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Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Absolutely loved my stay here! The staff was great and very accommodating, our flight was very early and they were kind enough to hold our luggage while we grabbed some lunch and explored the neighborhood. The room was clean and there was a fan in the room but if we opened the window a little bit the air outside was enough to cool the room. Very, nice comfortable stay. Highly recommend!

I was visiting family in the Inner Richmond area. This hotel was very convenient and proved a good choice. The staff were wonderful, we had beverages, cookies, and breakfast offered. I would have liked to go have a drink for the happy hour but unfortunately the adjacent bar was closed as it was Sunday. The room was clean and quiet and I was comfortable. I would stay here again.

Very average hotel. The week before we were at the Argonaut on the Wharf with a beautiful view of the bay and Balclutha Ship with a much larger, nicer, updated room for exactly the same price. Hmmm

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 :-)

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.

One night stay before visiting with local family. Clean room, nice linens. Front desk pleasant. Continental breakfast would have been nice addition especially at this price.

desk staff was ordinary. housekeeping was fantastic. location was terrific

The Laurel Inn is in a convenient location. The room was large enough and comfortable. The breakfast was an adequate continental or across the street is a great place to eat. San Francisco weather is a wonderful break in a hot summer. Picasso at the de Young and Stein Collect at SFMOMA made for an outstanding trip.

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.

Great San Francisco hotel where I stay a lot, but there was no record of my pre-paid [...]reservation at the hotel when I checked in. Fortunately, I had the printed copy of my [...]confirmation with me and they gave me a room, but if no rooms had been available, it might have been very stressful.

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.

We stayed at the Laurel Inn just for New Year's Eve. When we checked in, there were a couple people lined up at the desk in front of us and the phone was ringing often. There is only room at the front desk for one person, and all the commotion was a little unnerving for them. However, they handled themselves well and was pretty quick to handle everyone's needs. Luckily we checked in right at the time they had warm cookies, lemonade, coffee, and tea available in the lobby. This is a nice touch that is available every day in the late afternoon. Our room turned out to be 2 double beds instead of 1 king and was facing the street (Presidio). It was also the room right next to the elevator and stairwell, which turned out to be extremely noisy in the morning. I imagine these rooms are given for the discounted rates. Even still, the room was nice and clean and the beds are comfortable. The bathroom was clean as well, though the towels are a little on the small and rough side. All in all, we had a good stay, and would definitely stay there again, though I would recommend requesting a room away from the elevator/stairs and not on the street side if you are affected by noise.

444 Presidio Ave San Francisco CA

Hotel highlights

  • Close to University of San Francisco
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Laurel Heights within a mile (2 km) of University of San Francisco, Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Palace of Fine Arts. This 49-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour business center. University of California San Francisco and Lombard Street are also nearby.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

All of Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel's 49 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Ironing boards and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour business center, and coffee in a common area. If you drive, self parking is USD 35.00 per day, and there's also limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a computer station, a library, and free newspapers.

Room options

Room, 1 King Bed, Kitchenette, City View (Accessible)

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 King Bed, Kitchenette, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 King Bed, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Double Beds, Kitchenette, City View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Laurel Inn

Everyone (1) Business (4) Couples (5) Family (13) Other (1) Friends (1)
5

nice area, nearby a lot of touristic sites

Everyone

Absolutely loved my stay here! The staff was great and very accommodating, our flight was very early and they were kind enough to hold our luggage while we grabbed some lunch and explored the neighborhood. The room was clean and there was a fan in the room but if we opened the window a little bit the air outside was enough to cool the room. Very, nice comfortable stay. Highly recommend!

By , from phoenix, az on Jun 13, 2016

Review comment responded on Jun 16, 2016

Dear Yolcie - Thank you for your kind words on the guest service provided - we are thrilled you would highly recommend our property and hope to welcome you back soon when you wish to return to explore our delightful little neighborhood or use us a convenient starting point venture around the city sites.

5

easy access for inner richmond area

Families

I was visiting family in the Inner Richmond area. This hotel was very convenient and proved a good choice. The staff were wonderful, we had beverages, cookies, and breakfast offered. I would have liked to go have a drink for the happy hour but unfortunately the adjacent bar was closed as it was Sunday. The room was clean and quiet and I was comfortable. I would stay here again.

By on Aug 26, 2015

3

overpriced

Families

Very average hotel. The week before we were at the Argonaut on the Wharf with a beautiful view of the bay and Balclutha Ship with a much larger, nicer, updated room for exactly the same price. Hmmm

By on Aug 1, 2014

4

excellent inn, great location

Families

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.

By on Mar 21, 2014

3

solid stay

Families

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

By on Oct 6, 2013

3

very nice

Families

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

By on Sep 17, 2013

3

sufficient and pleasant for san fran prices!

Families

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.

By on Jul 19, 2013

3

great location for exploring presidio

Families

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.

By on May 16, 2013

2

not good

Families

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

By on Oct 25, 2012

3

family trip

Families

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.

By on Jun 4, 2012