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Golden Gate Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Golden Gate Hotel in San Francisco, CA

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A charming, cozy boutique hotel centrally located to Union Square.

 

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Rating: 4.68

Address: 775 Bush St, San Francisco, CA, 94108

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    Comments (53):

    1. Shanon C.
    Love! Love! Love this bed and breakfast... I have stayed here numerous times. Several before I moved to the Bay Area and several since. It's very well-priced for a wonderful night in the city. The rooms are cozy and comfy (some a bit small). The lowest prices require that you share a bathroom with other guests on your floor. I've done this a few times, but I never ran into anyone else. The owners are super-friendly and always serve morning croissants and coffee with a smile. The house golden retriever - Sir Humphrey - does require lots of attention and the house cat will certainly keep you entertained. I always recommend this place to family and friends when they come into town. Haven't had a bad experience yet!

    24/03/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Michelle G.
    Sorry, I have to give this place 2 stars. It was just such an odd stay. We were here for 1 night and the day of checkout we just looked at each other like, "What the hell were we thinking." I'm really not one to complain but I guess people have different ideas of "cozy," which is what this place claims to be. For one, old pictures in the hallways of grim and scary looking people from the past was just spooky, not to mention the creaky floors and beds. Flushing the toilet was also a bit of a challenge until I figured out I needed to pull down on an inconspicuous cord. The bathtub/shower was hard to get into because the sides were so high (and I'm not the tallest person so it felt like jumping hurdles). Staying at my grandma's place is easier than this. The only cool part of the stay was running into Pip. I don't know how he's able to live here, lol.

    04/09/06 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    3. wes p.
    My parents stay here every time they come to visit the city and just adore the GG Hotel (they are nostalgic and vaguely bohemian Southerners).  They won't stay anywhere else!    The rooms are cozy and comfortable, the rates are reasonable, and the whole place has a creaky-adorable English-y vibe.  They serve afternoon tea and cookies, for example :)  And they have a quaint old elevator with a folding gate.  And the elevator shaft is painted with cute, surreal mural of falling tea cups, roses, and kitties - a bit like something out of Alice in Wonderland.  If you take the stairs, there are wonderful (and yes, vaguely spooky!) portraits of residents of Old San Francisco.  Lends the place a great historical air.  Best of all, the owners are delightful and friendly.    This is definitely not the place to stay if you're looking for a sleek and chic city experience.  But if you want something charming, affordable and unique, definitely go.

    23/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Joseph S.
    Great place to stay for a short visit.  Was my first time in SF and just wanted a place to crash at night.  Rooms are indeed cozy.  If you can hack sharing a bathroom you can nab a room for $85 per night.  For an extra $10 you get a private bathroom.  The owners are very friendly and helpful and Pip and Sir Humphrey make it feel like home.   Highly recommended.

    10/08/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Marcus R.
    Upon walking in it was like no hotel I have ever been in before in my life (and I've been all around the world).  Old fashioned elevator with the double layer of doors, cool old fashioned hotel rooms, and a housecat that greeted us upon our awakening along with the breakfast, no extra charge to have it brought to the room.  Super nice and super helpful staff.  Feels like the hotels I stayed in in London but nicer and plenty cheaper.  Super awesome for you and a loved one to snuggle up for a few nights.  Great location too.

    02/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Lauren S.
    My parents and I stayed here in 2005 and loved it. The owners were really friendly, and at the time had an adorable golden retriever. He was old, so I'm sure he's gone now, but I heard there's a cat!

    I have no complaints about the place, the elevator is cool, the rooms were nice, cookies delicious, etc. But (aside from Humphrey the dog) what I remember most is how friendly the staff was. I had a pair of pretty expensive sunglasses with me that I loved, it took me forever to find a pair I liked that much. So we left SF and went back home to NY. I remember it being pretty gloomy when we got back, so I didn't need my sunglasses. But then it got sunny, and I couldn't find them anywhere- and the last place I remembered seeing them was San Francisco. Finally (this was now several weeks later) we called this hotel to see if they'd found them- not only did they remember us, they'd found the sunglasses and still had them! We offered to pay for shipping, but were refused, and a few days later my sunglasses were back in my hands. Sure, I lost them again for good a year or two later, but I'll never forget the story of how I got them back the first time. Thanks again, Golden Gate Hotel!

    13/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Tracy D.
    We really liked it. We selected the hotel based on the reviews here, and other reviews, and weren't disappointed. Very friendly staff, clean Victorian styled rooms, quiet and there is parking provided by the garage across the street. They were very accommodating considering we showed up late. Pip the cat was there, and a Golden that we didn't catch the name of. Everyone was happy to either work there or stay there. We will be back.

    12/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Lisa S.
    Lovely people staff is super helpful, lovely meeting place to share experiences with other people while drinking tea and coffee. We loved it!

    12/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. J R.
    The friendly staff, centralized location, hot morning croissants (and afternoon cookies/tea), and resident cat are all positives. However, the refusal to give out a separate key to both members of a couple staying in a room is inexcusable. I asked 2 or 3 times & was met with a delay tactic or excuse each time. ("People walk off with them." "Ask again this afternoon...") All in all, a pleasant stay.

