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Rating: 4.45

Address: 417 Gough St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Comments (123):

1. Alden A.
Hey! If  you have a friend who wants a reasonable hotel rate w/ a courteous staff and quaint surroundings this is the place. Two of my friends have stayed there and enjoyed it. It's right on Gough in Hayes  Valley near alot of shops & restaurants & Walgreens. Rooms are small but weel kept & clean& the bathrooms & sowers are shared but everything is clean & comfortable. Check it out.

10/10/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. rusty w.
great place to stay to get away from the stress of the family and the job, for a 3 day weekend by myself and just do some wandering and thinking.  The rooms are really well taken care of and they are affordable just watch what time of year you go as you may find yourself out of luck as they fill up pretty fast for events like pride weekend and the holidays.  But all in all its an affordable place and the people from the office to the cleaning people are all very nice and they can recommend you to some far out places to eat and to check out.

29/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Joe G.
A small, intimate European-style hotel. Recommended if you like classy, well-decorated rooms for very little money (from $49/night). Not recommended if you require a desk in your room, an elevator, or an in-suite bathroom or shower (they're down the hall). Breakfast is served in a sunny dining room; the decor and the light are perfectly pleasant, almost making up for the mediocre bakery.

I stayed here when I moved to the city apartmentless; it was an excellent home base for a week of apartment hunting.

18/07/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Jessie J.
i've passed by here a million times while walking through quite possibly the best neighborhood in SF, and always thought about staying here.  bottom line, you get exactly what you pay for-a clean, cute enough space with very little amenities, and no private bathrooms that's stumbling distance from about a million great places.  it ain't the ritz, but it's perfectly acceptable for a place to crash after tying one on at absinthe.

also, they accept pets with no cleaning fee, but with a refundable "pet deposit" , i guess to ensure your dog doesn't decide to tear up any of their lovely polyester "bed in a bag" bedding.  god, that was bitchy.

17/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Jen M.
The Hayes Valley Inn is a great place to stay.  I have stayed in hotels all over the world and this Inn has some of the nicest people and best ambiance of anywhere I have been.
Here are the details I always want to know about a place and don't always find in a review-
The rooms are all different with twin, full and queen beds.  the beds are really comfy in whatever room you choose. Each room has a sink with soap and towels.  This is very convenient as the bathrooms and showers are shared. I had a little trepidation about sharing bath and shower but it worked out just fine.  Each floor has two separate toilets and one shower.  First thing in the morning you might have to wait a few moments to use the "facilities" otherwise its never a problem.  I had no issues with hot water as some reviewers mentioned. The toilets are always clean, plenty of toilet paper and hand sanitizer available.  The showers really depend on who is using them.  When I was on the 3rd floor it was immaculate.  One day I had to use the 2nd floor and the person who had used it last made no effort to pick up after themselves- not a commentary on the Inn at all- people using shared facilities should be aware and pick up after themselves.
I have stayed here twice so far. During my latest stay I requested a queen room, the Inn was full so I was upgraded to the queen turret room which was so nice and spacious with cute bed linens and curtains and huge bay windows.
There is a very nice breakfast  included with juice,yogurt, granola,cereal, fruit, meat & cheese, breads etc. The coffee is hot and plentiful and a good tea selection as well.  The breakfast room is very sunny and relaxing and there is another parlor room with tables. The Inn is located right in the middle of a neighborhood with several great places to eat.  Ask the staff for a recommendation! When you get back they have tea and cookies in the breakfast room or bring your own bottle of wine, they have glasses.  If you don't want to go out, they have a microwave you can use.   There is a computer in the parlor with a printer too which is very nice.    
All in all its a much more relaxing and personal experience when compared to some "vanilla" hotel room for a lot more money. The people staying there for the most part are very friendly and courteous.  Some tend to show up for breakfast in sweats and bare feet??? maybe feeling a little "too" at home....
I will continue to stay here when I can get availability (this can be tough so book early)- I hesitated to write a review after my first stay as more and more people will find this hidden gem I am sure. If you are someone who likes a place with great location, great staff and a great unique space- The Hayes Valley Inn is for you!

21/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Emily H.
So lovely, so nice with a staff and setup that makes one not want to leave. Cozy and comfy with a great continental breakfast spread. Located next to great restaurants and the Opera. Hayes Valley Inn is a gem if you are fine with sharing a bathroom.

21/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Barbara B.
We just returned from our SF visit and truly enjoyed our week at the Hayes Valley Inn.  It is clean, affordable, centrally located and comfortable.  I admit that I was skeptical about the shared bath, but it just was not a problem.  The included breakfast was simple but more than adequate, the room was small but cozy, and the staff is outstanding.  Best of all, there is a genuine caring attitude from management that filters down to every single employee we dealt with over our week there.  The Inn is convenient to several MUNI lines and there are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops in easy walking distance.  The only problem I had was some street noise that occasionally disturbed my sleep, but it was not such a big deal that I wouldn't go back--I certainly will.  A great value, and a wonderful experience.

23/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Lauren S.
Wow, I have never stayed at a more quiet bed and breakfast inn. It's almost shocking given that it's at Hayes and Gough!  The decor is very quaint, Victorian, and sort of like staying at an elderly family member's house. The rooms are very snug and clean. The set up of the inn is "European style" so the bathrooms and showers are not in your room, but you do have a sink. There's always a full stocked tea room and a very nice continental breakfast in the morning that has lots of variety so you're not stuck with jelly donuts or something heinous. Also it's very inexpensive which is pretty surprising  given the area. Although I live like, four blocks away from the place- it was a nice little vacation.

29/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Martin Q.
I visit SF once or twice a year and I've been staying at Hayes Valley over the course of 5 years. I love it.  For the price, the location, cleanliness of rooms, and service are exemplary.

This past visit, I left a stack of 15 homemade CDs on the nightstand and returned to NYC.  My good friend had made them for me before moving away, and I was distraught when I realized I left them.  I called Hayes Valley, and within 5 minutes they told me they found the CDs and they'd send them to me the next day.  I don't think I would get that prompt service at one of the big hotel chains.

Yes, you have to share a bathroom and yes, the rooms can be small, but it's quaint, clean, friendly, cheap and an excellent representative of San Francisco as a whole.

08/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Jeremy P.
This place is very charming and quaint. The staff is very lovely and the prices are great! Small room, but very comfy bed. I don't mind the shared shower and W.C. I didn't take advantage of the continental breakfast, though I did enjoy the coffee every morning, which was delish. And you really can't beat the location. You're close to all types of shops, restaurants, and bars, not to mention public transport, the Mission, Haight, etc.

So why only 3 stars?

My girlfriend and I walked up the stairs to our room, ready to throw our stuff in our room before painting the town red, when what do I see on the carpet just feet from our front door?

A pile of dog shit!

No joke.

A pile of dog shit.

I am fortunate to have a very low-key, patient girlfriend. She had a hearty laugh about it.

We put our stuff in the room, then told the staff person what we saw.  His reaction?

Well, he was very nonchalant. He laughed about it and said that it was from the hotel (owner's) dog. He said he would clean it up and sure enough when we returned a few hours later, the carpet was clean.

But he never once apologized.  I mean you're running a business here, Do you want a pile of dog shit to be the first thing your customers notice? What about the health code violations?

Other than that, the place is great.  But they definitely lose 2 stars for the shit and laissez-faire attitude re: it. I know SF is a progressive city, but there's no excuse for that shit (pun definitely intended).

15/01/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
11. Geri J.
My one regret about finally moving back to San Francisco is that we won't have Hayes Valley Inn as our favorite "out of town" hotel anymore. Briefly, if you enjoy staying in pensions in Europe, love the Rick Steves shows, and are not too prissy for shared bathrooms (very clean and the guest rooms have their own sinks), this will be your go-to place in San Francisco.

Well located within easy walking distance of the Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall, the hotel is also convenient to public transportation. 1/2 block in either direction will get you to the bus stop; a couple of more blocks to Market Street and you can hop BART and buses to pretty much anywhere you might want to go. The neighborhood is lively, with great restaurants and shops.

The rooms are under $100 a night and range from small singles and doubles to standard-sized Queen-bedded rooms. Fairly granny decor, but well-maintained. TVs are old-school and small, but seriously. This is SF. Why are you watching TV anyway? Get out of your room!

Prices include a self-serve breakfast collation and afternoon tea and cookies. There is a large breakfast nook in the kitchen. There is also a great parlor overlooking all the street action. The bay windows allow you to feel part of the action while sipping your tea. Guests are also allowed to use the small refrigerator and the microwave, which can save money.

Negatives: If you have AT&T, Hayes Valley is not quite a dead zone, but iffy. The hotel's free WiFi is also spotty. Also, the hotel's first floor is actually on the second floor up some pretty steep stairs. People with mobility issues might have a problem. (I have dodgy knees so I always asked for a room on the first floor.) Noise: You are on the corner of two busy streets, and this is, after all, a big city. Bring earplugs.

Even with the minor negatives, and even if this weren't such a terrific value, we are such culture vultures that the location alone would sell us on this place.

24/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Brook T.
This place was nice. It was quiet. The bathrooms and showers were always available and clean and odorless. We showered at night, not sure how it was in the morning. Getting the water temp right  proved to be the most difficult part of the hotel. That water can cause 3rd degree burns, watch out! That made my husband very grumpy. The gentleman that worked their proved to be most helpful out of the three office people that we met. The place has a lot of character and stairs! I lost two pounds staying on the third floor. The stocked kitchen was nice and everyone seemed to use it. I would stay here again, just on the first floor!

22/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Emerson B.
I'm torn about the Hayes Valley Inn. Excellent location, comfortable room, unbeatable value. At the same time, it's all a bit run down, and the guests all seem to be either European or long-term residents. Though I'm comfortable using shared bathroom facilities, these are a little depressing. But the ratio of price:location definitely merits three or more stars.

23/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Karla L.
The plusses of the Hayes Valley Inn are  - it is inexpensive, very well located, clean, the breakfast is lovely, the staff is excellent, it is very secure, many good restaurants in the area, nice linens and robes, and it had a lot of Victorian charm.  The minuses are that it is not ADA accessible, there is a full flight of stairs from the street to the first level where the office is, and no way to ask for help with bags at the point one is on the street, no way to control the temperature in our room (no thermostat), and no en-suite bath.  Having only two toilets and one tub/shower PER FLOOR was an issue, and if we had stayed more than one night it would have been a problem.  However, since we were mostly out and about, and robes were provided, a nip to the WC in the middle of the night wasn't so bad.  We would consider staying here again, and we really enjoyed our Turret room, however the issue no en-suite bath (there is a sink in the room) might have been discussed prior to our visit - I do not recall it being stated anywhere before we arrived.

29/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Matthew W.
I stayed here a few weeks ago while searching for an apartment in San Francisco - my search wasn't especially fruitful, but I loved where I stayed. Coffee and toast in the mornings for less than $80 per night? I was so there.

Yeah, the bathrooms are shared. But they were reasonably clean, and I never had a problem using the (separate) shower when I needed it. The sink in my room covered most of my grooming needs anyway.

