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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 (10,700 reviews)

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

£146
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 (5,924 reviews)

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

£166
Park Central Hotel San Francisco, a Starwood Hotel
Park Central Hotel San Francisco, a Starwood Hotel

50 3rd St, San Francisco 94103

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (6,760 reviews)

Located in the heart of the South of Market district (SoMa), Park Central Hotel San Francisco (formerly Westin Market Street) …

£127
Hotel Whitcomb
Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco 94103

3.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (6,798 reviews)

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

£140
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 (4,305 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 (4,214 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
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

495 Jefferson St, San Francisco 94109

4.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (5,025 reviews)

Across the street from San Francisco Bay, this boutique hotel occupies a creatively converted 1909 brick warehouse …

£185
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 (3,124 reviews)

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

£148
Clift
Clift

495 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (3,242 reviews)

Old-world elegance is suffused with modern glamour in this historic San Francisco hotel 2 blocks from Union Square, a …

£157
Hotel Diva
Hotel Diva

440 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (2,357 reviews)

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

£114

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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.