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  • JJfromNJ profile photo JJfromNJ
  • Reviews: 27

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Fort Mason Hostel: Hostel with Perfect Location

Don't know if this is in your realm of options, but you can try the Fort Mason Hostel. It's cheap, very well located (walking distance to Fish Wharf), and has free parking. Don't worry about the hostel label. It's clean and you can get a private room as long as you book ahead. Also, there were several kids running around when I was there.

Free parking

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written January 20, 2009

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  • Lazarusman96 profile photo Lazarusman96
  • Reviews: 5

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Executive Mark Twain: Reasonable Comfort in Downtown

This is a very old establishment. Apparently, Mark Twain actually stayed in the place. The cost is very reasonable, the rooms are rather small, but well-kept, and if you are fond of antiques, you will not mind the old look to the furnishings, which is genuine. It is clean and affordable. I met an Australian couple there on vacation, and some Italians were staying there back on Easter Saturday in 2005.

All the big attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, and plenty of fine eating establishments. The staff is friendly and helpful.

It is like staying in a museum of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, yet still clean and comfortable.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written October 28, 2008

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  • virtualling profile photo virtualling
  • Reviews: 75

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Bay Landing Hotel: Reliable

I have stayed here twice in Sept '07 & Jan '08 after the good reviews I read on the other sites. The price is reasonable, about less than $140 a night. Free breakfast with make your own waffles, already portioned in cups. Cereals, fruits, waffles, bagels, toast, yogurt, instant oats, coffee, tea and a variety of fruit juices. You can have your breakfast out at the back of the breakfast area (when the weather's good, or not). The view is astounding! The rooms are clean and bed is comfortable. Checking-in and out was a breeze and the staff were friendly. Behind the front desk is the pantry where you can purchase snacks and drinks. There are vending and ice machines on every floor. I stayed here for the convenience that it's a short 10 minutes to the airport.
There's free airport shuttle with the frequency of half an hour. To take the shuttle from the hotel, you'd need to get to a counter inside the airport with a courtesy phone to call the hotel and let them know you have a reservation with them and need a shuttle. Look out for the shuttle stand across the street and wait for it to come. If you're not sure, the staff at the information counter/ courtesy phone counter will direct you. Take notice of shuttles with the Bay Landing logo and sign on it. The shuttle drivers will help you load your suitcases up and then you tip him/ her when you get down at the hotel. Leave a tip for the driver too, when you get to the airport from the hotel. Allow some buffer time for the shuttle to drop or pick-up passengers from their nearby sister hotels. There are a few restaurants within 3 minutes walk. I tried Elephant, a bar/ restaurant and despite of the large crowd on a rainy night, the service was excellent, food and pricing were good too.
I will definitely choose to stay at the Bay Landing Hotel again. Oh, check out the photos I've posted here. There are more on the hotel's website too.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written April 29, 2008
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  • Cruiseone2003 profile photo Cruiseone2003
  • Reviews: 89
Pelican Inn: Little English Country Inn in Marin County

I have not stayed here but wanted to include this property for several reasons. First, see my review of the restuarant and pub, that alone would be a great reason to stay here. The Pelican Inn would make a great place to stay if you wanted to get out of the city for a night or two, its only 16miles north of San Francisco or if you are driving north of San Francisco, this would be a great place to see some of the beautiful Northern California Coast along Coast Highway 1.

This is a very traditional looking English country inn, see the website for rates.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written April 6, 2008

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  • sikorka profile photo sikorka
  • Reviews: 72

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Vantaggio Suites O'Farrell: Good for students, not expensive

Hi, I stayed in this hostel for 2 months when I was a student in SF.
it was rather cheap comparing to other hotels. Please see the details below:

Vantaggio Suites O'Farrell
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin
this neighborhood is not the best, but it's 5 min walk from Powell St, however you need to know there are some homeless around.

