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Ocean Park Motel in San Francisco, CA

Ocean Park Motel in San Francisco, CA

Specialties

The Ocean Park is a family style motel with a unique home like atmosphere and garden setting. Located just two blocks from the Ocean Beach and one block from the San Francisco Zoo, the motel features an outdoor hot tub, garden play area for kids and a number of fully equipped kitchens. All rooms are nonsmoking and provide free local phone calls, free wireless, free cable TV with HBO and free off street parking. Easy access to public transit means that local dinning and shopping or even Golden Gate Park,  are just minutes away. Downtown or the airport are only twenty to thirty minutes by transit or car.

History

Established in 1937.

The Ocean Park opened for business on April 20, 1937 just one month before the Golden Gate Bridge was dedicated, inaugurating the era of the west coast driving vacation. A graceful Art Deco beauty in the "Streamlined Moderne" style with a nautical theme inspired by the great cruise ships of the 1930's, the motel features portholes, curved rooflines and porches and original wood windows opening onto fresh sea air. Late at night the garden courtyard echoes to the sound of crashing waves and foghorns. Even after seventythree years, the Ocean Park has an authentic character that still appeals to fourth generation guests.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.44

Address: 2690 46th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94116
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Comments (82):

1. Chelsea B.
this motel IS san francisco.

the first motel in san francisco, actually. it opened the same fiesta weekend as the golden gate bridge. the website is worth a look to get all the history and an understanding that the american motel, is, in some ways, just a figment of the imagination. none of this motel 6, motel 7, motel 9 you see driving across country. this little beauty is like a living legend. and while it's still cheap, the owners actually live there and the secret garden jacuzzi is divine. so in some ways, it's both a monument to the past, but it's also its own, wonderful san francisco entity. if you want to escape downtown with your honey some weekend without going far, come here for a hottub soak, a walk along ocean beach, awesome old school fries on the corner and some finger pointing at the animals in the zoo (all a short walk). it's also an easy introduction to the city if you have grandparents visiting from say, amish country or fargo. very relaxed. very quiet.

ocean park motel gets 5 stars not because it's the be-all, end-all, but because it hits that sweet spot of "local flavor"/"only in san francisco" and is, what i believe, motels should/could be. there are not enough words for all the variations on the theme.

and that concludes the useful portion of my review. now for my own personal nostalgia and why this place is san francisco to me.
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i moved to san francisco without actually having been here, except to land briefly at sfo on the way to tokyo. it looked pretty then. it did not look as pretty through my bleary eyes on a bat-out-of-hell-drive-through-the-desert-traffic-1­2-hour-solo-trip from vegas. actually, i couldn't see anything coming across the bay bridge, the whole city was fogged in and i had little to no concept that i was heading for its opposite end. a former student of my childhood best friend (who was a private school teacher in n.h. for one year right out of college) had grown up at the ocean park motel. it was my only point of reference for the night. somehow i eventually got there through what was by then a driving rain, just in time to see the lights turn out. i was conscious of knocking because i knew the family lived there. plus, there was robert's motel across the street, which has a barbed wire fence around the parking lot and i was paranoid about leaving my car with all my belongings on the roadside (it might be important to note i'm from maine).

fastforward about 5 hours. i wake up in a jungle. i am confused and dizzy. the room is thick with humid fog. there is a roaring waterfall through the mist and monkeys are hooting far away. i sort out reality which is this:

i had arrived at robert's freezing. disturbed by the enthusiastic mating sounds in the room above me i crack open a bottle of wine and get in the shower. exhausted, and spinning with drink (wine showers with me) i walk out of the bathroom without shutting the water off and pass out on the bed. i wake up x amount of hours later because the people upstairs are at it again. not the best night.

in the morning i have an appointment at a crazy, shoddy, warehouse in soma (and i mean dirty soma), where i sign a 3 month lease.. i get back to ocean park motel, as exhausted as the night before and everything is suddenly sunny. except, as i attempt to get out of the car a man whom i think of as "the wizard" slams himself against my door and begins yelling. he is lifting up his hands to my face behind the glass and saying (abridged and excerpted) that ocean park wrote the messages on his hands and took out his teeth (his hands are covered in indecipherable tattoos and he appears to have all his teeth). he is wearing a lovely skirt of long tulle and has really got his wardrobe layering down. we manage to have some kind of psychic communication and the situation dissolves. i decide ocean park looks safe enough and is not hiding dr. mengele as the wizard claims.

the owners (the duffets), and i marvel at the near-miss with the lights from the night before. they feel terrible i slept at robert's. they had saved a room for me, but then didn't think i was coming. they say all they have left now is a 2 bedroom, 3 bed suite, which they will give to me for the price of a 1-bed, 1-room. i am elated because i have already fallen in love with the place, the foliage and the dog. then they show me the hot tub. i go to my spacious quarters, curl up like a cat on the clean, striped bedspread and take pictures of sunbeams until i fall asleep. . .

happily ever after in san francisco.

27/06/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Michele F.
This place is a great little piece of history that is family owned and run.  The rooms are clean, comfortable, and well-appointed, with coffee makers and flat screen tvs.  There is a hottub in the courtyard and free parking at the hotel or on the adjacent street.  The hotel is a short walk from the beach, and the Muni stop is right across the street--it will take you into the heart of San Francisco (eventually!).  I can't say enough good things about the management, specifically, Mark, who was extraordinarily kind to me and accommodating of my requests, and went out of his way to assist me--reminiscent of the way people once treated each other and the kind of person who will add a pleasant tone to your visit.  The price is quite good for San Francisco.  My only caveat:  If noise is an issue for you, I suggest requesting a room further from the street--the Muni starts early and runs late and is loud.  (The hotel provides good earplugs.)  If you like the ocean and don't mind the ride into the city, this is the kind of place you'll want to give your business.

27/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Sheri N.
this place rocks!  it's an art deco looking motel.  it's the total epitome of a cali beach motel.. i love it..  it has an older feel w/manicured trees.  the guy [owner] keeps this place well kept.  don't expect new furniture or anything.. this is an ol' school joint, but very clean.  i love the wooden planked walls.. well at least in room #7 [i think that was the room number, or maybe it was 3]  it had a '70s bow-chicka-bow-bow feel to it :)    just the right spot for me and my bf..  just wanted to stay somewhere that wasn't home, and yes i do live 10 min. away from here, but it still felt like i was away.

a little pricier than your average motel, but this is not your average motel either.  it's so close to the beach.  a block away from sloat, so you can get food nearby.  

the owner is real nice and sweet.  i think he lives here.. his dog is cute too.  

if you do stay, check out the jacuzzi.  it's very nice, and updated.  clean, and you don't stink like chlorine when you get out.  sometimes i get itchy after being in pools and/or hot tubs.. i attribute it to the chlorine.

10/04/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Redd J.
This motel has a jacuzzi.....a SECRET jacuzzi. If you don't ask, you'll never know. I live in SF and as my room is actually the size of a closet, I prefer to rent a motel when my wench comes to town. And she wanted a jacuzzi. So, after a feudal search for hotels/motels that had a jacuzzi I finally came across Ocean Park Motel. The motel has a LONG history (it comes with a book when you check in) and the fact that has been given a makeover is evident, as is the love the owners -who are super nice- have injected into it. All that said, this place was kinda like my apartment. I mean this in a positive way, they both were built around the same time, and had the exact same detailings as my place. THAT is why the place does not get a four-star rating: it's kinda apartmenty.

