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“Living la vie boheme”
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Hotel Boheme
Ranked #104 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We are moderate travelers, so when we stay at the same place 3 times, it's meaningful. The Hotel Boheme on Columbus Ave. in the heart of North Beach is the sort of place where you genuinely feel you have left "real life" behind and gotten away. it's not Shangri-La, but comfort, narrow corridors, color, "sherry at 5" and a sense of the past. We go to one of the cafes, then browse for hours at City Lights Bookstore - which IS Shangri-La for readers.

Room Tip: Looking out upon the Avenue with its giant "broccoli trees" and vivid cafe life.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

This hotel has character and I can imagine people will either love it or hate it. This family was split down the middle! Grown ups liked the location, decor and friendly staff (but not the stairs!), kids disliked the lack of a big TV and the "small and gloomy" room. We had good recommendations for food and really appreciated being in the middle of an historic SF neighbourhood. Would stay again (but on our own next time...)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

I love the Hotel Boheme; it is steeped in history as well being in the perfect location. The staff are so pleasant and helpful. The only downsides are the lack of lifts so you have to carry your suitcases up the stairs and the rooms are quite small compared to the 'chain' hotels. But you can't beat it for location; there is a multitude of restaurants on your doorstep as well as bars which were frequented by the Beatniks. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

The location couldn't have been better when we were dropped of by the airport SuperShuttle outside the door of Hotel Boheme...right in the heart of the Italian section of North Beach. Next door the sidewalk tables of Restaurant Calzone filled with relaxing,imbibing diners enjoying the afternoon sun...the neighborhood has a wonderful atmosphere.
Boheme has the personal touch of a boutique hotel. Pulling heftily from associations with the Beat Gen, it doesn't need to be modern. The rooms are perfectly adequate and comfortable...who needs a TV when you are just in this locale for a couple of nights. Could have done with a couple more wall sockets for charging the electronic paraphenalia though. A nice touch of complimentary sherry's after 5 at reception.
A really pleasant stay in a fabulous part of the city. We'll be back!

Room Tip: Room 702 had the aircon noise from the neighbouring restaurant which did give a distracting backgrou...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Boutique, cosy. Actually tired and small. Staff were great but gave us poor advice about where to eat. Don't eat locally - go right out of the door and second right down Stockton where there are loads of quality places to eat.
Location of Boheme is great. We walked to Union Square through China town and it's an easy walk to Peir 39 too. Just don't go left and left again unless you want a smutty style experience.
Overall not bad but we had a pokey room and there were no tea/coffee facilities which was not consummate with the charges (plus tax!!).

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you are up for history, especially the beat generation, Alan Ginsberg's old hangouts are all within walking distance. The deco brings back the beat generation days. If you like Italian cuisine, Chinese food, and even Spanish and French cooking, you could not have been at a better location. Free sherry every night offered by the hotel. I can look outside my window and watch the diners and waiters next door.
The place does not have an elevator and the screeking noise of the wood stairs of this old Victorian house may feel haunted, although that is part of the charm for me. Some may be bothered by the traffic noise from Columbus, although I enjoyed sitting by the window and watching the world go by.
Financial district is a little bit of walk, which I enjoyed. Fisherman's Wharf is also within a pleasant walk away, passing by tons of restaurants, gelatos, coffee shops and Washington Square along the way. Buses and taxis are easy ways to get around if walking is a problem.

Room Tip: If you like people watching and don't have problem with traffic noise, pick a room on the Columb...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Hotel Boheme is in a fantastic location - an easy walk from countless attractions and surrounded by wonderful Italian restaurants. The staff was extremely friendly, courteous, and accommodating. Yet, things felt a bit run-down, for example one of the few lamps in my room was broken and the closet door wouldn't stay shut. The inaccessibility of outlets was a nuisance, but I did have an inordinate number of devices that needed to be charged every night so that may just be my issue. Also, strangely, over the four days I was there I only saw one other guest, which gave the place a vacant feel.

Otherwise, it is as other reviewers have said - heavy on personality and light on amenities. I wish I could give it a 3 star plus, because the staff was so helpful and pleasant.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 444 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3902
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#65 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $200 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boheme 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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