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Inn On Castro in San Francisco, CA

Inn On Castro in San Francisco, CA

Specialties

The Inn on Castro hosts individually appointed rooms, most with a private bathroom. Some include bay and city views. Our rooms are of a modern interior design, all with flat screen cable TV, DVD player, v.o.i.p., iPod player, free WiFi and hard wired computer access, hairdryer and full length bath robes.

A stay at "Inn on Castro"--the only accommodations at Castro and Market Streets--affords an incomparable way to experience San Francisco's charm and hospitality from the heart of the City's gay and lesbian community.

Stunningly decorated with contemporary furnishings, the Inn is a restored Edwardian building. The individual bedrooms are warm, inviting, and brightly accented with original paintings. Large bouquets of fresh flowers are abundant throughout the Inn.

Our vibrant neighborhood is the geographic center of San Francisco. Many charming 1880's Victorians in the Castro Village have been transformed into imaginative boutiques, restaurants and pubs by local entrepreneurs.

History

Established in 1980.

This business was founded 32 years ago, after it was a school of astrology back in the 60s. From that space, the Inn on Castro bed & breakfast came into being. Over the years, I have built up our accommodations. What first started as 4 rooms has now become 8 cozy and stylish rooms with 3 self-catering, fully furnished and equipped apartments on Caselli Ave at Douglass St.

We remain a cornerstone in the Castro neighborhood, as we are a quick 5 minute walk to the thriving intersection of Castro and Market streets.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.62

Address: 321 Castro St, San Francisco, CA, 94114
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Comments (37):

1. Brian M.
Great place for the right price.

15/10/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Tom C.
This is a very clean, comfortable, friendly place and only about 3 doors down from the corner of Market & Castro Sts, right across the street from the clubs, shops, etc and a MUNI station as well. Have stayed here 3 times including this past weekend (3/26/11) and my partner and I both enjoyed it very much. Jan, the owner, is such a nice guy. They make breakfast for you fresh and the housekeeping is right on top of things. Rachel cooks, bakes, etc. Met other nice guests and laughed and shared stories. Mostly gay, but some non-gay as well and just as nice. I would even take my mother there! Have recommended it to others. Is a bit more pricey than some hotels down Market, Union Square etc, but MUNI takes you there is about 7 minutes and if the Castro clubs etc are your thing, you can't beat it. I checked other guest houses in the area, but the rooms here are nicer from what I see of the others online. Our room even had a closed in porch with an extra dresser and sitting area. Can't wait to return!!

30/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Robert S.
wow and wow.  sooooOOoo perfectly located, great price, the rooms are very clean and have great furniture and design.  the breakfast sort of blew our minds because it's like all the usual continental stuff but then you get to choose from either an egg dish or a pancake/waffle.  Loved the guy running the show...he was super friendly and quirky and made our stay even more special.  i would recommend this to anyone.  enjoy!

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Cristian G.
Before I moved to SF, I used to always book my stay in SF with the Inn on Castro. Hands down, one of the best kept secrets of the city. I discovered them via search on Google. I got their cheapest room (which has a gorgeous view of the Castro and Twin Peaks), and voila! I was in love. Ironically, their cheapest room I feel is their best room as it has a beautiful view of the city...although it faces Castro street so, to some, the street may get a little noisy when the queens are done at the bars. But, the noise isn't that bad...it's a small price to pay for a really terrific stay. Super clean place, relatively friendly staff, a breakfast you can't beat (served fresh and delicious every day), and the rooms are relatively spacious and cozy. A complete and total delight. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

25/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Erin C.
I just stayed here this last Saturday night with the BF after a night of revelry at a good friends' apartment on Twin Peaks.  I have to say, it was just so refreshing to stay at someplace so intimate.  They should call it Castro Bed & Breakfast - although their wasn't really a "choice" of breakfast.  There was, however, a good selection of breakfast items. (see paragraph three.)

The place is a typical SF town house; long, 2-story, building, long hallways with the kitchen in the back upstairs.  I believe there's about 8 rooms, all decorated differently, and with interest.  They have a full-scale website with reservations available and links to pictures of each individual room.  We stayed in the "white room."  It was much prettier in person than it was in the photo. The VIEW out the window was just beautiful.  We happened to catch that great weather this weekend and boy did it greet us Sunday morning.  We could see the top of Mt Diablo from our window!

