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198 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 70 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Jewel of the City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from our honeymoon, spending two nights at The Parsonage, and we had an absolutely wonderful time. In fact, having done a lot of sightseeing in the city, we found the bed & breakfast and the owners, Joan, John, and their dog, Pilar, to be the best part of the trip.

The moment we walked into the unassuming Victorian house on the corner of Haight and Laguna, we were blown away by its beauty and charm. Our bedroom was wonderfully romantic with a four-post bed, antique furniture, spacious bathroom with sky lighting, and a claw-foot bathtub.

One of our favorite parts of the stay was breakfast in the morning (the delicious smells filled the house, pleasantly waking you from sleep). When we were there, Joan made soufflé with preserves and sourdough waffles, which were made from John's father's sourdough starter, which has stayed alive for over 50 years. The breakfast was also accompanied with delicious, local, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, and Tartine bread (a local bakery that is internationally known). But what made the breakfast even more exceptional was the fact that all the guests were seated around one table and engaged in conversation. We met a French teacher, his wife and daughter, an IT professional from London, and an immigrant lawyer couple from North Carolina. All wonderful people. All providing wonderful conversation.

The location is also perfectly placed if you're looking to walk to great restaurants and areas. My wife and I were able to walk to the Castro district, Mission district, and Valencia. We ate at Bar Jules, Delfina, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine Bakery, Rosmunde Sausages and Toronado Bar.

If you're looking for authenticity, charm, beauty, pleasant company and conversation, and a momentary retreats from the city, The Parsonage is the place for you.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Ankeny, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We just returned from a 4 night stay at The Parsonage and enjoyed every moment. The other guests were delightful and Joan and John are the perfect hosts. The location provided easy access to transportation and the neighborhood has lots of great restaurants to offer.

We will be back to do this again!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Very warm and friendly accomodation. Joan, John and Pat did a wonderful job. Delicious breakfast every day. Good location in a nice area.
We lived in the new apartment with three rooms with very nice furnishing. We can recommend this B&B without any restrictions!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My boyfriend and i stayed here on route to Hawaii for two nights (we wished it was longer!!)
We were warmly greeted by Joan and Pilla (the family dog).. after an exhausting flight from the UK Joan helped us up to our room ,we used the lift much to our surprise that there was one! with put very big and heavy baggage it was extremely welcomed! Not long after we met John, very welcoming once again, friendly and helpful.

We stayed in the Almer Spreckles room- amazing , didn't want to leave the bed for comfort!, the victorian building was enchanting, big bath stacks of hot water, shower , toiletries -even though we had our own, very helpful maps ,tourist info.. the room was perfect, more than enough space for a long stay, wardrobe , cupboards etc.. The rooms were all spaced out and obviously on different levels, this made it extremely private and quiet in the house, John and Joan were also always on hand if you needed them.

Now for the best bit...the breakfast!... we were STILL talking about how good this was on the way home from Hawaii! :0). Fresh fruit, yogurt & granola, bran, each morning we also had either french toast , chicken sausages and quiche .. tomatoes , coffee /tea.. jams , cream for the coffee or milk.. In such a perfect setting we met other guests at breakfast , everyone so relaxed and happy, all down to their stay with Joan & John no doubt.

Location is perfect! We took a walk down to the Fishermans Wharf to be "busy tourists", John and Joan kindly drew us out a route including the "good bits" we would have missed, on a map for us to follow. Our first visit to the States was nothing short of perfect and we have both said its possibly all down to our stay at The Parsonage.

I couldn't recommend it more, we cannot wait to return and will be staying for longer next time!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I would recommend to anyone staying at the Parsonage!
We stayed there for 4 days and we had a great experience.
John and Joan welcome you warmly and it is a very lovely experience to stay at their home.

The Parsonage has an amazing architecture and the decoration of our room was beautiful.
Staying in the Haight district is really valuable as well. The Streets are so great for a stroll and for relaxing.

I can't wait coming back visiting the Parsonage!
Amanda from Switzerland

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Bowie, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

My husband and I went to San Francisco for an extended weekend trip. Upon arrival, we immediately were charmed by the lovely Victorian home, our warm and accommodating hosts Joan and John, and their precious dog Pilar. The Victorian home is a wonderful blend of historic elegance - marble fireplaces, beautiful ceiling medallions, and period antiques - and modern comforts - an elevator, skylights, and towel warmers.

We enjoyed the following during our trip:

+ The Alma Spreckles Room (a simple but pretty room with a four-poster canopy bed, marble wood-burning fireplace, and spacious bathroom with a clawfoot tub)
+ Tasty breakfast at a formal dining table (We had fresh fruit, yougurt and granola, French toast, chicken sausage, cheese souffle with strawberries, toast, and waffles.)
+ Friendly hosts (John and Joan were sincere in meeting any of our requests whether it was for no pork during breakfast, water for our room, or a spot for TV-watching.)
+ Pilar (The Portugese Water Dog protects her owners, entertains the guests, and demands attention from everyone in the house.)

The following were areas for improvement:

- No TVs in guest rooms though there is plenty of space for flat-screen TVs in the rooms
- No "Do not disturb" sign (in case you do not want housekeeping)
- No room safe for extra security or iron in the room (We brought our own travel iron, but I'm sure Joan or John would accommodate a guest who needed to use an iron.)
- Street noise from the buses and traffic
- No lotions or bath products to take home (With the exception of soap, the shower gels are bulk products. Bring your own lotion and shampoo/conditioner).

Room Tip: The Alma Spreckles Room has a wonderful clawfoot tub.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Situated ideally near wonderful restaurants of Hayes Valley and the Mission District and within walking distance of the opera, ballet, symphony, and the Asian Museum is a spectacular Victorian home, lovingly refurbished to its historic glory and exquisitely decorated with period antiques, The Parsonage is maintained by two charming innkeepers, Joan and John, who have lavished their impeccable taste and keen eye in furnishing their home as an ideal bed and breakfast. Each bedroom is cozy and tastefully decorated, the bathrooms are modern, and the public parlors create an ambiance of luxury and a haven from the outside world. Each morning brings an enticing breakfast, served with warmth and intelligence, as you are made to feel a welcome guest in the upscale home of instant old friends. This gem is a real find.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 198 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Hayes Valley , The Haight
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 70 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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