I was a bit leery when booking a hostel in San Francisco. I had stayed in the Tenderloin ten years ago and though not as dangerous as purported, it was certainly a seedy locale. The first place I reserved was down a one-way street but when I found this place on the Internet, I quickly changed the booking. And was glad I did. It was a very good location, more in Nob Hill than the Loin and a San Franciscan referred to the area as the Tender Nob. It was completely safe and very convenient to everywhere in the city, whether on foot or using the extensive mass transit system.
Aside from its great location, the place itself was quite pleasant with helpful staff and clean rooms. We stayed in three different rooms and all were roomy with attached bathrooms, TVs, and comfy beds. There is a lift (elevator) which comes in handy since the place is about seven stories! The kitchen area downstairs is well kept and there is pancake batter for those on a tight budget though we preferred to eat rice porridge in Chinatown for $2.55 a huge heaping bowl. All this for $54 and remember that hostels are exempt from San Fran’s exorbitant 14% tax. You can book online at their useful website or call their toll free number.
Fort Barry Building, Sausalito (just north of the Golden Gate Bridge...GREAT place!)- Turn-of-the-century 1900's army fort barracks.
415-331-2777 $18 per person.
POINT MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE
16th Street at Highway 1. Former 1875 lighthouse buildings.
415-728-7177 $18 adults, $12 children
778 Hawthorne Street, Monterey. Former Carpenter's Union meeting hall.
510-831-0375 $20 adults, $15.50 children 7-17, $11.50 children under 7
PESCADERO PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE
210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero. Former lighthouse keepers housing.
415-879-0633 $18 adults, $12 children 17 and under.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
Limantour Road, Point Reyes Station. 19th century ranch house.
415-663-8811 $16 adult, $10 children 17 and under.
900 H Street, Sacramento. Elegant 1885 Victorian mansion.
916-443-1691 $20 adults, $10 children 17 and under.
SANTA CRUZ CAREMLITA COTTAGES
321 Main Street, Santa Cruz. Restored 1870's cottages.
408-423-8304 $18-$21 or private rooms $46-$80
15808 Sanborn Road, Saratoga. Log house, built in 1908.
408-741-0166 $14 adults, $7 children
6979 Highway 140, Midpines. Dorms with hostel cafe and coffee house.
209-966-6666 $16 per person or private rooms $0-$115.
Though we had enjoyed the USA hostel and it was a great deal, they did not have parking facilities and being with our car on a six-month camping trip around the Western US National Parks, we needed just that. The Chateau Tivoli was out of our price range too. You can't stay at places like that if you're on a 190 night trip, unless of course, you have lots of money. So, we opted for the Downtown Motel 6. We had stayed at a few on our travels and they are generally one of the least expensive options. Being a chain, you have some kind of albeit low standards.
At $120, this was the most expensive room of our whole six-month trip and not the nicest but it was conveniently located and did have secure underground parking. This was important as we had all of our camping gear (and about everything we owned!) in the car. The room was certainly not bad and had everything we needed. We were only there one night so did not spend much time in the room anyway and it was in an area we felt comfortable in walking around at night. It is borderline Tenderloin (one of SF's worst areas) but really not bad as far as we could see. You could walk into Chinatown in 15 minutes up one very steep hill and from there, you have the city at your feet.
We actually, we had two full days in SF by spending the next night in Stockton at another Motel 6 for only $44. It was 90 minutes away and on the way to Yosemite, which is where were were headed next anyway.
As we've done in other cities, I leased a small apartment for our personal days after the convention. We find we usually get far more room and useful amenities - for a better price - in rentals versus hotels. Our chosen unit was close enough to the convention hotel to transfer the luggage on foot, and also just a couple of blocks from a BART/Muni stop for an easy hop to the airport. It also had free laundry facilities, a full kitchen, free wifi and local phone calls and a small balcony: a rare thing in SF hotels.
You can find accommodations ranging from plush, private homes to tiny studios, and amenities range from on-site fitness clubs and pools to just the basics - you choose based on your own criteria. It's important to look for units with lots of positive reviews, few extra fees and the ability to make downpayments by credit card: never wire money or send cash. I've occasionally reserved by personal check but only when the reviews were numerous and solid enough to ensure legitimacy.
We've used both Homeaway.com and VRBO.com and been happy so far. Personally, I'd never use Craigslist but I guess some folks do. Anyway, rentals are almost never perfect but most quirks are easily overlooked for space and price. Great for groups and families!
