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Petite Auberge in San Francisco, CA

Petite Auberge in San Francisco, CA


Petite Auberge, a "small inn," welcomes guests to a world of French provincial enchantment.  The inn's 26 intimate guest rooms boast inviting beds, carved armoires and many have fireplaces.  Petite Auberge is located just up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown and less than two blocks from our famous cable cars - within walking distance to the best restaurants and theaters.  Honeymooners might want to select the "Petite Suite" with its private deck, hand painted king bed, spa tub, champagne and chocolates.


Company Info:

Rating: 4.15

Address: 863 Bush St, San Francisco, CA, 94108

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    Comments (48):

    1. Sarah P.
    definitely a "best bang for your buck" place.  warm, cozy, clean.  upgraded to a fireplace room which was nice.  yummy breakfast. centrally located.  (and they did have a coffee maker in the room, which wasn't listed as an ammenity, but does make a difference to some of us, so, that was a nice surprise)

    05/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Pelina C.
    we stayed here for four nights and it really feels like a home away from home.  
    + cookie jar with fresh baked cookies at the entrance
    + awesome staff who came to recognize us and unfailingly greeted us with a smile every time we saw them.
    + breakfast was one of the best that i've seen and i've stayed at a lot of hotels!  ex. freshly baked quiches, sausages, fruit salad, croissants, pastries, cereal, and oatmeal.  the coffee was good and they even leave paper cups with caps in case you want to take coffee to go.  plus, breakfast is with real silverware (not disposable) and real plates.
    + feel like we're at grandma's house.  after staying at this hotel, we stayed at a holiday inn and though the latter was more modern, we missed petite auberge!
    + evening wine reception with again freshly baked cake, wine, and hors dourves
    + complimentary coffee, tea, bottled water, and soda all day long - and i mean 24 hours a day!  you just have to go downstairs and help yourself.
    + the location was great too - it's just a couple of blocks from union square and there are lots of restaurants close by.
    + complimentary wi-fi - so many hotels charge an arm and a leg for this that having it for free made me feel even more like they're not out there trying to rip us off.  
    - there were some minor things that could use some updating in our room.  ex. the paint was peeling a little in one corner.

    01/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Katie S.
    The Petite Auberge is connected to the White Swan Inn next door.  Where the White Swan is very London plaids & tea, the Petite Auberge is all done up in French garden florals.  The rooms seem smaller than the White Swan, but the difference seems to be reflected in the pricing.  Also, most of the rooms at the Petite Auberge have fireplaces (the nice gas kind with a wall switch), but if you want one make sure you ask for that type of room.  

    The rooms come with wine in the evening and a full breakfast in the morning.

    10/04/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Don Z.
    Great place. Just read the other reviews like I did and go. No complaints. Everything was fantastic. Upon arriving we went to the White Swan next door to check in and they said there was actual someone at the desk. Check in was painless and Nancy helped us out with any questions we had about the city. Can walk to almost anywhere which is great because in a car it is pretty scary out there and so are the parking fees. Fireplace was toasty and all the food served was delicious. Free wifi is a plus. Will come back again.

    25/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Frank C.
    My wife and I LOVE this place.  The rooms w/the fireplace are really nice.  Very clean & pleasant atmosphere.  They go the extra mile w/the food.  In the afternoon they have h'orderves.  Really good offerings.  Wine, tea, coffee, pastries, cheese, crackers, etc.  They had a nice spring salad available.  The breakfast is OUTSTANDING.  An egg dish of some sort, lots of fruit, bread pudding w/apples (OH THAT WAS SO GOOD) granolas, sausages etc.  Of course Juice, coffee & tea.  Really enjoyed it all!!  Looking forward to going back.  It has become something my wife and I really enjoy spending a weekend there.

    04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Amy B.
    Outstanding bed & breakfast. Excellent price, wonderful staff, great location. Breakfast selection was nice and happy hour was a great touch. Lots of stairs and old elevators add character. One of the cleanest b&bs I've stayed.

    17/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. John R.
    When I arrived, there was nobody at the desk to answer the bell.  There was no sign saying that I needed to head to the White Swan next door.  The clerk finally showed up and apologized for not putting up the sign.

    Getting a cheap room online meant we had the regular room next to the elevator (old fashioned with a steel gate you open/close yourself).  That didn't make as much noise as I thought it would.

    The hotel doesn't have air conditioning on the rooms (at least our room didn't).  Of course, in SF, that isn't needed much of the time.

