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San Remo Hotel in San Francisco, CA

San Remo Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Specialties

Each room is decorated differently with antiques. The restrooms and showers are down the hall, not in each room. Some rooms feature a private sink. The rooms include a ceiling fan and heater, bath amenities, and fresh towels. To respect the authenticity and charm of the Hotel and to minimize the noise we do not offer TV's or telephones in the rooms.

We are located in the historic heart of San Francisco, nestled between North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf. Nearby is Pier 39, Coit Tower, Alcatraz Landing, Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason, and the Cable Cars.

History

Established in 1906.

Over one hundred years ago, after the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed most of San Francisco, Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini constructed a new hotel, close to the shoreline and shipyards at the edge of North Beach.

In 1922 the hotel was renamed the San Remo. Eventually the San Remo became a North Beach neighborhood institution, one of San Francisco's last family-style eateries and watering holes where the famous and anonymous mixed with informality for much of the century.

Tom and Robert Field, brothers who have owned the hotel since 1971, continue the San Remo's long tradition of comfortable lodging, reasonable rates, turn-of-the-century charm and community service.

With a worldwide reputation as one of the city's enduring treasures, many international and domestic guests are return customers. The owners and staff of the century-old hotel are dedicated to providing a comfortable and memorable visit to Victorian San Francisco.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.87

Address: 2237 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Comments (78):

1. Geoff C.
I used to love the San Remo, and still like it. It's an honest, affordable place to stay in a good part of North Beach (back in the neighborhood, away from touristy Fisherman's Wharf and close to Little Italy). However, the last time I stayed the new restaurant downstairs was going like gangbusters. The plates crashing and kitchen staff shouting made it impossible to sleep. Maybe I'm just getting more picky as I get older. I'll still have fond memories of the San Remo and my trips to San Francisco, but I'm going to look for other places to stay next time.

03/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. Ginius P.
This is a cute, character-filled old hotel in a quiet part of North Beach close enough to all of the "good stuff" but far enough to feel like you're in a real neighborhood.  Decent staff, clean, and a fair price.  I would have given this place 5 stars but the advertised 'internet' only works in a few places in the hotel.  OK, I'm an addict. But it was rainy here all day yesterday and I couldn't goof off online in my room at all.  Lame.  The other advice I have, don't rent a room on the north side of the building.  Why?  Because the freakin' garbage/recycling truck comes once-a-day at about 6 in the morning and spends 5 minutes loading and unloading stuff.  Just about the worst way to wake up besides someone throwing water on you.

22/12/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Shannon L.
I loved our night at the San Remo Hotel. It was New Years 2007, we were celebrating the night at Bimbos 365 and found this hotel nice and close. It is so charming!! Everything was clean, the service very friendly, and the historic ambiance was adorable. The rooms are small and the hallways tight but that is just part of the experience. I cant say I would have wanted to stay for a long period of time here, but for our one night it was perfect!!

18/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Susie B.
First of all, great location. The location is a five star as is the cleanliness . The ladies who are cleaning all day are super friendly and full of smiles. The front desk  in my impression are college students doing their homework and unless you engage with them completely ignor you.  Once you do engage with them they are friendly .  The separate bathrooms worked out fine and were very clean and I never had a problem with availability  when I wanted to use them. The sheets are the worst, super starched and cardboard like. This was fixed by walking over to the Ross and buying my own set. The hotel is super cute and totally different then anything else around. I would not recommend room 69 as it is right by the bathroom and one other rooms door is triangle next to it so you can hear them every time the open and shut the door plus the beds are horrible .  This has been around a long time so beware of thin walls. We swapped to room 41 and it was 100 times better. I don't think it is the best place for toddlers because of the thin walls but you can make it work.

29/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Terese A.
Love it. It's got everything you need, including reasonable prices, perfect location, comfy beds, lots of friendly help at the desk, super clean, and best of all it's just a few blocks from the best cappuccino and eggplant panini on the planet (that would be at Mario's). The San Remo has it's own cool SF history and is a unique pension-like hotel NOT a cookie-cutter motel. Be prepared to climb stairs...good exercise.

29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Ted D.
Clean, charming, reasonably priced, nice atmosphere, basically as advertised. The one issue I had was that my room was over an alley where trash trucks picked up restaurant bottles every morning at 4:30 and trash at 5:30. City living, I suppose....

02/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Krissy C.
i have never stayed in a place like this, but after researching (yelp, etc)  i had to try it.  The area of town was great, quiet and local.  Really felt the history of the building, which can save grace for the smaller inconveniences.  The hallways smell ridiculous - so extremely overwhelming - seems like they just soak the carpet in shampoo instead of tearing it up and replacing.  Our room was great, but could hear the neighbors LOUDLY complaining that theirs smelled really bad.  For the price and the experience, i was happy.

14/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
8. Steven T.
I honestly have no idea how I came across this hotel.... like one of the reviews stated it is San Francisco on a budget.  It is close to North Beach Ghirardeli square, embarcadero... in fact its close to everywhere just take the 2 10 (2 feet 10 toes) dont be lazy geez!!! Parking is available down the street in a parking structure at a discount and validated by the hotel.  Guests are required a key to get in the front door, but if you forgot your key or just making your way in then ring the bell. At first look this place looks like a hostel, and in fact it was just that during the early 1900's as it was also used for victims of the big earthquake SF had endured.  You can choose a room with or without a sink inside and each floor has a few communal type bathroom/showers that are cleaned round the clock (trust me, you will see all the workers cleaning the whole time you are there) It is definitely an experience and a getaway from your typical hotel/motel so dont come in expecting all the same luxuries. I believe they just opened a restaurant downstairs within the last year, I had to go through hearing them constructing it during my last stay.

31/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Morgan C.
This was a cute little hotel, emphasis on LITTLE!! Although its cute, its not the best place to stay. Rooms are TINY!! Restrooms are shared with the whole floor (two toilets and two showers each floor, eek!). The maids start vacuuming at 8am and talk very loudly in the hallways and won't move out of your way when you ask politely.

We also got way overcharged for our room. By the time parking was included ($15-20 a night) and they added their 15% tax (the lady lied and said that was SF's standard tax, but its really only 9.5%), our $80 room became $115! We could have stayed in a much nicer and larger hotel with free (nearby) parking and still been in the middle of SF for about $100 a night! Staff was also very rude and condescending when it came time to check out.

Final verdict... Find somewhere else to stay!!

23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
10. Sid P.
We booked the penthouse based entirely on website photos and the word of an acquaintance.  The hotel itself definitely has that "old world" charm, by which I mean it's small, there's no elevator, and the rooms are tiny.  If you value your privacy while you go about your bathroom business, opt for the penthouse - it costs almost three times as much as the standard room, but you get what is essentially a private cabin on the roof of a three-story building.  Great view of North Beach and Coit Tower, and when the doors are opened right, a cool breeze blows right across the bed.  The downside is that some of the nearby buildings are a bit taller - I wouldn't advise being naked with the doors open, unless you want to give the neighbors a show.  

The front desk was fairly helpful, especially given that it seemed to be run entirely by a gang of four or five college-aged hipsters.  We didn't really take advantage of it much, but they seemed more than willing to book dinner reservations, call taxis, and generally troubleshoot.  Great flair, great atmosphere, but probably better for the more worldly traveler who doesn't mind the European-style accomodations (i.e. one shower for the entire floor), but if you didn't want that, you wouldn't be reading this because you'd have already booked the Holiday Inn or something.  

You can find places that are fancier, but you'll pay more accordingly.  You can find places that are cheaper, but you can replace the massage chairs and cute library with chalk outlines and hookers.

The five stars are for the penthouse specifically - I'd imagine the general hotel itself is probably a four-star affair.

23/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. William D.
This place is still the best and getting better.  They now have free wifi--thank you, guys.  The staff was especially accommodating, especially since my travel plans were odd this time: I needed to split my stay here for a midweek jaunt to Harbin and I arrived very late Saturday night, requiring the night manager to wake up and let me in.  Even though I was more of a problem guest than I normally like to be, the staff was always helpful and friendly.  The place remains very clean (the maids work their tails off).  And many guests here are from other countries, it seems--very cosmopolitan.  The place was quieter than it has been-- no noise problems--but there were a few more shower traffic jams than usual.  Still, no big whoop.  While waiting, I at least got several compliments on my kimono. (BTW, guys, when you stay here, don't try to run down the hall to the bathroom in your bikini briefs.  It's okay for strangers to compliment a robe but awkward if you have to deal with someone's Haines.)

