Where to Stay in SF

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Where to Stay

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 There are a lot of hotels in this town—and we’re not even counting the endless apartments for rent on AirBnB. Wading through that swamp of options can be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve simplified it for you with our top choices for where to splurge, where to save, and where to spend just the right amount throughout the city.  Sleep tight! 

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SPLURGE—Rates from $300+

Courtesy of Fairmont San Francisco

Neighborhood: Union Square
335 Powell Street
Telephone: (415) 397-7000

Smack dab in the middle of Union Square, this luxury hotel offers glamorous city views from plush beds. Make sure to take a ride in the glass elevators to get a whole new perspective on San Francisco’s shopping district.

Fairmont San Francisco
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
950 Mason St.
Telephone: (415) 772-5000

When a hotel becomes a landmark, it becomes transcendent. Alright, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the Fairmont will live up to all of your 5-star hotel dreams. Perched on the top of Nob Hill with décor that harkens back to San Francisco’s gilded age. Don’t forget to stop by the Tonga Room for cocktails and a rainstorm indoors.

Hotel Zelos San Francisco
Neighborhood: SoMA
12 Fourth Street
Telephone: (415) 348-1111

For easy access to the city’s museums, shopping, and transportation, your best bet is to stay at Hotel Zelos. It’s centrally located with stylish rooms and a laundry list of amenities, including complimentary wifi and the morning newspaper for those who like to keep up with the times. Make sure to stop by their rooftop bar Dirty Habit for a cocktail at happy hour.

Palace Hotel
Neighborhood: SoMA
2 New Montgomery Street
Telephone: (415) 512-1111

Nothing really beats staying in a place that feels like a legit palace. Ornate chandeliers light up the dining room and around the holidays, you can expect to see a gingerbread masterpiece on display. But year round, this hotel offers pristine service and quiet bedrooms that have been recently remodeled to feel more like private apartments. Welcome to the lap of luxury.

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SPEND—Rates from $150-$300

K.S. via Yelp

Hotel Zetta
Neighborhood: SoMA
55 5th Street
Telephone: (415) 543-8555

Consider this swanky downtown hotel a playground for adults. Centrally located with access to some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants (not to mention the shopping a few minutes walk from the new SFMOMA), this hotel prides itself of design and play. The upstairs playroom (no really, it’s called a playroom) has a billiard table, shuffle board, Nintendo Wii and plenty of board games.

Phoenix Hotel
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
601 Eddy Street
Telephone: (800) 248-9466

A pool, some rock stars and a great bar to boot, this boutique hotel has it all. Modeled after a mid-century motor lodge, the Phoenix is frequented by bands in town for gigs and a younger hotel crowd. Just keep your wits about you in the surrounding neighborhood.

Beck’s Motor Lodge
Neighborhood: Castro
2222 Market Street
Telephone: (415) 621-8212

This recently remodeled motel is a great spot for exploring the Castro neighborhood. Clean, poppy décor and a sundeck give this hotel a 60s appeal with the prices to match. It’s a great spot to stay for the Pride Parade

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SAVE—Rates from $150 or less

Courtesy of Chelsea Inn

 Rodeway Inn & Suites 
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
1234 Great Highway
Telephone: (415) 731-6644

If you’re coming into town for Outside Lands, or just want to explore the Western side of the city, this is your spot. The motel recently underwent a refresh and is under new ownership—plus, it’s one block away from the beach and the park. There’s free wifi and a complimentary continental breakfast for those looking to save an extra little bit of cash.

Chelsea Inn
Neighborhood: Marina
2095 Lombard Street
Telephone: (415) 563-5600

With Victorian interiors that make you feel like you’re staying with an old relative, and a location smack dab in the middle of the Marina action, this inn is a great place for anyone wanting to explore. It’s less than a mile to the Marina Green and only another half mile after that until you’ve reached Crissy Field. Not to mention the neighborhood is great for restaurants and bars.

For more budget hotel options, check out our post on the Top 9 Budget Hotels in the City. 

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