Everything is perfect about this B&B in the lovely Hayes Valley area of San Francisco. It is an old victorian house with 23 rooms, but only half a dozen are used by the guests. The owners, Joan and John, have figured out something to do with all the others.
There is a huge double parlor downstairs which all the guests are welcome to use. It is well stocked with books and magazines about San Francisco and California and there is a dish of chocolate candies for the guests as well.
The rooms are well furnished with furniture appropriate to an upscale B&B and the beds are quite comfy, all of which use special mattresses from a San Francisco company.
In addition to the rooms mentioned on The Parsonage's Website, there is also a two-bedroom apartment with a private entrance available downstairs. One bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the other has two twin beds. There is a full kitchen, complete with high-tech garbage can that opens by itself when you get too close to it. The living room is full of local art. Outside the apartment is a private patio.
Unlike most businesses, which will take anyone with a valid credit card number, Joan is actually quite picky about her guests. She wants interesting people. Breakfast is a communal affair around a big round table. John does the cooking (two courses--first something fruity, then a warm dish like waffles or eggs) and Joan hovers around making sure everyone is happy. The result of all this is that there is always lively conversation at breakfast, with people coming from all over the world. I have stayed there quite a few times and met people from all over America, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Down Under. Almost everyone has traveled a lot and has interesting stories to tell. Breakfast is often the high point of the day although coming back after a hard day of sightseeing is just like coming home to mom and pop.
It is not cheap, but San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the world and this is a super property in one of the city's best neighborhoods. There are dozens of restaurants within a 10-mnute walk, mostly on Hayes St. I have stayed in probably 100 B&Bs in the U.S., Canada, all over Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and this is definitely my favorite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parsonage is an architectural treasure in the heart of San Francisco's historic Hayes Valley, within easy walking distance of the opera house and some of the city's most dynamic restaurants. The elegant bedrooms have excellent queen beds, multiple pillows, superior linens, a marble shower, and good light; some have working fireplaces and/or views; one has a Victorian claw-footed bathtub. With superb access to public transportation, it is within blocks of highway 101, and walking distance of BART. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Parsonage Hotel San Francisco