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San Francisco Motels
The Five Best Budget-Friendly Options with Free Parking
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San Francisco motels offer you the chance to visit the city for less. My list of five top picks all offer free parking as well as many other amenities. Highlights include the Coventry Motor Inn in the Marina, the Travelodge near the Presidio, and the Columbus Motor Inn in North Beach.
The challenge with these accommodations is that they are booked quickly, so I recommend grabbing a room as soon as you have your dates set. To help you select the right one, I've also included some nearby attractions and restaurants.
In addition, I've included two bonus options that have inexpensive parking (and sometimes you will get it for free). Read on for details about each one and to find the perfect fit for your stay.
Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.
One of the best San Francisco motels is the Coventry Motor Inn. The great thing about this motel is that it is clean and has complimentary covered parking. SF parking is expensive, so getting a free spot is a huge plus!
Lyon Street Stairs: 5 blocks away (The only problem is that you will be at the bottom of them!)
Golden Gate Bridge: Bus stop to get to the bridge is just 2 blocks away
Favorite Restaurants Nearby
Presidio Social Club: Perfect for Saturday or Sunday brunch, also features a great selection for lunch and dinner. Just inside the Presidio. New American cuisine. 563 Ruger Street, more on the Presidio Social Club
Starbucks: Okay, it's not an amazing place to eat, but the perfect place to grab your cup of morning joe. It's just a couple of blocks away, right inside the Presidio. Building C, 1 Letterman Drive
Baker Street Bistro: Just around the corner from the hotel, you'll find authentic French cuisine. Make reservations if possible, since it gets full quickly. 2953 Baker Street
Address: 1075 Columbus Street Neighborhood: North Beach Parking: Free
The Columbus Inn is a hidden gem in the city. It's one of the San Francisco motels that is clean and reasonably priced. It's also right between the popular North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf neighborhoods.
At this hotel, you will find free parking and free high-speed internet access. Other amenities available at this 45-room motel include:
Spacious rooms and family suites
Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattresses
Well-lit seating and work areas in all rooms
Plasma TV, CD clock-radio, and individually controlled heat and air conditioning
North Beach: All North Beach attractions just a few blocks away
Fisherman's Wharf: The heart of Fisherman's Wharf is about 5 blocks northeast
Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House: Yes, it's a strange combination, but for some reason Kennedy's is able to do both very well. They also feature pool tables and a great happy hour. It's just around the corner from the hotel and a great go-to place when staying here. 1040 Columbus Avenue
Pat's Cafe: This is just a block away and the perfect spot for brunch. They open at 7:30am each morning, so you can grab a hearty breakfast before you set out for the day's adventure. 2330 Taylor Street
La Rocca's Corner: This isn't a restaurant, but I wanted to mention it. It's a cute dive bar just a couple of blocks away. You will find some great beer selections and a local crowd that has been coming here for years. 957 Columbus Avenue
Another fun way to enjoy the North Beach District is by using my "Perfect Day in North Beach" itinerary. This self-guided tour explains how to see all the top attractions in this district in just one day.
This is a great find in the city, but book early since rooms go quickly! Compare prices and book your room for the Columbus Inn on Booking.com.
Other Highly Rated San Francisco Motels with Free Parking
Redwood Inn: 1530 Lombard Street
Another one of the San Francisco motels with free parking. It's in a great location along Lombard Street. You can easily get to other parts of the city from here, and/or enjoy many of the restaurants and bars right in the area.
Price range: $125 - $185
Marina Motel: 2576 Lombard Street
This is one of the San Francisco motels where you will find free breakfast, parking, and high-speed internet access. Pets are allowed and most rooms have a kitchenette. Make sure you ask for a courtyard room, as the front-facing rooms are right on the busy part of Lombard Street.
Neighborhood: Marina District
Price range: $147 - $245
A Few Other San Francisco Motels with Inexpensive Parking
Hotel Del Sol: 3100 Webster Street
This colorful motel has free breakfast and parking. They also have an outdoor swimming pool, wheelchair access rooms and a pet-friendly policy.
Neighborhood: Marina District
Price range: $194 - $393
Ocean Park Motel: 2690 46th Avenue
This motel is just steps from Ocean Beach. Its quiet location in the cool, San Francisco fog allows you to escape from the crazy city streets each day.
Hi there! I'm Jill Loeffler and welcome to my site. I've been exploring San Francisco for almost two decades and I can't wait to help you find the best things to do here! Thanks for stopping by and please contact me if you have any questions before your trip.