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Writing this as we sit in San Francisco International airport waiting for the first of our flights to get back home. Can't believe our holiday is already over and we have to come back. Today was potentially a logistical nightmare. We had planned to leave a fantastic bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge till today, the perfect way to end our San …
Sorry, guys, but we can't publish any more photos from our trip! Went back to Apple at Union Square this morning to buy the connector, but guess what? Go on, you can guess. They didn't have any. Guess they weren't in their shipment order. Sure would have been helpful to know that yesterday. Unfortunately that means we are now photoless on the blog …
Best to tell you straight up that there's no photos again today. We went to Apple yesterday but they were all out of the connectors. Plenty of everything else, of course. They were getting a shipment that day but we didn't want to hang around. We'll go back tomorrow and try our luck. And the sun was out all day today, a stark difference to …
It had to happen. Travi had to lose something this trip too, though it pales against losing a phone and a watch and affects you reading this - at least for today. Poor Travi lost the connector which enables us to upload our photos from the camera onto the iPad to then add to the blog. They say these things happe in threes, so we should be about …
Maybe we watch too many movies, but we were envisaging gorgeous glowing sunshine as we arrived in San Francisco today. Not so. Instead, we have dreary grey skies and rain that would put Melbourne to shame! But, we are happy to be here regardless, especially after the day we have had in transit. Got to JFK airport at 9am this morning for a 10:40am …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Washington Square Inn San Francisco
Couldn't be more perfect
As a member of the Select Registry, it's almost a guarantee of a great stay. This inn is no exception. Location is fabulous; quiet, close to where you want to go, right near the best restaurants. The other reviews I'm sure cover all the requisite compliments.
One hint when staying here - order the granola for breakfast. I was 3 days into my 6-day stay before I found it. Another hint is to know that Room 1 is the ADA room and is on the first-floor, street-side. I was a bit uneasy at first but it turned out to be completely fine, it just was a surprise when I checked in. Also, the standard rooms (e.g., Room 3) are really quite small. Another member of my traveling party stayed there and he said that it was tough to turn around in the shower. He plans to return with his wife (we stayed on business) but to book another room.
To fellow travelers, You are in for a treat if you stay at the Washington Square inn. Recommended by our daughter who lives on Filbert street in San Francisco. When we arrived we were so pleased by this quaint hotel, from booking the room by calling from the website, everyone was so friendly. The rooms are beautiful, comfy beds, beautiful antiques, quality touches in bedding and decor. The bathrooms are wonderful also, everything you need at your fingertips! The breakfast is soooo yummy! You have a choice to have it brouhgt up to your room or join the other guests at the table. We had ours in our room every morning a wonderful spread of choices all delicious! And not to mention the daily wine and cheese at 5:00 , was a wonderful thing to look forward to when you came back for the night! I would stay here again and again!!! The rooms were quiet and so comfortable!! You could not hear the other guests right next door! We felt wonderfully cared for and delightfully pleased with every aspect of this hotel. The day we left we met the owners, they work hard to bring you the best possible stay, they make sure you are well served and comfortable, they even helped us with our bags!!! We will definitly come again and be sure to order the granola at breakfast-amazing!!
An Experience Unto Itself
The Washington Square Inn provided the perfect setting for my first real trip to San Francisco. Picture a beautifully manicured, historic building across from the green, grassy area of Washington Square. This is the picture you see at breakfast every morning while you are looking out of a series of large windows. There are groups of individuals of all cultural descents who are doing Tai Chi or, later in the day, walking dogs. All around the square are stores, restaurants and bakeries which are Chinese, Italina, French, and American. What a wonderful tapestry that combines all of these picturesque peoples into one scene.
The owners, Maria and Daniel Levin, were always quietly available. The desk/concierge personel were helpful with directions, reservations, suggestions and business. Every morning, I asked for a cup of hot chocolate, which Daniel personally delivered to my room promply at the appointed hour. An hour later, I had wonderful choices for breakfast-,,,from hot oatmeal to fruit or cereal (wonderful granola) to lovely pastries. From 5-7 PM, there were plates of cheese, crackers, Italian cold cuts, and other nibbles, as well as wine...all gratis.
Also, available were newspapers and there was a lovely sitting area in front of the firplace for reading. Other guests often joined you and were always considerate of your private conversations. Sometimes, conversations began and various points of interest or tour or restaurant names were shared.