    However, as a result, you have the windows open at night.  You hear lots of street noise, etc.  It is bad enough that the hotel even printed a nice little sign to highlight it along with ear plugs.  It didn't bother us much of the time but beware.  Also, they seem to get a delivery around 5:30am and you can hear the noise below.

    The evening wine/cheese event was very nice.  You can sit and meet your fellow guests.  The breakfast was most pleasant as well.

    As for parking, it is downtown SF.  You can let them park it or fight for a space on the street.  I used their valet service.

    Next time I might try the White Swan.

    13/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Don M.
    Perfect romantic getaway.

    05/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Celine L.
    i love this little boutique hotel!!!!! so cute! nice french country inn decor.
    parking was a nightmare, and we tried parking on bush and even the streets parallel to avoid the $32 + 14% tax valet!

    we had to check in at white swan. took the lift which was very rustic-oldish, where you have to push the door and what not! we stayed at the basement in a queen with fireplace.

    i actually booked a deluxe queen on orbitz and luckily i called them the day before, and they said it was the cozy queen without fireplace, so they even upgraded us for free! that's awfully nice of them!

    we were told there's complimentary drinks, soda/water and even beer in the communal fridge! they have boardgames, and a book swap! i wish i brought some old books to swap with!

    breakfast was BOMB! the egg quiche had tomatoes and tasted so good! sausages were good. orange and cranberry juice, eggs, oatmeal, toast. delish! the muffins weren't bad either!

    the fireplace was great too. sooo pretty, i loved my room!! it was on the smaller side, but it is sf, so i expected it. the bed had a teddy bear (whcih you can buy for $15) and they even had cotton and qtips in the bathroom! chocolate in the concierge was good too. they even had toothpaste when i asked them for it!

    i just love this cute little place. i wish it wasn't so cold, or i would have totally chilled in the patio!

    tip: free drinks, get the fireplace rooms, get breakfast! i missed the reception though =/

    favourites: very awesome service!

    do not want: nothing really!

    last words: a great place to stay, i prefer staying here over a 5 star hotels which are all pretty similar. tho i love stay in those too =p

    17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Paula A.
    Petite Auberge was very quaint. The price was right, it's not fancy but clean & fine for a few days. Our room was a bit small but the french country decor was charming & the fireplace was a plus. Free breakfast was a bonus & better than expected. The cocktail hour offers wine & tasty homemade snacks by the fire, it was the perfect setting to chat with other out-of-towners. I'd definitely recommend this place. My only complaint, they ask for 20 minutes notice to retrieve valet parked cars -- it took closer to 45.

    21/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Steve R.
    Petite Auberge is conveniently located within walking distance from Union Square and right off the trolleycar stop. Front desk and staff were friendly and inviting, though rarely around, since they seem to be sharing staff with the neighboring White Swan Inn. Our room was cozy (read: small), but comfortable. Their free breakfast was very nice, usually including coffee, eggs, toast, and cereal. Housekeeping was not good--they forgot to clean our room one of the days, and some of our items went 'missing' on another.

    18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Max S.
    Beautiful boutique hotel with an amazing french charm. The girl and I had an amazing time there and would definitely stay there again on our next trip to the city!

    27/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Aesah L.
    Great little boutique hotel. I love the decor and how cozy it is. We got a deluxe queen room with a fireplace and feel right at home. The daily wine cocktail hour doesn't hurt either. The staff is friendly, though we honestly haven't seen that much staff since getting here. I'd definitely stay here again the next time I'm in San Francisco.

    Word to the wise: I did get a peek at the regular rooms and they are tiny. Deluxe is the way to go.

    14/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Nicole M.
    Super cute! Just like staying with your grandma on a visit. I loved the small touches like the qtips in the bathroom and free cookies, tea, and coffee 24/7. Small room with all the good and bad about staying in an old bulilding (we could hear when people near us showering, the pipes were LOUD). The outside garden was a bit over rated. Breakfast was ok, nothing to write home about. The only dissapointing part of our stay was the "wine hour and hors d'ouervers". We were literally the only 2 people there! There were only 4 bottles of crummy wine and the snacks sparse. Egg salad on bread? Not very classy.

    19/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Natalye R.
    Spent my second anniversary here and had a lovely, albeit short, stay.

    The whole place is done in garden floral theme with French art adoring the walls. Bed and breakfasts should be quaint and this one definitely was. The elevator was awesome and the breakfast nook downstairs was awesome.