07/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Katie G.
Having lived in the Richmond District in SF for 9 years, I like to stay in the Richmond/Sunset area when I visit so I can easily access all my favorite haunts. Easy parking, a kitchen, and good public transit are also things I look for in a hotel. And on my most recent trip, I had my dog, so a place that was dog friendly and near the beach was essential. I found all this and more wrapped up in a gorgeous little package at the Ocean Park Motel!

The proprietor is as friendly and personable as can be. He and his wife have maintained this GORGEOUS art deco property impeccably, with its lovely gardens and courtyard, beautiful paint job, a great original neon sign (facing out to the street, so not a problem), and festive white lights framing the entryway. I got the sense that there is a wide variety of room setups, some with two rooms, some with one, so I can't speak to all the rooms. However, I was pleased with mine, #6, right at the head of the courtyard. The room was a little small, with just a bed, a dresser (with great cable TV including the digital guide, which you never find in a hotel!), one bedside table, and a small chair. I'd've liked another bedside table with another lamp. The mattress was divine and I slept really, really well. The kitchen was totally cute, and came with everything you'd need, though no mugs to go with the coffeemaker (just small disposable cup things). There was a table with two chairs in the kitchen. The bathroom was really big with a nice shower. No hairdryer, FYI. There was also a really big closet which was great for storing stuff, though it could use a light for finding stuff! The property also has a hottub, though I never had time to use it.

The location is, in my opinion, great. It's a block off Sloat, so it's really very quiet. It's just a block from the ocean, which is great. There's a great coffee shop a block away as well. The best part is that the L Taraval streetcar line picks up right by the hotel, so you wouldn't need to drive much at all! (But if you do, there's ample, easy parking.) The zoo is also right by the hotel, across Sloat.

I would definitely stay here every time I come to SF. It's hard to find a place that has everything this place has to offer -- quiet, pretty, friendly, parking, kitchen, dog rooms, hot tub, streetcar, beach -- in SF. And it's clean and relatively cheap!

25/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Patricia W.
We love this place!  The atmosphere is peaceful, inviting, and friendly.  Yes, you have to keep in mind that because it was built in 1936, the rooms are small.  That is one reason that I love it - I feel like we are in another era.  The grounds are well kept - it's like a little oasis in the big city.  Location is perfect for us because we have family living on the L train route.  I would recommend getting a room with kitchen if you are going to stay more than a day or so.  The owners are helpful and friendly.  No, you will not get the free breakfast and other amenities of the newer, pricier hotels - but we weren't looking for "brand new"...besides, we can walk a block to Java Beach for breakfast.  The owners are friendly on the phone and in person - very helpful.  We could tell this place is a labor of love.

30/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Christina S.
me:  this heat is ridiculous.  i want to die.
boy:  we could drive around in my car with the a/c on full blast OR we can get a hotel room.
me:  you are an effin genius.  
boy:  we need to find a place with a hot tub.
me:  again, you are a genius.  i knew i was doing you for a reason.

yelped and found ocean park motel.  less than $100 dollars a night, historical, hidden private hot tub outdoors and nice roomy rooms.  oh and the a/c was the most wonderful of all.  heat waves in sf blow.

07/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. zoe s.
I was instantly suprised when I arrived and saw the old school charm this hotel has to offer.  The Duffets were awesome and accomodating to our needs.  My 2 room suite was the best deal I have had in SF for the amount of room and ammenities.  I even had a full kitchen with all the dishes etc. provided, even a toaster!  Quaint and modern at the same time.   The location is on the beach side, not downtown. I loved staying out there, it beat my other frequent stays in the downtown.  We walked to the zoo and the beach and went to dinner at a nearby 5 star restaurant.  I stayed with my 4 month old baby and had a great experience!  I didn't have a chance to try the jacuzzi last time, but I will be there again this weekend and intend to use it!

25/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Bob H.
If you're looking for luxury accommodations and tons of amenities, look somewhere else.

However, if you are looking for a wonderful experience in a cool lodging establishment a stone's throw from the ocean, this is the spot. We stayed one night and had a terrific time. The owner was great and gave us lots of advice and written material on the hotel and the area. Although there were only two of us, we were upgraded to a larger suite, that was very nice (except one of the windows kept blowing upon from the wind; no big deal). the place is spotlessly clean and meticulously maintained. There are great muni connections right outside the front door, and good restaurants (and the ocean and the zoo) within walking distance.

We will definitely be back (did I say that already?). Next time we're trying the hot tub.

03/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Diego M.
Stayed for a little over a week so they gave me a good deal. Right next to the beach, right next to the zoo, right next to SFSU. About an hour from downtown, but if you're in town to visit someone at the university, it's perfect.

Everyone was very friendly. The room was cleaned daily, everything refreshed. Not huge, but relatively spacious. The walls are thick so we had plenty of privacy. Good idea to buy a weekly MUNI pass if in the area - it'll come in handy as there's a lightrail MUNI stop just across the street. It'll take you to the grocery or Embargadero. I also had a package shipped here and they were kind enough to deliver it to my room. Another great aspect to the motel is their private, off-street parking. I had a friend drive down from Palo Alto and he was able to put the car under shelter all evening without having to worry about theft or damage.

A+ experience.

01/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Taya G.
It's a motel guys, so I wasn't surprised that the decor was circa 1975 and there were no white fluffy down comforters. But it was clean and charming. It's only two blocks from a beautiful sunset on the beach and the L stop is right there. Java Beach Coffee shop right around the corner really does have good coffee! But the best and most remarkable aspect of this motel is the customer service. They are amazing. Sunday morning we left early for a day of sightseeing and couldn't get back in time for checkout. The office doesn't open until 11am, so we packed up as much as we could left it in the room. When I called the office later in the day to explain our situation they were so friendly and accommodating telling us not to worry. When we got back to the hotel around 4pm to get our stuff before rushing to the airport (we only had 1 day to explore) they had carefully stored our things and even kept items in a fridge that needed to stay cold.

13/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Nancy S.
I was very surprised when we drove up and saw how nicely landscaped and clean the property looked.  Walked up to the window to check in and was greeted by the owner who handed us information about activities and places to visit and recomendations to local restaurants. We were very pleased with the room. Clean and comfortable. I felt safe and at home. The room was very small but to be expected in a motel built in 1937. Loved it! I will be coming back. Everything they advertised was true.  It even has free parking on site. Not easy to find in the city. Beach is a block away. Perfect.

09/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Ann R.
Fantastic place to stay by the San Francisco beach! Practically across the street from the zoo. Great rooms. The whole place looks like an apartment complex from the 1930s. Clean, clean, clean and very safe. We just loved it! The free wifi worked great in our room, rooms far away from the office probably don't work as well. This was a great hotel, in a great location at a great price. We will always come back here!

25/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. vann m.
i wanted to like this place. it has local character and history, the staff is friendly, the garden's pleasant, and it's a short walk to the beach.

but what replaced this initial impression was the dark and tiny room, just big enough for a queen bed, and the L taraval light rail cars squealing by 20 hours a day (5 in the morning til 1 at night),  then waiting half an hour for the communal water heater to catch up after the morning shower rush. while waiting i tried to watch tv, when i discovered that the wall light switch controlled the tv and cablebox. it took the half an hour for the channel guide to repopulate. then had to move furniture to plug in my laptop. note too that the wifi doesn't reach all the rooms.

also,  i wouldn't use 80s era nautical-themed art deco furniture for a room unless i wanted to remind patrons of goodwill, but that's just me.

