Allen Ginsberg used to stay here and could be seen typing beside the window of what is now known as the Allen Ginsberg room. This quirky three-star hotel with a bohemian vibe is housed in a historic 1880s building that was completely renovated 20 years ago to reflect the style and flavour of the Beat era, resulting in a charming, intimate 15-room hotel. It has no elevator, no parking, no gym and apart from free wi-fi no particular business facilities other than a desk in some rooms. However, the delightful staff more than make up for that – they are just one reason why the hotel hosts so many regulars. On a recent visit, the manager was welcoming a couple from England who had come to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. It’s that kind of place. It’s a great spot to head off wandering and eating and seeing most of the city’s best sights. The rooms on Columbus Avenue are the nicest but can get noisy on Friday and Saturday nights.
This Italian neighborhood has a relaxed charm you don’t get in Union Square. North Beach is great for wandering and eating, adjacent to Chinatown, close to Coit Tower and City Lights Bookstore as well as easy walking distance to most of the city’s best sights.
444 Columbus Avenue, North Beach
+1 415 433 9111