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Washington Square Inn in San Francisco, CA

Washington Square Inn in San Francisco, CA

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As a guest of Washington Square Inn, you'll have a great location from which to explore one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world! It's just a short cable car ride or comfortable walk to some of the most famous San Francisco, CA landmarks: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, China Town, Union Square, Lombard Street, Telegraph Hill (home of the famous wild parrots) and Golden Gate State Park is nearby as well. Be sure to make time to explore the surrounding neighborhood of North Beach, which has played a unique role in the rich cultural heritage of the City, both as the "Little Italy" of and as home to the Beat Movement.
Our friendly staff is dedicated to making your vacation in the Bay Area as comfortable, relaxing and pleasant as possible. Reserve your favorite room today for a memorable stay in "The City by the Bay".

History

Established in 1978.

History of Washington Square Inn

This historic San Francisco hotel was built in 1910. The Washington Square Inn was first used as an office building including a Pharmacy and Dental offices. The Victorian style building was then converted into a Bed and Breakfast Inn in 1978

 

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Rating: 4.03

Address: 1660 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, 94133

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    Comments (30):

    1. Michelle I.
    when i lived in north beach my bedroom window over-looked this little boutique inn. i had a relative come into town a few years ago i told them to stay here due to the proximity. its such a lovely inn. very authentic SF feel with the antique-decor. they have an afternoon wine/cheese thing and my relative said the staff was very attentive and friendly. its right next to Mooses and really a good location for out-of-town guests. you can view what the rooms look like on their website. all the rooms are different.

    13/05/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Katie G.
    This is a really good B&B inn. Right across the street from Washington Square park in North Beach, so really close to tons of good restaurants. The normal rooms are a bit small, but if you are luckly and get a suite, you get a huge bed, big TV (with all the good channels) and the food is really good. Plus, at 4 every day, theres a wine and cheese thing for free!

    23/10/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Maureen M.
    My mom stays here when she comes into town and highly recommends the WSI to all!  It is a reasonably priced Inn at an unbeatable location.  Some rooms are very small and some rooms have bathrooms, some don't, so be sure to ask about that, but this is a great place to stay especially if you are visiting someone living in the NB neighborhood.  I would like to add that the wine and cheese at 4 is THE social event of Washington Square Park, pretty much the Who's Who of the square is there, eventually she started ditching us to attend.

    21/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Susan I.
    Disappointing. We stayed here over 10 years ago and it was really lovely, but this time the service was of much lower quality. Really noisy at night - hardwood floors, and somebody was walking back and forth in hard shoes at all hours. For the money, it was not nearly as comfortable and elegant as we'd remembered.  They said we could park at a nearby garage but it was closed for New Years.

    02/01/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Anne M.
    I would give 10 stars if I could...this is a lovely place and for the price ( less than $200 per night) in North Beach, it was quite a nice value.  Wine, cheese, hors d'aeuvres every night and a daily, personalized breakfast (of your exact specifications) ready when you are.  The staff was professional, helpful, friendly.  The common areas were elegant, quiet, clean and homey.  Our suite was a tad miniature, but we got the cheapest room.  Who cares?  We're only sleeping there and for that it was comfy, clean, warm and quiet.  Easy walking distance to great Italian restaurants, Chinatown, the wharf, Coit, Russian and Nob Hills.  Beautiful Washinton Square park in the front yard.  This was so worth the little that we paid!

    02/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Susan D.
    I've stayed here twice, once for a "girlie getaway" and last year I brought my hubby. All I can say is "I tell everyone what a hidden gem". Its a great location, everything to do in walking distance. We had a amazing room for around $200.00 a night with coffee delivered to our door in silver and china for the morning. A big comfy bed with a flat screen tv. You should see what that would get you in NYC!?! Not much...And then you can get up and slink on over to Mama's for the most amazing breakfast ever! Or on the weekends they serve a breakfast for everyone at a huge table downstairs in their lovely Common area. The furniture and decor are elegant and you feel like royalty while you are guests at the Inn. The place is locked so only the patrons staying can come and go. We found it was a great time for us to finally go see Beach Blanket Babylon (which I've been wanting to do forever). And your choice of North Beach restaurants or even Dim sum over in Chinatown. All within walking distance! We also talked up to telegraph hill (Coit Tower) to see the amazing view and beautiful gardens and homes. And those famous Parrots (cherry headed conures) that they made the movie about two years ago). Then a good healthy walk to Lombard st. and off exploring the neighborhoods of North Beach. It made for a wonderul weekend getaway in virtually our own backyard. We went in June and if you time it right theres a North Beach festival they hold through the streets with local merchants and food, and in the washington square park there's music.

