Where to Stay in San Francisco

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Where to Stay in San Francisco

San Francisco's hotel options come in all shapes and sizes. Some are quirky, others are lavish. The point is this, though: there's something for everything.


Oh, wonderful San Francisco! The place where East meets West, and where dreams rise out of fog. You have your heart set on an adventure to this unique and unforgettable city. That means you'll need a place to stay. Like its colorful cast of characters and sites, San Francisco's hotel options come in all shapes and sizes. Some are quirky, others are lavish. The point is this, though: you get to choose in the land of enchantment.

Your Hotel Options in San Francisco

From two-star lodgings that give you the essentials to five-star accommodations that treat you like royalty, hotels in San Francisco cover every single need and desire. They even have room for your fury friends. Guests can get something affordable in a central location, such as the Monarch Hotel near Union Square; this hotel offers concierge services, luggage storage and rooms with flat panel TVs that have satellite channels. To sit in the lap of luxury, book a room at the Fairmont San Francisco, set in the Nob Hill area; this property boasts panoramic views of the city and the Bay, elegant suites and guest rooms, top-notch dining options and 55,000 square feet of function space.

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Motels in San Francisco offer sufficient comfort at a reasonable price. And many also come with cool amenities and charming features. The Hayes Valley Inn, for instance, is known for its large beds, breakfast spread and furry host (it's a dog!). Beck's Motor Lodge in the heart of the Castro, offers free parking (a rarity in San Francisco) and complimentary WiFi.

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Apartments & Vacation Rentals
San Francisco is one of the biggest markets in the world for vacation rentals. After all, Airbnb is headquartered here. Hence, you'll discover an exciting mix of appropriately priced home rentals. Cozy studio apartments in high-rise apartment buildings, three-bedroom row houses, Victorian dwellings, swanky penthouses and more can be booked any time of the year. Many hosts even leave welcome gifts, such as snacks, maps, souvenirs and event coupons. If you're looking for an authentic experience in San Francisco, staying in an actual residence is a great start.

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Trying to keep your expenses down, so you have more money to experience San Francisco? Hostels are your answer. Many of these have amenities like free breakfast, laundry room, a 24-hour desk, plenty of social options including yoga, foosball, theaters and are within a mile of the city center. Hostelling International Downtown is just a five-minute walk from shopping and dining in Union Square and a seven-minute walk to the Chinatown Gates.

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Bed and Breakfast
San Francisco also understands the importance of old-school hospitality, and that shows in its bed and breakfast establishments. Many of these accommodations are historic Victorian mansions -- the quintessential San Francisco architectural style. In addition to a cozy bed, buffet breakfast, WiFi and other standard amenities, each property has its own unique features. For instance, Nob Hill's Petite Auberge on Bush Street features marble bathrooms and tranquil garden areas, and Monte Cristo Inn, which dates back to the 1870s, is known for its European flavor and afternoon tea and cookies. On top of that, you get attentive customer service and a homely environment at bed and breakfast lodgings in San Francisco that you just can't find anywhere else.

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Choosing Your Neighborhood

San Francisco's diverse array of neighborhoods is a reflection of the city's unwavering uniqueness. No matter which one you choose, you'll find something incredible.

Union Square
Brand-name hotels known for being among the best in the hospitality business have set up shop by this centrally located plaza. You can also find vacation rentals in apartment buildings around Union Square.

Marina District
Motels and inns at affordable price points are scattered about this vibrant area, along with some boutique hotels and plenty of home rentals.

South of Market (SOMA)/Yerba Buena
Located near Moscone Center, hotels in the area bear the flags of major national hotel brands and offer a range of services and meeting rooms, not to mention the latest in guest room high-tech features.

Pacific Heights
Want a home rental in a posh home? Look here. You can also book quaint bed and breakfast inns and charming boutique hotels. 

Central Market
Surrounded by major performing arts venues and near the Asian Art Museum, the Central Market area offers a central location and accommodations that are not lavish but exude comfort and some surprising views from upper levels.

Fisherman's Wharf
Two- to four-star hotel lodgings are the norm in this tourist paradise. And, you get to look out at the Bay.

Financial District
High-rise apartment buildings and big hotels provide the main accommodation in this business-oriented part of town.

Nob Hill
Famous boutique and chain hotels dot this 'hood, as it is a prime spot for sleeping in luxury. There are some affordable inns and small guesthouses as well.

Mission District
Most traveling to San Francisco stop in the Mission District—and a good portion book their lodging here. Guest houses, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals and historic hotels are all available.

The Embarcadero
Many of the hotels in this neighborhood are overlooking the bay along the scenic waterfront. The inside of the hotels matches the luxurious views and offer many services to make sure you're comfortable in your picturesque surroundings.

One of San Francisco's most popular tourist spots, Chinatown comes prepared with countless shops, mind-blowing food and a variety of hotels (from budget to high-end).

Be warned: you may go into a trance staring at all the hippie relics. In terms of where you can sleep, the menu consists of a pleasant mix of motels, bed and breakfast inns, small hotels and a few upscale boutique lodgings.

Castro District
The party scene doesn't stop here. Thus, vacation rentals abound, and you can also book a stay at a guest house, motel or standard hotel.