Chateau Tivoli

1057 Steiner Street , San Francisco, CA 94115 USA (Show map)


The Chateau Tivoli Bed and Breakfast is a magnificently preserved part of San Francisco's rich history. Built in 1892 it has been home to many eclectic and illustrious personalities from the city's archives. Past inhabitants include Ernestine Kreling, the owner of the storied Tivoli Opera House and Bob Kaufman, the poet who inspired the term 'Beatnik'. The house at 1057 Steiner Street was restored to it's original Victorian splendor by Rodney Karr in the 1980s. The Shohet family has locally owned and operated the now Bed and Breakfast since 1997 and continues to keep its doors open so that others may share the Tivoli's dynamic history and charm.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.1

Great location, charming accommodations

3.6 on March 06, 2018

Chateau Tivoli is well located and offers guests an authentic stay in a Victorian B&B. All staff were friendly and took our bags well before check-in and placed them in the room for us before check-in. Walking distance to many restaurants, bars and sights.

at home in San Fran

5 on March 01, 2018

very pleased to discover our new home away from home in San Francisco


5 on February 26, 2018

Historical painted lady in excellent shape. Manager and others working there were extremely helpful with suggestions, accommodating when we needed to leave our bags until a red eye out of SF, or requested extra towels, delicious breakfasts on the weekend, and lovely wine and cheese in the afternoon. Loved playing chess in the parlor with a glass of wine feeling as if we were in our own home. Quiet neighborhood so easy to sleep.

absolutely lovely and unique!

5 on February 14, 2018

We had two rooms, both of which were lovely and unique. The staff, breakfast and location were great!

Four nights in SF

4.2 on February 08, 2018

My girlfriend and I stayed here because it is close to my daughter’s apartment. But it is also a place/location I would seek out otherwise. The suite was a trip; breakfasts are good; logistics are simple; the staff is friendly; and you feel like you are part of a beautiful and peaceful neighborhood.

Charming stay with daughters

4.6 on January 09, 2018

My daughters loved saying in one of the historic painted ladies building in San Francisco. We were in town for just a night, it was a charming experience. We also enjoyed a great breakfast. Thank you David. We'll definitely stay there again when we have the chance.

Steeped in History

3.8 on January 03, 2018

I was delightfully surprised to learn that not only had Chateau Tivoli once been a Yiddish Cultural centre, Yehudi Menuhin had once lived right next door. We were a family of four, and stayed in one of the basement suites, which were very elegant except for the cave-like plaster work on the ceiling in two of the rooms. The continental breakfast was good, but could have been very simply improved upon by adding a nut butter option or a vegan yogurt for the vegans in our family. We were sad to have missed the champagne breakfast on our last morning, but we had an early flight to catch. We love walking, so from Tivoli we were able to walk to the Castro district, the Italian neighbourhood and to the financial district to take in the sites on our itinerary. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

A Great Stay

5 on December 28, 2017

We stayed at Chateau Tivoli for my birthday weekend in San Fransisco. We rented the Mark Twain sweet, the decor and ambiance was perfect and David took great care of us. Can't wait to return soon!

Great SF Victorian Experience

4.4 on December 17, 2017

Everything about Chateau Tivoli is wonderful ... the property has been faithfully restored, it’s in a terrific neighborhood, and the furnishings are comfortable. Thankfully, the bathrooms have been updated to modern standards! They could pay a bit more attention to breakfast ... better variety of fresh fruits would be nice, and the hours could be expanded (at a minimum coffee/tea service) to start at 7:00a.

Connect with the San Francisco of old . . .

4.6 on November 03, 2017

Staying at Chateau Tivoli gives you some sense of what San Francisco was like in Mark Twain's day. Designed by an English architect and built by a lumber baron in 1892, the house still gives off the air of wealth and privilege. The rooms are all different, and checking out the pictures on the website before booking is a good idea. If you're a devotee of bed and breakfasts, this is one to try. If you want to experience the San Francisco, this could be the place for you. And the staff is great.

