San Francisco Hotels
Like its neighborhoods, accommodation in San Francisco is incredibly varied. From traditional grande dames and quirky boutique hotels through to small inns and motels, there is an accommodation type to suit every budget and holiday.
Accommodation in San Francisco is at its most expensive during the summer months. If you are planning to visit San Francisco during the summer, be sure to book your accommodation well in advance as this will give you a greater choice of hotels to select from and can also lead to some great savings. In addition, you might want to consider staying in one of the chain hotels or motels in Fisherman’s Wharf or along Highway 101.
At the top end of the spectrum, San Francisco has a number of luxury hotels to choose from, many of which offer beautiful views of the Bay or Golden Gate Bridge. Many international luxury brands also have a presence in San Francisco such as Mandarin Oriental and Ritz Carlton.
On the other hand if you are looking for somewhere cheaper and more basic to stay, you will not be disappointed. San Francisco has a number of chain hotels and small hotels which promise a comfortable and inexpensive stay.
When you book a hotel in San Francisco, make sure you are aware what is and what is not included in the room rates. For example, you will find that much of the accommodation in San Francisco charges extra for breakfast. However, do not worry as there are many inexpensive and exciting places to grab breakfast throughout the city!
Top Things to do in San Francisco
Chinatown is a must-see attraction when visiting this unique city. Tracing its history back to the days of the California gold rush, Chinatown is very literally a country within a city. The people here tend to be quite friendly (if not very polite and reserved). There are numerous festivals held here and the foods are as delectable as they are exotic. For those who wish to make Chinatown a stop during their visit, it is a good idea to purchase what is known as a CityPASS. This will enable tourists to take advantage of public transportation systems.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the most recognizable landmark here and likewise should never be missed. Not only are wonderful panoramic views of the city offered, but a foot path will enable anyone to get an up-close-and-personal view of this majestic engineering marvel. This is also an ideal spot to snap a few pictures before returning to the city proper.
Another option that is enjoyed by many is to take a ride in one of the cable cars which ascend up the hilly streets (perhaps made famous by the Rice-A-Roni commercials above all). These cars will often run directly alongside the iconic Victorian houses which were largely spared from the aforementioned earthquake. These cars run between Market Street and Fisherman’s Wharf. The CityPASS will also be valid on these cars. These are an absolute must-see attraction for countless visitors and many cars have actually been in operation for 50 years or even longer.