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San Francisco, CA: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find accommodations in San Francisco with the hotel list provided below. Find cheap and discounted hotel/motel rates in or nearby San Francisco, CA for your upcoming personal or group trip. We provide the best San Francisco, California motel and hotel rooms. Browse the San Francisco area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the San Francisco hotels. Planning a group? Lock in San Francisco Group Hotel Rates or See the best San Francisco meeting hotels

The San Francisco center is about the area of Uptown and the area of Piedmont Ave.

San Francisco's relaxed atmosphere and iconic attractions help lure tourists from across America and the world. Consider your interests and budget carefully to make sure you find the right San Francisco hotel for your stay. More from this guide...

"The city by the bay is a foodies dream come true"
Author: , a Hotel Planner from , reviewed on 05-Nov-2013
Score of City:
5.0 / 5

San Francisco is one of the most culturally diverse and beautiful cities in the world and one of my favorite places to visit. The City by the Bay is a foodies dream come true and home to some of the best restaurants in the country. If you like to eat then San Francisco is definitely a place you should visit. It's location next to the San Francisco Bay provides some interesting climate conditions so don't forget to take some warm clothes with you because it can easily go from mid-70's during the day to low 40's at night. With so much to do it's hard to recommend any single place to visit but if you have time I highly recommend visiting Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley. Even if you're not a wine drinker it's a beautiful area full of some of the top wineries in the the United States located a short drive north of San Francisco.

San Francisco Hotels & Accommodations

Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115 Website
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 16 floors in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Hotel Carlton a Joie De Vivre Boutique Hotel 1075 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109 Website
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 161 sleeping rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco 1231 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103 Website
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM
Hotel Mark Twain 345 Taylor, San Francisco, CA 94102 Website
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 5 suites in property
Average 3.5 /5Reviews Call
Soma Suites - San Francisco 1190 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 20 suites in property
Minna Express : 136 6th St. 136 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Inn at the Opera in San Francisco 333 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Hotel Zetta : 55 5th St.
55 5th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Four star hotel
  • Check-in: 1500
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Hotel Monaco San Francisco in San Francisco
501 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • 23 suites in property
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Phoenix Hotel 601 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Two-star Downtown property
  • 3 suites in property
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Carriage Inn - San Francisco
140 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Very Good 4.0 /5Read Reviews Call
Cova Hotel - San Francisco 655 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 3 suites in property
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews Call
Serrano Hotel : 405 Taylor St. 405 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • 5 conference rooms in property
Very Good 4.0 /5Guest Reviews Call
Hotel Adagio Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel : 550 Geary St. 550 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • 13 suites in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Recent Reviews Call
Hotel Nikko in San Francisco
222 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Hotel Abri in San Francisco 127 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness center on property
Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 48 rooms in hotel
Clift - San Francisco 495 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High end Downtown property
  • Hotel has 14 meeting rooms
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews Call
The Warwick San Francisco - San Francisco
490 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High end Downtown property
  • Hotel has 16 suites
Very Good 4.0 /5Guest Reviews Call
Holiday Inn Civic Center - San Francisco 50 8th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Check-in: 3:00PM
Vagabond Inn : 385 9th St.
385 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Cheap hotel
  • 21 rooms in hotel
Best Western Plus Americania
121 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 143 rooms in hotel
Opal Hotel in San Francisco
1050 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
Hotel Bijou 111 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Two-star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 3:00pm
Parc 55 Union Square : 55 Cyril Magnin St. 55 Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • 15 suites in property
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San Francisco's temperate climate doesn't fluctuate as much as many U.S. cities do, so there are few bad times to visit. Summer is the most popular season for travelers, which tends to drive hotel prices sky-high. The temperature is also quite changeable, so you might not always get the beach vacation you expect. However, summer is the time to enjoy the San Francisco Pride and the North Beach Festivals, both in June.

Experts say the fall months of September to November are ideal for traveling to San Francisco. The summer crowds have all gone home, so hotel prices are reasonable, and the weather's still nice and warm. In fact, it's often warmer in fall than it is in summer. The San Francisco Jazz Festival runs all season long, and you can also catch the San Francisco Fringe Festival in September. Spring is another good choice if you don't mind a chill in the air. Spring also brings some of San Francisco's most exciting events, including the San Francisco International Film Festival from April to May and May's Carnaval San Francisco.

