Recently spent a week at 24 Henry and we were very happy with the accommodations and reception. We needed to change rooms two times during the week because we had waited until fairly late to book and there wasn't a single room that was available for the full week, but this was not a problem. The house is on a pleasant, quiet street, near Castro but just far enough away from the bars so nice and quiet for sleeping, and we felt safe walking home at night from the MUNI and streetcar stops. Walter, the owner, and his co-workers were very friendly and talkative with guests, helpful with suggestions and directions. We spent the first night in the room that has its own bathroom and shower and the rest of the stay in rooms that had to use the washroom in the hall, but this was never a problem. This place has a cozy, welcoming character rather than looking like something chichi from a home-decor magazine, but the beds were fine and when you're out all day seeing the sights, all you need is a comfy, quiet place to sleep. The rates are also very reasonable compared with what we found at hotels and several other bed and breakfasts, so you can't expect the Fairmont.
A light breakfast (cereal, toast, muffins, coffee) is included each morning as well for those who would like to save even more money. You serve yourself and have to sit at a couch in the living room, since a table is not available. We preferred something more substantial to start our days so we usually ate breakfast at the Squat and Gobble nearby, a friendly place near Cafe Noe that serves nice omelettes and fruit, crepes, waffles, etc...
Walter has also generously included two computers in the living room for guests' use, which we found helpful for looking up sites, restaurants, etc. and he has many books and magazines on the area.
When we reserved he gave very clear, precise instructions on how to get there from the airport..easy to go on the BART train and then transfer to MUNI at Civic Center station.
There is a very nice French bistro, called L'Ardoise, just up the hill from the guest house, at Henry and Noe...which seems to be very popular..Had a delicious tarte tatin there for dessert one night, though we didn't have dinner there.
We left SF very happy with our accommodations choice and the great sleeps that we had each night. For one thing, the nice cool breeze at night in June made it great for sleeping compared to the often muggy hot nights on the east coast at this time of year!
I'd happily recommend this to others as long as you recognize not to expect four stars, but you do get a warm and friendly welcome from Walter. Thanks, Walter!
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