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Fodor's Expert Review The Inn San Francisco

943 S. Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, California 94110, United States See on Map

The 27-room Italianate Victorian 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. A lavish breakfast spread, kindly owners, and a hot tub in the landscaped backyard make this a favorite for repeat visitors.

Street parking is free, but regulated. For those not wanting to move their car every two hours throughout the day, the inn can reserve a spot in a local garage for $30 a night. Book early.

room

Ornate poster beds, opulent Oriental rugs, and precious Victorian artifacts are just some of the features of guest rooms, which range from cozy (yes, that means snug) to spacious enough to fit a large family (in the garden cottage).

bathroom

Most rooms feature private baths with marble sinks. A few room categories share nicely appointed washrooms.

lobby

The ornate lobby features walls of framed photos illustrating San Francisco history. Antiques and books line the mantle and shelves in the parlor.

pool

The hot tub in the garden is great for chilly nights—although this inn is located in the warmest slice of San Francisco. The rooftop sundeck offers expansive city views.

dining

A generous buffet breakfast is served in the mornings in the parlor. Expect deli slices, fruit, hard boiled eggs and pastries.

If the weather's cooperating, enjoy breakfast on the rooftop sundeck or in the garden.

drinking

In the evenings the innkeeper offers guests hot chocolate and California sherry in the parlor.

LOCATION

Getting Around

While street parking is free, the inn can reserve a spot at a nearby garage. Walkers will appreciate the flat terrain and proximity to the Mission, Bernal Heights, Castro and Noe Valley. Public transportation is plentiful, with Muni buses passing outside and the 16th Street BART station nearby (15-minute walk).

Restaurants

The Mission district is known around the world as a dining heaven. Taco fans will find an abundance of options. Meat eaters love La Taqueria (11-minute walk). Get in line early for the outstanding pizzas and salads at Flour & Water (3-minute walk).

Bars

For a fun game of mini-golf paired with creative cocktails, head over to Urban Putt (3-minute walk). Live music, literary events and drink specials make the Make Out Room (5-minute walk) a favorite local hang.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Seeped in San Francisco history, this B&B provides guests with a room (and a hot tub) in the heart of the vibrant Mission district.

QUICK FACTS

Historical, Romantic
21 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
$
Yes
Parking Lot
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 415-641–0188; 800-359–0913
Website: www.innsf.com

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