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... out our seat problem. They finally opened check in , the man at the desk couldn't do anything . We went through security and had tea and walked to our gate , we still had two hours or so till we were boarding . So we went to the gate and spoke to a man there , who managed to change our seats for us . Getting onto the plane we realised we were in the extra legroom seats for free :) our flight to NYC was about 7 Hours :) love Jared and Melissa ...
... to see the nightlife of San Francisco. We headed to the Embarcadero area to see the Bay Bridge lights display, which was great. Jumped on the F streetcar headed up to Pier 39 to get a few photos, but things were closing by now and it was awfully windy and cold. We didn't stay here for too long. We got the streetcar back to Market St and walked up to our hotel room. Now it's time for me to get some sleep before our busy day ahead... on the road!
... bought the girls some cute hats and walked the pier to the end where we watched sea lions sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. The seals were coughing and sounded like humans with smokers cough, it was kind of funny. The girls decided against the rides but wanted to play games so we spent time at the arcade. They had fun and were pretty excited to trade in all their tickets for prizes which took just as long to pick out as it was to ...
... we got off and caught a taxi to our accommodation - The Travelodge by the Bay.
Thankfully Helen and Steve were already checked in having arrived in San Fran on Thursday evening. Check in wasn't until 3pm so we made our way to their room and dumped our stuff, chilled out watching TV all of us piled on the bed.
Once showered we headed down for our first look at the wharf in search of somewhere for breakfast. On our way ...
Left San Francisco on China airlines at 12:05 on a full 747. 14 hours later and a couple of sleeping pills we landed in Taipei. Ron and I didn't take any chances and wore masks on the flight since it was so full. The last thing we wanted to do was get sick on our great adventure. Bird flu H7N9 is showing up in China and Taiwan ...
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A Gem in Castro
I have stayed at this place twice in the past six months. Its really the best choice in the area. Great service, nice happy hour, and a fantastic breakfast. Very nice setting and relaxing. Delightful overall.
Delightful B&B in San Francisco
I have stayed at the Parker Guest House three times, and thought it was just delightful all three times. There are many things to like about it, but here are a few of the top ones:
1) Nice rooms and immaculate bathrooms.
2) Pleasant, nicely-decorated public areas, including a very nice, sunny place for breakfast, gardens, and a fountain.
3) Good breakfast--coffee, cereals, yogurt, fruit, muffins, orange juice, milk, etc. Local and national newspapers to read in the breakfast area.
4) Friendly, helpful staff.
5) Diverse, interesting group of people staying there.
6) "Happy hour" each day with wine and snacks is a good chance to meet other guests.
7) Free use of a computer and a printer.
8) Good location.
My partner and I stayed at The Parker Guest House last month and we had a WONDERFULL experience. Charming buildings, great gardens, extreemly nice staff and great location. With breakfast and the other amenities included it proved to be an excellent value and a delight. We highly recommend it.
The Parker House is a very nice place to stay in the Castro district and probably your best option unless your a leather person. We had a room in the back, so noise wasn't a problem, but I did hear several people complain about the front rooms on the street because of the trolly car running throughout the night (I stayed in a place in Toronto that was totally like that and it was horrible). I was very glad that my boyfriend and I were in the back where we had the window open all night and it was very peaceful.
We had some reservations based on some of the reviews we read but we are so glad we didn't change our plans. What a delightful place. Our room was lovely, facing out into the beautiful garden. We were particularly concerned about the supposed "noise" problems mentioned, but it wasn't an issue at all. We had our windows opened all night and slept like babies. True our room didn't face the street but I asked some other guests who did face the street if it was a problem and they said it didn't bother them at all.
Don't get me wrong, Parker Guest House is a lovely building with a decent location (especially if you are gay). I do have to write an honest review though. We had a nice stay at Parker, but I have to agree with the last review that there are a few issues.
This is a very pretty guest house located about 5 minutes walk from the heart of the gay village on Castro Street. It is easy to get to as the J MUNI line runs right past the door. Herein lies my first complaint. Every time a MUNI runs past, the room shakes as the hotel is constructed from wood. My room was on the side of the hotel, so I can only assume that rooms facing the street would be even worse.
My partner and I recently spent five nights at the, mostly gay but very straight friendly, Parker Guest House. What a wonderful experience! The Guest House occupies two beautifully restored old Victorian row homes that are separated by a beautiful courtyard. Our room was nicely appointed with a large bathroom and a two man (maybe three) shower that I wanted to take home with me. The Parker House provides a warm and friendly home away from home with a sophisticated ambience not found at many gay hotels.
Whether you are visiting San Francisco for business or pleasure, the Parket Guest House is a wonderful place to stay. Catering primarily to gay men and lesbians, the Parker is just a few blocks from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of the Castro. You won't have a problem finding outstanding choices for food -- I'd particular recommend Firewood, Home, Chow, or 2223 Market.
Gay Guest House with charm and personality
I stayed at the Parker Guest House last year when I was in San Francisco to do the AIDS-Lifecycle bike ride to Los Angeles.
After doing some research online, I chose the Parker because the clientele is primarily gay and because it is near the Castro. On top of that, I given a nice discount because I was in SF for this charity bike ride.
The main house is impressive and well decorated with antiques. I was greeted by a very cute boy, who was charming and friendly.
The room was on the smaller side, but it was well appointed and clean, with a high end bathroom. There are several common areas that are pleasant for reading or having a glass of wine.
Best of all is the location which is blocks away from the restaurants and nightlife.