    07/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Iris C.
    My girlfriend and I booked this hotel mostly for its great prices and good reviews. Once we checked in we knew we were going to love it. We were greeted by an extremely friendly and helpful staff, as well as the resident pets, Pip the cat, Patsy the Frenchie, and a Golden Retriever who's name escapes me.
    We booked a room with a queen size bed and a private bath. The room as very clean and comfortable. The antique elevator is so fun and adds to the ambiance of the whole hotel.
    The location is perfect for someone that's looking to do some sightseeing. Its a short walk to China Town, all the downtown shopping, and the Financial district. Other than that you can catch a cable car or taxi to Fisherman's Warf and other attractions.
    We both loved it so much that we decided to stay an extra night in the city. Its not your typical hotel chain and that is a huge point of difference for the Golden Gate. It felt very homey and comfortable. We can't wait to come back and stay again.

    14/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Michele C.
    Loved the Golden Gate Hotel! Such a charming B&B only a short walk from Union Square. This place has everything - and for such a reasonable price! The staff are friendly, helpful, and professional. Our room was immaculate, quiet, and completely functional. Antique furniture and decor are everywhere, including an old-fashioned lift. Continental breakfast includes baskets of croissants, toast, muffins with tea, juice, and delicious french-press coffee. You'll meet other guests and chat with a few members of the staff while the resident cat, Pip, curls up on a chair in the entry room. Finally, after spending the day out and about, there is nothing better than coming back to tea and freshly baked cookies in the afternoon. I'll definitely be staying here again when I return to San Francisco! Highly recommended!

    17/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Leslie-Anne W.
    I have stayed at the Golden Gate Hotel on two separate trips to San Fran. It's a great little B&B with the nicest owners and an adorable cat, Pip. The hotel reminds me of  europe, with small rooms, and the option for shared washrooms. The breakfast of croissants, jams, juice and coffee is good, but by day 4 I had no desire to eat another croissant. The location is fantastic for getting around to the major touristy parts of the city, close to transit and a good area to walk around. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who doesn't plan on spending a lot of time in their hotel and wants to explore the city without breaking the bank.

    24/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Joe M.
    Love this place. Friendly staff, adequate rooms, adequate breakfast, wonderful tea and cookies in the afternoon, moderate room rates, great location and, Pip the cat.

    31/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Tyler H.
    Spent the weekend in SF and couldn't have been happier with our pick of place to stay.  The employees here went above and beyond for us in customer service, and the building was really, really cool.  Great location in the city, highly recommended!

    26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Tony S.
    It's New Year Eve, I arrived in San Francisco with no reservation at any places. I wandered around for a while, asking around any places I found on map, but I didn't saw this hotel on yelp. Probably, I filtered $ (cheapest) for the hotels. I found a crappy hotel with $140 few blocks away(forgot its name) with Mexican women owner trying to rip us of, saying "hey it's NYE, you don't find any more place around." Well, I tried my luck to wander around, and found this place. The price $115, with tax around $130. The cat is a charm. I always pat on him every time I went out or come back in. I thought I got a crappy hotel, coz I don't reserve anything on New Year's Eve. And, when I checked tripadvisor, it's number one BnB hotel. Voila!

    01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. David C.
    Awesome all the way around.  Great stay.  Great staff.

    Unique place to stay.  Great location.  The staff was extremely helpful in so many ways.

    08/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. David H.
    So, I've never been to San Francisco and I got lost finding this place. Make sure you have a GPS here if you're going to drive. If you know your way around, you could use the BART to get to walking distance of the hotel. It is also near the trolley car lines, and is about 3-4 blocks from Chinatowns entrance if you go down the hill to Grant. Parking is horrid and expensive.

    That said, it's great, and this Hotel is a very nice bed and breakfast. A breakfast of Coffee, orange juice and croissants is served at 9-10:30Am in the parlor. Cookie, the Golden Retriever, will come over and join you for breakfast. There is also a Tea time with cookies, but I was out wandering about town at the time.

    I only saw Pip the feline overlord, and Cookie while I was there but there is also another dog roaming around somewhere. They both were very friendly and tolerant of the humans wandering around.

    This Hotel, while 4 stories tall, is small and equipped with a small antique elevator. You might have a problem with your luggage if you're not packing light. If you just came for the weekend and have a carry-on you'll be good. I'm sure the porter would help otherwise.

    The bed was nice and big, taking up most of the room. The shower has great pressure and is very nice after walking up and down hills all day. Plenty of hot water at all times of the day.

    The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, and the owner John will actually be the one serving you breakfast.

    17/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Darren M.
    Excellent B&B right near everything you would want to do.

    Just like in real estate, location is important to a hotel.  This is not the Mandarin or the Omni.  It is a quaint bed and breakfast where you are known by name, greeted by friendly staff and guests and get to have a little animal time if you so desire.  The location is truly perfect.  Two blocks away is a trolley stop.  3-4 blocks away is the gate to Chinatown and further on to North Beach (LIttle Italy).  about 4 blocks away is Union Square.

    The room we stayed in (202) is a Queen with private bath overlooking Bush St.  It was cozy with a nice bed and clawfoot tub.  Turndown service at night, windows for ventilation, armiore and chest of drawers.  Small but not crushingly so.  The elevator is unique, though we walked the small flight of stairs usually.