Basically, I can't say enough good things: the staff was friendly, the hotel is centrally located, and the room was comfy. No, I wouldn't stay here if I had a family or really required best-of-the-best accommodations. But for one or two people just looking for a few days in SF, it's perfect.

02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Brian S.
This is why I go to B&Bs. Quaint place, nice and clean. Exceptionally friendly staff, great dog and the other guests are fun and easy to chat with and swap stories over breakfast. For the price and location, an absolute bargain.

26/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Daphne E.
Stephanie and Dennis were very nice. I moved back to SF from MO and they were so sweet and accommodating. I will surely come back to stay again if I need to and will let my family and friends know when they come to town. It will be my home away from home. Yes the bathroom and showers were across the hall, but everyone was respectful and thought about their neighbors. Spot the dog is Yoda, Scotti (my 2 little dogs) and my new buddy and loves bananas. Thank you for your hospitality; I'll miss you guys!

23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Masa N.
Not easy to find such an accommodating place to stay in San Francisco for the price you pay. It's very clean and the host is just wonderful. You can open the window and get good breeze to your room while overhearing cheerful sounds of the town.

24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Osher E.
The first step to san francisco, the place very clean, central, and offer good comfort, specialy i liked the kitchen and the breakfast... it was the best breakfast i had in b&b hostel in the states, that usually offers just mufffin and coffee.
the price is good, the only thig is the internet is low.. but i had a good landing into this hostel, the team are very nice too.
reccommend!!!

01/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Eric G.
I was planning to move to SF on a slightly stingy budget and could either shell out major bucks for a hotel or only spend one night (which is all my company would reimburse) in the city to find an apartment. Oh and I was planning this only a few weeks before and for some reason everything in SF was booked. The remaining options started to look bad. All I could find were dingy hotels with prices to match the demand.

As a last resort, I searched Yelp (again) but this time decided to call some of the hotels that I had ruled out. The Hayes valley inn gave me a little bit of a weird vibe when I first read the reviews especially because they have a shared bathroom. Well when I called and found out that it would be less then $80 a night in a desirable area with free breakfast (not to mention they actually had rooms) I was sold. My stay was great. The room looks like it was decorated by somebody's grandmother 50 years ago but everything is well maintained.

You will be happy to know the shared bathroom situation is made easier by the fact that they are spotless. Each floor has two toilets which have their own doors and one shower room which is also private. I never had to wait to use the shower (though I wake up early).

The breakfast was more then acceptable. Coffee, meats and cheese, pastry, and hard boiled eggs. Nothing fancy, just whatever they could pick up cheap at Costco but its free and filling. There is a dining area where you can strike up a conversation with some European tourists and a sitting room where you can read in peace. They also have an afternoon tea with tasty cookies and a nice selection of stash tea.

Finally, they advertise free WIFI which they sort of deliver. The reach is spotty in some parts of the complex and they are sharing one regular DSL line so if a couple careless people start downloading "art films" or whatever in their room the rest of the building get their innocent web surfing in snail time.

21/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Shannon L.
We stayed here for V-day weekend. They staff was very friendly, our room clean, and a nice continental breakfast in the morning. It had a very easy going family feel. I felt comfortable walking around or into the kitchen and helping myself to coffee etc., with real cups, plates, and silverware. You can keep to yourself or sit down and talk with other travelers.

Fancy- not really, comfortable and affordable- yes.  For a long term trip not having a bathroom in your room would probably get old, but for a quick trip it was no problem. The neighborhood  was nice and has great food. Absinthe across the street was incredible!

16/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Maura V.
I am almost a little afraid to write a review about the Hayes Valley Inn.
And why, might you ask? Because, I honestly think this is SF's best kept secret! So, why am I spilling the beans?? Will I have trouble getting a reservation here in the future, because once people read this review, they will tell their friends, and their friends friends and so on and so on and so on!
Where in SF, can you find a clean, quaint, inexpensive, relatively quiet, and friendly staffed bed and breakfast??????? Look no further, hun! Oh, and did I leave out Location, Location and Location??
It's in beautiful Hayes Valley with its delicious award winning restaurants, the best boutique in the world literally right around the corner, and a couple of blocks away from the Opera, Ballet and Symphony! Leave the rental car behind, cause, YOU DON'T NEED ONE.
Everything you would ever want is right at your doorstep.
And all this for well under 3 figures!!
Go figure?
Now, also figure out why I didn't give this beauty 5 stars?
There's a catch- you might need someone to catch you if you fall down steps trying to transport your belongings up the first 3 small flights of stairs just to get to the office. If you are lucky to get a room on this floor, you are home safe, because the unfortunate others have one or two more flights ahead of them!  Do you get the drift by now? There are no elevators in sight, so one must be in good shape to tackle getting to your room in one piece!
So, you have options. Don't bring any luggage. Hire a personal trainer a few months in advance to get you in shape. Find a hotel with an elevator.
I'm hoping for the latter. This place is a prize, steps included!
I want it to remain my SF best kept secret.
SSSHHHHHH!!

27/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Carina P.
My boyfriend and I were looking at cheap places to stay while we were in SF for the weekend.

This place was perfect.

Was the cheapest inn around and the people running the place were so nice.

The room for the price was small but it didn't matter b/c we were out and about all weekend anyway.

Really liked this place.

I defiantly recommend and I will defiantly be back

19/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Kary M.
Love this place! Really friendly staff, very cute, clean and they even have a lovely dg to welcome you. :) I would recommend this place to anyone and for the price and location it is the best deal in the city!

28/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Krissy C.
Thanks to YELP I found this lovely gem.  Super cute neighborhood, lot's of great restaurant & bars within walking distance.  Booked their best room (corner room 3rd floor) and it was perfect.  The continental breakfast was so european - a great start to the morning.  Easy parking in the lot nearby, friendly staff, and VERY CLEAN / well maintained.

13/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Lulu W.
The Hayes Valley Inn is a great option for budget travelers who want to save cash (and maybe prefer more of a local vibe than the generic downtown hotel when traveling for leisure), as well as a great place to put overnight visitors if you live in the 'hood.

My Hayes Valley studio can handle a friend visiting for a few nights, but anything beyond that is pushing it.  I've had two sets of out of town family members stay here while visiting me, and have concluded that it's the next best thing to having them stay with me.  Actually, scratch that: it's the *better* thing.

The Hayes Valley Inn is no muss/fuss guesthouse-style lodging (sink in the room, shower/toilet down the hall), unfancy but clean and well-maintained by friendly and helpful staff.  Breakfast is included in the price (which, starting around $70 a night, is a deal.)  My low-maintenance sister and husband stayed here, as did my higher-maintenance mom; and all thought it was a great value for what they paid, saying they'd stay here again next time they visit.  They all felt that they had more fun being able to experience Hayes Valley flavor - poking around the many shops, sipping a Sazerac at Absinthe across the street, or chilling with some Blue Bottle on Patricia's Green - than they would have had wandering around Downtown.

18/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Alyson L.
I have stayed at Hayes Valley Inn only 2 times and it feels like home!

It has cute country decor and is VERY clean.

Reasonably priced, pet friendly, and -my favorite part- it has a parlor room where you can sit, look out the window, and even borrow books to read.

The kitchen where breakfast is served is always available for tea, and I even brought easy mac ( to save on going out to eat while I was up there!) and Dr Pepper cans.  I put the sodas in the fridge, nobody touched them and I made the easy mac using the microwave and THEIR bowls that they leave out for guests to use!

Rooms are small and bathroom is shared, but is squeeky clean and just enough room.

Hayes Valley Inn is the best! I will stay there everytime I go to San Francisco.

15/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Laura B.
We had a great experience here. We spent two nights on two separate weekends and had a lovely visit both times (we went camping the week between). The rooms are very clean and kitschy. It's a hostile/b&b style hotel with shared bathrooms in the hall. It isn't nor will it ever be the Hilton, so if that's your style, don't stay here.

The TVs are small and usually pretty high up. The rooms are small but have a sink and towels. There isn't any A/C, so you have to open the windows to cool off which means there's a fair amount of noise from the street below. But the beds are comfy, the continental breakfast is free and the staff is very friendly. Also a great area of town and you can walk to many cafes and restaurants. The only thing I would change if I could is the fact that each floor has 1 shower and 2 bathrooms, all three of which are tiny. Only once did I find both bathrooms occupied so I just walked down one floor.

Love this place and will definitely stay there again

19/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Diana B.
I only had one very minor quibble during my stay here and want to get it out of the way first. When I booked the room, for myself and two friends, it was a somewhat last-minute New Year's Eve booking and they only had one room available: a "quad." Based on the photos I had seen on the website and this page, I was somewhat surprised to discover that a "quad" meant a cramped room with two bunkbeds. But that's my own oversight, really, and for one night it was fine. We were lucky to get it!
Everything else about our stay was a delight. From being greeted by Spot the dog, to the friendly service at the front desk, to the lovely clean linens and bathrooms (a vast change from our previous night at the damp and smelly airport Travelodge), to the delicious and plentiful included breakfast in the cute little kitchen and parlor, we loved it. The neighborhood was far enough from Market/the Civic Center to feel safe, even at night, but close enough to be extremely convenient. I would definitely return to this inn. It would be perfect for a romantic weekend getaway!

PS. We had no complaints about the shared bathroom system. We though for sure we'd have to wait for showers getting ready on New Year's Eve, but we never had to wait for the bathroom during our stay.

04/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Rachel W.
It is quaint, lovely, charming, clean, and centrally-located at the heart of the city just like its WAYYYY more expensive counterpart Petite Auberge on the Nob Hill. Yet at the same time, it's WAYYYY more affordable, low-key, comfy, cozy, friendly - we stayed there for a week and it felt like home!

The Front Desk: Easy-going, low-key, friendly, not fussy at all. All check-in and check-out paperwork can be done in a minute, with a calm and serene smile. During our one-week stay, we encountered quite a few front office staff there. One, I think, was a transgendered person. Voice was soft and calming, a very nice individual. Another one was a grandpa, and old white male, very relaxed, kind, always smiley, with a great sense of humor.

The Room: Small. Charming. Well-designed. Size does not matter, really. It worked fine for us. I love the deco!

Bathroom: Not attached to the bedroom. We didn't have any problems though, cuz we stayed at the top floor and there were very few people there to share the bathroom with us. Note that the bathroom is also extremely small. Functional, but very, very small.

The Dining Area: The yellow, bright, spacious dining room, and the small, maroon, Victorian style drawing room next to it are probably the MOST BEAUTIFUL part of the inn. The decoration is charming and the atmosphere is romantic. You might want to take a few pictures sitting on its cozy sofa.

The Breakfast: Nothing fancy, and it gets boring after a few days because they always serve the same basic things. Please note that it's NOT hot breakfast - no one is there to cook for you - and the kitchen is more like a kitchenette, with a sink and cabinets. You'd get your basic needs fulfilled, but expect nothing fancy.

The Price: Unbeatable. We're talking about SAN FRANCISCO here. And we're talking about Bed and Breakfast. I am a fan of B&B, and I have stayed in crazily expensive places like Petite Auberge up on the Snob Hill. Yes it was cute and everything, but I'd take Hayes Valley Inn any time. It's lovely AND it's affordable. Considering its location and everything that it has to offer, you just can't argue with the price here.

