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Rating: 3.89

Address: 2576 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123
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1. Subin H.
I haven't stayed at Marina Motel but when I passed by this motel, I couldn't take my eyes off that place. It looks cosy and neat like an urban european style. so I thought if I have chance to spend night at san francisco i will reserve this place.
I visited its web site. i donnot know the price range of the other motels in san francisco, but for me it sounds little bit expensive. it was about  85 to 145 dollars for a queen size bed
Have fun

15/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Michael G.
You would think that with the great amenities of free parking, a great marina location and a beautiful facility, nothing could receive a 2-star rating.  Booking a $155 per night room does not give the owners any less of a reason to slack on making my stay all that they promised.  Be aware that the TV is a now old-fashioned analog with only a few channels to choose, that the internet did not work at all and that the front desk receptionist had no solutions to handle any of the concerns.  None!  I was informed by the next morning desk rep that if we did not have internet when we arrived, we would not have it at all.  And that she has been informing the mgt/owners of this problem before.  We never got the lettering to go OFF the TV screen and just gave up after speaking with the desk rep from the previous evening.  She said she could not help us.  All this for $155 plus tax.  Oh, and the free parking...

06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. C B.
This motel is OK. It was clean. The rooms are very small. Walls are thin; bring ear plugs. Nice having covered, off street parking. Close to shopping, restaurants, and cabs. My husband would never stay here again. He hated it.

20/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. j D.
I've never written a review before.  -for anything.   The Marina Motel rocks.  I love the fact that it felt like the owners are down to earth regular people who are focused on running a single motel, not 100.  They are clearly hands-on and guest experience oriented.  It almost had a B&B feel.  It's quaint, cozy, charming and friendly atmosphere gave me the exact anti-corporate, independent feel I look for on our trips to the city.  
Now for the good stuff:  
The front desk was amazingly accommodating, I never heard "no", or "that's not our policy".  Sufficient free parking, even covered (What a concept for a MO-tel).  If you add the $30 or so that other hotels charge for parking in SF, this place becomes a bargain. They're not just pet friendly, but pet welcoming. I can't tell you how nice it is to travel with my dog and not feel like a criminal.
I spent all of breakfast talking about how "well the motel worked out for us".  My friends finally had to tell me to shut up, so here I am... still raving.
We'll be back, thanks.

21/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. G.A. M.
We've stayed here 3 times now. Still top notch staff. Still VERY reasonable prices. We met the owner this last time & she was very gracious & friendly. We have recommended this place to several friends & they weren't disappointed either. Close to shopping, Golden Gate, Presidio. What a gem!

15/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Joshua M.
From the friendly man that set the reservation to the great looking bungalow type rooms, this looks like a great place.

The negatives that we experienced, i don't wish on anyone. We got 3 nights set up for our family to stay in our neighborhood and this was the closest we could find that excepted dogs. On the last night they were staying, the hot water quit working and the woman at the front desk just said to try and shower at another room? Its not a problem with the room, its a problem with the hot water heater attached to the block of rooms and somebody needs to check it out, not just have me shuffle to another motel room to shower. Next thing you know, all the water stopped working and an hour later, the electricity went out?!

Needless to say, the woman at the front desk said she would move them to a different room, but it was bigger and she said she was going to "do them a favor" and not charge them for the bigger room?! Are you kidding me, we helped them pack up all their stuff to move to another room because there was no electricity and no water and the best you can do is tell me you are doing me a favor by not charging us MORE MONEY? We didn't even get a discount or anything. There was no "i'm sorry" or look of shock in her face, all she did was say that she "has seen them do worse" and "one time we lost a families reservations on a busy weekend and they couldn't stay anywhere in the Marina because we messed up". Why would anyone tell that to me after i'm complaining about no water and no electricity in my room. That made me feel as though they have treated others with disrespect in the past and just made them deal with it.

I would absolutely like to be contacted by the management to straighten this out. I called on the Monday since they checked out on Saturday and was told the Manager would call me back, well, its been 5 days now and no call back!! You might be able to take advantage of travelers because they come and go, but I live a few blocks away, so i would love to come by and get some compensation for the horrible service and lack of appropriate solutions to our issues.

11/12/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. Melissa D.
My boys and I stayed here in July.  We absolutely loved how charming and clean the place was.  Having our own garage parking spot, and NOT being charged for parking was FANTASTIC! The little kitchen was perfect, and the staff was pleasant and very helpful.  A VERY good room for the rate.

23/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Sharon T.
We needed a place for us and our wedding guests to stay that was walking distance to Crissy Field. Our choices on Lombard St. consisted largely of Econo Lodge's and run-down motels. Despite the name though, the Marina Motel was by far the nicest place in the area.

There was a mix-up with one Grandma's room, but it sounds like it was an accident and they did their best to fix the situation and brought her lovely flowers. The rooms are a little... cozy and the doors stick, and it's somewhat no frills. But the staff were all very nice and excited about the wedding. Everyone loved the flowers everywhere. And they are dog-friendly, so we got to see puppies running around in the mornings.

If you know someone who wants to stay in this area and avoid the high downtown prices, this is the place to do it.

17/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Jim W H.
I love this Motel, within 2 blocks is Chestnut Street, where you have dozens of choices of restaurants, shops.

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The units are clean, some with kitchens for extended stay,

Parking is available with individual garages, ideally for small cars or compact.

The courtyard is filled with plants.

Staff has always been friendly and I think the Motel is one of the cities best kept secrets.

Walk 2+ blocks and catch the 80 Muni line to North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square or ballpark.

01/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Katie C.
We stayed at Marina Motel for the 3rd time this year. What a find! The accommadations are charming, the service exceptional and the location-fabulous. On top of all that, the dogs are welcome. Marina Motel is our place to stay in San Francisco.

03/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Leah M.
How cute! Cutest hotel on the block. Great service, free parking and internet with individual garages below your room and in a great location. Front desk help made great recommendations for nearby restaurants. Our only qualm was the middle units. DO NOT STAY IN THE MIDDLE BLOCK OF ROOMS. Paper-thin walls and communal halls that seem to exaggerate the noise level of other guest. Book a room on the outside. Beware of the hairdryer. Mattress is quite firm and pillows are flat but it is truly an oasis in the city of cookie-cutter hotels and high-rise buildings. Hidden gem, and did I mention free parking and internet?!

Update!!!  Bring earplugs because this place is noisy.  I know it is the city but this hotel is small and there are hallways and hollow stairs everywhere so don't plan on sleeping in!!!  I'm so tired!!

09/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Elaine G.
A great find!   Charming with very clean rooms surrounded by garden like landscaping.  We only stayed one night and got a quiet room away from the street.

24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. G M.
Easy to find

- Expectations were met after reading reviews on this site. Nothing real fancy, cozy and quaint rooms, the courtyard setting is great with birds chirping, etc. Wild parrots flew overhead a couple of times.

