Fodor's Expert Review Inn at the Opera

333 Fulton St., San Francisco, California 94102, USA See on Map

Within walking distance of Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, this inn caters to season-ticket holders for the opera, ballet, and symphony. Stars of the music, dance, and opera worlds, from Luciano Pavarotti to Mikhail Baryshnikov, often stay at this upscale inn. A world class restaurant and thoughtful touches like breakfast and snacks add to the allure.


These small, homey rooms feature dark wood furnishings, queen-size pillow-top beds with 250-thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs, and cozy terry robes.


Small bathrooms include thoughtful touches like makeup remover.


The genteel marble-floor lobby resembles the foyer of a finely appointed mansion. The staff offers complimentary cookies and fruit throughout the day.


The romantically lit Pläj restaurant specializes in Scandinavian cuisine. An intimate place for performers and audience members to congregate before and after shows, Roberth and Andrea Sundell have crafted a homey ambiance to deliver their creatively presented takes on Swedish meatballs or saddle of elk. Rates include Continental breakfast buffet that includes fruit and waffles.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Complimentary cookies and apples are available at the front desk.


Enjoy wine and artisan cocktails like the Tulip, a mix of bubbly and lingonberry liquer, at Pläj's bar area.


Getting Around

The hotel offers valet parking for a fee, but occasionally visitors can score on free street parking. If you opt to leave the car at home, you're in luck. This area is fantastic for walkers, with museums, restaurants, shops and bars all within a short walk. The Muni buses and trains stop nearby, connecting travelers with other neighborhoods and the BART train, which offers access to Oakland and San Francisco airports.


The sustainable and light-filled Little Gem (4-minute walk) is a great place to sample the simplicity of a perfectly roasted chicken. Sample the Douglas Fir bread or the nightly seafood specials at the handsome Rich Table (7-minute walk).


Select your favorite German ale at Biergarten (6-minute walk), or order an absinthe laced cocktail at the upscale Absinthe Brasserie and Bar (4-minute walk).


Close to chic Hayes Valley, rub elbows with opera stars at the world-class onsite restaurant, or over the breakfast buffet.


Historical, Romantic, Service
30 rooms, 18 suites
Breakfast Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Parking Lot


Phones: 415-863–8400; 800-325–2708

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