The Location: Excellent. It's at the heart of Hayes Valley, a quiet little neighborhood, near City Hall, a couple of blocks from the shops and restaurants on Hayes Street, and within walking distance to the Victorian houses at Alamo Square area and Lower Haight. It's a few streets to Civic Center BART and Market Street, which takes you everywhere in the city.

A note of caution: Yuppies - you might want to avoid the Tenderlion area which is not too far from the inn. if you're walking, choose your routes wisely. Hippies and all the street-smart, open-minded, daring folks out there - You might love the fact that you can walk (long walk) or bus to the Haight-Ashbury, and you might find that Civic Center / Tenderlion is actually a gem for urban cultural anthropologists and curious, open-minded tourists. It's quite a colourful neighbourhood, really. Depending on your political views, you can choose your perception and attitude towards the homelessness which plagues that Tenderlion area (east of this inn). Use your wits instead of your fists, treat people with respect, and have fun.

Overall, 4 stars. We love this quaint little inn. It will stay in our memory forever.

09/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. andrea r.
i almost don't want to write a review because this place is such a gem, BUT they deserve it because they know how to run a great little business. if you are on a budget and want to stay in a friendly neighborhood this is your place. the rooms are small but clean and adorable. it's a simple place really with a kitchen and a lounge. the hotel itself has been remodeled in a french country? style. my good friend was coming in from out of town and had never been to SF but we needed something we could afford so i happened across this on the internet and i'm so glad i did. i think i tried to book it through hotels.com or one of those sites and there were no rooms available for the dates i entered. i went ahead and called the hotel and the receptionist informed me that they keep a few rooms

19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Heather P.
My husband and I stayed here for about three nights. We loved everything about the place. Stephanie runs the place and is absolutely welcoming. We brought our puppy and Spot the dog was very welcoming too! The breakfast is wonderful, toast, waffles, muffins, cereal and deli plate; along with coffee, OJ, milk and teas to drink. The rooms were folkod size and a great value. They are currently updating the place. The plumbing issues mentioned in some previous reviews were worked on and seemed to be fixed.  The Inn is near public transportation, as for parking it is not provided, but there are at least three pay sites (garages and yards) on the block. Call ahead to make reservations, they book fast, and for good reason. This is the only place I would stay in San Fran.

11/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. owen brenna i.
This place was amazing. Sure you have to run out into the hall for your shower or to use the bathroom, and yeah I could hear everything outside.  But you're paying basically nothing, so get over it!

the staff is AWESOME!!  the housekeepers were great, the front desk was super friendly and nice.  I loved it!  I stayed here for a week while trying to find a permanent apartment, and I felt like I was at home, yet still had a hotel feeling to it.

Stay here.

23/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. buddy g.
WHAT A FIND!!!  The prices for rooms in SF were so intimidating that we put off the trip for a long time.  Then we found Hayes Valley Inn online and decided to take a chance.  Good thing we did!  It is a great alternative to the overpriced hotels throughout the city.  Hayes Valley Inn is close to everything (awesome restaurants, City Hall, parks, bus lines, shops, etc), the neighborhood is quirky and cool, the front desk people are truly friendly and helpful, the place is clean and has a solid feel to it, the breakfast is substantial, the Welcome book is packed full of information, cleaning lady Guadalupe is the sweetest thing in town, and they are pet friendly.  All that for just over $100 a night for the two of us - honestly, what more could you ask for?!?!  Have already recommended to friends and family.

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Kristi B.
I decided last minute to try to find a pet friendly hotel in San Francisco to watch some friends running a marathon. The following morning I texted a coworker who decided to come with.

This was like the 16th place I called and the owner promised she would call me back. 20 minutes later she called me back and said I got the last room.

For $96 the friend, crackdog and I got a small, non smoking room with two twin beds. The owner was just as nice as she sounded over the phone.

After parking at the nearby lot $15 for 24 hours we sipped tea in the parlor.  What a perfect way to chill after dealing with the stress of San Francisco traffic.

The manager made a couple of recommendations for dinner, we ignored her and made a 3 mile walk to some place we didn't end up eating at- only to grab a bite at one of the places the owner did recommend.

Friend was whiny and didnt want to walk another 3 miles (OK 6 miles round trip) at o'dark hour the following morning  to where my running friends were finishing their half-marathon. Doggy and I had a much better time and took those hills at a faster pace.  On the walk back (downhill yeah) I  found another great restaurant the manager recommended.

Manager watched doggy after we checked out while we had lunch with my sis and her beau at the awesome Turkish place around the corner.

Only negative: our bathroom and shower was across the hall.  Next time I stay- I will pack a light robe. You are in San Francisco, your room or hotel is mainly a place to rest your paws.

Although I have family and friends who live in the city as long as I travel with Hooka (aka crackdog) I will keep this Hayes Valley Inn number saved on my droid for future visits.

26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. L. w.
loved my stay- everything from the people who work there, to the scrumptious breakfast and tea, to the beautiful rooms and immaculately clean bathrooms.  I wish I got to meet the puppy though! was hoping to see a puppy come by the hallway to greet me.

02/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Kumi K.
An excellent B and B for its unbeatable price+location+services.

The room was clean, bed was comfy and shared bathrooms were kept really clean all the time. Loved the free breakfast and afternoon tea.
All the staffs were very helpful. They even let me use their shower before I checked in. I don't know if that's common in SF but where I come from it's unheard of so I appreciate that alot.

12/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Melissa O.
Pros
- It's cheap.
- The neighborhood, Hayes Valley, is super cute. The hotel is close to many awesome restaurants and shops.
- They have free (slow) WiFi.

Cons
- The bathrooms are in the hallway. There are 2 to a floor.
- The shower is in the hallway. There is 1 to a floor. The 2nd floor shower is tiny, and everyone on the floor tried to use it at once. The ventilation is nonexistent, and the moldy shower curtain was falling apart. Additionally, there is no water pressure.
- The walls, ceiling, and windows in my room were paper thin. I could hear absolutely everything that went on in that hotel: every word uttered and foot stepped outside, in the hallway, in the room above me, and in the rooms surrounding mine.
- My only interaction with the staff was when I arrived, and they seemed completely apathetic. It was less than welcoming.
- Decor was grandmotherly and kitschy... which would have been fine if everything else was okay, but in this case, it just added to my unpleasant experience.

I would not recommend this to anyone who can afford a better hotel.

09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Heather B.
I was looking around on booking.com for a decent priced hotel and stumbled upon this little gem.

I didn't know what to expect when I pulled up but I was pleasantly surprised! Its an old historic building, which I love, and the rooms are small with shared bathrooms. There are tea and goodies between 4-7pm in the Ivy Room and breakfast in the morning. The breakfast was great! Fruit, yogurt, bagels, OJ, coffee, toast, muffins, ham and cheese!

The staff was super friendly and helpful. My friend and I talked with them for a good half hour just about food/bar choices in the neighborhood.  

All in all, great time!

21/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Nancy R.
We stayed overnight last Thursday night, and went to a jazz concert at the Veteran's War Memorial a couple of blocks away.  It was inexpensive and very, very quiet.  I never heard anyone else in the hall at all, and it was pleasantly private and quiet.  

The room and the bathrooms were clean, and the bed was very comfortable.  There was a parking lot next door for patrons to use at a discount, but I'm pretty good at finding free parking in the alleys, so we didn't have to pay anything for parking.  It's a great location to walk to almost anywhere in the Civic Center/Yerba Buena area, and we had a great time.

The rooms are really small, though, but that really wasn't a problem, since the price was good and the service was good.  And I loved the neighborhood and all the great eating places and the little pocket park just a block to the southwest.

27/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Hilary S.
I did hours of research before deciding to stay here.  I used to live in the city so I was familiar with the area and knew it was in a wonderful, quaint, safe neighborhood.  With the inexpensive price, $79 including taxes for 2 adults in a double bed, I was wondering just how satisfied I would be with my stay.  Well, it exceeded my expectations!  

It was like a home away from home!  The entrance has a secure door that you have to be buzzed in or use your key to get in if you're a hotel guest.  The staff was extremely welcoming, friendly & helpful.  They are available until 11pm and really seem to care about the comfort of their guests.  They serve tea & cookies from 7pm-10pm daily and also serve a wonderful breakfast including fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, toast, ham & cheese, yogurt, granola, various kinds of cereal, OJ & coffee.  The rooms are quite small, but have a good size vanity & sink (bathrooms are down the hall with a separate shower & bath room that are very clean & well kept)  with plenty of closet space to hang your clothes as well as a dresser.  It has cable TV, but the TVs are the  tiniest TVs I've seen in a very long time!  It didn't bother me though...I'm not there to watch TV!  I stayed in a double bed and it comfortably slept both my boyfriend & me.  We stayed on the third floor, midway down the hall and it was fairly quiet for being in the city.

If you're not planning on spending a whole lot of time in your room, I highly recommend staying in this little gem in the big city!  I'll definitely be back!

08/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Sean S.
Here's yet another B&B in the great san-franco, city by the bay.  This one I stayed in for a couple of days last year before, and following the burning man festival.  It's nestled in the little Hayes Valley neighborhood, between the mission, Civic Center, Fillmore, and the Haight.  

There's lots of good shopping here, a cool cafe a block over for breakfast, a bar called Jade, a moroccan restaurant downstairs.  Plus it's a quick walk to the mission, Rainbow Grocery, thrift stores and tattoo shops... you know, all the basics!!

Like a lot of B&Bs, it has shared bathrooms on the floor, which means it's full of euros and few backpackers.  There's a living room and kitchen, and breakfast really feels like you're at grandmas house.

Two thumbs up, I love this place, and love the neighborhood.  I'll probablay be back there in August.

09/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Rachel A.
Great, not-too-expensive place to stay in the Hayes Valley area.  Had a great time exploring the shops and restaurants within walking distance.  Also, had no trouble walking back and forth to the Mission District and BART stations.  Not at all bothered by the shared bathroom.  Reminds me of a nice hostel or European inn.  Breakfast was pretty good too!  Everyone we met, employees and hotel guests, were friendly and personable.  I would totally stay here again.

08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Christopher P.
From the outside this place looks like just any regular apartment, but after you get buzzed in the smell hits you. Don't get me wrong though, its similar to when you enter someone else's house. A strange smell to your nose, but you can tell that it is the scent of home.  The area is in a pretty secure neighborhood and there's parking down the street at the performing arts garage.The place is super cozy and the staff is very friendly (including the doggie guarding the stairs all the time). They even upgraded us for free into one of the larger rooms, very nice of them :D. This European style place is quite different from other  places mainly due to the shared bathrooms. By shared all it means is in the hall and they're for everyone to use! It was super clean every time I had to use it, no smells for there is always an open window and a bottle of freshener. Toilet paper was always well stocked so no worries there as well!

Breakfast consists of bread/bagels (ham and cheese on the side), fruit, cereal, juice.... normal breakfast stuffs. There's tea and water available nearly all day in case you get thirsty at any time. The place does offer free wifi and theres a public computer for use if you didnt bring your laptop, but I didn't get a chance to try the wifi soooo not much to say on that

All in all, it was a nice place to stay for a couple days. Wish they would put in a slightly bigger TV though.... but its not that big of a deal.

