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“Nicely madeover classic road hotel in the Marina distric” 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 #39 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Minato, Japan
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105 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nicely madeover classic road hotel in the Marina distric”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

nice Joie de Vivre (Joy of life) redo work. It's fun to be in a classic road hotel that's clean and up to date. Wish they had a hot tub (vs. just a heated pool). Pleasant charming place. Short blocks from insider neighborhoods with great local SF fare and flare!

Room Tip: Walk 1.5 blocks N to Chestnut and 2 more blocks west to Pierce and you be in agreat local Marina Dis...
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  • Stayed April 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
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

This was our 2nd stay at the Hotel Del Sol (we stayed in May 2011 for 5 nights) so we knew what we would be getting. Customer service was just as good, if not better, than last time since we utilized more of the hotel’s amenities. We almost chose a different hotel because I was traveling to San Francisco for a 4-day convention at Moscone Center and thought I might want to be closer to the financial district. However, I found out that Hotel Del Sol offered complimentary car service to the financial district so I scheduled the service in advance for the days I’d be attending the convention. My driver, Andrew, was friendly and punctual and I’m very happy we decided to stay at Hotel del Sol instead of downtown San Francisco.

Check-in was friendly and took just a few minutes. When I called down to the front desk because they forgot to install a mini fridge in the room (we requested it in advance), Michael from the front desk was at our door in minutes with the mini fridge.
We stayed in a King room on the 3rd floor near the end of the hall. We didn’t experience any street noise but it’s easy to hear footsteps and the walls are a bit thin so you may hear your neighbors. If you have the heat or A/C on, you probably won’t notice too much noise. Also, FYI, if you want to sleep in, make sure to put the “Shhh” sign on your doorknob or the cleaning staff may wake you at 8:30am.
Breakfast is served daily from 7am-10am and was adequate for our needs but is not low-carb/gluten-free friendly so plan accordingly for your dietary needs. Daily breakfast included: hard-boiled eggs, oranges, an assortment of tasty NY-style bagels, some croissants and/or muffins/pastries, white bread, assorted single-serve cereals, oatmeal (assorted packets), coffee and hot water for tea or hot chocolate, orange juice, water and milk. Cream cheese, butter, jam and peanut butter are also available in single serve packets.
Every afternoon, Hotel del Sol offers freshly baked cookies with coffee/tea and milk near the check-in desk. It is a nice touch and the cookies (chocolate chip and macadamia white chocolate chip) are delicious!
Michael, Rick, and Andrew (driver) were exceptionally helpful during our 7-night stay at Hotel del Sol. Going out of their way to provide advice on local restaurants and attractions and even getting me a hot cup of tea after they had put the complimentary tea/coffee away for the night.
For those traveling with children, you may want to check out the DVD selection near the front desk. It’s not a very large variety of options but there are several kid-friendly videos to borrow to watch in your room.
Overall, Hotel del Sol’s customer service, location and amenities make it a great value! We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Oak Park, Illinois
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

I wanted this hotel to be better. I should have tempered my expectation knowing that in the Marina district in San Fran, this was likely a converted Howard Johnsons. But I wonder why JDV stopped so short in their renovations.

Everything is just ok here. The room is ok. It smells like an old hotel. My son said "it smells like old people". And while you might find comfort in that, we didn't. The breakfast ok. Cramped in the small office space and you better get there early. The bathroom, not ok. There was obviously no renovation done on the bathrooms of this property. Ours was wicked small and felt incredibly dirty. The tile was original (read old and not so clean).

The location is great. Free parking is great. And it was pretty awesome to swim late March outside in SF. Unheard of. But I've stayed in other Joie de Vivre properties and this one just didn't measure up to their brand standards (I realize it's not the Vitale).

If you're going for family friendly, I'd shop around. We've stayed at Kimpton properties in the past and they treat a family right. Next time I'll shop more and not be fooled by the select photos on the website. Rookie mistake.

Room Tip: Choose the third floor for sure. We were on 2 and you could hear every step overhead.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank threetogo
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Santa Barbara
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

It felt more like a bed and breakfast. Cute room. Location good for me. Close to my family in Pacifc Heights and close to shopping and restaurants. Would have liked to be able to make first cup of coffee in my room. Would have liked a parking space reserved for my room. Courteous staff and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Clean, great neighborhood, nice amenities like breakfast and pool. Seemed like a great value when I read the reviews and we have not been disappointed in any way. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank corebel
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Additional Information about Hotel Del Sol, a Joie de Vivre hotel

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 (per night): ₹ 11,997 - ₹ 25,342
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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