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Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

222 Mason St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (6,520 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, San …

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Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

433 Powell St, San Francisco 94102

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (4,771 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, San …

£85
Fairmont San Francisco

Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason Street Atop Nob Hill, San Francisco 94108

5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4,928 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grace Cathedral and TransAmerica Pyramid …

£149
Hotel Triton

Hotel Triton

342 Grant Ave, San Francisco 94108

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,403 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Academy of Art University, Westfield San …

£72
Stanford Court San Francisco

Stanford Court San Francisco

905 California Street, San Francisco 94108

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (3,214 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grace Cathedral and TransAmerica Pyramid. Lombard …

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The Adrian

The Adrian

493 Eddy St, San Francisco 94109

2.5 out of 5.0
1.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Westfield …

£52
Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

351 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (4,800 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre and San Francisc …

£97
Axiom Hotel San Francisco

Axiom Hotel San Francisco

28 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (554 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco …

£99
Cornell Hotel de France

Cornell Hotel de France

715 Bush St, San Francisco 94108

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (908 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, TransAmerica …

£75
Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco 94103

3.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (8,210 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Orpheum Theater and Asian Art Museum of …

£78

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Pocket Guide: San Francisco

One of the most popular travel destinations in the USA, San Francisco is a city packed full of things to do and see. Whether you are planning a short city break or a family holiday in San Francisco, there is something for everyone when you book a hotel in San Francisco.

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, a hotel in San Francisco offers new sights and treasures around every corner and something for almost every type of traveller.

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