24/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Justin W.
I too did hours of research for affordable, yet clean and convenient accommodations that would hopefully leave me with a memorable experience and not a case of bed bugs.  I kept coming back to this listing.  You cannot beat this price, even via hotwire! The Hayes Valley Inn is the perfect place to call home for a few days.  If a comfortable bed, a welcoming staff and a little slice of local living are your cup of tea, you should check-in now.  The neighborhood is adorable, sprinkled with stellar local eats and an array of shops you wont find on every other main street.  If you're looking for frills and a long list of amenities, this is not the place for you. That said, I spent a decade trotting the globe in the music industry, staying at a myriad of 5-star properties and I was more than ok here... even with the shared bathrooms.  I never once had to wait for anyone, which was my biggest fear.

It is an experience you have to be open to, but a far cry better than a low-grade corporate budget hotel. The Hayes Valley Inn is extremely quiet and something made me reminisce about being in high school and sneaking in late at night when returning from dinner with a friend to find the inn keeper perched across the hall in the sitting room reading a book with her faithful sidekick, a sweet black shepherd.  If you're in town to party til 4am, this may not be the best option for you. However, if you simply need a place to rest, explore the city and make your camp, consider staying with your friends at the Hayes Valley Inn.

13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Miss B.
I had a wonderful stay at Hayes Valley Inn. It is conveniently close to transportation and the neighborhood is full of life. You feel like you have your own little apartment. I thought I would freak out with not having a shower & toilet in my room. But there are two bathrooms on every floor and they are always clean. The hotel was at full capacity but I never had to wait regardless of the time. The shower room was clean and always available. You also have a sink w/ towels in your room. I had a room with bay windows and although its not a huge room it was perfect for me and my boyfriend. It felt like staying over the guest room of a friends house. There was no peeling walls, no dirty carpet, no bugs, everything worked, lots of draw and closet space. The bed was comfortable and everything was clean.
The free breakfast was great. They had waffles, cold cuts, cereal, yogurt, granola, bagels, coffee, fruit in abundance. They have cookies and tea time in the afternoon as well. It may get a little noisy in the early morning with the garbage trucks but hey its the city - you deal with it. The staff was great as well. The prices are amazing. I had a great conversation with Dennis during check out who made me feel absolutely welcomed. Randy was great when I arrived as well. The guest keep to themselves but there's an overall feeling of community there. I will be definitely staying there every time I go back to San Francisco

29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Claudette C.
-Very clean bathrooms/showers (shared bathroom/shower w/entire hall)
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Cute Victorian building that used to be a brothel
- Complimentary breakfast (didn't wake up early enough to have it, but the thought counts)
- Clean rooms
- Affordable

The only con and more so a request:
I wish the rooms were hardwood instead of carpet

I enjoyed my stay here, I think I'll come back next month!

11/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Hannah D.
After sleeping in a car the night before, just the fact that we had beds was a miracle.
Really though this place is great! I mean we had bunk beds. A little odd, but fun for us nonetheless. The location was great, we could ride the Bart all the way down to the wharf from there, and they actually had a lot for me to park Logan in! And a cute dog. The people were very accommodating, pointed us in the right direction to the bus stop, and let us unload our things even though it was before check-in. Oh, plus cookies and tea at night.

Only bummer was the fact that it's communal showers and bathrooms, and the next morning when we all needed to shower, they were working on fixing the door to one of the two showers on the floor. We didn't stand a chance with all the other families and kids. C'est la vie.

Anyway, we were headed back to Santa Ynez for the night and knew we'd have a nice shower and bathroom ready for us there. Considering our night at the Hayes Valley Inn as the only night we ended up paying for, it was fine! College kids, you know. We're hardcore.

22/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Allie A.
I've stayed here twice, the first time when they had different owners and guests were allowed to bring dogs!  The rooms were sparse and having bathrooms down the hall was not that much of a problem, though it's not my preference.  Being one of the few dog-friendly small hotels at the time, it was such a great option.

New owners have changed the rules, but the essence of the hotel remains the same.  Friendly staff, nice location, a nice change of pace for people who don't want to stay in chain hotels.  The mix of guests here are interesting - from senior citizens to backpackers and every one in between, all of whom mingled and were easy to meet and chat with.

14/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Joella S.
AMAZING and cute little hotel. Great, cozy area with a bunch of restaurants, coffee shops and botiques around it. Walking distance to many attractions and if not, buses and trams were leaving from everywhere around us to wherever we wanted to go.

GREAT price. Not having a private bathroom did not bother us at all - we brought flip flops to wear in the shower and it was just fine. Absolutely awesome breakfast for being continental, and actually good coffee! And tea and cookies in the afternoon - so nice.

This hotel did not feel like a hotel - it felt like I was staying in someone's home and the staff was great. I would, without a doubt, recommend it!

16/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Ashley P.
I had a great experience here.

Went to SF for the weekend on short notice and needed someplace affordable and outside of the Tenderloin. So I search for ages and find little that seemed to have vacancies or that was in my price point. But I call HVI the day I leave and they had a vacancy! We got a great room, great price, shared but clean bathroom that was never occupied when I needed it, good free breakfast, and coffee and cookies in the afternoon? Fantastic. This will forever be my go-to place.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Marcelena M.
Pros:
-Perfect location with a lot of places to eat and explore. Everything is a bus ride away!
-Friendly staff (I believe her name was Knarr)
-The breakfast is really good (Eggos, bread, muffins, lunch meat, a fruit salad, a couple of choices of cereal, oj, etc.)
-Lovely decor, so elegant
-Very clean and tidy
-They leave tea and cookies out to eat until about 10pm
-Other guests were quiet and considerate.
-Each room has it's own sink vanity.
-Ceiling fans

Cons:
-It can get loud at night if your windows are open, but this isn't the hotels fault at all, it is of course in the city of SF, so cars driving by and such is what is expected.
-Shared shower/tub (Though neither my sister or myself had to wait to take one and it was very clean)

My sister and I came to SF to go to a concert, and the staff was so friendly, she even helped us figure out our bus route home from the concert, she seemed like she genuinely cared, and because I am so young, she put the effort to make sure our time in the city was safe by giving us helpful tips. The price or one queen sized bed for two people after taxes was 105 dollars. It was definitely worth it!

10/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Jessica W.
LOVED THIS PLACE!

Stayed here with a friend during a weekend trip up to SF - we loved the cute homey/B&B feel of the place. Price was great ($100/night) and the location was awesome. I really love Hayes Valley and the characters there. Such good shopping and eats too!

The staff was also super accommodating (I made the reservation over the phone at midnight the night before - now THAT'S awesome). We even ran into them around the neighborhood outside a drag bar and they brought out one of the drags to take a picture with us - ha! Wonderful SF experience

The breakfast was awesome - and of course, Spot is the cutest!

25/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. James Thomas M.
PROS:
+++ Low price!
++ Small bedroom-like rooms with sink.
++ clean.
+ nice staff.
++ Cute place. Nice neighborhood near Market Street transportation hubs.
++ free Wifi.
CONS:
--- Owners' dog intermittent barking starts between 7-8am some mornings.
--- Bed mattress was VERY squeaky. No sex on this bed unless you want the entire hotel to hear. If you're a light sleeper then this bed will wake you up after you roll over in your sleep.  (desk lady said she was surprised and would check out the mattress).
- talking in the hallways amongst staff starts around 7-8am.  If you're near the main office then you'll hear it.
- Wifi is spotty.
OTHER:
= shared toilet and shower was not so bad. I never had to wait. For most bathroom needs, a sink is enough (which is in your room).

Why only 3 stars?  Despite all the good things, not being able to get a good sleep is really bad for any hotel/motel/B&B.  However, I was in the room nearest the office.  Maybe it would be different upstairs?
But still... letting your dog bark every early morning in a hotel?!?!  WTF?
(also posted by me on Google Reviews)

12/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
55. Mattia S.
I really loved the place. I usually don't like shared bathrooms but our room had a sink and that made it more comfortable. The location is very central: you can easily walk to bus stations (San Fran is very well served with public transportation as most know) but Market street is not that far either. My boyfriend and I walked all the way down to Castro one day, and all the way up to the Financial centre another day. What makes this hotel special, though, is the people that will check you in and the way it's furnished. A special thank you for Pinar, always smiling and very helpful. If you talk to her or the guy or the other girl (I don't remember their names...I am sooooo sorry) they will help you through with anything you need. If I will ever go back to San Francisco I will totally choose Hayes Valley Inn, even if I could afford more expensive places. It's true that the street outside might be a little noisy but I personally didn't even realize it.
They have a computer with printer available for all, in the breakfast room cookies and tea are always available. I don't remember if the wifi was available but I think so.

31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Nora P.
For what this is, we loved it. It's not a "hotel," nor a "B&B". It reminds me of an upscale hostel. The rooms are tiny, you can hear people walking through the hallways, and you share the bathrooms. But if you realize that ahead of time, then it will exceed your expectations.

* Affordable rooms
* A key to get in and out of the building whenever you please
* The bathrooms were always clean and available
* The staff is friendly
* The free breakfast was quite elaborate, and they offer tea and cookies in the evening.
* It is walking distance from the Castro

For those times when we are on a budget, we will certainly stay here again.

09/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Candice L.
At first, I thought Hayes Valley Inn was going to be great.  But unfortunately, far from it for me and I won't be staying there ever again, even though it was quaint and clean.  The continental breakfast is really nice, and so are the guests.

But the people who run this place are unbelievable, and seem a bit crazy.  On the first day, I went to take a shower and the water went from scalding hot to freezing cold.  I finally gave up on my attempt to take a shower after about 10 minutes, dried off, got dressed and waited another 10 minutes while the ladies who run the place talked about dogs.  Yes, dogs.  You see, Spot, is very special and so are all the other dogs.  They told me they've tried to fix the shower many times and suggested I go upstairs and take a shower.  I did.  

Each morning at 7, except for Sunday, I was awoken by drilling and other very loud construction.  Then on another I was trying to get down the hall to my room, and they told me I had to wait for Spot to finish eating a banana.  Yes, really.  The people who run this place are just too nonchalant and just don't care.  It seems to be their social scene.  

Check out the San Remo Hotel in North Beach if you like old Victorian hotels.  This one has bathrooms down the hall as well.

04/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
58. Sam B.
Fantastic.
When we first got there, we realized that we had accidental gone over our $500 a day credit card limit.
BUT, these awesome people let us pay the next day.
We stayed for two nights.
Its a Bed and Breakfast, so you do have to share bathrooms, but its not that bad.
Cute and Clean.
Adorable dog named Spot. (very friendly)
We were so grateful.
I would stay here again. (:

30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. M J.
Cozy, friendly, clean, convenient to opera and public transport. Excellent nearby restaurants. Good price.  Breakfast presented well. We made some great friends.