Winter is also a good choice, as San Francisco doesn't get as cold as many parts of the country. Many tourists tend to stay away, so it's a great time to find a bargain room. Just remember to dress in layers to be comfortable during your stay. The local event calendar isn't quite as crowded in winter, but SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival from January to February should tickle the funny bones of anyone braving the chill.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in San Francisco, CA:

seasonality of hotel rates in San Francisco

San Francisco by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in San Francisco, CA. You can use these illustrations to evaluate the most cost effective dates to make a reservation in San Francisco for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in San Francisco

4 Star Average Prices: $258.25

San Francisco has a number of luxury hotels for travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. Whether you want to stay in the glamorous Theatre District or enjoy enviable views of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco has an upmarket hotel to suit your needs.

Established in 1875, the Palace Hotel was San Francisco's first luxury hotel offering. It retains its historic charm, with three ballrooms and iconic beaux-arts styling. New additions, such as a high-tech business center, fitness center with the latest gym equipment, and high-speed Internet, have brought the Palace into the 21st century. Three restaurants and 24-hour in-room dining give guests plenty of eating options.

The Marker hotel puts the entertainment venues, restaurants, and retail stores of San Francisco's Theatre District right outside your door. It's easy to relax in this opulent boutique hotel, with in-room spa services, yoga mats and accessories in every room, and a nightly wine reception. Its BDK Restaurant reinterprets the classic pub, with an innovative menu making the most of San Francisco's acclaimed produce. Pet lovers needn't leave their pooches at home either; The Marker welcomes furry guests, too.

Few hotels offer the views of Loews Regency San Francisco. Rising high above the city skyline, rooms in this Financial District hotel offer enticing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. All rooms were redesigned and refreshed after Loews Regency assumed the hotel, formerly the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. When you're not spending time in your room, make use of the hotel's 24-hour fitness center, spa services, and on-site restaurant, Brasserie S&P.

For a more exclusive kind of stay, book a room at the Inn at the Presidio. This San Francisco hotel has just 22 rooms, so guests enjoy personalized service. Choose from a spacious one-bedroom suite, with a separate sitting room and gas fireplace, or a generous deluxe bedroom.

The Inn at Presidio's European-style continental buffet breakfast is the ideal morning pick-me-up while the wine and cheese reception each evening will help you wind down after a busy day of sightseeing. With an outdoor patio with a gas fire pit and a well-appointed reception lounge area, there are plenty of places at The Inn at the Presidio to relax and meet your fellow guests.

4 Star Hotel Prices in San Francisco

Affordable Hotel Options in San Francisco

3 Star Average Prices: $205.76

While San Francisco knows how to pamper visitors with cash to splash, it also caters to tourists on tighter budgets. Hostels allow you to stay close to the action without spending a lot of money. While the rooms are quite simple, the central locations of hostels like the Green Tortoise Hostel, USA Hostels San Francisco, and Amsterdam Hostel can't be beat. Many also provide complimentary extras such as breakfasts, tea and coffee, and Internet access.

Alternatively, you could consider staying a little outside the city center. You'll pay less at family hotels with shared toilet and bathroom facilities, such as Hayes Valley Inn in the trendy Hayes Valley and San Remo Hotel in North Beach. Both offer friendly service and rooms as low as $65.

3 Star Hotel Prices in San Francisco

2 Star Average Prices: $138.50

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA Hotels with Discounts

Several San Francisco hotels offer great discounts to special groups. You can save a significant amount on your rate at the following establishments.

The Comfort Inn by the Bay rewards AAA and AARP members with discounts on most bookings. Present your AAA card for up to 25 percent off your stay. AARP discounted rates vary and are subject to availability.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square also offers a 5 percent discount to AAA, AARP, and CAA members. In addition, AAA and CAA members can take advantage of the Hilton's Family Fun Package. In addition to the discount, families can enjoy a complimentary breakfast for four and premium Wi-Fi access. Active and retired military service people and their families can save even more with 10 percent off stays at this hotel.

If you're traveling with a group, several San Francisco hotels will offer you a discount. Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, and The Kimpton Buchanan will happily negotiate a special discounted rate for large parties.

Best Value Options in San Francisco

To make your dollar go further, consider boutique hotels outside the city center. These hotels tend to be more affordable than comparable chain hotels and come with some interesting extras. Many are steeped in history, with features that will make your stay more memorable.

For example, Nob Hill Inn is a restored Victorian townhouse in San Francisco's upmarket Nob Hill neighborhood. Rooms start from a little more than $100 and feature four-poster beds, wood furniture, complimentary breakfasts, and tea and sherry in the parlor every evening.

