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Willows Inn in San Francisco, CA

Willows Inn in San Francisco, CA

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Our guests enjoy comfort, amenities and a great location. Visitors from around the world mingle over our expanded contintental breakfast and our evening beverage service. MUNI is just steps away, and we are surrounded by the many restaurants, pubs, gyms and shops in the Castro, Mission and nearby Noe Valley.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.53

Address: 710 14th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Comments (34):

1. Lula Mae W.
Where I housed my parents on their first visit.  It's a bed and breakfast in the Castro whose ususal clintele are not so hetero as my folks.  But, my parents live in the town of hate (Colorado Springs), and I think were happy to stay at the Willows and serve as ambassadors for their city's non-hating faction.   While this B&B generally provides the second B in bed, the staff arranged for my parents  to be served in the inn's parlor, so I was able to join them for the meal.

24/05/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Bridget W.
Willow's Inn has an excellent location (close to Market Street and MUNI) and super friendly owners. The rooms are cozy, the breakfast is tasty, and the details are thoughtful.  If you are looking for something affordable and homey, this is the place to stay!

03/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Valery L.
The Willows Inn was my adorable, perfect home away from home right on the Castro.  I highly recommend this great place.  Cozy rooms, warm owners/managers, impeccable upkeep and design, this truly has a european feel - it doesn't just say so.  Sure you share bathrooms with other clientele, but since that's mostly meticulous gay men you really can't go wrong.  Beautiful morning breakfast spread, friendly fellow boarders, great taste in magazines and other details, and the added nice touch of social hour (and complimentary drink). Old fashioned real heat in the room, windows you can open, cute vanity, everything about this place is sensible and cute.  And all this at such an affordable rate in such a fabulous location!  The only negative you have to put up with are spartan showers - water pressure isn't too high and hot water runs out pretty quick.  In every other way the Willows Inn must be the best kept secret on the Castro.  So grateful to the people who run this place for being such gracious hosts and offering such a hospitable port to a weary traveler.  I'll be staying here every time.

15/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Karma K.
When I travel to San Fran, I always stay in a B&B.  I prefer the feeling of actually staying in one of those gorgeous Victorian row houses - as though I'm a part of the city - as in Tales of the City!  :-)

My partner surprised me with a Memorial Day Weekend stay here and it was LOVELY!  Right in the heart of the Castro - we could walk to the bars, restaurants and shops with no worry.  Our bed was comfy, and we had a front room with a huge bay window - wonderful!

The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful - Jaime, Jean-Paul, and Alan were down-to-earth and sweet.  

AND what a GREAT breakfast - very European - fresh fruits, cereals, breads, vegemite, and NUTELLA!  In the evening, we were served chilled wine before heading out into the Castro.  

If the B&B experience is what you're looking for - this place is IT!

Enjoy!!

03/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Carmen W.
Jamie is the BEST Innkeeper a B+B could hope to have; she offered me assistance when I was literally out in the cold, waiting for a bus, in front of the Inn... she offered to call me a cab, gave me some delicious tea, displayed true hospitality.  Being a local SF resident, I checked out the Inn out and have since referred friends who have stayed and love the place, too and of course, appreciate Jamie's big heart and utmost professionalism... May Willows Inn never go away - the essence of a true beautiful, classy bed and breakfast. I will always refer my family+friends to stay here... it's the real deal.

11/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. John Divine M.
I lucked out when I found the Willows Inn. I bought a plane ticket to San Francisco only 10 days in advance and then had to find a place to stay on a  packed weekend. A day after I contacted the Willows, which was booked solid,  I got a call back saying they put together the six-night stay I needed.

The front door is unassuming but the place is charming, spotless and feels like a home away from home for guests. Yes, the showers and WCs are down the hall (the inn provides robes for guests) but everything was so clean and the inn was so friendly I didn't care.

Each room features a full, queen bed (two rooms have two beds and there is a two-room suite with a bed in each room), sink, antique dresser, closet or armoire, cable TV, desk and phone. There is wireless internet. One floor has a sitting room with happy hour every evening; another floor has a kitchen/breakfast room where a great continental breakfast of breads and cereals is laid out every day from 8-11. There are shelves of books and videos in the halls if you want to stay in and relax.