26/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
15. Janet D.
We stayed here 2 nights on our way home from a long road trip...it was highly ranked on Tripadvisor and was priced reasonably for a suite (with 3 queen beds) in the city (very important to give those car-bound siblings - and their parents - some personal space). I would recommend requesting a room back off the street as the trolley runs regularly right next to the motel, day and night. The location was perfect for our one-day visit to the Science Academy in Golden Gate Park, which was just 4 miles to the north. (We hopped on the bus and transferred to the trolley and were there in about a half hour.) We also got to see parts of SF we wouldn't have gone to if we hadn't been staying in this hotel, but make sure it fits your requirements as it's definitely in a different area (the zoo is very close). I read the reviews, so I didn't expect a fancy place...and found just what I was looking for: an older, extremely well kept art deco-style motel with character. I will agree with the reviewer who said it was a tad awkward to knock on the owners' window when you needed help, but they never did made us feel that way. Surprise...it was quite chilly in the city the day we were there, so the HOT hot tub was the perfect way to end both nights.

02/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. David J.
One block away is the San Francisco Zoo.  
One block away is the Pacific Ocean.
One block away is the Pacific Coast Highway which takes you directly to Golden Gate Park and the Cliff House.

Right in front is the end of the line of one of the light rail lines so you always can get a seat when headed downtown.  

If you do not have to be in the center of down and all the bars and night clubs and night life,  this is the best place to be.   Nice and quiet.   One story so you do not have people above you dancing and keeping you up.  

Parking can be tight if you drive a big SUV or pickup so I would suggest you stick with smaller cars and mini-vans.

Special rates for veterans getting care at the SF VA Hospital,  which is just up the Pacific Coast Highway.  

This is my preferred place to stay.

28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. chris g.
My husband and I have been staying here on our SF visits for several years now, and it's always been good-to-great.  Just recently, I stayed here with my father and brother while my mother had surgery at Kaiser SF.  What was meant to be a 5-to-7 day visit morphed into almost a month.  We'd booked a two-bedroom unit with kitchenette, which was perfect for our needs, and the owners bent over backwards to accommodate us during our ever-lengthening stay.  We frequently didn't know ourselves if we'd be staying another night, or two, or three, but they were kind and understanding throughout.  It was great to have a comfortable, comparatively quiet place to come back to at the end of some long, trying hospital days.

Internet connectivity was pretty decent most of the time, or at least good enough for my purposes.  The kitchen was surprisingly well-equipped (again, for my purposes.)  Beds were comfy.  Having the L Taravel stop right across the street was great for when we didn't feel like driving (or more accurately, trying to find parking.)  Very glad we were able to stay here.

10/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. IAN M.
This place is Great. Only a couple of blocks and you are at the Beach, Zoo, Coffee Shop or Restaurant.  Easy transportation through the city as there is a muni rail system stop out front, and  several avenues to take to get anywhere in the city. DOG friendly, which means a whole lot to me, and kid/family friendly with a beautiful courtyard and play area. Nice hot tub area that is clean and private. The decor at the motel is wonderful and very reminiscent of 50's Americana Vacation Time, and  maritime art. The suites are sweet. Most with a full kitchen and well outfitted so you can make a small breakfast or lunch and have a more homey atmosphere. Would especially recommend it to anyone spending a vacation week in SF that wants a relaxing place to start and finish the day.

26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Greycella L.
I spent five nights in a first floor suite here with my boyfriend and our two small dogs- and it proved to be a fantastic dog-friendly option. There's a streetcar stop just across the street for the L-Taraval line that takes you right downtown. There's also several Muni lines nearby. It's just one block from the ocean, and a short walk to Fort Funston- which is well documented here on yelp as Doggie Heaven. The owner's have obviously put a lot of care into maintaining the art-deco feel, this place is definitely not your faceless motel room. Only complaints? Microscopic bath towels and it wasn't mentioned until we got there that the dogs weren't allowed on the furniture. If your house rules are different, enforcing this might be kind of a drag. Would definitely go back.

21/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Leilani S.
5 stars for the CUSTOMER SERVICE/MANAGEMENT at your motel Marc.  The hand written note accompanied by a refund check was not only unexpected, it was truly appreciated.  I was in no way expecting such a generous gesture after our experience and I just have to commend the staff for the class it has shown.  The fact that you guys immediately found who was in the room and took care of this situation without one "please call us to discuss this" speaks volumes to me and must state that more businesses could learn from how you handled this.  Kudos to you all and hopefully in the future we'll return without the bully or when it's not imperative we leave him in the room and try once again.  Cheers!!!!

12/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Kathleen D.
Our second time here and will keep coming back.  Beautiful place, love that they kept the 1930's architecture and character such as the lovely tile in the bathrooms.  Yes the bathrooms are small but people back in the 30's were not as big as we are today, plus they only used them to take care of business and get out.  Nice and quiet neighborhood, even with the L line coming by.  We didn't use the earplugs provided, I find the lightrail sound soothing and part of the SF experience.  You won't find a quiet like this at a downtown hotel that is for sure! The free parking is the cherry on top, and the staff is very helpful.

24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Chris H.
Great service , excellent staff, cool rooms and so close to the zoo, an the beach :) I will be back again and again :) {EAV_BLOG_VER:ddb140b88ae9ea74}

01/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Jan M.
Loved this motel; stayed for a 4 day SF visit.  We were able to walk to SFSU for graduation and avoid the traffic and we were less than 10 minutes from our son's apartment.  Friendly folks run the place and the courtyard and lanscaping are lovely; off street parking is a plus as well.  The Muni runs right by the front of the motel, so it's handy for getting around the city; downside is it's a bit noisy late in the evening.   I'd rec this place to anyone not wanting to stay downtown.

30/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Young L.
I just booked a 2 beds room for my friends today. My friends come from LA and they already been SF about 2 times be4. At first, I just wanna find a motel near my home which is near SFSU and we all internationl students but when we walked in this motel we feel comfortable like our home. The owner also is the office guy which is an old man. He is 100% nice man and say welcome to SF to us. We felt so warm during the cold night! Even the room is small but its total cooooool! The real wood on the wall and the bed is big! (like king size) We got a 3 beds room at last and the owner just charge us 2 beds room`s price! Wow~ thats soooo sweet! The bathroom is also small but its real nice and delicate! Everything is clean and comfortable! Trust me, if u need a comfortable motel and like your home this is the 100% right place! Im living in SF so I may wont get chance to live right here but if u are come from the other county and wanna save money and wanna live one or more nights at SF and near the beach(just 10 mins to the beach!!!) and ...and .....more just come here! Like your home!~cute motel!

24/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. kim w.
Very nice service, even though they could not provide me with the dates I needed, they were generous enough to suggest other motels around SF that are not half bad.  

lol, im not staying at these motels btw, I book them for guests who are attending workshops in SF.

30/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Frank D.
This has become my favorite place to stay when visiting SF for a few days.  It's away from the noise and crowds of downtown and Fisherman's Wharf (but if you want that, just board a streetcar at the entrance and be there in about 45 minutes).  If you have a car, parking here is free, which should save you a quick 40 bucks or more per day over other places.  Plenty of good dining places of all sorts nearby, or get one of the kitchen units and do your own cooking, pick up some take-out, or call one of the many neighborhood restaurants for a delivery order.

Just remember that this place was built in 1937 to coincide with opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, so don't expect glitzy new architecture--just quiet old-world charm, CLEAN, with a nice staff, and the most comfortable beds I've ever found in a motel.

27/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Tom L.
Quaint, charming, adorable setting.   We love it!

