A fun alternative to a hotel might be a bed and breakfast. Typically with much more personal service and advice on what to do, B&B's
offer a way to see San Francisco in a whole new way. Make sure you ask about parking if you have a car. Also, make sure the neighborhood is one you want to
stay in. I'll give some neighborhood facts here. Prices are a good relative guide. Let me know your experiences at these B&B's. All include breakfast with
stay, but it may be served early... Note that you definitely get what you pay for at these places. More $$$ ----> nicer place / better neighborhood, etc.
All phone numbers are area code 415.
1914 English Hotel - 24 rooms 3155 Scott Street @ Lombard (busy street in desirable Marina area)
Price Quote (estimated): $83 - $235 / median of $115(+14% SF City Hotel Tax)
CS. writes, "The Edward-II rooms are very cozy and sunny with lots of stained glass. The bedroom was wicker, and the bathroom was
big enough for two with plenty of space for our clothes. The kitchen was roomy and had the things you would need to cook, but with so many wonderful places to try -- why bother! We never take a car, so parking was not an issue. The staff is
very pleasant and helpful. They gave us information about the bus lines and with a $10 Muni pass for three days, we could go any
where we wanted."
G.M. writes, The Edward-II building is very cozy and we felt safe and comfortable. We wondered "Why can't we stay here for
our entire trip?" We liked it and the staff was very nice. The building is a 3-Story Victorian and has a lot of charm. It is more quaint than elegant
and has a lot of stained glass throughout the Inn. Our room was away from the street (less noise) and was small, but cozy. The inn seemed in appearance
to have been recently refurbished and the carpeting seemed relatively new. Our room was pleasantly decorated (wicker and brass bed) and the bathroom was
relatively large and all of the fixtures were new but were styled to keep the "Victorian Inn" effect going. The Inn was very clean and pleasant.
It's not the Ritz, but we weren't looking for that either. Breakfast is continental (bagels-yum, juice and coffee) and it is "self-served" in a
cute little parlor area. The best way to sum up the the Edward II Inn would be to call it, "Petite and Cute".
GT from New Jersey agrees, "We stayed at the Edward II B&B from Feb 18-21 of this year. We were thrilled with the
place. The location is great. They have just a few reserved parking spaces on-site. However, a parking lot across Lombard usually has space available.
The room we had was charming. It was not one of their expensive suites, but it still had plenty of room. The bathroom especially was cavernous and
beautifully decorated. Their breakfast was much more than we expected - "continental breakfast" is typically a roll and coffee, but the
spread they had for guests included wonderful pastries, bagels, toppings, muffins, juices - it was a huge meal. We were delighted with the atmosphere at the Edward II, the staff was friendly, everything was tidy and very pleasant. We highly recommend this
Victorian B&B - $100-$150 / median $125 Haight Street funky, cool, 60's painted award winning Victorian
Visual Poetry & Meditative Art Gallery some rooms with shared bath.
1665 Haight Street near Golden Gate Park
Shannon writes, "I stayed in The Red Victorian B&B this past May while I was in San Francisco and found it to be absolutely
delightful. The rooms were very clean and well kept, and each had themes related to SF. Enough of them had their own baths that I didn't have any trouble
getting into the shared baths except when the friend I was traveling with wanted it first. A lovely breakfast was provided, it was only a block or so from
Golden Gate Park, and I didn't see rates much lower anywhere in the city. Sami Sunchild is a charming hostess, and I would wholeheartedly recommend the Red Vic
to anyone travelling to the area."
Chateau Tivoli $140-$290 / $215 median for rooms with private bath.
Victorian mansion built 1892 with nine rooms
1057 Steiner - Civic Center area
Victorian Inn On the Park - rooms $139-$355
12 rooms - 4 rooms w/fireplace - 1897 Victorian near Golden Gate Park
Nelson writes in Winter 2001, "Our three night stay at the Victorian Inn on the Park was fantastic. This beautiful Victorian home has been nicely restored
and is in beautiful condition. Our room had a fireplace and a balcony, which offered a nice view of Golden Gate Park. The room was
nicely decorated and very comfortable. The bathroom was equipped with a modern shower, large enough for two friends. Breakfast consisted of fresh fruits,
pastries, juice, and coffee, which were all very good. The staff was great. They made excellent recommendations for dining and nightclubs. With a smile on
thier faces they even made our reservations and called for our taxis. The Victorian Inn on the Park helped make our stay in San Francisco a memorable
experience." Let the innkeeper, Lisa Benau, know that SFTravel.com sent you to receive special service.
