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“Comfy B&B has it all!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Willows Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #9 of 71 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Comfy B&B has it all!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

Jamie greeted us at the door, and provided a knowledgeable tour of the inn. Our room had a great 3rd floor street view, and the bedroom was equipped with a sink, armoire, and a comfortable bed. The complimentary cocktail hour was a great way to meet the other guests, and the breakfasts that Mike & Allen provided were both nutritious and varied selections (they have coffee to-go also!). There were plenty of shared restrooms with separate WC's and showers. The facilities were immaculately clean, and there was plenty of tourist information and maps to compliment the numerous bookshelves featuring gay literature and history books of yesteryear. All-in-all--I'd highly recommend everyone to give it a try!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2011

Room was clean and comfortable. Hosts were friendly. Breakfast room had everything. Cosy lounge with heaps of books and information. Great location next to Castro, supermarket and tram to CBD and wharf etc. Shared bathroom but it was close and always available. I would not hesitate in staying here again. Thanks guys.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2011

Just off the busy Market thoroughfare with its many restaurants and shops, and about 5 minutes' walk from the famous gay neighbourhood of Castro, the Willows' location is great. The low-key entrance leads up a stair to the two floors of the guest house. The owner is very friendly and keeps his eye on standards. Guests are invited for a complimentary beer or glass of wine and nibbles most nights - a pleasant way to meet fellow travellers. Bedrooms are homely (homey is perhaps the better US-English word!) rather than posh; there are big, bay-windowed rooms on both floors if you ask for them. Our room was very clean, came with plenty towels, toiletries, fridge, fan, welcome card, a couple of local luxury chocolates and robes - the WCs and showers are along the corridor as no rooms are en-suite. There are countless books and maps including a vast array of local interest material available to borrow or read. Easy, fast, free wi-fi. There is a small lounge. Breakfast is in a small kitchen-type room from which you may help yourself anytime day or night to tea / coffee / juice / biscuits - a nice touch. In sum, the Willows is a comfortable and unpretentious, welcoming 'bed and breakfast inn' for adults - ideal for solo travellers - in an ideal location.

Room Tip: Front-facing rooms with bay windows are best.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bournemouth
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2011

This was our fourth time at the Willows Inn and we absolutely love it! A cosy bed and breakfast inn with a very warm welcome. The Inn is situated within 1 minute of street car, underground and bus routes which cover all areas of the city. The Inn Keepers all offer the warmest of welcomes and nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast is an open kitchen to feed the hungriest appetite and drinks each evening from 6-7pm all add to the pleasure. We always use room 22 (largest and on the front). Although not the quietest because of the Market Street, we love it as the chaise longue provides a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Although this is a shared bathroom inn, there is piping hot water and ample toilet facilities to prove no problem at all. The reception office is a great source of information and a place to buy your Muni travel cards and stamps! We cannot rate this place highly enough - informal atmosphere and safe environment.

Room Tip: Room 22 is great - overlooking Market Street!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravellersRest
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Burbank, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

First, I have to mention that The Willows is a warm and welcome place to ALL. We are an older, straight couple and found this B & B to be one of the best we have stayed at in San Francisco. It is squeaky clean and has a staff that is alert to a guest's slightest need. The rooms are small, but comfortable and each has a refrigerator and TV. The quietest rooms are in the back. There is a homey kitchen with all manner of treats in the morning. In the evening, there is a small "cocktail" hour in the library and we spent a lovely hour visiting with the other guests. The showers and the water closets in the hall are not a problem--there are plenty of them and no need to wait. You won't find a better location. For $20 a night you can park in the lot across the street--which is so much more reasonable than the larger hotels charge. There are tons of wonderful restaurants and night life around, just ask the staff. BART is right across the street and walking through this are of town is easy and a pleasure. The Haight is close by, as well as other fun neighborhoods. Thanks to the Willows, our stay was wonderful and we will be back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2010

The Willows Inn is a great B & B. We'd never been to SF before and were really pleased with this place. Very friendly and accommodating staff, well proportioned rooms with plenty of space, excellent location for a short 10-15 minute walk into Castro, and bus and cable stops into the city just outside.

No hassles at all with the WCs and bathrooms being shared - all facilities clean and comfortable. The B & B itself was really clean, welcoming and well maintained. We'll definitely stay there again when next in SF.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MattyD01
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Conway, South Carolina
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383 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2010

A nice B & B in the heart of the Castro. Right above a restaurant, this comfortable B & B is ideally located right next to a bus stop on the corner of 14th and Market. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. The staff are very helpful and make you feel at home. I was in the front of the house and even though it faced the street, it was not noisy. The running of the tram at 6 did wake me but that cannot be avoided in the city. There are rooms in the back of the house if you are a light sleeper.

Breakfast is "fix yourself" in a small kitchen. cereal, eggs, toast, pastry, yogurt, juice, coffe/tea. Beer, wine or soda available during happy hour at 6 at no charge.

No en suite bathrooms but there are plenty of facilities on each floor. No elevator so you have to trek the stairs. Mixed clientelle.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Willows Bed and Breakfast Inn
Address: 710 14th St, At Church and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA 94114-1106
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > The Castro
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Ranked #9 of 71 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
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