    Be sure to request the type of room you want. Not all rooms come with fireplaces or private bathrooms but luckily ours did. They also have teddy bears, which has become a tradition of ours (to purchase the one in our room on our anniversary night).

    The location was convenient and close to everything. I felt safe at night both in and out of the building and the staff was hospitable and talkative.

    Parking costs an arm and a leg - luckily we took public transit into the city so it was the least of our concern.

    In the evening they have wine and tasty snacks. The breakfast was good - better than some I've seen but not as good as others. The morning delivery of the Chronicle at your door was a nice touch too.

    14/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Eric B.
    Homey and comfortable, not fancy, and very affordable. Great experience.

    My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our two nights there.

    All of the staff were friendly. They had a great little breakfast that ran until ten. It included hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, toast, quiche, coffee, oatmeal, orange juice, cranberry juice (I think), sausage, and a few other items that I never got around to.

    I arrived late, almost near midnight. Upon arriving I asked about the cocktail hour so I could be sure to make it the next day. She told me the time, told me it was over, but offered to have an employee bring up a glass. She asked whether I preferred red or white. I said no thanks, but it was a good start to a great stay.

    Location was ideal. From what I remember it is in Lower Nob Hill. There is a little liquor store/market right across the street that is open until 2:30 AM. It had a good selection of wine and snacks.

    Loved the fireplace in the room. The only complaint I had was that it was kind of cold in the room, and there were not enough blankets so we were a bit cold at times.

    They offer valet parking, but we chose not to do that. Instead, the front desk employee pointed me to 750 Bush St, for a couple bucks cheaper if we stayed no longer than eight hours. But, unlike their valet, that parking garage had no in and out privileges.

    This boutiquey hotel is homey and comfortable, not too fancy, and very affordable. We will visit again. It was a big part of an overall amazing experience in San Francisco.

    07/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Beth S.
    We booked three days in the King with Fireplace; I have to tell you, it was way better than the three days prior we spent in Napa at a "shall remain nameless but Oprah stayed there" B&B. The service was great; it was our 15 yr. anniversary and they surprised us with a split of champagne in our room the 2nd day. If you join the Joy of Life Club you will get little perks like that.

    Big pros: excellent daily breakfast in a quaint downstairs room (which is where they also serve the daily wine/hors d'hourves); complimentary waters/sodas/tea/coffee all day long (help yourself to the mini fridge down the hall); love the romantic French country atmosphere; fun old-fashioned elevator; great staff.

    Cons: really, beyond the hotel's control, and that was the noise level of the city. Bring your earplugs if you are noise-sensitive.

    Loved this boutique hotel! Will definitely stay there again.

    07/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Kristina R.
    I stayed here one night when I had no where to go (it's a sad story...)  When I made my entrance late that night and they saw the sorry look upon my face, they were very kind and sweet.  They also gave me a good rate, since there was availability and it was a weeknight (S-Th.)

    My room was tiny.  I mean minuscule.  Don't come here expecting a nice, roomy place.  You nearly have to climb over the bed to get to the bathroom. The armoire took up half the room.  But other rooms are much bigger, I'm sure.  There isn't a lot in the room, although they give you some of the basic amenities.  But for a Bed and Breakfast in "big" city like SF, they do a pretty nice job of making it as quaint and charming as it can be.  The decor is feminine and pretty, and the hotel itself is elegant and unpretentious.  All in all, a lovely stay.

    (Prices tend to run a bit high, in my opinion.  But it's not unusual for decent rooms in SF to cost-on average-a couple hundred dollars a night, from my experience.)

    14/03/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Andrea C.
    I booked this hotel for the free hot breakfast and wi-fi (and the 20% off coupon code I found online), and got all that and more!

    TIP: There's almost never anyone at the Petite Auberge front desk, so go to the White Swan next door to check in.  They tell you this in your confirmation e-mail.  There's also a sign outside to direct you.

    I booked a cozy queen, but they upgraded us to a deluxe for free!  More space and a fireplace!  I'm glad about that; the cozy queens are VERY small.  If you want space, go to a Marriott.  As far as I could tell, there was no A/C, but we didn't need it.  We had the windows open every night and were very comfortable.  Fair warning to light sleepers, it does get noisy outside at night (it's a city after all), but the front desk provides free earplugs if you need them.

