Overlooking the park and Saints Peter and Paul Church, the inn sits at the foot of Telegraph Hill in the heart of North Beach. Rich European furnishings, complimentary Continental breakfast, and a nightly wine hour offer a respite from the lively neighborhood.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Staff can sometimes seem a bit cold.
Gracious rooms feature Venetian and French accents. Beds come with high thread-count sheets, and up-to-date technological amenities (many include iPod docking stations). Ask for a room with a gas fireplace and bay windows.
Oval counters hold shell-shaped brass-hued sinks. Soak in the bathtub, then slide into your plush robe.
A gleaming mahogany fireplace and brass chandeliers are the focal points of the lobby. Mix-and-match antiques decorate the lobby--grab a seat on the leather couch to read by the fire. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the inn offers free wine and snacks. In the morning, a complimentary Continental breakfast is served by the front windows.
The hotel offers fruit, muffins, coffee, and tea in the morning. At 5 p.m., join other guests to chat about your adventures over complimentary hors d'oeurves.
The staff freely pours wine from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. Enjoy the convivial atmosphere as people chat, play board games, and relax in front of the fireplace.
The hotel offers vouchers for a nearby parking lot, allowing you a $35 a night rate. Alternatively, walking around North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf is fairly easy. Hop on a Muni bus (a block away) or trolley to explore other parts of the city.
Italian food lovers will be in heaven in North Beach. Look no farther than the award-winning Tony's Pizzeria Napoletana (1-minute walk) for all styles of pies, including thick crust, calzones, and Sicilian. Brunch-lovers should join the line at Mama's on the Square (30-second walk) for fluffy pancakes and hearty omelets.
Fans of bubbly and craft cocktails appreciate the wood-paneled 15 Romolo's (7-minute walk) expansive drink menu and plentiful bar snacks. Lift a glass of merlot at North Beach's long-standing Vesuvio Cafe (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Quiet charm in the heart of fun North Beach make Washington Square Inn a prime choice for those who want to enjoy the area's nightlife or get on that first boat out to Alcatraz.