Discovering San Fran
We spent a few days exploring the Californian city on a recent trip to the States and checked in to the San Remo Hotel during the stay.
Located near tourist-favourite, Fisherman’s Wharf, this charming hotel ticks all the boxes with its affordable rates and cosy atmosphere. We landed at San Francisco Airport and were transported to the hotel via Blacklane – a professional chauffer service that speedily got us to the hotel in just thirty minutes.
Upon arrival we received a warm welcome and were shown to our room. Featuring a Victorian-style décor and high-rise bed, its floral wallpaper and old-school lamps gave the room a homely finish.
Rather than putting a bathroom in each room, the hotel has communal showers/toilets on each floor (although our room did come with a sink). But dismiss your backpacker-style hostel thoughts; all facilities were super clean and fully stocked with the likes of shampoo, conditioner, cotton wool and mouthwash.
And it doesn’t stop there with the small but thoughtful touches. Downstairs in reception, you can help yourself to the free tea and coffee, as well as teeny tiny brownie bites and sweets to nibble.
San Remo also has an adjoining restaurant, Fior d’Italia, which prides itself on being America’s oldest Italian restaurant. We enjoyed dinner there on one of the evenings; feasting on an Antipasti starter of Italian meats, creamy Mozzarella and warm bread, before tucking into huge bowls of Vongole, which was naturally all washed down with a bottle of Prosecco.
With so much to explore in San Francisco, it’s well worth investing in a CityPASS, a one-off payment that gets you into the majority of tourist must-sees. For $94, you receive a pocket-sized booklet that allows entry to tonnes of top attractions and 7-day transport on the city’s cable cars. Our highlights with this pass included hiring bikes to cycle over the famous Golden Gate Bridge and jumping on a boat cruise for close-ups of the bridge and Alcatraz Island.
And with San Francisco being so close to Napa and Sonoma, we couldn’t resist checking out the wine scene during our stay. Opting to take a trip with Tower Tours, we were driven to a selection of gorgeous vineyards where we sampled their wine offerings amongst the beautiful countryside. This day-long venture is a fantastic way to experience California’s famous wine spots and enjoy a glass of vino or two
Offering a plethora of different places to explore and experience, San Fran is a destination that is well worth adding to your bucket list. Its vibrant food culture, historical hotspots and beautiful bays will keep you busy throughout your stay; while San Remo Hotel is the ideal location to crash at after a long day of sightseeing.