    05/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Jennifer W.
    A wonderful stay that I chanced/lucked upon. Between the cozy 'bed & breakfast' style (with room breakfast included) and the sooooo comfortable bed, I'd go back if all the stars align again. So comfy actually that I called them up to get the info of the mattress pad and such. Luxurious. WSISS is pretty damn expensive which is the only reason for the 4 stars and not 5.

    11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. William S.
    This inn has a great location and we had a very nice stay.  The rooms are not huge and our bathroom was rather small, but we expect this in older buildings.  The look and feel of the place was great and the staff were as nice as anyone could ask for.  Would definitely stay here again.

    16/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Bill W.
    I took my wife to SF for a long birthday w/e - we Bart'ed into town, deciding to leave the car at home.  We stayed here at WSI Fri-Sun.  While rainy, our room was quite comfortable,  The morning bfast quite generous.  We enjoyed the evening wine, cheese and crackers.  Room was comfortable, bed not too soft (I like a hard bed) and the bathroom clean.  Lots of nice appointments.  This is North beach, so obviously close to many attractions and a food mecca (chinatown/north beach).

    20/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Jay K.
    Great staff, location, breakfast and afternoon wine snacks.  Everyone at the WSI went above and beyond to assist my wife and I.  This is an uncommonly awesome atmosphere for such a large busy city.  Stepping in to the Inn transports you into another place/

    07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Steven S.
    This is a very nice little hotel! The proprieters (Daniel and Maria) are some of the nicest people you will meet. We arrived and Daniel was working as the bellman, we were early and only wanted to store our luggage but the room was ready so they checked us right in. The rooms are small but we were quite comfortable. The entire staff was attentive and helpful. The community breakfast table is a great touch. We met some very interesting people at that table! We will definitely be back!

    16/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Margaret S.
    Definitely the best location - walk to Broadway, Chinatown, Embarcadero, Coit tower and all of North Beach at your disposal.

    I had a small room with bathroom across the hall but it was really small and only one easy chair. Not a place that two people could relax in. Room had otherwise all the amenities and I love those makeup remover towels.

    Now I would think this would be dubbed a "B&B" since breakfast is included but I don't think for the price they do much of a job on it. You fill in the menu the night before but its your basic chain hotel continental - juice, packaged cereal and one hot pastry that wasn't much good. The only good thing about breakfast was that you sit in a window overlooking the square where you can watch all the elderly chinese men and women doing their morning exercises and tai chi!

    The afternoon wine and cheese was great - excellent variety of cheeses and I think 4 wines to choose from as well as some salami.

    If I could find somewhere less expensive in this location I would do it but as it is this might be worth the price.

    30/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    13. joanna s.
    Jul 16-18 was a crazy week in SF and washington square inn was the only place i could find with availability. I'm so glad I ended up staying here!

    Firstly, it is the cutest neighborhood ever! Lots of great eats round the corner... Ideale's for seafood risotto and The House for their unagi sandwich. :) And some of the cutest stores too... Annabella's, Ooma's, Ethan's,...

    The property itself was extremely cute and I felt like I was in Europe. Staff was extremely attentive to detail and I loved the european decor. I stayed in room #4 which was tiny by american standards but still very cute. The street noise wasnt bad at all. The 2nd night I moved to their room#7 for the suite and this suite is gorgeous! There's a little sitting area that looks right out into washington square with the magnificent church as the backdrop. I had breakfast  there this morning and wow, what an experience. BUT, if like sleeping-in and are a light sleeper, this may not be a place for you. Street noise was definitely louder at room #7 and I woke up to the sound of garbage trucks. Not a problem for me since i"m an early riser.

    Breakfast was basic... european so dont expect eggs and sausage. Still, I felt it was fresh and delicious.

    I'm not sure I would stay here on my own budget since it was pricey but would definitely stay there for a work trip again. Location is perfect - 20 mins walk to union square or hop on the #45 bus.

    18/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Sarah B.
    An incredible bed and breakfast style inn that really was our salvation one night.

    The whole reason we stayed here was a long, strange story.  We were on our way moving from Arizona to Seattle, making stops along the journey.  Of course, we were in our dying car without a working radiator fan.  Needless to say, we needed to keep moving to keep air in the car and with the hills, traffic lights, and poor SF drivers, we didn't have long before you could hear the oil bubbling over.  So we pulled into in a parking lot, looked at each other and said, "This is where we start walking."  Grabbed some essentials to strap to our backs and just started walking without a destination or a plan.  

