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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 (3,021 reviews)

Guests can indulge in high-end shops like Prada and Tiffany & Co at Union Square, 4 blocks away. Chinatown is 5 minutes on …

£108
Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

351 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (4,499 reviews)

A half-block from cable cars, this hotel is 2 blocks from Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre; the Moscone Center and the …

£127
Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco 94103

3.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (7,773 reviews)

Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks …

£111
Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

1625 Post St, San Francisco 94115

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (3,714 reviews)

Located in the heart of San Francisco and just blocks from Union Square, the Hotel Kabuiki anchors the Japan Center, a comple …

£139
Orchard Hotel

Orchard Hotel

665 Bush St, San Francisco 94108

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2,110 reviews)

Favored by businesspeople, the Orchard is a discreet downtown San Francisco hideaway, located on the Powell Street cable ca …

£151
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (4,050 reviews)

This 1928 hotel is a half-block from San Francisco's Union Square, 3 blocks from the theater district, and a half-mile from …

£118
Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

2620 Jones Street, San Francisco 94133

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (3,710 reviews)

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Wax Museum at Fisherman's …

£143
Staypineapple at The Alise San Francisco

Staypineapple at The Alise San Francisco

580 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (556 reviews)

Built in 1913, this handsomely updated boutique hotel is in the midst of San Francisco's Union Square district, 2 blocks from …

£144
Hotel Abri - Union Square

Hotel Abri - Union Square

127 Ellis Street, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,355 reviews)

This San Francisco hotel is in bustling, stylish Union Square, a block from cable cars and one-half mile from the Moscone Center.

£121
Kensington Park Hotel

Kensington Park Hotel

450 Post St, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (2,052 reviews)

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

£154

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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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