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.
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