20/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Julie J.
I'm giving it four stars more for the value than for the ambiance.  You need to know what to expect here--some will love it, others would hate it.  
It's a tiny room and some snacks.  Not really like any other B&B I've stayed at here in the US.  It reminded me of a European place (minus a yummy European breakfast).
The room and shared bathroom were clean.  I slept comfortably.  I never had to wait for the bathroom.  The location is in a cute little area, but not in the most touristy part of town.  That was ideal for me (even though I'm a tourist)!
The breakfast was really not good.  Decent coffee, but some rolled up lunchmeat and American cheese, soggy fruit (with fruit flies on it), and boxed cereals and danishes is not my idea of breakfast.  I'm okay with that since the price was reasonable.  If you come here looking for a deal, not a five-star hotel, I think you'll be pleased.  I would stay here again since I just need a clean bed and shower while visiting SF.

16/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Anthony P.
Stayed here one night for my birthday. Its located in a nice area of the city and for a great price. Only $95 and some change after taxes!!! There are no elevators in this historic building, but thats ok because I didn't mind the short work out going up and down stairs.

The room was small, furniture was worn and the tv was ancient! But for the price in San Francisco who cares!!! The bed was very comfortable! I felt like I was at home and not at an Inn. The shared bathrooms are private for your use only when you occupy them . There are two water closets (closet size space with toilets) and one shower on each floor. They were very clean!!

The Continetal breakfast in the morning was good and consisted of cereals, bagles, toast, waffles, muffins, ham, and cheese. The coffee was good. They also offer tea and cookies in the evening. The oatmeal rasin were my favorites!

Overall Thoughts: Can't beat the price!! Found a new place to stay when in the city! I will be returning : )

14/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Katie R.
If you know what you're getting into, this place is awesome! You should know in advance that there are shared bathrooms in each hall, but each room has its own sink and counter area. The beds are really comfortable, and there is a small TV in each room. There is a good continental breakfast spread each morning along with tea and cookies in the afternoon, and there is also free (albeit slow) WiFi.

The best part is both the neighborhood and the staff. The neighborhood is really charming. There are good places to run, both on flat ground and up hills, and there are great bars and restaurants. Also, it's really close to some primary transportation lines for easy access to the main touristy areas of the city.

The staff is also very friendly and helpful. They will give you great advice for what to see and do in the city, and they are fun to talk to. Good people!

I would definitely recommend staying here.

06/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. K P.
Excellent place to stay!  Rooms are small but we were hardly in ours.  Bathrooms are shared but never had to wait to take a shower or bath.  They provide shampoo/conditoner too which was nice.  We met some amazing people at breakfast in the Ivy Room (this is where breakfast is served every morning from 7am-10am).  Variety of breakfast choices: cereal, meat/cheese, bagels, muffins, waffles or pancakes, toast, yogurt and granola.  Tea and cookies every night.   Close to the bus system which is essential because we had a hard time finding parking.  Next time we visit, we're only using public transit.  Only metered parking or a parking garage near hotel so be prepared to pay $$ for parking.  Loved the staff.  Especially the  two front desk people!!!  Would definitely stay here again.  Very inexpensive. Loved our time in San Francisco.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Katherine C.
OK- this isn't the most amazing place.

However, this is a great location and it is clean. The staff is very friendly. There is a nice breakfast every morning and cookies/tea in the evening.

There are some...odd guests...who I am pretty sure live there. They stare at you suspiciously- just ignore it.

There is an adorable old dog.

The bathroom is shared and is EXTREMELY SMALL. This is important to  note. My very tall Scandanavian looking husband could barely fit in it.

The crepe place next door is tasty!

22/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Grace R.
I'm a regular here now. Great place to stay in the city. Great location and wonderful and helpful staff all for a very reasonable price of a little more than $100 (depends on the day/time of year). Rooms don't have personal bathrooms. Each floor has two toilets and one shower/bath. But it's not a problem at all because they're well kept and clean.

Rooms are clean and beds were comfortable. Staff always always always does their best to accommodate you and make your stay just dandy.

Oh and if you're a dog lover, the manager's dog, Spot, lives at the inn too and he's just precious!

12/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Mr T.
Good

30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Suzanne E.
I'm staying here now and have no complaints. (I reserve five-star hotel reviews for places that are so cool that I don't want to leave the hotel room.). The wi-fi was down briefly and the gossip at the breakfast table was that this has happened more than once and varies from room to room, so if you're a business traveller who has to have it, this might not be a perfect fit.  I also wouldn't want to be here in really hot weather--no A/C, a single window opening onto a fire escape, which is charming, and I love the look and feel of it, but probably not secure for sleeping with the window open in any city.  

The staff are really nice and helpful.  I booked in here in part because another Yelper complained about the staff or owners being overly absorbed with their dog, and I love dogs and people who love them, but alas, the dog is elsewhere, so it's not like you're walking into a menagerie here.

The immediate 'hood is a little precious, but makes a nice refuge.  The highly unimaginative decor runs to floral chintz and wicker.  Breakfast is continental but abundant; they have the usual junk food but also lots of fresh fruit and yogurt, and no one polices you if you linger in the small and oddly charming breakfast room after closing time.  Not sure why it's called a bed and breakfast; it seems to be a hotel that serves breakfast--which is fine; you don't have to deal with homeowners' crochets here.  The cleaning staff are friendly and don't seem cowed or intimdated by the guests, which implies good things about the management.

If you're cheap like I am, you might have to walk a ways to find a basic non-boutiquey grocery store, but there appears to be a Safeway about half a mile away down on Market Street heading west.  If you're willing to stop being cheap for a moment, and/or you have drained the contents of your hip flask, there's a pleasant and not overly expensive bar  next door.

20/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Heidi G.
Okay, going to SF for the weekend. Plan to spend all of my money on food and booze, time to find a cheap hotel that doesn't have bums sleeping outside of it.

Hmm, I suppose my parents live near by.... nope.

Eliminate everything on Market St.

Avoid all hostels. There are things that can't be done with people you don't know in the room.

Okay..... everything below $150/night is totally ghetto.... great.

Oh? What is this? Hayes Valley Inn? Cute bed and breakfast type, free wi-fi, clean, $100/night???? Okay what's the catch? No freakin way I found a place to stay at. Okay, shared bathroom down the hall. That's it? (While we were there I didn't even see the other guests, and they definitely didn't hog up the bathrooms when I needed them, it wasn't even a problem). As for parking, we just parked on the street, went out in the morning to fill the meter and left to see the city before our time ran up.

But Heidi, what if we end up staying there through the afternoon? Won't parking get kind of pricey? And to that I say, WHAT ARE YOU DOING STAYING IN? SF IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING CITIES! GET OUT AND SEE IT! JEEZ.

But if you're reallllly going to be that way, I hear there's a parking lot around the corner that flat rates $15 or something.

The hotel key on a carabiner was a  nice touch too for those of us out there that expect to drink a little and not want to think about where they put their room key ;)

02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. R C.
Great cheap place, went for an overnighter...public bath and water closet, but didnt have a problem sharing since theres not many rooms in the place

11/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. Melanie C.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ignore anything negative written about Hayes Valley Inn because this place was AMAZING.

My boyfriend and I are a young couple on our first vacation together and we needed something cheap, in a good area and fun! We found Hayes Valley Inn and we could not have been more pleased. Our flight got in late Saturday night and the second we walk up the stairs, the awesome receptionist greeted us with kindness and enthusiasm. Check in was quick and painless and all me and my boyfriend wanted to do was go see the city!

We went to a few bars that the receptionist reccommened and came back late and a little tipsy I might add. So tipsy that we accidentaly locked ourselves out of our room. We called the emergency number and a man was there within 5 minutes to let us back into our room. SO NICE.

The free complimentary breakfast was great, I don't understand how anyone can complain. There were bagels, english muffins, muffins, waffles, cereal, yogurt, fruit, granola, orange juice, coffee, tea, EVERYTHING. It was in the cutest little room too!

Overall, we will DEFINITELY be back! The staff was overely nice, the room was great, the breakfast was yummy and the area just cannot be beat for the price. We even made a new friend out of the receptionist and we are now regulars at Hayes Valley Inn!

05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Merijn H.
We were only a few days in SF and we were looking for a nice affordable place to stay in a good neighbourhood not to far from downtown..... sounds easy right?

In SF a lot of places to stay are either far away, very expensive or just not nice at all.

We have felt at home at Hayes Valley Inn. It is a very nice place, very clean, nice room, great bed, great breakfast buffet.

On a nice day it is not to far to walk all the way to downtown but if you don't feel like walking there is a good and cheap connection with the bus. Just make sure you have some 1$ bills because the machine in the bus does not give change at all. (what we found really annoying and not very state of the art by the way).

Hayes Valley Inn is also quite easily located near one of the BART stations if you come from or go to the airport.

Just very nice!

04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Alice B.
The location is perfect for the opera - a 5 minute walk.  The place is very clean and although the toilets and shower/tub are down the hall I never had to wait for either.  The morning breakfast was satisfying and plentiful and is the place to encounter the guests who arrive from around the world.  I met very interesting people from Sweden, Russia, The Netherlands, France and of course, the US.  I will definitely stay there again.  The Inn is convenient, the price is right, the staff is friendly and helpful.  Please leave your rice cookers at home - it is inappropriate (I passed a room being cleaned that had a rice cooker on the bureau and rice all over the floor - unfair to the cleaning staff).

26/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Salvador G.
Seriously one of thee best stays I've had in a very very VERY long time.

My girlfriend and I came to San Francisco for Labor Day weekend and every hotel/motel I contacted was booked. Solid. Also, each hotel/motel kept mentioning that I could only check in after 3pm. I searched for HOURS, trying to find a hotel that would a vacancy. I finally came across Hayes Valley Inn on google. I called and finally got someone on the phone (I mean, every other hotel kept me either on hold or trying to maneuver my way through some recording). The person who helped me was PHENOMENAL!! Not only did she help me with my reservation, but when I arrived she was super welcoming, she gave us great locations for drinks/food/entertainment. Seriously a gem. The hotel itself had great amenities and we got it at a really good price, same day. Which. Is. IMPOSSIBLE to find. ANYWHERE. Once we received our keys we walked into our room was was a super clean, quiet, and all around perfect room. The sheets were clean, we had fresh towels, and the bathroom was right across the way from our room.

The hotel provided tea and cookies for us as we checked in, breakfast and dinner. If ever you are in San Francisco, I highly recommend staying here. Everything is nearby and finding parking was not difficult.

Thank you again!!!

13/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Thomas H.
If you're looking for a clean, inexpensive ( by city standards)  and reasonably quiet place to crash in SF, this is it. If you need more than that, pay the extra $ and go elsewhere. I've stayed here on four different occasions and always found the staff consistently friendly and the rooms clean. Don't expect fancy, but do know it's safe, clean and quiet. And there's strong coffee in the morning

01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Debbie S.
This is a great place. You're not going to get an inexpensive room in this part of San Francisco.  A great find.

Here's the good and the bad:

The good was very good:

Conveniently located.  There is transportation right outside.  There's also a place to have a glass of wine next door if you're so inclined.  

The staff was friendly.  Every time I walked through, I was given a cheery hello.  The cleaning personnel were friendly and polite as well.

