What We Love
- Free perks include daily buffet breakfast, afternoon cookies and wine hour, WiFi, bottled water, newspapers and more
- Top location in the heart of tony Nob Hill, close to Chinatown and Union Square
- All guestrooms have a French country cottage look, with mod cons like flat-screen TVs and posh bathroom amenities
- Guests have use of the inn’s furnished patio, cozy parlor and lending library
What To Know
- No smoking anywhere on the property
- Not all rooms are air conditioned
- No gym but discounted day passes to a local fitness center are available from the front desk
- Valet parking is available from $39 + tax per night
- Some road noise in rooms facing the street
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A treat for Francophiles in the heart of San Francisco, the Petite Auberge has a loyal following of repeat guests who love the inn’s in-the-know staff, big bedrooms with gas fireplaces, cozy lounge and parlor, and free daily breakfast and wine hour. Guestrooms are large by city standards, done up in floral wallpaper, patterned textiles and ornate wood furniture. All have comfy armchairs, flat-screen TVs and ensuite bathrooms with over-tub showers and posh toiletries. Most queen and king rooms have easy-to-use gas fireplaces. A homemade breakfast spread is served in the parlor every morning, and guests are invited to join the inn’s early-evening wine hour. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day, and freshly-made cookies are served in the afternoon. There’s no restaurant, but the helpful staff is on hand for local recommendations and reservations. Fitness fiends can purchase discounted passes to a nearby gym, or, for a more relaxing afternoon at leisure, there are books and board games on loan in the parlor.
In the Area
Step outside the hotel and the cable cars are trundling by, ready to take guests down to Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out the Ferry Building Marketplace for a taste of San Francisco’s best food, all in one spot. Catch a classic movie at the Art Deco legend Castro Theatre, the anchor of the Castro neighborhood. Stroll around Golden Gate Park and check out the latest exhibits at the fabulously modern de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences. The narrow streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the largest outside Asia and oldest in North America, are packed with restaurants and shops selling everything from silks to unusual herbs. Union Square is the die-hard shopping area of San Francisco. You’ll find everything here: Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Hermes, Gump’s, and Chanel, to name just a few.
How to Get There
SF is extremely expensive but this place was great value in comparison to everything else in the area. It's right near Union Square, making it very central to get around.
The rooms are small but perfectly functional. Just not big enough to have 2 suitcases open at the same time.
Breakfast was slightly different everyday which was nice, and you can also have it at their sister hotel 2 doors down if you want a bit of variety.
They also do a fantastic wine and snacks hour in the afternoon which was a great way to rest after a long day out and a good way to meet some of the other guests at the hotel.
Only slight concern was that there was no air-conditioning, so we had to sleep with the windows open which made it quite noisy. That said, that is common of lots of hotels in SF in the area.
Would definitely stay here for my next visit.
This hotel is so cool. The rooms are so lovely with a gas fire place and a bathtub. Breakfast every morning was delicious and beautifully served. Coffee, soda, waters and cookies throughout the day. It is in the heart of the City - you can walk to the shopping area, Chinatown, grab a cable car, bus or taxi and go all over. It wasn't fancy and it wasn't expensive, but it was just what we wanted. And next door is Del Popolo which served the best pizza ever.
Stayed here with my mum and this welcoming little inn charmed our socks off. My mum lived in England for awhile and she loved the European feel of this place. Our room had a fireplace- also a plus! Continental breakfast was more robust than others I've had, with pastries, fruit, hot cheesey eggs, oatmeal, granola and more. Evening wine social was fun too. Hotel staff Leon is super friendly and cheerful-- always had a smile ready for us. And the location worked great for us. Easy walk to Chinatown, waterfront, Little Italy, etc. All in all a great find-- I'd definitely return!
As others mentioned I do wish that staffing wasn’t an afterthought at this property. Seems to rely on one hard working staff member mentioned in all reviews
There is a lot of potential unfortunately it isn’t realized
We stayed here the last week of April. Room we got was "cozy queen". Small cozy queen would have been a more accurate description. Room we got was on the 5th floor. Room had two large windows that faced the building next door 8 feet away across a small alley. Had to keep the night shades drawn at all times for any privacy. Room had a defective base board heater that would not turn off. If the windows were closed the room was uncomfortably hot. With windows open street noise was a problem especially when trying to sleep. I reported defective heater to management, who were apparently aware of problem as one of the windows had a large portable fan in front of it. They could not move us to another room. The room was nicely decorated and clean. The breakfast area in the basement was quaint and the free continental breakfast was good. There was also a cozy sitting area in the basement with a fireplace. The location of the hotel was about 5 blocks from Union Square. However two of those blocks were a very steep hill and not an easy climb. We had a 6:30 AM shuttle pick up on the morning we left. That morning the elevator was not working and we had to negotiate three flights of a tight and winding staircase to get our luggage to the lobby. I erred when making booking and could have booked the Hyatt Regent right on Union Square for the same room rate. Would not stay here again.