Breakfast consisted of fruit salad, lox, cereal, coffee in the breakfast room, decorated with a Sarinen table and cool chairs that I forget the designers' name.  The BF was all over the decor, Mid-century as it was.  He used to own a shop and still deals in it.  It is the CASTRO, after all.  Juice was offered to us as soon as we walked out our door, and the concierge was very gracious and personable.

They lost a star only because they are on Castro St., a block north of Market, so all the revelry in the Castro could be heard until 3am or so.  I live in the "country" though, so I'm not used to the city noise, really.  Me and my delicate ears.  It wasn't terrible, and I'm sure if I lived there, I'd get used to it.

Decorated and run with class, I must say its SO much better to go here than just your run-of-the-mill "Travel 6" type of place.  If you feel you need to be slightly pampered, eggs made how you want them in the morning, and you don't mind sharing a wall with the cute little kitchen, or a middle-aged, married gay couple, this is a great place to stay in SF.

22/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Michael P.
My partner and I spent a few days for our anniversary at Inn On Castro and had a lovely time.  The location was perfect for us as we wanted to spend most of our time in the Castro/Mission area and could not ask for anything better than to be on the corner of Castro and Mission. We stayed in the White Room which was spacious, extremely clean and had every convenience we could ask for as well as a fantastic view. Jan was a most gracious host and spent quite a bit of time helping us get oriented not just to the Castro but to SF as well. Breakfast was awesome, everyone seated at a community table laden down with more food that the group could consume. For us it created the perfect environment.

17/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Waverly H.
The sign on the door should read, "Welcome Home!".

Okay, let me start by saying we were going to book  a room for four nights at the Hilton in the Business District near Chinatown.  I am so glad we did not.  My partner and I found this gem of a place by searching Google for places to stay in San Francisco.  Since it was my first time, I wanted to be in a place were I could walk outdoors and not be surrounded by tourist.  It is in the middle of everything, you can walk out you door and do whatever your heart desires.  It is near everything including the Haight, Golden Gate Park which was not that far.  just a car, bus or taxi ride away.  This is the place if you want great conversation, sound advice, quiet clean rooms (We had the yellow room with in-suite bath room) and the best host you can ever have hosting your stay in SF.  It is right in the Castro district.  We had a car but the train (bart), bus, trolley goes right by your door.  You can literally walk out the door and you have 4 types of transportation at you disposal.  It was quiet and please stay for breakfast, you will not be disappointed in fact you will miss out on a display of fresh fruit, fresh baked bread, fresh brewed coffee, fresh squeezed juices, cereal, granola, yogurt and at least two different types of hot breakfast entree with choices like eggs (poached with hollandaise sauce or scrambled with 4 types of cheeses), pancakes, french toast or whatever Jan has up his sleeve. It is a foodies delight.   Phone calls are free, use discretion, Wi-Fi available, again free.  I thought it was a great value and would stay there again and again.  Jan, the owner and host will make you feel right at home and his knowledge of SF and things to do is far better and reliable than Google seach, bar none.  Ask and I am sure that he will not disappoint.  

Thank you Jan and I cannot wait to visit again.  

Waverly

29/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Dan S.
We are so grateful that we had opportunity to enjoy the stay in your beautiful place, enjoy delicious gourmet breakfasts on a festively and tastefully decorated table. Most of all we enjoyed talking to you and your awesome guests. We definitely learned a lot from you, dear friend. It is inspiring to talk to people who know so much and care so much. We did feel like we were home, and it was painful to leave. The orchids and fresh cut flowers, the art decorating the place are still in front of our eyes. It all creates this unique and magical experience: Inn on Castro. Thank you! Inessa and Dan

28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Alistair H.
I used to live just south of the Castro. So close in fact that my local supermarket was the gay safeway. I guess now is a good point to mention that I am not gay :)

When my parents came over to visit, I took them to the gay supermarket and will always remember the two guys stood in front of us in the salad queue. They were wearing full leather gear (including cap, think Judas Priest), but they were taking it one step further by having two holes cut in the back of their pants to show off their ass-cheeks.

After a while living in the area you get used to that kind of thing

Overall I found the area pleasant, I basically stayed away from the bars, but there are some decent restaurants, and my favourite cake shop - see Sweet Inspiration.

