The proximity of this beach-themed, three-story 1950s motor lodge to Fort Mason, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Presidio, Crissy Field, and Chestnut Street's munchkin-favored shops already qualify it as kid-friendly, but the toys, games, DVDs, outdoor saltwater heated pool with plenty of inflatable playthings, snow cones on summer weekends, and afternoon cookies and milk make it a real haven for little ones. Because the Del Sol is only two blocks from Union Street shopping and restaurants, with easy access off Lombard Street, this property will please adults, too.
Sometimes the hotel offers parking deals on their website.
Rooms feature beach-themed art, blown-glass bedside lamps, a bright orange accent wall, and cream headboards. Some Fodorites have complained about the size, but as long as travelers are aware that the bones of the property were meant to house a motor inn, you'll appreciate the sass and stylishness of their efforts.
Come 3 p.m. and the kids flock to the tiny office area for free cookies. Most of the action centers on the pool area, which on nice days dubs as the lobby.
A fun kitschy space with hammocks, lounge chairs, and beach balls, the saltwater pool is the centerpiece of the property.
Ask the front desk for directions for hiking trails in the nearby Presidio, the running trail along the bay, or just hike up Divisadero Street for epic views.
The hotel offers a small Continental breakfast in the mornings. Expect fruit, pastries, coffee, and tea.
Two blocks away at the swanky Matrix, order a nightcap and watch the young and the beautiful techies who flock to this neighborhood.
The hotel offers parking for $20 a night. Walkers will appreciate the proximity to ample shops, restaurants, and bars along Union and Chestnut Streets. Muni buses stop nearby, connecting travelers to downtown and BART/Muni trains.
The beloved Pacific Catch (6-minute walk) serves rice bowls topped with seafood or veggies, poke, and fish and chips. Winning thick crust pizza topped with fresh veggies and a garlicky sauce makes Patzi's (4-minute walk) a local favorite.
Country music fans like the Jaxton (3-minute walk) for the live music and beer selection. Enjoy some of the city's best wine selection at the Balboa Cafe (3-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
A retro family friendly motor inn with a fun pool, stylish rooms, and an address ideal for enjoying one of the city's most desired neighborhoods, Hotel del Sol proves a fine choice for those not wanting to fork over too much cash.