Hollow and Marina District shopping, eating & drinking.
Adorably adorned rooms (small? yes.  So what!  Not a detractor).  
Heated pool with lounge chairs, cafe tables, and HELLO - hammocks.
Free continental breakfast each morning.
Free cookies and lemonade each afternoon.
Free WiFi AND parking - those really do deserve a second mention here.

I have found my San Francisco lodging, people.  No need to look any further.  Never again will I pay exorbitant parking fees, nor will I pay per device for WiFi.  The Del Sol has it all.  It's located in a super safe, super lush neighborhood, and it's close to public transportation so that you really can get anywhere in town easily enough.  Park your car and forget about it.

28/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Rebecca A.
LOVE this place!! It is an old motel that was fixed up and turned into a fantastic getaway that we all can afford to stay.  

I have stayed here multiple times with friends and we love that we can walk or take a short taxi to the Warf or just enjoy the neighborhood bars and restaurants and feel completely safe.

Yes the decor is a bit bright, yes the bathrooms are a bit tiny, yes you can hear people come and go but who cares when you receive FREE:

Coffee & Tea all day

The place is a little neighborhood of its own that you will instantly fall in love with guaranteed!

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Rob B.
This is a 1960s motel with nicer paint and a hipster attitude, but that doesn't excuse a fatal flaw in room design.  THE BATHROOM HAS NO WINDOW AND NO EXHAUST FAN/VENT!  Is that even legal?

Also, our bedroom is cramped in our suite and the bathroom has no space to keep our toiletries.

Good location though between the Union Street and Chestnut Street business districts.

26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
68. Brittany B.
The Hotel Del Sol is a fantastic option for smaller families. It's smack dab in the middle of the Marina/Cow Hollow district and surrounded by a number of amazing restaurant options (essential if you are someone that likes to eat good food). The place would be easy to miss, but for the fantastic bright orange and gold signage that fronts both Lombard and Webster streets. This is a courtyard with a very narrow driveway, but don't worry: you can drive on it! Great signage for that, too; and plenty of (free) spillover parking across the alley-like street (Moulton) between Lombard and the Hotel. Reservations were easily made online. We booked a junior suite, with separate bedroom and living areas. The sofa converted into a bed for the kiddies. The room was clean, brightly painted, and pleasant. Natural light in the bedroom was limited due to the trees on Greenwich Street, but we didn't spend that much time in there anyway, except at night when it didn't matter. Flat screen TVs are featured in both the living room and bedroom: nice at the end of a long day of sightseeing for the kiddies to watch what they want and us to watch what we want. The bedroom included an alarm clock with iPhone/iPod dock.  The continental breakfast provided was nicely supplied with boiled eggs, bagels, oatmeal, pastries, orange juice, coffee, and tea. The courtyard around the pool was a pleasant place to eat (provided you could find a table). The pool was enjoyed by the males in my family, and beach towels are laid out on the lawn chairs for anyone's use--nice to not have to ask.  My only issues were as follows:

1) The older plumbing caused a backup one morning. A call to the front desk resulted in a maintenance man arriving and solving the problem within minutes.

2) No coffee maker or microwave in-room. I filled out a survey for the hotel, and they informed me that these can be provided upon request. This would have been nice to know *during* our stay, not after. It was not disclosed to us at any time. I kind of expect this to be standard for any hotel these days (automatically).

3) The recently redesigned bathroom did not have a fan or window, so the whole suite got very fogged over when anyone took a shower; but this did not prove to be too much of a problem if you opened the windows in the other rooms.

4) Bathrooms have bar soap for the sink, but no soap dishes. This only seems minor before you try to get those slippery little suckers to stay on the slanted sink edge, until you give up and allow the soap to fall to the bottom. You can imagine how this can get gross really quickly with two boys.

So all in all, I would highly recommend this place. It's an easy walk to the Palace of Fine Arts, Ghirardelli, and Fisherman's Wharf. The location and price more than make up for the shortcomings.