- Great location with restaurants, shopping, Golden Gate Bridge, Marina, Palace of Fine Arts, public transport nearby. 10-15 minute bus ride to the Wharf.

- Garages - the garages are kind of a free-for-all, but we never had a difficult time finding an open slot. But...if you can park underneath your own unit, it's recommended. One night we missed our spot and in the morning, we could feel the another guests car doors shut and motors start. The entry into the garages are pretty narrow, but we have a 2001 BMW 740iL and we were able to squeeze it in pretty nicely.

- No A/C - but, our stay couldn't have had better weather. Spring, sunny, little bit of a breeze and cool temps...nice San Francisco days. We opened the windows during the day-time when we were in the room and closed them in the evening. No noise from the street seems too loud.

- Room location - the lay-out of the motel is a big "U" with units/garages along the outside of the "U" and an island of units/garages in the center. We had a corner unit at the north end of the island. Not too much street noise at all. We had two windows in the room itself and a window in the bathroom. I loved the airy atmosphere.

- Small microwave, small refrigerator, coffee maker with coffee and hot chocolate

- TV had a DVD player. We brought our own DVDs, but a Blockbuster is just up the street on Lombard.

- Bathroom - was probably re-done a couple of years ago and very nice. The shower is relatively large with lots of water pressure and nice high shower head (the freakishly tall husband of mine loved that feature), there were two sinks in our bathroom with was actually very nice since we had two teenage girls (phew!), everything worked great. The towels aren't nice 'n fluffy-like, but there were plenty of them. Shampoo and lotion was provided, but bring conditioner.

- Steam heater (I think that's what it's called) - the room has an old-fashioned steam heater and it does make noise. We had to turn it off in the middle of the night because it went through some cycles and it made quite a bit of noise. No big deal.

- Beds - (2) full size beds - We had my daughter and her friend share a bed, the husband had his own (remember - he's freakishly tall) and I slept on a roll-away. My bed was just right. I didn't hear any complaints from the kids or husband either. Pillows were kinda hard, but not bad.

I did see other guests with their dogs and wished I had mine with me. A few families and some foreign visitors (Brits?). The management was friendly and helpful. At check-in we were given a 2-for-1 coupon to Judy's Cafe on Chestnut, about 2 1/2 blocks from the motel. Good food and service.

I would stay at this motel again.

16/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Jan C.
A very great motel ! Who wouldn't like free parking in SF???

It is a very cozy motel, the room is spacious. It includes a bathroom and a small sized closet. It also has a tv with cable! The bed is slightly firm but its still comfortable. We were assigned in the middle rooms, so we didn't really hear noises from the busy lombard st. The room can get a bit stuffy and warm but you can just open the windows and its all good.

It is pricey, but it is worth it since it has free parking and is close to everything. You don't have to drive, you can just leave your car at the motel and take muni anywhere you want! The motel is close to many bus stops that takes you anywhere in the city. It saves you gas and money to pay for overpriced SF parkings.

overall our stay was great! the employees are also very kind and sweet.

15/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Shelby P.
This hotel in the marina district was a great home base for our introduction to San Fran. They allowed our dog and our room had a full kitchen, which was great because of our raw, vegan diet we wanted to save $ by eating in most nights. They were extremely accommodating to our dog and provided a dog run (fake grass, but it served its purpose b/c Lombard is a grass free street). The location was great for traveling with a pet because we walked her to several close marina's, parks (with great golden gate and Alcatraz views), fisherman's wharf, and the palace of fine arts. We went on several late walks and never felt threatened, it was a very safe neighborhood. Bars and restaurants along with a Walgreens, liquor store, and fresh produce stand were all within walking distance. The courtyard was beautiful and even though we were warned of noise when staying in a street view room, it wasn't excessive and didn't impact our sleep at all. All rooms get their private covered garage under their rooms for free (our Acura SUV had no problem fitting). For the price and location this place was amazing.

26/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. becca w.
This place is adorable, clean and affordable!  We travel up to San Fran every few months for business and are always looking for affordable places to stay.

The fact that parking is included is a huge plus because most hotels in SF even if you get a good rate through hotwire is another $30-40 a night in parking fees!!  And normally you'd have to valet it (I'm paranoid about valet...because when I'm up in SF doing a show my car is full of mechandise).  At the Marina Motel you park your own car right under your room - problem solved!

The front desk does close at night so if you're arriving after their closing time be sure to call ahead and let them know.  They were very nice about it and worked it out with us.

They are also pet friendly with no additional charges if you bring your pet!  We didn't bring our dog with us last time but are definitely looking forward to bringing him on the next visit!

29/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Cheryl H.
The Marina Motel is located in Cow Hollow District, walking distance from "The Palace of Fine Arts," and the Marina.  Around the corner from the motel is San Francisco's famous Chestnut Street, filled with shops, restaurants & pubs. The Marina Motel is a historic motel that is more than 50 years old. The outside of the motel is landscaped with flowers & hanging flower pots throughout the courtyard. On the first floor there are garages to park your car, which is wonderful and rare in San Francisco! The second floor is where the updated motel rooms are located. The bedrooms are comfortable, clean, well decorated and have up to date appliances (flat screen tv, coffee maker & mini fridge.) I was impressed with how well maintained the motel was and how friendly the staff was. A majority of the hotel guests were visiting from Europe and the rest were Americans who brought their well behaved dogs. The Marina Motel is dog friendly and next time we visit San Francisco we will return to Marina Motel with our dog. (If you would like a quiet room, request a room in the courtyard away from the main street.)

28/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Kerry D.
Worst customer service of my life.

Lemme explain. I'm a professional-type business traveler. I was staying here (I hoped) for a week, for work. My work usually puts me up in swanky places who are used to business travelers, except SF was so booked the week (this week, as of this writing) I needed a place to stay that I had to search through less-traditional means (not using our travel service) to find a place to stay.

I came across this place, called, said I had the corporate card info of my VP's CC (all of it, codes, etc.) and I'd like to pre-pay.
I should have known when the man working said he didn't know the room rate and had to talk to his manager, but he'd call me right back. He didn't.  I called back a half hour later and he finally gave me the room rate when I said I had to book as soon as possible to make my travel plans.

I later got a voicemail saying since it's the weekend, they would need to put it all on my credit card (rather than the business one I only have the info of) because the form they usually need for verification can't be faxed back to them until Monday, when people are in my office.

So I called back to say you know, my boss (not the VP) is home today and happy to call with her info instead of using the VP's card-- the manager rudely interrupted. No customer service at all. She acted as though she knew what I was going to say before I said it. She was very "that won't work.." I interrupted to say, no, she can send the form, whatever you need, since she's home..." And she quickly said OK but my boss would have to call the manager (Ms. Abrupt McGee) to get the info e-mailed.

