The North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco is one of the more prominent neighborhoods in the city and one you will likely want to visit during your San Francisco stay. North Beach is the city’s historical Little Italy neighborhood and still home to some of the city’s best Italian restaurants and coffee shops, and was also the center of the beat generation movement of the 1950s and ’60s in San Francisco. The neighborhood still houses the legendary beat generation landmark Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Bookstore. It is also a top nightlife destination in the city, and home to a variety of strip clubs. The Hotel Boheme is the quintessential North Beach hotel, featuring beat generation memorabilia and known as a common resting spot for beat legend Allen Ginsberg in his later years. The Columbus Motor Inn is another great choice of accommodations close to North Beach, as well as the neighboring Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods of the city.
Union Square/Financial District
The Union Square/Financial District area of the city is the place to be if boutique shopping is in your San Francisco travel itinerary. The Union Square neighborhood also houses San Francisco’s main theater district, some of the best restaurants in the city, and a better nightlife scene than you might expect for what is mainly known as an upscale shopping hub. For mid-priced lodging in the area, you might want to look at the Donatello, the Hotel Bijou, and the Hotel Abri. If you are looking to splurge on an upscale hotel, you are in luck, as this is one of the best neighborhoods in the city for luxury lodging. Popular options include the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Chancellor Hotel, and the Hotel Vitale, although there are many other high-end properties to choose from in the area.
The Castro is one of the United States’ first gay neighborhoods and remains a top travel destination for the LGBT community of the US. If you are looking for a hotel that fully embodies Castro culture, there is no better choice than the Parker Guesthouse in the Castro, which specifically caters to gay patrons but is also friendly to straight travelers. The Parker Guesthouse is a respected bed and breakfast which has earned accolades from various online and print travel publications. Other options include Beck’s Motor Lodge, the Castro Suites, the Village House, and the Belvedere House Bed & Breakfast.
The hippie movement of the 1960s that spawned the legendary Summer of Love in 1967 centered around the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, and the echoes of this culture can still be felt in the neighborhood to this day. “The Haight” as it is often known is one of San Francisco’s top tourist districts, featuring a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and bars. It is a great district for walking, and an area that you can easily immerse yourself in for hours and be thoroughly entertained. The Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast is likely the most iconic hotel in the area, featuring peace-and-love themed rooms and the popular Peaceful World Café downstairs. You might also consider the Metro Hotel, a very affordable option considering its desirable location just a block from Haight Street.
Although Fisherman’s Wharf is the most popular tourist destination in San Francisco, which could easily turn off the rugged individualists among us, it is with good reason that this is a popular district of the city to visit. Not only is the area home to some of the city’s best seafood restaurants as you might expect, but it’s waterfront attractions, museums, and overall vibrant culture are not to be missed as well. Fisherman’s Wharf is a great neighborhood for lodging as there are a wide variety of hotels in varying price ranges. For budget accommodations, options such as the Bayside Inn at the Wharf and the Wharf Inn might suit your needs, while mid-range choices include the Courtyard-Fisherman’s Wharf and the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf. For higher-end options, you might consider the bay-view Argonaut Hotel or the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf.
The SoMa (which stands for South of Market) neighborhood of San Francisco, a formerly run-down warehouse district of Downtown that was revitalized in the 1980s, is now one of the main centers of San Francisco culture. SoMa is home to some of the best museums in the city, a thriving arts culture, and a wide variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and clubs. The area also houses AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants baseball club. As the thriving cultural hub that it is, SoMa is a great place to stay in the city, featuring a good number of hotel options either in or around the area. The Pontiac Hotel is a great choice for low-priced lodging, while mid-priced options include the Best Western Americania, the Inn San Francisco, and the Pickwick Hotel. The area really shines when it comes to higher-end hotels, with options including the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, the Hotel Griffon, and the St. Regis Hotel San Francisco.