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Hotel Boheme
Ranked #115 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

The hotel is listed in guidebooks as "most romantic" and described as a quaint gem... I just don't understand the enthusiasm for this place. As everyone says, the rooms a small -- VERY small, in fact -- especially the bathrooms (you can't even turn around in the shower..). The furnishings are functional -- but are old and worn. Interior rooms are airless and dark, since they look into a tiny air shaft. Exterior rooms are so noisy you really can't sleep with the window open, which is a big problem since that side gets sun all afternoon and heats up -- and since there is no air conditioning -- just small fans. The temperature was only about 72 degrees when we were there. and the room was stifling. Overlooking all this by calling the place "European style" is just silly -- I've stayed in much nicer (and cheaper) older, small European hotels. At ~$200-215 per night, this hotel is priced at about 80-90% of what you'd pay for a hotel without any of these issues. We stayed one night and moved elsewhere. One thing the hotel does have going for it is that the staff are VERY nice and accommodating. If you have your heart set on staying in North Beach and you are not planning to be there more than a night or two -- and if the weather is cool, maybe this is an OK place -- otherwise, keep looking.

Room Tip: Inside rooms are dark and airless, street side are rooms extremely hot and noisy -- not much of a c...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fairhope, Alabama
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Wonderful service in this European-style hotel in the heart of North Beach. Prior trips to SF had stays in chain hotels in either the financial district or the wharf, and you are close to either. We shared our 16th anniversary and no regrets. Don't expect amenities you get at any hotel chain in any city anywhere. Do expect a unique experience and history behind an anchor to the art and beat era of North Beach. Canalli around the corner has the best tiramisu, ever. True, a bit noisy at night on Columbus, but that is all part of it.

Room Tip: Columbus street-side rooms overlook the music of North Beach nightlife. A couple will need the &quo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Hotel Boheme is a very nice hotel. I was a bit surprised by how small the rooms are but I'm a typical American used to large hotel rooms. I've never been to Europe but my husband says they are more European style rooms. The hotel clerk was very kind and informative. The rooms were clean and they offer a nice night cap on the house! The location is perfect. We walked to the local pubs and ate dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby. I didn't sleep very well though due to the bar across the street. I am a light sleeper and the crowds were very loud until around 2:30am.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2013

The Hotel Boheme is a small, hidden gem located in the heart of the Italian North Beach area of San Francisco. This old hotel is located on the second and third floors above store front-shops including an Italian pastry shop. It is a walk-up (no elevator) to each floor. The rooms are small by U.S. standards but very clean and comfortable. There is some street noise in the rooms overlooking Columbus Avenue but it quiets down around 11 PM. It didn't bother us but some people might find it objectionable. The best way to describe the hotel is eclectic, which fits right in with the neighborhood. The hotel and the area has a very European feel to it with sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Location is everything with Mini bus service and taxis outside the door. The hotel does not provide parking but there is a couple car parks located within walking distance. The friendly hotel staff will provide you with directions to the parking lots. They are expensive as is everything else in San Francisco. My wife and I will stay at the Hotel Boheme the next time we former San Franciscans visit.

Room Tip: Entrance can be a little hard to find. It is a single door with a small awning. Look for Calzones Re...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Slovakia
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Location near the beach was the reason that my friend recommended me this hotel, but I found it perfect in every term. It is an ideal luxury hotel, great for business as well as leisure travelers. I stayed here recently for three days on a business trip and really enjoyed a lot. Location, service and quality of accommodations all are excellent here. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

My husband and I absolutely loved this hotel. Probably depends on taste, but we loved the decor and general feel of the place. Fantastic tiled bathroom and lovely eclectic bedroom. Friendly welcome and free evening sherry was a welcome touch after a long flight from London. Hotel was right in the middle of bars and restaurants, lots of local sights and walkable to lots more such as Lombard Street, pier for Alcatraz and cable car stops, etc so perfect for us - we unfortunately were only in San Francisco for 2 nights - we would have loved to stay here longer. If we're ever back we'll certainly stay at the Hotel Boheme.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chehalis, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Within walking distance to all major attractions with many top-rated restaurants located nearby. Very clean and accommodating with sherry served to guests in the early evening. Great staff of Charles, GiGi, and Stanley. My wife and I would highly recommend and would stay again. Location is near to MUNI bus stops and cabs are easy to hail.

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Room Tip: Stayed in Room 201 facing Columbus Ave. Although a little noisy, it was a great people watching roo...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Boheme
Address: 444 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3902
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boheme 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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