580 O'Farrell St
(between Jones St & Leavenworth St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 885-0111

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Work Abroad, Study Abroad
  • Written March 11, 2008

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  • atufft profile photo atufft
  • Reviews: 3069

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Wyndham at 590 Bush Street: WorldMark Resort Members Only

The WorldMark Club hotels have a reputation for being self-contained resorts located far from where the traditional action would be. This is not the case with the 590 Bush Street (corner of Stockton) Wyndham Hotel, which is the newly renovated 9 story classic old Juliana Hotel building. The studio suites are actually sizeable enough, and ours had a good view across the city. Right above the Stockton Tunnel, Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, and Nob Hill are all within easy walking distance. TV, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker are all part of the suite. The rooms are well kept and the beds comfortable. The downside is that only WorldMark Club members may have access to this hotel. But, considering the patrons I saw coming and going, I'd e-mail or telephone the manager and ask for a rate even if you aren't member. This should be a budget minded hotel, and it's in a great location.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Architecture, Seniors
  • Written February 27, 2008
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Craig's List Vacation Rentals: Consider Finding a Residential Home

To avoid the usual hotel suite, consider a vacation rental or bed & breakfast flat, particularly if you are staying for more than just a few days. Craig's List is a good place to start, although it's important to read carefully about the location. Take the address and put it into Google or Mapquest maps. There are also bed & breakfast hotel reservation websites for San Francisco that can be found by using Google. I provide an example here. I recommend trying to find a place in a neighborhood away from downtown. Finding a place with a view is always a bonus, but one that is near a Muni transit line is a must. So, compare the location with the MUNI website information. Many comfortable and classic old buildings are available for short term rent or vacation rental within the residential neighborhoods. Since San Francisco is so compact and easy to walk or ride the bus, don't be too concerned about being so far away from downtown. I would personally avoid the foggy Sunset district, although some bargains may be found here, and I am similarly less disposed to the Crocker-Amazon or Bayview neighborhoods to the south and east of the Outer Mission District. If you aren't sure, contact me for more specific advice.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Architecture, Luxury Travel, Arts and Culture
  • Written February 25, 2008
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A Nicely Kept Mansion in the Lower Haight

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  • Bob_Shan profile photo Bob_Shan
  • Reviews: 526

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Travelodge SFO Airport South: Travelodge SFO Airport South

Room is fair, coffee bar, tissue, safer, office desk, sofa, no bathtub but shower, no fridge.

Surrounded by restaurants, convenient stores and banks, steps away from BART station.

Free wi-fi internet access, free breakfast

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written November 14, 2007
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  • Travellercam profile photo Travellercam
  • Reviews: 7

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Britton Hotel - SF: Backing Away not today!

NASTY! I stayed here in "Aug 05" for 3 nights. WHen i got to the hotel i immediately noticed the seedy area but figured the hotel couldn't be as bad because Qantas Holidays were recommending it....WRONG! A really surly rude woman checked me in and i proceeded to my room on the 3rd floor. It was down a dark corridor and when i entered the room it was like a shoebox and the bathroom was a really strange L Shape but so thin you actually had to turn to your side to get in! And i'm not a big person! I will give them the credit though that the room was clean and i had nothing stolen!

The tolietries were Gilchrist and Soames and i found the bed hard but ok. You could hear everything going on around you (Next rooms, corridor etc) and the hotel actually own a motel next door which they appeared to "Rent by the hour" everytime i stepped outside the hotel door homeless people would appear in droves and the thing i really dislike is the hotel doesnt even have security!

When i checked out i had a guy who again got surly when i checked out as i ordered a nintendo game and the fact it was on my bill meant he actually had to "Do work"

I'll be back in San Francisco next month and i'm staying at another hotel, I wouldnt recommend this one to my worst enemy!

View of back alleys complete with drug deals, Rude and unconcerned staff, Soma Pizzeria looked like it had "Regular barflies" sitting there getting drunk, A misleading website trying to give the impression it's a nice place

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Study Abroad, Budget Travel
  • Written July 20, 2007

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  • raulaf profile photo raulaf
  • Reviews: 96

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Best Western Lighthouse Hotel: Stay at the Beach

As an alternative to staying in San Francisco proper, consider staying at the Best Western Hotel in Pacifica. This hotel is approximately 15-20 minutes south of San Francisco and is located on Pacific Coast Highway 1, in the small town of Pacifica. Pacifica is charming beach community located on the coast and Pacific Ocean. Parking is obviously not an issue there and the best part is there is a wonderful beach right on the property itself! The ocean is literally right in frornt of your doorstep. Its a wonderful option if you have kids. I saw shops and restaurants nearby too. Very convenient.

Great scenic views, beach, hiking and fishing. The surf can get quite high and there is no life guard on the beach.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Beaches, Road Trip
  • Written June 29, 2007
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  • PolyAna profile photo PolyAna
  • Reviews: 35

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Agatha: Worst Hotel I ever stayed at...

It was scary to get out of the car and go up to the hotel.. I was scared... Also, the room was basically a closet full of stained office furniture.. So DO NOT STAY HERE.