    The staff was excellent.  They helped with arrangements, recommended restaurants and were friendly and courteous without question.  The croissants and coffee in the morning were exceptional.  Pip (Orange Tabby), Patsy (Black short pug looking dog) and Cookie (Golden Retriever) were frequently around, though not intrusive.  

    Overall this made for a very relaxed home feeling stay.  It reminded me of staying with a group of knowledgable friends, only without the hassle of worrying about intruding on their lives.

    I could not recommend it higher.

    30/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Cam S.
    Finding a well-priced, well-located hotel that doesn't give you nightmares about what you'd find if 20/20 arrived with those little black lights is no small task. And that makes discovering a place like the Golden Gate Hotel even more gratifying, especially considering I booked it largely because they have a cat that lives in the lobby (I'm a sucker for that sort of thing, but it's probably not the best criterion for booking a good hotel).

    I booked two nights at the hotel a few months prior to my trip and later needed to extend the trip by one night. I emailed the hotel and received a  prompt, friendly response adding a night to my reservation. Plus, the manager honored the winter promotional rate I'd gotten on my original reservation for the extra night, even though the promotional rate had ended--without me even asking.

    The day I arrived, I got to the hotel much earlier than I'd anticipated, and my room wasn't yet ready--completely understandable considering it was only around 11am (before their official check-out time). The staff really went above and beyond to make sure I could head out and explore the city while I waited--they held my bags at no charge and even offered me a cup of coffee to go.

    When I got back after a few hours, the manager helped me with my bags and took me up to my room via the awesome, antique elevator with original wall paintings all the way up the shaft. I had reserved a room with a shared bathroom, but they put me in one of only a few rooms in the hotel that has a shower en-suite (I still had to use the communal toilet down the hall). This was totally unexpected and very nice, considering I'm a young female who was traveling alone.

    The room itself was cozy and warm, with tons of character--an old-school pedestal sink, a window that opened out to a fire escape with potted rosemary and other herbs, a nice, new quilt on the bed, etc. It was also very, very clean--even by my meticulous standards (and trust me, if there's some uncleanliness factor to get creeped out by in a hotel room, I'll find it)--and had those nice-hotel features (high-quality, incredibly comfortable bedding, travel-size toiletries by the sink) that kept it from feeling like someone's shut-in grandmother's spare bedroom. It really felt like a cozy little home to come back to at the end of a long day running around the city.

    The breakfast every morning was basic (croissants, jam, juice, coffee) but served to your table in the small, charming lobby area (not just dumped out on a communal buffet), and they were happy to give me a to-go cup for my coffee upon request. Every evening, they set out cookies and tea in the lobby as well (I didn't partake, but it's a nice touch). And yes, PIp the cat was totally cute and friendly, and I loved stopping to give him some attention in the lobby when I got home every evening.

    Throughout my stay, every single staff member I encountered was kind and helpful without being intrusive. It felt more like I was staying at a friend's house than a hotel. This was honestly my favorite find of the trip, and I will definitely stay here again when I return to San Francisco!

    29/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Katelyn D.
    This was a lovely hotel with a B&B feel. Charming Victorian era decor and pleasantly appointed, if small, rooms and very comfortable beds and bedding. Located between Nob Hill and Union Square it is close to all the major shopping areas and attractions. There is a garage across the street where $25 per day allows unlimited in/out access. A very cute "perk" is the orange cat "Pip" who is a sort of mascot for the hotel and is often right there sleeping by the front desk. Staff was warm, friendly and helpful! Wi Fi could use some updating though. Experienced some connectivity problems. Relatively inexpensive by SF standards. Highly recommend!

    02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. romeo r.
    I stayed here during the week of the Gay Pride parade and it was a very nice stay. We initially booked a room for two a week before our stay and we had one more person join our party. We told the employee working the front desk this and he was able to get us a family room for the first night and two separate rooms the second night. Both rooms were small but cozy and the beds were comfortable.

    Where they really shined was in their customer service. The staff was friendly and helpful; upon arrival, Spencer gave us a quick orientation to the area, going as far as giving us a map and showing us places of interest. He even asked us if there was anything we were interested in seeing in particular and he did his best to mark those areas on the map. Also, every time we went in and out of the hotel, whoever was working the front desk greeted us or said goodbye with a "have a nice day."

    However, what REALLY stood out was my experience with a lost item. I lost a flash drive sometime between the first night and the second day; since we would be out, the staff said to pack everything in our bags before we left after our first night and that they would move all the luggage to one of the rooms by the time we got back. Well, I unfortunately lost my (very small) flash drive sometime after the first night. I wasn't sure if I left it in the room, or if I dropped it. Bummed, I asked the front desk if they saw my flash drive; they were apologetic, checked the lost and found, and told me they would sweep the room. After our second night, I asked again and nothing came up. They did, however, tell me that they would send it in if it ever turned up. We went back home and I thought I might never see my flash drive again.

    HOWEVER, I tend to be stubborn and decided to call that same night after I got back home. They checked again and said nothing turned up; they patiently assured me that housekeeping usually did a very thorough sweep of the rooms, and if they found something, they would call me. I was pretty sure at this point that I wouldn't get my flash drive back.

