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Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel
Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel

55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (10,707 reviews)

Just off Market Street, downtown San Francisco's major thoroughfare, this contemporary 32-story hotel is 1 block from San …

£146
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 94133

3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (4,310 reviews)

Located just 1 mile from Union Square, this Holiday Inn is within 2 blocks of Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.

£120
Bay Landing San Francisco Airport Hotel
Bay Landing San Francisco Airport Hotel

1550 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame 94010

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4,219 reviews)

Adjacent to San Francisco Bay, this hotel sits on a quiet strip across from a bayside park and jogging path, 1 mile from a …

£124
Le Meridien San Francisco
Le Meridien San Francisco

333 Battery St, San Francisco 94111

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (3,128 reviews)

This hotel in San Francisco's Financial District (entrance on Clay St.) is connected by an elevated walkway to the …

£148
Hotel Diva
Hotel Diva

440 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (2,358 reviews)

This downtown San Francisco hotel is surrounded by shopping, restaurants and theaters, only 2 blocks from Union Square, and …

£105
Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel
Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (3,776 reviews)

Newly renovated in September 2011, this 1928 hotel is a half-block from San Francisco's Union Square, 3 blocks from the …

£150
Hotel Stratford
Hotel Stratford

242 Powell St, San Francisco 94102

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,515 reviews)

This San Francisco hotel is on a cable car line within half a block of Union Square, 3 blocks from the Westfield Shopping …

£105
Aloft San Francisco Airport
Aloft San Francisco Airport

401 E Millbrae Ave, Millbrae 94030

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,550 reviews)

The Aloft San Francisco Airport is a half-mile from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), a half-hour south of downtown …

£123
Kensington Park Hotel
Kensington Park Hotel

450 Post St, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,694 reviews)

Built in a Spanish Gothic style, this boutique hotel on San Francisco's Powell Street Cable Car Line lies in the theater and …

£140
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 94133

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,605 reviews)

Clattering cable cars, fun-filled Fisherman's Wharf, and the tasty temptations of Ghirardelli Square are within 2 blocks …

£177

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Pocket Guide: San Francisco

Home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the original setting for what would become known as the Summer of Love, San Francisco's many associations with popular culture are hard to ignore. This former Gold Rush town, now California's fourth largest city, is laden with famous locations and movie imagery. Whether the city brings to mind Steve McQueen racing around the famous cityscape in 'Bullitt', or Clint Eastwood planning his escape from the infamous Alcatraz, San Francisco is etched indelibly on every moviegoer's mind.

The city's story

However, delve into San Francisco's history and you'll find that, unlike the movies, the city has a real story to tell. San Francisco's population exploded with the Gold Rush of the 1840s, making it the largest city on the West Coast during that era. Banks, merchants (including the now famous Ghriadelli chocolatier), and the arrival of the first transcontinental railroad, brought enough wealth to build churches, theatres, and the first cable cars. San Francisco flourished, becoming a beacon of culture and lavishness in the otherwise underdeveloped American West. Prosperity during this period led to the construction of the city's countless Victorian-style homes and buildings, which have become a contemporary attraction among tourists and locals alike.

San Francisco has often been referred to as a hub of liberal thinking and mixing of cultures; it's well known as the site of the Summer of Love and an early leader in the United States' gay rights movement. Almost 40 per cent of the city's population was born overseas, creating a diverse mixture of people and neighborhoods, including one of the largest Chinatowns in America, Little Italy, and the Latin America-flavored Mission District. The city saw an influx of writers and artists in the 1950s, hippies in the 1960s, and another financial boom in the 1990s with the advent of the Internet - all of which have made San Francisco a wealthy city with a high standard of living and a robust entertainment and arts scene.

Something for everyone

San Francisco is home to many iconic sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Coit Tower. Try a cruise for a great tour of the harbor or get a city pass to visit all the famous sights.

Numerous, undulating hills crisscrossed by cable cars are also characteristic of the city. A tight collection of distinct neighborhoods, San Francisco is easy to explore on foot (with a little help from the cable cars or a double-decker bus for the steeper hills). Find department-store shopping and entertainment in Union Square and the Financial District; souvenirs and tourists at Fisherman's Wharf; luxurious hotels and views on Nob/Russian Hill; and remnants of hippy bohemia in the Haight.

As the United States' second most densely populated (and highly visited) city, San Francisco offers new sights and treasures around every corner and something for almost every type of traveller.