San Remo Hotel

, San Francisco, United States
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San Remo Hotel

, San Francisco
3 star

Rooms: 62

2237 Mason Street - San Francisco - California - 94133 - United States Hotel Website | | 415 776 8688
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We loved the San Remo

from zoie
My 21 yr. old daughter and I spent 7 nights at the San Remo. We loved our stay. We paid $69 a night + tax, for a room with a sink. It was at the end of the hall away from the bathrooms and very quiet. I think it helps to check in as early as possible to get a good location.
There were people of all ages and nationalities when we stayed, children included. Our stay was quiet.
I loved the decor, so much better than a modern hotel. The San Remo is so charming. Yes it's tiny, the rooms are small, but very cute with the antiques. Very, very clean. The bathrooms are spotless. Loved the bathtub.
It is so close to everything. the cable cars, fishermans wharf, coffee shop, drug store, grocery store and resturants.
the staff was very helpful with any questions, they even let us keep milk in the fridge.
If you have a car, the hotel works with a garage, very close by, parking is $14 for 24 hours.
We liked that you needed a key for the front door to get in, it made us feel very safe. We walked back from Fishermans wharf after dark and felt safe.
While most hotels in this area run over $100 a night, we were quite happy with our little room.

just ok

from WendyJ
We stayed at the San Remo Hotel for one night. One night was ok but we would not stay for any longer because the bed was small and uncomfortable and it was somewhat noisy since our room was next to the shared bathrooms. Our first thought on check in was "oh no what were we thinking?" But in reality it was an excelent price and a great location to be able to walk to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. We felt fairly safe, the guests at the hotel were mostly foriegners, couples in their 30's-50's. Would we stay there again? Probably because it was a significant savings compared to other hotels in the area, but don't think we can handle it for more than one night.

ve ever stayed at!

from pookie22m
The San Remo Hotel is an excellent place to stay if you're on a budget. We stayed at one of the interior rooms for $55/night. It was an excellent price considering the cleanliness and location of the hotel. The staff was extremely helpful. The booked us a rental car and pointed us to the direction of good places to eat breakfast. Also, the San Remo is located near 2 cable car lines that take you to the heart of the city. The rooms are very small but cozy. They are decorated with antique furniture that looks like it belongs in a cottage! The only thing I was not accustomed to (coming from Miami) is that there was no air conditioning. That's fine when you have a room with a window, but we didn't so it got rather hot at night. If you can afford it, it's definitely worth the extra $10-$15 for an outside room. Overall, I can't wait for the next time I go to San Francisco so I can stay there again. It truly made my trip memorable!

Hotel San Remo

from TravellingMam
The San Remo hotel is in a fantastic location. A stones throw from the waterfront and Alcatraz and around the corner from the tram lines to other areas. Our double room was decorated in keeping with the period feel of the building which has such amazing history. In addition to the beautiful iron framed bed we had a wardrobe, chair, wash basin and more than ample power points. The staff on hand were fantastic, providing you information on local facilities on check in. The building is quite charming and quaint in ambience with sepia toned pictures adorning the walls, and a lovely collection of books in the communal areas thumbed and passed on from other travellers. The shared lavatories, shower and bathrooms were kept amazingly clean by the lovely friendly chambermaids and were of a vintage feel whilst operating like new. Adventure travellers may be happy to hear of the coin op clothes washer and dryer facilities onsite which came in particularly handily to us.

Modest but nice: neat, clean, great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here in late February. I was happy to find a neat and clean (but small) room. There are several different toilets and showers, as well as 1 bath, on each floor. (The bath is a lovely old clawfoot tub, but I didn't use it as there did not appear to be any shade on the window). I would try to avoid having a room near the bathrooms if you are a light sleeper, as it might be louder in that area. (My room was not in that area.) I got a room with a sink, which is ($10?) extra, but I liked being able to wash my face, brush my teeth, etc, in my room. Bring a cell phone and clock if those things are going to be important to you. I think there was a phone both by the reception desk that you could use to make outgoing calls. It is an older building, with older furniture, and plants all over the place. I like that, but if you want a fancy new building, this will not be the place for you. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful and let me stash my stuff in the manager's office for the afternoon after I checked out.

The location is wonderful - just a block or two from the Powell-Mason cable car, right between Lombard Hill and Telegraph Hill, and just a short walk from the wonderful Washington Square and Chinatown, as well as City Lights bookstore. Don't head to the ihop by Fisherman's Warf for breakfast, there are a number of wonderful little cafes around Washington Square. My favorite was the Columbus Cafe just a block or so from the San Remo at the intersection of Columbus and Lombard - a cute, funky little place with a broader menu than some of the other cafes, and big pots of tea for just a couple of bucks.

