Where to Stay in San Francisco This Summer
San Francisco’s delightfully diverse neighborhoods bloom with life during summertime. Allow us to help you winnow down the vast and varied accommodation options to find a home base that fits both your agenda and your vibe.
Where to stay for Pride
First things first: if you are planning to partake in Pride, you will want to book your room well in advance, as nearby hotels fill up quickly. The main celebration happens in Civic Center at the foot of City Hall, so it’s the best area for being in the center of it all. If you want to be close to the parade route on Market St., the Financial District puts you in prime viewing proximity. The heart of the nightlife scene is the Castro, and a short walk back to your hotel is a real advantage if you plan to get your party on. Want to see more of the city? Union Square is a transportation hub, which makes it easy to explore different areas during the celebration. You’ll also have a wider selection, as most of the city’s hotels are located here.
Hotel Picks: San Francisco Pride is officially partnering with the following hotels around the city to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action: Parc 55 San Francisco, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Joie de Vivre hotels, San Francisco Marriott Marquis and Hotel Whitcomb.
Where to stay for foodies
San Francisco has one of the hottest food scenes in the world, so staying in a neighborhood known for great dining spots guarantees you can enjoy it to the fullest. Japantown is packed to the brim with things to eat and drink (here are six of the best gems), including ramen, udon, sushi and more. The Mission is one of the most eclectic and multicultural neighborhoods in the city, and a stroll along Valencia St., Mission St. and 24th St. will take you past any number of to-die-for taquerias and restaurants. Chinatown is a mind-blowing wonderland of Chinese cuisine, fascinating food markets and beautiful architecture.
Hotel Picks: The chic Hotel Kabuki in Japantown combines Eastern and Western influences. Nineteen 06 Mission is a charming bed-and-breakfast option in The Mission. In Chinatown, check out Grant Plaza Hotel and Royal Pacific Motor Inn.
Where to stay for Bay to Breakers
If you’re planning on participating in the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers race on May 19, there are plenty of hotels just steps from the starting line in the Financial District and Embarcadero, making it easy to catch a few extra winks before the race. You might even be able to squeeze in one last practice run. There are great paths along the Embarcadero past PIER 39, Oracle Park and other landmarks.
Hotel Picks: Located near the beginning of the course, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in the Financial District is the official hotel headquarters for Bay to Breakers. The room block for the 2019 race is now open, and you can still check for availability through Booking.com. Other nearby options include Hotel Griffon, Le Meridien and Hotel Des Arts.
Where to stay for the Fourth of July
The big event for the long Fourth of July weekend will be the fireworks spectacular. San Francisco's many hills offer fantastic vantage points, but the biggest crowds will gather at sea level at Aquatic Park in Fisherman's Wharf and PIER 39 to watch the show. Staying in this area will allow you to grab a good spot, or to watch the sparks fly from the comfort and warmth of your room (summers can be brisk here).
Where to stay for a couple’s getaway
There’s romance in the air all over the city, whether you want to go on an all-out adventure or just relax and reconnect. Set the mood for a perfect summer escape by staying in Nob Hill, one of San Francisco’s most picturesque neighborhoods, boasting amazing views, opulent Victorian mansions, Grace Cathedral, trendy eateries and luxe cocktail lounges. Or treat yourself and stay in stylish SoMa, where you’ll find more than two square miles of sleek nightclubs, fashionable restaurants and art hubs, as well as a wide range of hotels to choose from. Nearby is lovely Yerba Buena Gardens, where you can attend the free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival May through October. Events include music, cultural festivals, dance performances, visual art, theater and more.
Hotel Picks: Both neighborhoods are prime spots for sleeping in luxury. In Nob Hill, enjoy the full-service spa at The Fairmont San Francisco or the European flavor (complete with afternoon tea and cookies) at the historic Monte Cristo Inn. In SoMa, opt for the InterContinental Hotel, The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco or the St. Regis San Francisco.
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