Motels At The San Francisco Marina – Drive In, Unpack, Discover

San Francisco motels are a throwback to another era, but they fit the bill when traveling as a family, when you're on a road trip, or when trying to save on hotel bills. Generally, parking is free, WIFI is included, and the rooms are more spacious than hotels or B&Bs. Breakfasts, though often included, rarely get high marks. Ignore the proffered breakfast and enjoy the low rent!

Top on our best motels list in San Francisco in the Marina district is aptly called the Marina Motel. This motel really understands the needs of their guests. It delivers comfort, cleanliness and good value for money. Let's start with that.

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Marina Motel

Marina Motel

This highly-rated motel is a winner. You really get the best of both worlds — charming details that you expect in a San Francisco Victorian with the convenience and amenities found in an apartment.

Here's what guests are saying about the Marina Motel — they love the central location, beautiful courtyard, the European feel of the decor, fresh-cut flowers in the rooms, the friendly staff, and the small kitchens (available in 17 of the 36 rooms) outfitted with a sink, cupboards, and cooking facilities, including a real stove & fridge.

Guests do suggest that you ask for a room facing the courtyard versus the street, where it can be noisy. A bit of history — the motel was built to celebrate the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The Marina Motel regularly sells out long in advance.

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Rating = Highly Rated
• 2576 Lombard Street
• Neighborhood — Marina

Buena Vista Motor Inn

Buena Vista Motor Inn

Your first time to SF can be an eye-opener regarding the cost of accommodation. One guest at the Buena Vista felt ripped-off by the price and lack of amenities. More seasoned travelers realize that SF is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Enough of our rant, back to the motel! Most guests rate this motel as comfortable, clean, and surprisingly, the breakfast is a big hit with guests. Further bonuses are the rooftop terrace and the small garden!

Rating = Good
• 1599 Lombard Street
• Neighborhood — Marina

Motel Capri

Motel Capri

We call it old-fashioned, others call it mid-century. We suppose if we wait long enough, even palazzo pants will make a comeback. Like many motels in the Marina district, the Capri does have its selling features. If you're traveling with your family the Premium Family Suite has two double beds, a pull-out sleeper and some basic cooking equipment. Unlike many other tired motels, the decor here has been updated. The bedspreads have a lovely green leaf motif with fresh white sheets and dark wood furniture.

A particularly discerning guest admired the skylight in the bathroom and the mini fridge. If you're after affordable sleeps, this one will do the trick. But please, don't even think about partaking in their "Free Breakfast", unless cornflakes and skim milk is your idea of a healthy meal. Just forgo the offering and head to one of the many wonderful cafes for a real San Francisco breakfast. Motel Capri starts as low as around $120.

Rating = Good
• 2015 Greenwich Street
• Neighborhood — Marina

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Town House Motel

Town House Motel

This is another basic motel that provides limited free parking, clean rooms and little charm.

If you're after cheap sleeps in San Francisco, this could do the trick. We think that staying in the Marina district is a bonus — there's a great neighborhood feeling with plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions close by. But don't be fooled by the "free parking" offered by the Town House. Like many other San Francisco motels, there is limited parking so be sure to check before you reserve.

We have to laugh as many of these San Francisco motels add "free breakfast" as one of their features when, in fact, most are very basic (like this motel) with cellophane-wrapped pastries and powdered cream for your coffee. But don't let that deter you if you're set to save dollars, pesos or Euros — guests do love the friendly service, attentive cleaning staff, and budget prices.

Rating = Fair
• 1650 Lombard Street
• Neighborhood — Marina

Travelodge by the Bay

Travelodge by the Bay

The reviews for this Travelodge are consistent with other SF motels — basic accommodation, free parking, good central location, but utterly lacking in charm or character. Many reviewers also complain about the lackluster breakfast.

Unlike most of the other motels we've reviewed, the San Francisco Travelodge charges for parking. Other customers note that the bathrooms are small, that they wish there was a microwave or mini-fridge, but the beds are comfortable.

As Woody Allen said in Annie Hall: "There's an old joke… two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of them says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know; and such small portions.'" Well, that's essentially how we feel about motels like the Travelodge in San Francisco — full of loneliness, misery, suffering, and unhappiness, but such a bargain.

Rating = Umh…
• 1450 Lombard Street
• Neighborhood — Marina

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