Buena Vista Motor Inn Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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Buena Vista Motor Inn Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 50

1599 Lombard Street - San Francisco - California - 94123 - United States Hotel Website | | 4159239600
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Has its minuses!

from zelfant
This motel has a free garage which is reasonably large.The rooms are relatively clean. People who worked there were on the friendly side.

Unfortunately, the beds are very uncomfortable. They claim that there is breakfast, but there is no breakfast except for a box of sweets that is left out there for the whole week. This is all I can say about this place.

Best cost benefit

from A TripAdvisor Member
We are Brazilians and have already traveled to many American cities. On March 2005 we stayed in Buena Vista Motor Inn, for 6 days (U$74,00 plus tax per day). We place this hotel between those who presents the best cost benefit amongst the various hotels located in more than 10 American cities that we have already visited (like New York, Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Carmel, Monterey, Los Angeles, San Diego, Napa Valley, Calistoga, etc).
Amongst the positive points we can detach:
Cleanness (particularly the bathroom), very comfortable room, cordiality of its employees, proximity of tourist points of San Francisco, free and covered parking, PC with fast internet on lobby (you have 15 minutes to use free), internet access in the room (must bring your notebook), a trolley in the garage to take in and out your luggage (you only think about it when you need it), elevator (to all levels included the garage), 24 hour front desk, access for disabled people from the street until your room.
Amongst the negative points we only consider that there is no refrigerator in the room and the fact that to be near of some tourist points made you think that its easy to go everywhere on foot but cause the mountainous characteristic of the city this can turn your walk a little bit tiring. Even so this last problem is not guilt of the hotel but we think should be considered for people who cares about walking.
You certainly will find other cheaper hotels in the region (because there is various) but I believe that in the end you are going to find more negative points. In our stay (and its important when you travel) there was no single problem related to the hotel.
In summary: We liked very much and we do recommend it.

A Perfect Hotel for under $80.00

from selfant
This was one of the best budget hotels that I have ever stayed in. It has many more pluses than minuses. Still, I will list both so you can make an informed decision.


1) Under $80 (At least it was in March, 2005)
2) FREE Parking (Almost all of the hotels in S.F. charge $20-$30 a night)
3) FREE Internet (Almost all of the hotels in S.F. charge around $8 a night)
4) The housekeeping is great.
5.) The interior conditions of the hotel are good. No cracks in the walls..stains..etc. All looks relatively new or at least relatively repaired.
6.) The staff is very friendly.


1) The closest public transportation is 2 blocks away.
2) It is located within walking distance to a couple of attractions, however, walking distance is quite large, usually 1.5 - 3 miles. To get to the downtown, Union Sq area, it takes about 15, 20 min on the bus. Transportation in S.F. is great by the way.
3) Continental Breakfast includes sweets and bananas only.
4) There is no laundry in the hotel. Although there are drycleaners a block away.

Overall, the hotel has given me a very positeve experience and I would definately stay here again. This is why I give it an Excellent raiting.

Good Price, Good Location, Good Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our first trip to San Francisco and we chose this hotel based on the reviews from TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed. If you want lots of extras, this isn't the place for you, but it is a very basic hotel with everything you'd expect. The free parking was a huge bonus. It's within easy walking distance of Pier 39 and all the other Piers and attractions that are on the way to it (Hyde St. Pier, Giradelli Square). It is also a doable walk to North Beach (don't miss this neighborhood), if you don't mind walking up a few monstrous hills, we did it.
The breakfast in the morning was nothing to brag about, just some fruit (either apples or bananas) and then some pastries. The rooms all have coffee makers in them.
All in all considering the price, location, and free parking, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially if they don't need a 5 star hotel to feel comfortable. You won't be disappointed.

