The Ocean Park Motel is a charming Sunset District motel, just one block from Ocean Beach; a great alternative to staying in the downtown hotels in San Francisco.
Frankly, the reviews of the motels out by the beach are pretty discouraging, so I was happy to find this little gem of a motel to share with you!
The Ocean Park Motel
This adorable San Francisco motel was built in the same year as the Golden Gate Bridge: 1936. It was San Francisco's first motel, and even won an award from the Art Deco Society of California.
It has the retro charm of the 1930's and is maintained in excellent condition. The management is helpful and friendly, and the rooms and grounds are lovingly cared for. The Ocean Park Motel has been family-run for two generations.
Ocean Park Motel Courtyard
The entrance is through a little garden, and there is another Japanese-style garden in the back with a slide and swing set for the kids. A jacuzzi is available for the guests, as well.
The decor of the building is unique: deco/nautical, with porthole windows, cruise-ship railings and ship steering wheels on the doors. The rooms are small, characteristic of the era, but very clean and cute, with the original tile in the bathrooms.
Some rooms have little kitchenettes, with small appliances and cupboards that look like illustrations from a 1940's Betty Crocker cookbook. All the bathrooms have showers.
If you're not looking for a standardized, impersonal motel with huge beds and a giant TV, this could be a good match.
There are small, flat screen TV's and little coffee-makers in all the rooms, and most of the rooms have a microwave, fridge and free WiFi.
Dogs are welcome, but no cats due to allergies. All rooms are non-smoking.
Free, off-street parking is available.
I haven't stayed here, but I live nearby, so I'm very familiar with the neighborhood; it is generally very safe and quiet. I looked at five of the rooms and was quite taken with this unusual little motel. I wish I could stay there! I would gladly recommend it to friends and family.
The L-Taraval streetcar goes right by one side of it, but the manager said you can ask for a room away from that side if you are concerned about noise. After midnight, it switches to a bus, so it's quieter. You'll be lulled to sleep by the foghorns!
All of the rooms have queen-sized beds (1, 2 or 3 beds available) and some have little kitchens.
The rates (tax included) :
|$125 to $175 off-season|
|$180 to $240 in the summer|
Rooms with kitchens are $15-20 extra.
Call 415 566-7020 for reservations or questions. Their website is www.oceanparkmotel.com.
Ocean Beach is only one block from the Ocean Park Motel. Step out the door, look down the street, and there's the Pacific Ocean. San Francisco's biggest beach is convenient for walks, picnics, surfing or just hanging out.
The San Francisco Zoo is also one block from the door. Check out the lemur habitat and the meerkat village. Kids will love the little steam train, petting zoo and vintage carousel.
Golden Gate Park is not far away; a paved path runs along Ocean Beach for walkers and cyclists, all the way to the park. There are loads of things to do in there: walking, biking, boating on the lake, and visiting the museums and gardens.
The historic Cliff House restaurant at the northern end of Ocean Beach has a striking setting and gorgeous views. Explore the ruins of the Sutro Baths and have dinner while watching the sun sink into the Pacific.
There is also a pizza place (take-out, mainly) next door to the Java Beach Cafe.
The motel is located at 2690 46th Avenue in the Sunset District, just one block from Ocean Beach and the Zoo.
Driving: Head out Sloat Boulevard towards the ocean. Across from the Zoo, one block past the Doggie Diner head, turn right on 46th Avenue. Go one block to Wawona Street; the motel in at the corner of Wawona and 46th. Free parking at the motel.
Public transportation: The L-Taraval Muni streetcar goes right past the motel, all the way to Embarcadero Station. It's about a 30 minute right to get downtown from here.
Ocean Park Motel
COVID-19 Status: at midnight on Monday, March 16, San Francisco was placed under a "shelter-in-place order.
All residents were ordered to stay home, except for necessary trips to grocery stores and essential medical visits, and solo outdoor activities like hiking.
The city was gradually reopening of many businesses and activities, but in December, came under a strict, stay-at-home directive, due to a sudden increase in infection and hospitalization rates.
Since then, Covid numbers had dropped significantly, but recently started rising again.
Big changes arrived June 15, 2021: California is "fully reopened", meaning all business sectors will reopen to full or almost full capacity, including concerts, stadium sports and festivals. SF is basically open, though somewhat more cautious in some regards.
As of August 20, 2021, almost 80% of eligible SF residents have been fully vaccinated.
Vaccine requirements: Starting August 20, 2021, SF requires that all restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms check for proof of full vaccination.
Documents accepted: paper or digital vaccination records.
See SF Chron article re: vaccination.
Public transportation options had been cut back, but are expanding again. See SF transit for more info.
The cable cars are running again and are free during August! In September, they will resume full (paid) service, starting with the Powell-Hyde Line, and the other 2 lines to follow after.
See COVID rules for current SF status.
Mask rules: another change, starting August 3, 2021. Everyone is now required to wear a mask indoors in SF, whether vaccinated or not. People may go without masks outdoors unless the area is densely populated. Hospitals, schools, nursing homes and public transit, still require masks./p>
What is open? Muir Woods, the Botanic Gardens, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Pier 39, SF beaches, Golden Gate Bridge, and Twin Peaks (car access on Portola, main parking lot open) are all open.
Parking lots for SF beaches, Twin Peaks, and the Golden Gate Bridge are open, including the Welcome Center lot.
Restaurants can now be open to full capacity for indoor and outdoor dining, and many restaurants are open for take-out or delivery.
Bars that serve food can serve customers indoors.
Businesses can allow customers inside, up to full capacity. Malls are open.The SF Zoo is open again.
Offices can reopen up to full capacity.
Alcatraz is open. The Day Tours and Night Tours are running on a somewhat reduced basis. The Cell Block is open also. See Alcatraz.
Hair salons, and open air tour buses, outdoor walking tours, and boat cruises can now operate.
Indoor museums are open, including the CA Academy of Sciences.
Travel to SF. Per the California Dept. of Public Health: non-essential travel to SF from outside California is discouraged but the quarantine requirements are no longer in effect.
Unvaccinated travelers are urged to get tested before and after arrival, and to self-quarantine for 7 days, but this isn't mandatory.
"Non-essential travel" basically means tourism.
Hotels are accepting reservations, but travelers are urged to limit contact with others in the hotel.
Indoor swimming pools are open to fullcapacity.
Schools: private schools are open. SF public schools started in-person learning for elementary students April 12. Older grades: negotiations are ongoing. Hopefully all grade levels will be open for in-person fall classes. Masks will be required for students in SF public schools in the fall.
Indoor gyms and indoor movie theaters are open to full capacity.
Indoor concerts, live theater, and sporting events, may open at full capacity. For indoor gatherings of >5,000, proof of vaccination will be required.
Outdoor events for >10,000: may require proof of vaccination or negative test, but aren't required to.
Check individual events for requirements.
Napa and Sonoma county wineries are open.
For a handy list of what's open or closed, in California, see California reopening schedules.
See coronavirus news in the SF Chronicle for details and updates.
Also see site and parking lot closures for the National Park Service (Alcatraz, Muir Woods, etc.)
Plus helpful info on which parks and hiking trails are open in the Bay Area.
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