This 1930s art-deco motel lures families, dog lovers and surfers wanting to escape the hustle of the city. Steps from Ocean Beach and the San Francisco Zoo, this retro motor inn might not be luxe, but it provides a glimpse into the way locals live in the often foggy Outer Sunset--one of San Francisco's most promising neighborhoods. The retro exterior hugs two landscaped courtyards, one featuring a wooden play structure. The enclosed hot tub, free parking, and Wi-Fi are additional perks.
Quiet cedar-paneled rooms offer simple decor. A third of the units offer kitchens with sitting areas.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel offers complimentary local calls with the room rate.
Private bathrooms with showers are a tight squeeze.
Though there is no lobby to speak of, the property does feature a couple of outdoor spots that act as gathering spaces. The grassy courtyard is a popular spot for travelers and their dogs, while the green space with the climbing structure appeals to families.
The enclosed hot tub was recently refurbished.
There is no onsite restaurant. Next door, grab bagels at Java Beach Cafe.
Bring your own six-pack to this motor inn. Or head over to the Riptide (8-minute walk) for a pint.
Parking at the hotel is free. Those without a car can explore the outer Sunset by foot, or hop on the Muni train, which stops on the corner, to access downtown. Take the Muni to the BART train to get to San Francisco and Oakland Airports.
Locals love the cheery atmosphere, beer selection, and hearty pies at Brothers Pizza (8-minute walk). For classic Chinese food, head to Old Mandarin Islamic (6-minute walk) for halal Mongolian beef, and claypot chicken.
Live music and great beers characterize the Riptide (8-minute walk). On the edge of Golden Gate Park, overlooking the Pacific, grab house-brewed beers and pub snacks at the historic Beach Chalet (8-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Retro decor and kitchens in some rooms make this beach motel a great choice for thrifty families on the road with their dogs.