    Location can't be beat.  We were told to head down the block to Walgreens to buy a 3-day muni pass, but you really don't need to.  It's so close to everything, just walk!  Seriously, it's 5 minutes to Union Square, 10 minutes to Chinatown, 20 minutes to the piers.  WALK.

    Breakfast was incredible each morning!  My favorite was the French toast bake.  The fruit was fresh, the coffee was strong.  We only made it to the evening wine and hors d'oeuvres once, but what a great perk.  Awesome cheeses and pastries, and the chance to meet friendly fellow tourists from all over the globe.  The cookie jar in the lobby was always filled with tasty treats.  The chocolate almond bars were out of this world.  

    Free wi-fi throughout the hotel was a big plus, as I had to do homework while on vacation :(  The dining area and lounge downstairs had big comfy couches, a fireplace, and a book swap.  We spent a couple of nights down there reading or doing work.

    The only downside to our stay was the super nice, but super disorganized staff.  All I wanted was an extra towel to dry my hair.  I called, and they immediately sent one up.  Then the next day, housekeeping took it away (and no, I didn't leave it in the tub like they ask you to if you want your towels changed)!  I called again that night, and no one showed.  It took 3 calls to the front desk over 2 days to get a freakin' towel.  We were also supposed to get a complimentary bottle of wine for being a member of the Joie de Vivre loyalty club, but didn't until the last night of our stay.  If I didn't call (multiple times), we probably wouldn't have gotten it at all.

    Towel and wine aside, I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat.

    14/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Jarred D.
    Petite Auberge is a cutesy boutiqey kind of hotel. Its quaint and quiet. My fiance and I were talking about how when your in this hotel it feels like your stepping into a space and time warp. Its like it zaps you from just outside of modern day union square and into a french cottage early 20th century.

    Breakfast comes with your stay. They call it gourmet, I don't think I'd call it that, but I would definitely call it delicious. When we stayed breakfast included croissants, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, quiche, toast, mixed fruit, danishes, hard boiled eggs, sausage etc... If you leave breakfast hungry, its probably your own fault.

    Its located almost directly between union square and the newer hipster stroll on Polk so as for location it doesn't get a lot better than this. They offer valet parking, but i think you can find it a little cheaper if you park close by yourself. We will likely stay again, possibly for our wedding next year :)

    28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Greg A.
    Cute little hotel near union square (4 blocks away). We stayed in a room with a queen and a fireplace. Cute little room, simple. The fireplace was cozy and romantic. Free breakfast every morning, a fridge stocked with free bottles of water and soda, afternoon wine and snacks... These are all things you never see in a hotel in the city. More like a country bed and breakfast. The staff was also very helpful and accomodating. We will definitely stay here again!

    13/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Andre K.
    A little taste of France in San Francisco. Very cozy room with a fire place. Nice breakfast in the morning.

    27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Jessica R.
    This a great little hotel, more like a B&B.  The rooms are small and clean.  The breakfast and wine hour are great.  The staff friendly.  There is some outside noise I could hear in my room, but it is a city so I was expecting some noise, it wasn't awful but it did wake me up a couple of times throughout the night.  I was a bit disappointed because I had asked for an early check in and that didn't happen.  Great location right off union square, I would stay here again when in SF.

    18/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Alex S.
    Very cute French B&B in a great location and wonderful breakfast. The staff is also very friendly

    15/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Jimmy W.
    I don't quite understand all the 5-star reviews people are writing here.  Sure, this hotel has it's charms, but it is an overpriced hotel with an average location with tiny rooms and a terrible noise problem.

    Upon initial glance, it appears to be a nice old-fashioned French-style boutique hotel.  Everything about it is cute and small.  From the entryway to the rooms.  There's a very old-school style elevator...perhaps from the 1950's.  And you open the doors with actual keys...I haven't seen that aside from some bed and breakfasts.

    What really brings this hotel down is the noise.  If I can't get any sleep at night, I give the hotel a poor rating.  Right outside out window, it sounded like there was a rave going on all night.  Obviously they know about this because they provide a machine to provide ambient background noise.  But they need to do a little better job of sound-proofing the facility instead of just trying to cover up the problem.

    Location is ok...it's rather far from BART.

    The breakfast that's included is a nice touch, with a large selection and many complimentary beverages as well.  This was probably the nicest part of the stay.  This brings it up to 2 stars.

