Loved the location!
At the end of our stay, our party of 5 agreed that we would gladly pick this North Beach Location again. We loved the area and the ability to walk to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. We also took the muni bus whenever we wanted. It was such a treat to walk in the evening along Columbus St, Union St and areas surrounding Washington Park. The sidewalk cafes and restaurants were overflowing with laughter and people really enjoying themselves. It was such a vibrant neighborhood.
The pictures of the unit were very accurate. My husband and I chose to sleep on the futon in the living room. This way we could get up early, have coffee and not disturb the sleeping beauties. There is no A/C, but we didn't need it. The evenings were cool and we opened the windows each night to let the breezes blow in. The windows appeared to be new, and were very easy to open and close. One of the bedrooms had a small oscillating fan that we used too.
Of our week stay, we cooked breakfast four mornings and ate dinner at night three to four times.. The pots were of a very nice quality. The only thing I would suggest bringing is some ziplock storage type bags or plastic containers. While paper towels were provided, there were no storage containers or aluminum foil to store leftovers in. Other items provided were trash bags, dish washing soap, hand soap, some cooking seasonings/oils. In hindsight, I should've purchased some disposable cups instead of hand washing the two glasses over and over. I should've also purchased some paper plates for ease. We stopped at the Safeway (ask for a complimentary discount store card) in Northpoint Shopping Center. Have the address handy if you go here, as it is "hidden" inside a small hopping mall. The Walgreens is streetfront, but the grocery store is inside - kind of like a mini-mall.
Tony's Pizza was a hopping place (closed on Mon & Tues), but we also ate at North Beach Pizza, where we could buy pizza by the slice. It wasn't nearly as crowded, and the kids liked it just as well. I guess it depends on your acquired pizza taste! We also went to Hollywood Cafe for breakfast one morning. This was really good and a treat for us. We decided it wasn't necessary to wait in line at Mama's when we could have Hollywood Cafe!
The booking process was very easy and my damage deposit was refunded to me one day after our return home. I have booked through VRBO before, and like the security I felt booking through HomeAway.
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