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“A great place to stay in SanFrancisco” 5 of 5 stars
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Monte Cristo Bed and Breakfast
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   600 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, CA 94115   |  
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Ranked #10 of 69 San Francisco B&B and Inns
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“A great place to stay in SanFrancisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We chose the Monte Cristo on the advice of our daughter who lives in SanFrancisco. We found it to be exceptionally clean and charming with a great breakfast and friendly, knowledgeable staff. It is in a quieter section of the city with public transportation readily available and within walking distance of some superb restaurants and shops. The owner Jack offered very good advice about the area. We will definitely return soon!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Crazy Small Room and found it large enough to meet our needs.
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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed at MC for four nights having travelled up the coast from San Diego. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of this accommodation; the room we had looked as though it had been recently revamped and was tastefully and thoughtfully done. Ensuite was modern and high end spec.
The location although not central is quiet and only a few minutes bus ride to the downtown area and most places are within walkable distance.
By far the best part of this place are the staff and its very warm and inviting ambience. Jack, the proprietor, was extremely helpful and accommodating from carrying my very heavy case to my room on arrival to booking our taxi to the airport. Terry, who provides breakfast including homemade cookies and cakes is charming and welcoming and is a real asset to this place.
We would certainly recommend the MC for anyone wanting accom which is both reasonably priced and has charm and character.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

Terry prepares the breakfasts and keeps the Monte Cristo humming along. I thought at first she was the inn keeper. She was warm and receptive and had many interesting stories to tell of her time in San Francisco.

The house was a very cool old San Fran house that I am sure had many tales to tell about it's history.

It was well priced and delivered great value. Comfortable beds, great breakfasts and helpful folks are de rigueur.

We will make the Monte our base in San Fran going forward. Full recommendation to all I know.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We spent to nights in this b&b in August booking almost last minute. It is in a quiet residential area in San Francisco, you have to take a bus to go downtown but that's pretty close and also fast. I feel like recommending this place because the room was lovely, spacious enough and with a partial view of downtown (if you can find a day without the mist), breakfast was delicious (above all the toasted sugar coated bread) and there are complimentary cookies, tea and coffee all day long and it is pretty easy to find free on street parking in front of the b&b. There was only one thing I didn't like very much which is my luggage being moved around the room by the cleaning lady, don't really like when they move your stuff in hotel rooms, above all because there was no reason to move it. It may sound a bit gross but we were sunburned from Las Vegas and we were loosing some skin. On day 2 the skin was still on the carpet, my luggage was moved and obviously it was not done in order to vacuum clean the carpet. However, overall it was a nice experience and the owners were always friendly, chatty and helpful so I may also consider to go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stayed at the Monte Cristo for a long weekend. It is an older hotel / B&B, but well maintained. Our room was furnished with antiques, with the exception of the matress, which was new and comfortable. We slept very well. Despite having a room that faced the street, it was quiet, in large measure because the busses that pass by outside are electric and offer only a hum instead of a roar and they pull away from the light.
A generaous breakfast was included in the price. There were a variety of cereals, fruits, beverages, etc. You can also get eggs prepared to order, with sides of potatoes and the usual breakfast meats. The staff is very helpful with questions about the area, how to get around etc.

We found the location to be very convenient to many of the sights we were interested in seeing.

All in all, we'd recommend the Monte Cristo and will stay there again when next we visit San Francisco (we go there about once a year).

Room Tip: If you're worried about street noise, ask for a room on the back. In our case, our room faced t...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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miami
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6 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Quiet, CLEAN and friendly. We booked last minute and got a smaller room but it was clean. Breakfast had an array of fresh fruits and a hot entree along with other items they made us upon request. Quiet area a block from USF Medical School and in a residential location. Parking was good and no cost. Bus stop out the door. The staff was great. Nice to be in an area that is not 24/7 noise and rushing tourists.

Room Tip: Just get a larger room if possible.
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  • Stayed July 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Great hosts, great location! Very comfortable accommodations in nice, fairly centrally located part of San Francisco. Free on-street parking, with bus stop a block or so down to take you direct to the Ferry Building and anywhere you like. Cute and quaint. Jack recommended an excellent restaurant close by. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a reasonably priced, comfortable place to stay in an often highly priced city.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Monte Cristo Bed and Breakfast

Address: 600 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, CA 94115
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Monte Cristo Bed and Breakfast 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If the walls of the Monte Cristo could talk, what stories they could tell, for this remarkable building has been a part of San Francisco since 1875. When the great fire swept the city after the 1906 earthquake, homes were put to the torch on Van Ness Avenue to create a firebreak, and the 'Saloon' not only survived, it served as a refuge for the newly post-quake homeless. This European-style B&B is convenient to the entire city and is at the junction of three great neighborhoods, Presidio Heights, Pacific Heights, and Laurel Heights. It is in one of the cleanest neighborhoods in San Francisco with abundant street parking. It is only two blocks to the elegantly restored Victorian shops, Zagat-rated restaurants and antique stores on Sacramento Street. It's within walking distance to shopping on Union Street and Fillmore Street. ... more   less 
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