Very convenient

from A TripAdvisor Member
We always stay here when we visit SF; very convenient to walk to many attractions/city transportation, plus the indoor free parking is great. However, leave your big pick-up or SUV at home because the parking is VERY cramped to say the least. Very nice, but small, rooms that are beginning to show a little age in the furnishings and fixtures. The last time we were there though the elevator had a terrible smell in it and the roof leaked at night in the hall and a light fixture crashed to the floor. Very quiet, in fact, one of the "quietest" places we've ever stayed in--you can't hear any noise from the halls, other bathrooms, etc. But if you stay on the Lombard Avenue side, you may hear traffic noise. A great little breakfast place up Lombard to the left, Lombardy Cafe. And a nice deli a block behind is the Fort Mason Deli. 70+ TV channels. Great rates during the week, and Bernard at the front desk is very helpful and personable. For the price/convenience/free parking in a VERY expensive city like SF, the Buena Vista can't be beat.

Best hotel ever!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Loved this hotel! Came from Miami, and spent three nights; and all three nights were fantastic. I was greeted fabulously by the warm and welcoming and charming tall fellow behind the desk. Indoors corridor and the room was clean and comfortable. A little breakfast in the morning, and free parking. I come to San Francisco often and stayed at many hotels. But this hotel is by far the best I have ever stayed at. If you ever come to San Francisco, stay at the Buena Vista Motor Inn!

We were NOT disappointed!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 3 nights here in September and we would stay here again. Booking in an unfamiliar city is tricky, but we were quite pleased with the hotel. It is clean and comfortable with a friendly, helpful staff. It is an older hotel and the rooms are a little smaller, but it has recently been remodeled. It is within walking distance to the Wharf and other locations and is a safe neighborhood. The covered parking is free, a little tight on space, but it saves $20-$25 a day, which is what other hotels charge. The top floor of the hotel has a small sitting area with a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Mel's Diner about 6 blocks down the street was a fun place to eat. There is a small continental breakfast each morning....don't wait too late to eat, it goes fast....fruit and muffins. For the price it was wonderful, and believe me, I checked them all. Had it not been for the other positive, informative reviews I would not have stayed here. You won't be sorry. If you are looking for entertainment, I suggest you see Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon at Club Fugazi. It was fantastic!
Be sure to visit Alcatraz, but book way in advance.

Previous reports were exactly right for the Buena Vista....

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although this property was not fancy, it was clean, well located for walking to different places, and the desk staff was very accomodating. Free parking was another big plus. Small free breakfast served in lobby each morning (rolls, muffins & fruit). In room coffee. All in all I felt the Buena Vista was a great choice and value.

Wonderful Hotel; Perfect location

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you're looking for fancy, this is not the place but if you want a reasonably priced room convenient to Fisherman's Wharf, this is the place. The room was small but clean. The front desk staff were wonderful. They answered all our questions with a smile. Fisherman's Wharf is within walking distance. There's a Mel's Diner (remember American Graffiti) down the street about 6 blocks. The most we spent on cab fare to get around the city was about $12 dollars. This is a great location and a very clean, friendly motel. I will stay there whenever I am in San Francisco.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic hotel, location, service, cleanliness. Highly recommended. So central and easy to access points of interest. Free parking a big plus. Get down early for the "continental breakfast" or there won't be any!

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Amazing public transport Public transport is so cheap and conveninent. Look into the range of passes (1day, 3 days, weekly, monthly etc) as they are valid on cable car and all trains, buses and street cars.

One and one half hour long transfers!! Just purchase one bus/trolley/Muni/ etc (though NOT cable car!!) ticket at $1.50 and use it going in every/any direction you want in 1 1/2 hours time!! We went to the top of Coit Tower (free view over city!) (bus #39) AND down again, and then the #45 (or the #30) bus downtown to Market St shops!! All in 1 1/2 hours!! For $1.50!!! If you're in SF for longer stay, get a better transport pass...this worked for a short stay and a whole lotta walking!!

San Francisco AWESOME city......Stay away form these 2 establishments


Other names for Buena Vista Motor Inn Hotel

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  • buena vista hotel
  • Address: 1599 Lombard Street - San Francisco - California - 94123 - United States
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