    Eventually we ended up in this park.  We were tired, hungry and dirty.  Suddenly, I saw the sign that said "Washington Square Inn".  We thought it must be an omen considering our final destination was Washington.

    Before we knew it, we had a beautiful room for an incredible price, a list of tons of great restaurants within a block, a place nearby to keep the car overnight,  an invite to wine and cheese that night, and the knowledge that we had a full breakfast in the morning.  

    We were overwhelmed by their hospitality.  I would stay here again whenever I'm in town simply because of their kindness, but also because of the great rates and location.

    17/12/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. David W.
    We stayed here for 5 nights around New Years Eve and it was great.  We got the cheapest (and therefore smallest) room 15, a chocolate box of a room (more on this below).

    This place only has 16 rooms, but has the feel of a 5 star hotel - the furniture is interesting and plush, the staff are only too happy to help and everything is uber clean and tidy.  They appear to have a number of wireless repeaters throughout, so the free wireless is quick.  They have a number of laptops at reception you can borrow if you don't have your own.

    They only serve a continental breakfast which can be served in your room or communally downstairs around a large dinning table.  If you're looking for something more substantial, Mama's (a classic and fantastic breakfast dinner) is literally across the street.  Between 5-8pm they serve free cheese and wine downstairs which is a nice touch.  Many occupants chose to sit around on the sofas in the lobby to enjoy this and converse, we chose to take ours back to our room as the average age of everyone else staying there seemed a lot older than us and we didn't want to trip them out with our youthful coolness.  On New Years Eve they left a half bottle of "sparkling wine" on our bed, which while fairly terrible wine, was a very nice thought and highlights the individual feel of this place.

    The location is fantastic, in the centre of North Beach (little Italy) on one edge of Washington Square Park, with a number of bus stops across the park that will take you to either end of the city in 10-15mins.  Loads of individual bars, restaurants and coffee shops surround you without a Starbucks in sight.

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place or stay here again.

    Now back to Room 15 - be warned when they say it's small, it is (they make no secret of this).  The toilet and sink are in what probably used to be a closet and if you're over 6ft your knees are going to be pretty close to the door when seated.  The sink is probably just slightly smaller than a scrabble board and the [marble] shower is in the corner of the room.  All that said, none of these facts bothered us once on our 5 nights stay, and we found the room very cosy and comfortable.

    Oh also there's a distinct lack of power sockets in this room - they're all behind the bed, so if you look under the bed you should find an extra (and empty) power strip we left there.  Power to the people.

    09/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. kerry L.
    First of all I would like to start this review out by saying it was really not fair of me to stay at this Inn. I have travelled extensively and am used to very good to superb service at hotels. The owner of this hotel informed me himself it was not a full service hotel. However I feel they charge full service prices. I paid $700w/ tax for two night stay here.

    Pros
    Location

    Cons
    Does not serve a full breakfast only cold food nothing heated
    Not a lot of privacy
    Rooms are dated.
    Not a good place for anyone ranging from the ages of 25-60
    Price does not match quality of service or room

    My advice:
    if you want to be in North beach stay at the Hilton financial district which is in China town steps from NB or the Hotel Boheme which is much cheaper w/ WAY better service

    26/05/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    17. Tracy H.
    As with most of our great finds, we happened upon this place totally by accident. We were visiting from SD for the weekend to scout out a wedding ceremony location and had stayed 2 nights at the Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero (yuk). We checked out and were a few hours from heading home and decided last minute to change our flights and stay one more night. A bartender at a restaurant across the park told us about this place. Being Sunday night on Labor Day weekend, we did not expect to find a vacancy anywhere. They did have room #4 available.

    150%, hands down, the best service I have EVER experienced...anywhere. Beautifully decorated, and immaculately clean. With this place it's not only the little things (all turkish cotton linens and quality bedding) but it's the big things too. At first we thought the rate was a little high at $200 for one night (we got the Hyatt for $75 per night) but for the location, comfortable rooms, continental breakfast (in your room if you like) and the free wine and cheese spread in the evenings included in the price, it's WELL worth it.

    We loved it so much we plan to stay to stay here when we get married next May. I adore this place.

    08/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Stephen S.
    This was the second time we stayed here.  

    We love the location of the inn.  It is right on the border of Italian town and China town.  A mile in any direction will take you to almost any of the popular sites, the Embarcadero, and almost any kind of restaurant you like..

    The staff at the inn is super nice and helpful.  Even the owners are there on many of the days to help out.  They all make it a better experience.