27/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. John G.
We love this place.  Location:  very convenient to everything at the intersection of Market and Castro.  Staff:  Jan could not have been more gracious and friendly.  Food:  breakfasts were amazing; delicious eggs or French toast or whatever, along with cereals, fruit, sweets, great coffee, etc.  Facilities:  very charming, not huge, but well-kept and comfortable.  Gay-owned, but we as a Midwestern, non-gay couple could not have felt more at home.  We recommend this place enthusiastically.  We stayed in the main building, so can't comment on the apartments.

18/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Shea M.
On my first trip to SF, I stayed at a 5-star hotel downtown. On my second trip, i stayed at the Inn on Castro. I can honestly say, without hyperbole, that the Inn on Castro was 10x better than the hotel downtown. Great location, beautiful rooms and Jan is a wonderful man and serves up amazing breakfasts. The next time I go to SF, I'll definitely be staying here.

27/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Matt P.
Nice bed and breakfast in the castro! We had great service the moment we walked in the door. The owner was very nice and immediately sat us down and explained everything about the hotel and the location to us. He even gave us a list of great restaurants based on price and location. We stayed in the Brown Room which was very nice with a bay window, a huge bed, and a nice bathroom. And for some reason Im a huge fan of the shower gel they put in the room. It smelled delicious!!! The room was decorated very nice. We missed breakfast the first morning due to a rough night in the castro the evening before, but the second day we got to try it. Salmon scramble, fresh fruit, yummy coffee. This place has charm, feels like a home away from home, and is in the center of the castro. I hope I can make it back here some day!

03/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Jean S.
The location is fantastic, we parked our car on Friday night and didn't use it all weekend, the breakfast was excellent, not just a roll and jam but eggs or pancakes, fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade breads and all of the Capuccino you can drink!  Yan, the host, couldn't be any nicer, warmer, or more welcoming.  He's had it for almost 30 years.  The place only gets 4.5 starts instead of 5 because our room did feel a little like staying in someone's home where things are cracked, chipped, etc., but the fridge stocked with complimentary waters and sodas, a carafe of brandy, a fresh fruit bowl and plenty of amenities like boxes of Kleenex more than made up for it.  I'd stay here again and recommend it to anyone.

27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Lily H.
Stayed here a couple of nights in late August and have to say that this bed and breakfast has lots of charm and is in a great location up half a block from the intersection of Market and Castro.

The inn is located on the "quiet" side of Castro Street so one does not really feel at all that one is in the middle of the bustle of the major gay neighborhood, although if one wants to, one can cross the intersection and find oneself right there.  It is also very close to the MUNI Castro station (downtown in 5-10 minutes) and a bus-stop (route #24 which takes you into Noe Valley in one direction and Pacific Heights in the other and runs every 10 minutes).

"The Castro" itself seems more toned-down that its reputation might lead one to believe, and the inn's location makes for a pleasant stroll down Castro and its side streets.   Nothing out-of-scale:  small shops, professional offices, restaurants, bank, drugstore, deli, cinema, etc.    A real cozy neighborhood feel.

The building is a typical Victorian two-story building, and the rooms are, if rather dowdy, pleasantly decorated and furnished.  Actually, it doesn't seem the place has changed since the '70s, which makes it retro in a rather appealing way.

The back porch gets a lot of sunlight  (one can sit out there as well) and has an amazing view.  It overlooks a  charming small garden for the people that rent the back unit on the first floor.

There are about eight rooms, I believe.   The breakfast is a great, relaxing way to meet others staying there in a convivial atmosphere.  Most people seem to stay there one or two evenings and they include people who have been coming on- and off- for many years ("same time last year").

I would caution that the rooms at the front are exposed to the traffic of people coming through the front door, although they do supply earplugs!

The manager (don't think he is resident, though) is pleasantly low-key, British, and prepares/serves the breakfast .  He can be somewhat waspish, though, as I learned from calling the day after I left to see if the housekeepers had found something I had left behind.

Not a bad choice at all of places to stay--somewhat "off the beaten track"--for those who visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

22/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Sarah K.
My mother came to visit last month from her suburban Pennsylvania town and had a lovely stay at the Inn on Castro. In fact, she raved on almost a daily basis about the wonderful complimentary breakfasts of pancakes and omelets, nicely appointed rooms, beautiful china, gracious innkeeper, and fresh flowers.

Being a Mission dweller in my late-twenties, I wanted my mother to stay in a nice place where she would feel safe, but could explore San Francisco in a vibrant neighborhood. The Mission isn't quite the place for that....I found out about the Inn on Castro through Yelp reviews that said it was a good place for visiting parents--Yelp steers me right again!