21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Dan B.
My wife and I stayed here for four nights, so the best way I can review the San Remo Hotel is by listing out the pros and cons:

PROS
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Cheap -- Good luck finding a cheaper hotel in SF, although this place is much more of a hostel than a hotel.
Character -- The building has it in spades.
Location -- In North Beach, plenty to do in the area and very close to the Powell/Mason street car.
Staff -- Everyone we spoke to was friendly and helpful.

CONS
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Walls -- As in "paper thin." You can literally hear the conversations in the next room as though they're standing right next to you. This can make, well, a lot of things, not so private.
Amenities -- My wife needed an iron and the one she got from the front desk barely worked. I get that the point of the San Remo is that it's not supposed to be luxurious, but does everything have to be purposefully shitty? What does a new iron cost, like $20?
Bed -- Quite possibly the squeakiest bed I've ever slept on.
Pillows -- I'm convinced the San Remo steals their pillows from airplanes, they're that thin and crappy.

THE IN BETWEENS
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Bathrooms -- So you don't get your own shower and toilet. Not the end of the world. The showers themselves are perfectly fine, but only the ones on the top floor are properly split in two, so you can bathe in one half and dress in the other. The other showers try to accomplish the same effect with a curtain, but it totally doesn't work.

18/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Rion D.
Not quaint, not cute, not comfortable. If you enjoy dirty floors, unprofessional staff, thin walls, small beds, seeing people brush their teeth in the hallway sink whilst in their underwear, showering in a rusty shower with grimy floors and tiles that are held up with packing tape...then this is the place! Nothing says romantic, like waiting to use the shared bathroom; or listening to the people in the managers office talk into the late hours while you try to decide if you can quietly be intimate with your spouse without also being heard. And as an added bonus, it is wonderful to have shining red lights seep through your blinds throughout the night. No TVs, rare outlets, and small rooms. For this price, I should have picked the Motel 6.

18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
14. Sean C.
This is a great place to stay in San Francisco.  The prices are very affordable, and the hotel is a cute European style building located right near Fisherman's Wharf.  The rooms are small and there are shared bathrooms but it's kept very clean, and the huge clawfoot bathtub is a real treat after a chilly foggy day wandering around the city.  We stay here every time we visit the city.  Highly recommended.

01/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Tim C.
This place is great. Its location is perfect! You can easily walk to fishermans wharf, telegraph hill, china town, little italy, ghiradelli sqare and the powell and market street cable car. The rooms are on the smaller side, but they are clean and have charming decor. The shared bathrooms were amazing. The showers were spotless and have heat lamps and warm towels on a heated towel rack.  The chain flush toilets were also very clean. There are small lounge areas (with massage chairs) on each floor and there is also free wifi! You just need to ask the front desk for the password.
Yes, the beds and doors are squeaky, but the hotel was always very quiet.
I will absolutely be back to this hotel in the future, the rates are good, the location is perfect and its a very fun place to stay!

04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Fern B.
This is my third night here- I've been woken up several times during the night each night and early in the morning by loud guests- the staff for the most part does  nothing to address these issues- rooms are marginal and closet sized.  Does not compare favorably to the European hostel experience.

10/06/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
17. Alex G.
I really enjoy staying at quirky hotels like Hotel San Remo: ones that are not generic cookie cutters. The rooms and beds are comfortable but spartan and the whole hotel has a laid back and old time feel to it. It's very close to the wharf. If you are okay with a basic but clean and tidy room (my room came with a bed, a nightstand with lamp, a wardrobe, and a sink) and can deal with shared toilets then you will be comfortable here.

Two issues that bothered me was lack of wifi in the rooms and the room doors don't do a very good job at blocking noise from the halls.

02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Meredith S.
My mom handed me a write up of this place after we stayed in a hotel in a "less than desirable" neighborhood further downtown and since then, it's our go-to hotel when we stay in the city.  North Beach is a hip, fun and lively neighborhood so it is easy to walk out of the hotel's front door and find something to do.  Some of the best bars and hotspots are just around the corner and in the morning, you're within walking distance of amazing cappuccinos the size of your head at any of the cafes and coffee shops in the area.  
The hotel itself is bare bones:  just a bed, armoire and dresser in some of the rooms.  And it can be noisy at times.  And the toilets/showers are down the hall.  But it's clean and the staff is friendly and helpful.  Also, you can't beat the location or the price!

07/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Stephanie A.
Hands down favorite place to stay in the city. The staff is friendly, the rooms are adorable. I love that how they are all decorated with their own charm. The shared bathrooms are great and I was pleasantly surprised by how clean the showers were. There is a wonderful coffee shop just across the street and covered parking a block away. Its fun staying here because it is such an original place and you feel like to have stepped into a vacation even if it is only one night in the city. I will sleep here again and again!

18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Peter H.
There are several reasons to stay at the San Remo. Location, location, location. I stay here when running the San Francisco Marathon. Currently I am in training for the 25th consecutive Big Sur International Marathon.

Here is a review of the morning run. This morning I ran from Fisherman's Wharf with its sidewalk seafood focused eateries up along past the Cannery and Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, with the Dolphin Club on my right observing open water swimmers in Aquatic Park. The Maritime Museum in off to my left and I head run the hill to Fort Mason. None of these places are open as of yet because it is 7:00AM. At the top of the hill I can see the Marina Green before me sprinkled with early morning joggers, some open water swimmers and some hard core runners running wind sprints across the Marine Green. They call this the Golden Gate National Recreation area and even an early hour the other recreationalists serve to motivate me to push on.

Into Crissy Field I head with a new goal being Fort Point just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge as my turn around point. This is new territory for me. On at least 8 occasion that way route is part of the San Francisco marathon but at Crissy Field the marathon route goes up to the tool booth on the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Its turn-around time here in the lower level of the Presidio and I have set my next running objective to be the Palace of the Fine Arts built in 1915. I am in the Marina District which was heavily impacted by the 87 earth quake, but appears to have recovered nicely with great smaller multi- and single family units. I wonder to myself what the cost might be to buy a home today in the Marina?  

I come up to the Exploratorium and the array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays. It is not open but a make a mental note to bring Levi and Milo here on a trip to San Francisco and the Exploratorium. I am headed now back to Crissy Field, the Yacht Club, past the Dolphin Club and into Fisherman Wharf. I call it quits at Pier 39 and head to the local Starbuck for caffeine, orange juice and the morning paper.

I didn't log the distance on my iphone with the Nike app but put this down as another task to get into the habit of executing in the very near future. I think my route was about 10 miles. Great clean shower, soft towels here in the San Remo Hotel.

I have another run planned for late this afternoon from Pier 39 down along the Embarcadero with the AT&T baseball park as the turnaround point. Tonight we eat in one of my favorite restaurants looking out a Washington Park.  You can see why I still run. The sights, the smells and the food are all a big part of the experience.

27/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. k. l.
That smell. Underneath the layers of Lysol, was a putrid, organic stench (a dead mouse crossed with dirty underwear, is the best I can come up with) that I could not escape in my room. It was unspeakably awful.

The place could be a cool option for people wanting to stay in SF without blowing a ton of money or without needing much luxury -- like NYC's Jane Hotel. But then I think they need to make it really, really clean. I left putting all my clothing in plastic bags, then dumping directly in the laundry when I got home, worrying about what might follow me out of this dump.

11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
22. Teag c.
In June of 2011, we visited the San Remo Hotel on our honeymoon. It was recommended to us for its charm, proximity to Fisherman's Wharf, and views of the city. Their website presented fun facts about the hotel and painted a pretty nice picture of the San Remo's "specialty" lodging. We took the associate's word for it and booked the hotel.

Cue the Wha Wha Wha Wha sound....

Upon arriving at the San Remo, we were greeted with a locked door.  Was it in the evening, you ask? Nope..try 4 pm.  After 5 minutes of pushing the buzzer outside the hotel, we were admitted entry via a friendly guest of the hotel who told us that the door is locked 24 hours a day and you need a key to get in each time. Once we entered, we were greeted with a tiny lobby and a steep flight of stairs (no elevators) that presented us with our first cardio workout of the day! Once at the top..we proceeded to check in to the Penthouse Suite for our honeymoon. Represented on the website as having "panoramic views" of the city, its own bathroom (you have to share bathrooms in the regular hotel) and a very cool personal patio, we eagerly climbed staircases two and three to get up to the roof of the hotel. Once arriving at the top, we were slightly disappointed with what we saw: a lonely wood-shingled shack labeled "PENTHOUSE" and a patio littered with dirty, wet, and broken chairs. Those "panoramic " views of the city? Well they stopped at about "pan-" as all we could see was the Coit Tower sitting high upon Telegraph Hill and a few buildings around us.

