Fisherman's Wharf The Tuscan: Your Boutique Hotel Haven in Fisherman's Wharf
The Tuscan puts a boutique spin on all the fun and excitement of Fisherman's Wharf. With so much to see and do, you just have to walk out the front doors to find yourself in the thick of it.
The Wharf has something for everyone, from seasoned sailors to lifelong landlubbers. Jump on an Alcatraz ferry to tour the Rock or charter a sailboat to live out your America's Cup dreams. You do the sipping while the captain steers the course on a wine-tasting cruise. Get a little more active with a sport-fishing charter and bring back the catch of the day. Or combine land and sea when you Ride the Ducks -- an amphibious boat that takes you in, on and back out of the bay.
If you prefer your thrills and chills on solid ground, get ready for goosebumps at the San Francisco Dungeon, where they reenact some of the more memorable (and gory) episodes from the city's history. Take it down a notch at Ripley's Believe It or Not or Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The action is virtual but the adrenaline rush is real at the 7D Experience, a mind-blowing combination of roller coaster, laser tag and 3D technology. The scene at the Sea Lion Center can get a little wild, but it's all-natural fun. For more aquatic wildlife, check out the Aquarium of the Bay, the best way to immerse yourself in the bay without getting wet. Laughing Sal at the Musee Mecanique has been delighting/terrifying children for years, but the antique arcade games and mechanized musical instruments are worth it. History buffs and the nautically inclined shouldn't miss the National Liberty Ship Memorial and the vessels at the Maritime National Historic Park.
With all that excitement, you can really work up an appetite. It's called Fisherman's Wharf for a reason, and you can find excellent seafood here, from the famed chowder in a bread bowl to freshly steamed Dungeness crab. Alioto's and Scoma's have been serving up an authentic San Francisco experience (and fresh seafood) for generations, and locals still flock there for the cioppino. For a true mix of adventure, take the private shuttle boat to Forbes Island for some underwater dining. Over at Ghirardelli Square, you can find both surf and turf at McCormick & Kuleto's. Of course you should pick up some chocolate while you're at the Square. Top it all off with an Irish coffee at the Buena Vista, and then retreat to your boutique haven at The Tuscan to relax and refresh.
The Tuscan: Boutique Hotel Style Near Bohemian North Beach
Your boutique base in San Francisco, The Tuscan sits right next to the bohemian charm of North Beach, one of the city's most storied neighborhoods. Sometimes known as Little Italy, North Beach combines Old World elegance with a raffish beatnik twist. And it's all just steps from The Tuscan.
Presided over by the stately spires of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Washington Square Park is the perfect place to chill in North Beach. If you're feeling more energetic, head uphill (up, up, uphill) to Coit Tower, where you'll find historic murals and one of the best views in the city. Keep your ears open for the notoriously noisy parrots of Telegraph Hill.
Fuel your adventure with some picnic supplies at Little Vine on Grant Street. This shop is a local favorite for coffee, wine, chocolate, cheese, charcuterie and other necessities. Or cross the park to Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store for hot focaccia sandwiches. Just around the corner is Tony's Pizza Napoletana, home to long lines and award-winning pizza. For true old-school flavor, hit up Molinari Delicatessen for Italian subs.
Time for some post-lunch shopping. Denim diehards shouldn't miss the chance to talk selvedge with the experts at AB Fits (though maybe go before lunch to try on those jeans). For more bespoke wares, there's Al's Attire, a bastion of custom tailoring and made-to-order clothing. Park and Pond has your stationery, note card and gift needs covered. If you've ever hankered for a fedora, Goorin Bros Hat Shop is the place to find one. Booklovers and beatniks should just head straight for the famous City Lights bookstore on Columbus.
North Beach was made for a memorable night out. Indulge in the retro glamour of Park Tavern, known equally for its cocktails and cuisine. Get the full Little Italy experience at L'Osteria del Forno (the milk-braised pork is where it's at). The recently remodeled Tosca retains a touch of its slightly seedy appeal, now updated with better food and drinks. Relive the heyday of the Beats with drinks at Vesuvio (not coincidentally located by Jack Kerouac Alley), or go even further back in time at Comstock Saloon, an homage to the neighborhood's Barbary Coast days.
And when you're ready to call it a night, The Tuscan is right there welcome you home.
Major attractions and vacation ideas for San Francisco
We are pleased to welcome you to one of the world's most popular cities with so much to do. (Actually, for us, its popularity is pretty much prom queen status.) San Francisco was once the epicenter of prospecting and immigration to California in the heart of the Gold Rush, and that spirit is alive and well today, especially in Fisherman's Wharf, our home and one of San Francisco's most iconic neighborhoods. The Tuscan makes it easy to explore San Francisco from our home base in the heart of famed Fisherman's Wharf, conveniently located near the historic F-Line trolley cars.
And now that you're here with us, what do you do in San Francisco? Walk along the boardwalk to Pier 39 just steps from our unique Italian-themed boutique hotel to enjoy dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay and Marin County. Maybe head over to North Beach and discover more foodie delicacies and fantastic nightlife. Or get your shopping on in Union Square. And, if it's sports you're looking for, ask our friendly staff and helpful concierge to plan your night at Giants Stadium; it's just a short drive away from the Tuscan.