25/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Jen A.
We stayed here for New Years Eve and had nothing but great experiences!  Upon booking the room everyone we talked with was very friendly and accommodating.  We had to add an extra room at the last minute due to extra guests.  The staff did their best to get us all together and our rooms were very close together!  They even called to check to make sure that our friends were okay when they hadn't shown up on time.  The rooms were extremely clean, comfortable and spacious.  We loved staying here and would definitely stay again no question!  Thank you for everything Mark, you guys have a gem!

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Michelle M.
Last week, I decided to spend some time at the beach aspect of San Francisco, where I live downtown. It was time to reintroduce the beach to Guinness, my deserved and devoted companion. I carefully chose to reserve room at the best reviewed of the four motel options for my partner, myself and companion dog to nest in, The Ocean Park Motel. After speaking with Chester, at the front desk,  a two room suite seemed perfectly suited to the needs of we three. It was somewhat costly for me but worth the $165 per night to secure a pleasant accomodation from Sun-Wed.

Just after check-in time, we arrived at the motel, fresh of the L train, toting four days of luggage and my elated to smell the fresh sea aire, doggie, Guinness. I felt like we were on a mini-retreat. Our excitement was shattered however, in moments after our arrival. Chester informed us that the plumbing had "gone out" in the two room + bathroom suite that we had reserved. I was shocked and asked why he didn't try to call and let me know so that we could have avoided the trek over and made other plans. He said, "Oh, I just found out about this problem myself about an hour ago." I said, surely there must be another type of room we could occupy for the four nights? He said again, "oh no, we are all booked up for the next four nights." He may has well of turned over a big "closed" sign in our faces because it was clear there was nothing he was willing to do to accomodate us or realize our plight. Needless to say, I ended up in tears of sadness and frustration because of the preparation involved and the enthusiasm that needed to be squashed and reevaluated. I cannot say how much I felt as though he did not like the outfit I was wearing, if it was that he prejudged my service dog to be bad because he is a bigger breed, if my breath smelled bad or just what I had done in such a quick period of time that could have rubbed him so wrong? Is it just me? It seems so, because the other reviewers boast of the staff's "friendliness."

15/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. Coral C.
YAY!! Cheap room!

YAY!! cute and clean!!

YAY!! 5 minute walk to the beach!!

YAY!! Free parking!

BOO!! Craptastic wireless internet, only connected once for about 2 minutes, even sitting outside their office like they recommend.

BOO!! For the room on the street side, where the L train passed by every 20 minutes until 1am, and started again at 6am. I don't care that they leave earplugs on the nightstand for you, that was an unexpected surprise.

BOO!! No A/C. Can't really open the windows either because of the noise.

21/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Kelly V.
My family stayed here when we came to town for my sister's wedding- we were all so impressed with this little gem of a place. The rooms were all spotlessly clean and the location was ideal. We were literally two blocks from the Ocean, a three minute drive from the Zoo, and a five minute drive to the edge of Golden Gate Park!! Plus they have a hot tub, and the tram was across the street.

The staff here was nothing but sweet, and made our experience just that much better. I would absolutely recommend this place for anyone traveling to the city not interested in the chaos of downtown, and if you have children Ocean Park Motel is a must.

14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Angela M.
Very cool, historic Art Deco hotel. Charming, well-maintained and clean. The rooms/bathrooms can seem a bit small, but considering the motel was built in 1936, you can't expect it to look/feel like a modern hotel, and frankly, you wouldn't want it to. The gardens are lovely, there is a small private playground that's perfect for a kid to blow off some steam, and pets are welcome. It feels like a little oasis.

The owners are welcoming, helpful, and happy to provide information. Be sure to read through the packet they provide when you check-in -  it is full of good tips, particularly about getting around. The prices are pretty reasonable for San Francisco as well, and free parking in SF is practically unheard of these days! We came back too late one night and there wasn't room in the lot, but we were able to park right around the corner, and had no problems with leaving the car there. As many reviewers (and the owners) have mentioned, WiFi is a little spotty (we had to huddle by the window in one room to get online) but again, this is a historic hotel, so you just need to have realistic expectations.

The only real downside is the distance from downtown - we generally prefer to stay within walking distance of things, and while this is close to the beach and zoo, if you want to spend time in downtown SF, it can be a bit more work to get there. However, they do a great job of detailing options for getting around (public transport stops pretty much right out front) so it isn't that big of a deal, just something to be aware of if you aren't familiar with the area. We love it here, and  when we came with the kids/dog, it worked out very well. Even with a little extra hassle getting downtown, it's worth it.

26/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Timber B.
We enjoyed our stay so much the first day, we stayed four more. Very very nice people at the front desk, very helpful.

I was astonished at how reasonable and understanding they were about our pets so long as you don't leave them in the room unattended everything is kosher at the OPM :)

TV was sweet... Comcast.. or whatever service had like 5 HBO's which was real nice.

We had good wireless connection very consecutive during our stay.

The room was small but quaint, very very clean, noise level from the near by rail was of no issue.

Price was very reasonable I believe we paid around 100$, plus a pet fee which was so reasonable i cant recall. Well worth it.

Side note: I saw probably the most interesting Raccoons ( 2 of them ) crawling around having a blast in the awesome pine tree in the garden courtyard. It was an amazing experience. Something you cannot find in the downtown.

The garden area was very well kept and pretty.

Parking was very convenient considering we had a 4 door 4x4 truck.. never had an issue looking for a spot.

The coffee shop around the corner is pretty awesome as well, they serve Stella on tap!

All in all, we loved our stay, and will stay again.

A+

10/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Cynthia L.
I found this motel in Sunset magazine and I was extremely pleased! The ambiance is really charming. My husband and I went on a quick get away to SF and just loved the place. The staff was soooo helpful. I was asking them all kinds of things, directions, ways to get around on the transportation in SF and restaurant suggestions. They were all too happy to help.

I took a lot of pictures of the courtyard as the tree in the middle was amazing. I really recommend this place if you are looking for a clean, friendly and affordable place to stay in SF!!

20/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Kat S.
I enjoyed my one night stay here. A great 1920's art deco motel with great history. Our room had 2 bedrooms that were separate.  One had the TV and the other had the mini fridge in the closet. That was good for privacy and the bathroom was in the center.  The rooms were neat and tidy painted with a light hue of soft canary yellow.  The beds were comfy and it was quiet and restful.  The hot tub area was awesome!  It was private and I loved all the potted succulents and flowers in the landscaping.  Access to the beach-it is a quick walk across the street.  Only downside was no wifi- but that does not really matter to me.   Will stay again and would recommend to others.

15/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Cheryl N.
I really enjoyed my stay here. I was visiting my sis, niece and mom for the weekend but since my sis' condo was flooded we all needed a place to stay while it was being fixed. The location of the motel was ideal: walking distance to the sf zoo and public transportation was a street away. The room we stayed had two bedrooms, one bath, and a kitchen. Although small, it served it's purpose. The area seemed safe; it was quiet during my entire stay and hotel guests kept to themselves. The motel provides free parking which was convenient. If I'm near the area again looking for a place to stay, I would highly consider this.

14/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Mel P.
Ocean Park Motel definitely has charm. I haven't had an actual room key (like a real key) in years, so that was cute. The gentlemen working the front desk gave us a little history of the place, maps of the city, tips about where to eat and which public transportation is best to get around. Great customer service! You don't get that a lot these days. Usually it's give me your credit card, swipe a plastic key and you're on your way.

I'm kind of stingy so paying $125/night for a tiny room automatically knocks a star off for OPM.  The shower in room 4 is tiny and it took about 5 minutes for hot water to finally come out.  

Although the room was tiny it was clean and had a cute flat screen TV.  There is no wifi in the room but we were told that if you sit on a bench outside the front desk that you could possibly catch a usable signal. We tried it, it didn't work.

