Review: Chelsea Motor Inn, San Francisco, USA


Time of year: Sept 2016

Purpose of trip: This was our base for the San Francisco leg of our round the world trip.

Why we chose this place: Accommodation is very expensive in San Francisco. The Chelsea Motor Inn provided reasonable rooms at a price we could afford. It fitted our brief of half way between 5* and backpacker hostels and the online reviews were pretty good.

How long we stayed: 3 nights

p1000862Our accommodation: We were given the choice of a street view room or a quiet room. Given that Lombard Street is the main route out to the Golden Gate bridge, we exclaimed in unison …”quiet, please!” The room was a very good size with a dressing area, full size desk and a large comfortable bed.

The room was clean and made up daily by the staff.

Service: All reception staff were courteous, polite and helpful.

p1000860Location: The hotel is in the Marina district of northern San Francisco. It’s within reach of Fisherman’s Wharf and the archetypal Frisco streets and trolley buses, but a cab ride into downtown. The area has plenty of eateries within a short distance.

Food: The hotel does not have a restaurant or bar.

What we paid: We paid USD215 per night. Breakfast was not included.

Activities close by: San Francisco has so much to offer, from ‘that’ famous bridge, a vibrant downtown area and quaint historical neighbourhoods. It’s also a big city, so you’ll need to rely on a hire car, public transport or taxis.

What empty nesters might really like about this place: For the price, the Chelsea Motor Inn offers good value for a large, clean room in a city that’s very expensive.

What empty nesters might not be so keen on: It ain’t the last word in luxury and it’s not particularly characterful. To get those things in this city, you’re going to have to dig deep.

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