The Inn on Castro, in San Francisco's colorful Castro neighborhood, is another value-packed option. The inn features just eight rooms, so personalized service is guaranteed. Each room is decked out with bright walls and modern art. The free breakfast each morning is generous, and the living room with a fireplace is the ideal place to unwind. Make your dollar go further by choosing a room with a shared bath.

Enjoy authenticity in the historic Japantown area when you stay at Hotel Kabuki. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling shoji screens, and the bathrooms have separate washing and soaking stations. Relax by the hotel's koi pond, and enjoy free Japanese tea service, on request, from Wednesday to Sunday. Your accommodation also includes complimentary entry to the Kabuki Springs & Spa two blocks away. Double rooms cost a little more than $100 a night.

For something a little closer to downtown, try the Herbert Hotel. It's another antique building, although extensive renovations make it feel much more modern. Its rooms are small but functional, with a chic minimalist style that should appeal to contemporary travelers. Double- and triple-adjoining guest rooms are ideal for families. The Herbert Hotel's location on the Powell Street cable car line, just off Union Square, should attract anyone who wants to stay near San Francisco's most popular attractions.

Getting Around San Francisco

San Francisco is a very tourist-friendly city that's easy for everyone to navigate. Don't bother renting a car; there are more scenic and affordable ways to get around this California city. On arrival, the Bay Area Rapid Transit commuter rail will take you from the San Francisco International Airport to the heart of the city.

San Francisco's neighborhoods are very flat and compact, with many tourist attractions within walking distance of the city center, so you might simply want to get around on foot.
When traveling further afield or after dark, most tourists prefer to use public transport. The Municipal Transportation System, dubbed the Muni, operates buses, streetcars, and San Francisco's famous cable cars. If you're making several trips, a Muni Passport, which offers unlimited rides for one-, three-, or seven-day periods is great value. A ferry ride is a scenic way to travel between Market Street or Fisherman's Wharf and the nearby communities of Sausalito, Tiburon, and Larkspur. Children and seniors are eligible for discounts on all local public transport.

San Francisco, California, is a diverse city with excellent hotel options for everyone from frugal travelers to luxury lovers. Do your research before arrival, and book early to secure the best rate on your San Francisco stay.

Recent traveler guest reviews of San Francisco, CA

Below are reviews of the city of San Francisco, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.

Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful city with spectacular entertainment and eating facilities. A great city to walk and to host an event or conference.

, from 04-May-2016
"Bad Traffic"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love the City, but hate the traffic. I know it can't be helped - they call it growth-progress-rebuilding infrastructure, whatever; I just wish it wasn't there.

, from 24-Apr-2016
"Great Place"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were able to see Muir Woods, Alcatraz, and worked the NFL Experience and Super Bowl 50. A great week.

, from 09-Feb-2016
"We All Enjoyed Ourselves"
Score 5.0 / 5

Good weather and a good tour experience.

, from 05-Oct-2015
"Endless Fun"
Score 5.0 / 5

We liked Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sea Lions, Alcatraz Island, Cable Cars, Lombard Street, Chinatown, and the endless possibilities for international dining experiences, and fresh seafood opportunities.

, from 10-Sep-2015
"Meetings in San Francisco"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Francisco, the city by the bay, is 7 miles by 7 miles and comprised of a diverse array of neighborhoods such as China Town, North Beach, the Mission District, Union Square, Japantown, SoMa and so much more. The beauty of the this city you can walk or travel by cable car to see all of the sites! This is an excellent city to visit and also make day trips to Muir Woods or Napa Valley. You can rely on September and October to be the best weather months (although the weather is pretty temperate and sits around 70 degrees regularly recommendation: always dress in layers). This city also prides itself in locally made and crafted foods and shops and its diverse cultural population.

, from 29-Jun-2015
"So Inviting"
Score 4.0 / 5

Public transportation is very good in San Francisco. Loved the variety of restaurants and really enjoyed the public market.

, from 23-Jun-2015
"Fun Group Trip"
Score 4.0 / 5

We went to Alcatraz and Pier 39. It was lots of fun and most of our middle school students hadn't been there before. The Alcatraz tour staff were all pleasant and efficient. Weather was excellent, and we were very lucky to find parking for our charter bus (fed a meter across the street from Pier 39 using a credit card) across the street from Pier 39 with easy access back onto the main street out.

