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2237 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1899
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#5 of 76 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
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We are a family-owned historic boutique pension-style hotel located in North Beach, one of San Francisco's oldest and most popular tourist destinations, and only a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. Built in 1906, our hotel maintains an atmosphere of Old-World charm and ambiance with specially selected antique furnishings - no two rooms are alike. The walls of the hotel are filled with a collection of memorabilia and history. Our style is simplicity and sanctuary - there are no room telephones, no televisions, and on the order of European pensions, shared baths which are meticulously cleaned daily, and are private when in use, but for all guests to use. Our rooms are cozy and small, our prices are proportional. Our staff is available while our Front Desk is open to help you find anything your heart desires. A truly unique, non-standardized hotel experience.
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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Walking tours
Massage chair
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Street parking
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Vending machine
Shared bathroom
ATM on site
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
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Foxylinz wrote a review Mar 2020
Rochester, United Kingdom168 contributions64 helpful votes
My husband booked us 4 nights here at the start of a month-long tour round western USA, and as an introduction to California, it was just charming. The staff were so polite and helpful, and made us feel right at home. We were expecting the shared facilities, so they didn't surprise us. In fact, they were better than expected! Ample towels, lockable bathrooms, shared sinks with lots of little touches like free mouthwash, combs, Q-tips, make up remover wipes, etc made me relaxed about sharing them. I rarely bumped into anyone else when using them anyway. The room was on the second floor at the far end of a corridor, but once our luggage was left there, it wasn't a bother. It was a small room, even by UK standards, but since we spent very little time in it, it didn't matter. Maybe a little more room for luggage storage would have been welcome, that's all. The freebies by the drink station in the lobby by reception were a welcome extra - the sweets were lush! The hotel is well-situated for either Fisherman's Wharf or the centre of the city. The trolley buses were not running the week we were there (sadly!) but the city made up for this by making the buses free to ride - and ride them we did! There is a lovely little cafe on the corner of Mason and Chestnut, and we had breakfast there 3 of the 4 mornings, which I can recommend. It's a lovely location in SF and I recommend this hotel to anyone, I really hope we can return soon!
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Date of stay: September 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Furthest rooms are the quiet ones - never complain about being far from the bathrooms!
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Citlali Chevaili, Marketing at San Remo Hotel
Responded Mar 18, 2020
We appreciate that you took the time to send your comments about your stay at the Historic San Remo Hotel, especially for mentioning our great customer service, bathroom amenities and the our central location. When you come back next time, let us know and we can store your empty luggage in our warehouse while you are a guest at our hotel. Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.
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travelerz20 wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts312 contributions100 helpful votes
We loved the vintage charm, history and location of San Remo. Stayed 3 nights in January. We weren't crazy about the shared showers, toilets and sinks. The unisex toilets and showers are in separate rooms, but it was still uncomfortable brushing my teeth next to strangers. Bathrooms were super clean. The cleaning staff does a terrific job and are constantly cleaning and replenishing towels and the plentiful amenities. Our room was small with few places for clothes or basically anything. Small (maybe a double) clean bed was fairly comfortable. Quite a few stairs to carry luggage. Walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf, cable car, Lombard St. Would recommend but know what you are getting into first. Room was noisy since we at the intersection across from the toilets. Long walk from cruise terminal.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: Away from the bathrooms may be less noisy
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Linda H wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois73 contributions47 helpful votes
Unique historic hotel with so much character! Great location, about a 10 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf. Also located above a charming historic Italian restaurant and bar, Fior d'Italia. Highly recommend it for the food, friendly bar that felt like “Cheers”, and old world charm. I arrived to check into the hotel early and was told to come back in an hour as the desk clerk was just assigning rooms. I requested to be somewhat near one of the shared restrooms. When I returned in an hour the lobby was full of guests trying to check in. I had to wait quite a long time even though I had already checked in earlier and just needed to pick up a key. I was given a room that was about as far away from the restrooms as could be, even though I requested to be close. The room was a nice corner room with 3 lovely windows. I saw some of the interior rooms had no windows, so I didn’t try to change it. Turned out that the hike to the restroom was not as long as I thought. As others have mentioned, I never had to wait to use the restroom or showers and always very clean. The staff was helpful and polite, especially the young bell boy who cheerfully lugged my heavy suitcase both up and back down the stairs to get to the hotel lobby. There was complementary coffee & hot chocolate and snacks! Also the "Quiet hours" were respected by all. My room was quiet even though it was facing the street and directly above the restaurant. Overall, I have no negatives from our visit and have already told friends about it. Would absolutely visit again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a sink and a window. Some have neither. My front facing corner room had 3...