    14/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    26. Rachel W.
    (1) LOCATION: You can't beat this location. This charming Bed and Breakfast is located on the quiet, tranquil, dignified Nob Hill, blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the Union Square and Chinatown. It is, however, still within walking distance to these must-go destinations for travellers from all over the world. Which is hugely important if you're a first-time visitor to this lovely city of San Francisco. It is very convenient and centrally located, within walking distance to cable car, bus stops (MUNI), and BART. A perfect spot to begin your adventure around the city. Within your walkable radius: Hayes Valley, City Hall, Tenderloin, Nob Hill, Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Embarcadero, South of Market, Telegraph Hill, and more...

    (2) DÉCOR: This is also an ideal, dream-come-true kind of place for B&B fans. The decoration is absolutely charming and divine. French country style. Incredibly cozy, comfy, noble and gracious. See my pictures - they speak better than I do. In my opinion: it's full of unique character and it's breathtakingly beautiful. Its next-door neighbor, the White Swan Inn (also operated by Joie de Vivre), is equally beautiful, if not more. Petite Auberge is French style while the White Swan is old fashioned English style. Both are quaint and visually stunning. A feast for the eyes!

    (1) WARMTH: Despite its impeccable cleanliness and beauty, it lacks a certain sense of warmth, intimacy and humanness... Compare to traditional B&Bs, the atmosphere here is not very welcoming and inviting. Front desk is often empty. Often, no one is there to say "hello" to you, chat with you or get you acquainted with the local areas. As it's commercially operated by Joie de Vivre, don't expect to be greeted by your typical smiley, hospitable, housewifey or grandpa-like innkeeper in traditional B&Bs.

    (2) FOOD: I'm also not a big fan of its breakfast. Don't expect delicious, home-cooked, family-style hot breakfast. The breakfast venue, though beautiful, somehow feels impersonal and commercialized. It could be because that, again, you would not be engaging in heart-warming conversations with the hosts or innkeepers. Servers are kinda indifferent too. Seem to see it more as a job, a chore, to be done and over with, rather than a joy and a sense of pride. The food is pretty basic and plain. Nothing memorable.

    $$$: Yup, definitely expensive. But if you're a first-time visitor, and have the money to spend, AND you're a B&B fan (or at least you wanna try out something different, something other than Hilton or Marriott or whatever standardized hotels there are), I'd recommend Petite Auberge more than any other B&B in this city. Location alone is worth it. It'd be a good start. A lovely and charming start for you... I'd definitely recommend it to my out-of-town visitors.

    12/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Cory N.
    Excellent service, size, and quality for a great price. We take advantage of the Joie de Vivre deals and so I picked this hotel for a Christmas stay in SF. We got the king room with fireplace. The room was large, charming, and very comfortable. The fireplace worked perfectly and kept the room warm. The bathroom is a bit small but is well appointed and clean. The service was top notch. The cleaner left fresh towels at the door, even though we opted out of room service. The breakfast buffet was tasty. There were a few selections, and not the standard fare either, so be prepared to try something new.

    Yes, it's noisy. That's to be expected for being on a city street very close to one of the busiest areas in San Francisco. If you want peace and quiet, stay in the country or bring really good ear plugs. It seems like the local emergency services like to blast their sirens at 4am, so best be prepared for that. One can hardly fault the hotel for it.

    20/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Caroline M.
    Stayed at the hotel with a group of friends and loved the entire experience.  The hotel has a very warm, inviting, cozy feel...like a bed and breakfast.  The service was first rate.  The staff went out of their way to please with every request.  The breakfast was not the typical hotel breakfast and the happy hour snacks and drinks were great.  I will definitely return again.

    30/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Leah G.
    Great hotel.

    We chose this hotel for our San Francisco vacation solely on the fact that it served a brunch buffet every morning but were blown away by the service, decor, location and patio at the Petite Auberge.

    The rooms are spacious and adorably decorated-think french country side-with antique furniture and even robes! The breakfast buffet was stocked with fresh fruit everyday including great watermelon and kiwi and my boyfriend loved the quiche! We attended the Happy Hour one night and loved the spread stocked with cheese, crudites and mini pecan pies! We took our snacks and wine outside on the patio and had the best time.

    We loved our stay!

    27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Kurt H.
    We have stayed here several times and now seems to be the only place we book when visiting San Francisco.  We try to get the top floor to reduce the noise level, there are only 5 floors and about 5 rooms per floor so it is very intimate and romantic.  They include a nice breakfast in the morning, and wine and appetizers in the evening.  Try to get there early as they did not replenish the afternoon snacks or wine.  Parking is expensive, $32 a night.  Rooms are small but nice. TV was very small, not flat screen and seemed to have a bad connection.  The location is great, central to all the attractions.  Overall we think it is a great value for the money and we'll be back.

