$231 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 18, 2014 Check-out: Aug 21, 2014

The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
444 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, CA 94115
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
34 reviews
Excellent inn, great location

Staff is very friendly and it has a great location in Pacific Heights, a bit away from all the... See full review

  • Jon Pops F
  • Mar 21, 2014
I will stay again

This beautiful little boutique hotel is right in the heart of a neighborhood boasting delightful... See full review

  • Sunshine State native
  • Mar 18, 2011
Warm sophistication welcomes guests to tourist sites of San Francisco

The Laurel Inn is a tastefully decorated and sophisticated hotel with modern furnishings and design. The hotel celebrates the so-called "joie de vivre" (joy of life), providing spacious, welcoming and beautifully lit space, with particular emphasis on the use of natural lighting. The spotlight of the Laurel Inn, however, is on friendly service and modern amenities. The friendly and knowledgeable staff arranges concierge services, a limo service and even business facilities for guests. There is even a video library in the colorfully designed lobby.

3 Reasons To Stay:
  • Close to the lovely grounds of the University of San Francisco
  • Friendly and hospitable service that can help coordinate local visits
  • Quaint, modern and sophisticated boutique hotel
Laurel Inn Rooms

Contemporary condominium living is reflected in each of the 49 guest room interiors at the Laurel Inn hotel. All rooms feature modern furniture and beautiful palettes of pastels and neutrals and paintings on the walls to provide an elegant respite for travelers. CD and DVD players are standard in each of the rooms, as is contemporary high-speed Internet access and satellite TV. Direct-dial phones are also included. Windows can be opened for fresh air, leaving the rooms delightfully breezy and airy. When staying at the Laurel Inn for extended stays, guests can also take advantage of the laundry service.

Things To Do:
  • Laurel Heights (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • University of San Francisco (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Pacific Heights (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Fillmore Auditorium (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Western Addition (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Japantown (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
Policies and fees
  • The self-parking fee is $20 USD per day

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

37.7876 -122.4466
Area served
San Francisco.
Nearby airports
San Francisco International Airport.
Area description
The Laurel Inn is located in beautiful and stately Pacific Heights, bordering the quiet residential neighborhood of Laurel Heights. Just steps from our door is quaint Sacramento Street, home to stylish boutiques and intimate dining. The hotel is within walking distance to the historic Presidio National Park and a short drive to the Marina District, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf and the Presidio Golf Course.

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The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel Rooms

DELUXE - ROOM
Deluxe room offers 1 Queen or 1 King bed along with Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, CD player, Color TV, DVD player, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Heating, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Laundry service, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Radio, Telephone and Voicemail.

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Services
Business center
Internet
WiFi

Nearby points of interest

  • Walter Adams Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Japan Center: 0.9 mi
  • Japantown: 1 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 1 mi
  • Palace of Fine Arts: 1.1 mi
  • Exploratorium: 1.1 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 1.1 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 1.2 mi
  • Haight Ashbury: 1.2 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 1.2 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 1.4 mi
  • Lombard Street: 1.5 mi
  • Civic Centre: 1.5 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 1.6 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 1.6 mi
  • Walter Adams Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Japan Center: 0.9 mi
  • Japantown: 1 mi
  • Konko Church of San Francisco: 1 mi
  • Palace of Fine Arts: 1.1 mi
  • Exploratorium: 1.1 mi
  • Lafayette Park: 1.1 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 1.2 mi
  • Haight Ashbury: 1.2 mi
  • Haas Lilienthal House: 1.2 mi
  • Pioneer's Monument: 1.4 mi
  • Lombard Street: 1.5 mi
  • Civic Centre: 1.5 mi
  • San Francisco Symphony: 1.6 mi
  • San Francisco City Hall: 1.6 mi
  • Morrison Planetarium: 1.6 mi
  • Nob Hill: 1.7 mi
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: 1.7 mi
  • Presidio: 1.7 mi
  • Ghirardelli Square: 1.8 mi
  • Octagon House: 1.9 mi
  • Grace Cathedral: 1.9 mi
  • Mission Dolores: 1.9 mi
  • Cable Car Museum: 2 mi
  • Hyde Street Pier: 2 mi
  • Kertesz Gallery: 2.1 mi
  • SoMa: 2.1 mi
  • Union Square: 2.1 mi
  • Mission Delores: 2.2 mi
  • Musee Mecanique: 2.2 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum: 2.2 mi
  • Wax Museum Entertainment Complex: 2.2 mi
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral: 2.3 mi
  • Chinatown: 2.3 mi
  • Fort Point National Historic Site: 2.3 mi
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery: 2.3 mi
  • Japanese Tea Garden: 2.3 mi
  • St Patrick's Church: 2.4 mi
  • Twin Peaks: 2.4 mi
  • San Francisco Experience: 2.4 mi
  • Alcatraz Island: 2.4 mi
  • Don Soker Gallery: 2.4 mi
  • Lands End: 2.4 mi
  • Transamerica Pyramid: 2.4 mi
  • Coit Tower: 2.5 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (34)