25/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Jean K.
I booked this place for my parents over Thanksgiving.  It's super close to me (I live near Dolores Park), really close the a nice neighborhood with shopping and restaurants, and really close to public transport to go sightseeing.  I was a bit nervous about having them stay in the Castro, being from Michigan and all that.

But in the end, they absolutely loved it.  They stayed in the huge apt across the street from the main B&B, which has a huge bay window that looks down Castro street to all the lights at night.  It's good every now and then to view it from someone else's eyes.  I've got lots of pictures of the street with the Castro Theatre courtesy of Dad.  And they thought it was hilarious that the place was above the Gay Cleaners.  They loved taking the historical (but slow) F line into town.

The guys who run this place are also terribly accommodating and nice.  Definitely the personal touch.

I recommend this to everyone who asks where to stay in SF.  Rooms are about $125/night.

31/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Brent R.
Andrew and Yan, the innkeepers, have now made it to my Christmas card list.  This place is that good.

I booked here for the first time several years ago at the recommendation of a friend who lives in the city.  The rooms in the inn didn't really accommodate my friend and I - we would have had to book two rooms.  We decided to try the Douglass St Apartment, at the recommendation of Andrew.  Wow, we instantly fell in love and have stayed here multiple times since.

The apt is always clean, well appointed and very spacious.  There's a back deck,  yard/garden, full kitchen, multiple tv's, stereo, and everything else you'd need.  It's much more relaxing than dealing with the hustle and bustle of a busy hotel.  It's even cheaper than what I'd consider a comparable hotel in the Union Square area.

Make no mistake, these apartments aren't for people who don't like going without daily maid service or taking out a bag of trash or two during a lengthy stay, but for someone like me who prefers privacy and room to spread out, this is San Francisco's best kept secret.

25/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. David J.
For many, the area known as the 'Castro' is gay San Fransisco. Although it has taken a while to recover its sense of confidence and verve following the devastation wreaked by AIDS in the 1980s, it's still a place of pilgrimage for many gay people. For those brought up surrounded by homophobia, to find somewhere that felt so completely safe and gay-orientated was a revelation - and a good one, at that.

To-day, greater tolerance and the preponderance of 'gay villages' elsewhere in the world (and the spread of the gay community around SF itself) means it doesn't have quite the unique feel it once had, but it's still great fun - in fact, not taking anything too seriously in SF is the key to having a great time.

We stayed for a week just off Castro Street itself, and on our first trip to the supermarket came across a guy in full leather gear (a la 'Village People') shopping for vegetables at 2pm in the afternoon. It pretty much set the tone for the rest of the trip

It's a bit touristy these days, however, with prices to match - bars are more pricey here than elsewhere in SF, and service can be rather variable. And for me, the ghettoised feel paled a bit after a week - I'm not sure I'd want to live there. But it's still well worth a visit.

Oh, and read the 'Tales of the City' books by Armistead Maupin before you go (or see the fabulous TV series). It'll really add to your trip, and they are a great read in their own right, too.

17/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Bearded M.
All we can do is echo what everyone else has said.  The location is terrific.  But what makes this place is the way it's run.  Jan is great and the breakfast he makes is out of this world.  This is a friendly B&B, gay or straight friendly.  As a gay couple we certainly felt welcome and among friends but I can't see why a straight person wouldn't be as comfortable.

29/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Al U.
My parents visited San Francisco in October and stayed at the Inn On Castro. The service was phenomenal, the Inn keeper was super friendly and accommodating and I'll be sure to have my parents stay here every time they come and visit.

11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Rebecca N.
My dad and step-mom stayed here during their visit from NY and were very happy with their experience.  The place is beautiful, the owner (Jan) is caring and thoughtful, as well as charming, and the breakfast is phenomenal!  Inn on Castro contributed positively to this visit.   I highly recommend this place over staying at one of the big hotels or other boutique hotels in the area (a few of which I also checked out before picking this one).  It's not cheap, but it's a great deal for what you get.  Ideal location, too.  Thank you, Jan!

04/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Jean-Dimitri D.
Very nice place. And the breakfast is so good !

20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Dj S.
Great place to stay.  I stayed in a suite and they even had bottled waters and oranges complimentary.  Very convenient to the clubs and walking to all the best restaurants in SF.  Can't say enough about this place it's the best.

