San Francisco

We stayed here for two weeks in November 2011, a family of four with two boys aged 10 and 8. The flat was perfect for us, with everything we could want (including great wifi).

The kitchen was very well equipped so we could cook every night, and the bathrooms were luxurious, with a great shower. The beds were comfortable and there was even a laptop supplied. The living space was not that large (as there was a separate study) so if you wanted to spend the evening in with more than four people it would be a bit tricky, but there is lots to do in SF in the evenings!

The neighbourhood has a great selection of restaurants and cafes, with excellent coffee at Cafe Abir two blocks away, and some of San Francisco’s best pizza at Little Star Pizza one block away on Divisadero St. The Alamo Square park, which has a nice little children’s playground, and classic San Francisco views of the famous painted ladies houses is just a block away. There are also three supermarkets within 1km walking distance – one of them is also on the number 5 bus, if your shopping is too heavy.

The buses go straight downtown from about 30 metres away on the same block, but San Francisco buses aren’t that fast. If you want to stay right in the centre of things (Fisherman’s wharf or downtown or near the Marina) this place isn’t for you, as you will probably be spending around half an hour on public transport getting there (20 minutes to Union Square Park, 45 minutes to the Alcatraz ferry). The buses are very efficient, though, and you can get practically anywhere without having to walk far at all.

Check in and check out were very efficient, and Peggy let us have the apartment very early on our first day.

Overall, a lovely stay in a beautiful city.

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