The Haunted History of San Francisco’s San Remo Hotel

Stepping into the San Remo Hotel in San Francisco feels like stepping into an old-fashioned Victorian home… If your old-fashioned Victorian home also happens to be haunted by at least five ghosts.

With its quaint design and charming character, the San Remo Hotel is a beautiful place to spend a weekend away.

However, a casual trip to one of the hotel’s shared bathrooms could easily turn into a terrifying paranormal experience that will have you calling up the Hilton to inquire about last minute bookings.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Where Is The San Remo Hotel in San Francisco?

The San Remo Hotel, named after a picturesque Italian town on the Gulf of Genoa, is tucked away between San Francisco’s North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Telegraph and Russian Hills border it on the East and West, and you can even catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Remo’s Penthouse Suite.

Where to find it: 2237 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Is The San Remo Hotel in San Francisco Haunted?

From the hallways lined with historical photos, to the lack of modern amenities like phones and TVs, the hotel is full of Old World charm… And paranormal activity.

1. The Painted Lady

Guests of the San Remo hotel often report hearing someone knocking on their door. However, when they open the door, no one is there.

The mysterious knocker is rumored to be the Painted Lady: a ghost of a Madame who once owned the San Remo Hotel and ran it as a brothel.

The Painted Lady has also been known to move objects, create cold spots, and even whisper to guests inside their rooms. As one visitor reports:

“During the first night, while my girlfriend was asleep, I woke her up numerous times stating that the painting of the women adjacent from the bed was moving. While I glimpsed away from the painting I would see the women in the painting turn her head towards me. This happened numerous times during the night and every time when I looked back at the painting it would go back to “normal”.”

The Painted Lady seems to be particularly focused on Room 33. So, if you are up for a little ghost hunting, this is the room to request!

2. The Little Girl

The ghost of a young girl has been spotted trying to enter Room 42 on multiple occasions. Other guests have reported hearing a male voice calling her from behind the door.

Who is she? No one knows.

People suspect that the male voice belongs to a man who committed suicide inside the room in 1970 by shooting himself in the head.  Could the little girl be a daughter he left behind?

3. The Murderer

A double murder is said to have occurred in the restaurant of the San Remo Hotel in 1911.

During a wedding reception, a former lover of the bride showed up and began fighting with the guests.

In the midst of the fight, he pulled out a gun and shot two innocent men seated at a table nearby.

These days, witnesses regularly report seeing a short man with dark, slicked-back hair watching the patrons of the restaurant from the shadows. Planning his next murder, perhaps?

The Wild SF Experience

So, is the San Remo Hotel in San Francisco haunted? We will let you decide for yourself.

If tales of restless spirits and haunted establishments are your things, you should check out our Haunted San Francisco Ghost Tour.

It will take you on an unforgettable journey through San Francisco’s most haunted locations, including the infamous Tenderloin District which most of you have been warned not to enter after dark.

Ready to discover the dark side of SF?

Book a tour now.