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Rooms & Rates

Lola Montez Economy Suite

A basement-level economy suite offering two bedrooms, each with a full-size bed. Located inside the main bedroom, a private bathroom features a shower over a claw-foot tub, while a separate sidewalk entrance and small dining area make this an ideal choice for families with smaller children.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Lillie Langtry Economy Suite

A basement-level economy suite offering a two full-size beds, a private bath with shower, and a private sidewalk entrance. Exposed brick walls and a grotto-like ceiling in the suite's hallway create a cozy, eclectic feeling.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Mark Twain Suite

The grand, third-floor Mark Twain Suite offers a king-size, mirrored canopy bed and a private bathroom with shower. The bedroom opens into a spacious private parlor with casual seating and a turret dining area, allowing extra play and sleeping room for families with children.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Enrico Caruso Room

An elegant second-floor room offering a full-size bed and a private en suite bathroom with a marble double shower. The room is gracefully decorated with American Renaissance furnishings and neoclassical wallpaper by Bradbury & Bradbury.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Joaquin Miller Room

A comfortable third-floor room featuring a full-size bed and three elegant bowed windows. The hallway bathroom is shared with the Jack London room, and offers a bathtub only. The Miller Room can join the Jack London Room to form a two-bedroom suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Jack London Room

A charming third-floor room offering a full-size bed and a sunny turret sitting area. The hallway bathroom is shared with the Joaquin Miller Room and features a bathtub only. The London Room can join the Joaquin Miller Room to form a two-bedroom suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Isadora Duncan Room

An attractive second-floor room featuring a full-size bed and a private bathroom located in the hallway, with a shower over a claw-foot tub. The room includes an original decorative fireplace and American Renaissance furnishings, plus a Bradbury & Bradbury-wallpapered ceiling to lend Victorian character.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Aimee Crocker Room

An appealing second-floor room offering a queen-size, four-poster bed and a private en suite bathroom with a shower. The room's turret seating area captures afternoon sunshine, while a tall ceiling features garden-motif wallpaper by Bradbury & Bradbury.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Luisa Tetrazzini Suite

The jewel-toned Luisa Tetrazzini Suite offers a queen-size, carved oak canopy bed and a private bathroom with a marble double shower. Featuring a spacious private parlor, an original decorative fireplace, an original stained-glass window, and wallpaper by Bradbury & Bradbury, the Tetrazzini Suite provides a plush setting for honeymoons, anniversaries, or an extra "something special."

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Alamo Square


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 14 miles

Directions to property:

From the Bay Bridge (East): Follow signs for 101 South. Take the 9th Street Exit. Turn right onto 9th street. Stay in one of the 2 left lanes, and turn left onto Hayes Street; follow Hayes to Steiner Street (about ten blocks). Turn right onto Steiner Street. Drive 3 blocks to the Chateau Tivoli. We are on the left hand corner just before Golden Gate Avenue. From Golden Gate Bridge (North): Follow signs for Lombard St. Turn right onto Steiner and drive about 1.5 miles to Golden Gate Ave.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Alamo Square's "Postcard Row" the Painted Ladies, Fishermen's Wharf: 2 miles away., Fillmore Shopping area: 10 min walk, Union Square: 1.5 miles away., Kabuki Hotsprings: 5 min walk., The Fillmore Live Music club: 5 min walk, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Rollaway bed, Portacrib, No Televisions on site

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3pm.
  • Check Out:: 12 Noon.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Only Service animals (ie: seeing eye dogs)
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made within 14 days of arrival will be charged the amount of first night. Early departure without 14 days notice will be charged for the first night of departure. No-shows will be charged for the first night's stay. On Holiday weekends, cancellations must be made 14 days prior to arrival. Rates are based on double occupancy. Extra guests can be accommodated for an additional $30.00/person/night. A 15 % tax is added to the cost.
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Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8am-10am; Sat-Sun 9am/10am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options


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