26/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Henry L.
This place was fantastic.  Location is great.  Directly across from the Castro neighborhood and also the intersection of Market and Castro Streets where you can hop on to several cable cars as well as the MUNI station.  The room I got was a single occupancy with a queen sized bed and private bathroom.  The room was clean, well ventilated and tastefully decorated.  The staff was super friendly and welcoming. The prices were VERY competitive.  And they serve you fresh breakfast too! If I'm visiting the City and I need to get a room I will ABSOLUTELY check here first and book again.  It was a fantastic experience and I highly recommend it.  They have certainly made a fan.

14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Sylvie K.
I have some mixed emotions about writing this review, which is why I waited at least a week upon returning home to post this.  I want to be sure I am a little less emotionally invested in the experience and give credit where credit is due.  

The experience started out rather stressful. As we were checking in to the Inn, we discovered they had us staying a day short of what we had expected.  Flight leaving Friday, reservations expired Thursday.  Since a confirmation had not been sent via email, we had nothing to show.  The young girl that checked us in was pretty quick to divert blame to us and continued to guide the conversation such that we felt pressured into admitting it was our fault, not theirs.  I stopped her on more than one occasion and reinforced that pointing fingers was not productive.  I really didn't care who's fault it was and said as much.  I didn't have a room Thursday evening and I asked her if she could perhaps focus on helping us.  She disappeared to speak to the owner, came back and informed us that a room was available at their extended lodging down the street.  The price was a little bit of a sticker shock and we took a moment to absorb what was happening.  We finally came to the realization that this would in fact be our best option since we are not familiar with the area or other establishments.  We agreed to take the room.  Apparently, that didn't sit well because the next comment from her was that the owner would prefer we not take the room since it accommodates 4 and we were a party of 2.  Ok. . .insult to injury.  The owner could have had the courtesy to at least come out and acknowledge us and what was occurring.  He didn't.  We were there from Monday to Thursday . . .and while we saw the owner every morning for breakfast, not once did he ever acknowledge our situation, much less offer an apology for the inconvenience.  Instead, the young girl started pulling out names of other establishments we could call while we're sitting there, baggage in tow.  I stayed right there, in front of her and started calling. . .one after another we were informed that there were no rooms available.  While I didn't want to pressure her into giving us that room when it was clearly an unpleasant situation, I also didn't want to be sleeping in the airport.  

Finally,  we found a room just down the road at Twin Peaks for Thursday night.  Wow. . .a dive to say the least.  The door had apparently been kicked in at one point.  Rather than replace the frame, they put putty in the damaged frame, not even bothering to paint it.  The tv was an old tube set that was on it's way out, purple faces on half the screen, but it was something we left on to try to drown out the noise of the street.  We slept in our clothes.  Actually, sleep wasn't much of an option. Our room overlooked Market.  The traffic was pretty bad. . .all night long.  We got maybe three hours of sleep.

I have tried not to let that experience with the Inn at Castro overshadow our time there, but that was the last experience of the week and it's hard to walk away feeling warm and fuzzy.  

Location is great,  right in the middle of everything with the Muni right across the street.  Transportation was never an issue and very affordable.  Overall, the Inn at Castro was nice, not exceptional.  Don't expect a 5 star experience.  Noise can still be an issue, but earplugs are provided in the hall for light sleepers.  You are downtown San Fransisco after all.  Noise is inevitable. . .some places are better than others I guess.  The place could use a little work.  Sliding shower doors were broken and would not open.  White leather chairs in dining room were dated and cracked. Very eclectic decor. . . Wifi is free but not predictable.  I wound up creating my own hotspot through my service.

Breakfast was wonderful.  Bed was comfortable.  The room  was very clean with nice little touches of refreshments in fridge, Neutrogena liquid body soap in shower, chocolates in hall with ear plugs.  Owner is a great cook and very pleasant, but ending our vacation in a dive really set the overall tone when all was said and done.  Will not be going back...especially with so many choices of other B&Bs in the area.  As much as I hate to go there. . .part of me wonders if we had been two men, might the scenario have played itself out a little differently.  I only say this based on our interactions...observations, overall feel at the end of the day. . .

21/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
26. Sean B.
This place exceeded our expectations in many ways. It probably didn't hurt their cause that the place we stayed the night before was so skeezy... but we really liked it here. The owners were very friendly and very accomodating, the location was absolutely perfect, and the price really wasn't much higher than the other local hotel chains which offered so much less.

