After our stop in Santa Rosa it was time to head into San Francisco proper and check into the place I chose for our stay. Like I said before, I love staying at unique and historic places, and when I found out San Francisco’s first ever motel was still standing, I knew we had to book it. Run by second generation owners, the Ocean Park Motel did not disappoint! Cute on their website, it was even cuter in person!
Despite being located just two blocks from the sandy shores of Ocean Beach and a mere one block from the San Francisco zoo, the Ocean Park Motel still offers a feeling of quaint seclusion. The stunning streamline moderne lines curve around multiple buildings, evoking a grand steamer ship in some areas. I especially love the ship wheel window at the office door. Designed by Conrad Kett, the Ocean Park Motel opened April 20, 1937, a little over a month before the Golden Gate Bridge welcomed motorists to foggy San Francisco.
We ended up staying in a three bed suite, despite it being just the two of us, but it was ever so charming, and felt like our very own vintage apartment, including an adorable little kitchen. I loved the tile flooring in the bathroom especially. While there is no pool, the Ocean Park Motel offers a hot tub for relaxing after a day exploring hilly San Francisco.
If you’re looking for a little place to get some R&R in San Francisco I highly recommend the Ocean Park Motel. It’s far enough away from the city’s center to be quiet and peaceful, but is only a 20 minute or so drive from nearly anything you may want to do during a visit to San Francisco. If taking transit is your thing, it’s also located along or near several bus lines.