We spent three nights at the Golden Gate. It was a great experience. The staff has to be the friendliest hotel staff I have ever met. They all went out of their way to help us, from moving luggage to standing outside on the street to find our taxi to offering great local restaurant and pub tips. While we only got to enjoy it once, the hotel offers tea and cookies in the afternoon.
The hotel is inviting, especially with the friendly cat Pip in the lobby. Generally, he just ignores the clientele coming and going. There is a lovely ancient lift that takes you up to your floor if you wish and the hallways are covered in framed black and white images from SF's past. Our room was on the back side of the property and was clean and had plenty of space. Our private bath was small but clean and the shower plenty hot enough.
Breakfast was excellent, although continental. The coffee was strong and the croissants warm and filling. Uncle Vito's Italian across the street on the corner was a perfect late night dinner after a busy day.
For our first trip to SF, it was fantastic to find what was really a Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the city, just down the (steep) street from Nob Hill and close to the cable car and bus lines. We much prefer the laid back personal touch of a hotel like this, rather than four or five star chain hotel. Seems to be popular with the European travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steeped in charm, and character that evokes a feeling of a by-gone era, the Golden Gate Hotel is a favorite amongst new and returning guests alike. Centrally located just steps from Union Square and the enchanting ringing of cable cars, experience exceptional personalized service that makes this inn not to be missed. ... more less
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