26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Christiane D.
This retro motor lodge turned hotel is awesome.  They did a great job of cleaning it up and making it modern while maintaining the motor lodge flair.  It has bright oranges, yellow and blue colors all over to enhance the look and keep the happy vibe the place creates.  It's all centered around the pool in the middle of the courtyard with ample parking provided for all room.  The staff is quite accommodating, providing you with all the necessary information you may need for the surrounding area, but also giving you anything you may need on the grounds.

The rooms are good sized and provide ample mirrors, outlets and the like (especially helpful for the ladies getting ready).  With that, the beds are comfortable and the establishment is all around clean.  When you wake in the AM, you have a great continental breakfast provided with several types of coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, toast, oatmeal, cereal, juices etc.  It's a fantastic thing to wake up to, and it's right downstairs.  The staff is exceptionally nice and helpful when it comes to any request.  The price is affordable and in a nice part of town that is only a hop, skip and a jump away.

I would definitely recommend this location to anyone staying in the area and would love to stay again in the near future.

24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. Jennifer A.
Great hotel. Great location. Fantastic service.  Mentioned it was my husbands birthday upon check-in an when we got to our room were greeted by a nice card and some bubbly. Thank you!

15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Jenn S.
I want to start off by saying I wanted to give this hotel four stars, but by Yelp guidelines it really is closer to "A-ok" than "Yay! I'm a fan." "A-ok" is not a bad review! And there are plenty of great things about this hotel:

- Free wifi (but the signal wasn't great and my iPad and iphone both kept disconnecting from it). You won't be able to stream movies, at least not for my room location on the first floor.
- Free parking. There is a parking attendant who is there until 6pm. The lot is reasonably safe and secure. If you come back late at night and there is no parking left, you can just talk to the front desk
- Fantastic location. I LOVE the Marina district. Great dining and shopping and bars, and everyone's so darn pretty! We walked from our hotel to Fisherman's Wharf. The front desk is helpful and maps out routes for us, including how to avoid steep hills or where scenic spots are.
- pool heated to 82-degrees year round.
- Very friendly staff, especially the cleaning and maintenance crew

I was a little disappointed by the rooms, however. For a hotel that markets itself as family friendly, this may be true, but it's not the most suitable for young children. Our room had a large step between the outside sidewalk going into the room (I've included pictures), which makes it a bit annoying to deal with a stroller, especially when you have luggage. It's also not the best for little feet that are still learning to walk.

There are no refrigerators or microwaves. You can rent a refrigerator for $25 per day. IMO, a truly family friendly hotel would have at least a refrigerator in every room, free of charge.

There is an elevator, but it's one of those really old ones. The elevator is small, so if you have a giant honkin' stroller, good luck fitting more than one and a half people in there at once. The doors also close at an alarming rate.

Lastly, there are quiet hours posted but not enforced.

Overall though, this is a solid pick for anyone, even families. If I go back to SF, I may just book this hotel again. Maybe when the kids are older.

28/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
72. Morgan P.
I loved my 3 night stay at hotel del sol, I really have no negatives to point out. Clean, well stocked rooms that even have the tiniest of details covered like a separate trashcan for recyclable items and outlets on the bedside tables.
Main points of satisfaction:
-Location! Comfortably situated in cow hollow two blocks down from union street and two blocks up from chestnut street where there are tons of bars, restaurants and shops to occupy your time, and also main bus lines to take you deeper into the city. Not to mention the view. If you step out right in front of the hotel you can see all the way up Webster street which is so much like those iconic ridiculously steep hilly streets we know exist only in sf. And just down the street you can see the bay sitting just past a school of some sort. I definitely suggest you make the walk down past that school where you'll find yourself at a marina/park that provides a great lunch spot if you pack a little picnic.
-I had requested a king room on the third floor when I booked my stay (I have a weird thing against ground floor rooms) and was easily accommodated.
-The front desk staff is super friendly and knowledgable. Oscar offered us more than enough suggestions for local hang outs and bars which was so appreciated- who WANTS to end up at a scammy tourist bar, right?
-The decor is just adorable. I love the bright eclectic theme they went with
Overall just an incredible stay all around.
Also- try the 3 o clock cookies in the lobby. Surprisingly good :)

