Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
Lonely Planet review
You get more bang for your buck at the Laurel Inn than at most downtown hotels. Rooms are bigger than average and have a colorful, up-to-date look; many have full kitchens. The trade-off? You'll have to take a bus or taxi to reach most tourist destinations.
From the outside it's just another vintage-1960s motor lodge, but the interior has been completely restyled. Rooms are done in warm earth tones with splashes of bright blue and orange to spice up the visual. Amenities are basic: foam pillows, nothing-special linens, fluorescent bathroom lighting. Every room is the same size, but has different features; some have only showers, no tubs. It's worth the little bit extra for a kitchen and view - what you save on restaurants makes up the difference, and the cityscape panoramas are stupendous. Downtown's towers lie 3mi away, and parade across the horizon like a platoon of giant soldiers. The hotel sits at the intersection of four neighborhoods: Western Addition, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights and Laurel Heights (a fact few locals know). If you like to walk, allow 20-30min to get anywhere noteworthy.
Services & facilities
- Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
- Smoke-free property
- Smoke-free property (fines apply)
- Caters to families
- American express
- Cash not accepted
- Diners club
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- 24-hour front desk
- Tour assistance
- Multilingual staff
- Internet point
- Free Wi-Fi
- Parking nearby
- Street parking (metered)
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Luggage storage
- Concierge services
- Limo or town car service available
- Pets allowed
Location. Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is a family-friendly hotel located in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, close to Russian Center of San Francisco, San Francisco Zen Center, and Circus Center. Additional points of interest include Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium.
Hotel Features. This 3-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a library, multilingual staff, and coffee/tea in the lobby. This is a smoke-free property.
Guestrooms. 49 guestrooms at Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel feature CD players and windows that open. Bathrooms feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail. 32-inch flat-screen televisions have cable channels and DVD players. Rooms also include irons/ironing boards and clock radios. Guests may request extra towels/bedding and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.