The only reason that it's four and not five stars; I'm 6'6 and the bungalow we were in downstairs varied from 7'0 in height and 6'2 in height. Literally, to walk from the living room to the bedroom required me to duck like I was visiting a hobbit house. Would have been a good screening question to hear when we called to make the reservation.

11/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Peter T.
If you have extra cash to splash and is looking for a well run, gay-owned, conveniently located to the gayborhood (with a small hill to hike) of SFO, then look no further, this is IT! Spent 2 nights here during the July 4th weekend, fully booked, nonetheless, we got the last room suitably called "The Red Room". The pix shown on their website was PINK, initially i thought, hell NO but luckily its sort of a washed out RED, phew!

We arrived in mid morning and was cordially shown to our room by the friendly innkeeper but first, the RULES... just treat it as your own place or a friend's home. The room has a really cozy feeling, a little patio and door that leads to the backyard downstairs. There's complimentary bottled water, soda, coffee and brandy (yes, a small decanter in your room). Understandably, this is NOT the chain hotel that has huge spaces, but the room is very nicely decorated with all mod-cons, the bathroom is clean and come with supplies of good quality shower gels and shampoo. Oh and the bedsheets, they are at least over 300plus thread counts, bravo... gosh, do i sound like Martha Stewart?

Now, the breakfast, what a spread with the table fully covered with all kind of things such as the huge bowl of freshly cut fruits, yogurts, biscuits, breads, different type of cereals and with additional daily special. We had the waffles and spinach omelette.

Overall and as to echo other Yelpers, this is truly a GEM and definitely a great place for COUPLE to enjoy their visit to one of my fav city in America, San Francisco!

28/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Amanda T.
Jan is the nicest man you ever will met.  The rooms are clean and breakfast is yummy.  Highly recommend!

31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Anthony B.
Disclosure: I haven't stayed here per se, but I have some very dear friends who swear by it, and I've been invited over a time or five to know the inside of the place pretty well... and what cool stuff is offered.

So every gay who doesn't live in SF seems to try to experience their visit of the city with an air of naivety. They all seem to have dreams of grandeur where the Castro is still circa 1970. Muscly men are walking around nearly naked, overly altruistic natures, and the locals all ride the cable cars to and fro work and home every day.

Sorry kids, it's really not how it is. What is kind of cool though, is the fact that there's still a decently priced BnB in the Castro where you can go, check in, and literally get sat down by the owners about where decent food at decent prices can actually be found, where the hot spots that aren't Badlands are and what night to go, just basically how to live like a native San Franciscan.

They won't ruin your city experience by urging you to go to the Wharf, advising you to jump in a tour bus that's more asian than China, and verbally disposing you into all of the other tourist traps. No, no they don't. But they will tell you some places to go, some legit things to see, and give you a super clean room, with a fridge stocked with free sodas and water, underneath a huge carafe of complimentary whiskey. Complete with shot glasses.

The decor is very old school victorian, without feeling old and stuffy, it's very well lit, warm and cozy, and the reviews of breakfast were pretty good too.

All in all, it's definitely worth a stay. I will, if I ever need to pay for a room for the night. Or the hour.

02/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Greg B.
My friend who lives here in the Castro area told me about this place. I was kind of hesitant at first since I'm used to staying in hotels like the Marriott or the W hotel, but I figured I would give it a try. I booked the "White" room for me and my friend and I will be booking again for sure.

The place is cozy, Internet is free but shoddy, breakfast is freshly cooked for you when you wake up, and the location is unbeatable. Everyone who works here is very attentive and they definitely aim to please. Stay here if you want to be close to Castro and be within walking distance of everything on this side of town.

The noise levels are high though since we are overlooking a major street but is not loud enough to be a deal breaker at all.

The rates are very affordable as well! You won't be disappointed.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. John S.
My home in San Francisco!

This review is based on numerous visits.
I have stayed in their apartment and inside the Bed and Breakfast. (Patio Suite)

Inn on Castro is now a place I can call home when visiting San Francisco.
A place that is warm and inviting.
A place where you feel safe.
Also a place where you can meet new people and some you can even call friends.
Jan and his staff make it very inviting and make you want to come back to see them.
His female assistant that runs the place in the afternoon was especially nice.
Jan really outdoes himself each morning for breakfast, making sure you have a healthy breakfast each morning.
Breakfast is something you don't want to miss.
Also don't pass up one of the sides Jan offers you.
He makes the best healthy breakfast you need to start your day

Patio Suite:.
The Patio Suite is a side area just outside of the main bed and breakfast area.
The Patio and foyer(the walk in to your room with a mini fountain) make it very pleasing to walk in and out of.
You have your own key for the foyer door, so you don't have strange people hanging about. Only one other person has that key, and that's the person that has the adjoining suite. So you just might see the other person coming and going.