21/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
73. Jenny R.
Not five stars. In a good way. Tasteful SF whimsy in Cow Hollow.  Very clean, personable, creative, colorful, kid and pet friendly (I had neither during my stay but enjoyed hearing the kids in the pool from my balcony and I love dogs.) Excellent front desk service. Here, you can wake up, walk down three (safe, bright)  blocks to Chestnut for Peets, or organic breakfast at Plant Cafe, then up to Union Street for hipster window shopping or hunt down a pilates class. If you're in better shape than me, run over to Golden Gate park. Then back to the Del Sol to enjoy a relaxing respite in the courtyard with the newspaper and complimentary hot exotic cup of tea.

22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Tony G.
Hotel del Sol is a simple but attractive former motel remade into a "boutique" hotel.  It's not fancy, but it's a very pleasant place to stay for a trip to San Francisco.  We are a family of four (mom, dad and two 'tween girls) and we were very comfortable in their standard (two full-sized beds) room.  They DO offer a kind of mini-suite -- with a living room, foldout couch and small bedroom -- for a few $$'s more, but we opted for the standard accommodations and it was fine.  (The room had a very big walk-in closet to stow bags which can also double as a changing room.)  Our room, even over New Year's weekend 2014-2015, was $179 + tax.  Included in that was a simple but tasty continental b'fast (tea, coffee, juice, fresh bagels & pastry) that you can take to your room or, if you prefer, eat by their small swimming pool/outdoor area.  (A few brave souls even braved a New Year's swim in 40-degree weather!  The sign says it's "heated.") Ample parking is available on-site; however, it just ramped-up from $10/day (2014) to a less-reasonable $20/day (2015) -- maybe that will go down in the off-season, I don't know. They also offer attractive discounts online if you book directly through them, which I advise.

Overall, we had a very pleasant stay.  The staff was  nice and very helpful. The hotel is extremely well-located for biking to, and over, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio.  Also very convenient for the Marina District and plenty of shopping and eating on the nearby trendy Union and Chestnut Streets -- where you'll find dozens of very popular neighbor restaurants, shops and boutiques. The surrounding neighborhood is great and very residential.  We rented four excellent bikes at the very nearby bikeandview.com (two blks away) and had a great afternoon biking all over the city.  To get to Fisherman's Wharf or the Alcatraz tour is either a healthy but pleasant walk (or a quick bike ride), or a 10 min. ride on the #30 bus which seems to go everywhere you need to go (the wharves, Ferry Bldg, Union Square, etc).  We ditched our car, as parking in SF is a pain, and walked, biked or took the bus -- which is the best way to see the city.

For a cozy, economical stay in SF, the Hotel del Sol is first-rate!  We had a great, very relaxing stay.

One caveat: the hotel is very quiet, bc most of the guests were/are very considerate (even when the hotel was fully-booked), but the walls are thin.  We were on the 2nd floor, and in the morning, we did hear some loud kids running/pounding on the outside stairs and decks.  If you're very fussy about these kinds of things, you may want more pricey accommodations -- or if you're planning a rowdy weekend with friends, this may not be your first choice. They do ask for "inside" voices after, I think, 8PM or 10 PM.  That was fine by us, and everyone fully cooperated.

PS I forgot to add, they ALSO put out afternoon tea, coffee and chocolate trip cookies -- which was lovely after a long day of biking & exploring.  While not super-fancy, the hotel goes out of its way to make your stay as pleasant as possible. A very welcoming small hotel.

03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. David R.
Here's the headline:  At Hotel del Sol, you get a decent room for less than $100 in a major neighborhood of San Francisco--with free parking.  Who knew that this was possible??  It's not the Ritz, but it's not a flea-bag either.  This is a Joie de Vivre property, and basically a refurbished old-style motel that looks like a Sonoran acid trip (I mean that mostly complimentarily).  Regardless of your tolerance for color abuse, you cannot beat a hotel at this price considering the location, and the rooms are satisfactorily clean and comfortable.