    The room is really nice, and has a lot of character.  We reserved the same room as we got the first time.  It has a queen size bed, a small TV, and a private bath with a stall shower.  Our room looked out onto Filbert Street.  It is very cozy, but we like it.  There are bigger rooms available.  

    Breakfast is served either in your room, or in the dining room.  There is a choice of pastries, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, and bagels with smoked salmon on the weekend.  Every night they serve wine and appetizers including cheese, crackers,  salami, prosciutto, stuffed grape leaves, and cookies.  Tea and coffee always appear to be available during normal hours.

    We haven't found a reason to stay anywhere else.

    03/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Nick P.
    We stayed here for two nights prior to New Year's Eve. Sorry to say that we have good news and bad news about this place . . .
    Good news is its clean and well maintained with a cheese and wine
    event for guests each evening. They also have a continental breakfast included and will deliver to your room if you prefer.
    The hotel is located at Washington Square across from the park which is a plus .
    The bad news is the room was #2 and was located over the kitchen and under another guest room that was extremely noisy from late at night and starting with kitchen noise at 6 AM. each morning !
    We couldn't sleep using ear plugs and sleeping pills.
    We were so tired after two nights that we couldn't pack quickly enough the next morning and headed for home to get some rest.....
    Never going back !

    01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    20. Cat N.
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Maria and Dan a few months ago as well as photographing the Inn. It was so charming that after my fiancee and I got married on Friday at City Hall, we decided to come and stay at the Inn for our staycation in SF.

    The Inn was just as lovely as I remembered and my new husband was immediately enamored with the European old-world ambiance while being impressed at the modern-day security measures. The Inn is cozy but not overdone (as many B&B's are) and welcoming from the moment you step through the doors.

    We checked in just in time for the wine and cheese hour and really enjoyed the selection of wine, cheeses, olives and stuffed grape leaves while sitting by the fire in the lobby.

    Due to high occupancy, the room we got was number 12, which did not have an en suite bathroom, but a private one across the hall. I was really impressed at how spacious, clean and modern our bathroom was. The little touches really make it fantastic: from the shoe-shine puff to the makeup towelettes, we were wanting for nothing.

    My husband loved our room upon sight. He said he felt as if we were really "away" rather than in the city.

    I really enjoyed that we had the option of breakfast in the dining room or in our room. We chose the latter and had a lovely little feast of toasted croissant, fresh fruit, yogurt and delicious granola, oatmeal as well as juice and coffee. A great way to start out the day.

    Thanks so much to Maria and Dan for being such warm and inviting hosts!!

    10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. NoYelpForYou B.
    Just stayed with the wife last weekend, to celebrate our anniversary.  Very nice inn.   We had room 11.  It was small, but appointed very nicely.  And the location can't be beat.  Its right in the middle of North Beach, and very close to China Town.  In fact, its right across from Mama's, which might have the best breakfast in North Beach.  Our room had a view of Coyt Tower, and the nearby cathedral.  Very nice.

    We even had a view of Mama's so we could monitor the breakfast line in the morning, and get there before it got too long!

    When we first arrived, the bellman rushed out to the car to greet us and grabbed our bags.  We were early, so the Inn held our bags for about an hour until we could check in.  We went walking and had a few beers at Rogue.  When we returned, our bags had been taken to our room, our coats hung, and our belongings nicely arranged for us.  Really appreciated that.  I would definitely stay again!

    16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Melissa G.
    Friends of ours booked us a night here for our honeymoon. They knew we had one destination in mind (Chez Panisse, in Berkeley) and wanted to book a place in the city that wasn't too far away from Berkeley.

    The Inn is beautiful, well situated for walking everywhere and the staff couldn't be more accommodating. We showed up early, unannounced, and they had our room ready, greeted us by first name AND had a bottle of champagne with chocolate and a signed "congratulations" card for us; amazing.

    We were in the first room to your left when you walk up the stairs. Our view was stunning: a beautiful church. The room was spotless, and had everything you need to relax: comfy bed, robes, a fantastic shower with all the goodies, Internet, TV etc.

    We ordered breakfast in the room and it came at 7am sharp.

    We will definitely be staying here again.

    19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. John A.
    Comfortable, quaint bed and breakfast in a great location right next to a park, restaurants, and shops. Friendly service made the stay even better. Would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a relaxing stay in North Beach.

    21/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Bradley N.
    Location, location, location. Is that the not-so-secret secret to a great B&B in the city? Just find a decent plot of real estate, build it, and hope that they will come?

