The Golden Gate Hotel

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The Golden Gate Hotel
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Golden Gate Hotel

Built in 1913, this humble 25-room Edwardian B&B hotel is a real charmer, complete with a 100-year-old birdcage elevator, freshly baked afternoon cookies and a tabby cat asleep on the lobby's Victorian sofa. This is an old building, and the floors sometimes creak, but the kindly owners scrupulously maintain everything—even the windows are clean. Playing to middle-agers not party kids, rooms are decorated with white wicker, Colonial-American wood furniture, and French-provincial prints. Beds are better than you'd expect at this price point, with both feather and foam pillows. Some rooms have ensuite baths with claw-foot tubs; others have showers or just in-room sinks. Light sleepers: Request a room not facing busy Bush Street.


Venue name: The Golden Gate Hotel
Address: 775 Bush St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Mason and Powell Sts
Transport: cable car Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason / Bus 2, 3, 76X
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