More like a collection of delightfully diverse neighbourhoods than one big city, San Francisco gives you the Bay, the hills, Chinatown, Japantown – just so many different experiences and places to stay. Want to see the Golden Gate Bridge from your hotel window? Fancy staying a night in the revolutionary district of Haight-Ashbury? Keen to soak up the Italian-American vibe in North Beach? San Francisco accommodation is as varied as the city itself.
Check out our introduction to San Francisco hotels and accommodation, below.
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Choose your style of San Francisco hotel
Hotels in San Francisco range from super simple dormitory-style options to boutique neighbourhood gems and ultra luxe 5-star establishments you’ll never want to leave. Comfortable and contemporary budget-friendly options abound, such as the 3-star Cova Hotel in the heart of downtown, while if you want to splash out on luxury and views, there is certainly no shortage of San Francisco accommodation at the top end of town.
Where to stay in San Francisco
Choosing your San Francisco accommodation depends on what you want from your stay. It might be a little touristy but if you have kids, staying in the vicinity of the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Piers will put you close to the waterfront and popular attractions. A huge range of hotels can be found in the downtown area, from where you can walk to many of San Francisco’s best sites. For some of the grandest San Francisco accommodation, head up to Nob Hill for the likes of the 5-star Fairmont Hotel San Francisco.
Best time to stay in San Francisco
Summer in San Francisco brings the fog and very often cooler temperatures, which is why June and July are not always the best months to visit. Ideally, the best time to stay in San Francisco is September through November, when the chances of rain and fog are relatively small and the days are warm and sunny. Spring is also a good time to visit: March, April and May are usually warm, dry and clear. The city also has its fair share of big festivals when there can be an extra influx of visitors.
Getting around San Francisco
Driving and parking in San Francisco is quite difficult so your best option for getting around the city is public transport. Muni is San Francisco’s bus and metro system that runs throughout the city and includes buses, trains, cable cars and the historic F-line streetcar. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a fast rail service that can take you to and from the airport, while ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are popular in the city, as are taxis.
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