The hotel is in walking distance of a few cool dive bars and a pizza joint so that's a plus. Parking is included with the price of the room but they're not assigned so if you come back late and the hotel if fully booked you may not have a spot.

It's super close to the beach and the bus station so the location is great. I liked it because it was quiet and felt very homey but I probably wouldn't stay there again because it's too expensive for the size.

28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. Neil C.
This is a gem!  Yes, the rooms are small compared to modern building standards.  Who cares? You're in San Francisco! You shouldn't be hanging out in the room anyway! We stayed for 2 nights/ 3 days and never drove our car.  The public transit is cheap and right out the front door.  You can go anywhere in the city! Nice and safe off-street parking (free).  Marc, the owner, is a delight.  The rooms are very clean and well maintained. The staff is attentive and care about all the details.  The ocean is about 2 blocks away or a 4 minute walk. I slept like a rock and explored the city in a completely different way.

05/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Surai J.
Best for families and low key travelers.  Do not come here if you are hoping for a downtown-like setting.  This motel is steps from the beach, across the street from the zoo entrance and smack dab in the middle of a residential neigborhood.

For families, vacation planning doesn't get any easier than this. No need to wonder, "what are we going to do with the kids and when?"  Your 1st day, bundle 'em up and bulid sand castles at the beach, 3-5 minute walk from your door.  Steps from the zoo, take the kiddies there and you've checked off 2 major thrills for the kiddies.  Cal academy of science, 1 bus ride away.  The rest, just a bus /train ride away, zero or 1 transfer to fisherman's wharf, union sq, etc...  

We're local and love to come here for a beach vacation that's away from the beach crowd in santa cruz.  Better value than the 2 star roach motels running 250/ht Labor day weekend.  
Highly recommend room #3, a  2 bedroom suite with kitchen, no where else in SF can you get this for around $150/ht.  Clean, comfy, wi-fi, location, location, location.  

Compared to similiar rooms in NYC or Miami, this place is a steal.

04/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Virginia M.
Our home was undergoing some remodeling and my husband got very sick:  we needed a quick, close getaway that took dogs -- Ocean Park Motel was extremely accommodating.  "Quaint" Deco/'70s beach style.  We booked the end, upstairs room with kitchenette.  Very clean and had everything we needed.  Since I'm an SF native the streetcars and fog horns seem normal to me; otherwise it's SOOO quiet at night.  A quick walk to the beach with the dog, grabbing a coffee or burger on the way back.  Our wifi worked  perfectly.  We'd recommend or use for family that need a place close to our home.

20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Mark H.
Charm. Oh my, has this place got charm. This was the first motel in SF, built in 1937, and they've kept that look and feeling about it. We stayed two days in a kitchenette unit with a bedroom, a bit like a cozy apartment. This is not a quiet neighborhood but not bad for an urban area. There are a few places to eat nearby that are walkable, and the streetcar downtown is right across the street. It's just a few blocks to the beach and the zoo. They also have an outdoor hot tub which we didn't check out.

Niggles: I had a streetlight shining in my face while in bed, heavier curtains would have helped. No wifi but there is a popular cafe nearby (Java Beach Cafe) which does . Also, be aware that this is out in the "fog belt" so it can be windy and cold, even in the summer (especially in the summer).

16/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Christiaan V.
Totally loved this little gem. It's super easy to find, they have ample parking and the neighborhood seems fairly safe.
We loved our little room. It had a full (if not tiny) kitchen with the original tile. Very , very cute.
We loved that we got to walk to the beach, walk to Muni (to head downtown), walk to breakfast... a great weekend away.
Highly recommended!

05/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Nancy R.
I'm kind of at 3 1/2, but I'm giving them the extra 1/2 up because the management is so nice.

Pros:  Nice landscaping, offstreet parking, quiet/sheltered jacuzzi, easy to get around the city from here (direct routes to everywhere, great public transport), quiet neighborhood (after 1 am), you can actually hear the ocean at night, friendly owner/manager, bed WAS comfortable, although I found the sheets a bit abrasive (but didn't care because I could actually SLEEP in the bed) and you feel safe and cozy there.  A lot of the other people there over this past weekend felt comfortable leaving their doors and windows open onto the interior courtyard, and it kind of felt like we were all family.  I suspect that a lot of the other people were also there to go to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, so we had common interests....

Cons:  Essentially no internet, even from out in front of the office.  Would have been nice to have a little fridge for the room price.    I've stayed at the Stanyon Park Inn for the same price, as well as Marina Motel on Lombard, both of which were roomier and had great internet, and a little fridge.  [Marina had inside parking, Stanyon Park didn't, but served a great free breakfast spread.]    I've been in cheaper rooms along Lombard, but they were lots noisier and not as clean or friendly, so that's worth a few extra $$ for me....

Unless I'm bringing kids along to go to the zoo, I probably won't stay here again unless they improve their internet availability.

05/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. S.A. D.
Clean, clean, and clean.
I'm happy that I stayed at Ocean Park. I was kindly greeted by Chester and  he explained everything well.
My room was perfect for my two night stay. The room was clean. The grounds were beautiful as well. Loved that Hydrangea!
The parking is adequate.
The bed was so comfy--my shoulders did not ache.
This is a safe place.
It is crazy, but I loved hearing the Muni go by, and the fog horns blow; it brought back my childhood memories.
Thank you all who works at Ocean Park to have such a gem near the quiet streets and ocean.
P.S. there is a small play area for the children. There is a slide and swings and across from the zoo.

31/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Matt L.
If you find yourself needing a room in the Sunset, look no further than here. The rooms are less than $100 and are very clean and well furnished. The rooms are pretty small but quite comfortable. The motel is on the whole very cute and well maintained. The beds are firm and extremely comfortable. There's cable TV (flat screen), WiFi, good heat and a clean, good-sized bathroom. Basically, if you  just need a comfortable place to rest your head and shower, this is all you need.

04/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Ruby B.
Went on a family Spring Break trip to SF, found this gem on Yelp. Great place for families with small children. Safe, great location, clean and great service all around. We had room 3, which included 2 rooms and a full kitchen. I was able to make breakfast for my girls each morning with my kitchen window open to hear the sounds of the ocean and the Muni bells which was very nice. We will definitely be staying here again and would most definitely recommend this place to others.

Thanks Ocean Park for making our stay in San Fran so special!

Ruby Berry

09/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Krista M.
I'm really confused about what all great reviews are about. Maybe I got stuck with an old room that hasn't been renovated yet, but I have NO idea why people keep mentioning the comfort, spaciousness, and affordability of the place. My sister and I rented a room for only one night in July because the other hotel where we stayed for the remainder of our trip was booked up for just one night.

At check-in, the staff was very nice and welcoming, and the outside courtyard was very charming. We had high hopes of a cute room too, but were severely disappointed. As soon as my sister opened the door, I knew we were going to be let down... the door actually hit one of the two beds in the room because the room was so small! There was barely even a walkway around the bed to the bathroom. It was a really old room that looked like it hadn't been renovated or even though about in years. There was a small microwave and refrigerator located in the CLOSET of the room. That part cracked us up... we kept referring to the closet as the kitchen. It was also extremely noisy! I kept hearing our neighbors in the room next door coughing throughout the whole night - so loudly that it felt like the coughing neighbor was in bed with me. As a plus, the motel did provide earplugs. Ha!

