This place was so charming! Our huge party loved it. We had 3 rooms for 3 nights & the location couldn't have been better! The staff was very friendly & the place was spotless. There was never an issue with acess to the bathroom & every detail was attended to...warm towels, delicious liquid soaps in the showers, & relaxing aroma therapy throughout the hotel. Highly recommend!
I cannot for the life of me understand how this place is rated so high. The San Remo is NOT a hotel, it is a private-room hostel. If it advertised itself as a such, it might deserve a better rating, but since it's advertising itself as a 2-star hotel, then it deserves a 1-star rating, at best.
There are a lot of positives about the San Remo, but you have to understand what you're getting when you book there. If you're expecting something like a Motel-6 (which is a 1-star hotel), you're going to be shockingly disappointed.
The best way to describe the San Remo is like renting a room in a house b/c a bedroom is the only private space you will have. "What about the bathrooms?" you ask... Well, THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS. Now you might be thinking that I mis-typed that & assume I meant that there were no private bathrooms & that there were only community bathrooms. Well, you'd be wrong. I literally meant that there are no bathrooms. The sinks are at 1 end of the public hallway. So you wake up in the morning, walk out of your bedroom, & see people brushing their teeth & shaving in the hallway. Toilets & showers? In this hallway next to the sink there is an alcove w/ 4 doors. Behind each of these doors is small room, a little bigger than an outhouse, w/ 2 of the rooms containing toilets, & 2 of the rooms containing showers. Now the showers have a shower curtain so that you can hang a towel & clothes so you don't have to walk out into the hallway totally naked, but the space is so small that it's like changing inside a phone booth (for those of you old enough to remember what those are...), a wet phone booth at that.
Maybe guests will accept these types of accommodations given the price, but they have to be open about these accommodations so that guests can make an informed decision. The San Remo clearly is not open about the amenities; there is nothing about them on its website & it calls itself a hotel, which it is not. Calling itself a hotel (particularly in the US) comes with it some expectations, incl. a private bathroom. For this reason, I was horribly disappointed when I stayed at the San Remo & will never be going back.
Great place to stay in San Francisco. Historic building used to house Navy sailors back in the day. When the front desk initially told us the bathrooms were shared in a more central location I was a bit weirded out, but I can assure you it's not weird at all. The rooms have a sink and mirror in them so you can use that, but showers and toilets are in the hall. Old style toilet with the tank above you and chain flush handle. Rooms are rustic and unique. This is not your Marriott, so if you're looking for a cookie cutter hotel, keep searching, but if you want a unique experience, then this is the place for you. It will not disappoint. Should be a 4 or 5 star hotel. Prices are very reasonable and staff was more than kind.
Lovely place. Don't get scared away by your first sight of shared bathrooms and small rooms.
It is true, you have to share the showers with the rest of your floor. And yes, the rooms are small. But it's part of the charm of a building that's over a hundred years old.
You will end up hanging out in the hallway areas with other guests and start chatting up and meet new people with interesting stories.
It was a completely new experience to me, but if I ever visit San Francisco again. I'm staying at the San Remo without a doubt.
It is hard to overstate how much we love the San Remo. Cozy, welcoming, in a great location, rich in history, and very affordable. Of course, it is a certain kind of place, with tiny rooms, narrow hallways (though airy and well-lit), shared bathrooms and showers down the hall (but I rush to assure you that the shared spaces are still entirely private). If you can't tolerate any of those qualities, then this might not be the place for you. But for us, it hits exactly the right balance of cost, location, amenities, and charm.