Dancers manipulate a giant, illuminated dragon during San Francisco's Lunar New Year Parade.
Dancers manipulate a giant, illuminated dragon during San Francisco's Lunar New Year Parade. Credit: San Francisco Travel Association

Best Areas to Stay in San Francisco for Lunar New Year

Learn where to book your room to be closest to the wonder and excitement of Lunar New Year in San Francisco

Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year or Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, San Francisco is the perfect place to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Our city is home to some of the largest Chinese- and Vietnamese-American communities in the nation, which means there's no shortage of ways for you to experience the traditions, celebrations, and food associated with this holiday.

If you're looking to stay in the city for Lunar New Year, you'll want to book your room in advance. Here are some of the neighborhoods with great hotel options that are close to all the excitement that unfolds in Chinatown.

Where to Stay for
Great Shopping

Ring in the new year with a little treat for yourself. After all, the Year of the Tiger is all about good fortune! Union Square is home to massive department stores, luxury retail, and San Francisco originals. The hotels are equally decadent, from the towering Westin St. Francis to the chic Clift Royal Sonesta. None are far from Chinatown, and some are even along the parade route!

Book A Union Square Hotel

Shoppers walk through San Francisco's Union Square.

Where to Stay for
Getting Around

If you want to be able to zip from one celebration to another, you'll want to stay in a hotel along the Embarcadero. These properties are all just a few steps from Muni buses and light rail, historic streetcars, and BART, any of which can get you around San Francisco and beyond.

Book An Embarcadero Hotel

Where to Stay for

If all the pageantry of Lunar New Year inspires you to keep expanding your cultural horizons, you should stay in SoMa. This neighborhood is home to institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. It's also easy to hop on Muni or BART and take a short ride over to Civic Center's Asian Art Museum.

Book A SoMa Hotel

SFMOMA next to the Yerba Buena Gardens
SoMa combines art museums, professional sports and trendy dining.

Where to Stay for
A Great View

West of Chinatown and a few hundred feet up are the gorgeous hotels of Nob Hill. These historic establishments offer you some of the most refined lodgings in the city, as well as panoramic views from the Golden Gate to the East Bay. Plus, they're all along the California Street cable car line, offering you a fun and thoroughly San Francisco way to head to Chinatown for the celebrations.

Book A Nob Hill Hotel

Where to Stay for
Family Fun

There are plenty of attractions that kids of all ages will love along Fisherman's Wharf, which means you should certainly consider extending your stay beyond your Lunar New Year celebrations. The neighborhood isn't far from Chinatown and is well served by public transit. 

Book A Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

Image of SkyStar Ferris Wheel in Fisherman's Wharf