I will admit that when I first walked in, I wondered what the heck was going on here. Due to the time of year (around Thanksgiving) every surface was covered in Christmas decorations - very old fashioned ones. It was...like nowhere I had ever stayed before. Then I decided to just go with it, and now I can't imagine staying in a cold, sterile hotel like a Marriott or Hilton when I can spend my time in San Fran at the Queen Ann! Mysister loved it at first sight, and we spent an afternoon exploring each floor for its individual treasures - LOL, I think other guests thought we were odd too.
The staff are extremely helpful, and more than happy to have a chat when it is quiet. The rooms are reasonably well-sized and the beds are comfortable. The bathroom was spotless and the water pressure great. Their tea, coffee, sherry and cookies in the afternoons are lovely, especially if you find yourself a chair by the fire and it's cold outside... The whole place smelled like hot apple pie and cinnamon - it made us hungry every time we walked in! Breakfast was basic, but certainly enough for our needs. They also provide a free car service within the city - and the driver is both friendly and professional.
Restaurants and buses are about two blocks down the hill (unfortunately that is UP hill to come back), and they go straight down to the Fisherman's Wharf area.
Our only issue was with the lift - it was verrrrry slow (we were on the top floor) and actually broke down with us in it! Luckily, it had jammed only a foot below the floor level, so we were able to get out and come down the stairs. The staff apologised even though it wasn't their fault (we might have pressed one too many buttons when we got in - it didn't like it). This was a tiny blip on an otherwise fantastic - and memorable - stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A remarkable Victorian boutique hotel with 48 elegant rooms and suites. Constructed in the building boom following the California Gold Rush, these unique accommodations offer you modern amenities as they transport you to another era of quiet luxury and wild romance. Convenient located in the premier Pacific Heights district, known for stately Victorian mansions, wonderful restaurants, and the best in shopping (Fillmore, Sacramento, Union, Chestnut Streets). Easy stroll to Union Square and Cable Car Network. Your stay at the Queen Anne includes our table leg threatening continental breakfast, wifi, morning newspaper, afternoon tea & sherry. On weekday mornings, enjoy our local towncar delivery service. We invite you to discover the fabulous Queen Anne and hope to welcome you soon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Anne San Francisco