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Inn on Castro 3.0

San Francisco, California, United States

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Pros

  • Excellent location at the corner of Castro and Market Streets
  • Close to public transportation, restaurants, shops, and nightlife
  • Housed in a vibrant Victorian with a lush garden space
  • Colorfully decorated rooms with flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, irons, and free brandy 
  • Some rooms add microwaves, coffeemakers, and minibars
  • Apartments include full kitchens
  • Well-reviewed breakfast included in the room rate
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Not all rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms
  • Not many on-site features, such as a bar or restaurant
  • No on-site parking

Bottom Line

Located in the city's vibrant Castro neighborhood, this mid-range bed-and-breakfast is housed in a charmingly restored Victorian with views of the Bay and Diamond Heights. The eight guest rooms and three apartments are decorated in a colorful and eclectic style, but not all have en-suite or private bathrooms. Apartments come with full kitchens. Breakfast, which gets enthusiastic reviews from guests, is included in the rate, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Apart from that, there's little in the way of features, but the location does allow for travelers to tap into San Francisco's gay and lesbian community and nightlife. There's also a Zen-style garden in the back with a luscious collection of plants. Another inexpensive option that's full of personality is the Inn at the Presidio, though its location is far more remote.

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Scene

Charming Victorian bed-and-breakfast with a warm and inviting vibe

The Inn on Castro is located on a charming tree-lined street made up of Victorian and Edwardian-style houses painted in pastel colors. The house, built in the 1890s and colorfully restored, has a dark-beige facade and a bright-red door. Interiors are cozy, with modern furniture, plush carpets, and several house plants and bouquets of fresh flowers throughout, leaving guests with the impression that they're staying in a private home. The large oval communal dining table is where breakfast is served each morning, and the cozy living room with Italian module sofas in dark brown and a fireplace is particularly inviting. Other public spaces include a Zen-style garden with lots of lush plants, and an upper-floor balcony offering scenic views over the city. The host is especially friendly and knowledgeable about the neighborhood, which adds to the personal touch here.

Location

Located in the center of San Francisco's Castro District 

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Inn on Castro is located on the corner of Castro and Market Streets at the gateway to the Castro District, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city's gay and lesbian community. During Pink Saturday and the Pride Parade, this is the center of the party. Usually quiet during the day, the neighborhood is home to many creative boutiques, small businesses, cafes, restaurants, bars, and nightspots. It also offers good connections to public transportation within a half a block of the hotel.

  • Two-minute walk to the Castro Theatre
  • Eight-minutes to Corona Heights Park by public transportation
  • 10 minutes to the San Francisco Opera by public transportation
  • 15 minutes to Union Square by public transportation
  • 16 minutes to the Haight-Ashbury district by public transportation
  • 23 minutes to Fillmore District shopping area by public transportation
  • 24 minutes to Chinatown by public transportation
  • 33 minutes to Pier 39 by public transportation
  • 36 minutes to Fisherman’s Wharf by public transportation
  • 37 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge by public transportation
  • 40 minutes to the Marina District by public transportation
  • 41-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport

Rooms

Charming guest rooms decorated in an eclectic style

Each of the eight guest rooms and three apartments at the Inn on Castro has a different layout and vibe, but all are decorated in an eclectic and colorful style, featuring plush carpeting, brightly colored bed linens, and contemporary artwork adorning the walls. While most rooms include en-suite bathrooms fitted with pedestal sinks and showers or shower/tub combos, two rooms have bathrooms in the hallway (one is shared, the other is private). Also, amenities can vary from one to the other. All rooms include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, toiletries and hairdryers in the bathrooms, as well as bathrobes and irons, and bottles of free brandy. Others have extras like towel warmers and magnifying mirrors in the bathrooms, microwaves, coffeemakers, and minibars, while apartments have full kitchens. The Patio Room has its own patio filled with lush potted plants.

Features

Breakfast and Wi-Fi included in the rate -- but few other extras

As a small bed-and-breakfast-style lodging, it's no surprise that breakfast is a standout here. It's served in the dining room around a communal table, and includes a spread of fresh fruit, French toast, pancakes, eggs prepared in different ways, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, and coffee. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, but there's few other features aside from a coffee/tea station in the dining room space. Note that the property does not provide parking.

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Address

321 Castro Street, San Francisco, California 94114, United States

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