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Fodor's Expert Review San Remo Hotel

2237 Mason St., San Francisco, California, 94133, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

A few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, this three-story 1906 Italianate Victorian—once home to longshoremen and Beat poets—has a narrow stairway from the street leading to the front desk and labyrinthine hallways lined with an astounding collection of hanging plants. The historic onsite restaurant Fior D'Italia provides fine meals at a discounted price for guests.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Most rooms share bathrooms.


Rooms are small but charming, with lace curtains, and antique furnishings. The top floor is brighter because it's closer to the skylights that provide sunshine to the thriving population of potted plants that lines the brass-banistered hallways. Four family suites (essentially two rooms with an adjoining door) can sleep up to five and are the best deal in the area. The rooftop penthouse offers a private deck with Coit Tower views, a bathroom with a claw-foot tub, a TV, a coffeemaker, and plenty of privacy.

Reserve the penthouse at least three months ahead (more for summer visits and especially during Fleet Week).

Photo: Twin_no_sink
Twin Room with Sink
Photo: Twin Room with Sink
Double Room with Sink
Photo: Double Room with Sink


About a third of the rooms have sinks. All share spotless black-and-white-tile bathroom facilities with pull-chain toilets.

Photo: Vanity
Our shared bathrooms are impeccable
Photo: Our shared bathrooms are impeccable


Ascend to the second floor, where the cheery staff greets guests and points them down the red-carpeted hallway to their rooms. The sitting area features magazines, newspapers, coffee, tea and water.

Penthouse patio
Photo: Penthouse patio


Fior D'Italia, which bills itself as "America's Oldest Italian Restaurant," occupies the building's entire first floor; guests receive a discount on meals there.

Penthouse patio
Photo: Penthouse patio


Grab a glass of chianti after dark at Fior D/Italia downstairs.


Getting Around

The hotel can point you toward less-expensive parking garages. Walkers can explore the nearby Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Embarcadero and Financial District. Muni buses stop within a couple blocks, connecting travelers with downtown, Muni and BART trains (which access the San Francisco and Oakland airports).


At Tony's Pizzeria Napoletana (8-minute walk), award-winning pie slingers craft a dizzying array of pizza styles from around the globe. Get up early to brave the lines at the beloved Mama's on the Square (5-minute walk) for breakfast faves like omelets and pancakes.


If you like comedy with your cocktails, head over to Cobb's Comedy Club (3-minute walk) for some of the planet's funniest performers. For fans of Irish brews and whiskey, head over to the iconic Kennedy's Irish Pub (3-minute walk) for a Guinness, fries or curry.


Character, class, and comfort at a low price right between Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach make this historic property one of our favorites.


64 rooms with shared baths, 1 suite
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner Yes, for a fee
Bar No
Cafe No
Parking Lot


Phones: 415-776–8688; 800-352–7366

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