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Reviewed May 14, 2014

I was looking for a unique Inn that would provide easy access to the waterfront, mass transit, fun restaurants, bike rentals, and other SF sites; Washington Square Inn fit the bill beautifully. We were also able to check in early as other posters wrote; the manager checked and our room was available (I like being able to choose the room ahead of time). We stayed in Room #11 which has a bay window (with a window seat) overlooking the side street, Filbert Street. The room is not large but certainly had plenty of room for the two of us to move around and to store our suitcases in different areas. We enjoyed the bay window and being able to open all the windows. Though there was street noise in the evening and morning it was never to the extent where it disturbed my sleep (and I am a very light sleeper). The beds are very comfortable, the bathroom (en suite) although fairly small by US standards has everything you need (it has a shower, not a bath - great shower pressure and plenty of hot water). We also liked having the choice of breakfast in our room -- we would choose just the croissants/bagels, tea, coffee and freshly squeezed juice to tide us over until we hit some of the SF independent coffee shops (Saint Franks nearby in Russian Hill and Blue Bottle kiosk in Hayes Valley). Staff made it clear they were available to help us if we needed anything (but we didn't, other than booking the driver for our trip back to the airport, which was great and less than what a taxi charged us to get to the inn). There are many restaurants, cafes, pubs around Washington Square. We had dessert and after-dinner drinks at Cafe Divine several times, enjoyed the Belgian beers at La Trappe Caffe, and the paninis (and drinks) at Mario's Bohemian Cafe -- all within 2 blocks of the Inn. City Lights Bookstore, a classic SF bookstore, is only several blocks down Columbus Avenue. Coit Tower, the steps down/up Telegraph Hill (if you are up for some work), the winding section of Lombard Street are just blocks away. We easily walked down to the Financial District to catch the BART to head over to Berkeley to dine at Chez Panisse (Alice Waters restaurant). There are cable cars blocks away if you find the hills intimidating or are just too tired. There are plenty of bike shops for rentals on Columbus Avenue; we chose to go down to Fisherman's Wharf, to San Francisco Bike Rentals (at the Cannery, on Jefferson Street) because of good reviews seen online (if you reserve online they give you a discount which they honor) and the bigger selection of bikes. We reserved performance hybrid bikes since we planned to ride mixed trails (paved and dirt); they having racing bikes (which would have been faster for the SF hills and Golden Gate recreational hills) but these were already booked for the Alcatraz triathlon. We found the folks at the bike shop great to work with, they gave a list of shops if your bike had problems, you could also drop your bike off at other locations (e.g., near Golden Gate park) if you found you had enough cycling and were not close to where you picked the bike up. We enjoyed riding along the waterfront, across Golden Gate bridge (glad we did that earlier in the morning, 10am, since it was less crowded and less windy then for our return ride across), through the Presidio, linking up to Lands End Park and then Golden Gate park. The bike shop has maps with multiple routes highlighted. We would definitely stay at Washington Square Inn again. Enjoy!

Room Tip: If you are a very light sleeper then Room 11 and the other rooms overlooking the square and the side street might have more noise than you are comfortable with. This room was a good size -- two side tables, a large wardrobe to hang clothes in, and a dresser. We never watched the flat-screened TV (it was a bit smooshed in the corner above one of the luggage racks). The room has a ceiling fan which we used once to air out the room. All the windows open (in the bathroom and over the window seat).
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank inazone
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Trying to find a place to stay our first time in San Francisco was not easy, but we chose well. This Inn was the perfect place to stay. It was centrally located and within walking distance to Fishermans Wharf. We quickly discovered we were in "Little Italy". When we arrived we were early and we double parked, I jumped out and told them we had arrived with a car. They immediately gave my husband parking instructions to the garage and helped us unload the car. I went inside and they were able to check us in early, which was very considerate and not expected. This Inn does not have many rooms, but has a corner setting on the block. We had #5 which was an interior room, not street side. As a result it was SO quiet. Also, it was very well appointed. It overlooked a tiny arboretum or courtyard which let in natural light. It felt very private and separated from the hustle & bustle of the city. The beds were very comfortable and the bath area lovely. They serve wine and cheese each afternoon, so we took a reprieve from sightseeing. The breakfast card gave us a choice of eating in our room or downstairs. We chose the room and it was promptly delivered in the morning. Everything was very casual, elegant and comfortable. We will return and re-book our larger room 5 or the room next to it, both overlooking the quiet inner courtyard.

Room Tip: If a quiet room is important to you pick one of the inner rooms. They are not on the street.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sava W
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We loved our recent stay at the Washington Square Inn! Having visited North Beach with my Italian grandfather over the years, I had never stayed in a hotel there, until this visit. The neighborhood was quiet and charming, full of wonderful restaurants, and the Inn itself is my new all-time favorite place to stay in San Francisco. While the rooms are small, they are exquisite in every way. (Our only complaint was that our shower door was difficult to close.) The service was impeccable, including having someone from the hotel bring our car from the garage to the front door of the Inn in time for our early morning drive to the airport on the day of our departure. Both the afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as breakfast, were elegant, with the option of having breakfast downstairs or brought to your room on a tray. On our next visit, we plan to reserve a junior suite with more floor space, a king-sized bed, and a tub in the bathroom!

Room Tip: Consider a junior suite for more space.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SusanBothwell
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Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights early in March. The staff was very attentive from the first one we met, Parvar, (sorry I believe was his name) at the main desk, was very courteous & gave us great tips on a good restaurant (Gigi's Solla Mare - seafood & pasta) when we had arrived from an early morning leaving the Yucatan, Britanny, who knew exactly which Alcatraz & CityTours to book for us, the friendly kitchen staff & Brian, the new manager. Room 3 was a bit small & could not accommodate both big suitcases, and the BR also quite tight, but for only 3 nights & being out seeing sights was fine. The room looked out on the side street, and was well shuttered & with a black-out curtain. We also felt in a true neighbourhood which was quiet & safe after the business day. Mamma's Breakfast Cafe right across the street, which we didn't need with the provided breakfast. (We actually enjoyed & had missed porridge being in Yucatan 4weeks). The evening wine & cheese looked like fun, but we don't drink & they had no substitutes bevies, which might be nice to have on hand. One night we noticed they had marvelous hors d'oeuvres out, but were headed out for a nice meal. We met & enjoyed chatting with several other folk staying there. It would be easy to return to in the future. Try it you'll love the convenience of not needing a car to get around. Brian booked us an airport service (limo) flat rate of $50 at 9:00 am after the rush hour, app. 35 min. pleasant ride. It had cost $55 by taxi in rush hour on arrival.
Still lots to see in the city by the bay...we need to return & WSI will be in on list.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Betterthanboating
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

my partner and i stayed 2nights while on a road trip. booking in time was 3pm arrived at 1.30. reception gave us parking permit and took cases till 3pm for us so that was good. parking is actually further up the street on the left hand side so be prepared to get cases put of car before parking. parking staff very friendly,helpful having car ready on departure. hotel reception area great, room quaint, very small though if known before hand would have paid for bigger room. very clean , maybe a little worn around skirting carpet ares. hotel had happy hour cheese and wine which was nice. road works very noisy around 8.30am in morning only lasted an hour or so. breakfast to be ordered the night before leave note on your door. continental choices, good fresh, and can be brought to your room. great location for area. staff attentive and friendly. would recommend.

Room Tip: ask for a large room, pay the extra
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank enncle
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