Jan, the host at Inn at Castro, is a man who loves what he does and his warmth and humour will have you immediately feeling at home. He's been running B&Bs for 20 years, so he's quick to offer up a map, reviews of local restaurants and advice on how to get started in the city.
He had wonderful advice on the attractions of the city, including free tours, what shows were in town and transportation discounts, and he's a go-to source for anything you need to know or arrange while you're there.
The Inn itself is immaculate. Rooms are lovely, cleaned daily and thoughtfully stocked. Ours, in a quiet location on the ground level, had an iPod dock radio, a TV with seemingly limitless channels, nice ambient lighting, robes in the closet, toiletries and nice ambient lighting.
I thought it was kind of romantic. There are various types of rooms, over 3 levels. We chose a suite of rooms with no windows to the outside because we wanted quiet, and it was cozy and comfortable to come back to. We had access to a sweet rear courtyard which had lovely sun in the mornings.
As other reviewers have mentioned, breakfast is a real treat, and in addition to a table laden with food, there is a choice of two cooked dishes every morning.
Location-wise, the Castro MUNI subway and the streetcar stop are less than 5 minutes away. One of the compelling reasons to use Castro as a base to explore SF is that nearly every train line runs through the station, making transport quick and convenient. It's also the terminal for the F-line streetcar, which runs up and down Market Street. Inn at Castro lets you take full advantage of this convenience because it's literally a quick walk across the intersection to be home.
Castro is full of cafes, bars and restaurants, so it has attractions of its own for travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Inn with 8 individually appointed bed rooms in an Edwardian Town house. Modernist interior with original Edwardian details. For 37 years. A full breakfast is served round a Saarinen table where you meet fellow travelers from around the world. Located at Castro and Market streets. With public transport connecting you to all the major places in the city. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn On Castro Hotel San Francisco