Located in Hayes Valley a few blocks from the Opera House, the Inn at the Opera (333 Fulton St., 800/325-2708, www.shellhospitality.com, $205) promises to have guests ready for a swanky night of San Francisco culture. In fact, overnight shoeshine and clothes-pressing services count among the inn’s many amenities. French interior styling in the rooms and suites once impressed visiting opera stars and now welcomes guests from all over the world.
Take a step back into an older San Francisco at the Chateau Tivoli (1057 Steiner St., 800/228-1647, www.chateautivoli.com, $150–340). The over-the-top colorful exterior matches perfectly with the American Renaissance interior decor. Each unique room and suite showcases an exquisite style evocative of the Victorian era.
Most rooms have private baths, though the two least expensive share a bath. With a reasonable price tag even on the most opulent suites, this B&B is perfect for families (though there are no TVs in any room) and for longer stays. Try to get a room for a weekend so you can partake of the gourmet champagne brunch.
It might seem strange to stay at an inn called The Parsonage (198 Haight St., 888/763-7722, www.theparsonage.com, $180). But this classy Victorian bed-and-breakfast exemplifies the bygone elegance of the City in one of its most colorful neighborhoods. Rooms are decorated with antiques, and each bathroom has a stunning marble shower. Enjoy pampering, multi-course breakfasts, and brandy and chocolates when you come “home” each night.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition