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San Remo Hotel
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I love going to the San Remo hotel. And it just happens to be in the greatest city in America. I’ve been there several times over the past 10 years. It’s very much like going to a favourite aunt’s house for the weekend. It never seems to change.

The place is warm, welcoming and cluttered. Rooms are small, the furniture is eclectic, vines (real and faux) cling to the pipes, carpets are a tad past well broken in, the windows have pull down shades and lace curtains, wood and brass accents and accessories abound, accessing the bathroom is a timed and thoughtful process and you don’t really want to make a lot of noise because you will be heard. The place is very quiet and ever so slightly claustrophobic.

You won’t be lingering in your room. Rooms are a bit cramped, a little awkward and are more a place to sleep or take a quick nap, to drop off your packages, to use the bathroom and then hit the streets to explore lovely San Francisco again. WiFi access is excellent so you can listen to radio or watch TV on your iPad or iPhone. Otherwise you may have to resort to a book in the bookcases in the hallways.

Bathroom and shower facilities are mostly shared, convenient and spotless. It’s embarrassing to see how clean they are compared to your own.

A one night stay will always be great value but it takes a while to warm to the place and establish protocol: finding the washrooms, toilets and sinks, wandering the halls looking at the nick-nacks and doodads, reading the helpful hints and peering into and up & down the nooks and crannies and skylight shafts. Three nights are perfect as you acquire the pace and rhythm of the place and the location of the amenities. The pace of your life slows down a bit to accommodate the character of the place.

On it’s own you must try San Remo for a few days to appreciate the experience. But as the centre place for exploring San Francisco it’s unbelievable value. It is perfectly located. Head out the front door, turn right and in 3 blocks you’re on Columbus Ave – Italian restaurants, cafes and groceries – a living, bustling community. Turn left and in 4 or 5 blocks, past Safeway, Trader Joes for supplies, Starbucks and you’re at the touristy, tacky wharf and at the terminus for the F line street car to conveniently ride out to Castro or the Mission. The Coit Tower is a good walk away through side streets. The Taylor/ Powell cable car terminus is 3 blocks away to jolt and jostle you to the other side of town. China town is an easy walk away.

Admittedly the place is not everybody:

If you’re prone to complain about the room service, don’t come. There isn’t any.

If snapping open a beer, flopping on the bed and switching on the flat screen TV are your idea of hotel fun than this is definitely not the place for you.

If your wife or girlfriend is a bit frisky than this may not be the best place for a passion-fest.

If the sweet charm of being greeted in your room with a tiny wicker basket containing 2 boxes of SunMaid raisins and 2 chocolate candies escapes you then don’t come and then start to complain.

Hopefully you’ll have 5 or 6 days in San Francisco. Make the first 3 at the San Remo. When you get back home the first thing you’ll tell your friends about is the San Remo (good or bad); A year from now, in addition to the Golden Gate bridge, you’ll only remember the quiet, sweet time visiting an old aunt in San Francisco.

My last visit there I happened upon Robert one of the operator/owners of the San Remo. If you have any complaints of substance ask for him if he’s around. He’s a thoughtful, helpful fellow. But be polite, he means well and is almost like family.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Citlali C, Marketing at San Remo Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2013

Thank you for being such a devoted guest. We hope to see you soon again.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Stayed here two nights in January 2013 and was surprised in a good way. The San Remo is just a couple of blocks away from the famous Fisherman's Wharf with access to among others Alcatraz and many restaurants. For two friends travelling together the rooms were a little small, especially since we could only access the bed from one side. Also had some problems getting extra blankets and pillows. The toilets and showers are shared, but worked out well!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Henrich B
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Citlali C, Marketing at San Remo Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2013

Thank you for your review. Sorry that you were unable to find extra pillows and blankets. Our reception staff has a ready supply to give out upon a guests request. Hoping that you visit San Francisco soon.

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Reviewed March 2, 2013

The San Remo was a great place for me to stay as a single traveler. Lot's of community, people coming and going from different countries, and a great location with the impressive Fior D'Italia restaurant downstairs, plus breakfast cafe's and trolly cars just around the corner. I even extended my trip a few more days which was easily accommodated by the San Remo crew

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank pmurgia
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Citlali C, Marketing at San Remo Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Thanks for your wonderful comments. We are so glad you enjoy your visit with us.

If you want to extend your trip, all you have to do is ask our staff and we will try to accommodate your needs if possible, so you can enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Booked my trip on a budget, and booked this hotel blind. Had high reservations immediatly prior to my trip, due to prior conceptions of shared accommodation. However once looking here in trip advisor, and seeing the hotel mentioned in my lonely planet guide, I became more and more excited.

What a perfect, small boutique hotel. Rooms are perfect, no distractions in the form of tv or phone. Windows over looking the corridor, old fashioned keys, and excellent bathrooms.

If you glance at this hotel, take it as a sign of fate. Book it. You won't be dissapointed. I wasn't. Will plan another trip back and after an 11 flight from London, it is the perfect base to explore a great city from.

Oh and don't miss out on the resturant on the ground floor. Excellent coffee shop by the way across the street, perfect mocha coffees!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank OxfordshireTom
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Citlali C, Marketing at San Remo Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your first stay with us.

The Fior d”Italia restaurant downstairs is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It has been said, "If you haven't dined at 'The Fior' you haven't been to San Francisco."

We are glad to hear you felt it was a "good sign of fate”. Hope to see you again when you come back.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The San Remo Hotel is truly San Franciscan in spirit and the best Victorian hotel experience EVER in this beautiful City!
The San Remo was built right after the earthquake in 1906, reflecting its founder's faith in the City's re-birth. There is nothing fake anywhere in this truly welcoming hotel, and each room is lovingly furnished with period pieces reflecting the owner's belief in the authentic. Everything in the San Remo is absolutely spotless, too, from the shiny black-and-white tiled shower and bath facilities to the comfy reading corners, massage chairs, and inviting niches and stained glass windows scattered every few rooms.
The staff of the San Remo make one feel genuinely welcome. This is only my first visit to the San Remo, but I know for a fact that it will always be my home in SF!

Room Tip: At check-in, I was asked whether I had a preference regarding which floor or room; I didn't, saying only I would leave it to them to choose. That was the smartest thing ever, for they gave me an absolutely charming corner room on the next floor that so enchanted me that I haven't wanted to leave since!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Kathy E
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Citlali C, Marketing at San Remo Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Thank you for your very kind words, it is always a good feeling to know we have provided the experience the guest is hoping for and even beyond their expectations.

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