No other San Francisco bed-and-breakfast is as steeped in local lore as this Italianate Victorian mansion decked out in ornate poster beds, opulent Oriental rugs, and precious Victorian artifacts. The 27-room house once belonged to a city commissioner who struck it rich in the potato business, and was then dubbed the city's "Potato King"; for decades the inn has welcomed visitors to the vibrant Mission District. Guest quarters range from cozy (yes, that means snug) to
spacious enough to fit a family (in the garden cottage). All guests have access to a generous buffet breakfast and a hot tub, great for chilly nights—although this inn is located in the warmest slice of San Francisco.