Service is wonderful, especially Lili from Hungary who checked us in.  However, I take umbrage with the early-morning start time for housekeeping and maintenance activities.  With the courtyard motel format and thin walls, it is not easy to tune out.  On our second morning, a crew was painting the room next door, which compounded the noise with fumes.

Random details:

+  Free wifi
+  Free coffee and tea in the lobby until 10pm, and free cookies in the late afternoon
+  A million places to eat and drink within short walking distance
+  Complimentary breakfast:  coffee, tea, hot cocoa, orange juice, ice water, bagels, muffins, coffee cake, hard-boiled eggs, butter, jam, and peanut butter (but no fruit)
+  All the plates, bowls, cups, and utensils provided for breakfast are biodegradable.
+  Comfortable, borderline luxurious, bed with four giant pillows
+  Recycling bin in the room
+  We were unexpectedly upgraded to a king room.
+  Heat/AC is controlled digitally and responds immediately and effectively.
+  A palm-treed courtyard, featuring a heated pool, a small patch of grass, some gravel landscaping, and a few tables and chairs at which to enjoy your breakfast, reading, or whatever

+/-  Our room featured a freakishly large (for a motel room anyway) walk-in closet, which comes in handy when one awakens a few hours before one's travel partner.  One can go into the closet, close the door, and read without disturbing the late sleeper.  However, the light switch is motion-activated, so one must reach one's hand up and wave it in front of the sensor every sixty seconds in order to avoid leaving oneself in the dark.

-/+  Our room got little natural light due to being tucked in a corner of the quadrangle, but thanks to the courtyard format, three-quarters of the rooms get sunlight at least half of the day.
-/+  The parking within the motel itself is tight quarters, but there is an overflow lot across the alley.  The overflow lot is valet-attended during the day, but not at night.

-  Some moderate cracks on the shower floor
-  Very, very slow shower drain
-  Very, very loud bathroom exhaust fan
-  The exhaust fan and the vanity light are activated by the same switch.

30/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Carolyn G.
Cute spot in a great location. Free parking, incredibly helpful staff, small but fine sized rooms with huge closets, a small pool I didn't use.

Mediocre water pressure in shower and the continental breakfast is free but just okay.

Would come again!

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
77. Sue W.
This place made me happy. Nice location...Love the colors, the folks at the front desk all made me feel like I was super cool. . . I'm not...so warm reception much appreciated. Hard boiled eggs w/ the continental...right on. Free wifi...Free parking. Take my advice, if they offer to park your car for you, say yes. Don't even TRY to slip into those tiny spots around the pool unless you have superior parking skills.
Wow...the closet space! A random but welcome surprise. There are more luxurious places in the city, places with better views and conveniences but I kinda fell in love with this one. : D

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Beth R.
On the plus side, we stayed for muy, muy pequeno dinero.

On the plus side, the room was fine and there was plenty of closet space.

On the plus side, parking was free, which apparently is unheard of in these here parts.

On the plus side, the neighborhood is great and there are plenty of low-key restaurants and shops within walking distance.

On the plus side, the staff was friendly, check in/out were smooth, and we got an upgrade just 'cuz.

On the plus side, the free breakfast is definitely adequate and the lobby coffee, tea (and cookies after 3:00) are helpful touches for tired CST travelers.

On the minus side, and this is very minus, the bathroom is small, poorly lit, and the shower might as well be in a KOA camp site.  

Overall though, a very good deal for the price.

01/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Gintaras B.
Ok so don't get me wrong I want to give them a five star review right now because this place is perfect. Every time we've come back to the room during the day it's been awesome. The service here is perfect and the location is amazing plus free parking and just I love everything about this place. The only reason I don't give them a full 5 stars is because for the last 2 hours I don't know if it's just the people above just us or what. Earlier there were there annoying toddlers just running around screaming but what are you gonna do about toddlers? But now all we here is rolling and stomping and we can't tell if it's directly above us or just people going in and out. It seems to have subsided this instant, nevermind it's back loud noises. I really hope no one else is turned away from this place because of this review because this place if pretty much perfect, just hope and pray that your upstairs neighbors respect the 10pm-8am quiet rules.

