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“Not my thing.” 3 of 5 stars
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1665 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Formerly Red Victorian Bed, Breakfast & Art) (The Haight)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 69 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Not my thing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

If you want an upscale bed and breakfast, this is not the place. If you haven't experienced the Haight, this may not be the way. It is a very busy street during the day, with lots of fun, unique shopping and restaurants. At night it's a bar crowd with lots of, mostly, friendly homeless. The shared bath room was clean, but no shower. Had the feeling of sleeping in someones house that you don't know.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I've read many of the reviews on the Red Vic before writing this and agree that the Vic may have some comfort issues with shared bathrooms, dust and the odd springy mattress. But you do pay bargain rates for a youth hostel style of accommodation. And it is totally unique. The culture and 'hippy' ambiance of the Red Vic hasn't changed over nearly a decade. It's staff are passionate believers in making the world a better place and work there for more than money. Very interesting guests gravitate to the Vic, and unlike other hotels, they actively encourage you to meet and bond with others. In our short stay we felt warmly welcomed and valued as visitors to a community of people.

Room Tip: So many to choose from! Each has a theme and are wonderfully decorated. My tip is to look at the i...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The owner has over the years evidently transformed this former doss-house into a landmark bed and breakfast and "peace" centre in the teeth of myriad financial, family, staff and legal problems, the details of which are all revealed in the ubiquitous in-house literature. This competes busily for wall and table space with the owner's peace posters, poetry and paintings, all of which are for sale. Though any non-guest looking to use the downstairs bathroom is met by a very unpeaceful and unloving "No Pay No Key" sign. My daughter and I stayed in the playground room, charming if a little dusty, however the bathroom opposite was dirty. A partly clogged shower stayed clogged with fallen hair from our arrival to departure despite several requests for it to be cleaned. Perhaps the point of places like this is that we should have cleaned it ourselves. The overriding impression of the Redvic is more hard-nosed entrepreneurialism than Summer of Love and in that context, less merchandising and more housekeeping would have been welcome.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

I've always loved San Francisco and even though I've visited there many times before, I never made it to Haight-Ashbury area. I'm sure other reviewers do a better job in describing the place in general, but I can't praise the staff enough. They really made everyone feel welcome and I felt like being long-life friends with many of them (Hi Kate & Danielle!), hoping to see them again soon :)

Unfortunately I missed the weekend breakfast discussions, but loved sunday meditation class after so many years. Tango lessons sound great too. Maybe it's San Francisco, the Height or the Red Victorian, but within just few days I met so many interesting people on the streets and at the Peaceful World Café.

On my stay, I managed to try out two different rooms and especially liked the Flower Child. There was a separate tour on which I managed to see plenty of other interesting, unique rooms.

I totally recommend visiting this place, do some soul searching and perhaps meet new people altering the path you're currently walking on

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

First off the location you can't beat! Especially if you want to meander up and down Haight street all day and your room is so close by. Myself and my 16 year old sister stayed here one night and felt fairly safe and comfortable. Fun experience for us. I would recommend using the parking lot a few blocks away, just be sure to drop it off before dark as you have to walk past the park and a little sketchy area. Service was very nice and friendly, we were down in the cafe when they were closing up and they offered us the left over muffins of the day. They were yummy so I bought one the next day for breakfast. They also offer free coffee or tea for anyone staying there.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia
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5 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

The price of the room is pretty awesome considering you are 100 yards from Golden Gate Park. You are also walking distance to almost anything from this point. It is half as expensive as staying next to the airport if you plan on traveling, plus they provide free breakfast and coffee in the morning. The hotel is full of wonderful art from Sami Sunchild, the owner of the hotel. This is truly a wonderful place to stay! HOWEVER, if you are not comfortable with shared bathrooms this isn't your place...all the bathrooms are shared...not that the bathrooms are attached to your room and some stranger is right there while you sleep, but the bathrooms are down the hall and you may have to wait for someone to finish taking a shower. This isn't a big deal for myself but I'm sure some people may not be comfortable. To that I say "WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO!"

Room Tip: The Peacock Room if you have a party of 3 or more. There are three beds and a wonderful interior dec...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We stayed in the Peace Room for 3 nights. Originally we wanted the Summer of love room but it was booked and we booked 3 months in advance. Location is perfect. On Haight street in the heart of Haight Ashbury which is a great neighborhood with many interesting people. The Red Vic is a great place to stay and fairly inexpensive. The staff is very friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The breakfast bagels were excellent along with the free coffee and tea. It was nice sitting in the Cafe and talking to people and finding out where they are from. Definitely a great place and we would recommend staying there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1665 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Formerly Red Victorian Bed, Breakfast & Art)
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > The Haight
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is not your typical hotel! This is an immersive, experimental, mixed-use space with a diverse cross section of people from around the world coming here to work on projects, see the city, find collaborators, and create the world they seek. We ask you to fill out a profile so we can share that information about what you're up to with other guests and residents, facilitating interactions and collaborations. While here, we invite you to attend and host your own events, from talks to skillshares to art shows or joint dinners. This is a participatory space, and we hope it will be a platform for your creative projects and ideas. What do you want to create? The ground floor is being redesigned as a member-supported 3rd space for projects, collaboration, events and activities, expected to open late 2014/early 2015. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Red Victorian Bed, Breakfast And Art
Red Victorian Bed, Breakfast & Art Hotel San Francisco

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