Once inside, we were amazed at how tiny everything was. It was literally like "Honey I Shrunk the Penthouse" but instead of Rick Moranis...it starred Verne Troyer. On a positive note, the bedspread was exactly as it was on the website. Unfortunately, it covered a bed that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. On a scale of soft to hard, the bed's rating was "granite with a touch of cement"! Not only was it a slab built for Frankenstein, but my feet hung off the edge a bit and the rusty springs made for some nice uneven sleeping.  At this point, we had pretty much written off ever coming back to this hotel but since I'm on a roll....

- The 24 inch TV in the room is an old CRT screen that is on its last leg. The cable doesn't work effectively all the time...coming in and out of reception with the volume varying per channel. I half expected to see a Betamax Tape player but saw that a DVD player was provided.

- The bathroom was seriously small...with an older toilet where you pull the hanging handle to flush. The claw foot bathtub literally made us laugh out loud it was so small...and the hot water in the room lasted about 5-7 minutes when we showered.

- Internet is available in the lobby at a rate of something like a dollar per minute...Even if you need to print your boarding pass....lame.

- The ringing tones of cable cars and noises that the website said would "serenade" us every day are really just a lot of noise that comes from normal city stuff - building creaking, garbage truck, car alarm, car horn, etc. One time I thought a homeless guy yelling in the alley was singing to us...but it turned out that he was just crazy. The most fun part was left off the website however.....With all the talk about the cool history of the building over the years, the website neglects to mention that the hotel was once a brothel that is now haunted in various rooms by the prostitutes & madame that used to live in the location in the early 1900's. Rooms 33 and 42 are reportedly haunted...we threw on our proton packs but neglected to see any ghosties in the daytime hours. Bummer.

The San Remo is inexpensive when you stay in something other than the Penthouse Suite and don't mind sharing a bathroom. That's what I've seen the majority of the positive ratings talk about on Yelp so maybe there is some positive yield that comes from staying in one of those haunted rooms and the increased likelihood of someone walking into a shared bathroom while you are peeing. Not our cup of tea however so next time we are in San Fran, we will take our chances someplace else!

03/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Jolly C.
Secluded Alley: Passions, Secrets, Secluded Garden, and Ghosts

In hidden places far away,
A secret garden, misty gray.
Seagulls wheel, sea lions bray.

Suspicious hurtful glances,
Persuasive hushed romances.
Dinner parties, witty chatter
With talks that really matter.

Fear erupts in turmoil,
And earthen emotions roil.
Uncertainties sinuously coil.

San Remo Hotel is a place that makes you feel  that you are not in Kansas anymore. It is dark, cramped, creaky, and as atmospheric and as Victorian as San Francisco itself. It's an European style lodging house where you share bathrooms on each floor, it almost has a hostel feel to it except that it is very charming and the hotel's vintage car is usually parked in front.

There's a still little alley that's next to San Remo Hotel called Water Street.  It is lined with fences, a few small cute houses, and a two story wooden structure with a porch and trellis with climbing flowers and vines. There are also well tended big flower pots with bright blooming flowers in the street. It's very close to the bay so you'll see seagulls wheeling overhead and the sound of the sea lions over the waters. Sometimes there's the fog horn from somewhere in the mist.

In that quiet alley, many interesting events have happened over many years. One of the buildings was an artist's colony and across the street from it was a hidden large garden with a fire pit where people from both sides of the street got together for drinks and food or to just chat. There were always parties and dinner parties in that compound. People would talk, perform, show new art work, or just chill together with some food and drinks.

The garden was full of tall lush plants and flowers with a small water fountain. There was a weathered wooden structure that looked like a ship's cabin with open space but with a cosy living area in the back. There was also a little wooden shed where the hard drinking long time resident artist lived.

Over the years since the '70s, there has been many stories of anger, heartbreaks, and tears in this 'compound'. The eclectic and iron fisted landlord had set up a co-op where he could set the rules and tell the tenants what they can do in exchange for very low rent. His bullying has been legendary over the decades. He insisted on shared chores and he would also check in on any of the units whenever he pleased. But people, especially poor artists, agreed to anything to live in low to nothing rent in SF, especially if it is a great space with other artists.

There was even a book published by the angry mother of one of the artists who died in the 70s while she was living there. The story goes that she had a problem with the owner because he didn't want overnight visitors in the apartment. Then she broke the rules and had an overnight male visitor. She tried to hide it but he found out and screamed at her and kicked her out. Her heart was broken because she loved being part of the community and living at Water St.

One day she was crying and riding her bike on a rainy and foggy evening down near SoMa exhausted from her troubles.  A car hit her and she died instantly. Ever since then, the residents of this colony said that they could hear a ghost in the house. Even when nobody else was in the building, you could hear someone sweeping the wooden floors somewhere in the house. There were also footsteps that echoed in the wooden hallways or upstairs with no one else in the building. According to the tenants, the big dark basement was also eerie and had an uncomfortable feel to it

There was another story of a girl who had her heart broken by one of the artists who lived there. She wanted to leave with him but he refused, there was a big fight and then she defied the rules by having overnight male visitors and then had a row with the owner. She disappeared and was later rumored to have run away with an abusive Russian flower seller on Columbus Ave. According to the rumors, she didn't have a place to go and stayed with this violent man.

Then, there's the smooth art gallery owner who had a wonderful space on the second floor where he showcased art and entertained artists and gallery owners from NY. But he fell in love with the European actress living in the building and he tried to use his charm to negotiate for them to stay there but they were both spied on and shoved out due to it being against the rules. I guess couples weren't allowed in the co-op.

There were also other hushed stories of assults, murder threats, suicides, and murders related to Water Street but they were not spoken of openly. The owner had a propensity to set people against each other to keep them under his iron control and to prevent people rebelling against him. He caused fear and anguish for many who lived under his whims.

The stories of the owner and the people who lived there are like the dark 'Tales of the City'. When you stay at San Remo's and walk around that area, it is a genuine piece of noire San Francis

09/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Sean S.
Some how I've transported myself to the west coast and am writing yelp reviews about San Francisco!!  

Though I'm not there at the moment, I visit a couple of times a year, and always have a lot of fun.  

A few years back I decided to step outside of the comfort of the mission and hipper areas, and spend the nite at this B&B in the North Beach area.  

The place is cute, comfy, clean, and pretty damn cheap.  I think it was less than $100/night.  The cheap price comes from the "shared bathrooms" on the floor.  This european style b&b is common in SF, but since Americans don't seem to like these much, they tend to be a lot less expensive than typical hotels.  In my experience they're more welcoming, friendly, and worth a lot more than the big cookie cutter hotels.  

This place has one little extra perk.  If you can, book the "penthouse" which is actually a room set on the roof of the building.  It's $150 I think, and is often booked.  I stayed there for one night as well, and it has great views of the bay.

Ohh....   am missing SF again.  Time for a little trip!

09/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. rex x.
great stay, clean bathrooms, very very cute place! The charm and decor of San Remo left me talking about it for weeks and really made my stay.

The only problem was they have squeaky beds so it detracts from the romance factor for you or for the neighbors next door.

17/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Brooke S.
We LOVED this little hotel!  The location is ridiculous, I can't believe it's so cheap.  It's in a quiet neighborhood of locals, just blocks from the main attractions, great restaurants, buses.  We've stayed in SF in many districts and this is going to be our place from now on.  As expected, rooms are small, walls are thin.  (bring earplugs).  The shared bathrooms are so not a big deal, there are two different bathroom/shower areas per floor, so never had to wait.  The little sitting areas with massage chairs are so nice.  Also, we totally met a ghost, which we were surprised by and totally thrilled.  
The one con, and the reason for the loss of a star, is the very VERY uncomfortable mattresses.  They are old, hard, and have really bad balance, we got very little sleep the second night.  We were sad to have had a bad experience because we really loved it here.  We'll definitely return, but will be bringing mattress toppers or camp pads next time.

09/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Lisa D.
This is basically a room rental, a very small room rental. We were worried about sharing the bathrooms and showers with the rest of the hotel, but it really wasn't an issue. The bad part was waking up at 3 a.m. having to go to the restroom (too much wine downstairs at Fior d'Italia!) and it was a pain trying to stay quiet while making my way off the noisy bed, unlocking the door and closing it behind me. I kept thinking I was waking up the entire hotel.

The room was tiny and the bed was very uncomfortable. I had to keep rolling over to get comfortable, but after an hour or so, I had to move again. Also, the bed was loud and squeaky and made a lot of noise every time my husband or I moved. I didn't hear any noise in the halls, but my husband and son in another  room did, so maybe it was all the wine that knocked me out???

