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
Location; only one block east you can pick up the cable car. 20 minute walk and you are in the mission district.
Good drinking holes and eateries nearby.
The staff were super friendly, gentle and attentive.
The hotel had a certain old-world charm (ie: scissor-gate lift, decor, fireplaces)
We had a room with a fireplace (room 51), good size, well appointed on the front street (quiet), very comfortable bed; spotlessly clean room.
Breakfast is a thoughtful offering though the same on the days we were there. Unless you are on a budget, for more variety or something a bit more interesting/complex go elsewhere; coffee was good and free on tap in the parlour.
It was cold in our room. The fireplace was a critical need; the two small radiators were on full but ineffective. Now, we did visit in February so maybe should expect it to be cooler than average, however I did not expect to have to go to bed in my thermal pajamas! We made it work.
Quick trip to SF for a conference, didn’t want a typical Marriott-like hotel. Booked Petite Auberge at last minute. Quite happy:
Location - great, 15’ walk to convention center (all downhill), nice neighborhood.
Rooms - quite small, but bed was very comfy, gas-lit fireplace was great. No desk, so had to do work on bed. Bathroom a bit small but clean and no problems. Surprisingly, room was very quite at night, even with windows cracked open a bit.
Room had a bit of an odd smell at first (I got used to it) which I attributed simply to “old building smell”. However I smelled it again when I went outside, so must be some SanFran tree/plant that I’m not used to.
Breakfast - free with room, so can’t complain much. Fruit, eggs, oatmeal, Croissants...not great, but definitely good enough.
Overall - quite happy with stay.
Our stay was from 1/3-1/5 and it was amazing. We had some hiccups but it wasn't the fault of the hotel. We booked through Hotel Tonight for a great rate and when we arrived our room wasn't ready. We are very easy going people and it was during their complimentary happy hour so I didn't mind waiting for the room to be taken care of. A gentleman by the name of Nori said that if I wanted we can have a new room with a fireplace the next day. We were very appreciative. We enjoyed the free wine and appetizers and met some amazing people. The next morning was the worst as we found that our car had been towed. We parked across the street and missed the sign that said NO PARKING 7AM-9AM Monday to Friday. The bellman (can't remember his name) kept apololgizing like it was his fault. He was so sweet. He even said if he had known it was our car he would have woken us up. $580 later we had our car back. So when you come PAY ATTENTION THE SIGNS!!!! A few hours later we had our new room with a fireplace and it was amazing. It was everything we could ask for. The lady and Roberto at the front desk were so sweet. We will be coming back here for sure. Make sure you try the pizza place next door!
Petite Auberge was a very charming hotel - they provided breakfast, put out cookies everyday in the lobby, and hosted a wine and hor d’ouerves hour in the afternoon. The room was small but clean, and was exactly what we needed for our 4 day stay in San Francisco. The room also had a fireplace, which was a nice addition. The location was a big plus: a short walk from union square and market street, and walking distance to most places you would want to see. Recommend for couples looking for a nice place to stay in a great location.
Very spacious. Comfortable bed. Warm and relaxing room. Superb breakfast. Close enough to everything -we walked to the pier. Safe and secure. Will recommend to all my friends planning a visit to San Francisco
Thank you to all the staff