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“Not a True Bed and Breakfast; Very Limited Menu” 3 of 5 stars
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Washington Square Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   1660 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 69 San Francisco B&B and Inns
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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“Not a True Bed and Breakfast; Very Limited Menu”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

The best thing this little inn has going for it is where it's located. Washington Sq is a happening area and it's also fairly close to nearby attractions. Beyond this I would probably not stay here again. The exterior is very welcoming as well as the lobby but the rooms are tiny; although you would probably expect this in the middle of San Fran. As stated in the title of my review, you will not get a full breakfast here. They leave a slip under your door which you fill out and hang on the outside handle. The menu mostly consists of granola, yogurt, toast, juice and coffee. If you're fortunate enough to be staying on the weekends then bagels and lox are an option as well. Unfortunately we checked out on a Friday and didn't have the oppurtunity to partake. I will say however that the wine, cheese and olives they offer in the afternoon were quite tasty. Another drawback is the lack of air conditioning. San Fran is not a tradintionaly hot city weather wise but we happened to be staying during a record heat wave. A high of 85 degrees doesn't sound like much but it's warm for this area, especially when you are in a small tight building with no air flowing; it felt like an oven inside. Like I said previously this place is great for it's location but not much else. If I revisit the area I will probably look to stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: Stay during the coldest time of year so there is no chance you will encounter a heat wave.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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washsquare, Owner at Washington Square Inn, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
We are disappointed you were not satisfied with your stay. Unfortunately you stayed with us during the hottest day of the year. We do have ceiling and portable fans in the room and just as you stated we do not have air conditioning (most small properties in San Francisco have no AC since the average year round temperature in San Francisco is between the 50’s and 70’s)
Not sure why you were expecting a bacon and egg type breakfast, because on our website we list what we offer; items like fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals, pastries and bagels & lox’s on weekends and as you stated we have a very nice wine and hors d’ oeuvres hour featuring a European cheese assortment, Italian olives and meats and fresh baked cookies plus a very nice wine selection. As you can see from previous reviews a good percentage of our guests really enjoy our breakfast. Most of our guests come to San Francisco for the dining experience at the many highly rated restaurants and request breakfast on the lighter side. A lot of our guests also prefer a healthier type of breakfast that we offer.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Trion, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

My husband & I have grown fond of bed & breakfasts in our travels, and we weren't disappointed with our stay at the Washington Square Inn. Here are a few perks: an ideal location for walking to the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, City Lights Bookstore and other points of interest (we walked 40 miles over five days--verified by a pedometer); numerous Italian restaurants for every budget; views of Washington Square where we enjoyed watching the Chinese ladies do their tai chi exercises while we ate breakfast; and I must stress, a SAFE neighborhood environment. When I made our reservations there was only one room left for our window of opportunity---room 14 on the second floor. It was slightly inconvenient that the private bath was across the hall, but this is an old restored structure and you just have to understand that. I was never bothered by noise. In fact, I thought the structure was well insulated because when we went outside our room, sometimes there was loud music playing in the room across the hall but we NEVER heard it or any other hall traffic in our room. And yes, the room was small, but we were only there to sleep because really, who comes to San Francisco for a vacation to sit in their room??? My husband & I visited almost all the little neighborhoods of SF and we both agreed that we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. The proprietors Maria & Daniel and staff were also very pleasant and helpful. Don't be put off by the negative review, this is a wonderful place to stay IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GETTING. It is NOT a new, plush hotel. But some of us enjoy the feel & history of a beautiful, old building. In a heartbeat, we would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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washsquare, Owner at Washington Square Inn, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you so much for taking time to write us a review, we really appreciate your insights on staying at the Washington Square Inn and all your comments on our neighborhood and dining experience.

Best Regards, Maria, Dan and the staff at WSI.
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is my second stay here. Granted, the rooms are small - they are more like standard European rooms. If a large room is important, this is probably not the place to stay. But if you are interested in a great location surrounded by fabulous food and enjoy personalized service (William you are top notch!) and enjoy walking to all the sites in San Francisco, this is the place to stay. You can walk to China Town and the water front. There is a cable car stop a few blocks away. The park in front of the Inn is a great place to people watch and enjoy the atmosphere.

Washington Square Inn has a lot of little extras: Excellent breakfast (yogurt, fresh fruit, fresh pastries, granola and cereals, etc.) There is 24 hour coffee and teas available. There is wine and cheese (gourmet cheeses) and cookies in the afternoon. The staff is very helpful.

The area is safe to walk at night. When I return to San Francisco, I will stay here again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

