Five North Beach Hotels – In San Francisco's Dynamic Little Italy

One of the fun places to stay in San Francisco is North Beach, the bohemian and Italian area of the city. Fisherman Wharf hotels are fine and are located nearby, but they're not in the center of North Beach proper. For a more authentic stay here's where you might want to be. Now, you're not going to get high luxury here, but you are going to be in the centre of things.

If you're hankering for little Italy, cappuccinos at impossibly cute cafes, and lounging in the Washington Square Park, then make your hotel reservation in North Beach, home to Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe's wedding church, Saints Peter and Paul Church; the Beat Museum; Mario's Cuban Cigar Store (actually a cafe); and the historic City Lights bookstore.

1. Hotel Bohème

Hotel Boheme

Step back to the 1880s when the Capurro family, recent immigrants from Italy, were forging a new life in America. They built a three-story building with a hotel and living quarters on the upper two floors and retail space on ground level. It stood until the great earthquake of 1906. The San Francisco Fire Department dynamited the building to create a gap in an attempt to stop the raging fires. Unfortunately, it wasn't successful and most of North Beach burned to the ground. But Capurro did not lose heart. He hired a crew to rebuild the structure that is today Hotel Bohème.

The current Bohème is designed to reflect the culture and taste of North Beach from the late 1950s. Think bohemian style made famous during the heyday of the Beat era. Rooms are compact with a single queen bed or double queens suitable for up to four people.

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Rating = Highly Rated Plus
• 444 Columbus Avenue
• Neighborhood — North Beach

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Quirky individual hotel in North Beach. Friendly staff, fab eating places nearby and easy to get to many places in San Fran on foot or by public transport."
– 5-Star Review

2. Washington Square Inn

Washington Square Hotel

A great neighborhood B&B in the heart of Little Italy. There are just fifteen individual rooms facing the park; some of the rooms have bay windows, window seats and fireplaces.

Washington Square Inn is famous for hearty, delicious breakfasts, afternoon freshly baked cookies & tea, and an evening wine and appetizer service. There are a variety of rooms to choose from including a spacious Junior Suite.

Rating = Highly Rated
• 1660 Stockton Street
• Neighborhood — North Beach

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San Francisco's jewel near the bay! We loved the Inn's location, its quaintness, luxury, and excellent quality service and product. Everything was top quality including the staff!"
– 5-Star Review

3. San Remo Hotel

San Remo Hotel

Imagine that an Italian grandmother opened her own hotel and filled it with flowery bedspreads, brass beds and white frilly curtains. Good, you've just imagined San Remo hotel. More European pensione than modern hotel, San Remo oozes old world charm. Rooms range from singles right up to a penthouse suite with panoramic views of North Beach.

Rating = Highly Rated
• 2237 Mason Street
• Neighborhood — North Beach

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Great location and for a budget hotel, this is fabulous! Eclectic decor, very clean, even the shared bathrooms! Very comfortable beds, fresh linen, room was airy and fresh. Close to Fishermans Wharf and lots of public transport. Highly recommended this hotel. Try the Italian bar/restaurant downstairs, great bar staff with friendly service and lovely food."
– 5-Star Review

4. Columbus Residence

Located in Jackson Square, you're in the hub of everything — North Beach, Chinatown, the Ferry Building, the Financial District, and Fisherman's Wharf. Make no mistake, this is basic accommodation, but it's got everything you need — free WIFI, mini-fridge in each room, weekly maid service, a laundry room, and a shared kitchen and lounge.

Rating = Good
• 112 Columbus Avenue
• Neighborhood — North Beach

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Quiet, comfortable, good location and lovely, helpful staff. If you are happy to share (clean!) bathroom facilities and don't mind a small room then this is the perfect place to explore the city from."
– 5-Star Review

5. North Beach Hotel

Nothin' fancy. A single room starts at $59 per night and the decor is somewhere between prison cell and convent. Don't expect the Ritz at this sorta-divey hotel. Regulars love it for its convenient location, clean rooms, and easy access to public transportation. Do note: there are no private bathrooms. Showers and baths are shared. Staying longer? You can negotiate a weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, and monthly basis lease.

Rating = Iffy
• 935 Kearny Street
• Neighborhood — Chinatown

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It's more of a dorm than a hotel, but for this price it's silly to expect more."
– Visitor Review

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