The owners of Spirits Springs directed us to Chateau Tivoli in San Francisco for the second half of our California excursion (and got us a great discount as well). Am I ever so thankful for this recommendation! The Chateau Tivoli is exceedingly exceptional in pretty much all areas, everywhere from the warm, hospitable staff to the incredible water pressure of the showers.
The Chateau Tivoli is a Victorian bed and breakfast located in San Fran.’s Alamo Square District. Built in 1892, the mansion was restored to become one of the most beautiful hotels in San Francisco. It offers 9 rooms, all of which are ornately decorated with numerous antique furnishings and hand-carved ceiling and wall trims along with a variety of beautiful wallpapers.
The rooms are rather spacious, particularly the suite-styled rooms. I was fortunate enough to stay in the Mark Twain suite located on the third floor. The suite featured a rather beautiful canopied king size bed containing a large mirror directly above it. The bed was located in i’s own open bedroom that led out into an even bigger living room type area. In this larger area was another daybed, along with 3 different couches and a table and chairs that faced several windows looking out over the city. The room also had a rather remarkable chess set and table, as well as several Mark Twain books signed by Twain himself.
The Chateau Tivoli served a wonderful continental breakfast on the weekdays that included fruit, smoked salmon with capers, and whole grain bread. On Saturdays and Sundays the Chateau Tivoli serves a champagne brunch. One of the mornings of our stay featured a rich, delicious salmon quiche, along with some cut up fruit. They also offer wine and cheese everyday from 4-6 p.m., and tea and hot cocoa is available whenever desired. Try sipping on some wine while playing a game of chess or nibble on some cheese while trying your hand at one of the two pianos displayed in the common area.
The staff were incredibly convivial and gracious, and were rather knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions about what to see and how to get around the city. They even let us upgrade our room (to the Mark Twain suite) for free since no one was occupying it at the time.
The prices are quite reasonable for a hotel/B&B of this caliber. Some of the rooms are only $100 a night on weekdays. Even the lower priced rooms offered an exceptionally beautiful and historic decor.
Staying at the Chateau Tivoli definitely enhanced our experience in San Francisco. It made it so we could actually experience all of the beautiful and colorful architecture that’s within much of the entire city. Instead of staying in an average, high-rise chain hotel, the Chatea Tivoli allowed us to experience San Francisco’s beauty right within our own bedroom.