The room offers free wi-fi, TV and DVD player and even free bottle of brandy.
Bathroom amenities include shampoo, body soap and plenty of towels andhair dryer.

It's quiet, even on the nights when Castro comes alive.
Some of the rooms inside the bed and breakfast can pick up the street noise.
So staying here is an added plus.

Self-Catering Apartments, the Caselli:
TIP: You will have to pick up the apartment key from the main bed & Breakfast house and then walk over to the apartment, it is a walk, so this really isn't for someone that doesn't have a car or numerous pieces of luggage.
I walked over myself and it wasn't bad. It actually helps you get use to the surroundings and locations.
Overall the experience was fantastic. The Caselli has everything you could want in a long extended stay.
It really does feel like you have your own apartment.
The neighborhood is nice, safe, clean, quiet and friendly.
When walking around in the neighborhood, everybody is friendly and says hi.
The apartment has a full kitchen with dishes and utensils at your service if you feel the need to cook everyday.
There is also a nice grocery store(Mollie Stone's) a few blocks away if you need to stock the refrigerator.
And if you don't want to cook, then there are many convenient restaurants near by.
Bathroom is also very pleasing that comes fully stocked with towels and houses a nice shower head. Jan also includes body soap, shampoo, hair dryer and plenty of towels.
Living room is very comfortable with nice furniture(leather sofa) and tv with a dvd player and free internet.
And on the nights were it gets cold, you are equipped with a heater.
And on those extended stays, there is a washer and dryer inside and if you need clothes that need to be dry cleaned there is a dry cleaners that is the same distance, in the same locale as the grocery store.
Jan does a nice job making sure that staying in the apartment is as equally as nice as if you were to stay at his inn.
The only drawback is that if you stay at the apartment you are not treated to Jan wonderful breakfasts each and every morning.
Staying at the Inn or at one of his apartments is a very pleasing and relaxing experience.

07/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Krista M.
My sister and I stayed in the self-catering Caselli apts rented through the Inn on Castro. So, this review pertains to the apartments, not the actual B&B - although I did have to visit the B&B to pick up the keys and must say that building looked really clean and cute.

Anyway, back to the apartments - we stayed in the 2nd floor one, I think it was #90. Um, amazing experience!
First of all, the place is HUGE. It has two huge bedrooms, each with queen beds, a pretty large living/sitting room, a sizeable kitchen, and a small back deck. The bathroom was kind of small but very updated and modern. The whole place was decorated with lots of color and artwork - very warm and welcoming. The place was incredibly clean too. In all honesty, it was almost too much space just for the two of us, but then again only having one bathroom worked out. I imagine it would be very fitting for a group of maybe 4 friends or two couples, as long as you don't mind sharing one bathroom.

The rates were fantastic, considering what a nice and spacious place this is. I will definitely try to stay here again next time I visit San Francisco and would gladly refer any friends wishing to stay near the Castro. Great alternative lodging option, for probably the same price or less than a hotel!

07/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Tom M.
On my most recent visit ( Nov 8-14, 2012) I spent the first night of my trip in the patio suite. It was awesome. Separate entrance, very well appointed space. I said to Jan that if I wasn't so in lurve with the apartment, that would be my space.

The folks whom had the apartment left early. so I was able to move over a couple of days early and couldn't be happier about it. Already booked for next year. Thanks again to Jan for another great birthday visit.

18/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Megan S.
Really enjoyed my stay -- overall, it was an excellent experience. I stayed in the Green Room which comes with a small private bath down the hall. The room and the B&B are fabulously decorated. The owner is very friendly, and the establishment really covers all areas for anything you could want during your stay. The room came with bathrobes, a glass pitcher, glasses, wine opener, and decanter with tequila, an extra blanket, a floor fan, a space heater, cable television, and free wifi. The bathroom was stocked with towels, full-sized toiletries, and a hair dryer. The hall offers a small library of books, a candy bowl, and earplugs (the street can be quite noisy at night as is typical of the city), and a mini fridge with free refreshments. Upstairs there is a dining area for breakfast (the breakfast is wonderful and there is a nice variety of coffee machines to suite your personal preference) and a common room for relaxing. Compared to similarly priced hotels in the area, this bed and breakfast is really a steal and is located in a great area. It's within walking distance of tons of restaurants and shops and about 25 minutes from the airport. Would definitely stay again. :)