I asked if she could e-mail me the forms so I could forward them onto my boss (trying to save my boss time, plus I found the woman so rude that I didn't want my boss to have to deal with all of that on her day off, when she's doing me a favor by helping me out) and she got quite defensive.  She started talking about how they've had fraudulent cards before. Amazing that she's basically calling a potential client a fraudster! All I was trying to do was making it easy for my boss, who is already wiling to give up her weekend time to help me out.

Then the woman went on and on. I kept trying to ask a question and she wouldn't allow for me to talk. It was completely passive agressive bizarre-o. I tried once, twice, three or four times. She talked right over me like it wasn't obvious that the *CUSTOMER* on the phone had a question.

I should have just hung up right then. Instead, I said EXCUSE ME Mam! I have a question! to try to break in with an alternative credit card question. That's when the *ish hit the fan. This crazy lady started first berating me for daring to raise my voice (when she was the passive-agressive woman who clearly wouldn't let me interject with a question the whole time-- don't play that "just because I kept my voice at a reasonable level I'm not a b*tch card with me, lady).

But best of all, two minutes into her, "You don't need to speak to me that way, this is a reasonable rate, we have plenty of guests, we don't need to take that," rant and me saying, "I was trying to ask a question and you wouldn't let me talk," THEN she freaked out and unloaded all of her crazy and started yelling at me. I tried to record it on my phone for all the world to hear, but it wouldn't work. :( Dangit. It was classic I tell you,
classic. Went on for at least two minutes.

LOVE it. Yeah, she's clearly Ms. Professional. Pssh. They wouldn't know how to treat a business traveler if it hit them in the face.

GO ELSEWHERE.

Five minutes later: UPDATE!! OMG, she knows no bounds. And I found out her name: Karen. The manager of crazed is named: Karen.

She called my cell about 20 minutes after I wrote this post and said, "Hello, this is Karen, the manager at the Marina Hotel. Are you prepared to let us help you now?"

Seriously!?

Me: "Don't call my number ever again." And I hung up.

To the response from Karen: She never called my company, as a) It was a weekend, no one was there b) I never gave her the number, we never got that far.

I find it very telling that in her response to me, she would make something up. ie: Lie.

Don't go here.

08/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
19. Monica C.
The Marina Motel had the perfect sign in the window......"San Francisco's best kept secret." This sign is a hundred percent accurate! This place was amazing! The rooms were adorable! Not to mention there customer service, it was great. They were so accommodating and very tentative to our special needs! I will never stay anywhere else.

11/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Doug B.
It is pretty cool for the "motel" type stay.  The place is well maintained and they go out of their way to make the place look nice.  It is old, but the accommodations are clean and comfortable.  The showers are all tiled (looks like a recent upgrade) and the water pressure is good.  Unit 27 has a trick shower and unconventional plumbing (impossible to get the right temperature).   The other units don't have that problem but don't have the shower seat and additional hand shower (probably intended for seniors or the ladies).  The units facing the street all have problems with traffic noise (and you'll feel the occasional vibration in any of the units).  I was able to sleep through it, however it is the worst at night when things quiet down and all you hear are trucks zooming by.  The garden concept gives the place character and they take good care of the plants and flowers, many of which are in bloom year around.  Unit 50 has a nice leather couch.  Some of the other units have older looking cloth couches, or no seating at all (as was the case with 27).  There is typically only one television (old tube with cable converter) located in the bedroom.  The kitchen makes the place especially nice for those who cook or have leftovers from the local restaurants.  For those who cook, there are great shopping options close by on Chestnut (Marina Meats, and Marina Supermarket).  The old pine furniture (the kind you buy and stain yourself) is not bad looking, but in 27 I noticed the inside of the end tables and dresser smelled musty - so I'd never put my clothes in there.  The guy at the front desk seemed nice and he tried to deal with my requests as best as possible.  It was a bit of a hassle to secure weekly bookings (the Manager's special on their website).  I got the sense they didn't really want to honor that deal as they kind of gave me the runaround initially, and in the end we were unable to book my second week (however, they honored the deal for the nights I did stay).  Another negative - you'll have to walk by "motel hell" and a few homeless people if you plan on going to the shops and restaurants on Chestnut or Union.  This might impact your decision to stay if you are a single female or elderly, however I felt pretty safe myself.  Another thing to note if you have a lot of luggage or tire easily, all of the units are up a fairly good length of stairs (above the individual parking garage on the first level).  Self service laundry is exactly a block away which is nice (The Missing Sock).  It is also very clean.  The neighborhood is nice and seems safe.  I would recommend the Marina Motel to those willing to pay a bit more for something nice, but still want to keep the price affordable.  There are numerous other options a bit cheaper up and down the street, however most don't provide the same "charm" as the Marina Motel.

20/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Judy C.
Free parking makes this hotel worth it.

Very kind and very nice staff. We had two cars, but one room, and each room only has space for one car in the garage below it. However, she was able to arrange for a covered parking spot for the other car in an empty room adjacent to ours. She even let us keep our cars in there a little pass check out time for us to go get some lunch. This is so considerate, considering in the marina it is almost impossible to find reasonable parking.

Room was nicely renovated with a new bathroom and light fixtures, and overall very clean. Also had refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. It is an appropriate, comfortable size for rooms in San Francisco, although tourists who are not used to housing here may consider it small. Everything in SF is small from bathrooms to garages, so keep that in mind. Rooms facing the street are noisy, but they tell you that on the website and again when you check in. Rooms facing courtyard are very quiet. I feel that if you know about it in advance to booking, it's not really fair to complain about it. Note: Radiator turns on around 4-5am and is also a little noisy (sounds like the shower is running), but that is the "historical" part of the hotel. It's really charming and nicely decorated.

Keep expectations fair for motels of this prime location and price and you'll come to realize this is one is the best in terms of value.

31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Rob M.
I recently moved to SF for a job transfer.  I stayed at the Marina Motel for almost 3 weeks while I was apartment hunting.  The thing most people will complain about is the noise.  It is on a busy street.  They have street rooms, and courtyard rooms for a slightly higher rate.  I chose the street room to save money.  I have lived on a busy street in the past, so I was able to re-adapt to the noise after 2 nights, and slept with no problems.  

Their weekly rates are very reasonable.  They have free covered parking.  I was impressed with the full kitchen in the extended stay room.  It is older, so it's not exactly a top of the line place, but I don't think anybody would expect that at a motel.  There are a lot of restaurants, markets, etc. within walking distance.

The staff was friendly and accommodating.  After I had extended my stay twice, they called me the day before my scheduled checkout to see if I was extending my stay again or checking out because they had somebody else they wanted to book in the room for the next 2 weeks.  I was surprised and grateful that they would check first.  Although I didn't need it because I was indeed checking out to move into my new apartment!

24/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Liz L.
Honestly, this place is quite the find of the city. It is within minutes of Union St., the 22/Fillmore toward Castro, and the 28/Golden Gate Bridge. I had no trouble with parking whatsoever, despite it not being assigned by room! The actual room we stayed in was one of the larger places I have stayed in, and let's not forget that the actual grounds of the motel are cute, complete with flowers everywhere.

