For a romantic visit to the Castro with your partner, stay at the Willows Inn Bed & Breakfast (710 14th St., 800/431-0277, www.willowssf.com, $125–180). The Willows has European-style shared baths and comfortable guest rooms with private sinks and bent willow furnishings, and serves a yummy continental breakfast each morning.
Catering to the queer community, the innkeepers at the Willows can help you with nightclubs, restaurants, and festivals in the City and local to the Castro. One of the best amenities is the friendship and camaraderie you’ll find with the other guests and staff at this great Edwardian B&B.
At the Inn on Castro (321 Castro St., 415/861-0321, www.innoncastro.com, $120–220), you’ve got all kinds of choices. You can pick an economy room with a shared bath, a posh private suite, or a self-service apartment.
Once ensconced, you can chill out on the cute patio, or go out into the Castro to take in the legendary entertainment and nightlife. The self-catering apartments can sleep up to four and have fully furnished and appointed kitchens and dining rooms. Amenities include cable LCD televisions, DVD players, and colorful modern art.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition