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“Relaxing Stay at the Petite - Book in Advance!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Petite Auberge

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Petite Auberge
Ranked #25 of 228 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Relaxing Stay at the Petite - Book in Advance!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2005

We stayed at the Petite Auberge for a week in June. Definitely call ahead and book one of the larger rooms with a fireplace - the smaller rooms are MUCH too small for a couple with luggage and the bathroom only had a stand up shower! We stayed in a larger room with a fireplace and it was absolutely perfect and beautiful. We totally loved it. We loved all the staff (they were unbelievably nice to us) and the food was great too. It is in a great location and it feels like you are coming "home" at night, rather than to a big, corporate hotel. It's close to everything, including all types of transportation, and we really enjoyed our stay. Just know what you are getting into when you book a room and make sure you are booking the size that you want. It’s a great place!

  • Stayed June 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2005

My wife and I returned from a "second honeymoon" a few weeks ago and waited until now to write a review to see if our wonderful memories of our stay at the Petite Auberge would begin to fade at all. Well, they haven't at all and actually as we share our fabulous experience with family and friends, it makes us want to go back for another "escape" earlier than we normally would! The best thing about our stay was feeling like we were the only ones at the beautifully decorated and outfitted French boutique hotel in the heart of Nob Hill in San Francisco. They knew our names when we came in the door to check in! How does that happen? Within 24 hours all of the staff knew who we were and they were very helpful in discovering what we would likely want to explore while we were in the Bay Area for a week. I had sent a few packages ahead along with some flowers (a local florist recommended by their staff) to be placed in our room on the day of our arrival. The room looked like I had been there before and arranged everything for my wife. The staff was just so attentive to "who we are" that it was like family helping us out. I should mention that our room was in perfect order and clean as soon as we left each day. We even left one morning for a quick snack and returned to a completely cleaned room - it was almost as if they were hiding in the halls waiting for us to leave so they could start cleaning. Many other things about our stay were wonderful as well. The fireplace in our wonderfully decorated room was a real treat. The bathrobes were one of my wife's favorites (so much so that we have two of them hanging in our closet right now!). The full breakfast each morning (comes with the room), was not only delicious but also served in a great little french cafe atmosphere where you could check with other guests to see what they were going to do that day or had done the day before. This was also the primary conversation at the wine tasting (free with the room as well) each evening around a fire in the lounge. Just a few guests would gather at the end of the afternoon and exchange sightseeing and exploring stories over wine (many choices) and snacks. All of this was informal so you wouldn't have to include yourself in the conversation if you chose not to. Sometimes just a good breakfast or glass of wine was all we wanted - and that was all we got. All in all, the value of our room was outstanding. We got so much more than we paid for. There is no doubt in our minds that we will stay at the Petite Auberge each and every time we come to San Francisco! If you are looking for a romantic get-away, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2005

We LOVED Petite Auberge. We had a bottom floor room with a fireplace, which I believe is one of the larger rooms they offer. We peeked into an upstairs room, and saw that it really was teensy! Our room was right next to the kitchen, which was stocked 24/7 with soft drinks and bottled water at no charge.

Breakfast was always good - great coffee! Free newspaper and weather report every morning at your door. Front desk staff GREAT - they recommended the best restaurants that we would have never found otherwise. Kitchen staff was also very friendly.

Our favorite thing about this place was the nightly wine and snack service. This was a great way to meet people - we made friends with so many!

The Adeva products were a great touch, too. The hotel is within walking distance of many things, and the cable car line is not far at all.

Book way ahead of time and ask for a room with a fireplace, and this place will become your favorite location in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed March 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2005

This is a wonderful little hotel near Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is a perfect location for exploring. It is extremely nice and has a lot of personal touches that push it way above average! We couldn't believe we found such a nice, quiet, clean and convenient hotel for this price! We would definitely stay here again and would absolutely recommend it to others. The breakfast is much better than the continental breakfast offered at most hotels. They also offer round-the-clock complimentary fresh-baked cookies, coffee, teas, soft drinks and bottled water. Every night at 5 p.m., they offer snacks, wine and cheese in the cozy downstairs area of the hotel (complete with a gas fire). Excellent hotel for the price!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2005

From the moment I walked in I felt welcomed, beginning with the delightful person at the front desk. The rooms are decorated nicely, with lots of "at home" touches, such as books that aren't nailed to the shelves -- they can actually be picked up and read! The breakfasts are included and quite nice, and there is wine and cheese in the afternoon. There is a little conversation area downstairs, and a private little patio adjacent to the breakfast room. A very pleasant experience.

Stayed June 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2005

We just returned from a road trip in California and our first stop was the Petite Auberge in San Francisco. We were not disappointed. The hotel was lovely with just a slightly used feeling (in a good way). The room was very cozy, the staff incredibly friendly and helpful. It was also a perfect location for transit and for just walking around. I was able to access the internet at their sister hotel a couple of doors down and we particularly enjoyed the wine and snacks in the late afternoon. I would definitely go again.

  • Stayed June 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2005

The Petite Auberge far exceeded our expectations! My husband and I came after a trip driving up the coast and when we pulled in, I went in to find out what we would do with our many various bags. I spoke to an amazingly nice woman at the desk, Kahulia and was impressed enough so that in my jaded New Yorker manner, I walked back out and told my husband "she's too nice, it's a little scary!" Well, she continued that way, giving us maps, a route of things to see before we returned our rental car that afternoon and plenty of suggestions. We were able to upgrade our room, luckily b/c I think the poster 2 down may have been correct in their assumption of the room sizes. She said "you may not fit in your originally booked room with all those bags!" We had a great room with a fake fireplace, very clean, lots of cozy pillows and really enjoyed the room. The free water/soda at our disposal was so convient, I've never seen this at a hotel, makes starting your day (or coming back after a long one) so much easier, and you save lots of $ on water! We loved the wine and cheese hour, just a nice little touch and helped us refresh before heading out for a night. The breakfast was acceptable, everything good, but the reviews I read led me to have Very high expectations (someone said it was "the best they've ever had?"), it was a normal complimentary hotel breakfast. No turn down service as noted, but we did not care.
Overall, the staff really gave the place a nice touch. We had one woman at the front desk who was sour and unhelpful, (in stark contrast to Kuhulia) but still better than you get at a major chain. 2 different bell-hop men were very helpful, one gave us extra wine after we missed the end time in the evening and another gave us a great rec for a restaurant for Dim Sum. Location was impressively convient...a short walk to Union Square where we got the cable car to go other places, we thought the neighborhood was a great location for tourists!
We got the price of an on-line service which is part of why we were so satisfied.... I think the regular price if you call them directly is probably much more. We highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again! (ps- we chose it after reading other Trip Advisor reviews, thanks!)

  • Stayed June 2005
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Property: Petite Auberge
Address: 863 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#25 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#28 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Petite Auberge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located between Nob Hill and Union Square, Petite Auberge is the perfect small hotel for a trip to San Francisco. The Petite Auberge welcomes you to a world of French provincial enchantment. French doors with beveled glass, a collection of French art, a cozy parlor with a crackling fire and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. Most guestrooms offer fireplaces. We offer a generous breakfast buffet each morning and an evening wine reception. Fresh baked cookies are available each afternoon. Also, check out our sister hotel, White Swan Inn just 20 feet away. ... more   less 
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