The location can't be beat. Across street from MUNI, railcar connections, a short walk to Castro Street, 24-hour Safeway across the street. Anyplace you need to go is no more than 30 minutes away by train/bus. Within a block are some great places to eat, namely Home and Chow. The inn has a book with dining suggestions and another helping you plan any adventure you have in mind. The innkeepers are all friendly and gladly come up with hair dryers, ironing boards...whatever you need.

This place is also great for a solo traveler because the place lends itself to introducing yourself to fellow guests and at happy hour I was always invited to join other guys going out to dinner afterward.

The Willows is gay oriented. The weekend of Folsom Street Fair, all the guests were gay guys. While it was not at all cruisy, it was a comfortable place for me to wear my leather gear out and ask around about where to go.

I hate paying money for lodging but this is one instance where I felt it was worth every penny. I can't wait to come back.

02/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. ruby r.
My boyfriend and I stayed there on our recent trip to SF for a friend's wedding. We chose it bc the location put us right in the middle of everywhere we needed to be that week, it was affordable, and had great reviews.  
We were very happy to find out it all the good stuff was true!
The staff is very friendly and they all made an effort to say hello.  The room was small but clean and served it's purpose well.  The bathrooms are clean as well, I've never stayed at a place with the bathrooms in the hall, but it really wasn't so bad once we got used to it. There are plenty of restrooms to serve all the guests.  
The location is great, it's across from a grocery store and several good restaurants.  With your own fridge and a community kitchen you could easily save money by buying groceries and not eating out (but it's SF and there's so much good food!)
Public transit is also literally across the street!  It made getting to the airport a breeze (costs about $10 and takes about 35 minutes, fyi) it was a much better deal than the horrible super shuttle experience I had getting there- but that's another review ;)
So I should mention also that I'm almost 5 months pregnant, so having breakfast waiting for me just down the hall every morning was AWESOME since I am hungry alllll the time :-) Oatmeal, cereal, 5 or 6 kinds of fruit, bagels & spreads, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, juice, coffee... etc.  It was always fresh and yummy.  And the even better part is the community kitchen has juice and fruit and things like that all day! Very helpful to my insane appetite.  The only negative is the stairs. Bc I'm pregnant I get winded very easily and I can't really lift my suitcase, so that was a little challenge.  Wouldn't recommend for anyone who would have trouble with stairs.
Overall- would totally stay there again! though I think I'll wait until I'm not pregnant anymore ;)

21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. KnM C.
Great ammenities, friendly staff.  Ask for room types, price difference. Get room with sunlight, other rooms dark. Large fresh breakfast choices. Walk to everything!

19/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Kelly O.
From the moment I called and spoke with Jamie, my arrival, check in with Mike and finally checking out, everything and everyone was wonderful. My room was charming. I must admit I was unsure about having the bathroom detached from my bedroom but it wasn't an issue. The WIllows Inn was cozy, quiet and a little piece of paradise in a busy city. Everything was clean and kept clean at all times.

The reason I choose a bed and breakfast was because of the persoanl touches. For example, when I arrived there was a personalize note and chocolate in my room. When I would walk arouond the house, I was referred to by my first name. Everyohne was willing to give direction, refer to a great restaurant, or how to use the Muni or Bart system.

I really like staying at a gay bed and breakfast because I can have breakfast with people from all over the country and world. Its nice to share stories and history with other people. I've made new friends from Ireland, Austria, Florida, and even Morocco.

Even though Happy Hour wasn't attended by anyone staying there as they were out roaming the city, I was still offered a glass wine while I got ready to go out that evening.

Guys, you will NOT be disappointed in the Willows Inn. Give yourself a treat and stay with Mike and the gang.

25/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Karla O.
I love the Willows Inn! They are warm and welcoming, the Inn is wonderfully eclectic, and the location rocks. I can't say enough good things about them.

My first visit was October 2005. I was headed down to the Castro to visit some friends. I was originally going to travel on my own, and the Willows seemed just the ticket. Plans changed, and my husband decided to come along. Well, hmmm... what to do. We're a het couple, so I wasn't sure if this would work, but a phone call soon solved that. "We're het friendly," and I just chuckled with delight. How cool is that?

