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“Tranquillity and joy in San Francisco yet again!”
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The Grove Inn
Ranked #7 of 71 San Francisco B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“Tranquillity and joy in San Francisco yet again!”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

My first stay at the charming Grove Inn was in 1990. I have been back, year after year. Other parts of this wonderful city may be more obvious choices for visitors, but this neighbourhood is so delightful.
Formulaic hotels may offer a lower price than being here: but what price, a unique experience in an historic building (originally a Gold Rush boarding house 1865)?

I simply wouldn't even think of staying anywhere other than the Grove Inn.
Klaus, the inn-keeper, is utterly charming. The accommodation is immaculately clean. Breakfast is provided. Fast wifi is complimentary - and: importantly for some of us, who need to work whilst away from home: it is a *secure* site, rather than being "public" wifi. And the wifi is in the bedrooms, rather than just being in a lobby area.

Staying in the Grove Inn is a huge pleasure and also feels like a privilege, to inhabit this wonderful building, even temporarily.

Room Tip: ALL the rooms are charming, and the location of the Inn means that it is peaceful wherever you are...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Josh Z, General Manager at The Grove Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2015
Thank you so much for the positive review! We have opened again after a two year renovation, and we are excited for past guests to come and see how nice the place turned out and give us feedback. Klaus, my father, is still here. We still offer a great continental breakfast, featuring locally baked bread with spreads and cheeses, fruits, yogurt, and coffee or tea. We have wifi in all the rooms, but we have upgraded the speed, so if it was good before, it is now better. We hope to see you here again!
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

I think some of the other reviewers have done an excellent job listing the positives of the Grove Inn: it's located in a nice neighborhood, you can easily walk to Alamo Square and also the Panhandle section of Golden Gate Park, transportation is a breeze, Klaus (the owner) is friendly and informative, the beds are comfy and the rooms are clean, the price is a bargain. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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chicago
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

We have stayed at the Grove Inn a half dozen times. The location is perfect for us. Buses and/or the Muni stops are very convenient to the inn. No matter what your destination, the de Young and Golden Gate Park or the Ferry building and China Town each is easily accessible. Our host, Klaus Zimmerman, has a fantastic knowledge of the city and is always ready to help in locating restaurants, music, a local farmer's market, and with good directions.The Alamo Square Sea Food Grill, just across the street, is a must. Our room at the Grove has always been clean & comfortable, the morning coffee is fresh and bold, and there is always an Examiner and New York Times to read.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

I was travelling with a friend all around california and our last stop was in San Francisco. Grove Inn is a calm, clean and lovely place. If you really wanna feel what is a life near the painted houses, you should stay there. Klaus, the lovely host, is very kind, and such a good cultural live book of culture, amazing conversations. I stayed only 3 days there and it was like was living home. The room is cute and every day you have an amazing buttered croissant on the breakfast. If you wanna noise, nightclubs and see movement, grove inn is not the place. But if you wanna feel the city, stay calm and feeling like home in a hotel, you really must stay there.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

My partner and I were referred to the Grove Inn by friends getting married in San Francisco. They live there, and know the lay of the land. We wanted to stay close to the wedding venues, and the Grove Inn fit the bill. It is comfortable, clean, fine location, and we were very warmly received. I was suspicious of the late arrival procedure, but the night manager was there to greet us, despite our arrival nearly three hours later than planned. The room was ready and comfortable, although the bathroom was small even by San Francisco standards. We were not there to linger and bathe, so this did not present a problem. The offer of modest breakfast was a welcomed surprise in a domestic hotel, and the coffee was hot, fresh and delicious -- more than what we needed to start the day. We had no issues with the locks, nor noise (internal or street), and were greeted warmly every time we came and went. The value was outstanding, easily half the price we had paid only one year prior at branded high rise hotel -- that didn't know us by name nor offer us coffee. If you want something fussy, please go and find it, there are lots of good options in San Francisco. If you want comfort and care, please call (better than email or Internet) the Grove Inn next time you plan to visit the City by the Bay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

I've been staying at the Grove Inn for 20 years! and simply wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. The touristy parts of downtown San Francisco hold no appeal to me: and what's special about the Grove, is that it is so unlike the characterless hotels where you really have no sense of their being any different from their replicas in other cities around the world.

The comfortable rooms, furnished in keeping with the building's long history (it's nearly 150 years old), have supremely comfortable beds - and free wi-fi access. Breakfast is included: a convivial occasion, as guests share communal tables and really "connect".

The Innkeeper, Klaus, is truly delightful; very knowledgeable about the city, and he presides over the Inn with a very special style.

"Bed and breakfast" in my home country of England, means somewhere cheaper than a hotel, often rather basic. In the US, it means somewhere really rather special - and the Grove is an outstanding example. Maybe you can stay at a characterless modern building for less money: but choosing the Grove will give you a memorable experience. Being in a residential neighbourhood, rather than downtown, means it's much more peaceful. The frequent bus service is reliable, and downtown is within easy walking distance, anyway: or, if you head in a different direction, the quirky delights of Haight Ashbury (populated by people who must be the children of the "flower power" people of the 60s, but the "vibe" seems so much the same.....) are nearby.
Stay in formulaic hotels if you must - but you'll miss a real treat, if you don't go to the Grove Inn!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

This is exactly what we are looking for in a B&B. The building is a lovely older one, the room is very nice and comfortable, the proprietor is friendly and interesting, the neighborhood has a lot of good little restaurants, and it's very close to the lovely Alamo Square "painted ladies."

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Grove Inn
Address: 890 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94117-1712
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 71 B&Bs / Inns in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Grove Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grove Inn, family owned and operated since 1983, is opening it's doors after extensive renovations. All of the rooms have been freshly updated and tastefully decorated. Originally built as a Gold Rush boarding house in the 1800's, the Italianate Victorian style inn is located in San Francisco's historic Alamo Square district. The Grove Inn is located in a picturesque part of the city, one block from the famous "Painted Ladies" Victorian houses, and centrally located in San Francisco. ... more   less 
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