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Lori B.
    Petite Auberge is a great little find in San Francisco.  This is a small, homey hotel very close to Union Square and the staff goes way out of its way to make your stay comfortable.  We had the Petite Suite in the back of the hotel with our own little private balcony and if you love old hotels with lots of character this is the place

    26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Lynn H.
    Hands down the best hotel I've ever stayed at (and I've stayed at quite a few)!

    Hubby and I were here for a glorious eight days in January.  I will plan another trip to San Francisco in the near future for the express purpose of staying here again.

    How do I love Petit Auberge?  Let me count the ways:

    1.  Out of this world free breakfast including artisan breads, scratch-made oatmeal, and quiche

    2.  Right in the heart of town on Nob Hill near Chinatown and 10 minutes walk from downtown

    3.  Free wine and hors d'oeuvres reception every evening from 5pm to 6:30pm, complete with interesting people from around the world

    4.  Unique, French country interior decorating

    5.  Extra comfortable bed and a cosy seating area.  Oh - and bookshelves with actual books to read!

    6.  Friendly staff who go out of their way to be helpful.  Andy, the bellhop and man Friday at the hotel went out of his way to make sure we had an enjoyable stay.

    7.  Excellent water pressure!

    8.  Great restaurants, bars, Chinese laundry, and party stores all within a block.

    9.  Bigger sister hotel right next door with 24-7 service and an excercise room.

    10.  Did I mention the gas fireplace in our room?!  Perfect for sleeping.  We opened the windows and left the fire roaring.  I've never slept better.    

    11.  Free wi-fi

    12.  Two blocks walk to catch the cable cars

    30/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Ian M.
    Wonderful place to stay, and not too pricey by SF standards.  I had an amazing room on the top floor, noise wasn't an issue at all (and I'm a light sleeper).  Gas fireplace, comfortable bed, roomy (I got the deluxe king), and a really cute room.   Also, the breakfast was really quality, and I had a great time at the wine and cheese, meeting some very friendly other couples.  The only thing that keeps it from 5 stars is that in my room, the internet connection was quite faulty.  I could only get service sitting on one end of the room, and my girlfriend couldn't get it at all.  Not a big deal for a fun weekend away, but could have been a problem if I needed to do business or something.  Regardless, I loved it and would happily stay there again.

    10/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Scott L.
    Definitely one of the best stays I've ever encountered! It was such a classic feeling french hotel, but without any snootiness!

    Complimentary water, cute rooms, really sweet staff, free fruit/breakfast, coffee, wine, snacks....it had everything I needed and more for a great 3 day stay.

    26/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    35. Corinne J.
    My husband and I really enjoyed our stay here!  This hotel is perfect if you do not enjoy sterile, cookie cutter hotels.  It is a charming place in the heart of San Francisco.  We  enjoyed the gas fireplace in our room...we used it multiple times as it did get a bit chilly.  The room was clean and spacious.  Yes, you do hear noises, but I have not stayed at a hotel where I have not heard footsteps, water running, etc  and we did not lose sleep over any of those sounds. The breakfasts were very good and substantial, and included in the nightly rate, which makes it a good value in the middle of an expensive city.  They also serve wine and fun snacks every afternoon, which we were only able to take advantage of once during our three night stay as were quite busy seeing the city. The entire staff is very warm friendly.  Andy at the front desk was exceedingly helpful in giving advice, directions and was very knowledgeable about the city..

    08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Magda G.
    My bf surprised me with this charming French hotel, fireplace in each room. You feel like you have been transformed to France.   Decorated with French detail including music playing downstairs where you have this area where breakfast is provided and tea/coffee at all times. Complimentary red and white wine offered everyday from 5pm to 7pm including apple strudel. The room itself is fairly small but super cute, the TV is hidden and in a strange angle and walls are thin, if you leave the window open, the noise from outside can be heard but it is not too bad. The breakfast include homemade eye knish, pastries, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs and fresh fruit.

    23/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Chelsea A.
    Very cozy and charming.  Recalls provincial France like a dream.  The staff is very attentive.  Love the fireplaces in the rooms!

    31/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Jessica C.
    Do not stay on the parlor level unless you plan on getting no sleep.  The hotel is old and charming and you expect to hear some noises.  But on the parlor level, you hear everything.  People walking above you, people going to the bathroom, literally everything.  Oh, and you get to enjoy the complimentary breakfast before everyone else - because it sounds like its being made right outside your door.  At 5:00am.