So off we went. We stayed 2 nights the first time, and 2 nights on our second trip in 2006. We're planning another trip soon, and you guessed it - we'll be staying at the Willows.

21/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Clint S.
This was a very charming and cozy (and VERY affordable) guest house.  The staff was pretty friendly, my room was very well put together and comfortable, the kitchen and breakfast was very sweet.  The entire guest house just reminded me of staying in someone else's home instead of strange guest house or hotel.

For location it also is great:  VERY close to the Castro, but next to a muni subway station and the F-train stop for easy access to anywhere in the city.

My only suggestion if Willows Inn reads this is get new or better pillows.

16/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Gillian F.
This is a beautiful place in the heart of San Francisco.

Very professional, helpful and friendly staff.  The place is clean and pretty.
They also have a good breakfast that suits multiple diets.  It was a very fair price too.

26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Adisa Z.
I absolutely loved this place! Just stayed there few weeks ago and I was so pleasantly surprised. It's so clean, the staff are wonderful and so helpful, and there's a great variety for breakfast, and they even leave snacks in the fridge for guests throughout the day. After my spooky airb&b experience, this place was such a great surprise. I will stay here on every visit to SF. Very affordable as well and in great location. Loved it! Thank you!

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Susan A.
What a sweet place!  The staff are lovely, and the rooms are very clean and the bed was really, really comfortable.  Nice spread for breakfast and an evening happy hour, which is a nice chance to meet travelers from all over the world.  Wifi, tv, sink and vanity in the room, sitting rooms if you want to hang out; close to a grocery and lots of restaurants. No frills, but very SF and close to several great neighborhoods.  I will recommend to fellow travelers who want a "real" San Francisco experience.

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Dean S.
As other reviews have stated, it's hard to tell from the outside what to expect from the inside.  There is just a door on street level. But inside it is a nice place.  The location is great.  I took the BART to a MUNI transfer and got off less than a block away from that 'Door'  Based on the price of hotels in the area the price is very good too.  I saves $200.00 minimum based on upscale hotels I checked out.  Mike, the owner was there when I checked in.  He showed me around and let me settle in.  Both Mike and Mark were helpful in answering any questions, etc, about the area, directions etc.
The room had plenty of space, mostly used as a base sleeping room anyway.  There is a mini fridge which I used a sink, TV.  The decor is a bit dated, but it adds to the charm of a B&B.  There are 4 shared showers and 4 shared W.C.  One was always available.  
I stayed in the middle of the building, and while there was mild street noise, it was nothing to bother me in the least.  If I had a front room I still don't think there would have been an issue.  There was only one night when I heard people in the hall.
The Willow's is right on the edge of the Castro district--They welcome everyone, and there is no reason not to give this place a try.  If I am  back to San Fran, I will definitely stay here again.
The breakfast is plentiful, and they have a wide variety of items.  Fresh fruit pastries oatmeal bagels etc...I also found a new restaurant close by Mozzeria, run by a mostly ASL staff, the food was good.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Jeff S.
The only place I will stay in San Francisco. Cute rooms, affordable, MUNI station on the corner, Safeway market across the street. Excellent pho place on the ground floor, incredible pizza place across the street, liquor store next door, central to all parts of the city, GREAT staff super friendly (love JoJo and Michael), complimentary chocolate, condoms and lube upon check-in. Who could ask for anything more?

21/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Kate P.
The staff and Innkeeper are wonderful and couldn't have been more helpful. The location is convenient for services, shopping, restaurants, and public transportation. It was everything the Damron guidebook said it would be.

04/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Clementine B.
Absolutely loved staying at Willows Inn. My travel plans had gone haywire with plane delays and the like, so I was frazzled heading in to SF, and as soon as I arrived I felt calm and welcome.

The staff are divine, and always happy to help with directions, or even just a chat.

My room was lovely, and the bed was the comfiest hotel bed I've ever slept in. Loved the buffet breakfast in the kitchen, and made some great new friends at cocktail hour in the sitting room.

If you're a non-driver like me, the Willows is perfectly situated with a number of trolley and bus lines no more than a block's walk in any direction. (In particular, for tourists, it's a minute's walk to the F line where you can ride historic trolley cars - including, to my delight and sense of hometown pride, a Melbourne "rattler" tram!)

