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Chelsea Motor Inn
Ranked #83 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 20 May 2012

I only got to spend one night at this inn which is conveniently located on busy Lombard street in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District. It was super-easy to find and is very convenient to travelers coming in from the North over the GG Bridge.

One of the things that attracted me to this property was the on-site parking which is worth its weight in gold in this area (and most of SF for that matter). It was so nice to just park the car and walk to where I wanted to go. There are interesting things to see and many restaurants within walking distance. Lombard is also a main bus route and many people seem to use the bus system in the city.

The staff was friendly and efficient. The room was good-sized, well appointed, and seemed pretty updated. The bed was super and seemed new. WiFi was free.

About the only drawback was the bar next door being a little loud, and the desk had mentioned it might be. Lombard is also a pretty busy street and that contributes to the sound level as well. Nothing hindered my going to sleep but I could see where it might affect some folks so it that's you, you might want to ask for a room away from the W end of the building.

All-in-all, a pleasant stay and I would return to this motel easily, especially considering the rate which I thought was very reasonable considering the going rate in the city these days.

Room Tip: Rooms away from busy Lombard Street and the bar to the West are probably quieter.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

Chelsea Motor Inn is a short 1 block walk from Chestnut Street in the Marina district. Chestnut Street is loaded with restaurants, bars, sushi bars, a grocery store, gym, and lots of shopping. Very nice, safe area, there's even an Apple Store. Just another few blocks to the beach and marina, great views of Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and whole bay area. The hotel is clean, secure, and the front desk staff is friendly and helpful. I've stayed at more expensive places in San Fran but probably would not again. If you plan on being out and about this place is perfect. Good shower, clean bathroom. This isn't the Ritz, but not bad for 90 bucks a night in a city where 200 or more is pretty standard, in less attractive areas....like Fisherman's Wharf.

Room Tip: I had no view, but didn't care as I was only in the room at night. If a view is essential ask...
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We really enjoyed our stay here. The location is quite central, and fairly easy to get to all the touristy locations. We walked to the wharf several times. Also there is a bus stop for one of the double decker bus companies across the street. The room is large, and while others have complained about the traffic noise, it didn't bother us, we were so exhausted from all the walking, that we never heard a thing. There is no fitness center, pool or extras like that, but there are a tonne of restaurants in the area, the area is actually known for the dining. The staff is very helpful if you need any assistance or recommendations. I have no complaints about this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Better late than never, but we stayed at the CMI in October 2010 and previous to that in June 2008. Both times we had a very comfortable stay in good value accommodation. Staff are very helpful and the free parking is a huge bonus. Location wise it is great, easy walk down to the front on Marina Blvd, or plenty of buses to take a trip to more distant locations. There are loads of places to eat near the hotel, we would highly recomend Izzys - just ask the hotel for directions, also for breakfast Abigail's just around the corner. Enjoy your stay - we hope to be back some time.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Stayed in this hotel March 2011. Big, great large bathroom .. spotless.. We even had a small view of the Golden Gate..

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

I have been staying at the Chelsea Motor Inn on almost a annual basis, one or two days at a time. I have never been disappointed with this hotel.

It is always clean, the staff has always been helpful, and the rooms are large and updated.
The free off-street parking that is included with the price of the room is a huge plus.

We just took a 3 day visit to SF, and stayed mid-week (with AAA we paid mid-$70s plus tax per night). Once again we had a great stay... trendy Chestnut Streets & Union Streets are just a couple of minute walk away. Walk to the bay in 5 minutes thru lovely neighborhoods.
We left the car parked 2 out of 3 days (it rained the last day)

Room Tip: Rooms on the front (Lombard Street) are noisier. They have a handful of very quiet rooms that have...
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We just stayed at the Chelsea Motor Inn yesterday and it was great, especially for the lower room prices! The beds were comfortable, it was a nice area, and the staff went out of their way to help us (they even printed our airline boarding passes at the front desk). I highly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: Room 319 has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but you can hear noise from the street at times.
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manager600, General Manager at Chelsea Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2012

Dear Amber L,

Thank you so much for staying at the Chelsea Inn and giving us such high marks for our rooms and staff helpfulness .

Sincerely,

Management

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Additional Information about Chelsea Motor Inn

Address: 2095 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2808
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#13 Best Value Hotel in San Francisco
#79 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $162 - $326 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chelsea Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Marina District, between Fillmore and Lombard. Centrally located in a bustling and crowded neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops and public transportation within walking distance. One mile away from Fisherman's Wharf or 25 min. walking distance.One block away is the Bus 30: takes you to Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, China Town and Union Square. It is safe to walk and bike everywhere in the neighborhood. A few blocks away you will find a Bike Rental shop for $20.00 a day. It is just a few miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge and beaches. Weekends offer a lot of activity and a higher level of noise in the streets with young crowds around the hotel. We offer complimentary parking for one car per room. In the event all the parking spaces are taken, guest needs to be double park and leave their car keys at the Front Desk. ... more   less 
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