In response to it being loud, I found it "moderate." Particularly quiet considering it's right off of Lombard St! I had no issues with a cold shower during my weekend stay. My one flaw-find was the because the motel was a little older, I was woken up at 5:30 AM by banging pipes due to some asshole taking a shower that early. (Ugh!) Still. . .

The ultimate steal of the city for those on a budget. Go!

08/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Buzz F.
We were in San Francisco with family to run a half-marathon and wanted reasonably priced accommodations near Ft. Mason (the start/finish line). Generally, "reasonably priced" means "sucks out loud" in San Francisco (e.g., stuffing a bunch of people into an Embassy Suites unit near the Airport, or sharing a hotel with heroin addicts and hookers in the 'Loin).  

However, Teacher Lady had filed Nancy R's review of the Marina Motel away in her memory, and retrieved it for this past weekend.

Sure, you have to be game for a little eccentric-old-dame funkiness, but this is the kind of sweet deal that you'd opt for again and again.  The interior courtyard is so nice that you wish it had enough room for a sitting area (it doesn't), and the individual garages are amazing by SF parking standards. The rooms aren't fancy or hip, but they're clean and comfortable.

If you want to spend twice as much on a boutique hotel near Union Square or the Theater District, I get it -- I know I'm not writing off staying in the downtown area forever.  But If you have reason to wake up near the Presidio or the Marina District, and/or you're looking to economize a bit, the Marina Motel (not to be confused with the Marina Inn) is an excellent option.

08/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. John T.
We had a really good stay here when we stayed about a month ago. It's an older building, but everything worked just fine. I liked that we had a spacious kitchen and bathroom. Most importantly about this place is that they allowed us to keep our two dogs with us. The neighborhood is ideal for dog owners because there are numerous parks nearby and a quiet residential street to walk them. We really liked staying out of the general mayhem of union square and downtown, avoiding expensive parking lots and spaces as well.  Service at the front desk was really friendly, although there was one awkward instance when a front desk person chased us down as we were leaving while accusing us of not paying the extra fee for keeping dogs (we did).

08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. L. V.
I read the reviews for this place and wasn't sold on it but my girlfriend insisted that it was a very cute European style  motel. We took one of the rooms facing Lombard Street and not only was it extremely loud, the front bedroom vibrated each time a truck roared by.  We tried switching rooms but were told all the rooms were booked and that by 9 PM, it became very quiet. Ha! Overall the room was reasonably clean but the bedding had seen better days. I kept all my belongings in the drawers. hangers, or on top of the dresser.  In addition, there was this oddity: the mirrors were hung close to the ceiling, we had to pull them off the wall to use them. The heaters did not work. In our rush to meet friends for breakfast and check out, I left a good pair of sneakers, a nice REI sweater, and pants in a drawer and closet. Later that day, I called to retrieve them and got a female manager ( with an accent) who dismissed me right away by saying that the morning cleaning crew were gone and she could not get anyone to check out the room or question the cleaning crew. After three more days of calling  and being told that the person that cleaned the room was off that day and/or could not be found, I gave up.  I hope whoever found my belongings is at least putting them to good use. I will never return to this nightmare of a hotel.

15/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
27. Dante' T.
A great location for its price and pet friendly too.  I love the fact that there's a kitchen and you can make your favorite meals in your own hotel room.  I felt like I was right at home right when I walked in.  Clean, comfortable, reasonable rate, pet friendly & free parking. Parking was never an issue when I lived in San Francisco, and most hotels will charge you extra, but not this awesome place.  Thanks Marina Motel for making this place really comfortable for me and my dog!

19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Miranda n.
Great for the price, kitchen is awesome but  parking SUCKS!  My minivan would not fit into the garages.  Once parked my family and I had to climb out of the back in order to get out and I scraped the side trying to get in and out :(

I would come back if parking was different.

23/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
29. Ryan L.
Bring your ear plugs and caution sign. My room was on top of the road. I could of started a hot dog stand I had so much traffic.

16/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. Natasha M.
WOW!!!

This Motel truly surprised my fiance and me, as we were not expecting such an amazing room! We stayed here for 3 nights, as a getaway vacation in celebration of my graduation. The room was up to date, but had a Victorian theme. The kitchen was small and perfect for cooking anything we wanted, and included all dishes, silverware, cups, pots & pans, toaster, coffee maker, etc. The bathroom was adorable and again, decorated with up to date wall hangings and other decorations. The bed was so comfortable!! In front of the bed was a flat screen tv and a very nice wooden desk.

The staff were very sweet and so helpful! I would also like to add that the "angry Russian woman" was not angry at all!!! She was a complete sweetheart and was extremely kind to us! The owner was very nice as well, and picks his employees well :-)

The courtyard couldnt have been cleaner and more beautiful Oh! AND Free personal parking garages?!? Amazing! All in all, it was a great experience!

We will (and HAVE!) recommend this motel to all our friends and family! Perfect location, clean and well decorated, friendly staff and a VERY comfortable room! Thank you Marina Motel! We will be back :-)

24/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Terry W.
I was really surprised when I arrived at this place. If you enjoy quaint, charming, retro style & friendly staff you will love it as much as I did. I stayed four nights in a kitchenette room because I am on a special diet and have to cook my own food. Otherwise I would not have bothered because there are so many good places to eat in the area. I had to move out one day to a non-kitchenette, and then back to another one, but this was due to me making last minute (same-day) reservations & there was one night where a kitchenette was not available, so this was pre-arranged. So in the process I got to stay in 3 different rooms & I liked them all. I found it to be quiet and pleasant & even though it is an old fashioned motel, the staff provides modern day service - they moved my luggage for me from one room to the next.

The location was great for driving as it is right by the north end of Lombard next to the Marina district and Presidio.

Parking is free, but maneuvering your car around inside the courtyard is not for the timid driver! Bring your compact to mid-size car and go slow, and you will be fine.

Free Wi-Fi & above average quality mattresses and bedding. All the comforts of home are here for your pleasure.

As for the review where the front desk lady was called "angry Russian" - I found her to be very helpful and the customer service I received from her & all the other staff was excellent totally disagree with that review.

The flowers in the courtyard garden are gorgeous and awesome - colorful blooms dripped from potted plants everywhere - VERY beautiful.

The only drawbacks I would consider are that all the rooms are upstairs and I didn't see any elevators, and there is no disabled parking or amenities for disabled persons. Besides the rooms are pretty small - remember this is a historical motel built in the 1930s.

I loved the rooms. It was like going back in time to visit Grandma way back when, old fashioned kitchen and bathroom fixtures with modern appliances added.

The other drawback is that you have to pay in advance & there are no refunds. If you need to cancel any of the nights you have paid for you can ask if they will try to re-sell your room, but that's it.

I would stay here again.

