Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Small trendy North Beach Hotel
Small, pseudo-hip, excellent North Beach location, not too expensive.
(approx. $175/night with tax).
A fave of writers, artists, eccentrics etc. and the staff (thanks Charles) is patient & helpful.
I would recommend it for a unique & offbeat romantic North Beach getaway.
Good for at least one stay if you like North Beach. I stayed 3 nights and liked it, but then I'm a North Beach freak.
Unique Quality: Cool building, starts on the 2nd floor as it sits above a good pastry shop.
But for me it's all about location close to all my favorite restaurants, bars, and hangouts.
Good points / advantages:
location; intimate, almost romantic ambience; tastefully furnished with many beat-era photographs in rooms, halls & stairs; free wireless.
The staff is smart, hip, helpful but not overtly nosy.
rooms are small with minimal electrical outlets (not for business "gadget freaks");
NO PARKING - you must park a couple blocks away in expensive lots that take cash only. Definitely not "car-friendly." I recommend you park over by Powell and Green St. at Allen Coe's lot next to O'Reilly's. Allen is a cool dude and will give you the best parking price in North Beach.
Some colorful guests as well (including me). NO STAFF on duty after ~ midnight. If you need assistance late at night (lockouts, etc) you have to find a phone, call, & wait (good luck if you're naked ).
I recommend "comfort room" 201 on top floor corner with window overlooking Columbus Ave. Can be a little noisy when Columbus is hoppin' but there are also quieter rooms that don't face the street if you're a light sleeper.
Directions: North Beach on Columbus between Green and Vallejo
Quaint hotel in the heart of North Beach
I've never stayed here but have always wanted to! Have arranged for others to stay there...they enjoyed the accomodations.
Very quaint, small hotel next to Calzone's, a cool restaraunt where you can sit outside and people watch.
Right in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco's Italian district, shopping, clubs, bar and great restaraunts are just steps away!
Unique Quality: Quaint and small with comfortable rooms (see website link).
Directions: North Beach
Can't BEAT This Hotel
50's Beat Generation atmosphere and city streetscapes outside the windows of a spacious (for a city hotel) room made Hotel Boheme my favorite home-away-from-home in San Francisco. Evening port was made available each night and I got a key to the front door for arrivign after the desk closed which made me feel like I was living in my very own North Beach apartment.
Unique Quality: We spent every evening sitting in front of our two windows soaking in the street sounds after a night out on the town. The decor was also amazing.
Directions: Diagonally across the street from City Lights bookstore in the North Beach section.
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