"We spent our honeymoon here and were pretty disappointed overall. There was a lot of dust, flapping wallpaper, and general
mustiness, for one thing, and the staff wasn't nearly as friendly as those of other B&Bs we've stayed at. We stayed in the Belvedere room,
which they told me when I booked the room was great for honeymooners, but other than the private balcony overlooking the park, there wasn't much else to
recommend it. And for the price we paid, it was an awfully small room (and we're used to B&Bs). In general, I think there are probably much better
B&Bs to stay in in the San Francisco area."
Bocks B&B $45-$80
Circa 1906 Edwardian - 3 rooms. Proprietor - Laura Bock
1448 Willard Street - Near Haight Street Hippie Area
Golden Gate Hotel $95 - $165 / $22 for parking
1913 Edwardian near Union Square- 23 rooms
775 Bush Street
Tippi writes, "A quiet, clean, cozy Bed & Breakfast. Staff is friendly and efficient. Lots of fluffy towels. Right by
downtown tourist area and subway system, numerous shops and eateries. Slight drawback is you have to walk up one steep block, almost 40 degrees slope - might
not be easy for the elderly. Otherwise highly recommended."
Jessica writes, "This B&B is absolutely charming! The building is four stories tall with an exposed antique elevator. The
rooms are furnished with antique & wicker furniture. Rooms are available with full baths or shared baths. All rooms are impeccable. The historic photographs
that line the walls add to the old world charm of this quaint little inn. You will feel quite at home when the innkeepers, John & Renate, hand you a key to
the front door. You are greeted by a golden retriever named Humphrey. If you're lucky you will catch a glimpse of the house cat, Captain Nemo. Breakfast
consists of warm toasted croissants, just about the best cup of coffee in the city, and fresh OJ. Afternoon tea & cookies are also served. Location,
location, location! This B&B is conveniently located at the bottom of Nob Hill. The Powell & Mason cable cars are just at the end of the block. Union
Square is a 10-minute walk around the corner. There is a parking garage directly across the street, which also offers a rental car service. I look forward to
my next visit to The Golden Gate Hotel. This B&B alone will bring me back to San Francisco."
Hayes Valley Inn
G.G. recommends, "The Hayes Valley Inn is very clean, homey and inexpensive. I booked my mother there and she liked it (they
also have a senior discount). Rooms are between $76 and $105. Check it out..." "...I wanted to let you know that Hayes Valley has turned around and
is becoming a very popular and i believe safe area with a lot of great restaurants and shops...."
417 Gough Street @ Hayes
Jackson Court - $170-$225
1900 Brownstone in excellent Pacific Heights neighborhood - 2 rooms B.G. writes, "We stayed at the Jackson Court B&B in the fall of '98. We were very pleased with the accommodations.
Parking is not fun, is available at a nearby hospital lot (2 blocks). The building is beautiful - nice wood floors and some working
fireplaces. Great neighborhood - 4-5 nice reasonably priced restaurants nearby on Fillmore. Great place to stay."
Hotel Boheme - $174-$194
15 recently remodeled rooms celebrate the hippie "beat" era. More a pensione style inn than a quaint B&B. Located on a busy corridor of the
Italian North Beach area. The parking in this neighborhood is literally the worst in the city. Don't bring a car. 444 Columbus @ Vallejo/Green
The Monte Cristo - $149-$229 - **No** personal checks are accepted
15 rooms - 1875 Italianate Victorian; some shared baths
600 Presidio in an elegant, peaceful neighborhood about five miles from downtown
A dissatisfied S.K. writes, "Our room was tiny and dark, and the shower and toilet had been retrofitted into the room. The room's TV was tiny, old,
and had no cable. The ground floor rooms suffered from very loud street noise. The proprietors were completely unsympathetic and unapologetic when the noise
problems were mentioned. They were not helpful in changing us to a quieter room, and did not appear as welcoming/trusting of younger (30's) guests. The Monte
Cristo had a good selection of fresh fruit at breakfast, but there was a poor selection of restaurants in the neighborhood. We were
not impressed with this B&B, and I was furious at how badly we had been treated."
Petite Auberge - $159-$230
1919 Baroque - 25 rooms - many with fireplaces near Union Square and Financial office district
Washington Square Inn - $189-$329
1978 Inn on beautiful North Beach park - 15 rooms with private bath
White Swan Inn - most rooms $179-$269
26 rooms in 1908 English Inn near Financial District & Union Square
"The White Swan on Bush is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast with the professional service of a large hotel. I felt very safe there and the rooms are very
large. A Deluxe King room runs about $165, has a fireplace, a dressing room and tons of space. Also included is a large breakfast buffet in the dining room
and afternoon tea and wine with snacks. I recommend it highly. I've stayed at the Stanford Court, the Fairmont and Campton
Place. The White Swan is better quality and value for the money than any of them." - reader J.S. writes
The Willows B&B - $70-$88
1903 Victorian with 11 rooms in artsy SOMA section near bars/clubs
710 Fourteenth Street - 431-4770