Where to stay at SFMW

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:30 AM
I am going to be at SFMW on June 8 an was wondering if anyone had any recomendations on where to stay.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:50 AM
Well that's my birthday, and my home park, so it's sure to be a great day. ;)

If I were you, I'd stay at the Holiday Inn. It's literally across the street and easily walkable. I'm not sure what you consider "bad neighborhoods" but Vallejo isn't at the top of the ladder. Still, the Holiday Inn should be safe and fine. It's also probably the nicest hotel in the area. If you want to stay down the street not too far, go for the Best Western, as they'll have better rates most likely.

If it were me, I'd go with the Holiday Inn.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:01 AM
Holiday Inn across the street from the park is walkable; there are some budget hotels across I-80 about 2-3 mins away.

All that info is on the internet...use some elbow grease and do some research!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:06 AM
I don't need a lecture on using elbow greese and doing research on the internet...I am in the travel industry and am very informed on many items. I was simply asking for a general consensus as I have never been to the San Francisco area before...but thanks for your time anyways
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:14 AM
You're welcome! ;)

mOOSH [also works in the travel industry...and would have done my own legwork]

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:16 AM
Oh my..so it's aginst the law to ask an opinion...well I guess i'll find my holiday cards elsewhere this year
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:06 AM
How ironic...I'm buying my holiday cards elsewhere, too!

Anyway, when I was last up there the discount hotels across I-80 appeared pretty new. If you can't get a good deal at the Holiday Inn try those.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:09 AM
If you want to stay IN San Fran, I just stayed at The Cliff this past Friday. It's not cheap, but it's VERY trendy and young, and right next to Union Square. It was one of the better hotels I've stayed at in the city. Also the Argent Hotel is very nice, not really the rooms, but the views are outstanding and it has a great location. These are not far from Marine World and you could definately make a day trip to the park from the city.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:11 AM
Stay at my house! It's withing walking distance of SFMW too.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:35 AM
Andy, I'll be up in a couple days ;).
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 8:44 AM
Coasterfreek: what could you possibly learn on this board that some combination of the park's web site, plus expedia/tripadvisor couldn't already tell you? I'm genuinely curious. I'm not in the travel industry (though I hear business is picking up, so good for you and 'moosh) but based on some recommendations I've seen on this board for places that are complete and total dives, this is the last place I'd be looking for hotel recommendations.

Except for Gonch. He's as much of a snob as I am.

And, just to shoot myself in the foot: if you are flying out early the next day, the doubletree SFO is meh, but the embassy suites in south SF is pretty good.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:13 AM
I understand you can get there by BART from San Francisco. It shouldn't take that long or be too pricey.

Six Flags Marine World website says:
"BY BART: Vallejo BartLink offers transportation to Six Flags Marine World from El Cerrito Del Norte BART station. Call BART at 510-236-2278 (for train information) or BartLink at 707-648-4666 (for shuttle information). No Sunday service."

There's a BART map here:

Hope that helps,

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:24 AM
I don't mean to answer for the freeek, but I have come to coaster boards in the past to get advice on hotels and such. I've found that there are people with similar interests that can provide good "I've been there, didn't like it" type stuff.

I don't know the people who put up the reviews at hotels.com and those other sites, so I don't know where they are coming from or what their values are. It is just nice to get an opinion from people whom I trust on other issues from time to time.

I understand it is generally frowned upon here, that is why I go elsewhere for this type of thing, but I personally think it is a good idea to check at a place like this before committing to a hotel.

- Jeff

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:29 AM
And you know me how exactly? You know I probably like most roller coasters. Do you know what my hotel tastes are? What I consider "clean enough"? What I consider "nice enough"? What I consider "close enough to the park?" Whether I like to leave the park in the afternoon to chill in the room, or whether the room is just a place to crash after an exhausting day?


My intuition is that enthusiasts as a group are much more fleabag-tolerant than the public at large, are certainly more fleabag-tolerant than I am, and the discussion about CP hotels lends evidence to this hypothesis. Thus, I generally find tripadvisor (and sometimes expedia) more useful---I'll probably have a good idea of what I'm getting into for any hotel with more than a dozen or so reviews in the last six months.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:38 AM
Brian, I don't know you personally but I do know other people on the board (actually, other boards) personally. I can thus get a better idea for my personal tastes at a board that I frequent rather than anywhere else like tripadvisor, plus its easier than sending out 20 emails.

Your experiences certainly may vary.

- Jeff

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:41 PM
Do you know what my hotel tastes are? What I consider "clean enough"? What I consider....?

Another excellent reason why I do my own research!

Fact is both Goliath Kills and myself gave enough info for anyone to do the necessary further research to find a hotel that meets THEIR liking, not ours. If CF2002 works in the travel industry he/she should have access to the Hotel Travel Index, which lists virtually every single hotel IN THE WORLD. Its bigger than the NYC phone book...LOL! There is even an online version.

Sorry if I came off as an a-hole...it wasn't my intention. Still, the tools are out there for any person to find what they're looking for...ESPECIALLY someone who works in the travel industry!


edit to fix link

*** Edited 5/24/2005 5:42:31 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:56 PM
-- post removed.

1) attempt at humor not very funny

2) further discussion just not worth it

- Jeff
*** Edited 5/24/2005 5:58:10 PM UTC by Uncle Coaster***

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 4:46 PM
LOL UC...I've done the same on many occasion ;)
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:46 PM
Ha! Ain't that the truth...;)

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