20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Marla N.
My boyfriend and I stayed here a couple weeks ago for a few days and we loved it. We expected a small room but it was even better than we could have imagined. Small, yes, but absolutely charming. Very clean room and grounds, comfortable bed, nice bathroom, very lovely courtyard, and a nice and helpful staff. Inexpensive for San Francisco; it was the best deal I found (and I do pretty thorough research when we plan our travels).

We stayed in a courtyard room in order to avoid the street noise, as we saw other reviews before booking. The heater mentioned in some reviews as being very loud wasn't very loud at all, in our opinion. There was one morning during which it woke us up, but it was around the time I usually wake up anyway. We didn't mind it at all.

The location was great too and having a Walgreens around the corner was quite convenient. The only downside IMO is that they don't take AmEx. Overall, we were very happy with the whole experience. We'll definitely be staying here every time we go to San Francisco.

14/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Michelle L.
Definately the best place I have stayed at in the city, wish I would have found this place sooner. The motel grounds are beautiful with lots of charm. The rooms are a bit small, didnt have room for a pack'n play for our baby and not much else but was able to stash our belongings in the closet. Kitchen was great and had everything you would possibly need.

Motel is within walking distance to lots of great shops and restaurants.  Motel gives you a coupon to Lou's cafe. The food was delicious with lots of healthy options, would definetely recommend! Check out Susie Cakes near by for dessert.

This motel is definetely not for people that are used to staying in swanky boutique type hotels. Have stayed at the Intercontinental and the Parc 55 and the $50 parking really isn't worth it. The Marina motel offers free covered parking for compact cars. We had a Chevy Tahoe and was easily able to park it in the courtyard because it would not fit in the garage. Recommend this motel for families and long term stays.

29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Erica T.
Great location.  Our room was clean and pleasant, but definitely on the small side.  Parking is free and there are individual enclosed garages (i.e., you can close the doors if you would like, but no lock unless you bring one), which worked well for us because we had some cargo we worried about leaving in the car.  

That said, all parking is first-come, first served (and you won't necessarily get the space below your room) -- and if you have a large car it will be more difficult to get into the spaces on the east side (there are tight corners to get around, and if there are cars parked in front of the office it's even more fun!).

All of that said, we parked and just left the car -- there's a bus stop around the corner with frequent buses that will take you where you need to go.  

Our room overlooked the courtyard from the west side of the motel, with a nice flowering planter box in the window.  Free wifi was ok, sometimes a little slow.  

Definitely recommend for the price -- a great place to stay for the City.

25/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Ana G.
The Marina Motel:
Price: reasonable considering most other places to stay near by are ridiculously overpriced.
Rooms: small, but nicely decorated and clean & no fuss parking.
Neighborhood: The Marina District, filled with bars, restaurants and shops. Very lively on weekends.
Location:  Ideal for Lombard street (walking distance), Golden Gate Bridge (quick drive), The Painted Ladies (quick drive), Union Square (quick drive), Fisherman's Warf (quick drive)

Overall: Great, affordable, and centrally-located place to stay.

04/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Todd G.
Awesome place! You get your own covered garage to park in which is super rare in SF. Room was clean and was more like an apartment with furnishings and a kitchen. Came on my birthday, this will be the only place I stay in SF on future trips

09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Jazmin S.
This place really is a hidden gem, it's beautiful courtyard style and flows are welcoming and homey. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is traveling without a car just because it's not near any big SF attractions ( besides the golden gate or presidio) but its a 2 min walk to chestnut st shops and dining, palace of fine arts, and the bus stop is at the corner. It's only a 10 min walk to the beach or the marina green. Walking distance to fort mason for off the grid on Fridays!
The available parking all in garages is great! A friend and I both had cars when staying here and the staff was beyond accommodating in help make the parking situation work for both of us. Super friendly staff that gave great directions and tips. The room we stayed in with just a king was a little small but perfect for just a few nights. Everything was neat and clean and it was super convent to have a mini fridge. I would stay here again.

12/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Skye J.
This place was perfect for my babe and me to spend the 4th of July. We got a nice room above the office with our own cute kitchen that had a window viewing the courtyard filled with flowers.

The receptionist was very friendly, my only concern was the way she delt with a restaurant owner on the phone when they weren't acknowledging the coupon that Marina was giving out to there guests. Aggravating to her I am sure but there is a time and a place to deal with calls like that...like when you don't have guests waiting in the lobby waiting to check in, feeling like they are wasting there one day in the city listening to bickering when they could be out and about enjoying themselves.

Other than that the price was okay for it being short notice and a holiday, plus your own kitchen and garage inside the courtyard. I would stay here again just I don't think I'd stay here for $160 a night. Nice but not quite that nice.

28/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Tim W.
2.5 stars
Recently stayed one night at the Marina Motel while in the area.
We ended up picking one of the center/ courtyard rooms after reading reviews about those rooms being quieter since they weren't on the street.
Here is the problem with the courtyard rooms (which cost more by the way)........ you have NO privacy!
It is like being in a fishbowl.
If you open your curtains you are looking directly into other rooms. You will see and hear everything going on!
There is no a/c in the room so if you want any air or light you have to open your windows  and curtains and you will be on display!!
The morning when we woke up and opened the curtains we got a close up view of a 70 year old woman in her bra and grannie panties in the window across from ours...........GOOD MORNING!!!!!!!  Not the way I wanted to start my day!

the Good:
-Room was clean with a nice bathroom
-Individual garages included to park your car
-Good location, easy walking distance to all the restaurants/shops on Chestnut
-Free WIFI

The Bad:
-Small rooms
-Courtyard rooms have NO privacy and you might get a view of something you don't want to see!
-No A/C
-Loud. you can hear people in other rooms because you are so close and windows are open
-Too expensive. $159.00 ($182.85 w/taxes) for a tiny fishbowl of a room
-Dog friendly and you will hear barking dogs

If you are traveling with your dogs and don't mind a tiny room then this might be a good option for you.
If you want some space or privacy then I would look elsewhere.

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
40. faye F.
This is more of a warning than a review. My family has stayed here throughout the years for an easy and affordable stop over while passing through the city. However last night they were woken up in the middle of the night to find that they were covered in bites. They checked the mattress  and found several live BED BUGS and some dead, they googled bed bugs to confirm that this is what they were dealing with.
They left right away and their money was returned to them. However it seemed as though this wasn't the first time this has happened at the motel from the way the employee they spoke with talked about it.
Clearly we will not be staying again, I do not  wish to ruin their business but this motel needs to fix the problem and customers deserve to be warned.

27/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
41. Carol L.
One of the better places I have stayed in the city. Your own enclosed garage. No $50 parking rate added to your room rates as some hotels do. This is a great location. Near the Presidio easy access to Napa. Chestnut Street is one street over with a wide variety of restaurants and shoppy shops. Ask no to stay on Lombard street my understanding is that its very noisy. Our room was in the courtyard. The room was cozy.( I liked the bedding) No air conditioning needed just open the window. There is a heater in the corner of the room. A mini fridge and microwave too. Just know there are stairs that lead up to yr room from street level.

