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When you stay in the Castro, you are staying in the heart of San Francisco itself.

Minutes from Parks, Tourist Sites, Shopping & More

Situated at the crossroads to the city’s efficient transportation system, you won’t be far from many of San Francisco’s unique neighborhoods, attractions and convention sites. Downtown is a 10-minute subway ride away, while the streetcars, buses and the antique trolley service can take you to any other point in the city. Golden Gate Park, the Bridge, Union Square shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf, Baker Beach – all of San Francisco is easily accessible

Gay Couple and a Street Car
Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA

The Neighborhood…and Nearby

We’ll help you discover your own favorite places if you’d like, and we can guide you to establishments our guests have enjoyed in the past. Restaurants, drugstores, gyms, and other things you might need or want. We know the area, so please ask.

Within a few blocks are the ’60’s influenced Haight-Ashbury (gateway to Golden Gate Park), Noe Valley (an artistic neighborhood with interesting shops, cafes, restaurants and residences), the Spanish settled Mission (with a growing number of highly acclaimed restaurants and clubs), the famous ‘Seven Sisters’ seen above, and Civic Center (where you’ll find the Opera, Symphony Hall, the Asian Art Museum and City Hall).

The Castro neighborhood itself offers a wide range of restaurants and cafes, including a fantastic intimate Vietnamese restaurant, The Jasmine Garden, right downstairs. The neighborhood also sports specialty and second hand shops, gyms, bars, and a spectacular vintage ’30’s movie palace.

Getting to the Willows Inn

When you reserve a room with us, we’ll send you a confirmation by e-mail, which will include specifics on how to travel from the airport to the inn, either by shuttle, taxi service or the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) light rail.

The Beauty of San Francisco

If you’ve been to San Francisco, you know no photo or video can do the City by The Bay justice. This short video compilation by Jeremy Williams, however, comes closer to capturing the beauty of San Francisco than any other that we’ve seen. Enjoy!

Directions to the Willows Inn

With a subway station just across the street, along with a street car stop and several bus lines, The Willows Inn could not be more conveniently located. When you reserve a room with us, we’ll send you a confirmation by email. In the confirmation we’ll include information about the airport shuttle, which will bring you right to our door. In addition, taxi service and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) also serve both San Francisco International and the Oakland Airport.

Transportation from the San Francisco Airport

DOOR TO DOOR AIRPORT SHUTTLE

There are several companies offering door to door shuttle service. We recommend Lorrie’s or SuperShuttle offering shared rides into San Francisco. The fare is approximately $17 per person. Follow the signs to the upper level at the outer pedestrian median.

BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT (BART)

Follow signs in your arrival terminal to locate the AirTrain Station, then take the AirTrain to the SFO BART station. After buying your ticket from a BART ticket machine, board a San Francisco bound train and detrain at the San Francisco Civic Center Station. Exit through the BART turnstiles and enter the MUNI (San Francisco MUNIcipal Railway) turnstiles. (BART and MUNI booths look almost identical but are two entirely different systems.) Board an outbound K, L, M or T MUNI train and exit at the Church Street Station, just two stops away. Take the escalator to the street level. The Willows Inn is just around the corner from the MUNI Church Street Station at the intersection of Church, Market and 14th Streets (14th Street is just behind the Home restaurant). BART fare will be $8.95 and the MUNI ride will cost $2.75.

TAXICABS

Taxicabs are located at the lower level (baggage claim level) at the outer pedestrian median. Metered rates apply to all destinations. The approximate fare to the Willows Inn is $40. Approach the supervisor coordinating taxi departures to request a San Francisco based cab.

Transportation from the Oakland Airport

BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT (BART)

Board the AirBART van shuttle at the Oakland Airport, which will take you to the Coliseum BART Station. At the station buy your ticket from a BART ticket machine, board a San Francisco bound train and detrain at the San Francisco Embarcadero Station. Exit through the BART turnstiles and walk across the platform to the MUNI (San Francisco MUNIcipal Railway) turnstiles. (BART and MUNI booths look almost identical but are two entirely different systems.) Board an outbound K, L, M or T MUNI train and exit at the Church Street Station. Take the escalator to the street level. The Willows Inn is just around the corner from the MUNI Church Street Station at the intersection of Church, Market and 14th Streets (14th Street is just behind the Home restaurant). This trip costs approximately $12.95.

DOOR TO DOOR AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Quake City and others offer door-to-door shuttle service from the Oakland Airport to the Willows Inn. The fare is around $30.

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