Now keep in mind, if I paid a dirt-cheap rate (like $75-$90 a night?) for this motel, I likely wouldn't be complaining at all - you get what you pay for, and I am well aware of that. However, we paid about $190 (including taxes) for this noisy, crowded box of a room... what a waste. Unless you're able to score a much better rate on this place or you're fine with overpaying for divey accommodations, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

07/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
48. Joaquin P.
This place was perfect for us.  We rented a 2 bedroom & it was very comfortable.  It has that old-school charm that we really liked.  Its a bit on the outskirts but getting in to the city is a breeze.  The "L" train that takes you in to the city is literally a few steps away so for $2.00 you can ride in the heart of san Francisco & enjoy the sites.  Also, the SF Zoo is walking distance & I definitely recommend a visit there, very nice zoo.  Lastly, beach is also walking distance from motel.  Weather was a bit cold to enjoy the ocean but it was still nice to know it was so close.  Surrounding area has great places to eat as well.  This place was great!

25/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Cody M.
I can't say enough good things about this hidden SF gem.  My wife and our 3 little ones  were looking for an affordable, family friendly place to rest our heads on our recent trip to San Fran but we were blown away by the level of service and cleanliness we experienced throughout our 3 night stay.  Mark has got to be the most humble, accommodating proprietor there is.  You can tell he takes pride in this place from the beautiful original art deco restoration from the 1930's he has done, to adding details like a clean and inviting outdoor jacuzzi after a long day in the city!!  Best part is it's only 2 blocks from the beautiful Ocean Beach!!  What a great stay, thank you Mark and to your staff for making our stay wonderful.

31/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Tanya M.
First off let me say that San Francisco is an expensive town. Unless you are staying at a no-tell-motel there is nowhere you can stay anywhere in the area that will come close to the price you are paying for this place. $125/nt might sound expensive but for SFO this is a steal! Everywhere I checked that would accommodate our party of 5 was at least twice the cost so if anyone thinks this is expensive they clearly have not priced out hotels in the Bay Area. I think we all got quite the bargain and I would gladly stay here again the next time I am in the area.

The hotel is definitely away from the hustle and bustle of downtown but if you want to go hit the party scene it is a very easy 35 min, $2 ride on the L. The pick up is caddy corner to the hotel and leaves about every 10-15 minutes. The only downer is the train stops before the bars do so if you want to keep the party going you'll have to take a very expensive cab ride back or have a car (with designated driver, of course) and pay the ridiculous city parking rates. Parking at the hotel is street parking but since this is a quiet residential neighborhood there was always plenty of spaces available.

The accommodations are very charming and comfortable. The hotel manager offered us an $10 upgrade on our room to get 2 adjoining rooms with a full kitchen and it was perfect! Our first day there we bought some wine and beer from the local deli/liquor store on Sloat & 44th and had a few glasses in the garden. It was the most relaxing and beautiful afternoon. My only suggestion would be to have another bench back there since it only seats two.

No restaurant on site but I recommend Java Beach Cafe for breakfast and lunch. Killer sandwiches and great coffee. John's Cafe had some great omelets and bennys to choose from if you want something heartier but they're cash only so take notice before ordering.

If you are looking for a relaxing stay in SFO I highly recommend this motel.

18/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Scotty G.
India Gingell here....If you travel with a dog this IS THE PLACE TO STAY.  Let me start by saying we live on the north coast of california, between Mendocino and Fort Bragg.  1/4 mile from the ocean bluffs we can see the ocean out our windows.  The tempature here is generaly 55-65 degrees, with cool ocean breezes and fog.  I spent a number of years in San Francisco, before I moved here in 1970.  We visit the city often.  Over the past yrs we have stayed in every part of the city.  This is hands down the best place.  When it's hot on the Bay it is cool on the coast.  Christmas 2011 we stayed downtown on Union Square.  Our dog was welcomed, but the hustle and bustle of downtown were not so good for a large Dalmatian.  We spent one night and switched to Ocean Park Motel.  Best move we ever made.  The large room with two queen beds, little dinning room and full kitchen, with parking and dog charge was less then any other place we have stayed.  Miss Dixie Dalmatian is 14 and over 60 lb. and travels with her own full size blowup airbed.  There is more than enough room for it on the floor under the window.  In 2013 we had to have extinsive dental work done.  We had to be in the city once a month for  8 months.  We schulded all our appointments around staying at the motel.  Marc the owner was wonderful at setting up all 8 stays at one time.  One time I had to make a unexpected trip for family,  I called and Marc said no problem.  I would arrive after 10pm and need to leave the room before 7am.  No problem, I arrived to a envolpe on the window with my key, and to my surprize he gave me the big room at the single room charge.  When I called later to ask if I could stay another night,  again no problem.  The neighborhood is friendly and quite.  One time when the parking was full and a neighbor saw Hubby let me and the dog out to go down the street to park, she waved him over and told him to park in her driveway as she didn't have a car.  There are several food options with in 2-4 blocks.  Miss Dixie knows just how to walk to the nearby stores and food.  She is considered a regural at the deli.  I would recomend Georges Zoo Deli on Sloat and 44th... they make a great sandwich, latte, and have a good selection of foods to eat in the room.  Java Cafe and Pasqules Pizza are also good.  3 blocks away on Taraval between 46 & 47 is The Riptide... great neighborhood bar.  Very friendly bartenders, well stocked bar, free happy hour food, and dog friendly.  Best honky tonky bar around.  Always friendly. But this is about the Ocean Park... Marc, Cheaster, and Jack are so friendly and helpful.  So is all the staff.  Looking for a peaceful spot with a cool ocean breeze and friendly people... this is it.  Miss Dixie gives it 5 paws.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Tiffany L.
It never occurred to me this little piece of paradise could get any sweeter...until we booked room number 10...with a kitchenette. If you know me, you know I love to cook. You BET I made my chicken parmigiana there! The room is amazing, and there are a few others like it. We walked in, and were just stunned. A second room?? (Door and all) Yes! (says the mother of a 4 year old) The kitchen was soooo cute and retro...equpit with dishes, pots, pans, silverware- you name it. Even a little dining table for two. You can just hop on the L, and shop at Safeway! So, I'm thinking we better make sure we reserve a room with kitchenette well ahead time- because I don't think we could ever go back to a regular (even though those are quite wonderful and charming too)

As mentioned before, they are dog friendly, however this time, we opted leaving our pooch at home so we could explore. Other reviews have mentioned the noise level, and I have to say, Ive never had a problem- staying towards the street-they even kindly provide earplugs. (we didn't use) In fact, I found the sound of the L train soothing- and never woke once- other than that, its completely silent out there. Also mentioned, is the wifi quality. I had no problem, and directions are clearly typed and posted on the desk. Marc and his wonderful wife (who even watched our luggage while we spent the afternoon at the zoo after check out) obviously listen to their customers wants and needs- (you can see just by the notes in the room alone)

I love spending the morning at Ocean Beach just two blocks away, beach combing. Oh! I suggest you do like-we did and spend some time in the hot tub (yes, in December) after a long day in the city...its quite amazing...we cant wait to come back!

28/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. J G.
Wonderful place to stay.  We stayed for 5 days in July in a cute  kitchenette.  The owners were cheerful and very helpful.  Rooms are comfortable and property well kept. Loved that it was out of the mainstream and enjoyed morning and evening walks to the beach just a block away.

13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Irma C.
My husband and I spent four nights at the Ocean Park Motel recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was our second time to stay there. We had a room with a kitchenette which was really handy for us. The place has a homey feel to it and is well taken care of.

The motel is in a quiet neighborhood (except for the trolley buses that come by the front of the motel periodically, but you get used to it) and is only two blocks from the beach! If you want a nice, relaxing place to stay, this is it.