This place has charm as another yelper mentioned. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I would stay here again the next time I'm in the city. Till next time! =)

01/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Ellen W.
The rooms are simple but clean, and each over top of their own garage.  Note that the garages are small, compacts or mid-size are fine, you may have trouble with SUVs.
The noise level is very high.  Although the ad said the room would face a courtyard, this was not the case.  They used some technical language to justify this, but the result was very noise Lombard Avenue.
Comfort of the bed, the bathroom and the little kitchen -- all adeqaute.
We would never stay again because of the noise, and we feel the management was misleading in their description and subsequent defensive use of technical  language.
If you go, bring ear plugs.

06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
43. Greg B.
Be careful to pack lightly. I dont think there's a closet for your clothes. Very cute and tiny. Bed is firm and comfy and neighborhood is delightful. With bin38 wine bar and Mel's diner nearby. Parking is in these tight little garages- leave the SUV home.

Slippery shower so watch out and ladies- i'm sorry but there's no vanity to lay out your make-up- else it would get higher rating

25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Damon D.
This is a great little motel that was built for the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.  With that said its a old place but very well kept.  Each room has its own garage (but unassigned so there is one for you but not necessarily right under your room.  We have sated more that a few times there and its always been nice.  The last time we did have issues with parking due to a kayaking festival and the over-sized trucks and trailers for some of the participants so we will try and avoid going during that weekend.  Other than that, I highly recommend it as it somewhat in a good location to everything and the parking is FREE!!!!  And like Tom A. said, street side rooms are next to street....nosiey.  Inside area is pretty quiet and acceptable.

29/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Nettie S.
We stay in San Francisco often usually in North Beach, but wanted to explore another neighborhood this time. We were very happy with our experience at the Marina Hotel. We loved that it is vintage, clean and very cozy. It's in the perfect location to walk to all the restaurants and great delis. We especially loved staying in the room facing the busy street. We loved that it had a full kitchen too! Hearing the sounds of the city go by on Lombard Street was exciting and at night it lulled us to sleep!  The only minus was climbing the steps to get to the rooms on the street side( they might have an elevator but we weren't aware of it). But a big plus was the private garage for each room at no extra charge! We'll definitely stay here again. Overall it's a great value!

20/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Tommy M.
Such an excellent little motel. The room was in pristine condition, and the location could not have been better. The staff was polite and friendly and for the price you honestly cannot beat it! Highly recommend.

24/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Paul W.
This is a great family friendly hotel. The room was great for us and was very convenient to SF attractions. The staff was very friendly. The parking spots are a bit small but they were very accommodating in letting us park our mini van in the courtyard.

Be sure to get a room in the courtyard and you'll avoid the noise on the very busy Lombard St.

Lots of great local restaurants within walking distance on Chestnut. We felt quite comfortable walking the streets.

The 30 bus was easy to take to the Warf. We bought a one day clipper pass at the near by Walgreens. For $14 each we got unlimited bus, historical rail car, and cable car rides for the day. This is perfect for a young family who loves to ride. A great way to see SF.

05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Nancy R.
I stayed here again a couple of months ago with my sister and her kid -- they were in town to go to a stage play.  This time, we got interior rooms.  She had a corner room, and it was quite large, and basically got it for the same price as our single -- because she was staying for a couple of extra days.  These rooms were WAY quieter than the exterior ones -- just FYI.    So if you can request an interior room, you would be well-served.

I have come to appreciate this motel more over the last two years, as I've tried other ones and have some basis of comparison now.  So now I know that this place with its' interior parking and good wi fi connections and usually with fridges in each room .... well, I'm a believer now.

05/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Tom A.
WARNING WARNING WARNING!!   Do not get the rooms over office on street side!! you will be sorry, very very noisy , ours smelled like a cheese shop,, and even  if you can deal with that every time a large truck or bus goes by, which is allot!  it is a very very bust street, you will be vibrated , now some may like that !  I didn't ,,But you have been warned , the bald guy I explained this to in the office was not very nice at all , and didn't want to help, he said that's why those rooms are cheaper ,I didn't realize i had gotten the cheapest room?  I asked how much are the rooms in the court yard he said 159. funny i said I spent 179.00  Hmmm book ,com is making them money, so after awhile of complaining and feeling ripped off he moved us into the court yard,

OK --- Que angels praising noise,,",Awwwwwwwww"  Night and Day difference!!!!  Very Cool clean ,I thought quite, well maintained a old school motor inn, loved it back there and the rest of the staff is great , we even stayed one extra night , parking is awesome and its location is great , go next block over chestnut and walk 2 blocks down and you will be in a very cool area for breakfast and dinners! very very cool place, We walked to the golden gate bridge from there walk over it and back, bout 6.5 miles total round trip and walked to fisherman's wharf 2.5 miles or short bus ride 30 bus on chestnut,

The rooms up front shouldn't even be offered not even at a cheaper rate ,  its like renting a boat at a  cheaper rate cause it has big holes in it , its useless.

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
50. Tina C.
My parents stay here every time they visit and its the cutest place ever. Service seemed to be good too as we've never had any reason to complain. Even on Christmas they gave us stockings full of goodies.

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Maxine Y.
Stayed there for four days place was affordable.

Room: Small but nice to have the Kitchen area. Bed was comfy.

Parking: Parking is nice because you get your own garage, it sucks if you get one on Lombard its a real pain to get in and out, suggest leaving open when you leave so you can cruise in.

Front Desk: Suggestion to hotel, take the angry Russian lady off the front desk. She makes a pleasant motel an unpleasant experience with her lack of customer service. The owner was nice and helped out on a situation and the other male worked when the key demagnetized. Would give 5 stars if she didn't "help" us.

07/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Joe D.
This place, for the price, is easily one of the best places to stay in the city.  Very affordable and exceptionally beautiful once you turn into the 'village'.

As many have stated, rooms are on the second floor with garages underneath.  Garages are a bit small, but there were several SUVs that had been parked in them.  The courtyard is a magnificent blast from the past, with a brick road and flowers everywhere.  The room was fairly small, but clean and exactly what we expected.

Talking to the owner as we were leaving, he told us about and showed us the wild parrots that visit them every summer (to enjoy the gardens, no doubt).  Simply amazing!  My girlfriend fell in love from the second we arrived and wants to go back already.

Did not have a problem with the noise level as others have suggested, since our room was toward the back of the courtyard (away from Lombard).