    After about a week, though, I had a feeling it might still be there. I called them up and talked to Halim. I was a bit more descriptive of my flash drive; my flash drive doesn't look like your average "stick of gum" size flash drive. It's very small - about the size of a postage stamp. (This is a picture of the same model - black on the left i51.tinypic.com/2ngslt5.… ) I described it as such, and said it looks more like a cell phone charm than a flash drive. Amazingly, it had been found! However, it wasn't in the room like I thought it might have been; Halim told me they found it outside in front of the front door of the hotel. I asked if they could ship it out to me and Halim seemed hesitant - more on this later. Unsure of when I'd be back in the city, I said that I or some friends might be able to drop by and pick it up. I said thank you and hung up.

    After asking some friends and realizing it'd be too much to make the drive to pick up my flash drive when it could just be sent, I called later and again spoke to Halim. Though he still had reservations about shipping it - he informed me that there was a previous incident where a past customer left something in the room, asked for it to be shipped back to her via USPS, and it got lost - I assured him I would not hold him or the hotel responsible if my item got lost in the mail. He said they usually ship items via UPS, and told me it shouldn't be more than $20. I asked if it was their official policy to use UPS, and he said no; I then told him I preferred USPS because it was cheaper, and he said it was fine. He even waited patiently while I went online and checked shipping rates. He said that as long as I was ok with that risk, he would have no problem shipping it. I gave him my credit card info and asked him to ship it out in a USPS priority mail flat rate envelope and he said he would ship it out the next day and give me a call. At this point, I was already impressed by the level of customer service that they had shown not only at the hotel during our stay but way after. I thanked him profusely and promised a very good review!

    BUT IT'S NOT OVER. Almost, though. The next day, I received a call from Halim; he informed me that he went ahead and shipped it, and since it was so cheap, he didn't charge my credit card. Above and beyond! He gave me my tracking number and once again thanked me for choosing Golden Gate Hotel.

    I cannot comment on the coffee or croissants - there's free coffee and pastries in the morning- but I tried an oatmeal raisin cookie and it was good. Nothing particularly special, but it was good!

    TL;DR: Golden Gate Hotel is a mid-range priced cozy hotel with a distinct atmosphere staffed by extremely friendly and helpful staff. If you're looking for a place to stay where the staff is warm and friendly, stay here. That is the strength of this hotel and I would not hesitate to stay here again

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Tony B.
    Awesome place.  Clean and friendly and really welcoming.  Lovely cat too!

    30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Thurston H.
    The Golden Gate is a perfect place to stay in San Francisco -- an affordable, family-owned, B&B-style hotel in the heart of the city. You'll enjoy morning croissants and coffee and afternoon tea, and meet sociable Pip the cat, who hangs out with visitors near the fireplace. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. Close to Union Square, but just far enough to feel removed from the crowds. BART, cable cars and buses are just a few minutes away.

    12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Ryan V.
    While this place may not be a 5 star hotel, it is certainly worth a 5 star rating on Yelp. The workers are extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms are cozy and nice, the shower felt amazingly nice, the cookies are great, the price is right, and the friendly cat in the lobby is a great touch. We stayed here one night and moved to the nearby Hilton for the remainder of our trip (company convention paid for by my company). Honestly, I wish we would have just stayed at the Golden Gate and paid our own way. It's really everything you need and want in a B&B. It's location is also great.

    We will definitely be suggesting the Golden Gate for all friends and family visiting San Francisco.

    21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Jose C.
    I almost don't want to write a review for this place because it is so good.  Location and rate is just great.  Clean and classic.  I will stay here every time I stay in SF.  Best BnB hands down.

    31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Gabriele S.
    This little hotel is a  gem, well located just a block above Union square; cozy rooms,very clean, friendly and helpful staff!!!! breakfast was a bit crowded but nice with coffe,orange juice, croissants and muffins ,they serve tea and cookies at 5pm as well.Pip the cat is so cute!!he visited us one night :-) and seems the owner of the house!!!!Great experience definitively we would come back soon!!!!

    18/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Nick R.
    I'm originally from the bay area, but I was looking for a hotel that had clawfoot tubs, for a short "staycation" in the city. I've only stayed here once, but I always recommend this hotel to anyone who's looking to have a very relaxed stay.

    The staff is extremely friendly, and the cat that hangs out in the lobby always amuses me. The rooms are small, but comfortable. The entire experience of staying at this hotel feels like you're staying at your grandmother's house; complete with a light breakfast and coffee. The only negative thing about this hotel is neighborhood. It definitely gets noisy some nights, and walking away from downtown will put you in the Tenderloin. I'm not deducting any stars from my review though, this hotel is one of my favorites and would recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy a relaxed stay in San Francisco.

    04/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Esqbyday T.
    Can't do better near Union Square! Friendly, warm, comfortable. And convenient.  My wife and I stayed for one night for our seven-year anniversary - a night away form the kids! Perfect!  And the croissants and coffee in the morning are amazing!  I can't say enough about this hotel!

    29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Rachael D.
    Stayed here for a night with my boyfriend while visiting San Francisco. Lovely, well kept hotel in a good location with a decent price to match. Our queen room was small but well maintained, beautifully furnished and very comfy. The staff were all very friendly and helpful with recommendations as to where to go in the city. Would definitely come back and stay here again!

