$167 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 16, 2014 Check-out: Nov 19, 2014

The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
444 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, CA 94115
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
24 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
  • 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
  • Aquarium of the Bay: 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 (24)

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

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
24 out of 24
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.7

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Sunshine State native
Business
Florida
Mar 18, 2011

I will stay again

This beautiful little boutique hotel is right in the heart of a neighborhood boasting delightful shops and restaurants. Inside you are welcomed by a staff that wants to insure your stay is as pleasant as can be. There is always fresh coffee, snacks and even lemonade in the heat of the day. I noticed it was extremely animal friendly with dog treats at the front desk. The room was beautiful in a calming simple design with all the amenities of a larger hotel. There is no question that I would stay again.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Ellas is right across the street and a great place to get a delicious breakfast. And not far away on Sacramento St your choices are among the best in San Francisco. We dined at the Magic Flute and enjoyed one of the most delightful dinners we have had in the city.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Richmond
Jan 4, 2009

Perfect location

I am so glad I picked the Laurel Inn for my recent trip to San Francisco. It was located perfectly to pick up buses, an easy area to walk around to get to cafes and shops, and had the convenience of use of a gym right across the street. My room was very large. There were so many cafes and restaurants in that area and a more than adequate continental breakfast spread in the lobby from 6-10 each morning. Coffee was available 24hrs a day too (and hot cookies in the afternoon). The Inn was in the right part of town for my purposes. Check out where it is located, and if that is the right end of town for you, I highly recommend it!!! I will definitely stay there again.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The hotel does not have it's own restaurant but they do have a nightclub which seemed to be busy but not crazy or loud.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Aug 22, 2007

Will return for another stay.

Everything here was fine...our room was noisy from the street sounds, but it is an urban area. Next time we'll ask for another floor. There is no diningroom. The Continental Breakfast is served in a very small lobby but with the restaurant across the street that serves great, HUGE, American style breakfasts there are no complaints.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Everything: Food, sights, entertainment...it's San Francisco!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jon Pops F
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kko
Business
Hawke's Bay New Zealand
May 6, 2010

cool retro hotel

nice hotel with cool style and bar, our roomwas on the 2nd floor faceing the street with single pane windows so there was a bit of street noise all night. Otherwise no complaints.

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

Business

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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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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!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
PattyLynn
Business
Olympia, WA
Sep 18, 2009

Laurel Inn, San Francisco

We have two primary criteria for hotels: (1) hot water with good water pressure and (2) a firm mattress. The Laurel Inn is a terrific hotel choice: great neighborhood, quiet, decent breakfast, in-house parking, large clean attractive rooms, pleasant staff. But the mattress in our room was far too soft ... which is why I subtracted a star. Overall, excellent "value."

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cookie's Girl
Business
Melbourne Australia
Jun 21, 2011

Clean and comfortable

Friendly helpful staff, very clean and comfortable inn. Rooms spacious and generous breakfast provided, as well as fresh oven hot cookies at around 3! Overall great value for money. It is far from downtown, the wharf etc but suited us as close to friends we were visiting.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jiwmmm
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 30, 2009

Great place to stay in SF

The hotel was in a great location. I have stayed here before and one of the best things was the free parking. Unfortunately that is not the case any longer, they now charge $18 per day. But that's about the only thing I can say about the Laurel Inn that would be negative. It was a great deal and a great stay. Oh-- fresh tulips in the elevator! Great touch.

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

Business

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