The room I had was delightful with its own heat-a-lator fire place. There was a current TV set unobtrusively placed on a rotating arm on the wall. The decor was fresh yet reminiscent of an earlier age. The bathroom was modern and the maid service impeccable.
All in all, it was such a wonderful experience that I'm very enthusistic about bringing my husband here in May. We had planned to stay at a large hotel, but I'd really like to share this wonderful experience with him so I canceled the reservations at the large hotel for a room at the Washington Square Inn!
Charm of San Fran
Washington Square Inn's real treat is beyond attentiveness, comfort, cleanliness, nutty granola, croissants, crisp fruit and living orchids. And its true pleasure is not the close-up view of Telegraph Hill's Coit Tower out one window or peering left and sighting the Peter and Paul steeples of the Catholic church where a hometown boy, DiMaggio, his picture was snapped with Monroe. Guests frequent a bakery, breakfast nooks and fine eateries a mere football lateral away and gravitate among Monterey pines to the fairway openness of the Square. All the above are tasty icings but my joy derives from an energy about the place supplied (at guest's option) in modest increments by the host and helpers. It's an energy promoting guest-to-guest chatter that's abetted by wine, cheese and olives at five every evening; a what's happening discussion that reignites at breakfast coffee when seated at the long table with a view of Tai Chi participants on the sidewalks of permagreen and sometimes foggy Washington Square. Owen Goodwyne 12/06
A Perfect Location Inn in San Fran
Our stay at the W. Square INN IN in SF was just so enjoyable. This is a lovely hotel. Rooms and service were brilliant. We liked the availability of cocktails and hors d'oeuvre every evening. And such an excellent freshly prepared breakfast each morning. Locality was just right, next to the pleasant W. Square, and beside loads of restaurants in Chinatown and Little Italy. From here one can walk all over the city, see museums, go over the GG Bridge, with its stunning views, climb the many hills (up and down) !!!! And generally have a great time. In other words, we definitely can recommend this hotel - hands down! Our advice: Go there and enjoy! Tom and Maura from Dublin, Ireland
Intimate and elegant
We walk in to the front lobby of the Washington Square and are welcomed by friendly staff. The inn is elegantly decorated right down to the smallest detail. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable...Bravo!
A nice place in our favorite SF neighborhood
We love the North Beach area of SF, so this hotel was perfect for us. Yes, our room (with a queen size bed) was small, but it was ok for our 3 night stay. The room was quiet and the furnishings lovely. A nice breakfast, but I wish they had some protein, like hard-boiled eggs or cheese. They have a lovely wine and cheese spread in the evening, which along with breakfast is an opportunity to meet some of your fellow travelers. We will undoubtedly stay here again on our next trip to SF.
Rare hotel find in North Beach
Most of San Francisco's hotels are concentrated in the Downtown, either around Union Square or in nearby areas. There are relatively few places to stay in the neighborhoods of San Francisco, to get a better feel for what local life is like. The Washington Square Inn in North Beach is one.
The small hotel's location right on Washington Square Park, in the commercial heart of North Beach, is its greatest asset. There are numerous transit lines close to the hotel, and many restaurants and cafes within walking distance. Our second floor room on an airshaft was quiet and adequately dark at night, but very small. It had two twin beds, a table and a chair and no leftover space, there was no room for a desk. The furniture was historically styled in attractive way--I believe the desired effect was San Francisco in the late 19th Century. There was also a hypermodern flat screen television.
Breakfast is included and is unusually good--good quality fruit, decent pastries etc. The innkeepers were quite friendly--learning that we planned to park on the street (to avoid their parking charges of $15 self-park or $35 valet) they (unsolicited) looked up the status of parking enforcement for the holiday weekend on the City's website. (We found a parking place, but it's not easy).
But you pay for the privilege of being in North Beach in a pretty hotel. Our little room was $180. We could have found a nice hotel downtown for $20-50 less than that, particularly by using a reservation service such as San Francisco Reservations or Quikbook.
I'd recommend the Washington Square Inn to people who really want to stay in North Beach, the onetime heart of bohemian San Francisco.
A little gem in the heart of North Beach.
Friends from France recommended this lovely little Inn Tucked away in the heart of a wonderful San Francisco neighborhood. Surrounded by incredible dining, across from the park where the famed Telegraph Hill parrots roost. and from the church where Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn were married. Up the street is Coit Tower and a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. The delicious breakfasts, were enjoyed at the dining table while viewing Washington Square Park. The room was well appointed with an exceptionally comfortable bed. The friendly and helpful staff made our stay very pleasant.