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Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #9 of 72 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We spent 5 days in the Lily Langtree suite and could not have found a more delightful place to stay in San Francisco.
The Chateau is beautiful, quirky, classy and full of character. The decor is fits the era and the whole feel is calm and dignified.
Our suite was advertised as being "in the basement", but with the hilly nature of the area, we had windows at street level and our own private door onto the street.
Even though the word "suite" was used when we booked, we expected, for the reasonable price we paid, to get a room and possibly a hallway, but we ended up with two bedrooms and two hallways !
The continental breakfasts were great and there was complimentary cheese and wine laid out in the reception rooms every afternoon - with the antique radiogram tuned to the classical station. We did not stay long enough to sample the weekend champagne breakfasts, sadly.
The B&B is near Alamo Square and the (now dull pastel) Painted Ladies. The #5 bus passes by regularly a half a block away and goes to town (Market Street) one way and the Botanical Gardens and Ocean View beach the other way.
Fillmore and its restuarants and jazz is a short walk down the hill and Divisadero street with its shops and coffee bars is a walk of several quite steep blocks the other way.
The Chateau has free wi-fi, though the signal is only strong in the reception rooms. We could get a signal from our toilet ! But there are plenty of chairs, tables and settees to settle into in the sitting room upstairs - with a glass of good wine if you choose your time right.
On top of all this - the staff were wonderful. Friendly, helpful, chatty, kind, full of suggestions.... They made the stay that much more special. Thank you Meredith and Nick.

Beware. There are no TV's in the B&B. There suggestion is that if you need to be entertained, they have board games and plenty of books to read. Somehow this made things even more specially and classy and got us out and about more than we might have done normally.

Top tip for San Francisco if you don't have a car: Buy a visitor pass for the Muni transport.
You pay $3 for a Clipper card and then load it with either a 1-day, 3-day or 7-day pass. This means you can travel on all the buses, trams and trolleys, whenever you like. It does not cover the BART (underground) however, but we never found the need to use this anyway.

Room Tip: The Lilly Langtree has its own entrance.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My family and I stayed for 3 nights at this delightful B&B. It's very quirky and charming. The rooms are lovely (and no TV - how fantastic. You don't go on holiday to watch TV anyway.) I normally sleep very badly in hotels, but our bed was extremely comfortable. The B&B is a bit outside of the centre of SF, but once you have got the hang of public transport it isn't a problem. And frankly staying in the centre of the city is very noisy. Breakfast was fantastic, as was the cheese and wine every afternoon. Overall a great visit. I thoroughly recommend the Chateau Tivoli.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Bruggy55
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Stayed two nights at chateau tivoli, excellent service from Nicholas and his team, very helpful and friendly. Made a real change to stay somewhere with such character instead of a run of the mill hotel room. Weekend champagne brunch was fantastic as was cheese and wine served in the parlour in the afternoon.
A highly recommended stay.

Room Tip: Jack london room has a great turret seating area.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lizardgirlCornwall
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had an awesome room here. Well appointed and the breakfast was good. It is such a unique place to stay in SF. The room was a little expensive at ~$200 per night, but many places in SF are much more expensive.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I was shocked.

The historical house was beautiful and wonderfully located only a few blocks from the famous Alamo Square park. The actual room we stayed in (the Enrico Caruso room) was very nicely decorated.

But, there was no breakfast the next morning! They had a "continental breakfast" available - which basically amounted to cereal and toast. This was shocking after staying at a few other bed and breakfasts in California that served elaborate wonderful breakfasts, often served by the owners themselves.

It also seemed like the bed and breakfast was "managed" by employees. The owners were nowhere to be found. This made the service very impersonal. So, in conclusion, if you want to stay in a semi-empty house with no breakfast the next morning, I guess this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank caro_fy
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here late October 2013. We were in the Jack London room. Very tidy and the turret was super cute! Only problem I found with room was lack of power sockets near bed, but I guess that comes with and older building.

Sharing the bathroom with the room next door was never an issue, and if we were desperate there was a bathroom available on the main level. The bathroom was nice and there was plenty of shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. Bathtub has a handheld shower head but I found I was too tall and had to kneel in the bath to wash my hair!

Third floor staircase is skinny and it was a little hard dragging our luggage up there.

Staff were so friendly and helpful. Were happy to hold our luggage for us when we checked out and let us wait in lounge area in evening as we had a very late flight. Dressed up for Halloween too which was cool! The breakfast was delicious and there was quite a lot to choose from.

Good location, five minutes from Alamo Square. We would walk down to Pier 39 etc in morning and then taxi home in the evening after our day for a reasonable price.

Overall I loved it here. I've stayed in a LOT of hotels in the USA and this is my favourite. The building is absolutely gorgeous and it was like being transported back to a different era. Would definitely stay here again!

Stayed: October 2013
2  Thank loveyourground
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Chateau Tivoli is a boutique hotel / guesthouse in San Francisco. The building, its interior, its decoration scream original period detail. The hotel has modern creature comforts such as wifi and en-suite bathrooms, but other than that you feel blissfully transported back to another era.

It is a period building, so there is no double glazing and no air conditioning (i.e. expect some noise from the street, but not enough to disturb your sleep).

Breakfast is served at a large shared dining table, with only one table for two in the window bay. Therefore you need to be able to put on a "morning face" and chat with your fellow guests over breakfast (this will either be your heaven or your hell, depending on your personal taste). The breakfast menu is simple but delicious. Expect bucks fizz with breakfast on Sunday mornings.

Complimentary cheese and wine are served mid-afternoon, and the selection is generous.

The staff are helpful and friendly, but discrete and not in your face.

We enjoyed our stay here, and would happily stay there again. It is a little outside of the main tourist drag, but is close enough to a good selection of restaurants, the Castro and public transport.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast

Address: 1057 Steiner St, between Golden Gate Avenue and McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94115-4620
Region: United States > California > San Francisco
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #9 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range: £124 - £215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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