Whether you are coming to San Francisco on business and want to stay close to the Moscone Center or the financial district or you are looking for a romantic off-the beaten path Bed and Breakfast or boutique hotel, San Francisco has many options. Even those looking for budget accomodations will find that despite its reputation as one of the country's most expensive destinations, San Francisco actually offers a better selection of backpacker hostels and other budget choices than any other U.S. city.
The Union Square area is ground-zero for tourism in the city by the bay, and is home to San Francisco's top shopping options, an impressive dining scene and tons of nightlife venues. This area has the tightest concentration of hotels in the city, and is walking distance to many San Francisco sights such as Chinatown, the Museum of Modern Art, the Civic Center and the cable car turnaround. Union Square is also home to many of the city's largest theater company's, making it a popular choice for cultural weekends in the city.
Tucked away into San Francisco's most charming residential neighborhoods, these inns and B&Bs are a homey and comfortable way to experience the city. Some of them are even housed in fully restored San Francisco Victorians, and most of them provide house made meals and other perks that you only can get from small businesses that love what they are doing.
Staying at one of San Francisco's historic turn-of-the century palacial hotels is an experience that is unequaled on the west coast. As the epi-center of the gold rush and the timber boom, the city built the most grandiose hotels outside of the eastern seaboard. Many of these grace the top of posh Nob Hill, and also offer incredible sweeping views of the city and the San Francisco bay from their period piece furnished rooms.
You dont have to spend a bundle to spend some time in San Francisco, in fact the city boasts a higher amount of backpacker hostels than any other city in the United States. This is due to the high percentage of Europeans that visit San Francsisco, many of whom are doing extendced traveling on a budget and staying at hostels all around the world. Most San Francisco hostels are clustered around the Union Square area but there are also several options down near the waterfront and in North Beach.
Traveling with kids is a challenge in and of iteself and a highly compact city like San Francisco, where space is always at a premier, can add to the stress. Check out our list of family friendly hotels, which are prepared for you to show up with your hands full. Many of them out near Golden Gate Park - where the kids can enjoy the open green spaces and the city is a bit more calm and less congested.
From the trend-setting style of the W Hotel in the South of Market area to the Japanese Pop inspired interior of the Hotel Tomo in San Francisco's Japantown, boutique hotels are intimate and detail oriented. Perfect for romantic getaways or for those who want to immerse themselves in San Francisco's impressive arts and cultural scene, the city's boutique hotels are each an exclusively unique experience.
The Moscone Center is a massive two-square block complex that hosts the city's top tech and financial conventions. For those coming to the city of one of these packed events, staying in the area makes everything a bit more convienent. The lush Yerba Buena gardens, located right next to the Moscone Center provide a tranquil oasis in the starkly concrete area and you are still close enough to walk over to Union Square.
A bit of old Europe in the heart of America's most progressive city, San Francisco is easily the most romantic place to stay when visiting San Francisco. Choosing a hotel in North Beach means walking out the door to a bustling cafe and nightlife scene, having some of best Italian restaurants in the city at your doorstep and being in walking distance from sights like Coit Tower and Fisherman's Wharf.