    That's what some people think, but not Maria and Daniel, the owners of this quaint streetcorner comfort zone on Washington Square in the heart of San Francisco's historic North Beach neighborhood ( yelp.com/biz_photos/5q7J… ). It's within easy walking distance to fine food spots and shops on Columbus Ave. (as well as Graffeo Coffee Roasters). Mama's Cafe is next door, as is the photogenic St. Peter and Paul Cathedral ( yelp.com/biz_photos/5q7J… ). And if you walk up Filbert Street past some exceptionally well-maintained rowhouses ( yelp.com/biz_photos/5q7J… ), you can enjoy the great views and atmosphere from atop Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.

    Given the plethora and places to see and pure pleasures to be had within a single, square mile radius, you might forgive the proprietors here for taking it easy, for letting things slide, content that their guests would accept it. But that's just not the case here. The inn is well run - clean, quiet, courteous, but without being overly cute or intrusive of patrons who don't want the red carpet treatment. They serve evening wine and snacks and offer breakfast downstairs or delivered right to your door each morning. We opted for the dine-in option and savored our croissants and coffee while looking out the window and enjoying the fresh late September air.

    The staff at the front desk were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, they set us up with parking, stored our bags while we walked around the city after checking out, and in general made us feel temporarily at home. There is lovely artwork on the walls that is worth a second look. It's not your run-of-the-mill, Thomas Kincaid sort of schlock (sorry, "Painter of Light" fans!) It's actual art collected and displayed for guests to enjoy.

    If you are thinking about a short stay in the city and want a great advanced base camp for exploring North Beach, the Embarcadero, Russian Hill, the Financial District, Chinatown, etc., I'd recommend the Washington Square Inn highly. It's like being a part of the neighborhood for a few blissful days before you have to pack up and move on.

    04/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Carol W.
    We stayed here for a brief visit to the city, and found the location to be great. Unfortunately, there is no service available; no elevator, and no bell service to help with luggage up and down stairs. No air conditioning. The vintage room was lovely, but the bathroom floor was not completely clean and the tv was poorly functioning, all items I'd expect to be perfect with a $420/night rate.

    10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    26. jennie C.
    This is our favorite inn in SF. In the heart of north beach. Comfortable, superb service and gorgeous rooms.

    19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Catherine L.
    Don't be fooled by a previous "Select Registry" rating - This did NOT measure up.  The carpets were filthy, pillow shams were stained, bathroom floor was dirty, "air conditioning" was an electric white fan plus a ceiling fan.  
    We mistook the restaurant valet next door and handed him our car keys, only to find that the garage would cost us $30/ day extra and we would walk a block away to get to it.  The front desk folks were ok, but the facility disappointment outweighed their pleasant conversation.

    01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    28. Angelo P.
    Not happy with the maids. I was sleeping in til' noon when I heard girls talking loudly at their cellphones. Apparently, it was the maids talking while cleaning

    18/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    29. Layna F.
    I was in town from Sept 23-25. I normally would not have chosen a B&B but between the America Cup and the Oracle convention hotel rooms where scare or outrageously priced (a motel was going for close to $200 a night).  Luckily for me I was able book a room at this B&B. The B&B was very clean and nicely furnished. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Bellman promptly came out to get my luggage and   carried it up to my room (good thing since my room was up a steep flight of stairs).

    I booked the cheapest room (room 14) since i was traveling alone I really didn't need a bigger room. The room was a decent size for one person but could be a little tight for two (my husband and I could make do but other couples may think it is too small especially if you have a lot of luggage). Since this was the cheapest room the bathroom (bathroom are still private) was across the hallway. I was apprehensive at first but it wasn't as big an inconvenience as I thought.

    The locations can't be beat. Near multiple restaurants, bars and walking distance to many attractions. I felt very safe staying here (as a single traveler that's important). Breakfast was satisfying and the wine and snacks in the afternoon was great (they had a red and white Rutherford and some Italian wines). Please read the website carefully it trying to decide to stay here. The owners are upfront with all their information and did not feel mislead. Next time i go back to San Francisco I'll be sure to stay here again.

    26/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Erin C.
    Wonderful stay, super quaint rooms, friendly staff, and every evening includes wine + cheese in the front lobby.

    We stayed here for one night. Although checkin time is at 3pm we were able to drop off our bags at noon and be bag free while exploring.

    The location is perfect for fishermans wharf, Alcatraz, and the Ferry Building. Coit Tower is a 5 minute walk and there are plenty of restaurants to venture to post daytime activities. Our check-out at 11am the next day was made perfect with a delicious free breakfast delivered at 9:30am. Would definitely come back!

    08/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0