The only bad thing about staying at Willows Inn? Not staying longer than two nights!

Will definitely be back, and can highly recommend Willows Inn to anyone looking for a little sanctuary in the Castro.

10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Aloysius C.
My first gay-friendly bed and breakfast!

The staff were super nice and welcoming. I know it's not common to have elevators in San Francisco but the stairs were huuuuuuuuuge! Not really what I wanted to see after a tiring flight, but one of the friendly staff helped us with our luggage so it was okay.

The place is pretty clean and really cozy. Shared bathrooms and showers were always kept clean, even with a bunch of guests around. Amenities were all in order and the beds were comfortable enough.

My only complaint was that it could be a little noisy on the 3rd floor because of the communal kitchen. We were admittedly night-owls and late-risers so being woken up at 830 am by chatty guests in the hallway was a little annoying, but that's just personal preference.

The location is one of the best assets as it is right next to the MUNI station. We were even able to stumble back from the Castro in the early morning without it seeming like too much of a hike; definitely walking distance to any ground transportation you might need.

PS. the Vietnamese restaurant that is underneath WIllows Inn is excellent as well!

09/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Jason H.
The guys at Willows are always friendly and accommodating. They are very knowledgable about things to do in the Castro and San Francisco.

I've been to Willows many times over the last 10 years. The rooms are always clean and quiet considering being in the heart of a busy neighborhood.

Free breakfast in the morning and happy hour in the evening. Both are a great time to meet other guests, many coming from all of the the world.

13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Ana G.
Stayed at the Willows in for an overnight with my daughter. It's one of those experiences that continues to surprise. Starting with the single door entrance at street level, you enter and climb the first flight to a wonderful warm  ambience with  friendly and helpful staff. With the cozy furnishing and books and dark inviting sitting rooms the place is just awesome. You feel as if your staying at your best friends place and she/he has perfect taste. The bedrooms are inviting and  nicely decorated. The inn is impeccably clean and tidy. Breakfast was a delight. toast,bagels, fresh fruit, oatmeal, jams (vegamite anyone?), muffins, all fresh, all nicely set up for your gustatory pleasure.  Sadly I had only one night to experience the rich hospitality of the Inn but I will return, and when I do I will stay and enjoy even more!

Come to the Willows Inn, you will be so happy you did!

13/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Tu N.
Willows Inn is a true treasure in San Francisco. Amazing location with convenient access to the MUNI buses, streetcars, light rail, and metro, not to mention the plethora of restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. that the Castro has to offer.

The inn itself is ultra cute and homey and the perks include free wi-fi, a continental breakfast (with a sweet selection of breakfast items), yogurt and juice in the kitchen fridge whenever you want, and an evening cocktail between 6-7pm.

The ridiculously friendly staff of four (Mike, Mark, JoJo, and Jessie) are incredibly attentive and ensure that your stay is absolutely wonderful. Oh, and since my boyfriend and I drove up from LA, the $15/night parking pass was a HUGE benefit.

We'll definitely be coming back here in the future!

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Gourmet G.
European-style, i.e., shared-bath, not an ideal option for those who frequently get up during the night or cherish their privacy. Anyone else can appreciate its central location, a short walk to Castro Street and steps away from every form of public transportation the city offers. Housed in a well-maintained and immaculately clean 1903 Edwardian, the inn offers a variety of accommodations with amenities that include direct dial phones with voicemail, a min-fridge, TV with VCR, both wireless broadband Internet and a data port, and kimonos to wear when dashing off to one of the eight self-contained water closets and shower rooms. Continental breakfast consists of fresh fruit, yogurt, baked goods, coffee, tea, juice, and cereal; in the afternoon, a complimentary cocktail is served in the sitting room. A pantry with microwave, icemaker, dishes, and cutlery is available round the clock. Very reasonable rates range from $95 for single occupancy of a pied-a-terre (in this instance, French for 'very tight squeeze') to $165 for a party of four in a two-bedroom suite. If you can stay this comfortably in San Francisco for only $41.25 a night, running down the hall to pee may not be such a terrible sacrifice after all.

