Hotel Bohème

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Hotel Bohème
Photograph: Hans Kwiotek
Hotel Bohème

Built after the 1906 earthquake, and transformed into a boutique hotel in 1995, the Hotel Bohčme brims with North Beach history. Hallways are lined with black-and-white photos from the Beat era, and fragments of poetry and sheet music are découpaged onto lampshades. You may even sleep in Allen Ginsberg's room (no.204): In his last years he often sat in his bay window, tapping away on a keyboard. Rooms are small, but smartly decorated in vintage color schemes, and beds have iron frames and gingham bedspreads that match the draperies. Though correct and colorful, this is a simple place—you stay here for the location. The quietest rooms face a light well, but those on Columbus Avenue overlook a colorful street scene including sidewalk cafés. Parking is a nightmare; take taxis or public transit.


Venue name: Hotel Bohème
Address: 444 Columbus Ave
San Francisco

Cross street: between Green and Vallejo Sts
Transport: Bus 8BX, 8X, 10, 12, 30, 39, 41, 45, 91
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