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Art O.
So between couch-surfing during the BART strike, I ended up staying here for a couple of days and I truly enjoyed my stay.

Ocean Beach was my old stomping ground so when I had to stay over I figured I'd stay near the beach.

This cool Art Deco/Streamline Moderne motel was perfect for my needs. A quiet, clean, and peaceful place to crash. The grounds are well-manicured and the bungalows were nice and cozy.

The front desk folks were very kind and helpful and although the Muni train is right outside (i.e. it can be a little loud) I was able to sleep well here.

Don't expect a modernized interior - they stay true to the Art Deco style. But they had reliable TV and WiFi too.

I know where I'm staying next time I need to crash in the city.

30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. David C.
This month my wife and I got married at the San Francisco Zoo across the street.

We used the group reservation form Ocean Park provided to reserve nine rooms for us and our bridal party. I loved how all of the rooms were unique, and the art deco design of the motel is so neat.

Marc, the owner was so nice and great to work with. Chester was very helpful as well.
When we first asked about a group reservation they were a bit hesitant, and they said that the max number of rooms that we could have was 10. They are not really set up for large groups, but they made it work with their handwritten reservation keeping. Everyone had a room that was supposed to. Chester was very accommodating when we dropped of guest goodie bags, and they put the bags in everyone's room before their arrival.

The single bed rooms were quite small!  The triple with a kitchen in 23 was quite spacious. I stayed in Room 14 had a queen and a twin and I did not hear any of the train noise. Also 14 had a nice makeup/mirrored alcove in the bathroom that was great for getting ready for the wedding. All of the rooms were quite clean.
Do not expect soft high thread count sheets. Do expect interesting light fixtures.

Overall we had a great experience, and all of my friends loved the motel. Even the friends who we really had to convince to stay with us instead of at our block at the  Marriott were won over in the end by the charming details, grassy courtyard and the outdoor sauna.  

Activities:
Nearby Java Cafe was a winner with almost everyone. Large reasonably priced sandwiches were a hit. Walking on the beach is a must while you are here. The L is a quick trip to downtown for more options. Joe's nearby for breakfast worked out well.

I look forward to returning many times in the years to come! I hope it stays quaint and true to its character.

19/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Betty T.
This place is great! The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms are clean and comfortable. Even got a little bag of treats when we checked in! Great value and is only a 20min walk from the heart of Wawona St in Parkside CA . Would definitely stay here again! Booking early is a must so you don't miss out :)

01/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Amelie F.
I had a great experience during my stay. Very nice and helpful front desk staff. Every day room service. On every floor there was a vending machine with a cool drinks. Downstairs there was a hot water, a coffee, and an ice machine. The motel is freshly renewed, at the time when, I was in Sept 2013 there was still a remodeling going on in the lobby area. Rooms were pretty nice done too. New and clean bed sheets, clean towels in a bathroom. ... the hallways were little bit stinky so the rooms ...But my overall experience was awesome, definitely will stay there on my next vacation!!!! Excellent location very close to attractions, bus stop and train, which could take me almost anywhere for cheap and fast. Fast food restaurants like Mc' Donald's and others nearby. A little quick mart block away.

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Mary N.
I cannot say enough positive things about The Ocean Park Motel.  The staff is excellent.  The rooms are great - we stayed in a double queen (2 bedrooms) and full kitchen.  There is a great hot tub, and so many things nearby (zoo, great coffee shops, public transportation right outside the door.)  I live in the City, so the streetcars outside didn't even register.  They do have earplugs, if needed (and rooms off of the street).  I recommend it to any and everyone - guests from New York, Vegas - you name it, I take them to the Ocean Park.  Never mind that it is adorable, has won art deco awards, and even the sign outside looks inviting.  My plan now is to start an Ocean Park fund so I can stay there more often.  This place truly makes me happy.

24/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Debbie H.
We have stayed at the Ocean Park once a year going on 7 years now.
We like the quaintness of the place, its near the beach (good place to let the dog run), has an outdoor secluded hot tub and is dog friendly.  
If you are a light sleeper or your dog is skittish ask for a room away from the street.
The muni runs right in front of the motel (starts at 5 am), it is a bit noisy, vibrates the room and freeked out our dog.
We have always felt safe there.
It would be very nice to have a small fridge in the rooms.  That why the 4 star rating and not 5.

20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Daniele D.
We had a 3-day stop over in CA at the end of our four week holiday in Ocean Park Motel was fab. We didn't arrive until about 1.30am, and it was so convenient to be able to have someone who could check us in at that time. Plus they gave us a little welcome food package! The staff were very helpful with all our questions, they printed stuff for us, they advised us on places to go and where the nearest bottle shop was (!). The location is good . The room was clean and had everything needed. Highly recommended.

30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Shaun S.
Amazing. We were at The Grant for the rock and roll marathon, then we finished with Ocean Park Motel. A vacation from vacation. This place was peaceful, accomodating, spacious, luxurious, and all around more like a condo. Amazing, did I already say that? VIP jacuzzi, great personal garage, and very quickly connected to any part of San Francisco.

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Rachel M.
Under the true definition of a motel, I guess Ocean Park fits the bill - they have parking, buildings are small, and there are no extra frills like restaurants or conference rooms. But any stigma that goes along with motels? Nah.

They have a cool, updated retro feel as soon as you pull up, and there seemed to be plenty of parking the weekend before Christmas. We booked two of the larger rooms: one that had two one-queen bedrooms and another that had three queen beds and a full kitchen. The bathrooms were small but cute and clean, and the bedrooms were decent sized and also very clean. It's directly on the L line, which takes you right downtown in no time, plus it's right next to Ocean Beach.

The biggest thing taking away from my rating is the bedding - it's cheap. The sheets were okay, but they have those old-fashioned, stiff, brown, middle-layer blanket things that really creep me out. The texture is just so icky that I can't get comfortable if there's a chance it might touch my face. The comforters are also the slightly yucky polyester stuff that reminds me of my old flame-retardant princess pajamas from the 80s.

All said, I'd definitely stay here again. The location is great, the owners and housekeepers were nice, and the rooms were pretty comfortable. I'd bring my own blanket, though.

29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Dawn M.
Love this place. We stay every year at Thanksgiving and now we're trying it in the summer. Clean. Friendly and helpful staff. Cute! Good location!

04/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Phil D.
Best hotel experience ever. Staff extremely nice over phone and in person. Our room was like a small apartment w/ working stove and full fridge in kitchen. I was actually excited to do dishes. That hot tub is the deal clincher. They have 3 keys to it total and only lone em out an hour at a time so its pretty likely you'll have it to yourself. And yes you can hear the fog horns from it! A+

22/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Joe W.
The bed was great. The grounds are lovely. The staff was incredible, the maid who took care of us during our week long stay was always doing special things. This is an older property and they acknowledge this but there are some things the need to do do maintenance on. The chair in our room (17) need to be replaced as well as the carpet. The shower dripped. Go ahead and stay there, great location.

19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
67. Anna B.
Let me start by saying I love this place. And not because it is a luxurious 5 star hotel. If you love unique or historical this is a great location. If you are more of a Hampton inn everything must be just so...this isn't your place.

This was San Francisco's first motel! The 1930s streamline moderne motel was built at the same time as the Golden Gate Bridge. It is located near the Cliff House and the Sutro Bath Ruins. I loved the location. It is away from downtown, but you can walk to the zoo, beach, etc.

We had a single queen room and it was definitely cozy. The rooms are small, but clean and accommodating. They have wifi and offer larger rooms with fridges and microwaves if needed.

