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“Not a memorable experience”
Review of Castillo Inn

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Castillo Inn
Ranked #40 of 72 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Lorton, Virginia
Level Contributor
32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not a memorable experience”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

Greatest disappointment was the loss of potential... great location, not much competition.... needs a thorough ceiling to floor scrubbing, weeding out of all not-nice nonessentials including furniture, rugs and personal type items (partially used toiletries, food, which is just tip of items laying around), and a restaging.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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7 Thank jeannebell
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LONDON UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2009

i was hesitant about my lone trip to s.f. i did search the internet for somthing mediocre/comfortable/fairly cheap and near the gay village ......ok i really neednt have worried in the slightest i got everything i paid for and more great guest house really friendly mario the owner was very accomidating clean towels everyday .. he gave me tips of where i should avoid !! and i did ,plus did all the other stuff he reccommended the breakfast was fab :) ,in fact ive kept in touch with the guys i met there in the room next to mine and were planning another re-union trip next year ..its walking distance to castro bars and restaurants the muni (underground)station and tram to downtown are nearby too it was sooo convienient and very safe to walk around i most definately stay there again but for 10 days next time .it was for me ...PERFECT !!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank JOHNCUB61
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san francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 8, 2009

Well... the place is in a great location and the owner/manager is a nice guy.

But

the place needs a rehab
needs a good cleaning - the drawers of the dresser in my room were dirty and dusty
under the bed is dusty as was under and behind the couch
the bathroom needs to remodled and modernized - moldy... and lack of towels
The wi-fi is a bit weak - sometimes hard to get on
The place is drafty - and the draft rattles the doors and windows - all day and night
sometimes a door would open and slam shut when the wind blew through the space
the pillows on the bed are thin and small

The place is shabby...

I recommend (to the owner), painting the the place - give the rooms some character - loose the cheap particle board furnishings
redo the bathroom
put a new rug in the space
and fix the doors and windows to cease the rattling!
It's worth the investment!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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1 Thank jasonlaplant
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If you don't care about designer furniture or fancy interior design, this is the place for you. It is clean if a little bit worn. Perfect for me. Market Street is a couple blocks away. I will definitely stay here again. Mario was very accomodating. Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 29, 2008

Following a one night stay in another SF hotel, the Castillo Inn was a real luxury - your own front door and your own key so that you can come and go as you like. Mario is the most unassuming guy with a great personality and showed us round the city after collecting us from the car hire place. The information he gave us about the city was invaluable for our stay.
The Castillo Inn itself is nothing spectacular, but clean and comfortable. We were fortunate in that there was only one other guy staying there at the same time as us - it is a communal bathroom after all!!
Breakfast was not provided during our stay, only coffee and cakes. This was not, in my opinion, a problem, as it is so close to the Castro itself, there are places to eat, at any time of the day.
Ideally situated for the day and night-life of the city, I would recommend the Castillo and will definitely be back!

Stayed October 2006
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4 Thank youthcrest
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Taipei
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 21, 2006

I stayed here in July 2006. This place is cozy and comfortable. It has 3 large rooms with big beds and one smaller room with a smaller bed. The bathroom is shared. It's not glamorous but it's the best value for money in the Castro. You won't find anything better at that price. I stayed for almost two weeks and saw some cool guys and girls come and go. There was always something to eat in the kitchen. I thought it was self catering so was glad about that. Mario and Christina were very friendly. They might seem absent from the property, but who want's an Innkeeper there at all times? Don't expect crispy bedding or immaculate floors. It's budget.....but very nice.

  • Liked — Cozy
  • Disliked — Bathroom
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled solo
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1 Thank Mattheus
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seattle
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2006

I had a weeks stay here. Never did see the owner. Lights did not work in parts of the place. The place is advertised as "breakfast provided." What this means to Mario is a cold bowl of cheap cereal. Add to that the apt. below is under construction, ie hammering ect...
What we have here is a bit of a dump thats run by an absentee slumlord, trying extract every penny out of unsuspecting traverlers. Meanwhile he sits on a property worth over a million. does greed know no limits?

  • Disliked — Its a rat trap
  • Tips/Secrets — Please do not go to this place
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled solo
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2 Thank ticketytoc
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Additional Information about Castillo Inn

Property: Castillo Inn
Address: 48 Henry St, San Francisco, CA 94114-1215
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > The Castro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gay clientele mostly, though all are welcome. Clean, quiet and safe. Centrally located close to Castro & Market Streets (about 5 minutes to Castro St). Ask about our seasonal discounts (holidays and special events excluded). Three rooms have queen beds, the fourth has a double bed. Included with your stay, a self-serve continental breakfast and WiFi access. Telephone, voice mail, refrigerator and microwave available in the common area. Accessible location with parking for an extra fee. ... more   less 
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Castillo Hotel San Francisco

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