    14/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Amy M.
    Our stay was May of 2014. We found this place online and decided to call for rates instead of going with the online price. We got a better rate by calling! The man on the phone was very courteous and helpful. He was also there to greet us when we arrived (I recognized his voice from our phone conversation). He gave us a really great map and recommended some places that we later checked out (Blazing Saddles bike tours). We had a room for one night very close to the shared bathroom only because the private bath was not availalbe our first night. I was unsure at first, but the shared bathroom was not at all uncomfortable. The shared toilet room is single-person and I believe the shower is the same; so you're not using the toilet or shower next to a stranger. The next night we had previously arranged to move to a room with a private bathroom for the rest of our stay only because it wasn't availble our first night. Both rooms were great. Very cozy and comfortable and quiet. Our first room had a window with a fire escape that faced the center of the hotel. No street view, but it was decorated nicely with a small table and was inviting to open the window and go out onto the fire escape in the early evening. Our second room had a view of Bush Street. It was a lovely bay window. We asked for a fan because we sleep better with a little white noise and they gladly accomodated that. The street was not noisy and did not keep us awake (my husband is a light sleeper, too). Breakfast downstairs was very cozy. Pastries and tea/coffee and juice, I believe. They also serve cookies in the afternoon/evening. The best part of the whole visit was of course Pip the cat. He was very quiet and so very sweet and charming. I fell in love with San Francisco because of Pip. If we are able to return, I will definitely try to book a room again at Golden Gate Hote. The entire place is cozy and charming and comfortable.

    18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Kelsey D.
    Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in San Francisco!

    My husband and I visited San Francisco a few weeks ago for our 1 year anniversary. We looked at numerous hotels and were discouraged after seeing how expensive they all were. I came across the Golden Gate Hotel and saw many positive reviews on Yelp. I'm here to tell you that the reviews for this hotel are spot on! The staff was extremely friendly and so very helpful. They were able to accommodate us and get us into our room a few hours earlier than normal check-in time. The breakfast (muffins and croissants) was delicious, and we were never left hungry. The beds may have been the most comfortable that I've ever slept on. Loved, loved, loved this hotel! I would 100% recommend it and would stay there on a future trip to San Francisco.

    02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Talia G.
    This place is really a gem of a hotel. It's located just a few blocks from Union Square, but just far enough that it escapes the craziness. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are shared, but everything is extremely clean and cozy. I never once had to wait for the bathroom, and it was so sparkling that it felt like I was the only one using it. The breakfast was basic but satisfactory, consisting of delicious croissants, juice, and coffee. If I ever have to stay in a hotel in SF again, I'll be back here without a doubt.

    18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Shontel H.
    A gem in the middle of San Francisco.

    Pretend like you didn't read this rating...I don't want them to raise their prices.

    Seriously, if you're on a budget, YOU WILL NOT find a better deal. The location is amazing, as you can walk to many major attractions, restaurants and shopping.

    The staff is so accommodating, and Pip the cat runs the whole show. I want to move in here.

    11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Cate T.
    I put my mother up here for a few days while she tripped through SF with me. This place is extremely cozy, like your nice aunt's house.

    There's a ginger tail-less tabby named Pip who is entirely indifferent to people and doesn't approve of being pet around the head (he will settle for the back). There is a warm interior coupled with people sipping tea and coffee and nibbling croissants in the morning. There are creaky stairs that audibly groan with age. There are narrow corridors littered with old photographs and a vintage lift with an extremely narrow opening to get in and out.

    The staff is polite and cordial.
    A room with a shared bathroom runs quite cozy (see "small") and clean but is accommodating.
    The Wi-Fi is free with the password posted inside each room.
    The entry requires that you either buzz so that the staff can allow you in, or if you are a guest, you are given a personal key that gets you in.

    Breakfast of pastry and beverages is very popular with people who don't care that San Francisco has amazing breakfast spots.

    Sushi is a few store fronts away.
    An adult theatre, too, if that's your thing.

    Sweet little spot just a hard stone's throw from a Powell cable car stop.

    Considering the prices of hotels situated around Union Square, this ain't too shabby, and does the trick since the hotel is just a place to sleep.

    31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Lucienne L.
    i went there with a girl friend to spend a weekend in sf. we really liked the place. we had a queen bed room with private bath. the bed was huge! i found it very comfortable (my friend found the matress too soft) we had two pillows each, a high one and a low one, which was great! the bathtub was big and the whole place very clean. we even had a real working hairdryer (not a lame one on the wall). the bathtub is really big and could easily fit two people.
    breakfast consisted of a perfect butter croissant an almond cream croissant and a muffin plus coffee, tea and orange juice.
    the staff is super friendly.
    great place for a short stay!

    20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Amanda R.
    This place is a gem!  A friend and I decided this year's vacation destination had to be San Francisco, but we were a little concerned about the price.  When we found this online, we literally did a double take and some Googling to make sure we were actually indoors and not camping along Fisherman's Wharf!

    When we arrived we were immediately greeted by Spencer who gave us a brief rundown of the hotel, as well as an antique elevator tutorial and a hand up to our room.  We opted for the two twin, private bath and were very pleased with the size, cleanliness and décor. We had read about Pip, the resident cat, and were very excited to learn he would most likely be visiting us several times on our 4 night stay.