Also, I had read other reviews that mentioned they heard the clanging of pots and pans downstairs in the restaurant, but we didn't hear that from our room. Around 10 p.m. when we returned from dinner downstairs we walked down the hall to the toilets at the far end of the 2nd floor, and the noise was atrocious. As we used the restrooms, we heard very loud clanging going on downstairs and commented that we were glad we weren't in a room at that end of the hall. As we walked back down to our rooms, it was very quiet. We were near the check in desk in rooms 20 & 23, and we couldn't hear anything downstairs.

I never had to wait once to use a toilet or wash my hands, wash my face or brush my teeth. My husband and I encountered no wait at 7:30 a.m. to use the showers, but there were was one man waiting when I emerged from the shower. It was very weird seeing people just wrapped in towels in the hallways. I had a conversation with a naked man wearing nothing but a small towel while waiting for my husband to finish showering. Definitely a different experience!

We stayed here because we could not get a room anywhere in the city this particular weekend. We were desperate and I was dreading it, but it really wasn't that bad. The staff was exceptional, the location was fantastic, and the shared facilities were spic and span! We had a car and parked it nearby on the top level of the Safeway/ 24 hr. Fitness parking garage for $18/day.

For those of you nervous about staying here due to the shared facilities, no need to be!

19/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Nari L.
My friend, my dog and I really enjoyed our stay here. We first booked a room with one bed but when we arrived, Kenley graciously upgraded us into a 2 bed & sink room which we gratefully accepted. This place is so charming! There's no elevator or escalator. All of the rooms and the check in desk are on the 2nd and 3rd floor. They have free massage chairs to use on each floor which was quite nice. The bathrooms are shared but it was not a problem at all! They keep it very clean and I love the old school toilets where you flush by pulling from the top. The rooms look old and a bit outdated but that wasn't an issue for us. We still thought it was so cute! The windows don't have screens so if you have the window open, you'll probably get bugs. That's what happened to us. But the fans work great and SF is pretty cool so there's no need to even have your windows open. There are plenty of towels to use. The parking is about 2 blocks down but it's so close to the hotel, it's not a problem to walk at all. It's $16/day + tax which comes out to be over $18/day. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here. The last night, we got a little note from the hotel offering us to stay in our room for another night for only $50!!!!!! That's pretty cheap. However, my friend needed to fly out to Seattle the next morning so of course it was a no go. All in all, I really enjoyed by stay here and I think I will be back! It's a great location!

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Nes L.
You can't beat the value for a hotel in San Francisco.
Pros
Excellent location which is not super touristy like the places in fisherman's wharf and union square. I felt safe walking back to the hotel at night.
Quaint decor with clawfoot tubs and antiques
Free reading materials- lots of books and magazines available to share
Laundry facilities if you want to wash clothes

Cons
Very small rooms- pack lightly as there is no room for a big suitcase
Thin walls- you could hear every noise outside in the hallway so it was difficult to take a nap during the day. Luckily, my neighbors were mostly quiet at night.
no tv or radio- I guess I just assumed that all hotels have at least an alarm clock but the rooms are strictly a bed, small dresser and a mirror. That's it.
No air conditioning- it's hard to get some
ventilation in the inside rooms without windows facing outside. My room did have a ceiling fan but the room still felt musty after being closed all day.

Tips- bring flip-flops, a bathrobe, and your own toiletries for the shared bathrooms. Most of the shower stalls don't have space to get dressed. Taking a shower in the clawfoot tub is a little slippery and there are no handrails. Only towels and hand soap are provided by the hotel.

28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Art L.
We love pensions, and we'd been here for drinks many years ago, before Fiore d'Italia moved in on the floor level.  So thought we'd give it a try.  Some reviews we'd read said some rooms were noisy and some were quiet, so we I booked it I requested a quiet room.  When i called to confirm the reservation, I again requested a quiet room, but I was told that they pretty much assign rooms as people check in.

OK, either no sophisticated reservation system or in denial that some of their rooms were loud.

So ... when we checked in and were given our rooms keys, I ask again, is this a quiet room?  Yes, I was told, it was towards the back of the hotel.  Well, not exactly.  It was on the Water Street side, close to Mason.  But when we checked it, there was only normal street noise.  The room was small but adequately furnished, the bed was comfortable, and there was a sink in the room.  No private bathrooms except in the Penthouse, but the common bathrooms were clean and there was even a really nice, big claw foot tub to soak in on the upper floor.

But, and this is a BIG BUT, there was a door between us and an adjoining room that could be opened for families.  And that door was as thin as paper.  We could hear every single word spoken in it, not even in a high voice, and I'm sure they could hear us, too.

Night one (Mother to little boy, "Why do you want to pick your nose?") we all obeyed the "quiet hours" of the hotel and didn't say much after 10 pm.

Night two, drunken couple crashes in at 2 am.  She has a piercing voice and is singing "We are the Champions," and talking in a patois of English and some foreign language I couldn't understand.  She talked and TALKED and talked. She wasn't speaking really loudly, but she had the most piercing tone, and as I said, the door did not damp sound at ALL.

Then they sort of "went at it," if you know what I mean and I think you do.  This went on for more than two hours.  Knocking, coughing, nothing stopped them. They did pause when I knocked the first time, but she was so far gone, she apparently couldn't remember much from one moment to the next.  We read comments about similar noise problems in the hotel guest book.

Another note, many rooms, like ours, had windows to the outdoors, but many, perhaps more, had windows to small airshafts or even, like the notorious room next door, only a window into the hall, just opposite the stairs.  Talk about no privacy!  And this was a warm weekend in San Francisco.

We managed to check into the Penthouse for our last night.  It was, if anything, a smaller room, but it did have really nice decks and a private bath.  But it was a long flight of additional stairs (outdoor stairs) up from the upper floor of the hotel.

Too bad.  If they would just use some kind of dampening on the adjoining doors, they would get our return business, but the staff seems totally unconcerned about this problem.  That, and no one on the desk at night, really shows the management does not care.

08/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
31. Mark H.
We first came here in 2008 because it was one of the most affordable places we could see in San Francisco that wasn't a flea-pit or in a part of town you weren't likely to survive. We enjoyed it so much, we came here again three years later.

This is definitely no Holiday Inn or Mariot, and is all the better for it. Tiny rooms, slightly springy beds and ancient sinks all add to the character, but unlike many hotels in this category, the place is spotlessly clean and (most of) the staff are helpful and friendly. It's also in a prime location, only 5 mins walk to the wharfs along North Beach, or a mass of restaurants on Columbus. It's 15 mins from City Lights book shop and about 20 mins quick march to Market Street.

We had a mid-range room (meaning you got a sink and an outside window) for most of our stay, although had one night in the Penthouse, which means you get the full roof-top experience, a TV with basic cable, and luxury of luxuries your own bath and shower. Otherwise, the showers (which are plentiful) and restrooms are shared with the other people on your floor. Again, the facilities are spotless (if slightly ancient) and sharing isn't an issue as they are fairly plentiful. There is an 8:00am dash as you'd expect and you'll feel slightly self-conscious if you need to visit the bathroom at 3:30am, because everything sounds so loud (creaky bed, creaky doors etc), but otherwise bumping into other people is actually rare give the small space.

Some minor gripes... the beds are slightly uncomfortable (I am still recovering from a next sprain from my first night 6 days ago) mainly because they're so tiny. I woke up most nights almost falling out, or not being able to stretch my legs (I am 6"1 and was very cosy head to tail). The rooms are seriously teeny weeny - no TV (which is a plus or a minus depending on your point of view), there is no air conditioning (not necessarily needed in the Bay Area 90% of the time) and one or two of the staff have that vacant look about them you associate with today's 20-somethings. Not unfriendly, just 'not there'.

One other thing - getting a room with a window costs extra... but I wouldn't do it again. There is a lot of noise that comes from outside, especially from the garbage truck which seems to come every day - although it saves setting the alarm if you like a 6:00am start time.

Gripes aside, I'll be back and for the money ($65 a night and up) in this town, you really can't beat this. Pay it a visit.

19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Dr K.
It's a little hard to find, but if's on top of a cafe/restaurant.  Very cheap for slightly better than hostel.  

Walls are paper thin, and there are enough noises to wake me up about 4 times throughout the night. Sunday at 430am I believe the trash truck comes by the alley and wakes yo ass up.
Shared bathroom/showers, each have their own locked door, so not quite full dorm style.  Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  
Free wii fi - they give you code)
Pretty clean.
Block away from trader joes and ralphs, very close to wharf area, about 3-4 block walk.  (SF IS SO SMALL!)

