I haven't stayed here, but I'm familiar with this location and the hotel's reputation. This recently updated but otherwise old fashioned and cramped hotel is remote from the usual tourist haunts--except for access to the Pacific coast, The Presidio National Park, Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Golden Gate Bridge, etc.
Unique Quality: Most folks would find the weather here foggy, blustery, and otherwise simply dreary except during August through October when "Indian Summer" makes San Francisco a welcome escape from 90F plus days further inland. During this time, the fog tends to clear out mid-morning and return at night. Even so, neighborhoods on the Bay side of the city are more likely to provide the cool and pleasant late summer weather tourist expect from San Francisco. In winter, the bay side is similarly more protected from coastal winds and fog. One big advantage of staying here would be relatively easy access to the fine dining of the Outer and Inner Richmond Neighborhoods, which have some of the best kept secrets in the city. The Outer and Inner Richmond are real SF neighborhoods with authentic Asian and other ethnic California style restaurants, often highly rated by SF Gate.com. This hotel is also within flat no hills walking distance, albeit a long walking distance, from Golden Gate Park. The residential architecture of this city is mostly late 1920's, and of less interest to some other parts of the city. Some of MUNI's worst public transport is in this part of the city, where there are as yet no MUNI trains or trolley cars, and even the bus service has been a source of complaint for residents.
Directions: Within walking distance of Lincoln Park and Presidio. It's a long taxi ride from the SFO.
Hi, I'm thinking of staying at either Seal Rock Inn or Marina Inn for about 3 nights. From what I read online, it is hard to decide on one. Supposedly Seal Rock Inn offers oceanview rooms but is situated far from downtown, and Marina in is supposedly very good value for money but its situated in a noisy neighborhood. Would love to have some opinions from locals or VT's who have stayed at either, Thanks!!!
Here is my review of the Marina Inn
I havent satayed at either place but can give you some insight on their locations.
The Seal Rock Inn is located by the beach and is on the complete opposite side of the city from the downtown area and all the touristy things. The weather is usually foggy and cold and aside from the Cliff House and Sutro Baths ruins there isn't much to do out that way. A bus ride to the downtown area would take about 30 min.
The Marina Inn is located in a upscale trendy neighberhood with plenty of cafes, retail stores and restaurant choices within walking distance. It's also located on the busy 6 lane street where US Highway 101 comes through the city guaraneeing lots of noise from the traffic.
I stayed ay the Seal Rock Inn last September and it was great ! Huge rooms, more like a suite, some with a fantastic kitchenette. There is a little pool and a patio area . It's nice staying on the 1st floor as you can sit outside your room on the patio. The staff were friendly and it was good value for money. It is a long way from the centre, but the number 38 bus goes from outside the door. Sea-view rooms are lovely but there is a bit of noise from the buses. There is a Safeways a couple of blocks away and the Cliff House Restaurant nearby, but that's all. To get to other restaurants you need to drive or get a bus. The good thing is there is FREE parking if you have a hire car. Hope you enjoy San Francisco wherever you decide to stay !
I went to Land's End yesterday and I walked by Seal Rock Inn.. It is overlooking the Pacific Ocean, really really nice...
I am staying only 3 blocks from Union Square, but if I could do it over again, I would stay in Seal Rock Inn. Yes it is far away from the hustle and the bustle of Down Town, but you can take the Muni Bus # 38 and it will take you into down town in 30 minutes...
Hope you can make a decision. Have fun in San Francisco.
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Address: 545 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94121-1499, United States