    Our days were packed to the point of evening exhaustion, but we could not have been happier when we finally flopped into some of the most comfortable beds with fluffy comforters either of us had ever encountered.   Breakfast was in the front parlor with tea, coffee, fresh muffins and croissants that melted in your mouth.

    Pip - I can't say enough about Pip!  Returning to our room on night 2, he rode the elevator with us, gazing expectedly at the door.  He must have had someone waiting for him, because he sauntered out with little to no desire to follow us to our room.  Our disappointment was palpable.  Cue night 3:  my friend returned from the Giants game as I was about to pass out from cycling around the city, and said, " I have Pip."  Oh. My. God.   He immediately jumped up on her bed, curled into a ball, and fell asleep.  This beautiful cat stayed there for 10 hours!!  100 pictures and his morning bath behind him, he jumped out of bed and strolled to the door as if we had been doing this for years.  

    When we came downstairs for breakfast, he was sitting atop his perch on the check in desk, surveying the parlor while keeping an eye on the front door.  Surprisingly to us, he got in the elevator again that night and stayed all night long.  Prior to going to sleep, I made sure he knew we had an early flight, so there would be no 10 hour naps. He seemed okay with this as he proceeded to jump to his spot, curl into an orange ball and fall asleep.  

    An honorable mention has to go out to Cookie, the sweet Golden Retriever who let me smother him with attention prior to breakfast one morning.  This dog never stops smiling and loves those side scratches.   We looked for him every morning after, but never saw him again.  

    Though this review focuses on the animals, the service from the humans was second to none. We asked for a window fan the first night and had it delivered within minutes.   All of the staff, from front desk to housekeeping, to breakfast servers were friendly and happy.  I am afraid saying how awesome this place is will bump it out of my price range, but some things just have to be said.

    12/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Annie H.
    Great place to stay. Pip the cat was so welcoming and adorable. Nice accommodations. I was worried at first about the shared toilet but we had no problems at all. I would definitely stay here again

    09/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Chris H.
    Stayed here for a few days during GDC.  Very decent price, awesome location and the owners/staff are incredibly nice.

    Had a room with the shared bathroom and it honestly wasn't an issue at all.  Each room has a sink, and the communal bathroom doesn't, so people don't end up spending a lot of time in there.

    23/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Phil L.
    Nice place to stay. Centrally located, especially to Union Square and to Chinatown.
    Clean, plain and comfortable lodgings.  I stayed in a room with a private shower, but see that the units with shared bath have the bathrooms not 3 feet from their doors in the hallway.  A budget traveler will not go wrong with the shared bath accommodations.  I cannot think of anything that his place lacked..Very friendly staff and owners.  I liked the fact that just a block down on Bush St is the staircase   down to Stockton and a very short walk to Chinatown.  The breakfast offered is simple (and probably not too healthy over too many days) but tasty but I choose to go for dim sum most mornings to Good Mong Kok Bakery on Stockton where you can overstuff yourself for $5.  This place is a recommended lodging.

    30/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Ryann S.
    I really liked this place. The price was right in a city full of expensive hotels and motels. It is right in the middle of things, next to the trolley cars and Union Square.  The staff was nice and respectful. The rooms are small but you won't be in them most of the time. The bathrooms are small, but I have no complaints. I got the queen size with bathroom; I am too old to be sharing a bathroom. I had a great time!

    19/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Robbie S.
    What an amazing experience!  Staying here for my honeymoon was an excellent choice.  The staff here was beyond great. The staff here were very knowledgeable about the area and things to do. I was given a walking map to different locations.  My bags were taken to my room and set while I went with my new wife on a lunch date.  The hotel has a special 'watchmen in Pip the cat.  It was so neat to see this cat and it being used as the 'brand' of the hotel.  This was such a great experience that a short story or book could be written.

    Very clean and story book hotel. Full of charm and historical feel.  I highly recommend this B and B.

    29/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Karen D.
    4.5 - rounded up to 5.

    Stayed here 4 nights with my mum for a pre-mothers day trip.

    Double bed, private bathroom. I had wanted two twin beds, but was unfortunately unavailable. They were, however, accommodating to every request we had!

    The staff knew us by the second night, and were happy to brew up a spot of tea, or even a small pot of coffee after our long days of adventuring the city.
    I can't say enough nice things about the staff, who, along with their pets, made for an amazing experience.

    Enjoyed breakfast (of croissants and muffins) for several days. Mainly to use the wifi to look up the maps/ bus routes of the day. Wifi was shady in our room on the 4th floor at times, but the lounge on the first floor was always warm, quick internet and with Pip (resident Manx cat) patrolling the premise, and eyeing our snacks.

    Beds were comfortable, shower was always hot, and room and common areas always spotless.

    With no pool, gym, and a tiny business facility (read as: one lap top in a broom closet), don't expect to get much work done while staying at the Golden Gate Hotel. It is, after all, a bed and breakfast. Perfect for a get away.

    10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Andrea R.
    We stayed for 2 nights and we loved it! It was peaceful and safe. Rooms are decent and comfortable. Great staff!

