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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
It may sound strange to crave such fashion torture, but the sight of the Queen Anne Hotel’s lavish Victorian parlor had us wanting to don a crinoline. This splurge-worthy three-star hotel may be over the top for some, but if you’re looking for a frilly and luxurious taste of history, it’s just the place for you.
Situated on the edge of posh Pacific Heights, the Queen Anne Hotel resides in a stately landmark building built in 1890 as Miss Mary Lake’s finishing school for girls. Refurbished in 2009, the hotel offers modern comforts but still pays homage to its original purpose. That means you can expect old world charms, from an enormous stained-glass ceiling on one floor to a large wood-paneled elevator furnished with a plush bench.
As expected, the Queen Anne’s 48 spacious, light-filled guestrooms are decked out in Victorian grandeur. That means intricately carved antique furnishings and lots of brocade and lace. Some rooms have a fireplace and some have turret windows that look out onto the quiet street. All are equipped with a telephone, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
The private bathrooms have been remodeled with sparkling marble tiles and some frescoes. Bathtubs are available (ask ahead).
Downstairs, the posh two-room parlour feels like a set from “The Importance of Being Earnest,” replete with glimmering chandeliers, a wood-burning fireplace and a large grand piano. Complimentary coffee and tea are available on an opulent wooden buffet, and guests are invited to enjoy sherry and homemade cookies every afternoon from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in a lavish salon that leads out to a small courtyard. In addition to free Wi-Fi throughout, there is a free Internet station in the lobby. An added hospitable touch: The Queen Anne offers a complimentary morning shuttle service that takes guests downtown on weekdays (ask at the front desk for more information).
One last fun note? The hotel is the first stop on a historic ghost tour of Pacific Heights (those with a sixth sense may want to ask for room 410, which is said to have a friendly spirit presence).
Located on the edge of tony Pacific Heights, the Queen Anne is within a 20-minute walk of Union Square, the boutique-filled Hayes Valley and the hip ‘hood of Cow Hollow. Bus lines are abundant.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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1590 Sutter Street
Pacific Heights & Japantown, San Francisco, United States
About the Queen Anne neighborhood
Populated by exquisite Victorian homes and grand mansions, posh Pacific Heights has a long legacy of extravagance. Fillmore Street is lined with luxury boutiques and plenty of sidewalk cafés. Amid all this glamour is Japantown. Today this workaday enclave stretches only a few blocks around the pagoda in the Japan Center Mall.