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“Delightful Stay in a True Victorian”

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The Inn San Francisco
Ranked #6 of 72 San Francisco B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We were struck by the stunning Victorian appearance of the building when we booked the room . . and were delighted to find it was as pictured, both inside and out. This is a three story classic Victorian built in 1872 during the "guilded age" of fine contruction in several sections of San Francisco. The great fire that followed the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 was stopped just a block or two north of this building preserving it . . thank God! The high ceilings and elegant Victorian furnishings are a delight to the eye . . and set this inn apart from many "Vicgtorian Inns" that I have visited. The staff and owner are welcoming and a pleasure to deal with . . and can provide pointers on the local restaurants as there are many within walking distance. Our room was up on the third floor . . many, many steps considering the high ceilings. Luckily a staff member was available to carry up most of our heavier luggage. Breakfast was extensive . . laid out in the rear parlor "buffet style" where you could eat in the front parlor with dining room table and the rear parlor with a fews chairs and tables. The only "complaint" was that the food was the same all 3 mornings . . the quiche with corn was not that inspiring and fell apart . . would have preferred a classic Quiche Lorraine or something with meat. Of the local restaurants . . we had dinner at "Limon Rotisserie" in the next block . . .featuring excellent Peruvian spiced chicken and side dishes at very reasonable prices. Another night we walked about two blocks to a German restaurant - Schmidt's - and had another wonderful meal featuring German sausages and side dishes. If you book a room at this inn, if you tire easily . . ask for a room on the second floor to avoid climbing all the steps it takes to get up to the third floor. One day we drove up to a parking garage near Market Street and near the end of the Powell & Hyde car line. This is a great way to see San Francisco . . use the cable car to get up to the waterfront and Ghirardelli Square . . and don't forget to stop in at the Buena Vista Cafe across from the cable car turn-around. We had a wonderful lunch - this is "home" for Irish Coffee perfected here a century ago! If you have a car and stay at this inn, street parking would like be available and save you about $20 per day.

Room Tip: Avoid the third floor unless you really, really like climbing steps!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

This place is charming and cozy. The breakfast is an amazing spread: muffins, pastries, fresh cut fruit like grapefruit, kiwi, mango. Great coffee and tea also. The people are so helpful and friendly, willing to help with anything. The beds are comfortable. The garden is gorgeous and the hot tub is relaxing. The rooms have mini fridges. The owner, Marty, is super nice and around to help. There's parking. Downtown is about 10 mins away. This is a Victorian house with lots of great charm. This is our 2nd time there and we wouldn't stay anywhere else. Liza at the front desk is a sweetheart.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We recently stayed in the Mission District. We were greated by friendly and very helpful staff. Marty has a delghtful staff. It is easy to get around from Van Ness.
This 1872 Victorian has all the charm one can imagine! The breakfast was very good and more then you could want. The fruit was so fresh and what a wonderful choice. The breads, cereals, muffins, egggs and Quiche were all great choices.

The roof top views and gardens were very nice.

Room Tip: We had room 24. the second floor at the back of the Inn. Very quiet.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

Great staff, great location! Close to some wonderful restaurants which Marty and the staff will guide you to. Rooms are well maintained and the breakfast is superb. The Mission district is not on the usual sight seeing maps but has some beautiful buildings and fantastic murals.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We recently stayed for one night in this delightful B & B in San Francisco's Mission District. It is within walking distance of Bart, so convenient for travelers. The Inn is an 1872 Victorian mansion with beautifully period decorated rooms, a backyard garden with hot tub and fountain and a rooftop viewing area. The management was friendly and helpful. Though not at all expected, they gave us an upgraded and larger room. A nice touch was complimentary sherry and port. Breakfast was extensive with something for everyone. This is a find and one I plan to revisit.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

This is a beautiful B&B with a knowledgeable staff. They are welcoming, polite, and attentive, without being intrusive. You can enjoy your privacy or meet with other guests in the drawing and dining rooms. Breakfast offers the usual fare (eggs, quiche, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads and muffins, assorted beverages) along with an unexpected tray of cold cuts and cheeses. Our room was large and comfortable with ample drawer and armoir space for clothing, a desk, TV, immaculate bathroom, and small fridge. We really appreciated the fridge and were able to save some breakfast items for a mid-afternoon snack between morning sightseeing and evening events. Sipping sherry by candlelight in the romantic drawing room was a great way to end each day. We had a delightful time and enjoyed the warm spirit and elegant charm of this B&B. I highly recommend the Inn SF.

Room Tip: The Victorian lighting fixtures are lovely, but our room was a bit dark for dressing.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Pale V
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

This is a really delightful place. Charming reception, beautiful rooms, if you like deep Victorian styling, with lace curtains, cushions and,various knicknacks. Where there isn't room for a bathroom, a footed bath in the room. Breakfast is great, with a wonderful quiche and a lovely array of fruits, eaten in the livingroom downstairs on a variety of perches. Our bedroom was comfy, if cold, but it was December....Uninteresting bit of Mission, but so what?

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Inn San Francisco

Address: 943 S van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110-2613
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Mission District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range: £166 - £229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Inn San Francisco 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn San Francisco is an authentic 1872 Victorian mansion bed and breakfast inn. The Inn includes 21 rooms and suites, fireplaces, a garden with a redwood hot tub, a roof deck with panoramic views of the City. We serve a generous buffet breakfast 7 to 11 am. The Inn SF is located on South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission District of San Francisco. Near the Valencia street corridor, Noe Valley and the Castro. Close to the 24th Street BART station and near several bus lines. The Inn SF is surrounded by dozens of wonderful restaurants and coffee shops. ... more   less 
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