The continental breakfast was excellent.  Plenty of choices for a breakfast.  Toast, bagels, waffles, coffee (great coffee!), fruit, meat and cheese and three types of cereal.  There was more, but I don't recall exactly what.

Go down at night before ten and grab some delicious cookies.  One night was chocolate chips.

My room (the Queen Turret) was comfortable and clean.  I get too hot so I had the fan going and the windows open while I slept, but that's just me. Normal people don't need to have the place freezing cold in order to sleep.

There are two bathrooms on each floor as well as a separate shower.  I didn't have a problem with either of them.  

I didn't hear my neighbors.

The cons were minor:

The street noise is pretty severe:  Welcome to San Francisco.  It comes with the territory.

The only problem I had was the wifi.  My room was on the end and I don't think the signal was strong enough.  If you have to work while you're there, make sure you ask for a room with good wifi.  To be fair, I didn't ask anyone to fix it.  I just went down to the Ivy Room and downloaded a movie to watch.  The wifi was fine there.

I hate to give this place five stars because I want to be able to have it to myself, but fair is fair, and this is a hell of a bargain.

Also, I didn't see the house dog, but if I would have known there was one, I would have searched him out.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Robie C.
this was a really good place to eat. The people are nice and love the service. I recommend this place to anybody.

02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Kyle B.
I believe this is one of THE BEST hotels ive ever been to. Not only because the room was flawless every day or because the beds were like clouds...the personal attention i got was perfect. I had the misfortune of forgetting my computer on the taxi that took us to the airport they day we were leaving; all i had to do was call the hotel and they contacted the taxi driver and sent me my computer the very next day, for that i will be forever grateful. Thank you for everything!!

14/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Aubrey G.
Great customer service.  Management and general staff are very nice and respectful.  Great central location close to downtown SF making it easy travel for tourist but far enough that your not overloaded with people and noises during your stay.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
79. Nichole R.
Love this place!! Great location!!! Great people!!! Clean rooms!! Awesome price!!! Definitely would stay again!!! :)))) bathrooms and showers are very small...but not a big deal!!! :)

28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Tammy L.
Love this place! Room is small but the decor and bed is cute and comfortable. Bathroom is shared but that's alright. They provide shampoo and conditioner as well so no need to worry about that! Breakfast is available in the mornings at 7 am till 10 am in the Ivy Room (the kitchen). There's tea and cookies too in the evening. They tidy your room as well when you're gone!

Couldn't ask for a better stay in SF. It's right next to a bar and a few blocks away from a restaurant/bar called Sauce that's open until 2AM; perfect distance for a midnight meal!

Staff is friendly. Make sure you check in into this stay on the yelp application to save some money before you pay. At one point, my boyfriend and I accidentally locked ourselves out of our room after closing time (11 pm), and a man was nice enough to come back to the hotel and open it up for us.

Again, LOVE it!

12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. JOHN O.
I wasn't actually able to stay here due to the shooting at LAX cancelling my flight.  I was expecting to lose my 1st night's deposit but the management waived that penalty based on the tragedy.  I didn't ask for a break (after all it wasn't their fault), but they proactively offered it when I mentioned why I had to cancel.  

I appreciate that gesture and look forward to staying at the Hayes Valley Inn in the future !!

02/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Bill P.
Wonderful hotel in a great area, very inexpensive. Shared bathrooms, but I don't mind. Finding a parking spot nearby in the evening is very difficult

16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Laurie P.
What a jewel. Decent prices yet spotless and pretty. It's  kind of like a giant B&B. Yes the shower & toilets (separate) are down the hall but that's no problem. There's a sink in the perfect little room, a tv, wifi. Great neighborhood tho noisy on weekends. The people are incredibly kind and sweet. Breakfast in the AM. The big problem is parking. I ought to  remove a star for that. But I can't bear to do it. There are big public lots nearby but no hourly rate, just flat $15. If you can find a spot on the street it's free at night & in the am you can actually pay by phone! Anyway I guess you can tell. I love this place.

20/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Monique L.
Pros: The price for the inn is pretty good for being in San Francisco. The location is perfect. The inn is close to almost everything you would want to explore in San Francisco! The rooms are clean and have an old style to them. They are cozy and comfortable, despite being small. The bathrooms are clean as well. They serve complimentary breakfast in the morning, and tea time during the afternoon. The breakfast served included toast, muffins, bagels, waffles, fruit, cereal, etc. As for tea time, there is a variety of teas, coffees, and two types of cookies. The staff there is very nice. There's a small television, free wifi, and even some chocolate for you when you go into your room. Fortunately, my room had a sink. I heard that some of the rooms there don't have a sink. I think that for the service provided (breakfast, tea time, wifi, constant cleaning, etc), the price is absolutely wonderful.

Cons: Bathrooms are located down the hallway. There are two toilets, each in a separate mini room. The shower room ( there's only one shower on each floor), is located between the two toilet rooms for each floor I believe. I had to wait for my bathroom at 8 am in the morning. I guess it's high traffic time, since people are waking up to get breakfast and use the restroom. At around 9 am, traffic dies down. I ended up going upstairs to use the restroom due to having to wait too long for the restrooms on my floor to be unused. Other than that, I rarely had to wait for the bathrooms to be unoccupied. The walls are very thin here. My room was located right next to the office, so I could hear people talking as they are checking in and out. Plus, my room was located on the street side, so I could hear cars driving during the night. I recommend asking for a room not next to the reception office, and not on the street side of the hotel. If you're a light sleeper, this is not the inn for you!

Anyways, I enjoyed my stay here. Hayes is a very cozy inn, and I would recommend staying here if you don't mind shared restrooms, and thin walls. If you could get past that, it's a really nice place to stay during your visit to San Francisco.

19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. M D.
Great hospitality! Clean rooms, close to transit and downtown. Would definitely recommend anybody to stay here. Good continental breakfast. Clean showers and bathrooms. Redeeming for my second time visiting San Francisco thanks to the great stay at Hayes Valley Inn. Will definitely come back again soon!

Thanks Again!

Krystle & Daniel

11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Rachael C.
Everything has already been said about this place so I will keep it brief

$116.00 (including tax) a night for biggest room they had, and still not that big

They don;t have parking so you will have to pay for it or find something free nearby

Traffic noise and bar crowd is prominent but I can sleep through it when I live right next to a trolley outside my window

Bathrooms/shower shared but never had to wait

People are nice and I didn't deal with any barking dog issues mentioned

Breakfast in morning, and a computer if you needed it

Lots of places to go nearby

HIGHLY RECOMMEND for the price

01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Ericka E.
clean! cozy! wonderful customer service! affordable!  what else can you ask for?
definitely the spot!

28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
88. Minji Y.
I stayed here with two other friends for a short trip in SF. It was very easy to find.

The inn and its rooms were clean and comfortable. The beds were made up properly, and I didn't have any trouble sleeping, though light sleepers might be bothered by some of the noises from outside at night.

Their complimentary breakfast is very satisfying, serving fruits, bread, bagels, and cereal. They also had coffee and milk, which was a plus.

In the afternoons, they had "tea time" with various types of tea bags, hot chocolate, and cookies.

My only complaints are that there were a lot of stairs involved to getting to our room, and that the water pressure in the shower was very low.

For a moderately priced room, I would definitely come back.

19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Barbara V.
It is a great hotel and staff. If you look for a bed and breakfast this is a good place. The rooms are not big but are comfortable, the food is simple but worth rhe SFO price. Bus stops are around  and the neighborhood is ok and safe I walked by my self at night and was ok.

19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Theresa L.
I stayed here for two days this past week in a room with two twin beds (my son was traveling with me), and it was great! I love that it felt like we were staying at someone's house rather than in a boring, generic hotel chain. The rooms were cute and cozy, and the bed was very comfortable!  The price was great, too...considering it is San Francisco! The fact that the bathroom is not inside the room but instead is in the hallway was not a problem at all. There are two bathrooms in each hallway and I never once had to wait to use it. Also, the shower has its own separate room which is between the two bathrooms (or WC's, as they're labeled). Again, I did not have to wait to use it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There's an extended continental breakfast every morning, which was good and very filling. There were so many options to choose! There's also tea and cookies in the afternoon but I was never around the hotel at that time so didn't take advantage of that. The neighborhood was really cute, too!  Since my older son lives in the city I'll definitely be going back, and hope to stay at Hayes Valley Inn again.

22/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Ginny B.
I spent one night here after my daughter's wedding at City Hall. It was lovely, clean, and Randy and Stephanie made me feel right at home. Breakfast was plentiful and delicious. Looking forward to returning when I go to SF again.

21/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. Kris T.
I consider myself an adventurous person and I am glad I took the risk. I really liked staying here! It was in a great location for us to get on the muni and it was nice to be in the middle of everything. The staff was extremely kind. I can't say how sweet they were from start to finish.

Even though the walls are very thin, people inside the building were respectful and quiet (it can get loud on the street). As others have said, you do share facilities and I kind of felt breakfast time was a little awkward (not their fault, I just think the fellow guests when we were around weren't morning people).

We heard housekeeping cleaning for a long time next door and were pleased with how clean our room was! I also searched all of our potential hotels - some for almost twice as much a night - on the bed bug registry. They were all on there, but Hayes Valley Inn was not on there and I saw no signs of critters!

It's definitely a small room (our door wouldn't open all the way because it hit the bed), but the price is very very right!! I plan to visit again!

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
93. Ellen L.
pros: location (safe and prime location! Located near many restaurants that are open 'til late too) / price! Very affordable / clean!
cons: room was much smaller than i expected. My biggest concern was that there was NO SINK/VANITY IN MY ROOM! Its website says there's sink in every room but no! Hayes Valley Inn never told me about this condition. So always make sure what room you are getting.
Service was okay.
Breakfast was just okay too. considering the price i wouldnt expect that much.

18/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
94. June G.
I stayed in the quad bedroom why consist of two bunk beds.. I loved it. So did my friends staying with me. Even though it's pricey it's right in the middle of everything so it's worth it. Anywhere you walk from here you can find a place to enjoy. I loved the fact the you are able to open the window and there was the Main Street. Worth the price if you wanna visit San Francisco!

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
95. Heidi L.
Stayed here with my boyfriend for two nights. Its superrr conveniently located near everything my boyfriend and I wanted to visit (only about 5 miles away) so it was perfect! Its near city hall, an asian art museum, many many restaurants and bars!
The room is quite small, we would open the door and our full size bed would be right there. Theres also a sink, closet, an oldfashioned tv. However for the price (about 80 a night) and where its located, I'd say this place was a steal! My boyfriend and I weren't looking for some grand hotel room since we were out most of the day exploring SF anyway.
The bathroom is shared though, located right down the hall. It wasn't inconvenient and I never had to wait to use the bath or restroom. It was also pretty clean and I just wore flipflops while taking my bath. They also provide shampoo and conditioner!
Its really quiet in the hotel and the walls are a bit thin. You can hear people talking from inside the rooms but that never bothered us.
The staff was really friendly and polite! There was complimentary tea and cookies in the lounge on the second floor and they have complimentary breakfast in the morning!
All in all, I had a good stay here and if I was looking for an inexpensive stay thats located in the heart of SF, I would definitely come back!

