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My choice in SF. Two 1909 Edwardian mansions, connected by decks and gardens. Great restaurants within walking, safe residential, in the Castro, and right on the Trolley line. Minutes to downtown or the Embarcadero. Extremely accommodating staff, with wonderful turn of the century ambiance. Two thumbs up in my book.

 

http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/

 

http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/images/home1.jpg

 

http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/images/lobby.jpg

 

http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/images/garden.jpg

 

http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/images/PGHroom.jpg

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What's the price per night? What's its policies regarding having guests if one desires to have some?

 

This property has been available for years although I'd never used it. I've been visiting San Francisco for some 30+ years. ...stayed with friends when they lived in "The City." Now I have to stay in hotels and have decided when I visit my second favorite city in the world for long term, I'm staying in an apartment which I shall book via http://www.airbnb.com.

 

[i did NOT write the preceding to [b]discount[/b] this post or to deter one from staying at Parker House; ...just thought I'd share my take on this!]

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I have stayed at the Parker Guest House many times, the first time as far back as the 1990s. Always enjoy the stay. It's a very special place.

 

Prices are listed in the link. No problem bringing someone to your room.

 

Axiom, if you are staying in SF for just a few days try the Parker Guest House.

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When gorgeous B&B's like the Parker House aren't available, I usually favor one if the Kimptons ... and there are a few in SF ... depending on how much you want to spend and where you want to stay. They are VERY gay friendly, idiosyncratic (no two are alike), and if you join their "Karma rewards" program (free) you get free internet and $10 credit against the minibar tab no matter what your status in the club. In SF I've stayed at the Palomar, Triton, and Monaco.

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When gorgeous B&B's like the Parker House aren't available, I usually favor one if the Kimptons ... and there are a few in SF ... depending on how much you want to spend and where you want to stay. They are VERY gay friendly, idiosyncratic (no two are alike), and if you join their "Karma rewards" program (free) you get free internet and $10 credit against the minibar tab no matter what your status in the club. In SF I've stayed at the Palomar, Triton, and Monaco.

 

Priceline is king/queen in a large city like SF, just make sure there's no big convention while you're in town or prices would be beyond NYC levels...

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I've seen this one on Henry Street in the Castro. I forgot about it:

 

http://www.24henry.com/.

 

Don't know anything about it. Since I live here, I don't stay in these places.

 

There's also the Willows Inn, http://www.willowssf.com/, also in the Castro. Again don't know anything about it, but I've walked by it and it looks OK.

 

I myself do not care for the intimacy of B&Bs. I much prefer the anonymity of a hotel or motel. So, if it were me, I would find something on Priceline. I find the best prices on Booking.com, and you usually don't have to pay in advance.

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When gorgeous B&B's like the Parker House aren't available, I usually favor one if the Kimptons ... and there are a few in SF ... depending on how much you want to spend and where you want to stay. They are VERY gay friendly, idiosyncratic (no two are alike), and if you join their "Karma rewards" program (free) you get free internet and $10 credit against the minibar tab no matter what your status in the club. In SF I've stayed at the Palomar, Triton, and Monaco.

 

Another vote for the Kimptons. In SF Shadowcatzxxx provides good options. Prices are generally in line and are reasonable. I've stayed at the Palomar and really liked it, but all the Kimptons should be very accommodating. Good luck...

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Looking for a place to stay in SF for one night. Nice but not over the top. Will have a car. Prefer near or in a more residential neighborhood rather than downtown.

 

If you want to stay in a "ghetto", Jakeleyman, defenitely opt for Castro.

 

Or else, you can explore one of the many beautiful areas and residential neighborhoods of San Francisco.

 

Best boutique hotels in San Francisco: http://www.oyster.com/san-francisco/hotels/roundups/best-boutique-hotels-in-san-francisco/

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If you want to stay in a "ghetto", Jakeleyman, defenitely opt for Castro.

 

Or else, you can explore one of the many beautiful areas and residential neighborhoods of San Francisco.

 

Best boutique hotels in San Francisco: http://www.oyster.com/san-francisco/hotels/roundups/best-boutique-hotels-in-san-francisco/

 

 

The Castro isn't the ghetto it once was. It's now full of 20-something techies of indeterminate sexual orientation with piles of disposable income. Some people come to San Francisco seeking the ghetto experience. A gay ghetto seems pretty exotic to people from the heartland who have never seen it.

 

A problem with boutique hotels that causes me to avoid them is that the rooms are often tiny.

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I've always wondered why the castro doesn't have a nice big chain hotel...

 

I think that's because a big chain hotel would not fit the character of the neighborhood. Lakeview (Chicago) and Hillcrest (San Diego) both have vibrant business districts (I'd argue more so than The Castro) but, like The Castro, there is no place to put a big hotel.

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I think that's because a big chain hotel would not fit the character of the neighborhood. Lakeview (Chicago) and Hillcrest (San Diego) both have vibrant business districts (I'd argue more so than The Castro) but, like The Castro, there is no place to put a big hotel.

 

The Castro is better than it used to be. There is an actual organic assortment of small businesses there - drugstores, hardware, florists, law offices, doc's offices, clothing stores, food stores - limited though it may be. In the 70's, Castro, from Market St to 19th and 18th, from Noe to Diamond was pretty much nothing but restaurants (not very good ones), bars and various sex shops. I lived in Denver at the time, and whenever I visited there, as much fun as I had in the Castro, I used to think, "God, if you needed something dry-cleaned or needed to buy a hammer, what would you do?"

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A couple years ago I stayed at what a friend described as the local "no-tell-motel". Can't remember the name but it's on Market just a few blocks east of Castro. It was cheap, the rooms were clean, and didn't feel sleazy. I sprang for the "Fireplace room" (just an electric fireplace) and it was roomy and comfortable.

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