The Archbishop's Mansion
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Amazing, Fabulous, Spectacular!
For our 1st Anniversary, my husband found the hotel and it was a surprise to me until we got there. I honestly do not think I have enough room here to list how positive our experience was. Heather (unsure of last name), by far, gave us the most superior service we've ever encountered. Arranged a private tour guide, arranged Alcatraz tickets, arranged taxis, brought ice, then brought glasses on a separate trip since they had been overlooked by the cleaning crew. At the same time, she inquired about our dinner plans and I told her we were ordering in. She gave us high praise for the restaurant that was coming and then asked if we would need dishes and silverware. Of course we would - but we hadn't thought of it! As our dinner was brought to us, Heather was right behind with plates, silverware, napkins, steak knives....everything we would need. She also suggested several areas for furniture shopping (one of our main purposes for visiting), lingerie, and numerous restaurants (The Italian Oven, a few blocks away, was wonderful). They have a wine and cheese 'party' everynight from 6 -7 which was wonderful. I could really go on and on. We stayed in the Gypsy Baron room and loved every minute it.
This place was awesome. We stayed at the Radisson the night before and it didn't even compare. I don't think I could think of anything bad to say about this place if I tried. The staff was friendly, helpful, and went beyond my expectations when I couldn't find a parking place... with a "just leave it in the our loading zone, we'll move it when one opens." Which they did shortly after. We didn't get the most expensive room; we stayed in the Romeo and Juliet room. It was spacious and elegant.
As to the earlier review of the neighborhood, the people that live in the neighborhood looked a bit "dicey" but we decided to walk everywhere one day and we passed groups of people who looked intimidating but they didn't really didn't even notice us, they just kept talking and walked on by.
There is some awesome, small, family run restaurants within walking distance. We tried a couple of the restaurants near the restaurant Absinth, they were a better deal, and better quality food than we found elsewhere in the city.
Our 15th wedding anniversary was divine...
My husband & I stayed here for our 15th wedding anniversary and had a divine time! We lived in San Francisco several years ago and it was like being home all over again. The staff were both professional and inviting. They cheerfully catered to our every need which included a tailored breakfast delivery to our room and LATE night ice needs. They even went so far as to create "tour sheets" for us based upon our interests. The location was a perfect bus/cab ride away from shopping and theatres. The rooms were incredibly romantic, filled with antiques and just the right accesories. We stayed in La Travita and Carmen. Our favorite room was Carmen, the elaborate claw foot tub resting in front of the fireplace was heavenly. We can not wait to return!
Archbishop's Mansion gets A+ for character, atmosphere and service
Seeking a getaway without actually leaving town, I recently stayed at the historic Archbishop's Mansion on Alamo Square in San Francisco. Having traveled a fair amount in the U.S. and abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the most satisfying lodging experiences anywere right here in SF. The high-ceilinged, antique-packed rooms ( each named after a famous opera) were simply exquisite -- be sure to ask for a tour during your stay. And the Mansion's common areas are a veritable museum of 20th Century Americana -- from a chandelier featured in Gone With the Wind to a working player piano that once belonged to Noel Coward. Proprieter John Spear and his staff provided first-class service and made us feel at home from the moment we walked through the front door. They also had plenty of interesting stories to share from the Mansion's rich history. If you're looking for an alternative to the sterile chain hotels that dominate Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf, treat yourself to a stay at the Archbishop's Mansion. If my experience is any indication, you'll be very glad you did.
Loved the convienance of location to everything that we did
From the moment that we rang the front door bell until the moment that we left, this place took great care of us. Heather Griggs the Hostess took excellent care of checking us in. She also has good knowledge of the area and helped us to find an awsome Thai food restaurant our first night. This is just one example of many about the type of care that these people put in to taking care of you and your stay. The building and rooms are awsome as well.
Beautiful, romantic and a great value in a cool City
After reading these reviews of The Archbishops Mansion I booked four nights there. What a terrific find! It is historical and beautiful in a 'real' way; just what one hopes for in San Francisco. The staff was so pleasant and helpful. We loved having breakfast in our room, sitting at the window looking out at the park. We had a car but actually took cabs everywhere so we didn't have to fuss with parking and parking lot charges. The staff called them and they came promptly right to the door. Great restaurant recommendations every night and when we told the host who recommended them we were made to feel very special. We had the best trip ever in this wonderful city.
The Best Romantic Geyaway
This is the most breathtaking romantic getaway ever. With the antiques to breakfast served to the room this place is grand. For those who love to get away from the conventional hotel this is the place for you. It is enchanting, vivid, and the most romantic setting for a couple celebrating anniversaries and having your wedding held at the mansion.
The staff here bends over backwards to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. Because of a slight glitch with an Internet-booked reservation I was immediately offered an upgrade, and a complimentary bottle of chilled house-branded Chardonnay arrived in my room before I did! And the room, La Tosca, was filled with lovely antiques. The wine and cheese reception in the parlor was a great way for a single treveler like to to chat with mostly couples from all over the world. I will definitely be back!
Nice B&B, not so nice neighborhood
The Archbishop's mansion is okay as far as b&b's go. The rooms were clean, they served a nice continental breakfast directly to your room up until 10:00, and provided nice amenities such as robes, Aveda shampoo, conditioner and lotion, that most b&b's do not. The free wine and cheese served in the evening is a nice touch too! In addition, the area was very quiet - no trains, cable cars or party noise to keep you up at night. In addition, the hotel provides free parking for about 10 cars. (there are 15 rooms..) However, the hotel itsself is located in a pretty rough neighborhood. The block that the hotel is on is fine, and Alamo Square is directly across the street. However, walk 2 blocks in either direction around the hotel, and you are pretty much in a subsidized housing neighborhood with some interesting looking characters lurking around. A cab ride to/from Fisherman's wharf was over $10, and you had to walk about 5 blocks to catch a cab because they really didn't go by the hotel. Attempts to catch a bus were futile. I would stay at this hotel again if it were in a different neighborhood. If the proximity to SF's sites doesn't bother you, and you plan to drive and park everywhere, stay here. If you plan to be at Fisherman's wharf or Union Square a lot, I would stay somewhere else.
Historic and luxurious
Recently I was in San Francisco on business and a friend who lives there suggested I stay at the Archbishop's Mansion. As a frequent business traveler, I get tired of big sterile hotels. The Archbishop's Mansion is full of charm and antiques. Each room is done as a different opera theme - I was able to peak in several rooms and all were beautiful. There are so many antiques including a mirrow that was in Lincoln's bedroom. The mansion is located on Alamo Square Park which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful Victorians in San Francisco.
It is a quiet residential area but not too far from downtown or great places to eat.
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