From the moment we arrived and were greated with a glass of wine to the moment we departed everything was excellent. Our room was beautiful and lacked nothing. The whole property is warm and inviting. The service and attention was top drawer. We would look forward to being a guest in the future.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We wanted to stay in the North Beach area. Everyone said stay here. It was definitely a convenient location for this area, but we would never stay here again. The staff was nice. The rooms were clean, but dark and to be honest a bit stale in decor. If you stay here make sure you don't get rooms on the first level, try to get rooms upstairs. Our first room was smaller than a postage stamp (not kidding - we were SO bummed), I believe that was room 6. And, when you are spending that much money, you want a bit more. They were nice enough to move us to room 4, which was a pinch larger. We were so unhappy that night. Thank goodness there was another room available for the next night across the hall, which was a larger (room 2). This really is a B & B and not a hotel, which we did not realize, even though it says Inn in their name, how silly of us! If someone comes home late at night they must ring the bell to get in. I heard the bell every time somebody came home, because our room was located on the first level right above the main room. This main room is where you register, eat breakfast (which was very nice by the way) and hang if you don't want to sit in your room. The main room is the only communal area of the hotel. If the sofa is occupied, there is the dining room table you could sit at which would be somewhat awkward or there is a small set-up near the sofa with two nice chairs and table. My husband slept through the night time bell when it rang, lucky him! I am a light sleeper, so I heard everything going on in the main room. They have a nice spread of wine and cheese in the afternoon. There is one dining room table, so if you are shy, you do share the breakfast table with other guests, which we did not mind. You could have breakfast in your room. They leave a breakfast card in your room every night for you to fill in for what you want for breakfast the next day. You must choose a time as to when you want to eat. It was nice when we sat down at the table, our breakfast was ready and brought to us at that time. We would not stay here again. Feel badly writing this but wish we had known all of this when we booked the room.

Room Tip: The Park Tavern Restaurant is right next door. Make a reservation. The Pork Chop was absolutely del...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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washsquare, Owner at Washington Square Inn, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
We are very sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us.
But we would like to address a few statements you made; our front door is always locked for security of our guests, but - every guest’s room card also opens the front door which everyone is told at check in.
The Washington Square in is an older building and we only have 15 rooms, all in different sizes and we list the dimensions on our website under each rooms description, so that guests can know the exact size of the room. In fact you probably should have looked over our website a little better as we have a lot of information about our Inn, from the room size to the breakfast, the wine & hors d'oeuvres to all the events and attractions in and around the entire city as well as the fact that we are NOT a hotel.
We are an Inn, not a hotel and not a typical Bed & breakfast either. We try to make it very clear that we do not offer the services of a big hotel - although unlike many other Inns we have a 24/7 staff and offer many amenities for the size of our property. Throughout our website you will also find the words "Bed and Breakfast"
Lastly, all our rooms are equipped with ear plugs, as we well realize guests coming from a quieter area are not used to all the noises of a bustling city.
We try very hard to give our potential guests all the facts prior to their making the reservation, both verbally (as much as we can) and we always refer them to our website where so much more information is listed. We want our potential guests to know who and what we are because we want all of our guests to feel comfortable, happy and knowing that we care. (Which we really, really do) Future guest please hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Given many prior good reviews, this may be redundant, but I enthusiastically concur. I would take issue with a previous negative comment regarding breakfast. I found it to be very good and if you ask to have it in your room it will arrive on the minute you designate. The staff is excellent and the location is incomparable.

Room Tip: I will not reveal my favorite room since I've never been able to book it even several months in...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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washsquare, Owner at Washington Square Inn, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Thank you so much for your review, our staff really appreciates your comments on our service and we appreciate you mentioning us as an alternative to the big hotels.
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Irby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

If you really want to get a feel for San Francisco there is surely no better place to stay. This was our second trip to SF and being based in the Washington Square Inn was just perfect: this establishment not only met my high expectations but exceeded them on every level.

Having been entombed in the twilight world of intercontinental travel, the rather rarefied atmosphere of departure lounge, twelve hours in the air, passport control (!) and then ferried out to the centre of town via shuttle without our feet touching the ground, we had no doubts we had arrived in San Francisco the moment we got to 1660 Stockton Street. We had barely rung the bell when the ever exuberant, and utterly brilliant, William embraced us and drew us into this wonderful establishment. Within minutes, we found ourselves on a comfortable couch with a generous glass of wine in hand. We were on holiday and were in no doubts from this point in!

The Washington Square Inn is a very special place. The location is brilliant, in the heart of North Beach/Little Italy, to my mind, the very best of this wonderful city. The hotel itself is quite charming, the rooms, whilst not the biggest (mind you, in this city, the last thing we wanted to do was to be sitting about in our room), are spotlessly clean, well-appointed and furnished with furniture with character and charm. However, above and beyond this, what makes this so special is the “quirky” little features. The breakfast around the communal table where you can pick up tips and ideas from other guests, the central meeting area but most of all, the evening wine and nibbles: another chance to catch up with your fellow guests and learn of them and their day. In the latter case, we were lucky to have this overseen by the inimitable William for much of our stay: a superb host and raconteur with extraordinary energy. He was a real high-point and memorable feature of our two week sojourn to California.

To all intents and purposes, this is a perfect place to stay in one of the friendliest and most wonderful cities in the world. STAY HERE!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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washsquare, Owner at Washington Square Inn, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thank you so much! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciation for William’s enthusiasm to serve our guests...
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Address: 1660 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94133
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach , Telegraph Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #11 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Washington Square Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Washington Square Inn, a San Francisco bed and breakfast Inn in the city’s legendary North Beach neighborhood, welcomes its guests with all the charm and comfort of a small European hotel. Whether traveling to California for business or recreation, amenities offered with your stay at Washington Square Inn include free wireless Internet access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres and wine, and full office services in the lobby. Rooms feature European antiques, cable TV, soft robes and private baths. Some rooms have sitting areas in bay windows, while others offer a cozy atmosphere with private fireplaces. Ideally situated in the very heart of the vibrant North Beach neighborhood, our historic hotel boasts beautiful views of Coit Tower, Russian Hill, Washington Square Park and the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul. Washington Square Inn is one of the best San Francisco hotel deals available, offering exemplary bed and breakfast lodging and service at rates ranging from $179 – $329 per night. ... more   less 
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