Ratings and reviews for The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
34 out of 34
Amenities:
3.8
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.1
Value:
4

94% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jon Pops F
Washington DC
Mar 21, 2014

Excellent inn, great location

Staff is very friendly and it has a great location in Pacific Heights, a bit away from all the downtown. You can walk to Marina and Cow Hollow if you are in decent shape. Lots of excellent eateries around. Very confortable and also good for families as they have little kitchens.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jon Pops F
Washington DC
Mar 21, 2014

Excellent inn, great location

Staff is very friendly and it has a great location in Pacific Heights, a bit away from all the downtown. You can walk to Marina and Cow Hollow if you are in decent shape. Lots of excellent eateries around. Very confortable and also good for families as they have little kitchens.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
AndreaD
Denver
Oct 6, 2013

Solid Stay

Access to parking is a plus, rooms are clean and not cramped, good value for the expensive city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
4
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Easy Leesy
Connecticut
Sep 17, 2013

Very nice

Good location. Comfortable room. Spacious. Just a little tired.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Otter New York City
New York, New York
Jul 19, 2013

Sufficient and pleasant for San Fran prices!

My family (two kids and husband) shared a room and all was fine for the two days in San Fran. The hotels here are so expensive in general that the Laurel Inn was in a great location, quiet at night and was clean and sufficient. Very European.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
sambista
san luis obispo ca
May 16, 2013

Great location for exploring Presidio

I usually stay on Union Square but wanted to explore the Presidio this trip. Perfect location for walking. Large comfortable room. Free drink from Swank a nice touch. The street noise was manageable, but I was awakened by a" herd of elephants" stomping upstairs. Will stay on top floor next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
sergio75
mexico
Oct 25, 2012

not good

it was a terrible experience, the hotel doesnt have air conditioning...terrible for the prcie...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Polkadotz
West Carrollton, OH
Jun 4, 2012

Family trip

Stayed at the Laurel inn for a wedding located at Baker Beach. Staff were very nice and were really helpful with finding things close by to do. Hotel isn't in the heart of downtown so you have to walk quite a distance to see things like the cable car or fishermans wharf. Hotel is pet friendly and kept pretty clean. Only issue we noticed is Friday night into Saturday morning the city picks up all the trash at all businesses and homes and the dump truck can be very loud. Hotel also didn't have an AC unit in room so you had to open windows to cool off room so you can hear some traffic if you have the window open.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
tarulla
Tarpon Springs, FL
May 21, 2012

Laurel Inn Less Expensive but Not worth it

It started badly when we arrived with 4 pieces of luggage and no one moved to help us. Eventually someone did. The rooms are small and the bathrooms old. The beds were so soft and caved in in the middle that it made it difficult to sleep. While Pacific Heights is a nice place to live it is not close to anything so you will pay in taxi fares what you save in hotels. A small bright spot is the continental breakfast of high quality pastries and free coffee.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
2
Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
bettie bets
Business
Morgan Hill, CA
May 7, 2012

Great staff

Everyone at the Laurel was great. The front desk staff was fantastic. The Swank lounge was really fun - had great drinks. The hotel itself is an older building and they made a lot of cosmetic changes to try and make it "swanky" but it was slightly odorous (like moldly/stale) in the room. It was a perfect location for my weekend seminar in Laurel Heights. I'm rating this fairly high based on the staff and how hard they worked :-)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Try cocktails at Swank!

Review of The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Korakia
Business
Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
Feb 13, 2012

Always a Pleasant Stay

I just got back from a 9-day trip in San Francisco and this was my 4th or 5th time staying at the Laurel Inn. The pros: Staff is friendly and helpful; breakfast items and beverages are served in the lobby every morning and homemade cookies and coffee/tea in the afternoon; rooms are spacious and comfortable and bedding is of good quality; location is close enough to the different neighborhoods that one could walk, take a bus, or drive. Also it's an easy and fairly quick drive from the hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge for access to Marin County (about 10 mins or less without traffic). It's not close to downtown but I stay away from that area so that's never bothered me. Finally, there's ample garage parking included with your stay. The cons: Bathrooms are clean but in need of updating/remodeling (very odd, since the rest of the hotel appears rather modern and sleek), and traffic and noise from the street side of the hotel is somewhat loud. Other than that, it's always a pleasant stay here and I have no complaints. I'd recommend it for the budget- conscious traveller who requires comfort and (aside from the bathrooms), a touch of modern class.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Try Garibaldi's and Osteria for great Italian food within walking distance.

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