Located in the center of North Beach restaurant and cafe activity, this historic boutique hotel harnesses the bohemian culture that dominated North Beach back when Beat poet Allen Ginsberg hung his hat at this very hotel. This sweet spot 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, but what the rooms lack in space, they make up for in European charm, and the smell of fresh cannoli wafting up from Stella Pastry & Café downstairs adds 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.
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The Hotel Bohème
444 Columbus Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf Transportation Bus: 12, 30, 41, or 45. Cable car: Powell–Mason line Phone 415/433-9111 Prices $199–$295 double. Rates include afternoon sherry. Parking at nearby garages $30–$35. Amenities Concierge; free Wi-Fi. Units 15 units Web site The Hotel Bohème