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Todd R.
As others have stated, there are certainly some core expectations you must keep in mind when staying at Hotel Del Sol. But overall, it's a great option in a super location.

For out-of-towners, the Del Sol is right in the middle of the action. Public transit will get you to where you need to go, and you could literally walk to the Golden Gate Bridge (not a short venture, but it's closer than, say, staying in the Financial District or Wharf). Terrific dining, drinking, and shopping options are all within hundreds of feet.

The rooms are clean, a bit on the small side, but comfortable. The bright colors cheer everything up, and on a warmer day (the City does get them, particularly in September), you can climb on the hammock, close your eyes, and imagine you're staying at an ocean property (and indeed, the ocean is within walking distance, perhaps a half-mile). As a bonus, A/C is provided, so on those rare warm evenings, you can stay cool.

Things can get a bit noisy, reflected in other reviews, if you are facing towards  Lombard Street (as I was), on a lower floor, near stairs, etc. I use a Sleep Machine app on my iPad so those things don't bother me

For me, it was the service that set Del Sol apart. I was warmly greeted and recognized as a JDV member by Tiffany, checked in a bit early without an issue, provided two bottles of complimentary sparkling water, and even upgraded at no charge. While part of my experience must be attributed to the JDV element, her kindness and positive spirit put a smile on my face.

They offer afternoon refreshments, a Continental Breakfast that is better than it has to be, and even multiple coffee choices. It all adds up to a delightful experience that will certainly be a serious return option should I desire to stay in this area.

28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Guy Q.
Came to town on Valentine's Day and stayed here with my beautiful wife, Carol.  Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  This is the 3rd time we've stayed here and have used the hotel as home base for local activities.  The staff are fabulous!  The folks at the front desk are personable and very knowledgeable about the local cuisine and activities.  We have always been a little hesitant to share our positive experiences with Yelp because we want to keep this gem to ourselves but we want you all to know that this is a "find"! Overnight Parking is $20....yes that's $20!! Rooms are comfortable and the location in the Marina District is perfect when your interest take you there.  Enjoy!

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Zach V.
I really feel inclined to give this 3 stars, but it wasn't the kind of "bad" that 3 stars implies. Like, I'd probably come back and stay again.

I came here and booked the cheapest room (yeah, yeah, I know) but BOY are the cheapest rooms tiny and sad. Although they did a nice job with the paint colors and decor, you are very aware that you're living in a first-floor refrigerator box with an attached bathroom.

Still, it's a motel in SF, and you do get what you pay for -- the price was extremely acceptable. And as far as budget hotels go, it really wasn't bad. The room was neither gross nor unpleasant. Maintenance appeared up-to-date.

Location is terrific (but not particularly touristy). You can walk to lots of things, including some good takeout. Great area to go for a run.

Also, the night I stayed there, there was a small earthquake. And I didn't die. So how could I give them three stars?

The lit-up palm trees in the parking lot look like a forgotten '50s roadside attraction.

04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
83. Karen C.
A 3 star review seems so low, but keep in mind it still means "A-OK"... and that's exactly what Hotel del Sol was. The days that I was in town, seemingly everyone else in the world chose to visit SF, and hotel prices were out of control. I landed on Hotel del Sol for the location & the somewhat reasonable price compared to other places I looked at.

-Location. The perfect location, in my opinion. Walking distance to the Marina & a ton of great restaurants. Far enough away from the more tourist-trap type of spots.

-Decor. Very cute rooms.

-Price. Decent price for the time that we were in town, but I'm hoping what I paid is not the norm for the room we had.

-Cleanliess. Overall, our room was very clean.

-WiFi. Free wi-fi in the room!

