Fortunately, we now have those photos back, and so we're doing a couple of extra posts right now that we wanted to have a record of on the blog. And, we had promised to tell you about where we stayed and why, and so this post is to tell you about the historic San Remo Hotel.
One thing we learned very quickly when we did our research is that San Francisco is an expensive city. The average daily rate for a hotel stay is $246 USD. But if you want to stay in the city itself, your cheap options are extremely limited. In fact, almost non-existent.
When we came across the San Remo Hotel, we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for!
Ruth, at the entrance to the San Remo Hotel.
The hotel was one of the first buildings built after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, but it wasn't until 1922 that it was named The San Remo, as it has been since then.
To us, one of the best things about the hotel (besides the staff!) is that it has retained character. This isn't your typical hotel where every room looks exactly the same as the last hotel you stayed at. This hotel has charm, and the rooms remain very much the same as they would have been a hundred years ago. Although the hotel has 64 rooms on two floors...it doesn't feel like it. In fact, we think it feels more like a family "inn" than a hotel.
Our room, we lucked out with a bright corner unit.
And our own in room sink. Washrooms and showers are down the hall.
More like staying in someone's house.
There are no noisy distractions. No televisions, telephones, or air conditioners. A ceiling fan is all that's necessary. Besides, if you're in San Francisco, you're going to want to be out exploring, not holed up in your hotel watching television!
We loved the design of the showers and washrooms, all of which were kept spotlessly clean. And with ample supplies of big soft white towels! The washrooms are for the use of all guests, however they are private. You get your own closed door toilet, and your own closed door shower. While we were there, we never had to wait to use any of the facilities.
The washroom facilities.
Old style toilets, with upper tank and pull chain!
Not everything is kept historic...you will find some modern amenities, such as wifi internet, and a modern laundry room.
The laundry room!
Of course with all of this, the location must be terrible, right?
The San Remo is located just 5 minutes from the Fisherman's Wharf area and you can hop one of San Francisco's famous trolley cars only a block away!
The famous Fisherman's Wharf.
And of course, the Golden Gate Bridge!
You can't visit San Francisco without taking a trolley car.
We totally enjoyed our stay at the San Remo. Can't find anything bad to say about it. The staff were excellent. General Manager Kenley, or Assistant Manager Brian were always available for any question about the hotel, or if you simply wanted some tourist info.
We don't hesitate to give our complete recommendation if you're looking for somewhere reasonable to stay in San Francisco. Note..you can still shop for prices! The hotel's website prices are typically between $99 and $139 per night, however we found slightly better pricing at both hotels.com and booking.com, and even came across a coupon code useable at booking.com.
San Francisco's historic San Remo Hotel.