The courtyard is beautiful and well kept. It is a beautiful piece of history. I love this concept more than a B&B. And the prices are very reasonable! SF can be crazy expensive and we felt this was a good deal.

The staff was friendly and welcoming. The gentleman at the front desk gave us a helpful packet. It contained restaurant suggestions, historical sites, transportation options, etc.

Wonderful experience and we will definitely be back!

15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. Betsy S.
Ocean Park Motel was wonderful!  We had about 14 extended family members in total stay for a wedding in nearby Golden Gate Park. The location is not the hub of San Francisco tourism, but it's so much better for it!  It's a short walk to the SF Zoo and to the beach.  Public transportation is outside the front door.  Cafés for breakfast are a block and a half away.  The rooms are updated and clean.  The sheets are soft.  We will come again!

25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Vera O.
Wonder how it got so many stars?  Checked in, gave us room keys, got all our stuff only to find the maid in our room cleaning with really smelly solvents.  Only one towel for the two of us?  Really?  And the hot tub is "being repaired" - a more and more frequently used explanation for closure for the winter season?  Tiny room.  No facial tissues.  Good parts: they allow dogs, its in a great location, only two blocks from the ocean, and near some good restaurants.  The noisy muni is nearby and they left earplugs in the room, but it didn't bother me.  $150 cheap but not that cheap.  Didn't like it enough to go back.

24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
70. Michelle L.
Great location across from the zoo and a few blocks from Ocean Beach. Great breakfast and lunch places a couple of blocks each direction. Rooms are neat and clean but small.

05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Joann A.
First time at Ocean Park Motel, great hotel! Older but charming Friendly staff Great parking. The rooms are great This means that it is nice and quiet. So  Ocean Park Motel great.

09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Jackie S.
We will certainly return. The Christmas decorations were old fashioned and delightful.

09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Alfredia T.
We traveled to Chicago for my husbands birthday and booked Ocean Park Motel because of the history of the property - it did not disappoint we were in room 526 it was huge and had stunning views. We did have to ask to get our room serviced after our first night but I think that was just due to one team member rather than a true reflection of service because it was rectified quickly all other aspects of our stay and housekeeping after that was 5 star all the way Its a fantastic location in a great city, I just hope I'll be back there soon!

11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Hokulea D.
Great staff!!!! I always stay here when I visit San Francisco. I definitely recommend you stay here!!

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Jillian C.
Stayed here last week with my family in a two-double bed room with a kitchenette. LOVED this place. We dubbed it the "cutie motel" when considering our SF options and it does live up to the moniker. This place is adorable and the owners are very welcoming and informative. I loved that this was located by the beach and had a few good cafes within walking distance. The muni rumbled by outside, but as a city-dweller I couldn't even hear it (and they provide earplugs if you do!). The hot tub was super clean and the area it was enclosed in was very cute as well. Ample off-street parking if you've got a car, and close access to public transit if not.

A bit outside the main hub of touristy things, and in one of the bay area's chillier neighborhoods, but if you like the feel of a beachy, residential neighborhood to return to at the end of the day, this is your spot. Would definitely stay again!

23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Timothy W.
Found 4 pieces of hair on my bed. Front desk was nice enough to bring me keys to a new room. Nicer view and all but still saw something brown over the toilet cover One dirty room to another. At least no hair on the bed. Hopefully they changed the sheets!

27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
77. Stacey R.
This place is great. I love the deco exterior. The location is wonderful for the beach and the zoo. The grounds and landscaping are immaculate. There's a little playground for the kiddies.

The rooms are clean. We stayed in a two bedroom with three queen beds. A refrigerator and microwave. Next time I'd like to get a room with a kitchenette.

Plenty of places to eat. We had food delivered.
There's cable tv which at first we had some issues with but the staff (Chester and Mark) took care of the problem right away.

And speaking of staff, they are the best! In a world of poor customer service, you can tell these guys love their job. I had the most interaction with Chester and he was so amazing! Good job bud.

The people who own and operate this hotel really care and it shows.

I had a great experience and will be back as well as recommend this place to all who'll listen.

Thank you Ocean Park Motel.

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Mister D.
Well-maintained motel from the Art Deco 1930s. Convenient to the beach and the zoo, though far from much of the more exciting areas of San Francisco. This means that it is nice and quiet.

Spa, garden, free wifi, the romance of neon in the city fog and the sound of splashing waves. Friendly staff.

Possible concerns: the rooms and parking spaces are small compared to most motels built after the 1960s and so please keep that in mind when considering staying here. Also, the streetcar line is just outside and would likely upset a light sleeper.

20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Jessica V.
I received amazing service from all employees at this establishment.
I 100% recommend this motel and i definitely plan on coming back :)

14/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Monica H.
2.5 stars. The OPM has great potential. It really does. But it's not quite capitalizing upon it, and I hope that changes.

Pros: It's right across from the zoo and right by the beach. The drive to Golden Gate (and Napa/Sonoma!) is fast and easy. The Muni stop is right across the street so public transportation is a breeze. The bright colors of the exterior are charming, and the staff is generally very pleasant. The landscaping in the courtyard is pretty (love that big, old tree!), and there is sufficient parking for guests. The room rates were reasonable. We had a fridge so we could make breakfast at home and keep our costs down a little on vacation.

Cons: The suites with two queen beds aren't really big enough for two queen beds. The flower arrangements on the walls made me want to throw things. The bedding is not high quality (which is to be expected, for a motel), but it's also just not attractive. The beds were soft, which hurt my back. The Muni stop means constant background noise for street-facing rooms. They leave the windows open all the time, even when residents close the windows, which felt unsafe to me given the street-level location and number of pedestrians outside -- I would've been upset if anything had gone missing. The bathroom is TINY, and it is impossible to shave your legs in the shower. The kitchen could use some editing to maximize the space, too, because it's tight in there. The pots and pans are terrible.

Advice to OPM: Embrace your small size! There are creative storage options that could really maximize your space while retaining its charm. Update your bedspreads with something bright, and lose the wall flower arrangements. Look into some inexpensive wall art that doesn't eat into the room space instead! Does every room need a dresser if the rooms are as small as they are? Swap out the queen bed in the main room for a futon or pull-out couch so there is some walking space when no one is sleeping. Some minor cosmetic changes that don't affect the structure of your motel could really make it shine and bring in more business!

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
81. Aaron N.
My wife and I love to stay here (I think 4 times now). They have restored the hotel to it's 30's Deco architecture and some of the docorum while keeping with modern conviniences including nice beds, flat screen TVs and Free Wifi.  The rooms are spacious and well illuminated by the many windows (with blinds should you prefer dark and private). The courtyard and grounds are well maintained and feature plenty of parking, nice lanscaping and a hot tub. The staff are incredibly nice and helpful, paticularily Chester who was very attentive -- after being awoken by noisy rude nieghbors he moved us immediately to their last vacant room which was actually much larger and a double room, he did this free of charge! I cannot say enough about how much we enjoy staying here, it's clean, quiet, quaint, romantic, and I can't help but feel a bit like Phillip Marlowe with the 1930's ambiance.

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Craig W.
The lobby and public areas are gorgeous and, if you do not know better, really raise your expectations of what the rooms will look like. Don't raise your expectations of the rooms- they are quite average and well-used. Mine needed touch up paint and the bathroom, although clean, had seen its better days. If not for the lovely public areas, this is certainly a three star hotel. Spent one night here, did not eat,nor park a car. Best way I can describe hotel is "Faded Glory". About ten minute walk to Bradbury building if you like to look at old, beautiful architecture.

27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0