San Francisco’s San Remo Hotel is perhaps one of the most interesting hotel properties in the city. We are just going to be straight up on its deal-its not a hotel for the faint of heart or for those who need to be pampered, want big rooms and all the amenities that come with those kinds of hotels. However, the hotel has a solid reputation for being clean, efficient with a friendly staff and located in a very quaint, quiet, SAFE and charming neighborhood (North Beach). Now for what makes this hotel so special-it’s a small boutique property that sits on top of an Italian restaurant that has tiny rooms, shared bathroom layout with other guests, no TVs or in room wifi service and definitely no room service. Those travelers who have frequented Europe on a budget, and or, who are fans of Rick Steve’s travel series will know this type of hotel as a “European-style pension”.
Most guests who have stayed at this hotel and are comfortable with this arrangement up front rave about how great, clean and affordable the hotel is and are repeat customers. As the hotel is so small, guests have said that you can often hear conversations of other guests through thin walls. Also as the hotel is above a restaurant it is said that the noise from pots, pans, cooking and cleaning often permeate throughout the property as well. For those on a quest for something different, it adds to the charm, especially being in North Beach. The hotel is also family run and is known in travel circles for providing friendly and knowledgeable service.
Visitors to San Francisco looking to spend most of their time in the North Beach, Chinatown or Fisherman’s Wharf areas of the city will find the San Remo to be a convenient location. The hotel is located in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood and sits a top the Fior D’Italia Italian Restaurant (a San Francisco tradition since 1886 and claiming to be the oldest Italian restaurant in America). The hotel is surrounded by Italian restaurants, quaint apartments and sidewalk cafes. Fisherman’s Wharf is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Columbus Street crosses Mason and leads directly into Chinatown, before ending adjacent to Union Square in San Francisco’s financial district. The walk for the hotel to these areas is about 20 minutes. The San Remo is ideal for those travelers on a budget, who are looking for adventure and who plan on being active on their feet (i.e. don’t mind 10 to 20 minute walks to other San Francisco attractions beyond North Beach).
Smaller boutique hotel on the outer fringes of Fisherman's Wharf. Located above Italian Restaurant past guests have equated the experience of staying here to that of an European budget hotel.