What this historic boutique hotel located in the center of North Beach restaurant and cafe activity lacks in space, it makes up for in European charm. Harnessing the bohemian culture that dominated North Beach back when Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg hung his hat at this very hotel, this tiny hotel with rooms up a flight of stairs (no elevator) is painted in colorful [‘]50s colors and adorned with black and white photographs of Beat Generation greats. Accommodations and bathrooms are tiny, and the smell of fresh cannoli wafting up from Stella Pastry & Café downstairs add to the cozy feel. Sit at the cabaret table in your shabby-chic room while you enjoy complimentary sherry (served in the lobby each evening) to experience the hotel as Ginsberg likely did, or meander next door in either direction for a taste of North Beach’s cafe culture.
- Erika Lennert