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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 (3,119 reviews)

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

£121
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 (6,342 reviews)

The Asian-inspired Hotel Nikko San Francisco is located downtown, a 4-minute walk from Union Square and the designer shops of …

£142
Serrano Hotel

Serrano Hotel

405 Taylor St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (4,338 reviews)

The Serrano Hotel is steps away from Union Square, perfectly positioned in the Theater District of San Francisco, 2 blocks …

£117
Hotel Zoe San Francisco

Hotel Zoe San Francisco

425 North Point, San Francisco 94133

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (5,467 reviews)

Hotel Zoe San Francisco is 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the Alcatraz Island ferry.

£119
Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco

Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco

424 Clay St, San Francisco 94111

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (5,016 reviews)

Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco is located in the center of the financial district, across from the Embarcadero Center …

£105
Hotel Zelos San Francisco

Hotel Zelos San Francisco

12 4th St., San Francisco 94103

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,923 reviews)

This downtown SoMa area Art Deco hotel nestles in the heart of San Francisco near Union Square, adjacent to the Westfield San …

£121
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 …

£136
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 (3,923 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 …

£135
Loews Regency San Francisco

Loews Regency San Francisco

222 Sansome St, San Francisco 94104

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (325 reviews)

Offering spectacular views, this luxury hotel occupies the top floors of a 48-story tower in San Francisco's Financial …

£338
Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco

Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco

545 Post St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (508 reviews)

This seven-story downtown San Francisco hotel is 2 blocks from Union Square and a cable-car stop; the Moscone Center, …

£149

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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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