Petite Auberge a Joie de Vivre Hotel
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We caught the bus from Chinatown just across the street from a restaurant called: 'The Stinking Roses' which apparent serves food with crazy amounts of garlic in. I'd have loved it there. We caught the bus to the hotel and picked up Auntie Phil's car where we drove across the bridge to the lookout that we went last time I was in San Fran for a few piccies. Then we drove to Saucelito for old times sake as well. Had a coffee in a bar by the waterfront and then ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Petite Auberge a Joie de Vivre Hotel San Francisco
I stayed at The Petit Auberge recently and absolutely adored it. When you walk in from the street you feel you have been transported to Paris. The building is old with a creaky elevator, windows that open and decorated in charming country French. My "cozy queen" room was small but indeed cozy and had everything I needed. Everything was spotless and the bathroom had nice Aveda products and bathrobes. It was a warm night and I was offered a fan by the very helpful receptionist. Downstairs there is a wonderful cozy living room with couches and a fireplace where the afternoon wine reception is held. It is a lovely private area which would be great for reading/resting. The breakfast in the morning was outstanding with a quiche, homemade bread, muffins, sliced fresh fruit and beverages. This inn combines the charm of a bed-and-breakfast with the privacy and service of a small hotel. Great convenient location, 2 blocks to the cable cars and a 10 minute walk to Union Square. The only thing that could be improved was the neighborhood which is less charming but quite safe and not too noisy.
A find earning a return visit
We stayed one night in this adorable French Country Inn in the heart of San Francisco. We were warmly and enthusiastically greeted by the bellman/concierge(?) and taken up to our immaculate fireplace room via this incredible caged elevator. This set the tone for a very pleasant stay. Food, wine, amenities were all excellant, as reported. This place should be on everyone's list as a special and reasonable place to stay in the city.
My favorite hotel in San Francisco
The weekend was superb and Petite Auberge was a sweet surprise. Since my weekend stay I've been telling everyone who will listen what a deal this little hotel happens to be. Even today I took a travelling friend by and double-parked on the street while she in to see the place! The rooms have character and ambiance, the meals, coffee and tea were nice and the fireplace is a nice touch. The hotel personnel helped me with every little thing I needed. The price was great. The location was very good for a shopping, gallery weekend, North Beach, Union Square, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and Glide Methodist church. Trust me, I am getting the word out!
My husband and I passed by the Petite Auberge by chance on our way from a hotel that we checked into but didn't like. The Petite was warm and cheery. You're immediately transported to a happy place. The host showed us some rooms and all the common areas and we checked out of the other hotel and into the Petite Auberge. Our room had a fireplace and a very comfortable queen sized bed with a very cute teddy bear waiting for us. The afternoon wine was nice after a day of sightseeing and gave us an opputunity to relax and rest our feet and meet the other couples staying there. The host gave us some great restaurant recommendations in walking distance and provided us with maps and directions.Breakfast is amazing. Imagine having a great cook come into your home and preparing fresh baked breads, quiches, pastries and cobblers. They never rush you so you're able to eat and read the newspaper (left at your door each morning) at your own pace. Or, you can have breakfast brought to your room. All in all, we felt very much at home with the good natured staff and the manager (Carol?) and will return again.
We stayed at this cute little inn for three days. We didn't have a car but it was so close to everything it was great! Only two blocks to the cable cars and so close to Union Square and shopping too. The breakfast was wonderful, I particularly liked the quiche and fresh fruit. And the wine reception was a lovely touch. A great thing to come back to right before dinner time, not to mention the fresh baked cookies! The cozy common area was a nice place to sit by the fire and talk to the other guests or just relax and listen to the French music. The staff was very friendly as well, offering to arrange airport transportation for us as well as dinner reservations and giving us great directions and suggestions whenever we were in need. It really added that personal touch. Our room had a fireplace which was very romantic as was the cute French decor. The room was bright and sunny and surprisingly quiet given that the bulding is on a busy street. All in all I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay in a smaller hotel in the downtown area.
Little bit of heaven
A very quiet oasis in the middle of downtown San Francisco. Like a quaint French countryside inn. The morning breakfast was fantastic and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful.
The Petite Auberge sure feels like a little oasis in the middle of buzzling San Francisco. We felt very much at home and enjoyed the cozy atmosphere the Petite Auberge has to offer. The rooms are small, but then again so are the room rates. We paid $99:-. Breakfast was the best we had during our 3 week vacation in California and the wine reception by the fireplace was very nice. The location was great, only 2½ blocks to Union Square. The staff was friendly, except for the valet attendent who didn´t even attempt to help us with our luggage when we checked out. He waited and watched while we dragged our suitcases down the stairs to our car. Other than that, we had a great time staying at this little French country inn and can definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a small hotel with personality. I however do not recommend it for business travelers, as there is no or little work space in the rooms. But for us tourists, it was perfect.
La Petite Auberge is a treat!
This hotel really is like a little French inn, right down to the music. The staff is super friendly, the buffet breakfast (included) is FABULOUS, and the included daily reception and 24-hour a day homemade cookies and beverages are great touches! Our room was very small, but that wasn't an issue. Street noise was loud, but I figured it was par for the course when staying downtown - an excellent area, by the way, one block below Grace Cathedral. I highly recommend this hotel!
We stayed at this lovely Inn 2 weeks ago for 3 nights. It had a great location - a block and half to the cable car and 2 blocks to Union Square.Service was great - personable and attentive. Breakfast was included and was very nice, and afternoon refreshments were also great.
The room was cozy, clean and comfortable. This was a great bargain for the price. I would stay here or at the neighboring White Swan anytime!
Enjoyed our stay
stayed here 2 nights recently. Booked a standard room, close to shopping and restaurants. The staff was very courteous. The happy hour was interesting; met foks from Atlanta, Seattle, and Paris. Had a great stay, would definitely stay here again!