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March 9, 2020
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Best Areas to Stay in San Francisco for Bay to Breakers

Coming up on Sep. 20, 2020 is the Bay to Breakers and if you are planning on running or walking the 7.45 miles that make up the route, the last thing on your mind is how to get to the race. Our advice—book a nearby hotel.

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The Official Hotel for the Bay to Breakers

Located near the beginning of the course, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the official hotel headquarters for the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers. The room block for the 2020 race is now open, and you can also check for availability through

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Best Area to Stay Near the Starting Line: Financial District

With an 8 a.m. start time located near The Embarcadero, you may want to catch a few extra zzz’s. There are plenty of hotels just steps from the starting line, making it easy to catch a few extra winks before starting the race.

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Best Area to Stay if You Want to Go For an Extra Run: Embarcadero

If you’re coming in a day or two before the race, you may want to go for one last practice run. Hotels along the Embarcadero not only give you gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge, but also great running trails along the Embarcadero through PIER 39, the Ferry Building, Oracle Park and back again.

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Best Area to Stay if You Want a Morning Warm Up: Union Square

If you want to warm up before the race, a great option is to stay at a hotel in Union Square. Hotels in Union Square are located approximately 10 blocks from the start line, making it the perfect distance to warm up prior to the race.

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Best Area to Stay if You Want to People Watch: Alamo Square, Hayes Valley and Haight-Ashbury

If you are not planning to walk or run the course, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Alamo Square Park is a prime location to watch the thousands of race participants who wear creative costumes while navigating the streets.

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Best Area to Stay if You Want to Party After the Race: Sunset

The fun doesn't stop after you cross the finish line. Special race-day festivities are being planned in Golden Gate Park, including live entertainment and food and beverages. There are a few motels and inns in the area, making staying in the Outer Sunset convenient after a long day of running, walking and celebrating.

Find A Hotel in The Sunset

Not coming to San Francisco for Bay to Breakers? Check out these other guides:
Best Areas to Stay Near San Francisco International Airport
Best Areas to Stay in San Francisco for Foodies
Best Areas to Stay for San Francisco Carnaval
Best Areas to Stay for San Francisco Pride
Best Areas to Stay in San Francisco


Photo by Louis Raphael

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