wonderful apartment in North Beach!
Submitted: January 30, 2012
Stayed: October 2011
We travel frequently, and have rented many apartments in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. This place stands out as one of the very best we have rented, and for S.F., at reasonable weekly rental rates. We were here for a week in Oct., 2011, celebrating my (gasp!) 70th birthday.
The apartment is spacious, with a large living room and bedoom, a small dining room and kitchen, and a nice bathroom, with full tub and shower. It is very well decorated, and clean, with original hard-wood floors and nice rugs, etc. The view from the living room and bedroom bay windows is absolutely spectacular, of the Bay and Alcatraz, and of Coit Tower on the right!
It was also well maintained, with all kitchen utensils needed, etc. A nice touch,(one of my pet peeves at some rentals) was that there was an ample supply of diswhasher and laundry soap, extra bar soaps, Kleenex, paper towels, etc., for a one-week stay.
Delightful "extras": a lovely bouquet of lilies on the fireplace mantle; carnations in the bathroom and bedroom; a bowl of chocolates in the living room; and finally, a bottle of champagne and a card for my birthday!
So this is a really great place in a fantastic location, just up the hill from Columbus Ave., the center of North Beach...
Public transportation recommendations: Buy a "Muni Passport" at the Visitor Info. Desk just down from the baggage claim at S.F. Int--good for all buses, trolleys,and cable cars(wonderful, but very expensive by individual ride!) for a week. Cash only.
Convenient buses: 45 (Union St.) goes to Market St. Also, if you don't feel like walking up the three steep blocks to the apartment from Columbus Ave., take either 41 or 45 and get off at Jones, a half-block above the apartment. Both cable car lines stop on Union, one downhill at Taylor, one uphill at Hyde. To go to Ferry building, change at California.
There is a small grocery at Union and Hyde, open early, has newspapers and beer and wine.
Local restaurants: Mario's, Columbus and Union--real S.F.; L'Osterio del Forno, Columbus, between Union and Green; Frascati's, on Hyde, a couple of blocks downhill from the grocery store; The Pizza, Union and Grant--the best; Molanari Deli on Columbus--delicious take-out Italian sandwiches.
Not so local: Boulevard, Mission St. end., one of our favorites in the entire world; Any of the restaurants in the Ferry Bldg.--we especially like to take lunch at the wine store there, with their recommended glasses of wine of the month. Enjoy!
Tourists without a Car,
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