    And, no, I am not a light sleeper.  

    Overall, I wanted to love this hotel, but the stay was awful.  Thank goodness it's only for one night.

    14/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    39. Ken J.
    Nice place, in crowded, crowded neighborhood. The room was clean, and the staff very friendly and helpful. Good breakfast included in your room rate, which is one of the reasons we initially picked it. Plus, i really do like staying in old buildings and this one qualifies. Something like 26 rooms here, think it went up 5 stories. It had a very cool ancient elevator which worked just fine. Andy and Leon were most helpfull! Also included a wine and snack thing each nite.

    18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Joop V.
    My friend and I were there for a quick, short weekend getaway before the New Year. We booked the hotel via Expedia as part of the package (booked SFO flights at the same time as booking hotel). Stayed for 2 nights in a Queen room with Fireplace.The net-tax cost came out to around $143/night (vs. website advertised price of $199/night, excluding tax).

    The inside of this hotel is pretty cute. It's decorated in a French country style. The room is a bit small, but every thing looks cute. The location of this hotel is also very convenient and is a very good base for tourist/visitors. It's just a couple of blocks from the cable, 4-5 blocks from Union Sq and is also still walkable from BART's Powell's station (10-15 min walk).

    Everyday, there's also complimentary gourmet breakfast and wine & hors d' oeuvres (in the afternoon). They also offer free WIFI, free bottles of water, can sodas, some free cookies/snacks in a jar and tea/coffee all day for all their guests. Most importantly, their staff was VERY friendly and EXTREMELY helpful. For the price that we paid and the service/amenities that we got, I was really happy with my decision to stay here. In the future, if I visit SF again, I would definitely look to stay with them (if you want to stay in a slightly higher end and slightly higher priced hotel, you can also check out their sister hotel which is 1-2 stores next to Petite Auberge. The White Swan Inn has a very cute feel to it as well, except it's decorated in a slightly higher-end looking with a British influence, rather than Petite Auberge which has more of a French Country feel to it).

    06/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Mark M.
    I need to be fair to you, and to the world, and say that I'm generally a hotel snob. I travel a lot for work and almost always stay in name-brand places. I also need to say upfront that Petite Auberge was booked for me by the company I was visiting and I had no say in the matter.  

    This is a true-to-form bed and breakfast, really not suited for business travelers, and ideally suited for couples who need a place to sleep, but won't be spending much time at the hotel.
    - Cozy queen is tiny. Mine backed up to an ally. All I heard all night was people digging in the trash cans. And, with no air conditioning, I had no choice but to leave the windows open.
    - I'm 6'2" and had a really hard time in the shower. With the shower head being so low, and no room on any side, it was hard to rinse off my hair. Also, the faucet in the sink is too short. It butts up against the sink wall, so you can't get your hands under the stream of water.
    - Lastly on the room, there's no desk to sit and work. I was here on business and needed a private/quiet place to sit.
    - This hotel is sister to the one next door (something Swan). Frustrating that I had to walk to the hotel a few doors down to check in and check out (real, metal keys, y'all).
    - Location off the beaten path and up a big ass hill (with luggage, it gets interesting)
    - The staff told me repeatedly that I could easily get a cab outside the door (know that I lived in NYC for several years). No dice.  Had to walk a few blocks south and east and was a few minutes late.

    Now, on the plus side:
    - Breakfast is good and included in the rate. Fresh pastries, quiche, fruit and more.
    - The coffee is YUMMY and available (for free) at all times.

    I'd also be a bad Yelper if I didn't mention the "style". They call it French provincial. I call it a desperately drunk Laura Ashely vomiting about, sowing her seed.

    The bottom line is that this place might work for some people.  Know what you're getting, though, and look twice if you're a business traveler.

    15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    42. Joyce Y.
    Within the first hour of our visit to San Francisco, our car window was broken and everything was gone.....  We booked one night at Petite Auberge but decided to head home.  We stopped by the hotel and ask if we could take a rain check.  It was already 9pm.  The front desk staff immediately got a hold of the manager, who was on the way home.  The manager issued us a refund that night.  
    Because of that I am sure we will go back!  Thank you Molly!