-Parking. $10 (all you people that got free parking, what the crap?! Mine was $10/night)... pretty sparse, but we always had a spot. Even if some idiot parks his SUV in 2 spaces, they'll do whatever they can to get that person to move so you have a spot!

-Breakfast. Nothing fancy, but they have oatmeal, bagels, scones, coffee, OJ, etc., and it's nice to have just a little something before you get going for the day, so that is much appreciated.

-iPhone dock. For the first time ever, I've found a hotel with an iPhone/iPod dock that has the Lightning connector instead of the 30-pin version. Very exciting stuff, folks.

-Hammock. I mean, duh. Who doesn't love a hammock?

-Location of our specific room. We were quite literally "the people under the stairs"... what an awful room location. I booked the cabana queen room to try to save some $$, knowing it was small & near the pool, but I had no idea it was under the stairwell.

-Shower. Management, what the heck is up with that shower?? I'm only 5'6", and the showerhead was at my shoulder level, so I was doing backbends just to wash my hair. Not to mention the tub clogging like crazy. Gross.

-Quick add-on $$ at checkout. Upon checkout, I was told my total, and then that there was a $2 or something charge added as a donation. I'm all fine with the donation & I would have donated anyway, but I just find it shady that they added it on before I said I wanted to (and, they added it twice). No one wants to be the a$$hat that says no, so I'm sure that's why it was done that way, but c'mon.

Overall, I would stay here again, but only if I could afford one of the better rooms (i.e.: NOT under the stairs). Everyone I spoke to was very nice, and I have no complaints there. For 2 nights, it was totally doable, but I couldn't do more than that in the specific room we had.

27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
84. Anjalika S.
I went to Hotel del sol for the first time for the thanksgiving break. I absolutely loved it. The bright colors in the hallways and in the room were wonderful. The bed was extremely comfortable and the location is perfect. It is very close to the action on Chestnut and Union. It is walking distance from everywhere. We could go out for dinner and drinks and not worry about driving back. Parking was SO convenient only $10/day, we walked everywhere and didn't have to worry about our car during the day. The breakfast was simple and adequate and the staff very courteous. The bathroom was modern and attached to our room, there was even a walk in closet! I highly recommend this cute hotel and I will definitely be staying here again :)

30/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. Kim C.
This place is a dump. I would never recommend this "hotel" to anyone. Why it is part of the Joie De Vive group is beyond me. I was told the rooms were recently remodeled but they looked completely beat up. My shower was so tiny I could barely turn around. Forget trying to shave your legs. Ain't happening. The air conditioning unit is deafening. Speaking of noise...why don't hotels tell you they are remodeling when you book a room?  The place is in the process of upgrading their pool. The banging and grinding of cement made it impossible to stay in the room during construction hours. Finally, the complimentary breakfast consisted of bagels covered in gnats (I brought this up to the manager and she didn't do a thing about it), hard boiled eggs, sweet rolls and coffee/juice. At least the coffee was decent.

It's too bad they don't clean this place up and make it as nice of the rest of their hotels. It has a great location and the parking fee was cheap ($10 per night).  The pool could be fun for kids but like I said, it wasn't available during my stay. A huge disappointment all around. If you need a place to crash, you can do better. It's not super cheap and there are plenty of options in San Francisco.

14/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
86. Rob G.
You will not be disappointed so long as you have clear expectations.

To start, this is an old motel that has been redone in a fun and whimsical way. But the bones are still an old motel/motor lodge, so things aren't perfect.

The room was quite comfortable and fairly spacious. Nice bath products in the well appointed bathroom too.

The location is quiet, near the bay, and there are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops nearby. There also seem to be lots of bus stops for access to public transit. If you are driving the 101, you are a block away and quite close to the Golden Gate Bridge...

The heated pool, free parking, continental breakfast and wifi are really a great value, and how often can you walk on AstroTurf, swing from a hammock or lounge on a brightly colored adirondack chair, all in the middle of a motel parking lot?

If this doesn't sound "charming" than the Del Sol is probably not for you.

