The San Remo Hotel is not for everyone...and for that I'll say,.
First off, the San Remo Hotel is not for everyone. As a matter of fact, one might say that it's for a select few. And for that I'll say, "Thank you!"
The hotel itself is an older, renovated SRO (single room occupancy) that has "old world charm" beyond anything you'll find in its price range (actually, it was the room rate that captured our attention). The staff people were friendly and quite accommodating. The location is great (two blocks from the Embarcadero and just around the corner from the Powell?Mason Line). There?s even a ?Trader Joe?s? nearby! Having been a SRO, the rooms might or might not have a sink and none have bathrooms. For that, you?ll need to walk a few steps down the hallway.
Which beings me to my point, the San Remo Hotel is not for everyone (particularly for parents of crying babies!!). But for us, it?s become our hotel of choice.
P.S. If you do choose to stay here, consider visiting "Caffe Capriccio" for breakfast and/or lunch. I recommend it!
Historic, pension-style charm..
This is a lovely, restored Victorian hotel that was built by the founder of Bank of America to house maritime workers displaced by the earthquake of 1906. The three-story inn may be far from upscale Union Square accommodations, but it is near the Powell-Mason cable car line and is a pleasant walk to Fisherman's Wharf.
All 62 rooms share bathrooms, with the exception of the penthouse. Authentic accents and furnishings give the property the air of a lovely old home. Rooms are decorated with antiques and include brass or iron beds, wicker furniture, armoires and pedestal sinks. Among the notable touches you will find claw-footed tubs, redwood wainscoting and pull-chain toilets. A bar serves light snacks. The penthouse is often booked, but it is worth trying.
European home in the city. I'm sure many folks shy away from the San Remo because of the shared bathroom facilities. After having stayed at the San Remo, I would recommend it highly to anyone. It's wonderfully located, inexpensive for San Francisco, staff is friendly (supplied us extra pillows and good recommendations for transport around town) and quintessential European atmosphere. It's comfy, relaxing, and a welcome respite from your typical Marriott or Holiday inn room. No TV makes you WANT to be out on the streets enjoying yourself while you can.
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