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San Francisco, CA: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

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The San Francisco center is about the area of North Oakland and the area of East Oakland.

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

Yotel San Francisco - San Francisco
1095 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 8 suites in property
Average 3.0 /5 Latest Reviews Call BookMore Details
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The Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Two-star Downtown hotel
  • 44 rooms in hotel
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Hotel Zetta San Francisco - San Francisco
55 5th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Four star property
  • Check-in: 1500
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Staypineapple An Elegant Hotel Union Square - San Francisco
580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 7 floors
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Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel : 55 Cyril Magnin St.
55 Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • 15 suites in property
Very Good 4.0 /5 Reviews Call BookMore Details
Edwardian San Francisco Hotel : 1668 Market St.
1668 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Low Cost Downtown hotel
  • 4 floors in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5 Hotel Reviews Call BookMore Details
SOMA Park Inn – Civic Center in San Francisco
101 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Low priced Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 1:00 pm
Very Good 4.0 /5 Latest Reviews Call BookMore Details
Inn at the Opera
333 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 6 floors in property
Very Good 4.0 /5 Hotel Reviews Call BookMore Details
Days Inn by Wyndham San Francisco Downtown/Civic Cntr Area : 465 Grove St.
465 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Economy hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5 Review Score Call BookMore Details
Synergy Housing San Francisco : 1161 Mission St. Suite 438
1161 Mission St. Suite 438, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Affordable property
  • Check-in time: 16:00
Very Good 4.0 /5 Hotel Reviews Call BookMore Details
Best Western Red Coach Inn in San Francisco
700 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 4 floors in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5 Review Score Call BookMore Details
Minna Hotel
509 Minna St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Three Star property
Very Good 4.0 /5 Review Score Call BookMore Details
Hampton Inn San Francisco Downtown/Convention Center
942 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • 16 floors in property
Very Good 4.0 /5 Latest Reviews Call BookMore Details
Found Hotel San Francisco - San Francisco
140 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Affordable hotel
  • Check in: 15:00
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Hotel Spero
405 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • High end Downtown property
  • Hotel has 23 suites
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Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel in San Francisco
1075 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 9 floors in property
Very Good 4.0 /5 Recent Reviews Call BookMore Details
Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection
550 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 8 meeting rooms
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The Civic Aboda Corporate Housing - San Francisco
101 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • 162 rooms in property
Average 3.0 /5 Hotel Reviews Call BookMore Details
Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco : 1231 Market St.
1231 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • 7 floors in property
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Civic Center Motor Inn
364 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Cheap Convention Center property
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
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San Francisco Inn in San Francisco
385 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Economy hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
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Good Hotel - San Francisco
112 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • A relatively new concept to hit hotels, the Good Hotel in downtown San Francisco practices philanthropy and strives to do good for the planet. In fact, many of the furnishings on the property are made from reclaimed or recycled construction materials. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations based on what guests’ needs, with all boasting comfortable amenities like a flat-screen television, high-speed wireless Internet access, and an iPod docking station. The hotel features additional amenities designed to make you feel right at home, including a fun photo booth and access to an outdoor heated pool across the street.
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Shuttle to airport available
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Carriage Inn in San Francisco
140 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 4 floors
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Aida Plaza Hotel
1087 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 3 star hotel
  • Hotel has 12 suites
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HTL 587, Ascend Hotel Collection : 587 Eddy St.
587 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • 56 rooms in hotel
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Rodeway Inn Civic Center
860 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Two-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in: 11:00
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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Soma - San Francisco
10 Hallam St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Inexpensive property
  • Check-in: 15:00
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Americania Hotel in San Francisco
121 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 4 suites
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Signature San Francisco
259 7th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 4-star property
  • 40 rooms in property
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COVA Hotel - San Francisco
655 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 8 floors
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Alexis Park Hotel - San Francisco
825 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Two-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
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Winsor Hotel in San Francisco
20 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Low priced Downtown property
  • Check in time: 3:00PM
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Hotel 964 in San Francisco
964 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 3-star hotel
  • 9 rooms in property
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Hotel Metropolis - San Francisco
25 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • 105 rooms in property
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Tilden Hotel
345 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Nestled near Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center, the Hotel Mark Twain boasts a distinct historic feel, with plantation shutters and a brass railed staircase. The hotel has also been renovated to provide a modern feel, with amenities including cable television, pay-per-view movies, a mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, and iron with ironing board. A lobby Internet station, exercise room with cardio equipment and weights, and same-day dry cleaning and laundry services are also available to guests of this San Francisco hotel.
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • 3 suites in hotel
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Super 8 by Wyndham San Francisco/Union Square Area in San Francisco
415 Ofarrell St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Low Cost hotel
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
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Adante Hotel
610 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 7 floors in hotel
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Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Union Square
761 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 17 floors in hotel
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The Pickwick Hotel in San Francisco
85 5th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • Check-in: 3:00PM
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118 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
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Monarch Hotel
1015 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • The charming Monarch Hotel is located 12 miles from the airport and within walking distance of many top attractions. Thanks to a cozy fireplace and grand piano in the lobby, you’ll feel welcome the moment you step inside the hotel. During your stay, you can enjoy complimentary coffee all day, dry cleaning and laundry services, a safe-deposit box, and a 24-hour front desk staff that can recommend hotspots for dinner, entertainment, and more.
  • Inexpensive Downtown hotel
  • 100 rooms in hotel
Travelodge by Wyndham San Francisco Central - San Francisco
1707 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Nestled between downtown and the Castro District, the Travelodge Central Market Street Hotel is perfect for business and leisure travelers. The comfortable guest rooms have been recently remodeled with plush bedding, cable television with premium channels, an in-room safe, and hair dryer. As a guest of the hotel, you can enjoy low-priced parking, a daily continental breakfast, and a free USA Today newspaper during the week. You’ll also be just four blocks from the Civic Center and City Hall and a short drive from other area attractions.
  • 2-star Downtown hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
The Adrian in San Francisco
493 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • 2-star hotel
  • Check in: 15:00
Elite Inn
116 Turk St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Low Cost Airport hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
Civic Center Inn : 790 Ellis St.
790 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Low-priced property
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Sweden House Hotel : 570 O'farrell St.
570 O'farrell St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Check in: 4pm
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BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham in San Francisco
50 8th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 396 rooms in hotel
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Sonder Hotel The Townsman : 706 Polk St.
706 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • 3 star property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
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Motel 6 San Francisco Ca - San Francisco
895 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Cheap hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
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Sonder The Bijou - San Francisco
111 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Inspired by Hollywood, Hotel Bijou boasts a classic movie palace design and comfortable amenities for a hip, sophisticated feel. Each of the 65 guest rooms is named after a motion picture that was shot in San Francisco. And, to add to the retro feel, the lobby shows a double feature every night. Guests of the hotel can enjoy high-speed wireless Internet access, a complete concierge service, and same-day laundry services. They can also walk right out the door and find themselves minutes away from fabulous dining and entertainment.
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Check-in: 03:00
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Graph: Upcoming 20 Days of San Francisco Hotel Rates

