Top Travel Tip: The Chateau Tivoli, San Francisco

Today’s Tip: The Chateau Tivoli

I grew up near San Francisco, and the city remains one of my favorite places in the world.

Its always odd going back where you came from and staying in a hotel, but The Chateau Tivoli, next to Alamo Square Park in the middle of the city, is so comfortable and so beautiful, it is an absolute pleasure.

The boutique bed and breakfast is housed in a gorgeous, refurbished Victorian mansion that takes up nearly a city block.  One of San Francisco’s most beautiful remaining “painted ladies”, Chateau Tivoli has has a varied past.  At one time it housed visiting opera singers, and then was a home for single women and then functioned as a refuge for Jewish inteligencia who fled Russia in 1917, before its current iteration.

Built in 1892 as a private home, the hotel has 9 rooms each beautifully decorated in keeping with the original time period of the building.

The building has been painstakingly refurbished, and the result is lavish interiors, with stunning period detail. There are a couple of common lounge areas open to guests with gorgeous antiques covering every square inch of the place.

The chateau holds a complimentary wine and cheese hour each evening at 6pm and also serves a decadent champagne brunch on weekend mornings (all included in the reasonable rates).

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