Visit the historical landmark island that has been a civil war fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries.
Golden Gate Bridge
Visit The Golden Gate Bridge
Walk or bike the Golden gate bridge and marvel in one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
It's estimated that 5,000 – 10,000 gallons of paint are used to repaint the Golden Gate Bridge each year.
The Tuscan Inn Offers Easy Access Pier 39
Two decades ago, one of San Francisco's most popular attractions was inaugurated at the Embarcadero. Lucky for us all, Pier 39 is just a short walk from the front door of the Tuscan. Here, shops, restaurants and boutiques cluster on the pier, and give you "one-stop shopping" for ultimate San Francisco Bay experiences. At Pier 39 that can mean anything from shopping at multiple boutiques to a sunset sail on a catamaran that will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge. (Yes, that's one for the bucket list). But even from your seat at a cafe here, your views of iconic sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are spectacular.
And speaking of getting some rare views of San Francisco, you won't want to miss the crown jewel of Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay. Featuring thousands of local sea creatures on display, this is your chance to go eyeball to eyeball with an array of denizens of the deep as you walk through oversized clear tubes that leave you surrounded - and amazed by San Francisco's aquatic residents.
SF Maritime National Historic Park
A Hotel With History: The SF Maritime National Historical Park Visitors Center and Interactive Museum is located in the lobby level of the Argonaut Hotel.
It's hard to imagine a better location for The Tuscan Inn. Housed in the century-old Haslett warehouse, we have San Francisco's vibrant past infused into every corner our all-brick building. That's especially true when you consider that the national park's Visitors Center and Interactive Museum is located right within our four walls. This is where you can do everything from view vintage navigation equipment to experience a sensory "A Walk Along The Waterfront" exhibit that recreates the sights and sound of the wharf's Golden Era.
Beyond the Visitors Center, there's more to explore in the park. Want to go back in time and raise sails on an historic schooner and sing sea chantys? Check. Just head to Hyde Park Pier where gracious sailing-era ships such as the Balclutha and CA Thayer are moored. There are also ranger-led tours of the park and guided historic walking tours of the waterfront. Or you can simply stroll the quiet paths and picnic on the lawn and take in the incredible Bay views and breathe the fresh, briny air.
Other famous attractions
- Alcatraz Prison & Tours—1.3 Miles
- St. Peter, Paul Church—.5 Miles
- Presidio National Park—3 Miles
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—2 Miles
- AT&T Park—3 Miles
- Hyde Street—.5 Miles
- Coit Tower—1 Mile
- Lombard Street (most crooked street in the world)—.5 Miles
- San Francisco's Aquatic Park—4 Miles
- Historic F-Line Trolley Cars—500 ft
- San Francisco Bay Ferry Service—1.5 Miles
- San Francisco Bay Cruises—.5 Miles
- Beach Blanket Babylon Production—1 Mile
- Historic Ferry Building—1.7 Miles
- Wax Museum—.2 Miles
- Union Square Shopping—1.8 Miles
- Golden Gate Bridge—4 Miles
- Chinatown—1.3 Miles
- North Beach—.7 Miles
- Yerba Buena Gardens—2.5 Miles
- Golden Gate Park—7 Miles
- City Hall—2.3 Miles
- Historic Haight Ashbury—4.5 Miles
Our staff knows just where to go!
Best Western Plus The Tuscan is proud to offer you a customized, local insider experience during your stay. Looking for a farmer's market where San Francisco’s chefs go? What about a neighborhood park that's great for people watching? We'll point you in the right direction – and suggest dozens of destinations tailored to your interests.
Marcos Pimentel / Pescatore Line Cook
I also like Chinatown, which is known for great food but also for great shopping. It's easy to find some of the most unique gifts in the city here, or just to spend hours window shopping. Union Square is a very popular shopping destination for a reason, they have a little of everything and a great park for a picnic lunch.
Jeremiah Rosenthal / Bartender at Pescatore
I also love 15 Romolo in North Beach for an off-the-beaten-path cocktail. The drinks at the Alembic Bar are amazing!
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Emily Chung / Director of Finance
Golden Gate Bakery is also a must visit. They have the best Egg custard Tart in all of San Francisco. It is a favorite of everyone who tries it! I like spend the day in Japantown and visit Sophie's Crepes for green tea ice-cream crepes! Yummy!
Lita Tulloch / Executive Sales Assistant
When I want to unwind, a stroll down to the waterfront is always nice with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Sometimes you'll get a free concert, courtesy of the sea lions! I try to go for a massage at Fuji Shiatsu several times a year; the prices are great and the service spectacular!
Raffa Mayoral / Executive Chef
I love Mitchell's Ice cream for a pint of dulce de leche ice cream. Note I said a pint, not a cone – it's that good! My first stop would be La Espiga de Oro, they have the best carnitas anywhere in San Francisco.
Debbie Jimenez Conference Services Manager
Golden Gate Park really is the best park in the city with biking, skating, museums and gardens to keep you busy all day. I also love "The Wax Museum at the Wharf. It's fun for children and adults. I love that they always change their exhibits and keep up-to-date with pop culture.