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“Colorful refuge from the rain” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Ranked #38 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Colorful refuge from the rain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

We stayed here with our 5-year-old son and generally found it to be a good deal and an enjoyable experience. It's very bright, colorful, clean and charming--staff was friendly and helpful, and having free parking on site was great. We really enjoyed the location, too.

The only complaint I have is with regards to the noise level. We were on the second floor, and while we didn't have any issues with street or traffic noise, the walls between rooms seemed quite thin. For a couple days of our stay, the occupants of the rooms above us were quite noisy (we imagined that what they were doing involved elephants and/or hurtling over furniture). However, despite their noisiness at other times, the people above generally observed the hotel's quiet hours--after 10 p.m. If we were to stay there again, I would want a room on the third floor.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

We found the hotel to be OK for the price. It looked much nicer than other similar hotels in the neighborhood (from the outside). It was comfortable and parking & breakfast is included. Don't expect a 5* hotel but you'll get a good deal. The location is good, close to union st and about 15 minute walk from Lombard's crookedest block.
If you stay there, go for dinner at Parma Ristoranti. It's only 3 blocks away and has excellent pasta for a good price.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, California
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32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

Picked this place specifically because of the free parking, and the keen weekday rate.The location was a bonus. The chain have done a great job of taking a fairly standard Motel property and turning it into something a bit better. The decor is 'unique' right down to the hammocks in the courtyard and the brightly painted grounds. Check in was fast and friendly, and the rooms large enough and comfortable - with a large walk-in closet. Also spotlessly clean. The breakfast is basic (coffee, juice, pastries, boiled eggs, bagels, oatmeal), but everything was fresh and appetizing. Would stay again at the right rate.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

These are some of the things we loved about the Hotel Del Sol:
Clean and bright room, free wi-fi, heated pool with lounge chairs, tables, and hammocks.

Did I mention the free parking? That in itself is amazing to find this in the city!!

And...the friendly, helpful front desk staff are the best!! (Free continental breakfast each morning and free cookies and lemonade in the afternoon.)

Walking distance to great restaurants and shops too!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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4 Thank Sandee D
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Helsinki, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

We chose this hotel purely because of location. Del Sol truly has a sunny atmosphere because of the joyful colours. B-fast is simple but fresh enough. The room was normal and the walk-in closet made it feel a bit bigger. Staff was friendly. We got room 204 and it was supposed to be quiet. Indeed that was quiet from traffic noise, but there is no good sound insulation so we woke up to a phone conversation above us in the middle of the night! If you are not a "tight sleeper", recommend to take ear blugs along.

Room Tip: If you prefer a quieter room ask it to face the alley and have it on the third floor.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Johanna00100
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NYC
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44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank smachim
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So Cal
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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