The San Remo Hotel
I love the entryway of The San Remo Hotel; it has an inviting, homey charm that tells the world, you will be nice and comfy staying here. The hotel is tucked away in a quiet, little section on Mason Street in one of my favorite neighborhoods, North Beach, just a few blocks from Washington Square Park and within sight of historic, Coit Tower.
The neighborly exterior, of white trimmed windows and brass sconces, opens onto an interior of European charm-meets-San Francisco Victorian. It is quaint but also worldly as the hotel attracts quite the European following! A narrow staircase leads up to the open area of the main lobby floor where a friendly desk-staff greet you. All of the staff is required to speak at least one European language; hence, a multitude of accents sprinkle the hallways, enlivening the place with a certain flair.
The décor creates a relaxing ambiance with its polished brass, floral motifs and flouncing fabrics of the Victorian style, alongside 1960’s San Francisco, music memorabilia. The bathrooms, which can be found down these Alice in Wonderland-type hallways, are European bed and breakfast-style and feature things like vintage bathtubs and light fixtures and a pull-chain for the toilets, a novelty for adults and children alike!
I love that the hotel is so close to everything, including a Fior d’Italia restaurant right next door at street level. It is always a treat for my family and friends when they check-in at the San Remo. I would definitely recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to stay at an out-of-the-way yet convenient place with lots of charm.