Best Areas to Stay in San Francisco for Lunar New Year
Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year or Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, San Francisco has plenty of events to welcome the Year of the Rat. If you're looking to stay in the city for Lunar New Year festivities, you will want to book your room in advance as nearby hotels fill up quickly.
The Official Hotel for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
This year's festivities are sure to be amazing. To make sure you're not missing any of the action, the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is partnering with Omni San Francisco Hotel and W San Francisco for the best views and special special Lunar New Year packages.
Rooms are sure to fill up quickly, so check for availability through Booking.com.
Where to Stay Near the Parade Route: Financial District
The Chinese New Year parade kicks off at 5:15 p.m. on Sat. Feb. 8, 2020.* It winds its way through downtown, Chinatown, and Union Square before finishing at Columbus Avenue. The best area to stay to see the parade without getting caught in the crowds is San Francisco's Financial District. This bustling neighborhood is full of big, elegant hotels that offer great views and even greater convenience.
Where to Stay to Celebrate the Year of the Rat All Over San Francisco: Union Square
In addition to being in the center of the parade action, Union Square is a transportation hub, which makes it easy to explore different areas of San Francisco during the celebration. Here, you’ll also have a wider variety of options, from posh to minimalist, as many of the city’s hotels are located in this neighborhood.
Where to Stay in San Francisco for Authentic Activities: Chinatown
If you're looking to experience one of the biggest lunar new year celebrations outside of Asia, Chinatown is the neighborhood to visit. The Year of the Rat celebrations includes the following events. Check back soon for dates.
- Flower Market Fair
- Basketball Jamboree
- Miss Chinatown USA Pageant
- Miss Chinatown USA Coronation Ball
- Chinatown Community Street Fair
- 40th Annual Chinese New Year Run
You'll also be steps from restaurants serving up traditional treats.
* Dates and times are subject to change.
Photo by Louis Raphael