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Where to Stay in San Francisco
From the bustling streets of Union Square to the small-town feel of Bernal Heights, San Francisco’s neighborhoods have as much personality as its people. Book a room in The Haight neighborhood and spend time in nearby Golden Gate Park. Or stay in The Mission district and browse the trendy stores on Valencia Street. If you’re looking for a hotel that won’t break your budget, search San Francisco hotel deals with Travelzoo’s SuperSearch.
San Francisco Hotel Tips
The weather in San Francisco doesn’t budge too much from the low 50s to the high 60s, making anytime the right time to visit. Because the fall months are the city’s warmest, hotels can fill up fast, especially when there’s an outdoor concert or festival. The weather tends to be a little wetter around December and January, which means it’s a great time to book San Francisco cheap flights and find discount hotel rates.
If you’re wanting to explore San Francisco’s many museums and cultural attractions, look for hotels in The Haight, a hip neighborhood that’s located just a short drive to the de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences. For those that love the nightlife, find a luxurious room at one of the boutique bed-and-breakfasts near The Castro, the city’s major gay and lesbian bar district. You can also find hotel deals in Oakland, which is easily accessible on San Francisco’s rapid transit system, the BART.
San Francisco Hotel Recommendations
If you’re a fan of luxurious hotels, you’ll want to reserve a room at one of San Francisco’s Union Square boutiques. Flashback to the 1920s at Hotel Union Square, a lavish Art Deco hotel with a history as interesting as the décor. Originally built in 1913 for the Pan American Exposition, this boutique hotel puts visitors in the middle of the city’s top shopping district.
For those that want to reduce their carbon footprints, book accommodations at the Orchard Garden Hotel, one of San Francisco’s most environmentally friendly boutique hotels. Located just a few blocks from the Museum of Modern Art, Orchard Garden was built to meet federal green-building standards. The entire hotel is smoke free, and guestrooms include an innovative key card energy control system.
Explore San Francisco’s hip Haight and Castro districts by staying at the Metro Hotel. Located just a mile from Golden Gate Park, this neighborhood boutique offers budget travelers a cheaper stay than some of the more high-end downtown hotels. And for the eco-minded, The Metro is currently converting into a green business.
San Francisco Transportation
San Francisco provides travelers with an array of transportation options, from the historic cable cars to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART).
Once your flight lands at San Francisco International (SFO), hop on the BART, which is located on the ticketing level of the airport’s international terminal. From here, you can take the train to a number of key San Francisco destinations, including The Mission, Union Square and the Financial District.
Of course, every visitor to San Francisco has to take a ride on one of the city’s historic cable cars. These trolleys run along the city’s F Line, which takes passengers from the majestic seaside wharves down Market Street to the Castro district. In addition to the historic streetcars, San Francisco boasts a very active light-rail system, which operates on seven different lines.
Unlike its southern metropolitan neighbor L.A., San Francisco is a walkable city, granted you don’t mind a bit of an uphill climb. City streets can be incredibly steep, which can make traveling by foot or bike a little precarious for the inexperienced. However, if you don’t mind the challenge, you can spend an entire day strolling through San Francisco’s culturally distinct neighborhoods.
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