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Hotel near SF with BART access and free parking

Nov 22nd, 2009, 07:45 AM
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galaxygrrl200: The OP can't use Priceline. There are three of them and PL only guarantees doubles in SF.

"I park there all the time late at night to go running" There is a LOT of difference between parking late at night for an hour or so and parking a car for 2 or 3 days.

Also, "I bet you can find a place for 20 bucks a day downtown" -- Do you have a suggestion where that might be? There are a few in the $27-$30 range, but I haven't seen $20 for several years.
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Nov 22nd, 2009, 03:13 PM
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"galaxygrrl - does the Marina Green area have 2 hr sticker parking during work days??"

No, it does not which is why I suggested it. It is park land and is not under the control of SF parking dept. The reason we have 2 hours stickers is the residents on a street need to petition the city for 2 hour parking limits. No residents, no 2 hours stickers.

"There is a LOT of difference between parking late at night for an hour or so and parking a car for 2 or 3 days."

OK, it is a public park with free parking and no 2 hour stickers needed. It closes at night, which is when there is a chance for tickets. My point in saying there are no tickets a night, is that is when the park police would ticket, but they don't.

Plus, people park there cars there all the times for a couple days when they go out on their boats. That is why I suggested it. It is a public park with public free parking.

"Also, "I bet you can find a place for 20 bucks a day downtown" -- Do you have a suggestion where that might be? There are a few in the $27-$30 range, but I haven't seen $20 for several years."

I know for sure there are lots on Minna between 1st and 2nd that are $17 a day, because I used to park there last year. I've even seen signs for $13 a day in that area.

Wow, guys, chill a bit, I was just offering a free place for them to park if they wanted.
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Nov 22nd, 2009, 05:14 PM
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I guess I don't get it. You actually think it is better for a family to park their car in a lot basically in an alley south of Mission and stay blocks away in a hotel, or leaving their car semi-illegally in a closed park and risk having it towed ---- than staying in a decent motel w/ free parking right on site near the Marina?

And if I was staying around Union Square or the Embarcadero, I personally wouldn't schlepp 8 blocks or more to save a few $ on the parking.

But that is just me . . . . .
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Nov 22nd, 2009, 08:29 PM
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OMG, Janis, chill out I just gave them options.

Personally, I would not stay in one of those motels on Lombard street.

I just gave them options.

I just gave them a free place to leave there car if they wanted.

And as for Minna street, it's 5 blocks from Union Square, it's 2 blocks from the palace hotel, the four seasons, etc. It's a perfectly fine place to park and there are huge parking lots there for communters.

Wow, take a chill pill.
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Nov 22nd, 2009, 09:02 PM
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We stayed at the Columbus Motor Inn a couple of years ago, there is nothing wrong with it. I know quite a few Fodors people have stayed there also.
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Nov 22nd, 2009, 11:41 PM
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Minna Street would not be my choice as a place to park and I lived in the city for two decades.
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 07:23 AM
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East of 5th on Minna would not bother me, but that's the entrance to the huge city owned & expensive parking garage - so there are probably no other parking lots on that section of Minna. West of 6th would be a lot more scary for non-city dwellers. Minna goes between 4th & 9th. Thurs night we had an event at the Old Mint on 5th & Mission st (1/2 block from Minna). There was quite an upscale crowd in the immediate neighborhood & east of the Old Mint. There are several nice restaurants in the area (Chez Papa, Tropisueño). This section of SOMA is improving - but it isn't quite there yet.

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Nov 23rd, 2009, 08:51 AM
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Stu - "Minna goes between 4th & 9th"

The lot galaxygrrl is talking about is on the other section of Minna between 1st and 3rd.
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 09:02 AM
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Thanks janisj - that is a safe area.