    02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Mike H.
    Im a tough critic so believe me when i make a review.If you visit san francisco stay here!a five star hotel at a 2 star price.my family stayed for 5 days.always clean great service.hirem was great answered all questions .the croissants are warm and fresh to start your day seeing the sights.safe neighbor hood in the city.just stay away from the tenderloin not bad in the day but the kooks  come out at night there.we will stay here again!keep up the great service

    24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    45. Kendra B.
    This was my second stay at the Golden Gate Hotel, my first being over 7 years ago.  I was curious to see if it lived up to my first stay and, happily, it absolutely did! The neighborhood sure has changed and there are some delightful new spots right near the hotel.  Check out Sushi Toni and Hopwater Distribution for starters.  The hotel is in a wonderful location and we walked everywhere!

    Everyone at the hotel is so helpful and they really go that extra mile to make the stay fantastic.  We were going on a picnic after a hike in Muir Woods and the staff provided us with a picnic blanket and cheese knife (two things we didn't have).

    The rooms are rather small but cozy and delightful and the bed was extremely comfortable.  

    Breakfast with the most delicious croissants, muffins and tea/coffee was the perfect start to the day and cookie and tea in the afternoon was a wonderful end or much needed transition into our night.  We were even lucky enough to dine with Pip the housecat on two separate mornings!

    This spot is truly unique and full of character.  It is the only place I will consider staying when visiting San Franscisco!   Thank you again for another wonderful stay!

    21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. Kaitlin D.
    I can't even begin to explain how excited I was about this place and the fact that it not only lived up to my expectations, but perhaps surpassed them. My husband and I were in town for the night with his sister and her husband before heading to Sonoma for a wedding the next day. The big draw for me was that the hotel has a resident cat (I'm a crazy cat lady) and it just looked incredibly cozy.

    We were met with a super helpful and polite staff member when we checked in and headed up to our room on the fourth floor. When we walked in, I was in love with the quaint setting--having only a bed and sink in the room was just what we needed; a lavish hotel room isn't necessary all the time. Walking down to the shower, I got flashbacks of band camp. Showering in what was basically a tiled closet made me nostalgic! We actually didn't run into any problems waiting for the bathroom or causing a wait as far as I know, which was a slight concern in sharing a bathroom with other guests. Everything was clean and tidy, and the decor was awesome. I just felt really comfortable overall. Additionally, the price point is amazing for the location and accommodations. The only downside for some might be the minimal breakfast, but there are plenty of other options nearby that will get you out and about anyways.

    Now to Pip. What a wonderful kitty soul. As I was heading out for an early morning run on Saturday, he meowed at me from behind his lamp station and basically demanded I give him a little pat on the head before leaving. Heart = melted. I only wish we had more than one night here not only for the joy of exploring the area, but also for spending more time in the hotel and with Pip.

    27/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Anna-Marie T.
    I stayed here this past weekend (8/8/14-8/11/14) with my boyfriend and cousins to attend Outside Lands and to just hang out in SF. I had originally wanted to stay in a different hotel but because of the event this was our only option... BUT i am SO glad we ended up here.

    This B&B is one of the better ones that I have stayed at. They are extremely clean (they have a cat and dog and my allergies did not flare up once while I was there), super accommodating and great location (located a couple blocks from the Financial District).

    After the first night at our event, we were too lazy/tired to get dressed and come to breakfast. The staff was SO nice and brought it up to our room for us!

    The location is another HUGE plus with this B&B. We were able to visit the Financial District, the Ferry Market Building as well as eat a numerous restaurants all by walking. All other destinations can be reached by public transportation which is only a couple blocks away.

    I will definitely keep this place in mind next time I am planning a trip to SF!

    14/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Michelle P.
    Great place and highly recommended -
    1) 2 blocks from union square, lots of nice eateries around, cable car stop 1 block away. You had the key to the front door so felt very safe
    2) beautifully decorated room and had everything you need despite it being on the small side (we didn't mind, this added to the charm)
    3) lovely breakfast and afternoon tea served daily in the parlour to classical music
    4) shared bathroom was not a problem, it was always available whenever we needed it and very clean.
    5) wifi throughout the hotel and printer available in the office.
    Overall a very enjoyable stay and one of the highlights of our San Fran trip. Thanks guys, keep up the great work!

    13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Alex M.
    There's a lot of charm in this hotel and a lot that isn't quite clear from their website, so I'll break it down for you if you're considering a stay.

    HEATING: The biggest dealbreaker is the steam radiator system. On both nights, it started clanging wildly at 3 am, like shaking a penny in a coffee can. The valve was tightly closed, as instructed, but it still made a racket. So then we opened the valve and opened the windows. They aren't thick windows, but an open window downtown means lots of sirens. For two vacation nights, we got very poor sleep. That's a major letdown. We did inform the night clerk and the management, and they did attempt to fix it after the first night, but the second night was the same clank-clank-clank

    BATHROOM: The second point is that many hotel stays are romantic. Our room was an en-suite but had a MINIATURE bathroom. I could not fit in there with my man. Not at the sink, and certainly not in the shower. There was no clawfoot tub. One morning I decided to venture into the hallway bathroom while ours was occupied by some serious business. Ok, great, the hall bathroom had no sink! So there I was, waiting around to wash my hands. Ewww.

