If my round-up of the highlights of San Francisco has already got you mentally planning a trip there yourself, then I can help you with the next step too. There are so many places to stay in San Fran. It’s quite a spread out city, though if you’re close to the harbour then you can’t go too far wrong. The Golden Gate Bridge is actually a few miles from the main tourist centre around Pier 39, so it may be better to stay in the heart of the action and then walk or cycle to the bridge when you want a closer look.
So, here is my round-up of some of the best places to stay in the city, including the hostel that I stayed in.
I stayed in the San Francisco International Hostel. I have to admit, it wasn’t the most modern hostel I’ve ever visited, but it is the largest in the city, so if meeting new people is your main priority then this could be a good shout. The location is really useful for those who like shopping, as Union Square is a very short walk away. It features lots of shops for every budget, as well as a great food court if you’re looking for a quick meal inside the Westfield Shopping Centre. Plus, there is a bike rental shop next door, making exploring the city very easy. 4-bed dorm rooms from around £20 per person per night.
Affordable but serviceable hotels are few and far between in San Francisco. If you’re looking for a cheap hotel with average ratings, then there are lots to choose from. But four star hotels definitely come with a four-star price tag. One of the most reasonably priced is the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel. Their staff have great reviews and their rooms are fairly spacious. On the top floor is a restaurant with fantastic views of the bay, and a dedicated menu just for Martinis. That’s all the convincing I need! Standard rooms from £137 per night.
For the ultimate base for your San Francisco break, try The Fairmont in Ghiradelli Square. If the location sounds familiar, it’s because you might have tried the chocolate brand before. This boutique hotel is right above the square, which houses an amazing chocolate shop and adjoining ice cream parlour. I can confirm first-hand that the ice cream is exquisite and a must-eat, even on a chilly day. One bedroom apartments start from £419 per night, and 3-bedroom apartments start at £735 per night.
Which one is your favourite? If you have any hotel recommendations in San Francisco, please leave them in the comments!