Clean and cheap

from londontraveller
This place gives unbeatable value. Rooms are small but very comforatble. We had one with without external window and one with - the one without looked out onto a tiny internal courtyard, and was actually fine, so not sure if it's worth paying the extra for the external window.
Shared shower facilities are fine, very clean and well maintained. My only, very minor complaints would be that I felt they went way overboard with the 'no smoking' signs - every spare scrap of wall was festooned with dire warnings about smoking, which hardly adds to the ambience; and the desk clerk, while perfectly polite, was not really terribly interested in answering my questions about parking, ATMs etc. However, the location to North Beach makes up for this and I'd recommend it to budget travellers used to European pension style accomodation.

Like staying in a museum

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed many times. Wonderfully run, immaculately clean, great staff. Great location. Eat at the SF Art Institute's cafe a few blocks away.

Ignore the negative reviews even though few and far between

from A TripAdvisor Member
This place is fantastic! Stayed there over the New Year. In response to some of the negative press about the bathrooms all I can say is that they must have been staying in a San Remo from a parallel universe b/c they were spotless. The showers are the best: you have a locking anteroom with a heat lamp, vent and light and shower with plenty of hot water. The rooms are tiny but the beds are very comfortable. It was so quiet in the hotel that we thought we were the only ones staying there...Park your car: North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, The Embarcardero are all withing walking distance. I used to live in San Francisco and I think this place is better then staying in one of the more expensive (or not) hotels around Union Square or the Wharf - you are actually in a neighborhood. Enjoy.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Charming, comfortable, excellent value hotel, in a great location one block from the tram.

Perfect for my needs, and I loved the quirky individual style, (though I suppose the quirkiness may not be to everyones taste).

Old World charm in a New World setting.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having stayed in the bland hotels of LA and the Razzmatazz hotels of Vegas the San Remo was a charming step back in time. I booked it on the net and was a bit apprehensive at first about the quality of the hotel, but need not have worried. You will not find a hotel with a better location in San Francisco as the San Remo is located within a stones throw of Fishermans Wharf with its bountiful supply of restaurants, etc. Whilst a tram junction is located just behind the hotel on Water Street or alternatively on the wharf, providing access to the rest of San Fran. Washington Square is within walking distance with all its pubs/restaurants as well. The rooms are really charming (however, make sure to get a room with an external window). Although relatively small in size and without any ensuite facilities (you'll pay an extra $10/night for a sink) they exude character. There are communal shower facilities. No need to worry about cleanliness, you could eat your dinner off the floor. There is also a small laundry which comes in handy if you've been trekking around California. There is no air-conditioning in the rooms (ceiling fan is fine) but with San Fran being cooler at this time of year (August) it was not required. The staff were extremely helpful and try to assist you in every way without being in your face. Parking is provided at $10/$14/night. Whilst the San Remo may not be 5 star it is an experience in itself. Let's face it all hotels these days are carbon copies of eachother and the SR provides a breath of fresh air.

P.S: Make sure to try the massage chairs on each floor at the end of a hard day of sightseeing. Absolute bliss!

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Bike hire in San Francisco During our stay in San Francisco both a highlight and low light was when we hired bikes from Fisherman's wharf. The ride around the harbour and over the golden gate bridge was fantastic and spectacualr - highly recommended. However rather than taknig the option of coming back from Sausalito by ferry, we decided to ride out to the red wood forest and round to Tiburon. The map was very poorly marked (there were several wrong turns and loooooong detours!) and the ride was largely spent on very busy roads and less that scenic paths. It eneded up being a very long and rather boring ride, which dampened the first half of the experience. Definaterly hire bikes and ride across the golden gate bridge, but think twice about the long route on offer.

Alcatraz - a Winner! Definitely visit Alcatraz, but remember to book in advance, especially in Summer. We were lucky and booked as soon as we arrived, but I know people who have missed out, as it can be full days ahead.

Get A Pass! Don't drive! Use BART to get you from the airport to SF - it is too easy and cheap - $5.35 per person one way from the airport to downtown SF. Also purchase a MUNI pass to use the SF public buses and the cable cars as much as you want! I bought the 7 day pass for $24 + tax. What a bargain. A cable car ride one-way will cost you $5 alone!

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