14/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Ann R.
I don't like staying in motels, or hotels for that matter.  Usually plain, uninviting, bland but hopefully clean.  I did not look forward to staying in the City last weekend for Fleet Week due to my disdain for the forementioned accommodations, but bit the bullet and with the help of Yelp, chose the Marina Motel for its favorable Yelp reviews.  What a wonderful surprise!  Upon entering, I found a beautiful courtyard, welcoming staff (to say the least), and best of all, the most lovely cozy cottage room I could ever imagine, with full size kitchen, comfortable bed, and, even tho I brought my own fan for noise, there was one provided in the room!  Private garage is offered at no chg and important to me, I was allowed to keep my car in the garage past checkout time the following day until the end of the Airshow.  A  wonderful experience all the way around.  Thanks to Yelp reviewers!   ps:  need a corkscrew?  ask the front desk...really! :)

17/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Michelle K.
The reviews of this place pretty well sum it up. Excellent location. Clean, Neat, Quiet. Comfortable. The usual amenities. I've stayed here multiple times, so obviously, I've been pleased. This last time, they were having trouble with the elevator, and I had to climb stairs one night (not good at my age). But they were nice about moving me the next morning. Every hotel in the world looks the same when you're asleep, so if you have a comfortable bed, clean accomodations, and hot water, you're there. Motel 6 fills the bill every time (in every location I've ever tried), so for my money, this is an excellent choice.

07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Claire T.
Desperately seeking an affordable room during a San Francisco trip that coincided with some convention, I really lucked out with Marina Motel.  All other hotels in the city, even on deep discounter HotelTonight, were at least 250-300 all week.  I somehow found Marina Motel online, and thought it was too good to be true.   Fortunately, I was wrong and Marina Motel was awesome.  Here's why:

Gorgeous vegetation--lots of green and bougainvillea
Very retro feel--I'm a sucker for that
Clean--a must
Quiet**--surprisingly, although make sure you get a courtyard or interior room
Free parking!! in San Francisco!!--small cars only
Great location--walking distance to trendy bars and restaurants, also close to bus stops to explore the city.  Spitting distance to Golden Gate Bridge, so if you're going up to Sonoma later in your trip like we were, it's a perfect spot to stay in the city.
Affordable--We paid $99/night.  Yes!  A third of the price of many other hotels in the city that I probably wouldn't have liked as much.

**The only exception to quiet was the heater problems in our first room.  We woke up in the middle of the night to very loud clanging (sounded like a hammer) and popping.  The boiler heater was having problems and also leaking.  It happens.  They were apologetic and let us move to a different room the next night.  That room was huge and had a kitchen.

I'll definitely stay at Marina Motel again and recommend to anyone I know.

05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Luke F.
I actually used to live across the street from this place and had no idea what a hidden gem it is.  The neighborhood and the fact that you have parking for the very affordable rate is what sets the place apart.  We also love supporting family owned businesses and they had all of the normal wonderful and thoughtful touches you only find when the owners are this close to the front lines.  If you're a light sleeper I could see there being issues with the noise on Lombard street rooms but other than that, this is a great place to stay and would definitely come back!

Cheers, Luke

11/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Daniele D.
We found exactly what we needed. It a motel located in a hotel area in San Diego. Like 10 mins from Marina/Cow Hollow (In car). The rooms are quite small but clean and perfectly organized. The staff is something remarcable. They are always with the best service attitude. If you are looking for a clean space just to sleep this is the best option.

12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Eugene B.
beautiful place to stay, reminds me of Italy. Was very quiet area and the office people where fairly pleasant. They had no issue checking us in an hour earlier than check in time. only reason not 5 star is that the rooms are on the smaller size and the claimed wifi is almost none exsistant. when I tried to surf the internet I timed out about 90 percent. All the big tourist spots are pretty close and finding a taxi rather than to fuss driving around in a city I'm not familiar with was quiet easy.

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. J B.
We stayed there on October 4, 2014. I Used a credit card which we never use, in fact it is the" once every 5 years credit card." Just this week someone in Miami Florida tried to use our credit card at Nordstrom and charged $600. I called tonight and explained the problem to Natalia who told me that I was paranoid and its silly to call her. "It would be like if I went to the grocery store and asked the clerk if she stole my credit card number" She did not understand the seriousness of our problem. She was ambivalent and really did not give a shit. So alright, we will work this out on our own thru the credit card company and it is useless to call Marina Motel to inquire.

My second compliant is that the room we had is on Lombard Street, very LOUD, it was like sleeping on the side of the freeway. Tiny small room for over $200 in seedy part of SF. The inner rooms in courtyard do appear charming but the ones on Lombard are super sketchy. We slept maybe 3 hours....We were grumpy all the next day

Needless to say if you wanna pay over $200 for a seedy room and then have your credit card number ripped off to their Floridian friend then this is the place for you. If you want a different experience I recommend other options.

21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
60. Karen H.
WOW!  Truly a hidden gem!  I only had 1 night here & so wish I could've stayed a couple more.......  My expectations were far exceeded....  I will definitely be back for a longer stay!!  This property is well maintained, quaint & in a great location for exploring many of the wonderful sites San Fran has to offer!  7 or so blocks to the Marina, situated in a very nice, quiet neighborhood!  The staff, especially Patricia, far exceeded Customer Service all around, friendly, helpful, warm & very welcoming!  Highly recommend for a short stay, tho 2 or 3 nights would be enough to explore & enjoy a get away to San Francisco!!!!

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Katie K.
Drove right into my garage after midnight on a Monday night Tuesday morning,  walked up my stairs way off Lombard and was cozy in bed in a matter of minutes. The beds are super firm, how I like it.
Went out to explore all day the next day, come back to a clean room and sheets. I really love this place, your own little apartment in the heart of San Fransisco!

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Kim T.
This motel was booked for us by a co worker who booked a block of rooms--some were lucky enough to get a courtyard location, which did not face the street. Apparently the rooms on Lombard are really loud, enough so to get someone in our party to change hotels. But the price is right here, for a stay in the city that is much nicer than a cheap motel.

I would be adding at least one star to this review if it weren't for the extremely rude lady at the front desk. She lacks any basic customer service and was just downright bitchy. I'm sure this place loses lots of business after a first stay based solely on dealing with Miss Cranky Pants.

The grounds are gorgeous! The courtyard is beautifully decorated and covered in bouganvilla and various plants. They even have a doggie water bowl out in the courtyard in case your pooch gets thirsty. There is a "dog run" in the back, but I was a bit confused because it was faux grass and I felt really weird to have my dog back there, especially if he had to pee.

The room was quite cute, it was small but had every little comfort, including a separate, small kitchen and table, two beds, nice sized bathroom and lots of windows, which is almost unheard of for a hotel. It was like a little,nicely decorated apartment. The beds were also pretty comfortable. You also got to pick out any available garage space in the courtyard, some being quite a bit larger than others. We got a small one but were able to fit our small truck in there with some guidance.

We would consider staying again and be happy with it, minus the front desk lady.

05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
63. Gracie C.
Cozy, clean & comfortable. The three "C's" that can make or break a motel. Finding a clean place that won't break the bank in San Fran is a bit of a challenge. This place gladly accepts that challenge & then offers free parking. Try and beat that at most places in the city. Nope, no can do. Now I gave Marina Motel 4 stars and that's only because the garages are small. Not so easy when you drive a beast of a car. Lucky there are four outside parking spots that surround the courtyard. Get there early or you'll miss out on those spots.