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all San Francisco, CA discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest San Francisco hotel for each day and each star rating category.

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: $221.58

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: $173.09

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: $128.01

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Francisco

Best Discounts in San Francisco

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.

Travel overview of San Francisco, CA

San Francisco may be small with a land area of just 49 square miles but its amenities make the city larger than life. Whether you are a cultural traveler, a thrill-seeking adventurer or merely looking for a place where you can indulge yourself, nothing will beat SF. It has the perfect balance of contemporary conveniences and historical districts, making it a must-visit town. It houses the world famous landmarks like Golden Gate Bridge and Mission Dolores. Take a cable car ride, which is the country's only national historic landmark that moves, at the Fisherman's Wharf. Art lovers will feast in Fort Mason Center where museums and art galleries showcase Italian, African-American and Mexican art. If you want some action, the Golden Gate Park is the place to be. Play tennis, go hiking, hit the Stow Lake with paddleboats or ride your way to the beach. At the end of the day, savor the moments while you are being pampered in numerous spas around the city. There are plenty of restaurants that will serve you the best of the world's cuisines prepared by no other than famous chefs. With all the city has to offer, it's not surprising that you will be looking forward to your next visit.

'Knowing is not enough “ we MUST apply.
Thinking is not enough “ we MUST do!
These words of wisdom are often attributed to Bruce Lee, a famed MMA expert and global superstar, who was born and raised in the mean streets of Chinatown, San Francisco. 

The city of San Francisco is known by many names “ from the City by the Bay of Pacific to the City that Knows. As far as its historic heritage is concerned, it was also among the first west coast cities to be inhabited by European settlers. 

For tourists, of course, the permanently itched global image of San Francisco is that of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge entrapped from below in a shroud of thick fog that creates a mesmerizing visual. San Francisco has also featured in a number of popular movies, from Rain Man to 500 Days of Summer. 

So, if you are planning on making a trip down to this city of immense warmth, you need first be congratulated on your fine taste in tourism. Next comes looking for hotels in San Francisco, and that is exactly the point of this write up. 

Budget Hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco is among the most neatly planned and developed cities in the United States, ranking much higher than big players like New York City and Los Angeles. Somehow, San Francisco has managed to maintain that look of dignity, morality and most of all, education that other big cities in the US seem to lack. It comes as a no surprise then, when one learns that San Francisco regularly ranks in the top 5 places in the lists of best cities in the world to live, or the happiest cities in the world. 

With all those accolades, however, come prices to pay. And that's no metaphor. San Francisco also happens to be among the most expensive American cities to live in, and hence, finding cheap hotels here can be a mammoth ask. 

But if one still has to put their mind to it, there are certain San Francisco hotels that can be squeezed into this category, albeit with extra liberties being taken while defining what ˜cheap' really means. 

Among all the potential candidates, however, one hotel consistently stands up to the tall expectations of global tourists “ Nob Hill Inn. It is a restored property (a former townhouse, built over a century ago) that still evokes the charms of the early 20th century. Moreover, it's located very conveniently from tourism point of view and doesn't cost a lot in comparison with other hotels in San Francisco. 

Grant Plaza Hotel is another perfect hotel for those who do not wish to spend a lot on accommodations. Touchstone Hotel and San Remo are another similar establishments that have been in operation for over four decades. 

Letting it Loose in SF

It's easy, when you look at it in a liberal sense of opinion, to spend a lot and live in luxury, if you have enough budget available. 

And if you are willing to spend, San Francisco will open her arms wide open for you, as there are over four dozen top-notch luxury hotel and establishments that embezzle the neighborhoods of this city. 

Among these, Lowes Regency is a supreme hotel that incorporates luxury and convenience (at a formidable price, though). Another property that luxury hotel lovers can find worth a visit is the Omni San Francisco Hotel. Located in the heart of the downtown, Omni is a perfect blend of luxury, style and elegance. Hyatt has made their mark in this beautiful city with the royal Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf that allows its guests to wake up to beautiful vast expanses of San Francisco Bay, and spend their evenings in the surreal company of Pacific sunset. 

San Francisco Tourist Attractions 

As mentioned earlier, San Francisco tourist attractions list just aren't complete without a mention of the Golden Gate Bridge. This imposing feat of architecture and engineering has come to define the city that San Francisco has shaped up to be in last one hundred years. 

Among other things to see in San Francisco, the Exploratorium takes the top place. It's a lot more fun than most other museums you will ever visit, and a trip there makes for some quality family time, especially if you are taking your children along. Another unmissable place in San Francisco is the famous AT&T Ball Park that has witnessed some truly historic moments in the game that America fondly calls their own. 

San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Park are worth a visit, preferably early in the day, as it can get really humid out there past noon. 

For pop culture lover, a trip to Alcatraz Island can be a great memory, particularly because of all the hype that has always surrounded this place. 

Finding Hotels Near SFO

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is a busy airport that acts as a central operational base for United Airlines. It is one of the busiest airports in the country and handles visitor traffic in excess of 50 million every year. 

