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“Unexpected charm and experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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1057 Steiner St, between Golden Gate Avenue and McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94115   |  
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Ranked #9 of 73 San Francisco B&B and Inns
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Laguna Niguel, California
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“Unexpected charm and experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

If you are a history buff, this place will knock your socks off. It's truly like walking into the late 1800's! Everything from the furniture, the antiques, amazing architecture, intricate paint jobs/wall paper, friendly staff, and pure history makes this place so uniquely set apart from any other experience you will ever find. I felt like I was living out a childhood fantasy staying here!

Tips:
1. Bring earplugs- the windows/walls are old, thus the noise levels of the hustle and bustle outside can be pretty loud. To make sure you get a good night sleep, bring those earplugs.

2. Hunt for parking and pay attention to those local parking laws- Given that you are in San Fran, just be prepared for parking to be difficult anywhere you go. Luckily, this place has free parking, but it's not always easy to find. Just be mindful of street sweeping. The street sweeping is weekly and is different for either sides of the street.

3. Take the time to go to some of the local restaurants- The restaurant where you can eat in the dark is only .6 mi away from the BB. Also, my boyfriend surprised me and took me to a French place only 2 mi away and it was the best dinner we'd both ever had.

4. If you enjoy history- take the time to get to know the history behind the name on your door. The rooms all have names engraved on their doors named after people who've stayed in the BB. Ours was Isadora Duncan, a famous Opera Singer/Actress from the early 1900's.

Great breakfast! Bagels and lox, amazing coffee (the good stuff), super friendly staff, lovely little place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Las Vegas
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

UpUpon entering the house, we were a little taken aback with the decor. The furnishings are in definite need of an update and the pictures and statues throughout the house were a bit odd. Once we got over the initial surprise, we had a great time and enjoyed our stay. My biggest complaint is the parking situation. We arrived late at night and there was not a parking space available for blocks. Being unfamiliar with the area, we were unable to locate the parking garage a few blocks away and ended up parking in an area that I would not suggest walking through. I would suggest when reservations are made that an area map is included with the confirmation.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Fantastic B&B in a great location in San Francisco. Easy to access public transport, taxis, etc. The rooms are beautifully decorated with period pieces and the inn is gorgeous. The staff go out of their way to make you feel at home and are extremely helpful with recommendations. The weekend brunch/breakfast is fantastic! Just returned from a trip with 2 other friends and we will be back!! 5 Stars Plus!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The whole building feels rather like the set of a particularly kitsch Hammer horror movie, dark wooden paneling and stairwells, weird statues and odd lights, mismatched carpets and drapery, and oddly severe portraits of unnamed Victorian children. My daughter and I loved it, in a macabre sort of way, and spent 2 of our 3 nights there in the splendidly gothic Luisa Tetrazzini suite. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, breakfast was nice as was afternoon wine and cheese. Only complaints were that the outside windows were badly in need of cleaning, the window blinds were pretty threadbare and the roll-up bed on which I slept was small and uncomfortable for a 6 footer. Also we wondered about the heating arrangements in winter - the suite was pretty cold even in mid August - though perhaps as a result of the house ghost doing the rounds.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Herefordshire
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203 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

The reason we stayed at the Tivoli were the many excellent reviews on tripadvisor and even though we enjoyed our stay it wasn't up to the excellent standard of the many B&B's we have stayed in on the east coast of the USA. We did arrive late at around 11:00pm and as the staff only come in to make breakfast, clean and provide happy hour cheese and wine we had to use the little key security box outside which in the dark can be a little fiddly. We stayed in the Jack London and our son and his girlfriend had the Joaquin Miller room which share a bathroom, this is not a problem for families sharing adjoining rooms, but I'm not sure I would want to do this with people I don't know. The rooms were a good size, but the furniture had seen better days especially the chest of draws which was unusable. The bathroom only had a hand shower and needed updating, the window was being propped up by a small shampoo container!
The buffet breakfast was very good with plenty of choice. Unfortunately none of the staff bothered to introduce themselves so we had no idea who was running the place and only meet Meredith on our last morning when looking to pay our bill, this was a real shame as she was very pleasant, but we hadn't been told that we could use the kitchen which would have been nice. I always feel that the owners or whoever is running the B&B is crucial to the atmosphere as a good host will introduce guests to each other, which is so important when you are sharing one large table, this did not happen so the atmosphere was nonexistent, we tried to exchange good morning greetings with the other guest's but didn't get much of a response which was dissapionting, fortunately a young couple from Utah arrived as we were leaving and made our last breakfast the sort of experience we normally enjoy.
The location of the Tivoli is actually quite a nice with the seven painted ladies close by and some nice parks within walking distance, however it is quite a walk to downtown and you do have to pass through some undesirable areas to get there, we generally walked during the day and early evening but returned by taxi. A note of caution some of the cab drivers need the exact location of the Tivoli (Junction of Steiner Street and Golden Gate Avenue) as they seem to rely on GPS, one cabbie even shouted at us for not knowing which junction the hertz rental office was located on, It really makes you appreciate how good London black cabs are.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This place was cool. Beautiful restoration with gorgeous wallpapers and furnishings. I was greeted with cheese, crackers, fruit and wine upon arrival. I slept great; windows opened for ventilation in the top of the turret. A blow dryer, iron and ironing board were available right out side the room. You do have to schlep your luggage up yourself and there is no elevator; I have never been so hot in San Francisco. Breakfast was good with a variety of toast, yogurt, fruit and an awesome quiche thing on Sunday. The kitchen had a fridge where you could store leftovers, etc.

The neighborhood is a little "interesting"; as a single gal, I was okay, but wouldn't have wanted to be out alone at night any later than I was. The young gentleman in the baseball hat across the street didn't mess with me because I walked fast and looked irritated.

Room Tip: The Jack London room is very basic. You sort of expect to find a wolf in the closet and the bathroo...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, DC
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

I stayed here for two non-consecutive nights on a trip around Northern California. Chateau Tivoli was one of the highlights of our trip. The staff was gracious, accommodating, and endlessly helpful. We stayed in each of the rooms with a shared bath and both were comfortable and nicely appointed.

One word of caution: if you are tall (6 feet+) the shower situation in the shared bath is difficult and uncomfortable due to a sloped ceiling. Everything else about the stay more than made up for the shower situation for my tall husband.

The breakfasts that are included with the stay on week-days are an upscale continental. Guests are seated at leisure in a beautiful dining room and choose from a selection usually consisting of smoked salmon, bagels, cereal, yogurt, granola, and sometimes a quiche. The coffee was very good as well.

Each afternoon they serve a complimentary wine and cheese reception. They really do not skimp on this! We really enjoyed trying the different cheeses and wines that they offered.

Next time I have the pleasure of traveling to San Francisco, I will unhesitatingly stay in the Chateau Tivoli again.

Room Tip: Out of the two rooms with the shared bathroom, the Joaquin Miller room had the more comfortable bed.
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  • Stayed June 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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Additional Information about Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast

Address: 1057 Steiner St, between Golden Gate Avenue and McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Chateau Tivoli Hotel San Francisco
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