The staff here are awesome. Very accommodating & friendly. We stay here at least twice a year & love that it's close to Union Street & Chestnut St. There's a bunch of great restaurants & shopping nearby which my it a win in my book!

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Carissa G.
Great value for money.  Nice place, excellent staff. The breakfast was lovely,  I loved my room a lot, shared it with two other people.

30/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. James Z.
Room is very very small. And by small I mean TINY. You would feel like a rat in a cage. Barely any room for your luggage. Girlfriend complained about no place to put her blow dryer and make up stuff in the bathroom. THIS ISN'T NEW YORK CITY!

Free covered parking was one of the main reasons I booked this place, however, all the garages are very small, and are occupied by a first-come-first-served basis. So if you drive a bigger car, or aren't very good at parking in general, it'll be challenging to park your ride in. And if you come back late at night, you may not be able to find an empty garage at all.

Sometimes the heater works, while sometimes it just won't no matter how high you turn it up, which could be a problem for Northern California's chilly nights. I suspect it's manually controlled by the hotel management.

Stayed for three nights. Didn't get room service for one of them, even after I reminded the front desk on my way out at 2 pm.

I'm not sure this is worth mentioning but when you check in they make a photo copy of your driver's license and credit card, which is pretty rare in my experience.

05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
66. Brittany E.
I drive 8 hours thru the night and all i wanted was a fresh shower! Of course the shower dosnt drain, so I'm forced to stand in inches of my dirty water. Ladies if you want to shave good luck, as there is no light in the actual shower you have to open up the curtain just to get some light! We tried getting some sleep but the bed was so uncomfortable with springs going in our backs and rock hard pillows.
 Sleepless night I decided I didn't want to stay my second night, so I go to cancel my room. At first the front desk said it would be no issues to cancel then later on they call me and tell me i can not cancel due to the fact i booked with hotels.com . Great! So I call hotels.com and they let me know I can only get my money back if they sell the room. Now im stuck at this HORRIBLE motel. I had them switch me rooms. The second room had a bit softer bed and the shower actually drained so I hoped for the best. It was a cold night so we decided to turn on the heater and boy did we make a bad choice! The whole night the heater made the loudest noise ever. It would start banging then a loud steaming noise would come on. My boyfriend and i spend the night getting up from bed trying to figure out how to turn off this century old heater but no luck! I called to the front desk but no one is there overnight. Two sleepless nights makes for two angry guests! Also if you would like some intimate time with your loved one this is the wrong place for you! One little move in the bed and the headboard slams into the wall and wakes up the neighboors in other rooms.
 Overall I would not recomend this motel to anyone. Parking is hard to get into, rooms have a old musty smell, gym like shower, and no privacy for you and your loved one.

07/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
67. The Hungry Hippos O.
Booked for a weekend getaway, and this place was great!  Small but lots of charm, convenient parking, clean, and dog friendly! The kitchen was a nice plus. We had a full size refrigerator which was great for storing our beer and leftovers.

We would recommend this to others and stay here again. Thank you Marina Motel, for a surprisingly pleasant stay in the city.

07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. F. M.
Quaint and cozy little place. We checked in on a weekday so we got a really great rate through booking dot com. Not gonna lie, without that discount it would've been too expensive.

We were originally placed in a room facing the main street, but due to some electrical glitch (Thank You Baby Jesus!) we were moved to a room in the inner courtyard which is much more quiet.

One caveat: book a room in the inner court yard!! Otherwise the noise from street will keep you awake.  You've been warned!!

19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Stephen R.
This was a great find in SF!

This is a very unique hotel, which appears to be an old apartment complex. The grounds are very clean, and we found it nice to walk around the inner corridor. Beautiful plants all around!

I LOVE HOW EACH ROOM HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE GARAGE!! Remember I said these were old apartments, well you get a single car garage with your room! To some this may not seem like a big deal, but with how awful parking in SF can be, and how little people seem to care about fender benders here, it was a huge sigh of relief that my car was safe.

The room was quite small, which we expected but was cute and charming. There was an expectation that we'd be getting a room with kitchen, but perhaps there was some confusion in the booking because we didn't. Our reservation had two bedrooms and a bathroom, with only the entrance bedroom having a TV. The four of us found it difficult to enjoy TV bunched together in that small bedroom, but it wasn't too big a deal. After all, we weren't in SF to watch TV. Just would have been convienant not to have to do that at night.

Unfortunately, we had a room facing the main road (Lombard I believe) and the room was LOUD!! The door weather seals didn't seem to fit properly and so much noise from the street came into our room! It honeslty sounded like our door was open. And when the big trucks roll by you definitely feel a good amount of vibration. Luckily, we were in vacation mode, and determined to enjoy ourselves no matter what.

Problems do occur from time to time, and unfortunately when we were there they were having some plumbing issues. Our room wasn't affected, but some of the pipes were leaking in the garages, including ours. They let me move my car to another garage, thankfully there was vacancy at this place otherwise I don't know where I would have parked.

Overall, this was a nice affordable option in SF. Decent/safe part of town near shops, restaurants, and Walgreens/CVS, The rooms are small but charming. Noisy, so bring your ear plugs. I would come here again.

16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
70. Monet R.
Love love love! This place reminds me of a quaint European hotel. The courtyard is lovely and overflowing with flowers and murals. The price of your room comes with a free parking garage...anyone who know San Francisco knows that's a priceless feature. The rooms are very cute and vintage 1930/1940. Full kitchen with all you'll need to save a few dollars by making a meal instead of going out.
The street rooms are a little noisy (due to high traffic) but nothing you can't sleep through after wearing yourself out on the hills of San Francisco all day.
I highly recommend and will be staying here again soon!

05/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Carl G.
This p lace us nice and cozy central for all palaces you might want to go bridge fisherman's wharf
China town just grab a city bus 2.50
And your good to go if you wanna drive foget about it need a permit on some street and meter parking is scarse

24/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. E A.
This is my go to spot when staying in San Francisco.  I stumbled upon this place many years ago while traveling up the and down the coast. The main amenities that sold me on this place were the pet friendly rooms and garage parking.

I've stayed in several different styles of rooms, from facing the street, to multi combined and the full kitchen room. It is well worth it to spend the extra "squid" for a room in the interior of the hotel as opposed to the rooms facing the street. The rooms facing the street have a consistent street traffic throughout the night.

The neighborhood surrounding the location is very safe, there are many plenty of food options and there are plenty convenience store's. Its walking distance to the marina, short drive to Fisherman's Wharf, and located right near the Golden Gate Bridge.  

The rooms are priced very reasonable for San Francisco and the included parking makes it that much desirable. Bring your pet! The rooms are clean, staff is friendly and the cab service connected to the hotel is super quick.

4.5 Star Will continue to do again

14/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0