    BEDDING: actually just fine for a hotel, neither great nor awful. I slept ok when I could sleep.

    BREAKFAST: a very tidy affair and five star worthy. You're offered warm croissants, jam, fresh coffee, tea, and orange juice. Nothing more, but it's all good quality. And you get the company of Pip the Cat, if you are ever so lucky. He likes to steal the crusts from the croissants, so be careful!

    PIP the CAT: Ok, so he's a completely charming cat. You should probably like animals if you stay here. The soap dish in our room was a cat. The soap itself has a sticker on it with Pip's outline. The owners reallllly like Pip and he's going to entertain you. Fun fact, he's at least bilingual and lurves the sweet morning prep cook.

    LOCATION: Great, if you don't mind a few tiny hills. The location was safe, easy walking distance to everywhere and close to many bus lines.

    DECOR: Loved the vintage photos, loved the old elevator. Did not like how squeaky the stairs are -- worried that I was waking people up when we squeaked around their doors.

    LUGGAGE HOLD: they held our bags without fee, which is always nice when you're sneaking in a few extra activities on vacation.

    PRICE: Maybe a steal in the summer, but average in winter. I found a lot of comparable rates, even at places like the W.

    WHY THREE STARS? There are a LOT of options in the Union Square / Nob Hill area. The owners and operators are independent, so it's nice to support their business, but it was hard to say that I enjoyed our stay. Compared to a property like the Ace Hotel, it's lackluster. One of the owners told me that the hotel used to be full of murphy beds, and salemen would use the room as a showroom during the day, then sleep there at night, with inventory stored in a basement warehouse. It's fun to see a place with this much history being used in a similar fashion, and not converted into condos, but I wish they had been clearer about this being an efficiency operation. If that's your thing and you want to stay in a dorm room for the night? Just know what you're selecting.

    09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    50. Melissa C.
    What a perfect little spot to stay at in SF. At first I didn't know if was feeling that antique vibe going on at this place - antique elevator and all - but the charm really grows on you.

    The hosts are all wonderful and friendly. And of course you fall in love with the dog, Cookie and Cat, Pip. What a gem right smack in the middle of SF on Nob Hill, near union square and great photo ops at Huntington Park and Grace Cathedral right up the block. All historical sight seeing spots.

    Thumbs up to this charming B&B. Oh! Tea time and breakfast are both simple yet amazing as well.

    08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. Vicky S.
    Absolutely great hotel location to get to any San Fran neighborhood. Safe to walk around at night and plenty of restaurants to walk to nearby.
    I love quaint places like this and it has so much old charm. The staff were all polite and so helpful.
    Afternoon tea and cookies are served along with a croissant, jam, tea, and coffee breakfast.
    We had the room with a shared bathroom in the hall, which was never a problem.
    We loved Pip the cat.

    If you ate someone that needs a large room with a big tv go to a different hotel. Our room was small with a sink (none in shared bathroom) and a little tv, but I don't really watch tv on vacation.

    I would definitely come back and will refer the Golden Gate hotel.

    16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Kim A.
    4.5 stars, rounding up. I really liked this hotel mainly because it was cute, quiet, clean, and most importantly: comfortable beds.
    We stayed in the double to save some money and because they are all facing away from the street (where as the queen size faces the street). Sharing a shower/toilet was never a problem - in the room theres a sink, mirror, good lighting, and obviously towels, toiletries, and blow dryer.
    Pros:
    -Very close to subway (not necessarily the most important reason to stay at a hotel in SF)
    -Comfortable beds!!! (seems to be rare in budget places)
    -Clean (towels replaced daily as well, all the good stuff you'd expect)
    -Quiet, there was some street noise in the morning but throughout the hotel is very quiet
    -Very home-y feel. Our room was really cute and throughout the hotel I felt at home and not like I was in a big city. The rooms are small but there was plenty of room for two people.
    -Pip the cat, although he does think he's a dog which caught me off guard.
    -Breakfast and coffee that they serve to you
    -Price is very reasonable
    -They let us check in 2hrs early and they held our bags for 7hrs after we checked out. They're very trustworthy (but we did lock our luggage just in case).

    Cons:
    -Location.. If you're from a small town there might be some shocking discoveries at night. Luckily Bush St is technically not in the tenderloin so you can avoid it. Even during the day Powell St, while relatively safe, is overly crowded. Our solution was to get off the train/rail/metro at Montgomery and walk up Bush St from there. I would personally avoid Powell at night but it's not terribly dangerous and it might not be as frightening if you're already from a big city.
    Another option would be to stay somewhere else (although not necessary) and my advice for that would be to not limit yourself to hotels near the Bart/muni because those are all the worst areas unless you go very west.

    25/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    53. Jade C.
    I almost don't want to write a review in fear that this place will be impossible to get a room!
    I stayed here with my Mom for four nights we split a room with two twin beds and a shared bath! It was wonderful! So cozy, clean and homey. The staff was extremely friendly, and Pip the cat was great! He would follow us to our room and hang out! A parking garage across the street made it very convenient with a car! The hotel is centrally located right near the entrance to Chinatown and union square!
    Can't wait to go back!!

    08/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0