    09/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Heather M.
    Stayed here all last week and had the most fabulous time!  If you ever visit San Francisco, visiting this bed and breakfast is a must!  The wine and appetizers were delicious every night.  The breakfast and coffee in the morning was more yummy than we expected.  The service and room was perfect!  Can't say enough good about this place!  Love it!!!

    25/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Desi F.
    Stayed here for 4 days and 3 nights.  The staff was wonderful!  Had such a great experience!  I am into old fashioned/antique and the room we stayed in was just that.  The fireplace was nice and cozy.  People complain about the noise, if you can't sleep they give you earplugs.  But you have to realize that you are in the city. Of course there is a lot of traffic and noises.

    15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    45. Melissa C.
    A friend recommended Petite Auberge for my recent anniversary trip with my husband to SF. I did some research and while it seemed a bit kitschy with the decor, it offered competitive rates and potentially a unique experience.

    I called to make my reservation, agreed to pay in full in advance for a discounted rate and when they asked if this was for a special occasion, I told them yes, it was an anniversary trip. When I received my confirmation via email, I saw that my anniversary was noted in their records.

    Upon checking in, we were not wished a happy anniversary - in fact, our anniversary was not recognized in any way. I was incredibly disappointed.

    I did appreciate the free cookies and refreshments available 24/7. They offered a good selection of beverages (coffee, assorted tea flavors, soda options and plentiful bottled water).

    We ate breakfast there the first day, but it left a lot to be desired, for us at least. There was turkey sausage that didn't look very tasty, an undercooked quiche, over-hardboiled eggs, oatmeal and pastries. It was a decent spread if you like a lighter breakfast, but I was hoping for scrambled eggs and bacon. We ended up going elsewhere for breakfast the next day.

    In addition to the above, we found several strands of hair throughout our bathroom that did not belong to either of us. The bed was uncomfortable and because it lacked air conditioning, the room was unbearably hot most nights even when we left the windows wide open hoping for a draft.

    There was a bit of historic charm about the place, but it was marred by the negative aspects outlined above. This was supposed to be a special weekend and I purposely avoided a big chain hotel brand because I thought this little B&B might offer us some personal touches and great memories. Unfortunately, I was wrong. And I'll never make that mistake again.

    19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    46. Nyla K.
    We decided to use Hotwire for our sf pride trip and when we got confirmation of the hotel we didn't know what to expect.  The photos of the hotel looked a bit outdated and the wall paper really was kinda gross.  We had already paid for it, so we had no choice but to stay.  When we got there to the front desk, we were still unsure of what to think.  It wasn't until the second day of our stay when we realized what a good hotel it was.

    When we got to our room, it reminded me of a European hotel.  We even had our own fireplace.  The location was great to the BART and to all the shopping and dining.  The hotel had complimentary soda and water stocked In a fridge in the hallway.  The breakfast was also included with the hotel rate and the quiche was really good.  Another thing they had was a complimentary happy wine hour that was in the early evening!  All you can drink and free?  Can't beat that!

    Not only was the hotel really nice so were the staff.  They were very friendly and helpful  with giving us directions and recommendations for places I eat.  If you are looking for a fancy hotel with updated furnishings this probably isn't the place for you.  However, if you're looking for a cozy hotel with great service this is the place for you.  We will recommend this place to anyone who wants amazing value for their money.

    01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Jamie C.
    My husband and I stayed here on our last trip to SF. The Petite Auberge was a great find. The entire staff was welcoming and accommodating. We stayed in the deluxe King room which was spacious and overlooked Bush St. The breakfast is served for a long time, so we weren't rushed to eat in the morning. There was a good selection for breakfast including eggs, sausage, fruit and pastries. In the afternoon they had wine and hors d'oeuvres, which were different each day, and there were cookies in the lobby 24/7.

    For the price the location is tough to beat with great places to eat and Union Square just a few blocks away.

    The only reason this isn't a 5 star review is because the bed could be more comfortable. It wasn't terrible by any means, but the mattress could use an upgrade.

    Overall we will definitely stay here again and recommend this place to friends.

    30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Liana W.
    This little French Style inn is so comforting. The rooms are small, but hey, how much space do two people need? The decor is so charming, with a completely old school elevator, and the room even comes with a white noise maker (we brought our own as we are sensitive sleepers, but the one included is definitely a plus)! We enjoyed wine hour at 5:30 in the cozy downstairs, and breakfast in the morning. This was a perfect, quaint place to say close to Union Square. Highly recommend for anyone! Next time, we will be looking into staying in the Petite Suite!!

    14/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0