Not a good place if you want to have sex (Thin walls), are a light sleeper (seems like constant commotion), you need to go bathroom often (can be  taken and a walk depending on where you are), or need to get out quickly (showers/bathroom often taken).

But it's one of the cheapest in the area and the service is very good.  They were even nice enough to mail me my slippers I forgot for a fee.  

I don't think I'll use it again, cause I need my sleep!  But I think anyone who wants to do a better than hostel environment and save some cash (was $300 cheaper per night then where my event took place) would find this to be a great place.

25/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Daniel S.
I like nice things and nice places and don't mind paying a premium for an exceptional experience or product...but I also appreciate simplicity and value.  If you're a traveler who expects Frette sheets, a concierge desk, and a private marble-tiled bath when paying under $100/night in one of the world's more expensive cities, then the San Remo (or any other hotel that exists in the real world) may not be for you.  However, if you're in the "simplicity and value" demographic and can roll with the quirks of shared (but impeccably clean) baths and small rooms, then you just may enjoy the San Remo as much as I do.  After having slept my way around SF (as a hotel guest...) and sampled the accommodations of the Four Seasons/St. Regis/Fairmount/The Palace/et al, I now find myself comfortably ensconced at the San Remo on every trip and recommend it to all others looking to kick the faux-fineries of the chain-hotel circuit.  The location is perfect, the public and private spaces are immaculate, the WiFi is free, and the manager Kenley and his staff enjoy helping guests experience a version of SF that's more interesting and authentic than what most folks on the tourist trail get to see.

I wish there was a San Remo Hotel every place I traveled...

26/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. DA B.
I understand that the San Remo is not regular hotel like the Sheraton or Hyatt; it's a budget hotel.  And when I say it's a budget hotel, it's really more like a hostel or renting a room in a house than it is a traditional American hotel or motel.  You rent a room that has a bed and some basic furnishing, but share the bathroom and other facilities with all of the other guests.

LOCATION:  The San Remo is located a few blocks from the Fisherman's Wharf area.  It's far enough away from the touristy parts of the city that it has more of a local feel to it, but still close enough that you get get to the wharf on foot.

DECOR:  You might miss the hotel b/c it's located above a restaurant, with the front door to the hotel being in between 2 large windows to the restaurant.  From the front door, you take a narrow set of stair up to the lobby (which is really just a booth in a hallway).  There are many old newspaper clippings and photos on the walls, which I'm assuming is meant to convey a sense of history.  However, this is undone because the walls, including the wooden panels, are painted white, giving the place a cheap feel to it.  It doesn't get better once you get in your room.  Likewise, the entire room, and almost all of the furniture is (poorly) painted white  The furniture is mostly wicker, and the paint job makes it look even cheaper than it is.  There's no charm to the place.  You don't feel like you're staying in a historic hotel; you feel like you're in a cheap room.

ROOMS:  The rooms are tiny; can't be much bigger than 8 ft. by 10 ft.  The full size bed in the room takes up most of the floor space, and with the dresser, end table and desk (which is smaller than the end table), there's barely any place to stand around.  If you were planning on sharing the room with someone, it better someone that you're very close to b/c the two of you will be bumping into each other the entire time you're in the room.  I suppose that could be romantic...if the room was charming or quaint, but it's not.

BATH:  I knew going in that it had communal bathroom facilities, but I assumed it would be like a shared bathroom in a house or a dorm.  It's not.  There is no "bathroom" at the San Remo.  There is a sink at the end of the hall, meaning you're going to be brushing your teeth, shaving, etc. in a public hallway.  Next to the sink are 4 doors; 2 leading to the toilets and 2 for the showers.  The rooms with the toilets are tiny, about the size of a port-a-potty.  The showers aren't much bigger, and there is no changing area in the shower.  There is a shower curtain that protects a small corner of the area where you can hang your towel and clothes, but this corner is small and the floor still gets wet.  So when you put your clothes back on, you're basically doing so inside the shower or you can do it in the hallway.

AMENITIES:  No TV, which is terrible.  Free Wi-Fi, which is awesome. There are laundry machines and vending machines, but that's about it.  No pool, gym, parking, kitchen, or any other services or amenities.

STAFF:  Very nice, courteous, and helpful.  

COST:  With everything described above, you might expect it to be really cheap  Nope...over $100 per night.  Granted, that is on the low end for hotel accommodations in the area, but there are regular hotels nearby for about the same cost.

BOTTOM LINE:  While the San Remo makes a Motel 6 seem luxurious, nothing about the experience makes it worth sacrificing the amenities you would get at even a cheap motel.  There are several other comparably priced alternatives in the area where you can get much more for your money.

04/12/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
35. Cassie C.
I don't know where to start with this place. It is quaint, inexpensive, centrally located, and riddled with character and history.

It is hard to find a hotel in San Francisco where you don't feel robbed. This is a rare gem. It was under $100 a night (it was $90 for a double bed) and for $200, you can get a penthouse on the roof. The shared bathrooms are not a problem, which I being a female was leary about. They are clean and I never ran into anyone or waited in line (and it was a full house).

It is VERY quiet. You can hear pots and pans from the restaurant below, but it didn't bother me. The beds are squeeky and the walls are thin- you can almost hear the conversations verbatim of the guests next door.

Those are the only possible cons to this place. The hotel has so much character. Alas, no ghosts. It isn't creepy. Yes, it was build in the early 1900's (1910's) but it is so cute and warm- very Victorian- and really does have a true at-home feel. The bathrooms actually help make it feel more homey.

The employees at the front desk are nice and informative- good customer service.

Bottom line, I am going to stay here again and again. I would recommend it anyday to anyone who wants to stay somewhere extraordinary.

23/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Krisztina V.
I shared this little adorable hotel with all my little ghost friends.

Indoor plants adorn the walls along with the vibes of "the Shining".

I had to get up once in the night to go to the bathroom but luckily I was right across the hall from it.  
After exiting the bathroom I made eyes with a disturbing picture of two turn of the century children.  
Maybe it was their spirits that were roaming halls at night.

The only other part that's a little disturbing is lugging your luggage to the parking lots two blocks away.  
Uggghh I should have commissioned those creepy ghost children to lug my shit for me.

23/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Patty O.
This place is beautiful! It was very affordable and the cheapest I was able to find in the area, surprisingly! The shared bathrooms are so cool, great service and really fancy, old school looking room. The beds really squeaky though and the wifi didn't work even though they gave us the password:o but who cares?

10/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Elizabeth B.
Good:  Kind, helpful people at desk.  Good location.  Accepted pets for $20.  Visitors seem nice.

Not so good: $100 for one night for use of a bed seems high, even for San Francisco. Didn't catch the charm. And the noise... Other side of wall from bed (Room 16, first floor) is a communal sink and WC.  A few feet outside the window are the windows of 3 (more?) other rooms. The lobby is not far away. The noise from all these things, until 2am the midweek night I stayed, was non-stop and made for a very uncomfortable night.

05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
39. Gourmet G.
San Francisco on a budget. Located in North Beach, but away from its busy commercial hub, the lovingly renovated Italianate Victorian building was constructed as a boardinghouse for displaced dockworkers after the quake and fire in 1906. The lobby, public areas, and hallways are decorated with antique art and furniture, beveled leaded glass windows, redwood wainscotting, and stained glass skylights. The rooms, done in a cozy country style with brass and iron beds, armoires, and wicker furnishings, are small, and shared bathrooms, with clawfoot tubs, tiled showers, pull-chain toilets with oak tanks, and brass fixtures, are private enclosures and immaculately maintained. Amenities are nonexistent - rooms have neither telephones nor televisions. For those seeking creature comforts, the penthouse suite - which is $155 per night and books months in advance - has a queen size brass bed, cable TV, a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, CD player, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and private facilities, plus spectacular views of Coit Tower, the spires of St. Peter and Paul, and the Transamerica Building. Rates for the regular accommodations range from $55-75.00.

27/09/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. gerg g.
This hotel kicks so much ass !

It kind of reminds me of The Moor in Seattle just smaller.

The girl and I are fans of historical buildings and places and staying two nights here was a real treat. Sure the rooms are small and the bathrooms are shared but that is part of the experience of staying at an older place like this, it's true awesomeness.

The location is very ideal, especially if you are going to be doing the night time Alcatraz tour (which is one reason I booked here) and if you want to be cruising the bay along the wharf. I mean really, if you are not a lazy ass, you can walk to many top areas in SF from here or catch a bus.