26/07/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Kelley M.
I wish I had read THIS review before staying here. I really didn't enjoy the Willows Inn, although I tried!

The staff are friendly and helpful and the accommodations are clean enough, but there are several issues that trump these pleasantries that cannot be overlooked:

1. The noise factor. True, this B&B is in the heart of San Francisco, so you are going to expect some degree of street noise. Unfortunately, the noise is pretty unbearable, however. I actually went out and bought ear plugs to try and drown out the music from the bar/restaurant below and the patrons from above. The walls are too thin, the structure too creaky and the businesses too close for comfort. I didn't sleep at all for the two nights I was here.

2. The bathrooms. They are in the hallway and this, no matter how you slice it, is inconvenient. Additionally (and more importantly), they don't have sinks in them! EEEEEWWWWWWWWW. I am not a "germ" person, but this is hard to overlook.

3. The rooms are really outdated. I get it that this is a Victorian residence that has been converted to a B&B, which is part of the charm. Unfortunately, nothing else has been updated much either. The bed I slept in (room 24, I think) was very uncomfortable and I could feel the springs in the mattress. The furniture in the "sitting" room was very shabby as well, which was less than inviting.

I have never left a negative review on Yelp, but I was compelled to get this up because I wish I had had a better sense of this location before I decided to stay here. I see that most people who have reviewed this place, feel favorably about it, so I may have differing priorities than the average traveler...? I considered a two-star rating, but sleep is an absolute requirement and was elusive here.

05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. Dorothy C.
I do believe that this is the first time I've been hesitant to write a Yelp review.

I'm not all that sure that I want the world to know about this cozy little Victorian hotel tucked away into the center of the City.  The Willows Inn is quintessentially San Francisco *and* affordable.

But what the hay...

Our friend, D. came into town for the third time in as many years. The first year he stayed at a perfectly acceptable hotel across the street from Union Square. (No names here.) Pure San Fran...bellhops whistling for cabs...the Tonga Room across the street. Cable cars clanking by, their bells ringing out festive little tunes...hard to beat for the SF experience.

D. is an explorer...

On his second trip to the City, he found a mysterious little hotel in the Castro...Loved it...

Returned yesterday for another week in town...stayed at the Inn again... We met him there.

The Willows Inn...

Oh, my gosh, by golly...

The Willows Inn *is* San Francisco in its finest form!  

A brass plaque on the door tells you that you've arrived at the right address on 14th Street.

Michael-the-concierge answers the speaker phone.

Tells you that D. will be right down.

D. arrives, invites you up to see his room.

You climb a narrow set of stairs, heavily carpeted...are reminded of that wonderful Victorian you lived in when still a student at SFSU...and are transported back in time to a gentler, kinder age...when the world was full of hope, promise, expectation...

The place is immaculate. Tastefully furnished. Friendly. Quilts on the bed. Not a smidgen of plastic to be found anywhere. Cozy.  Perfect.

From the bay window of D.'s room, historical trolleys glide past,  the neon sign of Aardvark books beckons you to an afternoon of browsing.   Restaurants vie for your
attention.  Muni-metro whisks you to the Asian Art Museum , the Main library, the Castro theatre. Adventure awaits!

And you know that D. was right to return to this place.

He's found the  San Francisco that you'd forgotten.

And so have you. Found the City.

Once again.

02/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Joey B.
Willows Inn is a great place to stay in the heart of SF. You need to be OK with a collective experience, bathrooms and showers in the hall. Everything is very clean and the team running the Inn are very nice. Its a homie experience, street noise on the front rooms but nothing that ear plugs didnt fix. The bed was comfortable and the morning breakfast offering has a vast selection of items carefully placed out. I plan to stay at The Willows again.

10/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Scott W.
The willows inn is a hidden little place in the heart of the Castro. Very similar to a guest house in ptown, this inn has old homey charm, and European type baths. It is quiet, has staple amenities like a mini fridge, continental breakfast and of course shower robes.

The price was good, 2 nights with one night parking was 340. Make sure if you need parking (they only have 4 spots and it's 15 bucks a night) tell them early. We were lucky we have a friend with a garage.