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Nov 23rd, 2009, 09:06 AM
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Actually, if there are $17 a day lots on Minna between 1st and 3rd, I don't see what the big deal is -- it would be a perfectly acceptable place to park, especially if you're not wanting to go "in and out" -- if they're just going to park and leave the car there, or maybe take it out once a day, then it's fine. I think the motels on Lombard are also fine if that's the ambiance the OP wants (it's nice that they're close to Union Street and Chestnut Street, but they're still like suburban motels), but the option of staying downtown (understanding that Priceline won't work because of the "3rd person", but Hotwire will if you plug in 3 people in the initial inquiry) and parking on Minna sounds like a good one to me.
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Nov 23rd, 2009, 08:38 PM
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The Castle Inn located in the Russian Hill area has free indoor parking and is convenient to buses and cable cars. We rented a one bedroom suite that was quite nice, clean and roomy. The price at the time (about 3 years ago) was good - about 105/night. The ambiance is that of an urban motel.
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Nov 25th, 2009, 12:23 AM
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You know Travelocity sometimes has deals at the Fairmount which is my favor hotel in town. It's soooooo pretty. You can talk DD to high tea there and the tonga room. She might be to young for the planter's punch, but not the virgin version.
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Nov 25th, 2009, 10:47 AM
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I agree with galaxygrrl200, those motels on Lombard aren't the nicest. Just because they are recommended over and and over again by some Fodorites doesn't mean you can't find something better and nicer.

For your needs, a child plus a car (free parking), suggest trying the Hotel Del Sol:

http://www.jdvhotels.com/del_sol/

Castle Inn is a good recommendation also.

http://www.castleinnsf.com/
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Nov 25th, 2009, 11:08 AM
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>>motels on Lombard aren't the nicest<<

Of course !!

I would stay there if:

1. You have a car and want to use it while in San Francisco. Driving to destinations north & south of Lombard and west of Van Ness is not that difficult.

2. You want to stay in a "neighborhood" (Cow Hollow & Marina) instead of downtown or the Wharf. The "ambience" is completly different between downtown and Union or Chestnut streets. I'll forgo commenting about ambience in the Wharf area.

3. You plan to make several day or half-day car trips over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Easy - last night we had 3 dungeness crabs from Marina Market on Hillsdale Ave in Foster City. $4.70/lb. Crabs were quite small, but very sweet. Car did not smell this time - I took precautions.

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Nov 25th, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Stu:



This Friday is our seafood night. There is going to be crab done three ways along with all the rest of the seafood.

We should have a crabfest together someday!

Both the Hotel del Sol and the Castle Inn offer free parking. The del Sol is almost around the corner from the Cow Hollow motels.
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Nov 25th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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Easytraveler, I thought the Hotel del Sol looked great if our family makes it to SF for a future trip. Do you know or have opinions about any of the others in this hotel chain? Several of the others also looked pretty nice at first glance.
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Nov 26th, 2009, 04:39 AM
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5alive: I can't remember which of the other hotels are in this chain, but believe this is the only one that has free parking. Will have to research further.

No time today. It's 5:30am here on the West Coast and I've already put in a couple of hours of work. Just taking a break!

Happy Thanksgiving! And hope I'll remember to get back with you!
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Nov 26th, 2009, 05:56 AM
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I've returned to my thread as I am getting ready to really do research on where to stay. The motor inns don't really look like what I'm looking for - something a little nicer perhaps. We usually stay at Doubletree or Embassy Suites type places. I've come across Americania Hotel, looks like it is part of the same group as Hotel del Sol. Anyone stayed there? Any other suggestions?
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Nov 26th, 2009, 06:19 AM
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Ok never mind on the Americania - just saw on another thread that it's in a terrible location.
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Nov 28th, 2009, 01:03 AM
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Iowamom, how much do you want to spend. Hotels are inexpensive this time of year in SF. You should be able to get a hilton for $99 downtown.

You want to say around Union Square of the Embarcadaro. I like classy older hotels, my favorite in the city are the Fairmount and the Palace. Both are a little pricey, but you can find deals. I just checked Travelocity and both are $129 for a double. This is about the same price as the hotel you were looking at.
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