I'm amazed at the negative remarks in other reviews. Sounds like the negative Bobs were expecting some five star chain brand Hilton or Hyatt. Go on with your Kardashian taste and expectations and let the cool folks enjoy the San Remo.

I really enjoyed being here and for the price, it can't be beat.

04/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Erin W.
How dare they call themselves a hotel?!  They're a hostel at best with their shared bathrooms and tiny bedrooms. We paid extra for a sink in our room, which was covered in rust and looked disgusting. We had 2 extremely uncomfortable twin beds and one pathetically flat pillow each. It would have been a ripoff at half the price.

24/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
42. Amanda C.
The hotel was old fashioned but full of nostalgia. Our room was small but exactly what we had expected. Shared bathrooms and showers was frustrating at times but we knew this before hand.  Beds were older and squeaked a lot, not conducive to a honeymoon stay, and the pillows were incredibly thin. Location was great! Walking distance to coit tower, fishermans wharf, ghiradelli square, little Italy and Chinatown. For the price and location it was a great deal.

22/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Lee O.
I thought the location was terrific and the hotel has a lot of charm. I loved the no television and no phone aspect. The community bathrooms was not a problem at all, kinda liked it, different. The major downside was the size of our room which was awkwardly small and the hardness of the mattress was ridiculous. I honestly couldn't sleep right away and I tossed and turned. Don't count on getting a good night's sleep if you're used to a soft, regular mattress. The only other issue is you'll hear a lot of noise if your window is open and there's no elevator so you'll have to haul your luggage up the stairs then park in a paid parking lot a block and a half away. We usually stay at the Columbus Motor Inn but they were booked. Friendly staff and very clean. I want to make sure that people reading this understand the mattress comments are my personal opinion and that some guests may like that. I also don't fault the hotel for the size of the room. My preference is a larger size but some patrons may be okay with it. The staff was extremely helpful and this hotel is definitely unique and has character.

14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Julie L.
We absolutely loved this place. After having lived for a few months in France, I appreciated the beauty and charm of the San Remo even more. It's very unique, all the rooms are different. They are small but comfortable, if you don't need much space. The bathrooms are shared, but I had no problem getting my fair share of showers and things. Very quaint and enchanting. The hotel offers coffee, tea, water, and some snacks until the late evening, and free wifi. For the price, what an incredible steal. Great location, too. I will stay here every time if I am in San Francisco (they offer discounted rates to previous guests). The whole hotel is filled with cute little benches and reading nooks...books in all kinds of languages all over the place. Laundry on site if needed. Absolutely wonderful.

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Dr. Chim R.
we were looking for something in a convenient location when we came to San Francisco and YES San Remo is perfect. in a SAFE and fun neighborhood, a stones throw from Pier 39, the Ferry Building and Grant Street bars!

the hotel is more like a boarding house or door and is perfect for people that really are going to be out in the city because it has little (outside of awesome decor and architecture) to offer in the way of ammenities. it has shared showers which are NOT BAD honest. they have a door that locks you in a room around the shower with heat lamps, they preheat the towels for you, give you soap, tissues, and even ear plugs. we had read that people couldn't sleep cause of the street noise (keeping your window open, there's no AC) so they even give you ear plugs to prevent that but you WILL NOT NEED THEM the hotel is super quiet and there's little street noise at all. anyone who says otherwise must have caught it on a strange time (street fair?).

all in all this was exactly what I expected, super affordable and honestly a good experience if you're looking to see the city and have somewhere to crash.

13/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Maggie A.
Stayed at the San Remo several times over the last few times. The price is great and the hotel is fun and interesting. On the down side the rooms are super small you can barely get around the bed and the walls are thin. The staff are really friendly and helpful, great location and close to everything.

20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Jack Y.
I've stayed here many times and love the location but I don't think I'll stay here again. The beds are just too cheap, loud and uncomfortable.

13/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
48. Brats Y.
I fraking love this hotel. Its very reasonably priced, and its perfect for a San Francisco vacation because the rooms are both victorian-cute and small enough to encourage you to leave and explore the city - it's also half a block from the terminus of the Powell-Mason cable car line, so its pretty easy to get to and from here from basically any other point in SFO.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Jeremy T.
This is not the typical type of hotel I usually stay in, but then again, San Francisco is not your typical boring American city.  The hotel is pretty cool, in a great neighborhood about 4-5 blocks from the Wharf, far enough from packs of tourists walking by the hotel all day/night long.  The walk is easy down to the Wharf.  Room was super tiny and uncomfortable for the one I chose which was the only available option on the website when I booked the room.  I should have asked to upgrade to get a bigger room when I checked in.  With all the side tables and antiques they place in every room, some of the rooms just don't give you much space to walk alongside the beds, anywhere to place your luggage flat to access your clothing conveniently or much less turn around.  Bed was terribly uncomfortable as many other reviewers suggest.  Pillow was flat and made it hard to get comfortable.  I grew up with a firm mattress as a kid and this mattress was much harder than that.  The community bathroom/showers takes a little getting used to, but by the last couple days of my 4 day, 3 night stay...it didn't bother me anymore.   My room was close to the bathroom and front desk on the 2nd floor.  The first floor is of course the restaurant/bar.  There are no elevators, so you walk in the door and head straight upstairs to the small reception desk/cubby hole.  The coffee and/or hot chocolate in the morning before you walk outside on a chilly morning is a very nice touch.  The computer for printing boarding passes is next to the coffee.  On a Monday morning, which apparently is trash day, if your room is along the south wall of the building, adjacent to the little driveway/alley, you will hear loud noises, that is just residents rolling their trash cans out to the street.  You simply cannot beat the price for this hotel in this area and it's only one block to the Powell-Mason trolley line or the 30 bus line.  If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably choose this same hotel but just make sure to get a larger room.

22/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Steve M.
There were 4 people (2 rooms) staying here September. 20, 21, 22. We had a wonderful stay. Nice rooms clean showers and bathrooms fantastic staff. Location has to be the best in. Frisco for tourists. I would recommend the. San Remo to anyone looking for inexpensive yet clean and comfortable

16/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Karen P.
The San Remo Hotel is great, provided you're okay with what you're getting yourself into. Guest rooms are on the second and third floors (first floor is an Italian restaurant). There are no elevators. There are no private bathrooms. There are two showers on every floor and several toilets. Everything was very very clean, and I never had to wait for a shower or a bathroom. Rooms are extraordinarily small with no TVs or phones, but hopefully you really aren't spending much time there anyway. The hotel does have wireless internet, and there is free coffee every morning starting at 8. Walls are thin, and as there is no air conditioning, you'll likely sleep with your window open; however, the San Remo provides ear plugs. Lots of international guests, and everybody was very friendly.

The location is fantastic. You're a five-minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf. There are tons of restaurants to walk to in the North Beach neighborhood. I'd recommend 910  Columbus Caffe for coffee and breakfast and Trattoria Contadina for dinner. It's easy to catch a cab around the corner on Columbus. And there's a Trader Joe's a block down from the hotel, which is perfect for snapping up a bottle of wine and bringing it back to your room for a little nightcap (or dinner pre-gaming).

Bottom line: pretty basic accommodations, but you really can't beat the location for this price. I would stay there again.

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Beverly B.
This will be our go-to hotel when we visit SF!  Very affordable, clean, cute historic building, great location, friendly staff. The shared bathrooms are great and we were pleasantly surprised by how clean they were.  We had a great stay and loved being in the heart of North Beach, just a few minutes walk from the water.

28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Tim N.
You can take this place or leave it. It all depends on your exact purpose of staying, how much luggage you have, if you have children, and if you like the the community atmosphere.

PROs:
* The price. You can't beat it.
* "Free WiFi" ... but it was so slow that your carrier's data will be faster.
* Other guests are friendly due to the shared bathrooms and such. Despite not having your own toilet and shower, there was no wait for these fixtures. The one sink in the hallway was the bottleneck, but only minimally. (Some rooms have a sink; ours did not.)

CONs:
* As soon as you get there, you have to go up stairs. There is no elevator. This is fine for a quick stay, but with 2 50-pound bags and a stroller, it's an awful welcome to this place. And don't expect there to be any hotel employees who are able to help. No such thing.
* Front desk receptionist could answer questions better.
* A different front desk receptionist seemed to always have a fake smile for her customers. Either like your job or find a new one; I don't like people who are faking it.

Take-it-or-leave-it:
* Rooms are VERY small. Again, this might be okay. But if you have two pieces of luggage and a stroller, you'll be struggling to find room for everything.

To top it all off, this is some sort of historical building, so there are occasional tours that go through the place. But the hotel doesn't have common sense to have these tours at ANY OTHER TIME THAN CHECKOUT! (The only time I saw the tour was between 10 and 11am.)

