The 5 Top-Rated Bed & Breakfasts In San Francisco

We have a dilemma. Is the plural "Bed & Breakfasts"? "Beds & Breakfasts"? Whatever the case, here they are, the five best San Francisco bed and breakfast hotels, picked from a sea of competition. We love the concept of staying at a romantic hotel and waking up to a lavish breakfast (that's included) before heading off for a day of sightseeing.

Our roundup of the best bed and breakfast in San Francisco include options from around the city — Pacific Heights, The Castro, Mission Dolores, Alamo Square, and even out in Outer Richmond near to the ocean. Remember, San Francisco is a compact city and you're close to all the attractions, no matter where you stay.

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Parker Guest House

Parker Guest House

If you're looking for charm, the Parker Guest house has an abundance with its sunny, yellow exterior, water fountain in the front garden, two lounges, a fireplace, a piano and, in the evening, a sherry service (included).

The 1909 Edwardian mini-mansions have 21 guest rooms including a few rooms under $200 per night with a shared hall bath. Guests appreciate the brandy served at the fireplace, the bountiful breakfasts with plenty of fresh fruit, and the well-appointed rooms.

Rating = Superb
• 520 Church Street
• Neighborhood — The Castro

Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

This is the place to stay if you're in the mood for a Victorian inn with beaucoup de charme.

The 14 rooms have high ceilings, Persian rugs and lovely names like Versailles, Antoinette, Honeychurch, and Napoleon. Bonus: the historic hotel (built in 1875) is located in posh Pacific Heights, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in San Francisco.

You're close to everything including the eclectic shopping area of Union Street and Fillmore Street. Guests love the peace and quiet, the romantic decor, and the wonderful breakfasts. The short-order breakfast cook can whip up any special requests. We're told he makes great bacon! There's also free street parking, which is very rare. Monte Cristo starts at around $235.

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Rating = Superb
• 600 Presidio Avenue
• Neighborhood — Pacific Heights

Inn San Francisco

Inn San Francisco

Antique furnishings, fresh-cut flowers, Persian carpets, polished brass fixtures, marble fireplaces make Inn San Francisco the epitome of an old fashioned bed and breakfast.

Traveling as a family? The Garden Cottage can be expanded to make four adults and two children comfortable.

Breakfast is served in the drawing room between 7am to 11am. We love this! Breakfast isn't just for early risers but for those (like us) who can't make it out from under the comfortable feather duvet too early. Located near the historic Mission Dolores, it's in one of the sunniest parts of the city.

Rating = Superb
• 943 South Van Ness Avenue
• Neighborhood — Mission Dolores

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Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast

Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast

This beautifully restored 19th-century Victorian Painted Lady's charming details read like a wish list for romantic hotels — hand-carved woodwork, crystal chandeliers, antique piano, Queen Anne chairs, four-poster beds, marble chess board in the lounge.

Once a private home, there are just nine perfectly-appointed rooms in this San Francisco bed and breakfast. Chateau Tivoli has plenty of history — built in 1898, it was a private home, a boarding house, a home for wayward Jewish girls, and finally in 1997, the Shohet family purchased and restored the hotel. And here's a heads up — you can also rent their sister Chateau Tivoli in Calvados, France!

Rating = Superb
• 1057 Steiner Street
• Neighborhood — Alamo Square

Gigi's Private Garden Apartment

Gigi's Bed and Breakfast

Guests rave about the over-the-top breakfasts and the charming garden apartment.

Gigi herself is the owner and your innkeeper during your stay in San Francisco. You'll feel like you're visiting a favorite aunt in comfortable digs with bookshelves, a small refrigerator, and microwave.

Gigi was raised in Paris and loves to feed people. There's even a garden to relax in and have a glass of wine. Another bonus — free street parking. You're close to Golden Gate Park and to Ocean Beach.

Rating = Superb
• 543 43 Ave
• Neighborhood — Outer Richmond
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