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. Vicky M.
Great service and beautiful (yet tiny) rooms. Restrooms are cleaned hourly so you won't run into messy/smelly bathroom visits.

Parking on the other hand will be a hassle since you not only have to find parking, but also must make sure that the time you park works with you. You CAN park in a lot that charges around $10-$15 a day though (check rates with the motel). A local in SF tipped us off that they rarely check the times people have parked, so you can risk parking for 5 hours+ if you're ballsy enough.

Overall great hostel, loved how clean everything was, breakfast was quite good, and our neighbors were all very sweet elderly people.

05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Steven Y.
The HVI is wonderful: Clean, reasonably priced boutique hotel, with modern upgrades and generous continental breakfast included. The staff were very friendly and responsive. I enjoyed conversations in the breakfast room with other visitors from all over the world. I was thoroughly satisfied, but some guests might find the rooms a bit too tight (not unusual for a big city economy
hotel) and the beds extremely hard (at least mine was--can't speak for mattresses in other rooms). In the scope of things, these are minor quibbles. This place is really terrific.

12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Katie H.
I spent ALOT of time trying to find a reasonably priced hotel for our recent stay in San Francisco. Everything was so expensive! I finally remembered to check here on yelp to see what everyone else recommended. I came across all the great reviews for Hayes Valley Inn and when I looked it up the price couldn't be beat!  We stayed at the end of the main hall way and despite being right on the front of the building and hearing all the noise from the street and people below, which is expected in a big city such as San Fran, it was great! Our room was nice and even though you have to share the bathroom and shower with the floor, I never had to wait.
As mentioned in a few reviews the wifi was spotty and slow, but it served it purpose for us in looking up a few things here and there.
The staff was very helpful in guiding us to public transportation, the location is perfect right down the street from city hall and the arts district. There's tons of restaurants with in a few blocks. They had breakfast in the morning which was great and everything was very clean and presentable. If we ever come back to San Francisco we will definitely be staying here again!!

10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
99. devorah h.
Elizabeth! I didn't get to see you but the new  kitchen space totally ROCKS!!! Thank you for creating an environment that makes it so enjoyable to sip my morning tea & read through the morning papers!
Thank you also for keeping prices down!Loved also the addition of meat & cheese to your wide breakfast fare. Cookies at nite so thoughtful.
I always get the message here that we guests ....should relax & enjoy! I sure did!

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
100. Gordon A.
Don't be in a hurry getting your car or checking in. But otherwise the rooms are fine and service is good. $45 per day Parkin a day ain't great either.

10/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
101. Janie L.
My boyfriend stayed here for 4 nights in August. All other hotels were pretty expensive, as expected. We were considering staying at the Mayflower instead because we weren't huge fans of the community bathroom, but they raised their prices for a historical convention that was going to be in town.  So Haye's Valley Inn it was!

It's centrally located in a great neighborhood, pretty close to the Civic Center, restaurants, Union Square, Haight Street, and most other areas. Public transportation was very easy!

The staff were very friendly and the Inn is very clean. We stayed in the Ivy Building around the corner, so we only had to share the restroom with two other rooms instead of an entire floor of people in the main building. It was not a problem at all. Everything was kept clean. Shampoo & conditioner provided, at least in our building it was. The best part was that it wasn't the crappy cheap shampoo/conditioner hotels typically give you. It smelled like Pantene ProV to me haha. They put it in a self-pump container in the shower.

We had a full kitchen for the 3 rooms to share as well. The room itself is small, but cozy. The TV could be updated...it was a small 13-inch, maybe smaller tube tv! It's been awhile since I've seen those. Satellite cable was provided and free wifi. Wifi was on and off, but worked most of the time for us.

Free continental breakfast was provided until 10AM. Fresh fruit, bagels, cereal, toast, muffins, coffee. Better than your typical 'continental breakfast' at other hotels/motels that provide packaged products.  

Tea & cookies provided 4pm-10pm.

The only complaint we had is the EARLY construction that was going on outside, right at our wall where the headboard of the bed was. I woke up between 6am-7am quite often during our trip. The bed was also not that comfortable, but tolerable.

Computer & printer in the Ivy Room if you needed to print anything or look up stuff. They do hold your luggage if needed.

We would definitely stay here again!

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Christina C.
This is a very good hotel overall.The staff are simply excellent. Everyone including the valet folks, front desk, housekeeping, etc were really good.We really enjoyed the nice, large room as well as all the amenities in the room! We had one service issue with a dress getting damaged while getting it pressed. This left a bad taste. However, the staff made up for this in the best way they can. We were happy at the end.Highly recommend this hotel for the location, quality of staff, luxurious rooms!

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. N V.
I'm conflicted about this place.  The staff is great, I like the location, it's safe, and the rooms and building are kept in excellent shape.  I had read reviews that the rooms were small and the bathroom is down the hall, and that's fine with me.  But when I got to the room, I was quite surprised that it was THAT small.  I mean, wow, it was the tiniest, most microscopic hotel room I've ever stayed in. If you are six feet or taller, you cannot stay in one of these rooms and expect comfort.  I slept from 12:30 to 4:00am, dropped my key in the overnight slot and left.

The true surprise is the bathroom.  It gave new meaning to the words "water closet".  I wasn't exactly sure what to do because there is no room to turn around in there.  The door opens inward and brushes right up against the toilet bowl, so it was an interesting challenge to get the door closed behind me and have room to maneuver my clothing off so I can do the deed.  Again, if you are 6' or taller, your legs will take up the entirety of the closet and relieving yourself will not be very relieving.  

So, then, is this a good hotel?  Yes, probably.  But is it good because it's one of the cheapest options in a city with hotel prices that are criminal?  Or is it good because it's a pleasant place to stay?  Probably the former.  

If you are under 5'5" and enjoy water closets that are smaller than your clothing closet, then this is your place.

14/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
104. Elsvette B.
Fantastic place. Great, inexpensive room in an amazing part of the city.

My wonderful boyfriend bought us tickets to Book of Mormon and we decided to stay the night. He found this place on Yelp and asked for my opinion. At first I was a bit hesitant since the decor isn't really my taste and bathrooms are shared. I must admit I'm a bit of a hotel snob, so I was extremely hesitant.

However, the price convinced me to try it out - after all it was just one night.

When I called to book the room, they were nothing but professional and friendly on the phone. After the initial booking, I already knew I had nothing to worry about.

My first impression was just as great. The lady checking us in was just as friendly. The check in was quick and easy. They had tea and cookies for us to snack on.

The room reminded me of my own room at home. Same color theme and all. It was extremely cute! The bed was comfy and the sheets/towels were clean. I was pleasantly surprised. Oh, and I never had to wait to use the shower and toilet. The toilet and shower were super clean as well. I didn't even notice we didn't have our own personal bathroom.

Their breakfast offering was delicious. It's complimentary and very filling!

We liked Hayes Valley Inn so much that we extended our stay to an additional night. Remember to check in on the Yelp app, you get a discount! :)

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
105. Armen H.
Spent a Friday night in the Turret room on the second floor. The bed was comfy, the room is a bit snug, and there is a sink built right into the room with a vanity mirror. The bathroom and shower are located on the middle of each floor (my first experience in shared amenities a la B&B style). The building has a quaint antique feel to it. The turret rooms are located at the end of each floor, so you we got quite a bit of street noise, but that's what you get for having a pretty nice view of the streets. They had bath robes which I really appreciated (two kinds at that, one for warmth and the other made of terry cloth for the shower).

The staff were very genuinely nice and very helpful with helping us find parking (which is probably the worst part about this place, but hey... most of San Francisco is like that with parking, especially in this high traffic area).  They were also really nice at recommending eateries. Just next door, we had awesome French cuisine and onion soup at Chez Maman. The complimentary breakfast was very nice. The kitchen and dining rooms are available to guests after hours as well. We had champagne to celebrate and we were told we could walk right in and have glasses (because who wants champagne out of plastic cups?)

Overall solid experience. It was everything I expected based on reviews I read prior to booking. I would love to visit again.

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. Curt C.
This place is amazing! A quiet little hotel in the Hayes Valley area of San Francisco, this place is quiet, nice, and beautiful!
The room was a bit on the small size, but that's typical for San Francisco. We didn't have a private bathroom, but there was one down the hall. We were supplied with soap, shampoo and conditioner.
We had a television in the room, and a cable box.
The amenities aren't really what I'm concerned with here. It has a great location, was close to a bunch of quality restaurants, bars, and a park.
Our room was off of Ivy, which is really just around the corner from the main hotel.
We got maid service daily, who left the room in good condition.
With a Yelp check-in, we got 10% off the bill, which was awesome.
The staff was incredibly nice, friendly, and helpful, recommending several places tto go and check out for dinner.
We felt safe the whole time we were here. They had a great security system that kept out the riff-raff. They offer complimentary breakfast and tea. There was a lounge to hang out in if you have nowhere to be.
There's free wifi, which was fairly speedy. They had towels, and washcloths to use in the bathroom. The bathroom was obviously cleaned regularly. The rates were quite reasonable. It's close to public transit, and easily located.
In all, I'd gladly return to this place.

18/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
107. Chelsea W.
We stayed at this hotel on a recent trip to the city prior to Memorial Day weekend. I was initially hesitant because of the shared restroom facilities, but when we arrived OMG I was in love.

We stayed in room #302. The room had a great view of all of the happenings on the street below, and was surrounded by a plethora of places to eat, drink and shop. The room wasn't super small as other Yelpers have stated and for it to be such a busy weekend, we didn't hear ANY noise. We only saw another couple on our floor the day we checked out.

The restroom and bathing facilities were kept clean and fresh and never once did we have to wait to use either. Each and everyone on the staff, from the manager to the housekeepers were pleasant and extremely helpful.

The breakfast was nice...it's not going to fill you, so keep that in mind, and it was so awesome laughing with the other guests.

My tip would be to take advantage of the 10% discount at check in and rent some bikes around the corner near Patricias Green Park, and see this amazing city! They'll even give you the keys to the bike locker if you need. One thing for sure.
. we'll definitely be back really soon, it's like that when you've fallen in love with such beauty.

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
108. Teresa H.
I spent ALOT of time trying to find a reasonably priced hotel for our recent stay in San Francisco. Everything was so expensive! I finally remembered to check here on yelp to see what everyone else recommended.

25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. doug m.
This is a wonderful hotel with a super friendly staff. The same man and woman have been alternating manning the front desk for years and are very efficient and attentive. The bathrooms are down the hall ( European style)----but don't let it put you off. They're spotless and we rarely have to wait.
Perfect location in the epicenter of Hayes valley and very reasonably priced.  No elevator or bellhops, but if your healthy, carrying your bags upstairs shouldn't be a problem.

07/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
110. Allyson D.
Oh god not a bad thing about this place. I could write an essay but instead I'll just list a few things we loved:

-Amazing, amazing service. Everyone who works here from the front desk to the women who clean the rooms are so sweet, friendly and approachable. They get to know you and are very interested in your trip. Liz was especially really cool and nice.