So there you go. You can take it or leave it.  It may work for some, it may not. We were happy with the price, melancholy about the room size, upset about the lack of help with luggage, and incensed to fight through a tour group as we tried to leave.

08/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
54. Lesley W.
My boyfriend and I went on a roadtrip down the West Coast, so San Francisco was a natural stop. He had already been there and stayed at the San Remo with his family several times. He told me that it had shared bathrooms and was on top of a restaurant, but was really close to everything. This seemed promising, so I agreed.

Although what he said was correct, I just found this place to be ridiculously charming. This is not for the person that wants to stay in their room all day - the rooms are small & meant for sleeping comfortably. The front desk was very nice and helpful. I constantly heard them giving out tips and tricks to the patrons.

I was slightly worried about the shared bathrooms & showers, but I never had to wait once and everything was immaculate. The toilets even have pull handles - every detail made me feel like I was visiting San Francisco in another time.

Sadly, you can see that I gave only 4 stars. I loved this place, but LORD HELP YOU if you want to sleep in. I mean like, 10 in the morning. Even MORE sad is it wasn't other patrons, it was the cleaning crew that made me want to scream! Talking very loudly, and basically doing their job as loudly as possible. I know that most patrons are out and about by now, but I was sleepy!!! I get cranky when someone ruins my lady beauty sleep. I'd say if you rise at a normal adult time, don't even worry about it. Or bring some ear plugs!

All in all, super-duper-over-the-moon highly recommended.

19/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Dennis C.
I stayed here with my two daughters. Just like the rest of San Francisco, this place was unique, cramped, and wonderful. We absolutely loved it, the prices are fantastic, I will spend nights there when we vacation there again.  It's definitely not the Hilton, and that's a good thing. Really nice hotels tend to get generic, and this place is so charming and different that you feel like you're just as much on vacation staying there as when you're out sightseeing.  The public bathrooms are actually fun. Pull chain toilets? Lol.  It's a total trip, but clean with a very competent and hard-working staff. Again, I can't believe how low the prices are and will be very upset if they raise them. This is a well-kept secret so I'm almost hesitant to review it, LOL.

10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. A G.
I booked this place because it is above my favorite Italian restaurant, Fior D' Italia.  Yes the rooms are small but my mom said it was like a quaint hotel in Europe.  It's like stepping back in time and the layout of the rooms is so unique.  Our room had 6 walls and a window that looked out on a open area (2nd story) where you can picture sailors or fisherman sitting in there window talking to another boarder sitting at their window.  Take the time to walk around the hotel as they leave the doors to rooms open until the guests arrive.  They have makings for cocoa, tea, and coffee with fun toppings, tootsie rolls, and red licorice.  They offer discounted parking at a lot by Safeway that is in easy walking distance.  AND you can't beat the price in San Francisco and feel as safe as you do in North Beach!

19/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Kyle S.
If you are ok with shared bathrooms and a European feel this is the place for you!  Cozy rooms, amazingly clean bathrooms and an overall comfortable place to stay. Near touristy places to see like fisherman's wharf and many local spots as well. Very walkable, Great staff, and overall great place for the value. World definitely stay here again!

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Chandler L.
I LOVE this place! I cannot wait to go back. It's more of a hostel than a hotel. I think one must know that before actually staying there. Our room was tiny but absolutely charming. Everything about the place was charming. The staff was great. It's nice like a hotel but interesting like a hostel. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful.

I honestly have to say that there is no other place I want to stay while in San Francisco.

08/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Jamie T.
We absolutely loved this hotel! This place had a wonderful, vintage feel to it that very much reminded me of a European hotel. It was wonderfully decorated with vintage antiques, had open, naturally lit hallways with lots of plants and common sitting areas, was very very clean and the staff were super friendly! It was so cool that I would recommend this place to anyone. There are shared bathrooms and showers, but they are very clean and there was no wait. There is no air conditioning but the city is very cool most of the time so this was not an issue. The hotel is located in the quaint North Beach area and the neighborhood is terrific. Very close to the wharf, Lombard, Chinatown and the wonderful Italian neighborhood as well. I truly can not say enough about this place...... ITS WONDERFUL!

08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Kevin E.
My wife and I were in S.F. on a whim, and were enjoying the natural things you typically do in S.F., enjoy the scenery, watch street performers, and eat the freshest Seafood in California. Then it was Happy Hour!!!! After a couple of drinks on the Pier, we looked at each other and said" We can't drive home". I knew The Wharf Inn was going to be expensive, so I said let's walk to Lombard St. While we were on Mason, we stumbled into the San Remo Hotel. The sign said $99... PERFECT!!
We went to the clerk and low and behold true to the sign it was $99 (plus tax of course). The Clerk was cool, and said that the bathrooms were shared like that might be a deal breaker. It's just for sleeping anyways. We also asked him if there were any un-touristy Watering holes, he more than obliged us with a location that was so easy to find that even a drunken visitor can find their way back. The place has so much of S.F. rich history in it, and because of The San Remo Hotel I have fell in love with San Francisco again...
Excellent Staff, Excellent Location, Enjoyable Rooms, Shared Bathrooms were clean, and Original style antique Toilets, brass pipes. I WILL RETURN TO THE SAN REMO HOTEL!!!

17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Jezabel C.
I just checked out of the San Remo hotel after staying for 3 nights & I really enjoyed it! I was skeptical about the bathroom situation & the hotel as a whole, but I'm glad I decided to stay!
It's a cozy little hotel that's really uniquely decorated. It's like a 8 minute walk from both the wharf & little Italy. It's really convenient & I felt really safe! I'm a little bummed I didn't get to try their restaurant but maybe next time!

I docked a star because the bed was really loud, like any move you made was extremely noisy & it really was not that comfortable.

12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Jason S.
Quaint spot good for a romantic time with your partner. Clean friendly staff and good prices too

17/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Sarah R.
Super cute hotel. Old, but well maintained. The shared bathrooms were absolutely spotless. It was loud at night, but they know this, and supply you with ear plugs. It's a really easy walk to pier 39, and the restaurant below the hotel has great Italian food, a killer happy hour, and the best bartender.

10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Aaron A.
Lucky I read Yelp. Or I would have never had a thought cross about staying at San Remo. Looked too old, small, amd the shared bathrooms were a huge turn off.

Well after reading the Yelp all the wonderful whelp reviews I decided to stay here with my wife on our last SF trip. All o can say was that this place was charming. Reminded me in an old European hotel,  

Yes the rooms were tight, the bed noisy, but it was still relaxing. I had my iPad so I was able to stream movies on it so it wasn't too dull. Yea they have free wifi, good enough to stream low res movies.  Good enough though.

As for the bathrooms. They were not bad at all...heck not an issue. I got a room next to the end of the hall so I basically had a sink right away and there were two full toilets with privacy room, and 2 full showers. I never had to wait to go to the bathroom. On our last day I went upstairs to where I found a true gem. An antique bathtub In the largest bathroom. This was a joy though.

Overall I enjoyed San Remo a lot. The location is perfect. Half
way between Fisherman's Wraf and North Beach. Great walking community and lots of busses to take around town.

I would and will stay here again next time to come to SF. We usually visit family for a few days in Sonoma and always spend alone time down in the city. I expect our next night will be here!

04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Dustin B.
Not bad if you're on a budget, but you get what you pay for.

The San Remo is a nicely situated hotel in the back streets of North Beach. The rooms are very small with barely enough room to move around with your luggage out. Some rooms come with sinks, others don't.

For the most part the hotel is quiet and so is the neighbourhood. However the walls are paper thin and for the first night of our stay we had some inconsiderate 20-somethings partying next door all night long. When we mentioned it to the front desk the next morning we received a simple apology and were told that they "may" be checking out in the morning. Fortunately for us they did and our 2nd night was much quieter. The comfort of the beds and pillows left much to be desired.

When we booked we were aware that there were communal bathrooms. This did not bother us, however the hotel appeared to be fully booked and the amenities were only cleaned and replenished once a day. This meant that towards the end of the evening and first thing in the morning they were filthy, if you were lucky the toilets might still have some toilet paper left.

Another gripe would be the parking situation at the hotel. They offer "discount off-site parking", this is at the Safeway 2 blocks down. Unfortunately this carpark is known for break ins and you have to pay per entry and per 24hrs. So if you're going to take the car our for the day don't park back there until you're finished with the car!

Over all the hotel wasn't terrible; for its price it was reasonable, although the bathroom situation was less than ideal. I would suggest this hotel if you only needed to stay 1 or 2 nights and you didn't need the comforts of a nicer hotel.

