In a city known for its B&Bs, we know that it can be hard to choose. But, we're here to help, with three lists that present San Francisco bed and breakfast inns. We've chosen based our preferences, and also on ratings of thousands of guests who have stayed at San Francisco B&Bs.
We love sleeping in a romantic inn and waking up to a lavish breakfast to fuel us for a day of sightseeing in the City by the Bay. In this selection we cover city neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights (Upper and Lower), the Mission, and the Castro. As you'll see, we've included four of the best B&Bs as well as one cautionary tale!
If you're seeking a traditional San Francisco bed & breakfast, the Queen Anne delivers with Victorian architecture; a parlour, library, fireplaces, chandeliers and turret rooms.
Guests rave about the cozy lobby with the turn-of-the-century touches, two fireplaces, the evening sherry & cookies service.
We recommend that you upgrade to the King Room that has a four-poster bed with canopy and your own fireplace. Recent guests have commented that although the hotel has lots of charm, some of the rooms need refreshing with updated curtains, bed spreads, and pillow cases. Guests do love the hearty breakfasts and free shuttle service that will take you anywhere in the city (you must reserve the night before).
Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating
• Rating = Highly Rated
• 1590 Sutter Street
• Neighborhood — Lower Pacific Heights
Washington Square Inn gives you a front-row seat to the lively neighborhood of Little Italy/North Beach.
One of the best things about this bed and breakfast is that you're surrounded by sidewalk cafes, coffee houses and Italian markets, anchored by the iconic Saints Peter & Paul Church (where Joe DiMaggio wed Marilyn Monroe) and the Washington Square park.
The Inn really does ooze charm with antiques, bay windows, window seats, fireplaces, and sumptuous bedding. Guests love the stellar breakfast, with hearty hot entrees, freshly baked goods, granola, yogurt, and fresh California fruit. Fresh cookies are baked daily, a different kind each day of the week.
• Rating = Highly Rated Plus
• 1660 Stockton Street
• Neighborhood — North Beach
Situated in posh Pacific Heights, this 1900 brownstone mansion is close enough to the action yet far enough away for peace and quiet.
Explore nearby Fillmore Street and Union Street, a dynamic shopping and restaurant area, or take a quick cable car ride to Union Square on the Hyde Street line.
Guests love the old-style charm, the library with its working fireplace, and the great water pressure in the showers. The ten themed rooms in this bed and breakfast combine antiques with modern furnishings. The Garden Court Suite was once the dining room and has over-the-top features like handcrafted wood paneling, an antique chandelier, fireplace, and a window looking out over the private garden patio. And if you plan on spending more time in San Francisco, consider that Jackson Court has a timeshare option!
• Rating = Highly Rated Plus
• 2198 Jackson Street
• Neighborhood — Pacific Heights
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If historic Victorian inns just aren't your thing, you might want to think about Nineteen 06.
More upscale hostel than hotel, guests rave about the great breakfasts that offer fresh, healthy options. There's even energy-efficient lighting, organic toiletries, and earth-friendly touches. Guests also like the outdoor terrace for lounging
Rooms in this SF bed & breakfast are clean, with white walls, bold accents, Philippe-Starck-like clear plastic chairs and distinctive headboards. One drawback is the location. You're smack dab in the middle of the Mission and some guests complain about the unsavoury aspects of the neighborhood.
• Rating = Superb
• 1906 Mission Street
• Neighborhood — Mission
Attention bargain hunters! Here's a San Francisco bed and breakfast that comes in under $100 per night.
Yes, you read that right. The modest guest house even has winter deals with additional discounts from December to February.
Of course, you get what you pay for. While some guests comment that staying here is like staying with an old friend, others talk about the "dirty space" and the "poor rooms" and stains on the sheets and even "Jeepers Creepers"! In the morning, the kitchen is open and stocked with breakfast cereal. At this price, the rooms are spartan and the one bathroom is shared.
• Rating = Iffy
• 48 Henry Street
• Neighborhood — The Castro
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