So why 4 stars???  Well the staff was a little less customer service based and more, well, stale and slightly snarky. Never asked how are things or anything they could improve.   Would I stay again, yes,  and would suggest it to anyone who wants to be in the think of the gay Mecca known as San Fran

16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Marion R.
Highly recommend this place. Very homely ambience, very friendly and extremely helpful staff with the time and desire to chat to you. Lovely rooms (and I stayed in 3 different ones!), showers, toilets. Ample, delightful and very healthy breakfast with the added bonus of being able to chat to fellow travellers over breakfast if you want to.

Great source of information on things to do locally, access to interesting books and magazines. Free cocktails each evening at 6pm; especially good if you are on your own and want to connect with folk, pick up on what's happening in the neighbourhood (Castro) and ... a real haven in the Castro as the website states.

Can't wait to go back! Big Fan now! M.G.R X

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Dana J.
My first trip to San Fran I really wanted to stay in the Castro for the experience. My biggest issue was finding a place in my price range for myself and a friend and her husband. Most hotels were out of my range and no where close to the Castro. After emailing a few different BNB's Mike from the Williow's Inn mailed me back and was able to offer rooms in my price range.
  Ignore reviews about it being shabby and outdated! It was charming!!  If I wanted or NEEDED a flat screen tv and a memory foam mattress I would have booked the Hilton! And the bathrooms? Big deal. You get a kimono to use for the showers in the hall. My friend's straight husband had no big issue with it. But then again very little gets to Ron. Anyway, never a line for a shower or facilities. And the sink issue? There is a sink in each room.
 The breakfast provided every morning was more than a perfect start to each day. Yogurt, coffee, hard boiled eggs, fruit, and more... Loved sitting in the kitchen and talking to the other guest from around the country in the morning. (Btw, I fell in love with the toaster! Seriously!)
 Can't wait to go back, book a longer stay and enjoy the city more.
  Mike and staff were amazing as well. Thanks guys for giving me an incredible  trip!

06/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Brent C.
What a great surprise!  This hidden gem near the Castro is a delightful place to stay
Extremely close to local muni , f train
Safeway across street, friendly staff,
Coffee, breakfast and lots of books to read
I will be back

03/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Zack F.
We loved this hotel. It's a little tricky to find. It's just a doorway between two businesses. You walk upstairs and are greeted by the friendliest and most accommodating staff.

They have a lounge area and plenty of books and magazines to read. There is a well stocked kitchen with free water, snacks, and coffee. There is also an included spread of continental breakfast in the mornings.

There are private but shared water closets (toilets) and separate showers. The sinks are in your room.

They do their best to bring in natural light and have plants wherever possible.

I found our room to be very nice, spacious, private and quiet.

03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Angel V.
Wow! What an amazing place this is. On my move to SF I stayed here fora couple of nights, and wow I could not have felt more at home, love, care for and welcome anywhere else. Thank you Mike, Jojo, Mark and  Geary! ;)

16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Eric G.
Willows Inn was my first experience with staying at a Bed & Breakfast.   I have to say this place was a good primer.    The affordable price was definitely the draw.   The hosts were very hospitable overall.    They provided good directions for guests to get to their B&B from the airport.   Train wise it was pretty easy...the hardest part figuring out where the actual entrance was since there wasn't a clear sign.  

I found most of the other guests to be standoffish with the exception of one couple and their sons visiting from the U.K., who were friendly.   But that's not the B&B's fault of course.   Just good ol' luck of the draw.

I wasn't crazy about the noise the room doors made each time it opened and closed.    There was some kind of mechanism that was making the noise.   I assume the hosts purposely have it designed that way to be able to tell who's going in and out.    I also had to get used to going in the hallway to use the restroom and shower.    That took some adjusting to but once I thought of it as a home, it made the adjustment that much easier.   I was also glad to be on the top floor.   With the exception of the diner next door making occasional noises when folks threw stuff out in the alley, my room was pretty quiet.

Breakfast was a basic continental with yogurt, fruits, breads, and hard-boiled eggs.   They also had a wine social though both times I tried to participate, there weren't any other guests who did.   The hotel staff did everything to make my stay a great one and I would definitely come back here in a heartbeat next time I'm in the area.

23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. David A.
Great location. Super clean with a friendly staff. I will come back.

14/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0