Tourists from Europe, Asia and Oceania often arrive in San Francisco via SFO. The airport is located at a short distance (approx. 15 miles) from the city space and hence, is easily reachable via road. Many buses operate with good frequency, shuttling passengers to and fro between the airport and the downtown San Francisco. 

Finding cheap hotels along this way is not really a good prospect, as there aren't too many establishments present in this stretch.

Local Transport in San Francisco 

The best way to travel in and around San Francisco is to hire a private cab for the day, or rent a car and drive it around yourself. If you are a foreign national, you are best advised to hire an experienced cab driver and a local guide to show you around. Most San Francisco hotels do arrange for cabs and guides at a nominal fee. 

In essence, San Francisco is a city that's best enjoyed, rather than merely visited! 

FAQs about hotels in San Francisco

What are the best rated hotels in San Francisco?

The Phoenix Hotel, Hotel Zetta San Francisco and Staypineapple An Elegant Hotel Union Square are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the upper-end hotels in San Francisco?

Hotel Zetta San Francisco, Staypineapple An Elegant Hotel Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel are the top 3 luxury hotels near San Francisco city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of San Francisco?

Yotel San Francisco, The Phoenix Hotel, and Hotel Zetta San Francisco are the properties closest to San Francisco city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in San Francisco cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in San Francisco can be as cheap as $128.01 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in San Francisco cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in San Francisco has been $173.09 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a high-end hotel in San Francisco cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in San Francisco has been $221.58 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in San Francisco?

The Phoenix Hotel, Hotel Zetta San Francisco and Staypineapple An Elegant Hotel Union Square are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in San Francisco?

Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Union Square and BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Choice Hotels branded hotels in San Francisco?

HTL 587, Ascend Hotel Collection and Rodeway Inn Civic Center are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

Recent traveler guest reviews of San Francisco, CA

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

"Unique & Beautiful!"
Score 4.0 / 5

No place like SF, so unique and beautiful 🤩

Marilyn J., from 23-May-2023
"Great location & clean hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great location & clean hotel!

Krystal C., from 23-May-2023
"Safe & Friendly City with Great Public Transportation"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were here to see the Phillies. Not being from this city meant we were traipsing through another city in the opposing jersey - but we were treated with kindness and respect everywhere we went. We enjoyed our walk along the water at Fisherman's Wharf to see the sea lions. It was SUPER easy to navigate the public transportation system and pay with an app on our phone - so we didn't need to find a kiosk to purchase a ticket- and they allow free transfers from trolley to train, which was really great and also unexpected. The fog is pretty and we felt safe the entire time.

Jennifer B., from 19-May-2023
"Isla y prisión Alcatraz."
Score 5.0 / 5

Norma P., from 14-May-2023
"Incredible Food & Culture!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love everything about San Fran. Food and culture is incredible. Inclusive and caring city. Views are beautiful.

Justin K., from 10-May-2023
"Unique & Exciting Place!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The scenery, the food, the culture are all unique and exciting.

Karen H., from 09-May-2023
"MANY Interesting & Beautiful Attractions Nearby!"
Score 4.0 / 5

All the attractions: Botanical Garden, De Young Art Gallery, Academy of Science, Presidio Golf Club and Japanese Tea Garden are interesting and beautiful!!

Jean W., from 08-May-2023
"Beach & Shopping"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beach and shopping!

Sandra S., from 01-May-2023
"Good Shops & Good Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

Shops were good. Glad to see that the Saturday open market resumes. Osha Thai restaurant was excellent. We felt safe walking the area.

Sandra M., from 24-Apr-2023
"Great Area!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Relaxed vibe, great area! Loved Fishermans Wharf, Golden Gate and the great views! Alcatraz was very impressive.

Timo N., from 22-Apr-2023
"Restaurants, Giants and Warriors!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Restaurants, Giants and Warriors!

Christine C., from 16-Apr-2023
"Beautiful Scenery!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The beautiful scenery and the diversity!

Stephen Z., from 02-Apr-2023
"Central Loction"
Score 5.0 / 5

Central location.