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Response from Citlali Chevaili, Marketing at San Remo Hotel
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thank you for your descriptive review. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed our old world charm hotel. In regards to our bathrooms, I would like to mention that our guests can use any bathroom facility in the front and back of each room and on any floor. We also encourage our guests to explore the hotel; upstairs, we have a beautiful Victorian claw foot bathtub equipped with aromatic salts. We regret, however, that we were not able to meet your room request. Sometimes other guests decide to stay longer, so we can’t move them from the quarters they are in, and it makes it challenging to provide room requests. Your compliments will be passed to our staff, and we all look forward to your return.
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Lou Z wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Where do I start? The beds were tiny, the walls are paper thin, they never told me that the showers were at the complete other end of the hallway, along with the bathroom. This place was a complete nightmare. Avoid this at all costs
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Citlali Chevaili, General Manager at San Remo Hotel
Responded Mar 3, 2020
We are sorry we were not the right kind of hotel for you. We also regret that although the words -Shared Bathrooms- are in every room type, room description, room confirmation, you did not comprehend what it meant. We are a historic hotel with shared bathrooms, always have been and very likely always will be.
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Connector310263 wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Not much to add to what you can read in the other reviews, but during our stay in the beginning of February 2020, we played a game, “What surprising little touches has San Remo provided?” Some answers: Combs, earplugs, cotton swabs, Purcell available at the common sinks. Bathrobes on request. Bath towels on warming rack outside showers, also paper bath mats. Front door key provided so you don’t need to be buzzed in. Sample menus of nearby restaurants near front desk. Rotating variety of snacks next to coffee/ice water/hot water station in “lobby”. We loved the lack of noise provided by the absence of TVs! WiFi signal strength can be iffy, but it’s strong at the bench next to the coffee. They’re seriously working to improve WiFi as evinced by a separate survey! (How was your room? How was your stay? How was the WiFi?) City maps are available, but a nice touch would be providing maps of public transportation (available free at the tourist information center at Powell St station), especially since cable car and Muni stops are nearby. We checked in with small backpacks, but I swear I could have easily done with a daypack or a large fanny pack—that’s how little one needs that the hotel does not provide. I consider the San Remo a destination, not just an inexpensive place to stay in SF, and I look forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Get a room with a sink; it’s worth the extra expense
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Citlali Chevaili, Marketing at San Remo Hotel
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you for much for taking the time to write a very detailed review. We really appreciate you enumerating one by one most of the new amenities we’ve been adding over the years. Thank you for the suggestion to add the public transportation maps, we will look into it. It is with feedback from our guests that we can continue to improve our hotel. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Remo Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to San Remo Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Boudin at the Wharf (0.3 miles), SS. Peter and Paul Church (0.3 miles), and Pub Crawl San Francisco (0.10 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at San Remo Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at San Remo Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at San Remo Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby, paid public parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to San Remo Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Baked Bear - Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches, Hollywood Cafe, and Piccolo Forno.
Are any cleaning services offered at San Remo Hotel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at San Remo Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to San Remo Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Alcatraz Island (1.7 miles), Golden Gate Bridge (3.7 miles), and City Lights Booksellers (0.6 miles).