This is basically a room rental, a very small room rental. We were worried about sharing the bathrooms and showers with the rest of the hotel, but it really wasn’t an issue. The bad part was waking up at 3 a.m. having to go to the restroom (too much wine downstairs at Fior d’Italia!) and it was a pain trying to stay quiet while making my way off the noisy bed, unlocking the door and closing it behind me. I kept thinking I was waking up the entire hotel.
The room was tiny and the bed was very uncomfortable. I had to keep rolling over to get comfortable, but after an hour or so, I had to move again. Also, the bed was loud and squeaky and made a lot of noise every time my husband or I moved. I didn’t hear any noise in the halls, but my husband and son in another room did, so maybe it was all the wine that knocked me out???
Also, I had read other reviews that mentioned they heard the clanging of pots and pans downstairs in the restaurant, but we didn’t hear that from our room. Around 10 p.m. when we returned from dinner downstairs we walked down the hall to the toilets at the far end of the 2nd floor, and the noise was atrocious. As we used the restrooms, we heard very loud clanging going on downstairs and commented that we were glad we weren‘t in a room at that end of the hall. As we walked back down to our rooms, it was very quiet. We were near the check in desk in rooms 20 & 23, and we couldn’t hear anything downstairs.
I never had to wait once to use a toilet or wash my hands, wash my face or brush my teeth. My husband and I encountered no wait at 7:30 a.m. to use the showers, but there were was one man waiting when I emerged from the shower. It was very weird seeing people just wrapped in towels in the hallways. I had a conversation with a naked man wearing nothing but a small towel while waiting for my husband to finish showering. Definitely a different experience!
We stayed here because we could not get a room anywhere in the city this particular weekend. We were desperate and I was dreading it, but it really wasn’t that bad. The staff was exceptional, the location was fantastic, and the shared facilities were spic and span! We had a car and parked it nearby on the top level of the Safeway/ 24 hr. Fitness parking garage for $18/day.
For those of you nervous about staying here due to the shared facilities, no need to be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family-owned historic boutique pension-style hotel located in North Beach, one of San Francisco's oldest and most popular tourist destinations, and only a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. Built in 1906, our hotel maintains an atmosphere of Old-World charm and ambiance with specially selected antique furnishings - no two rooms are alike. The walls of the hotel are filled with a collection of memorabilia and history. Our style is simplicity and sanctuary - there are no room telephones, no televisions, and on the order of European pensions, shared baths which are meticulously cleaned daily, and are private when in use, but for all guests to use. Our rooms are cozy and small, our prices are proportional. Our staff is available while our Front Desk is open to help you find anything your heart desires. A truly unique, non-standardized hotel experience. ... more less
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