May 6, 2004
For years I had walked the dogs past a very well kept wooden home on Pine Street. The house had a small garden out front and white picket fence. I was always impressed at how well this little home was taken care. Then a neighbor told me the house was a small B&B and was one of the best in the area. The name of the B&B was The Artist's Inn. We had friends coming in a month, so I went over to find out what this little inn was all about.
I met the owners Bill and Denise Sheilds. The Sheilds could not have been more gracious or sweeter. You fall in love with them the minute you see Denise's huge smile. They offered me a tour of the inn. There is a main house with one guest room and a studio behind the wonderful garden that houses Bill's studio and two guest rooms. Bill is a local artist, thus the name of the property. If I thought the outside was kept up well, I was awed by the care the inside was given.
Each room is large, modern and cozy in feel. There are paintings by Bill in the rooms. The two rooms in the studio are the way to go. You have complete privacy and a feel that you are not in B&B, but in your own private apartment in San Francisco. A good friend from Washington used these two rooms with another friend and they loved having the whole space to themselves. They never even had to close the doors to their rooms. The studio building has a private entrance onto the alley and you can come and go without parading through the main house.
The area is great. It's in the heart of Pacific Heights and only a half of block above Filmore Street. Filmore is full of good restaurants and shops and is one of the best locations in the city. You can easily get a cab from this area or grab Muni to downtown (no transfers needed).
We have had many friends who have stayed here and love it. The private garden, the big rooms, the friendly hosts and from what I hear the tasty breakfasts are all part of what makes this hotel a real find.
You can learn more about the B&B from their web page at: Artist's Inn. The rates run about $170 and include breakfast. This may sound a bit pricey, but is in line with a lot of hotels in the city.
From journal Living in the Bay Area