07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
66. Paul V.
Just spent two nights at San Remo and was very pleased with my stay.  The staff was very friendly, great value, excellent location, and nice/clean rooms.  The shared bathrooms and showers were clean.  The bed was comfortable in room 8.  What more do you need?

This old historic hotel was built in 1906, and its quaint and cozy style makes all visitors feel welcome.  For travelers on a budget in San Francisco, this is the best option I have ever seen and I will probably always stay at the San Remo when visiting the Bay area.  Looking forward to my next visit already!

18/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Megan R.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay in this historic hotel. The location was awesome and I loved walking around North Beach during my stay. It was also an easy walk to the bus lines and cable cars. It's affordable and the rooms were comfortable and clean. My mom complained that our room was too hot, which it was, and they quickly moved us to a room with a window that opened to the outside. The shared bathrooms weren't too bad although crowded at times. This was second stay here and probably won't be my last.

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. D D.
Wow, this place is just oozing with warmth and charm! It is a beautiful, little original Victorian hotel in the heart of North Beach that the owners have clearly gone to great effort to not only preserve but make an incredibly fun and memorable place to stay and experience. The room was cozy and totally comfortable. The shared bathrooms and showers were absolutely spotless and nice with plenty of pressure and lots of water as hot as you'd like it. There are great massage chairs free of charge on both the 2nd & 3rd floors. The room was equipped with it's own sink, soap and a variety of sundries. Mints and raisins as well. Parking is discounted deeply and conveniently a block away. A very relaxing and fun stay for sure! And to make matters even better, downstairs is the historic, oldest Italian Restaurant in the country, Fior d' Italia. We ate there both nights and there is just nothing like it. The food is true Italian! It's a couple minute walk to get right to the center of North Beach on Columbus Avenue. My wife and I stay at some pretty nice hotels, mostly modern/urban/hip. This was off track from our usual style of getaways but it has won us over and we look forward to countless weekend getaways to the city by the bay in this incredible little slice of history called The San Remo Hotel!

26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Karen H.
I stayed here during my first big trip to San Francisco and it was a wonderful experience. The staff are friendly and helpful, and it's a great location. It only about 7 mins walk to Fisherman's wharf and all convenient bus stops are located nearby. From now on San Remo is going to be my 1 st choice whenever I visit San Francisco.The room are small, but charming. And there a great restaurant on the bottom

02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. R P.
I've been staying here for over 15 years. The rooms used to be around 60 bucks a night, but they've gone up a bit.

Pros:
-Beautiful historic building
-Cute and cozy-looking.
-Rooms have those little Bee & Flower Brand Shanghai sandal wood soap and little boxes of raisins.. weird but very cool. :)
-Walking distance to Fisherman's wharf,  Pier 39 and a ton of little shops.
-Next to a World Market and Trader Joe's if you're in the mood for cheese & wine :p
-Pharmacy across the street.
-24hr Fitness a block away.
-Near: Lombardo St. Golden Gate, Alcatraz
-Vintage decor and furniture (Even the pull down toilets are cool).
-Nice staff
-Has a laundry room
-Free internet

Cons:
-No parking but you can park at the pharmacy across the street for around $20 a day.
-Some of the rooms here are haunted.
-Thin walls and really loud Asian maids in the morning.
-Communal showers and bathrooms.
- Beds are a bit noisy (plastic lining)  
-The restaurant next door is noisy.  

.... I still love this place and will continue to come back :)

11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Susan S.
My husband and I always stay here when we visit San Francisco. It's in a great neighborhood North Beach(little Italy), It's in walking distance to many tourist sites.  Great price.

15/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Katrina S.
The San Remo made for a great stay when I spent a weekend in the Bay to run the Nike Women's Marathon.  I was traveling on my own since my other cohorts were not "lucky" enough to win the raffle, so I opted for this little hotel in North Beach due to the price and it's enticing character.  Turned out to be a perfect fit, too.

I walked EVERYwhere from this place.  I loved the location.  North Beach is such a cute community and it was an easy walk to Chinatown and the Financial District.  I knew the buses would be rerouted for the run, so I planned to walk to the starting line from San Remo.  It was a perfect walk and warm-up, avoiding the chaos of trying to get closer to the start line via bus/taxi/car...  and seriously, I was about to cover 26.2 miles.  What's 1 mile more?  Turn that into 2 more, since I walked back too.  

One thing that you must know about the Remo is that it's a shared bathroom situation.  I was kinda concerned about this, but the facilities were spacious and private.  I know most will not be this adventurous, but there is a claw-foot bathtub in one of the 2nd floor bathrooms, and I spent a good 2 hours laid out in that tub after the marathon.  It was heaven.  And I think that bath saved me from some pretty intense muscle soreness.  And luckily, not once was there a knock or handle jingle, so I was left to savor my soak unhurried.

The entire hotel is very cute and reminds me of staying at my grandma's house.  Lots of floral coverlets, rocking chairs, and fun stuff like that.  I stayed in Room 37 (second floor, facing the street, and it had a sink) and there was a reading nook just outside my door.  I could have spent an entire day rocking away browsing through the bookshelves.  I must note that I don't think this is a "romantic getaway" locale, that is, unless you are a very, very quite couple.  The beds are old & squeaky, though I found them plenty comfortable.

Another bonus... pet friendly!!  (but be sure to get pre-approved)

29/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Penelopy R.
It has a cute style, but is not cheap. This hotel is only if you need some days in San Francisco, staying there for many days might not be a good idea. I spent 2 nights there and I was sick of the room's space, too small!!! Also, this hotel is really expensive for something that is so simple: very small room, shared bathrooms (just 2 per floor), no breakfast, no elevator. However, the location is very good. You can go straight to the pier 39, where are the main attractions.
Although there are only 2 bathrooms/floor, they were always cleaned and smelling good. I had no problems with the service, they are good. For just 2 nights there, I paid $276 which wasn't a good deal because this hotel has not many amenities...

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
74. Lindsay S.
Great little place
Shared restrooms though not like two rooms in between is restroom its in the hallway  great people great place its a great homey bedroom

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Rick H.
I think I have a favorite spot in SF now. Yes it's the epitome of vintage, having been a sailor's boarding house. Yes it has shared bathrooms. Yes, it can get noisy on the street outside. Yes, it can get noisy INSIDE due to the thin walls. Yes, parking is a ways away and costs additional.

But, it's the perfect location to explore the city. You're only a few blocks from pretty much everything. You can walk to the waterfront, go up to the Coit Tower, jump on the trolley and the street car, and enjoy great restaurants all within an easy walking distance of here.

Definitely on my list to stay at again.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Jennifer P.
My husband and I loved staying in this vintage hotel! I was very apprehensive to share a bathroom and shower, but it was fine! Both were VERY clean and had privacy! Our room was small, but very cozy! We thought the bed was comfortable and there was a dresser and wardrobe so we could put our things away. They give you ear plugs for the room, since it's old and the walls are a bit thin, but we didn't need them! My husband was a huge fan of the complimentary massage chairs. The biggest plus was that we were walking distance to the Warf and other sites we wanted to explore. We basically felt like we were staying at grandmas house! Love this hotel!

04/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Chad P.
Stayed at this place last minute because we were passing through town.   It was only $100 a night and $18 to park your car overnight.   Rooms were small,  but it was perfect for what we needed it for; a place to crash for the night.   I would not rexcommend an extended stay because you might start to feel chlostrophoebic.

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Stacia M.
Checking out at the San Reno this morning. I have to say I was nervous about this trip. I'm not a real "shared bathroom" kinda girl. But this hotel was one of the BEST parts about our trip

We would spend 15 minutes each day cruising the floors and checking out all the other rooms as they were prepared for new guests. The charm, history, great artwork, sprawling plants, free tea and cider, small touches everywhere- the hotel is truly a gem.

The rooms are SMALL!!! But the beds are more comfortable than the boutique hotel I just stayed in down in solvang!  And you have everything you need- soap, shampoo, towel warmer for the shower. The bathrooms were always surprisingly available??

My suggestions- get a sink. No matter how comfortable you are with a shared bathroom- no one likes brushing their teeth in the hallway. Use the provided earplugs if you're a light sleeper. You will hear EVERY CREAK of other guests- but it reminded me of staying in a busy house when guests start stirring in the morning. And get a shower, use the restroom and GET OUT AND SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY!!!  Come home in time to sit on the massage chair in the hall and climb into the comfortable beds to recharge for the next day.

If it was just the two of us and it was just a weekend, I would DEFINITELY be back.

22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0