This intimate French country inn pleases Francophiles looking for a retreat from hectic downtown. Sneak through the door into this enchanted inn where the friendliness extends beyond the cheery lobby. Complimentary perks like breakfast and afternoon wine attract folks who like to chat in front of the fireplace.
The small rooms feature bright flowered wallpaper, an old-fashioned writing desk, and a much-needed armoire (there's little or no closet space). Many rooms have gas fireplaces, and the suite has a whirlpool tub.
For less city noise, splurge for a room in the back of the building overlooking the deck.
Newly refurbished bathrooms now only feature showers instead of tubs.
Farmhouse chic meets French countryside in the sunny lobby. Yellow hand-stitched pillows line thick couches, set around a fireplace. Board games and books line the parlor walls.
The hotel provides passes to a local fitness center for a fee.
Expect a full breakfast buffet in the downstairs dining room featuring a rotating cast of dishes (including quiche and griddle fare), fruit, pastries, coffee, and tea. In the afternoons fill up on hors d'oeuvres like meats and cheeses.
Afternoon tea and wine are served in the lobby each day. Complimentary water and sodas are also included in the rate.
Perched between Nob Hill, the Tenderloin and Union Square, capable walkers will find the hotel in a fab location to wander. Valet parking is available (though it's offered at a steep price). Muni buses stop within a block from the property. Powell Street Station (10-minute walk) connects travelers with Muni and BART trains to outer neighborhoods, the east bay and San Francisco and Oakland airports.
The fusion of Hawaiian cuisine using California ingredients makes Liholiho Yacht Club (5-minute walk) a table to snag for outstanding poke and seafood plates. Watch the hordes passing through the Chinatown Gate as you enjoy panini sandwiches and salads at Cafe de la Presse (8-minute walk).
Craft beers in a mellow atmosphere lure locals at Hopwater Distribution (2-minute walk). Ascend Nob Hill for martinis at the emblematic Top of the Mark (6-minute walk), which offers one of the best views of the city.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A hidden slice of France in the heart of San Francisco, this charming inn works hard to provide a plenty of internal sun on those foggy days.