If by unique, you mean disgusting... Than, this place has that twice over.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written April 6, 2007

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  • frenchlondon profile photo frenchlondon
  • Reviews: 137

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Twin Peaks Hotel: Good value for money in Castro

After staying in a couple of hotels Downtown where i felt really unsafe, not safe enuff to have a ciggie at night, i decided to stay in Castro where i previously had stayed 8 years ago, but not in the same place.

I had been recommended the Twin Peaks Hotel and ignored the advice. In fact i now wish i had stayed there from my first night. The area is safe, the staff rather friendly and helpful and the rates very good. $ 55 (taxes included) for a double room with shared bathroom. The hotel is clean, the room basic but comfy and the views are great. If you are on a budget but still want some comfort, stay at the Twin Peaks. They have weekly rate.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written March 13, 2007

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  • elmendorfs profile photo elmendorfs
  • Reviews: 47

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Doubletree Berkeley Marina: Delightful Surprise

What a find! Not a 5 star resort, but Hey! We're in Berkeley/SFO not a resort community. However, this is a very conveninet, clean, pleasant, hotel with amenities that may surprise you. The marina/waterfront was beautiful. Sunset dinner, complete with a fresh orchid was better than expected. Others have noted that the floor of the room seems to slope. No idea why, but it did. We didn't really care though, because the room was reasonably large with a very comfortable bed and an awesome view from our private balcony! Many of the rooms have a view only of the courtyard or the top of the Berkeley Hills. But, the thrid floor, waterfront, in building 3 or 4 is awesome. Between the hotel and the restaraunt is an indoor family pool and jacuzzi with a view of the marina. Unfortunately, that jacuzzi was noisy and not filled well. However, the indoor lap pool, jacuzzi, and sauna near the exercise room were more than adequate and very convenient to our room in building 3. We loved the fact that we could walk out our door and stroll along the waterfront with panoramic views of every major feature of the northern bay area, SFO skyline, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Golden Gate, Marin Co., Berkeley Hills, etc... spectacular views. Lots of free parking ($45/day in SFO), free wireless in lobby, and a free shuttle to BART or Berkeley shopping areas. If we have an occasion to return to the SFO area, this will be the first place we look for lodging.

Indoor pools and jacuzzis and sauna, not available in most area hotels. Beautiful waterfront views. Comfortable beds. Reasonably priced, very convenient.
BART subway station - 3 miles
University of California, Berkeley - 3 miles
Berkeley Art Center - 3.5 miles
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology - 4 miles
Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden - 4 miles
Jack London Square - 7.5 miles
Oakland Museum of California - 7.5 miles
San Francisco - 10 miles
Moscone Center - 10.5 miles
Mills College - 11.5 miles
Pacific Bell Park - 11.5 miles
Chinatown - 11.5 miles
Fisherman’s Wharf - 13 miles
Golden Gate Park - 16 miles

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Beaches
  • Written March 8, 2007
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  • IslandGirl10 profile photo IslandGirl10
  • Reviews: 104

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Marriott properties/Residence Inn: Great accomodations

The hotel wasn't my was 33 miles outside of San Francisco. My hubby was doing work in Dublin, CA and we stayed at the Residence Inn in Pleasanton. He likes Marriott properties for a variety of reasons....he is always treated very well, they always resolve any problems that he might have during the visit so he feels they go out of their way to make it right for him AND staying at their hotels adds rather nicely to the airline miles....another reason he likes it!

I liked the Residence Inn in Pleasanton...the pool while small was rarely occupied. The hot tub was great for those days when we came tired for all of our walks through San Francisco. They have a wonderful buffet breakfast every morning and dinner four nights a week. Then, you always have the option of cooking in your room as it is set up as an effciency apartment. (even has a dishwasher!) There is a mall accross the street so if you are stranded during the day like I was, there is something to do. Hotel is in a beautiful area of CA and even though it's not right in San Francisco, if I went there again I really think I would stay outside of the city anyway.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Road Trip
  • Written August 21, 2006

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  • kathybrownlee profile photo kathybrownlee
  • Reviews: 11

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Travelodge Sfo Airport North: not

this is handy to the airport as it has a courtesy coach to the airport. it is cheap accomadation and the rooms have seen better days. the pool is ok but we didn't really spend much time in the hotel as we were of exploring the city. the bart was great but it did take about 30-45 mins for your coach to pick you up at the airport/bart station. and it was cold...ver cold at night waiting for you lift! so bring a jumper and a coat and a hat!!!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Road Trip
  • Written July 24, 2006

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