A treat for Francophiles in the heart of San Francisco, the Petite Auberge has a loyal following of repeat guests who love the inn’s in-the-know staff, big bedrooms with gas fireplaces, cozy lounge and parlor, and free daily breakfast and wine hour. Guestrooms are large by city standards, done up in floral wallpaper, patterned textiles and ornate wood furniture. All have comfy armchairs, flat-screen TVs and ensuite bathrooms with over-tub showers and posh toiletries. Most queen and king rooms have easy-to-use gas fireplaces. A homemade breakfast spread is served in the parlor every morning, and guests are invited to join the inn’s early-evening wine hour. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day, and freshly-made cookies are served in the afternoon. There’s no restaurant, but the helpful staff is on hand for local recommendations and reservations. Fitness fiends can purchase discounted passes to a nearby gym, or, for a more relaxing afternoon at leisure, there are books and board games on loan in the parlor.
In the Area
Step outside the hotel and the cable cars are trundling by, ready to take guests down to Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out the Ferry Building Marketplace
for a taste of San Francisco’s best food, all in one spot. Catch a classic movie at the Art Deco legend Castro Theatre
, the anchor of the Castro neighborhood. Stroll around Golden Gate Park
and check out the latest exhibits at the fabulously modern de Young Museum
and California Academy of Sciences
. The narrow streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown
, the largest outside Asia and oldest in North America, are packed with restaurants and shops selling everything from silks to unusual herbs. Union Square
is the die-hard shopping area of San Francisco. You’ll find everything here: Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Hermes, Gump’s, and Chanel, to name just a few.