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
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Pleasant Stay While Honeymooning

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)

A perfect place to stay

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!

Awesome bed and breakfast not to be missed

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.

Enjoyed our stay

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.

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!!

Great place to be based in SF

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.

Wonderful, charming and full of personality

4.4 on May 25, 2011

Cannot recommend the Chateau Tivoli enough. The house is stunning with beautiful period features, the room we had was quirky and charming. The service was exceptional and the staff couldn't have been more attentive Loved the cheese and wine at 4pm everyday which was a much needed respite from scaling the wonderfully precipitous San Francisco hills.

Good hôtel to stay. Very simple to take the Bus.

3.8 on May 06, 2011

Good hôtel. Great breakfast and beautiful nice to play. Parking not included.

Wonderful sojourn

4.6 on April 25, 2011

We were delighted to have the opportunity to stay at Chateau Tivoli. An experience we will long remember with great pleasure. Enjoyed the other guests almost as much as the room, etc.

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Rooms & Rates

The Luisa Tetrazzini

This opulent second floor suite has a queen canopy bed, and a private parlor with a fire place. The private bathroom has a double shower. The ceilings are papered with Bradbury & Bradbury wall paper.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $300

The Mark Twain

This grand 3rd floor suite has a king size mirrored canopy bed. The bedroom opens into a spacious parlor with a daybed suitable for an extra guest. There is sufficient room for an extra rollaway bed or a child's crib for a family.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $265

The Lillie Langtry

This cozy ground floor suite has one small and one larger bedroom with one double bed in each room, a private bathroom with a shower and a private entrance from the street. Exposed brick and a cave-like ceiling in the hallway provide a grotto motif.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $160

The Lola Montez

This cozy ground floor suite has two separate bedrooms with one double bed in each room, a small dining area, a kitchenette and a private entrance from the street. The private bath with a shower over a tub is located in one of the bedrooms.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $160

Enrico Caruso

This second floor room has a full-size bed and a private bath with shower. It features opulent papered ceilings by Bradbury & Bradbury.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

The Isadora Duncan

With a full-size bed, private detached bathroom (directly across the hall), 2nd floor walk-up.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $160

The Aimee Crocker

This elegant second floor room has an antique queen four-poster bed, a private bath with a shower and a cozy sitting area.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $185

Joaquin Miller

This third floor room has an antique Arts & Craft double bed and a small sitting area. It shares the bathroom with the next door Jack London room. The two can be combined as a 2 room suite, for families or friends.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $120

The Jack London

This third floor room has a double brass bed and a sunny tower sitting area. It shares the bathroom with the next door Joaquin Miller room. The two rooms can be combined into a two room suite for families or friends.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $120

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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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