Patrick A., from 25-Mar-2023
"The rooms were very clean, and the bed was comfortable."
Score 5.0 / 5

The rooms were very clean, and the bed was comfortable. City has great energy, great food and a lot of exhibits and museums to check out.

Matt R., from 19-Mar-2023
"Medical appointment at UCSF"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were there for a medical appointment at UCSF.

Connie P., from 16-Mar-2023
"Golden Gate Bridge & Silicon Valley"
Score 5.0 / 5

Visited the Golden Gate Bridge and Silicon Valley.

Sonia R., from 11-Mar-2023
"Room was very clean, spacious."
Score 4.0 / 5

Room was very clean, spacious. We enjoyed original joes and the shops around Washington square.

Keith V., from 08-Mar-2023
"Fun Place!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The people are friendly and the vibe of the city is fun with so much to do.

Kristin S., from 22-Feb-2023
"Beautiful surroundings, Presidio, great restaurants, cable cars!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful surroundings by the Presidio, great restaurants serving delicious food…cable cars. Great place for a getaway.

James F., from 21-Feb-2023
"The History!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I like the historical things that happened there!

Jose R., from 20-Feb-2023
"The hills, the Bay, the restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The hills, the Bay, the restaurants!

Karim Z., from 07-Feb-2023
"So Much to See & Enjoy!"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were able to Uber all over the city stopping at different restaurants for appetizers and drinks. SF has so much to see and enjoy!!

Pamela P., from 08-Jan-2023
"Good Location & Public Transportation"
Score 4.0 / 5

Easy walking and good public transportation.

Robin C., from 08-Jan-2023
"Muir Woods"
Score 4.0 / 5

Toured the city and Muir Woods.

George R., from 30-Dec-2022
"Love the Queen Anne Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love the Queen Anne Hotel. Have stayed there several times. Christmas decorations are wonderful!

Rachel P., from 25-Dec-2022
"Restaurants & Bars Within Walking Distance"
Score 4.0 / 5

So many different restaurants and bars all within walking distance.

Carly R., from 14-Dec-2022
"Union Square, Christmas decorations, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf."
Score 4.0 / 5

Union Square, Christmas decorations, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf.

Lorraine T., from 12-Dec-2022
"Beautiful room and so comfortable."
Score 4.0 / 5

Sightseeing, restaurants and our hotel conveniently located to all. Beautiful room and so comfortable.

Marie O., from 26-Nov-2022
"Beautiful room and so comfortable."
Score 4.0 / 5

Sightseeing, restaurants and our hotel conveniently located to all.

Marie O., from 26-Nov-2022
"Easy Access to Shopping & Restaurants"
Score 4.0 / 5

From your hotel, shopping and restaurants were easily accessible.

Henry M., from 23-Nov-2022
"Clean and comfortable hotel."
Score 5.0 / 5

It's a nice place to visit Clean and comfortable hotel.

Joe M., from 19-Nov-2022
"Room was clean and quiet"
Score 5.0 / 5


Lynn W., from 09-Nov-2022
"The room was very nice and clean."
Score 4.0 / 5


Peter P., from 28-Oct-2022
"Clean hotel with excellent staff"
Score 5.0 / 5

Big city vibes, Lot of touristy things to do and great food scene.

Siddharth S., from 26-Oct-2022
"Cable cars, restaurants, architecture."
Score 4.0 / 5

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit. Loved the cable cars, restaurants and architecture.

Rita K., from 07-Oct-2022
"The Food!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The food, that's what it makes it worth it!

Shoumin M., from 29-Sep-2022
"Union Square, Nob Hill, Ghirardelli, the Wharf, Oracle Park."
Score 4.0 / 5

Loved everything! What's not to love? We went to Union Square, explored Nob Hill and Ghirardelli, the Wharf. It's just pristine. A beautiful city. Loved Oracle Park! Definitely will be going back.

Margaret D., from 19-Sep-2022
"Art, dining, the wharf and shopping!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It is a special city with so much to see and do: art, dining, the wharf and shopping!

Darryl G., from 10-Sep-2022
"The fresh air, museums, atmosphere!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The fresh air, museums, atmosphere!

