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San Francisco buzzes with an energy that guarantees anyone a good time. From hip neighbourhoods and historic buildings, to beautiful beaches and pristine parks, there’s no end of things to do in The Golden City.

Indulge your shopping habit in Union Square, where high-end boutiques line wide streets along which vintage cable cars trundle. A few blocks from here is Chinatown – eight blocks of interesting sights that will keep you entertained for the afternoon.

Running along the waterfront between Bay Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Embarcadero is renowned for top attractions like Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, an iconic landmark known for its top-notch restaurants and food stalls. This scenic boulevard is also where boats depart for Alcatraz Island, located just over a mile (almost two kilometres) offshore. This former federal prison was once home to notorious inmates like Al Capone and ‘Birdman’ Robert Stroud. You can hear all about their lives, and stories of escapes and scandals during an audio-guided tour of the site.

Back in the Bay Area, it’s impossible not to spot the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which can be crossed by car, bike or on foot. In any case, a whole other world of beauty awaits on the other side. Muir Woods, an isolated canyon filled with ancient redwood trees, is well worth visiting, as is the seaside town of Sausalito – famous for its cute boutiques and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.

Tonight

From £41 per night

This weekend

From £82 per night

Next weekend

From £101 per night

Most popular time to visit September–November
Cheapest time to visit May–July
Local currency US$10 = £7.82
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Average weekend price £153 per night
Average weekday price £150 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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San Francisco reviews

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10

I have a special place in my heart for San Francisco.

1 September 2020

I have a special place in my heart for San Francisco. It is where I went to find a job, as a girl just out of school. The first time I crossed the bridge and saw that magical city on the hills, my heart skipped a beat and I knew I had found my home. Since then, I have travelled the world over and only two cities do that for me: Paris and San Francisco. Don't miss the Cioppino in North Beach - a special dish of SF. Betty Lou's Seafood & Grill on Columbus serves a good one! If you don't like fog, try to visit in spring or fall.

Lerouxann
Lerouxann United States
10

You will Love this city!

31 August 2020

You will Love this city!! I really can recommend to hire a bike and bike the bridge! And maybe if you are used to cycle, bike the whole city. Imagine you would roll down on Lombart street! You can definitely do that. Of course a ride on the cablecars can't be missed. Try to have a stay in the neighbourhood of Fishermans Wharf! This way you can see it at different times of day. Have a sourdough bread bowl filled with soup at the boudin bakery on pier 39.

Anonymous Netherlands
10

san fransico is a dream and i didnt want to come home its...

27 July 2020

san fransico is a dream and i didnt want to come home its vibrant diverse freindly and wild i will def return you have to take a vw down lombard street go shark spotting at alcatraz and eat clam chowder on the pier <3 x

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

The room that I chose was the one that was given to me, the...

19 July 2020

The room that I chose was the one that was given to me, the TV was easy accessible, and the restroom was really lovely. I liked how it had the rail inside for support. They keycard was really convenient and bright idea to have to avoid people traveling to other floors. I didn’t like that the parking was all the way to C and D level, and how the homeless would come in and out of the parking.

Nicholas
Nicholas United States
8.0

San Francisco is interesting, with lovely old wooden homes...

15 June 2020

San Francisco is interesting, with lovely old wooden homes near the city - a hop-on, hop-off tour is recommended. Touristy bay areas but worth a visit for the seals begging from the fishing boats, and plenty of seafood for dining. Huge Chinatown. Visit the street where the hippie movement began in the 60s. Hang on to your hat if you go across the Golden Gate bridge in an open-top bus! Be prepared for the large number of homeless people in the streets, but it didn't feel unsafe.

Anonymous Australia
8.0

Simply the greatest city in the world.

14 May 2020

Simply the greatest city in the world. Always dress in layers because there are lots of microclimates in this eclectic city, sunny and 90 in one area, fog or drizzling rain and cold wind a few miles away. Best restaurants with the best 360 views!

Anonymous United States

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