Surprisingly, after reading the awful reviews on the Beach Motel here, I really thought I was in for a disasterous, unpleasant time. Wrong!
Let me start by saying, if you are wanting to sightsee, eat good food, walk to just about everything locally you could need and want, then I recommend this hotel. For example, you can catch public transporation right outside the front office door, you can walk to a few delicious coffe shops, walk to laundry, and the local 7-11 convenient store open 24 hours a day, decent to fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants are all within walking distance, the beach in a 3 block walk, there is FREE (but limited) parking, which is a HUGE bonus for a San Fran. hotel. The office man (Bob) was polite and helpful. The rates are very reasonable (I think we paid around $70/night), the district "Sunset" that the Beach Motel is located in, is fairly clean and quite safe.
As for the motel itself, the room we stayed in was large, had a micro, fridge, tv, and a view of the street (not bad though because I enjoy the architecture/sights/sounds of San Fran), and has a large closet. The shower was clean and had good water pressure.
A few downfalls:
The faucet knob in the bathroom was broken. Thankfully, the water came out just fine though. The closet smelled a little musty. There wasn't any luggage racks. There is no elevator, so get ready to climb stairs (and it's not wheelchair accessible). There is no pool or spa, but the beach is 3 blocks walking distance away. There was no coffee maker in the room (but again, walking to coffee was very close), the bed could use a new mattress as it was squeaky and a bit warped. A few of the lights didn't work in the room. The tolietries are limited, and they don't have hair conditioner- only shampoo. They don't give-out a lot of towels either.
A word of advice: Try to get a room that is not over the Pittsburgh bar that is located directly below the hotel on the left side. Also, realize that this is San Fran and public transportation is used frequently by locals, etc. to get from point A to point B, so the MUNI runs right outside the Beach Motel all the time, and it's loud. If you don't like noise, then either the beach motel isn't for you, or you will need to bring along your own noise blocker (i.e., a small portable fan, earplugs, white noise machine, etc.).
I would give the Beach Motel my business anytime because what I was looking for was convenience to tourist and non-tourist attractions, a clean, safe place to sleep, shower, and go to the bathroom, local public tranportation, and FREE parking. I got it here!
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Hotel San Francisco