Leoni C., from 09-Sep-2022
"San Francisco, Union Square is cleanest we've seen in years."
Score 4.0 / 5

San Francisco, Union Square area was the cleanest we have seen it in years. No panhandlers or homeless to spoil our days or nights.

Robert W., from 17-Aug-2022
"Golden Gate Bridge"
Score 4.0 / 5

Golden Gate Bridge

Yeonah C., from 11-Aug-2022
"Safe Convenient Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

We loved the lcoation of the hotel. It was so close to everything and a safe area.

Sara M., from 23-Jul-2022
"Room was comfortable and clean."
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice city for walking

Jorge D., from 13-Jun-2022
"Beautiful Hotel very clean"
Score 5.0 / 5


Freddy R., from 13-Jun-2022
"Great walking, nature, culture, restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

San Francisco continues to be the beautiful cosmopolitan city you knew it to be. Great walking, nature, culture, restaurants everywhere. Beautiful architecture. Felt safe.

Joanne C., from 13-Jun-2022
"Comfortable and clean great hotel"
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice views

Elvira G., from 01-Jun-2022
"Hospitable employees."
Score 4.0 / 5

I like the people who assisted me. They all had great hospitality.

Yeni M., from 14-Apr-2022
"So much to do here."
Score 5.0 / 5

So much to do here in the city.

Aaron A., from 13-Apr-2022
"The Great American Music Hall!"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were there to see a show at the Great American Music Hall, and had a great time with our friends.

Jamee N., from 20-Mar-2022
"San Francisco!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Alcatraz Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, The Golden Gate bridge and Ocean and beach.

Gloria O., from 13-Mar-2022
"Convenient Buses for Seniors"
Score 5.0 / 5

Pier 39 and the double decker tour buses. It's very convenient for seniors who can't walk long distances.

Susan M., from 04-Mar-2022
"Many great restaurants nearby."
Score 5.0 / 5

There were many great places to eat close by and in full operation.

Blaine G., from 11-Jan-2022
"Good places to eat!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Uber, good places to eat: Sweet Maple, Burma Superstar

Duc N., from 02-Jan-2022
"Close to the pier!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The closeness to the pier! And parking!

Vanessa B., from 20-Dec-2021
"San Francisco!!!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Bouche restaurant just five minutes from the inn was a treat. The city is so walkable. Three blocks or so up the hill brought us to Grace Cathedral, the square and the Fairmont where the most extraordinary Christmas displays both inside and out were a feast for the eyes. From there, one can walk to all sorts of places. The roof gardens of the Transit Center was absolutely extraordinary. Pictures do not do justice to it. One must see the place in person. The architecture of the newer buildings surrounding the center was amazing and there is much more to the city to discover. I just mentioned few.

Alice Y., from 16-Dec-2021
"Wonderful area with so much to do!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Lots of friendly helpful folks you can talk to on streets, buses, etc. Gorgeous views, and excellent playgrounds in the area...esp Joe Di Maggio park. Many opportunities to shop for hard to get items. Cable cars and the ability to get nearly anywhere without a car.Cosmopolitan atmosphere, opera and first run plays and a good symphony...I am prejudiced, tho, because I was born there and graduated high school there.

Donna V., from 30-Nov-2021
"Convenient location!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Located close to most sites - nice walk to downtown.

Ann M., from 29-Nov-2021
"Christmas decorations in Union Square and Ice Rink!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Christmas decorations in Union Square and Ice Rink!

Steven A., from 28-Nov-2021
Score 5.0 / 5


Jim D., from 21-Nov-2021
"Wonderful, diverse city."
Score 4.0 / 5

The city is a wonderful, diverse group of people.

Donald P., from 16-Nov-2021
"Proximity to UCSF Mission Bay"
Score 5.0 / 5

Good proximity to the hospital; I was there for surgery at UCSF Mission Bay and then home to Clovis, CA.

Kenneth H., from 08-Nov-2021
"Satisfied Client"
Score 4.0 / 5

Booked this hotel through a very nice agent who had a lots of patience. So many fun experiences there and beautiful sights - the bridge, The beach, the architecture of the homes , excellent restaurants etc.. can't wait to go back!