07/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. G M.
During a recent visit, I opted away from the pricey Union Square hotels for something more accommodating, less budget gouging, in a different part of the city but yet convenient to public transportation options.  After many searches, review reads and several recommendations from SF locals and fellow Yelpers, I selected the Inn on Castro for my most recent stay.  From the outside, The Inn on Castro is unassuming - located just a few hundred feet up the street from the Castro Muni Station.  However, once inside, it is nicely setup - well maintained, clean, spacious and inviting.  The decor is modern, with a bit of a late 70's influence, well executed and superior to what most people think of when I say that - it is a compliment!

While I did not see inside any other guest rooms besides my own, the other guests I met during the splendid breakfast Jan or his staff hosted each morning from 08:00 - 10:00 were super!  People were staying from all over the world - guests from Australia, the UK, and Hawaii were just a few I met - some for a few days, some for a week.  Breakfast conversation was never lacking, nor were the varying daily choices of hot food prepared to order.  There was always nice freshly sliced fruit (and not just all melons) with yogurt, several brands of cereals, fresh pumpkin seed breads, along with hot coffee, tea and OJ.  The breakfast was always promptly available at 08:00, for us farm-boy early risers, and was served in a larger dining room flanked by fresh flowers, orchids, the daily newspapers and nice views.

Since I tend to spread out after arriving, I opted for the lower Patio Suite which is located downstairs from the main house and directly off the enclosed Inn's patio area.  There is also an upper stairs access area to the patio which I never figured out if it connects to the Inn or some other house or both.   The Patio Suite has a private, bath and shared separate entrance with the Hideaway Suite from the Inn's main - with its own keys.  While there is no direct A/C, opening those windows at night was sufficient to have one buried under blankets by the early AM!   Noise was never a problem and only occasionally was I aware of other guests using the patio area.  I noticed a bowl of ear plugs are also provided for the lighter sleepers.  

The fridge was well stocked (though it needs a defrosting), with convenient to carry water.  The room was supplied with body wash, shampoo and towels, TV, Cable, DVD and even a clean portable fan.   All  these items made the stay one of the best Bed and Breakfast experiences I've had in my many years of traveling.

This is another option to avoid the Union Square area when possible and venture into and see another part of the city.  Yes, the Inn on Castro is located in the Castro area - so if that bothers one for whatever reason, then select another location.  The Inn is located very near the main Muni Station as well the Street Cars and only a few blocks from main bus stops.  I could not locate this many or easier jump points to reach other locations in the city in such a nice neighborhood with such a nice staff, accommodations and breakfasts to remember.  Overall, recommended.   Cheers.

06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Jerry W.
We recently were given short notice to vacate our apartment for two days for some work the Landlord needed to do on our bathroom that would make it unsafe for us.  In scrambling to find a place on a Sunday evening for a Tuesday and Wednesday stay in San Francisco I was lucky to have found that the Inn on Castro had an available apartment for the two days.   David made check in easy and the Apartment was right on my normal commute route less than 5 minutes from work.  The apartment was very comfortable, nicely appointed, with a cute little zen garden, full kitchen, ample parking and so quiet.  It was a perfect res-bit from a very stressful situation.  I now have a go to place when people ask me for recommendations for a place to stay when coming to visit San Francisco.

16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Kani Y.
I needed a place near UCSF to stay, and came about the Inn on Castro. It was my first experience at a bed&breakfast. The owner Jan is a super sweet and funny man. I wish I stayed more than just one night. I checked in a little late (~7:30pm) because my flight landed at 6:30pm. (The office hours go until 8pm).

Jan was very welcoming and helped point out places to park (because SF and other big cities make parking rather difficult). The room my SO and I had was clean and very home-y. Breakfast was served 8-10am and was beautiful and delicious. There was fruit salad, yogurt, granola, coffee, bread, etc etc. And we had an option of a mushroom-egg scramble or apple pecan pancakes. I got the pancakes and they were AWESOME.  My SO said the scramble was very good also. Oh and everything was organic!

Overall I had a great experience and definitely recommend this place. There are a ton of shops and eateries walking-distance away and close to Golden Gate Park.

24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0