Where to sleep in San Francisco

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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  • Map of San Francisco neighborhoods and attractions
  • Union Square
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Waterfront e Financial District
  • SOMA (South of Market)
  • Nob Hill

San Francisco unlike many other American cities especially on the West Coast, it is possible to visit it without a car, thanks to its efficient public transport network. Moreover, the traffic, the search for parking spaces and their cost, would make the holiday much less relaxing.

Map of San Francisco neighborhoods and attractions

We analyze the best neighborhoods area by area where to sleep in San Francisco.

Union Square

This district is one of the best known and most central in the city. It offers several options for getting around by public transportation, including the BART to San Francisco Airport. The cable car runs from Powell and Market to Fisherman's Wharf. In addition, the trolley line takes you to the Ferry Building and Pier 39.

Union Square is full of hotels, so the choice is wide even for those looking for hotels at a good price. It should be borne in mind that many hotels in this area were built at the beginning of the last century, so the rooms are small as well as the bathrooms.

Recommended hotels in Union Square

Fisherman's Wharf

The Fisherman's Wharf area is probably San Francisco's tourist hub and where virtually all hotel chains have their own hotel, leaving little room for independent hotels.

From here, boats leave for Alcatraz and for tours of the Bay. In addition, the area is well served by trolley and cable car lines, making it easy to reach areas such as Union Square and Chinatown. It is more complicated to reach the area from the airport using public transport.

Hotels in this area tend to be more expensive than in other parts of the city. Cost that does not always correspond to higher quality.

Recommended hotels in Fisherman's Wharf

Waterfront e Financial District

The financial district of San Francisco, compared to that of other American cities, is relatively small and with the exception of the Waterfront area, which is close to the water, there are not many tourist attractions.

During the weekends there are few businessmen in the hotels in the area, which is why it is not uncommon to find very discounted rates in excellent hotels.

Public transport is well present, including the BART station to the airport. The trolley line also takes you to Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39.

The hotels are much more modern and comfortable than Union Square and several offer beautiful views, but during the week the prices are quite high.

Recommended hotels in the Financial District

SOMA (South of Market)

Considering San Francisco's small size, the South of Market neighborhood is just a few blocks from Union Square. In this neighborhood you can find several famous attractions such as the Moscone Center which hosts Apple's new product presentations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, baseball park and Yerba Buena Center.

South of Market is home to many new and refurbished hotels and the prices are good if there is no convention in town. There is a BART station nearby, which takes you directly to the airport.

Recommended hotels in SoMa

Nob Hill

Thinking of Union Square, Nob Hill could very well be included given its proximity, but some characteristic features of this neighborhood mean that it deserves a separate description.

Nob Hill in addition to the beautiful Grace Cathedral at Top of the Mark, the bar at the top of the Intercontinental Hotel, doesn't offer many tourist attractions, but its own appeal derives from the fact that all the barons of the Californian railroad, built their palaces in this hill, with a 360 ° view of the bay.

And just the panorama that this neighborhood offers could be one of the reasons to choose your hotel here, in addition to the good public transport available. For example, I recommend the Nob Hill In hotel, a historic but well-kept hotel, a few minutes walk from Union Square and the cable car, with rooms equipped with private bathrooms, free wifi. Friendly and helpful staff.

The California Cable Car line runs through downtown Nob Hill to Chinatown, or connects with other lines to Union Square or the Waterfront. There is no direct transport to the airport.

Recommended hotels in Nob Hill
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