Nancy M., from 22-Oct-2021
"Very Nice!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great staff and breakfast was a nice touch.

James P., from 15-Oct-2021
"Nice Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Our team visited silicon places & universities, traveled culture places. Especially saw the surprising air show in Pier 39.

Jaehee Y., from 12-Oct-2019
"Very enjoyable and pleasant stay"
Score 4.0 / 5

I live in SF and this is the best city in the world, and I've been to a lot of places. Very good restaurants, especially Asian food. Also lots of tourist attractions as well as more local spots to visit. golden Gate Park and Lands End are scenic spots to visit and my favorite places to take visitors.

Julia P., from 30-Sep-2019
Score 4.0 / 5

Great food. Great views and loved Fisherman's wharf, Hornblower dinner cruise and Alcatraz tour.

Teresa S., from 17-Sep-2019
"Great Area!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I live in the bay area

Dennis S., from 10-Sep-2019
"Nice views"
Score 4.0 / 5

Nice views, Good for tourists

Deepak S., from 02-Sep-2019
"Nice place to relax "
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice place to relax and get away of busy city.

Michelle C., from 19-Aug-2019
"Great Experience"
Score 5.0 / 5

I love it all.

Ramon R., from 17-Jul-2019
"Loved the Golden Gate Bridge Park and bridge access."
Score 4.0 / 5

Plenty of food options located close to each other. Sears Fine Dining across from the SFD Hotel was excellent. Easy access to Berkley, where we took a college tour.

Jeffrey K., from 15-Mar-2019
"Visiting tourist locations"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was Fleet Week (Air & Water Show) = very entertaining. Ghirardelli Square was charming.

Laura L., from 09-Oct-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Trip to Alcatraz was excellent. Also visited Golden Gate bridge, Fisherman's Wharf area which was close and convenient.

Margaret H., from 18-May-2018
"Good Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5


Patrick L., from 02-Jan-2018
"Great Hotel and Location!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Walking through and around Union Square at Christmastime is a favorite!

Katherine K., from 15-Dec-2017
"What a great stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I enjoyed walking through all the neighborhoods and the great retaurants

Jason D., from 30-Oct-2017
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

So much to do in San Francisco.

Marianne T., from 15-Aug-2017
"Great hotel and city!"
Score 5.0 / 5

There is nothing to not love about San Francisco, the most beautiful city in the bay!!

Roslyn B., from 17-Jul-2017
"Good Research. Good Results."
Score 5.0 / 5

Food was long as you know where to look. Do your homework and stay away from Pier 39 as there are too many other good places to eat.

Chris L., from 15-Mar-2017
"Amazing! "
Score 5.0 / 5

What's not to like - the food, the architecture, the energy, the diversity!

Kimberly R., from 17-Feb-2017
"Variety of Restaurants "
Score 5.0 / 5

San Francisco has so much to offer - from amazing shopping on Market Street and around Union Square to a HUGE variety of restaurants and bars in easily accessible locations, everyone can find something they love. It's easy to get around without a car (take other forms of transit or call a ride, rather than driving yourself) so you never have to worry about parking!

Erica C., from 08-Nov-2016
"Perfect visit."
Score 4.0 / 5

Union Square,Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach - the Blue Angels even flew over!

Nancy J., from 10-Oct-2016
Score 4.0 / 5

There is so much history of America, it was great!

Katrina B., from 21-Aug-2016
"My Home!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I live here because it is the best city.

Sandy S., from 21-May-2016
Score 5.0 / 5

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

Dianne S., 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.

John W., 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.

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

Good weather and a good tour experience.

Kristina L., 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.

G. Luke S., 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.

Jennifer G., 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.

Barbara M., 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.

Marsha J., 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!

Nick S., 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!

Charlotte B., 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!

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

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

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

There a lot and love it.

Tom F., from 23-Jul-2014
Score 5.0 / 5

Great diverse city.

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

Bay to Breakers was very fun.

Joan B., 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.

Christie H., from 15-May-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of San Francisco, CA shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 101 reviews
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