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.
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.
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!
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 pre-dot.com San Francisco, this could be the place for you. And the staff is great.
4.4 on March 20, 2012
Staff was very friendly and gave us suggestions on nearby attractions. Breakfast was simple but perfect for a couple ready to start the day early. Afternoon/Evening tea was great. The atmosphere is beautiful. We were totally satisfied. (Stayed 3 nights, Oct 2011)
5 on August 27, 2011
As I travelled alone I was mainly inerested in a friendly and safe accomodation and away of the crowded and touristic spots of Fishermens Wharf, Downtown and Chinatown. My stay at the Chateau Tivoli in the Joaquin Miller room was asbolutely perfect. Nice, bright spacious room, quite and cozy with morning sun. Breakfast was delicious. I went running every second day in Golden Gate Park and could prepare my breakfast before the run, stored it in the fridge and enjoyed it later outside of breakfast hours. Perfect for me! Besides the Miller room I stayed in the Isadora Duncan and Tetrazzini Suite, due to my spontaneous extension of my stay of two more nights. Both rooms have been highlights of my stay! The staff is tremdously friendly. I will come back again, and again, and again!
5 on July 02, 2011
We stayed at the chateau from June 10th to 14th and absolutely loved it. It was simply breathtaking the minute we walked in. The rooms and service are outstanding and we would highly recommend a stay here. The hosts are also very welcoming and happy to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
5 on July 01, 2011
We loved Tivoli it is unique. Very nicely situated,just up from the painted ladies, Almo park. Staff are so helpful and very friendly. Cheese and wine every day is a bonus wow. Loved it. loved it. loved it.
4.0 on June 20, 2011
Meredith is a great inn keeper/manager/ambassador. She warmly greeted my Mother and I upon our arrival into the city for my daughters graduation at USF. Meredith gave us a quick house tour,outlined the breakfast and afternoon wine/cheese/tea and coffee arrangements, made sure we were comfortable and was always attentive and prompt with suggestions and / or questions we came up with. We stayed downstairs in the Lola Montez Suite. Accomodations were what I expected. Loved the 2 bedroom arrangement with the sitting room/kitchen. Was able to connect to the wireless internet service in our suite. Like the seperate entrance. A little difficult for my elderly mother to climb up the back steps to the main level. Easy walk to Metro stops. Nice walk to Alamo Square. Wouldnt recommend walking opposite way at night. Met and chatted with lots of nice people (from all over the world) at breakfast and lounging around in the afternoon in the living room area. Great stay. Loved it.
3.0 on June 01, 2011
The food was not good...only packaged breads and fruit for breakfast...not what I expect from a B&B at all!!
3.0 on May 28, 2011
We enjoyed the hospitality offered at C.T. The evening wine and cheese is a great idea, not that we made it back in time every day :( Was very handy to public transport and walking distance to lots of restaurants and shops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
San Francisco, CA (SFO) 14 miles
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.
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
Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel
Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Rollaway bed, Portacrib, No Televisions on site
Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service