, from 17-May-2015
"So Much To Enjoy"
Score 4.0 / 5

The food is great and the scenery beautiful. Be sure to visit Chinatown, Little Italy, and Pier39!

, from 14-Apr-2015
"I Love San Francisco"
Score 4.0 / 5

On this trip, the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building, the view of the bridges, North Beach, and the weather were all fantastic!

, from 17-Feb-2015
"Segway City Tour Delight "
Score 4.0 / 5

Loved the Segway tour of the city with the SF Electric tour, an absolute must do!

, from 05-Jan-2015
"Good Location"
Score 4.0 / 5

Easy to drive into the city and access to our wedding venue.

, from 06-Aug-2014
"Enjoy every experience"
Score 5.0 / 5

There a lot and love it.

, from 23-Jul-2014
Score 5.0 / 5

Great diverse city.

, from 22-Jul-2014
"Bay to Breakers"
Score 4.0 / 5

Bay to Breakers was very fun.

, from 20-May-2014
"Pier 39 and Exploratorium were highlights in this fantastic city."
Score 5.0 / 5

Pier 39 was a lot of fun, the boat tour to Alcatraz and then touring Alcatraz was fantastic!! The group also really enjoyed riding the trolley, but you had to wait an hour to ride it. We went to Chinatown, which was okay, but not as much fun as Pier 39. The Exploratorium was fantastic. We went with girls ages 5th-7th, could have spend three days in there alone!! Also, when you go there, definitely plan on doing the tactile dome for an extra $15.

, from 15-May-2014
"Lots to Enjoy"
Score 4.0 / 5

People are great. Enjoyed sourdough bread with clam chowder and king crabs on Pier 39. I love Chinatown, enjoyed dim sum, Peking duck, quails, pork ribs. Traveling on the cable car throughout the city. Alcatraz tour was great. Golden Gate bridge tour.

, from 06-May-2014
Score 4.0 / 5

Fishermans Wharf, Pier 39 is 5 star.

, from 10-Mar-2014
"The Chinese New Year parade, the restaurants and scenery"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Chinese New Year parade was memorable. This is a beautiful, scenic city with amazing restaurants.

, from 20-Feb-2014
Score 4.0 / 5

San Francisco is a beautiful city with an ambiance and atmosphere that is unlike anywhere else.

, from 18-Dec-2013
"A beautiful city with so many attractions."
Score 5.0 / 5

San Francisco is truly a beautiful city with so many attractions. Some of the must see attractions - Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and China town. You must save time take a cruise to Alcatraz. Night life is amazing in San Francisco. Shopping at the Macys's (7 floors) in Union Square is a lot of fun.

, from 01-Nov-2013
"There is a reason people travel from all over to visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Francisco has all of the culture, creativity, passion, industriousness, and individuality of a true 'city of the world' ... compressed into a 7x7 mile square. There is a reason people travel from all over to visit, and many of the best minds and talents stay for good. This city constantly impresses me - there is ALWAYS something happening, something to see or do or participate in. Any quick search of local events will turn up concerts, parades, film screenings, art shows, and much more, literally on a daily basis. Despite its small size, San Francisco feels like 20 cities packed into one. They say each neighborhood has its own unique flair... I think it's more accurate to say that they are each their own micro-world. Anyone visiting for the first time should try to see as many corners of the city as possible. You will be amazed how drastic a change a 15 minute walk in any direction can make. Do the tourist-y things... go to Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, ect... but don't forget to leave some time just to wander around. You'll be happy you did. San Francisco is also home to some of the warmest and outgoing people I have encountered (credit the infections feeling of excitement and acceptance), so don't be afraid to start up a conversation with someone you don't know. San Francisco is renowned for its restaurants (every type of food) so ask for some local suggestions and make your meals count. Come hungry and with a sense of adventure and you will have a fantastic time in this city!

, from 01-Nov-2013
"I love the city close to the beginning of summer"
Score 4.0 / 5

San Francisco is an exciting city. I have been there a few times and I'm never disappointed. Home of the infamous Alcatraz prison, has plenty of historical sites and tourist attractions. I love the city close to the beginning of summer when it's still cool but sunny as well. You will find some of the best seafood on Fisherman's Wharf, and after lunch there is a Ghirardelli factory up the hill with samples of their chocolate.

, from 01-Nov-2013
"Mostly very interesting"
Score 5.0 / 5

Mostly very interesting city. The area around where I stayed was not very safe late at night or early morning due to lots of homeless people living on streets.

, from 31-Oct-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of San Francisco, CA shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews
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