22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Amanda G.
Only stayed here for one night, but it is the cutest little place! At first I was hesitant because it was an old motel; I wasn't sure what to expect. But I was beyond pleasantly surprised. The staff were super friendly. The rooms are bright and modern considering the building. My room was huge: an entire living room, bathroom and bedroom. Beds were super comfortable. Free wifi, and even though I didn't take advantage of it they also have breakfast & coffee available.

Highly recommend staying here. Don't let the fact that it was an old motel fool you!

11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Dea L.
A dump. The toilet overflowed. The room smelled bad. The lights in the stairwell were not working. Old and falling apart despite the paint.

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
89. Vanessa F.
What a lovely little hotel!
This is kind of little hidden gem hotel that my boyfriend and I really love finding. We booked our room using the "Hotel Tonight" app on my phone. We got a great rate, and I loved the idea of being in the area that it was. The room was nice, we laughed at having two beds, but the room was quaint and comfy. Plenty of space, comfy beds, soft linens, and the temperature system worked great. The bathroom was small, but the two of us could fit in there together with no issues. I rather liked that they simply had the body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in canisters on the wall of the shower. Also I liked the automatic motion sensor for the bathroom light. This little hotel also had more amenities than a lot of the other hotels I looked at. They have a small breakfast offering, danishes, muffins, bagels, and other things of that manner, instant oatmeal, and coffees and teas. Not amazing or huge, but perfect enough to have a quick breakfast, get something in your tummy, and go out to start your day. They had cheaper parking than a lot of other hotels in the area as well (ours was even less, since our app had stated it was a lower rate, and they graciously honored it!). We also actually really enjoyed having the DVD player in the room! We didn't watch any tv, but on our last night we were tired from running around and so we ordered take-out from the Thai place across the street (also awesome), and stayed in and watched movies all night. They have a whole drawer full to choose from in the lobby, so lots of choices, and we were all set. We did not use the pool on our trip, but there were some folks who did, and it looked like a nice little pool.
My only con, was that it could get a little noisy. There was lots of street noise that came right in our bathroom window, even while closed. You could hear anyone moving around in the room above or next to you very easily, and whenever a cart or suitcase rolled down the walkways outside, you sure knew about it. It wasn't terrible, but if you're sensitive to sounds, it could be an issue.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay here, the staff was very friendly, and I hope we can stay here again in the future.

26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Matt M.
Great little hotel! This place has been perfect and we have loved our stay. The location is good with lots of great food and little shops nearby. It's pet friendly and there are 3 nice doggy daycares in the area which is perfect if your traveling with your pooch.

STAFF at the front desk have been super friendly and helpful.

ROOMS are nice and clean and the showers are just fine, not sure why people say they are tiny?! The beds are very comfy and both the heat and ac work great. This is not a high end hotel but if your used to staying in middle of the line places (holiday inn express, best western plus etc) then you will enjoy your stay. Keep in mind this is a 50s motel fixed up. If your coming to stay in your room the entire time then you might want to go elsewhere. The entire hotel has a cool retro vibe which I enjoyed. There is no fridge or microwave which is a little surprising but I overheard they can supply if needed. I would never pay their full price which seems insane but for around $200 it's hard to beat.

PARKING is $20 not $10 or free. BUT on their website they do have specials so look there before paying full price and some come with 'free parking'. The spots are nice and seem safe.

BREAKFAST isn't anything special but they have juice, water and coffee all day and night which is nice.

I would come back on my next visit again.

05/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Victor H.
Very pleased with our stay overall. Reserved room for my wife and I while I attended a business conference at nearby Palace of Fine Arts in Marina District. I didn't want to break the bank on a high end hotel in the Marina... Hotel Del Sol was moderately priced and ended up being a nice 20 minute stroll back and forth from the conference to the hotel.

Good value
Very nice staff / excellent service
Complimentary pastries and coffee in mornings
Free wifi

Lots of nearby shopping and restaurants/bars on Lombard and Union streets
Older room decor
Thin walls / we stayed on 2nd floor and noise/footsteps in room above was annoying

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0