-Super clean, cozy rooms. Our room had everything we could want - tissues, soap, sink, mirror, lots of storage, big cozy bed, a ceiling fan, towels, an old but cute TV. Hairdryers available in the lobby, which they let us keep for our whole stay. The separate bathroom and shower was spotless. The shower includes shampoo and conditioner,  and the bathroom had a hand sanitizing dispenser. Lots of little gestures.

-Location. Was. Everything. Best coffee, best ice cream, bars, parks, bicycle rentals, shops, multitudes of food types, a pharmacy.  Lots of bus stops, one of which takes you right to Market Street/BART, or towards NOPA/Golden Gate Park. Couple blocks away from Civic Center area, Lower Haight, or even Japantown if you feel like walking.

-Not extremely important to us but they had free breakfast (really good spread, too) and tea time. The coffee was delicious.

-Only con was the thin walls, but that only bothered us the first night when we were adjusting to the time change and someone had their TV up a little too loud. We could hear children and hair dryers through the wall. If you're sensitive to that, you should know. We were never bothered.

We loved this place and if we ever come back to San Francisco, which is more than likely, we'll always return here.

01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. Matt S.
Amazing location and views from all around, I will be returning!

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
112. Bm B.
We had our wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Dennis and the rest of the staff were great. They provided us with the detailed information about the best sites to see. Dennis also recommended restaurant around the area where we can have lunch while we are waiting for our room (we arrive around 9 am, check in time is 3pm).
The room were very clean and nice, the breakfast is excellent every morning, We feel that we are a FAMILY, NOT a hotel guest. We will definitely return!! Our first bed and breakfast experience is awesome!!

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
113. Jerry T.
Great location in the heart of the best sites in the city. Smallish rooms, but fine for travelers who are out most the day. The hotel itself has beautiful ballrooms that were fun to explore. Front desk staff as helpful.

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. Vanessa N.
A friend & I called to make a reservation a week in advance for a Friday night, on a holiday weekend and they were nothing but accommodating! Parking on the street was a little trick you, had to drive around a couple of times but we got there & then they gave us a 10% discount when we showed them the yelp app installed on our phone!
The room itself was small but very clean and presentable. Shared bath/toilet with the whole second floor but still, very clean. The breakfast is served in the sweetest little kitchen area with beautiful bay windows, go to breakfast early so you can watch the sunrise ;) Overall, so pleased with our stay!! I will be staying here again!

22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
115. Brian G.
A charm and hospitality that lives on with the well-kept decor. Older metal bed-frames, so younger couples be aware "ahem" you will squeak as you move about.

Dennis was over-the-top old-school nice! Younger lady that checked me in was not only friendly and interactive, but I couldn't even see a mobile phone within her reach.

A rare treat this place is, and in an amazing neighborhood full of food options. I wanted to stay another night just to try more restaurants.

Their plentiful European Continental breakfast saved a meal, and afternoon tea/cookies were a nice find. (Too soft to call "biscuits" but a nice treat)

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
116. Angela C.
My wife planned a surprise weekend away for my birthday. Since it was a surprise trip she couldn't exactly ask me the name of the hotel we normally stay at. So she picked a new hotel in the Hayes district. I was a little bummed to not be staying where we normally do...that is until we got here. As soon as we got here on Friday night I was excited to see how many restaurants, shops, bars and coffee joints where within walking distance. We rang the buzzer to be let in and walked into one of the tidiest foyers I've ever seen in a hotel, and a super steep set of stairs. Glad it was my birthday and she was carrying all of our luggage.

Checking in was a breeze, especially since I also checked in on yelp and saved 10% on our bill!! The girl was efficient and friendly. She made some suggestions on places to eat and gave us a breakdown of her favorite places to go in the neighborhood.

Our room was on the second floor and yes they are small. I understand that they have bigger rooms but the one we were in was very small. But honestly it's SF, and I didn't come for a huge room. It was clean with nice bed clothes, and a comfy bed. The sink in your room is nice since you have to use the bathroom in the hall to shower and such. Never had to wait for the restroom and only waited a couple minutes for the shower.

Breakfast was your typical continental breakfast but it was nice to sit and chat with our fellow patrons. Additionally, there was a wedding party here and it was delightful to see and be a part of their morning. The bride was absolutely radiant and breathtakingly gorgeous. What a neat way to start our morning.

Check out was a breeze although the girl seemed more jovial. The man interrupted me twice when I was trying to ask about queer establishments but maybe he was having an off morning. Other than that this hotel was a perfect fit for our weekend. Clean, affordable, right in the heart of the action, with mostly friendly staff. We would definitely come again.

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
117. Kristy S.
Great experience staying at here! There is a parking garage that is near which was really efficient. The kitchen was really nice in interior and view. Breakfast and cookies and tea would be served, and it was very delicious. I would definitely recommend this place to others and I wouldn't mind coming back! The only thing I wasn't a fan of was that the bathroom and bath wasn't in the room. Overall, this place made me and my boyfriend feel at home.

01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Rachael M.
Amidst the Bay Area prices, it's hard for anyone to find a place to sleep in San Francisco for less than $500 per night in the Tenderloin. Coming here on business, my assistant and I were happy to find Hayes Valley Inn.

The location is AMAZING. Blue Bottle coffee is a block away and every type of cuisine imaginable is within a 3 block radius.

We stayed in the cottage house, so it's behind the front door in an alley. I actually preferred this, as it has a bit more privacy.

The room we had was simple but clean. The washroom is down the hall. It was quiet and the beds were comfy.

For breakfast in the morning, you go into the main part of the hotel and eat in the dining room with the other guests. The food is fresh and delicious and it's nice to socialize with everyone.

My one disclaimer is the wifi is painfully slow, so if you come here on business and need to use your laptop, it's almost impossible. I hope they upgrade this soon, as it was my only complaint.

Parking is a nightmare. Beware the 2 parking garages down the street end their "day" at 4am, so you basically get charged double for both the day you arrive and the day you leave and there is no in and out. So if you have a vehicle, park your car and don't move it until you leave and be prepared to take out a second mortgage for your bill.

I look forward to returning to Hayes Valley Inn.

07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Lorenzo R.
This is a beautiful hotel with a great history! Easy access to the magnificent mile and museums. I loved the two bathrooms in our two double bed room for our family of four! Breakfast in the on-site restaurant was good!
The staff was great!  the concierge staff made our stay pleasant!

09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
120. Patrick S.
We love this place so much!!!

We have stayed here countless times and it's always fun, clean and safe.

Here's a laundry list of what I like about the Hayes Valley Inn:
Location x' 3
Friendly staff
Clean rooms
Price/Affordability is 5 stars on its own
Breakfast
Fridge to keep our leftovers and food cold
Safe and secure
Feels like home

The only thing they could do to make this a better stay is to put small fridges in each room and maybe put new mattresses on the beds.

Check in on Yelp and save 10%

25/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
121. Amy L.
LOCATION: Gough and Hayes. Central enough. My boyfriend and I were able to walk everywhere- Union Square, Chinatown, bars, restaurants and Shopping centers. All were within walking distance, taking approximately 25-30 minutes.

GARAGE: I love the festivities in downtown but dread the parking. The Performance parking garage is 2 mins away from the hotel, charging $20 overnight. They charge 15 dollars (cash only) beforehand as a deposit, but they accept credit/debit cards when leaving.

HOTEL: reasonably priced, that's why you have to book in advance. Yelpers can check in to get 10% off. The shared bathroom was my biggest concern, but it wasn't bad at all. It was always vacant and fairly clean. And if you don't mind the street noise, then you won't have a problem with this place. I find it soothing and slept like a baby. When I travel, I'm rarely ever in the hotel wasting my time, and I just need a place to crash after a long day.

They serve breakfast and snacks. Friendly staff. I think checking in time is at 3pm and checking out time is before or at 11am.

There's no AC, but there is a ceiling fan and you can open the windows. We were here during spring so it wasn't too bad. Not so sure about the summer though.

For those of you who are planning to get wasted, plastered drunk and planning to come back to the hotel at 3 in the morning, do keep in mind that there's no elevator. Stumbling up the stairs and waking everyone up (thin walls) will probably get you scolded in the morning.

15/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
122. Biscuit B.
I was really nervous about HVI considering how affordable it was, but our experience was GREAT!

Rooms: we stayed in 309D and it was pretty small which was fine since we just needed somewhere to sleep. The beds were REALLY squeaky and not very soft. Quilt instead of a comforter (I like fluff but I guess quilts are easier to clean?), and sheets and pillows were fine. Didn't really hear anyone the whole night; we could hear doors or footsteps a few times but it never truly woke us up or drove us nuts!

Bathrooms: If you are plus-sized I have no idea how you use the bathrooms. Truly a "water closet" which was fine for us. NEVER had to wait to use the loo :)

Showers: so, they're shared and tiny but YAY water pressure! Also never had to wait for this.

Breakfast/Kitchen - I didn't really take a look (I just grabbed a piece of bread and a piece of cheese and ran out to catch the bus), but I think they had a variety of normal breakfast foods.

Staff: Dennis was SUPER friendly and helpful, and was really patient in explaining public transit. He also helped us arrange a shuttle to return to the airport!

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
123. Toby Y.
Let's start off with a run through of what this places offers:
- shared showers and toilets (two WCs, one shower on each floor)
- sink in your room
- 3 floors
- check in at 3pm, no early check ins
- check out at 11am
- shared kitchen with breakfast 7:30am to 10:30am and tea time at 4pm
- no AC, yes ceiling fan (gets hot but we were barely in the room so it wasnt too much of a problem)

*Advice: maybe bring flip flops and a robe... shared showers kind of reminded me of dorms haha. Little room for clothes. Bring own toiletries as well (they have a conditioner and shampoo in the bathroom but it looks like it's been sitting there for a while.

Location - 5/5. My main concern was about the area I would be booking my stay. I was going for a show at Bill Graham but it seemed a lot of the places in the area were either too expensive or warned us about the homeless that may or may not harass you. I browsed airbnb for a while in search for an affordable stay but a lot of the comments again talked about the large amounts of homeless and drug addicts that hang out in that area (granted, I *was* searching near Tenderloin but I'm a SF noobie). Somehow I stumbled across Hayes Valley Inn. The area is LOVELY! It has an active nightlife and no sketchiness. It is also a 5-7 min walk to the venue and civic center, so even walking back at 1am we felt safe. I can see how east of civic center can get sketchy but west of it was fine. The inn was also walking distance within many convenient bus stops.
* No comment on parking since we flew to SF.

Price - 5/5! SO affordable. We paid a little less than $200 for a 2 night stay (w/ 10% Yelp check in discount). Other places in SF barely compare. This inn is also very clean and well maintained and I felt safe here.

Staff - 5/5. Everyone was very friendly here. We first met Dennis who was a great help with navigating the town. He gave us a map that helped us all weekend and some bus routes to take for our trip. The girl at night (sorry forgot her name) was also very nice.

Amenities - 3/5. Wifi was awfully slow and printer was buggy. But Dennis was nice enough to let me print on his computer. There is a TV in the room but we couldn't really see it unless we were standing up lol. Not much of a problem for me to remove my stars, but may be a problem if you really need wifi or a TV.

Noise was not a problem for me at all.

16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0