San Francisco Lodging: Find the Best Options in SF by Budget & Neighborhood

There are hundreds of San Francisco lodging options. Here you will find recommendations for budget- friendly hotels as well as those in the most popular districts of Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square.

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Union Square

Union Square has hundreds of hotel options. Here you can find everything from high end, five-star options to small, no frills ones with two stars. It's a popular place to stay because it's a centrally located neighborhood with great transportation to other parts of the city.

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Fisherman's Wharf Hotels

Another popular neighborhood for visitors is Fisherman's Wharf. Staying here keeps you close to many of the attractions such as Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. You are also close to the ferries for Alcatraz, Angel Island and for the bay cruises. Most options here are just two to three blocks away from the water.

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Downtown SF Lodging

Downtown San Francisco lodging are near the Financial District, Union Square and in the South of Market neighborhood. All of these are great for either business or leisure travel. All are also within easy access to public transportation so you can easily make your way around the city.

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Luxury Hotel Recommendations

Many of the historic luxury lodging options sit high on the hill in the Nob Hill neighborhood. You will also find some great new, high end ones a few blocks off Union Square.

All have the best amenities as well as restaurants and lounges on site.

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Five Star Hotels

You can find five hotels with the top five-star rating in San Francisco. All have some of the highest guest ratings too. However, there are some differences that help separate them. The nightly rates for most of these start at around $450 and head up to over $1,000. Click through to read more about each one.

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Cheap Hotels

San Francisco accommodations are usually pretty expensive. However, there are some cheaper hotel options. Here you will find more affordable options that are clean and centrally located. Most are around $100 or less a night. They offer few amenities, but they are great places to stay if you want to spend a little less per night.

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SF Motels

Another budget friendly option is to stay in a motel. These are great if you are driving in and want an affordable place to stay and park your car. Most charge up to $40 a night to park, but most of these motels have small parking lots and the cost to park is included.

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SFO Airport Hotels

The San Francisco airport is about 20 to 25-minutes outside the city. If you have an early morning flight or prefer staying near the airport, these recommendations are for you. These are also great for those with a car. You can save a little money on both your hotel and on parking expenses.

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Boutique Hotels

If you are looking for a small hotel with a lot of character - then these recommendations are for you! Here you will find the top San Francisco bed and breakfasts as well as smaller, locally owned ones. My recommendations range from those with only 5 to around 50 rooms.

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Youth Hostels

If you are on a really tight budget, a youth hostel might be the right San Francisco lodging option for you. Each hostel offers dorm room sleeping accommodations as well as a community experience. Some also offer private rooms and/or private bathrooms.

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Best Pet Friendly Accommodations

If you are traveling with your dog, there are a number of great places that allow pets. They range from five-star accommodations to small, budget friendly two star ones. Many of these are centrally located and have pet specific amenities. Click through to discover a list of my top five favorite pet friendly accommodations in San Francisco.

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Extended Stay Lodging

Are you looking for a San Francisco lodging option such as a condo or apartment? Here are the best places to stay if you are planning on a longer trip to San Francisco. All of these hotels include small kitchens, living space that is separate from the sleeping area and other long term stay amenities.

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Best Places to Stay

If you are trying to decide between staying in Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf, then this is the page for you. On this page, you will find a little about each district and where you should stay based on your plan during your stay.

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Other Options by Neighborhood

Alamo Square | Civic Center | Chinatown

Haight Ashbury | Marina District | Mission District

Nob Hill | North Beach

Individual Hotel Reviews

Hilton in Union Square | Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill

Places to Stay Beyond SF


Are you looking for a quiet, slower paced place to stay near San Francisco? Do you love small, locally owned hotels? If so, then you will want to look into staying at one of the hotels in Sausalito CA. There are only a handful of hotels here, but many are either along the waterfront or on small, serene streets just blocks from its downtown area.

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Monterey Accommodations

Another popular place for visitors to spend a few days is south of San Francisco in Monterey. This small waterfront town features a number of key attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf. Click the link below to find some of the best places to stay during your visit.

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Carmel Hotels & Other Accommodations

Just to the south of Monterey, you will find another cute waterfront town by the name of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Here you will find a charming business district with art galleries, shops and several mouth-watering restaurants. Click the link below for several places to stay in the heart of the action.

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Pacific Grove Hotels and B&Bs

Pacific Grove is a cute waterfront town south of San Francisco. It borders Monterey and is just a few minutes away from Carmel. The town itself offers a handful of interesting attractions and activities including museums, golfing and beaches. Click the link below for information on finding the best place to stay in Pacific Grove.

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