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Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #38 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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NYC
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44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

Although we liked the location, 2 blocks from Union, 2 from Chestnut, and the free parking, the room was mediocre with almost no storage room

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

My daughter and I spent two days apartment hunting for her new job. We used Hotel Del Sol as our base. The rooms were clean and bright and colorful but did have a bit of a musty odor...that was minor. There is free parking which is a huge advantage considering lots of hotels charge a minimum of $45 per day. They provide a continental breakfast with bagels, coffee and tea. This is an open courtyard hotel that has lost of color from the pavement to the walls to the palm trees with lights. If you are looking for a base to go explore San Francisco then this is a great place. You have access by bus to almost everywhere...Union and Chestnut streets are close by for shopping and eats...Safe area of the city. WIll definitely stay here again. Staff was very friendly.

Room Tip: Get out and explore...take the 45 bus to North Beach, China town, Union Square
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

The title tells it all! Use only if reasonable rates is your only criterion.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank joekart
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

My mom and I stayed at the Hotel Del Sol for a long weekend and could not have been happier. It's an adorable, unique boutique hotel that is within walking distance of a large number of San Francisco's many sights. It's also convenient for public transportation. We did have a car, but walked almost everywhere.

The breakfast was delicious, nothing crazy but better than store-bought pastries. The staff was courteous, our room was clean and comfortable, and the lighted palm trees in the courtyard make it easy to find.

The best part is that they have two hammocks.

I will absolutely stay here again.

Room Tip: The elevator is small but there are stairs at each corner.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elizabeth G
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Espoo, Finland
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42 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

This is a pleasant hotel. We stayed in one of the ground floor rooms by the pool. It was very comfortable and even though it was one of the smaller rooms in the hotel, there was plenty of space for the two of us and our luggage. Everything is decorated in nice bright colors. The bathroom could have used some hooks for hanging up wet towels, and more electrical outlets for charging our gadgets would have been nice too.

The staff were very friendly. We arrived a little early and they made efforts to get our room ready as quick as possible. The complimentary breakfast was okay - bagels, muffins, cake, toast, boiled eggs, orange juice and some really good coffee. It was served in the check-in area and you could either eat outside at the tables by the pool or take it to your room. The free wifi was quite reliable and it also worked fine in the poolside area.

We chose this place because it's close to the Fort Mason Center (where I was attending an event). There are shops and restaurants close by on Union street, where you can also find bus stops. The location is not terribly convenient for sightseeing, but it was perfect for where I needed to be.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CARMARTHENSHIRE UK
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60 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

This was our second time of staying here when flying into SFO on vacation. Easy to get to and get out of for those with a car. Just off Lombard Street so there is public transport if you haven’t. Choice of restaurants within walking distance and you can walk to the sea front & Fishermans Warf. If you take your time it is quite enjoyable in the good weather. They provide good information in your room about things to do in the area. Some of the magazines have street maps/ public transport information so if you use those it is easy to get about and all part of the fun on vacation. Rooms are quite good but they do vary on what they offer and their website is not very clear on exactly what is available. We stayed at the start & end of our vacation and for the first stay were upgraded to a small suit which was very nice. The rooms facing into the courtyard are quieter. On our second stay we had a room facing the adjacent parking lot and hence onto Lombard Street. The road noise was quite noticeable but we still slept well. If we stay again I would try and avoid that room as it was also by the stairs. This room was more basic & smaller with no fridge even though there was space for one which was a shame as the weather was quite warm so it was trips to the ice machine to keep drinks cool. The rooms just have showers no bath tubs. I knew this when we booked and as we were only staying a few days each time that was not an issue as the showers are quite adequate. They provide toiletries in the shower which are good. Breakfast is OK, toast, bagels, cereal, boiled eggs, drinks & juice and as you have a table in your room it is easy to take back to eat if you do not want to use one of the tables outside which you can see by the pool on their website. Last year it was too cold for the pool but this year it was very nice and warm. Children tend to use it afternoons but early morning & evening I had it to myself. It is not huge big enough to swim lengths for exercise and a real bonus for an affordable San Francisco hotel. Would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

I stayed here with my two children (7 and 10) in August 2011. The children loved the hotel, particularly the breakfast. They could eat as much porridge, bagels/toast and cake as they wanted and there was good coffee for me too. The room was a good size and clean, with air con and a safe. Bathroom on the small side and nowhere to dry wet towels. Good location - 5 minutes walk from a good range of shops and places to eat. We also used buses and trams to get around - only 10 minutes bus/walk to Fisherman's Wharf. If the weather had been warmer, they would have loved to use the pool more - instead they had lots of fun playing on the two hammocks in the courtyard.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Address: 3100 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-3411
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Marina District
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#55 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#64 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#67 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed to celebrate California's lively culture, the Hotel Del Sol is a cheerful explosion of the West Coast spirit. Once a 50s-style motor lodge, it has been newly transformed to offer the stylings and personalized service of a boutique hotel. The spacious guestrooms evoke the bright and airy interior of a California beach house. Relaxing hammocks, a sparkling pool and towering palm trees in the courtyard is a colorful feast for the eyes. ... more   less 
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