While in SF, we were able to stay with our relatives who lived in a very comfortable house located close to San Francisco State University in the Ingleside area. It turned out to be a great base to work from - easy access to I-280 headed south to the Airport or the coastal drive, on 19th Ave. to go directly onto the Golden Gate Bridge and within walking distance of the West Portal district for walking and shopping!
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the beach motel in the outer sunset is $80 per night. if you want to be closer to the action, the travelodge on lombard is $75.
i have stayed at both. they're motels, so you know what to expect, but they're cheap. the beach motel was better. there's the N Judah line that runs into town just a block away and a bar around the corner. if you don't mind being a short distance from anything fun (besides the beach and some good restaurants) but still want to be in the city and want budget, this is the place.
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.
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.
if you are looking for a relaxing vacation by the pacific coast then this is the place. a historic inn by an old coach route. some of the rooms have views of the glorious pacific. no tv, no phone and farm animals in the yard! the fensalden inn in Albion a few miles from Medocino(abt a couple of hours from san francisco) is on the scenic pacific highway 1. once inside the inn you take a step back a century almost.
and the yummy breakfast only adds to the charm and elegance of this quiet little inn.
near by attractions include beaches, hiking trails, canoing on the backwaters. close to fort bragg and the skunk train.
Our first time in the US and we had booked our first night only at the Ramada Inn, we had also instructed them that it could be approximately 9.00pm when we arrived due to our flight times.
We arrived at about 9.30pm only to find that they had let our room and then they said they didnt have any others free!!!!! To say the least we were angry and of course tired after travelling (on two flights) from England.
Other people were also in the reception trying to book a room!!! In the end the hotel reception said that they did have a room although it wasnt a 'very good' one. Nevertheless we were by then desperate and took it. They were'nt wrong when they said it wasnt 'very good'.
However tiredness got the better of us and we slept well, but then booked out the following morning.
There was a small swimming pool, laundry, pool table, cafe and a bar. However we did not use these facilities.
Berkeley University was not very far away.
This hotel is located nearby the airport (SFO), but is actually in the town of Millbrae. The review for this hotel is on my Millbrae hotel page. Here is the link. Fairfield Inn & Suites, Millbrae
This is a unique opportunity to stay in a furnished executive apartment. Located in Lower Pacific Heights, it includes a kitchen, pool, private garage space, workout room and more. I put my parents in here when they visited me last and they thouroughly enjoyed it. I will be using it for my out of town clients as well.
Modern apartment living with all the amenities you would want. Studios, 1 bedrooms, and 2 bedrooms available. (studios - $129/ night)
Francisco and his wife Maria own and run the Arlington Street Urban Inn B&B, the line above this asks "Would you recommend this accomodation to someone else?" Well I can say very tuly that I would, yes I would, to ANYONE.....
It is not often that you enter a business establishment and leave with new friends, but that is what happened here...Francisco was initially very helpful, with information about getting there, arranging the rooms and just about anything we asked for...once we got there Marie, very kind and patient woman that she is, even suffered to let me utilize her kitchen to prepare my chili for a party we were having in Novato...Marie, this is the place to tell you thanks again for putting up with me "invading" your kitchen, I do hope you have managed to put it right again ^O^...
I should mention that Francisco pointed us in the direction of the local BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station, only a few blocks walk away, which gave us the opportunity to leave our car and take the BART to downtown San Francisco.
Francisco and Marie have spent a lot of time making sure that their rooms and public areas are beautiful and comfortable. And I would be remiss if I did not mention what Zohara thought the absolute BEST part of our stay there, and that is Marie's BAKING, yes, she is a baker and you could sure tell when she came out with different breakfast pastries each and every morning...
I need to mention that we also got pointed in the right direction by Francisco and Marie to local restaurants, they seem to know them all, we even enjoyed a breakfast together at a local diner with Francisco and Marie.
Francisco made a big hit with Tal when he offered to let her use his portable computer to keep in touch with her friends back home in Israel...Oh and almost forgot, we felt immediately at home because we were greeted at the door by their cats, I guess our cats told them we were coming.
We love this place! Then again, we live here! Inspired by the fantastic inns we’ve visited throughout the world, we decided to open one of our own. We’ve spent the past year preparing our 1914 San Francisco Victorian home, and now Arlington Street Urban Inn is open for business! As part of our grand opening celebration, we are offering 20% off your nightly rate. And, if you are one of the first 20 VT'ers with a ranking of 2000 or better to reserve a room, we'll give you 50% off your nightly rate! Go to www.virtualtourist.com/vt/lm/1128/?i=0 to print your coupon.
Explore the neighborhood and discover wonderfully preserved early 1900 Victorian homes as well as delicious restaurants like Chenery Park serving Americana cuisine. Hop on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) at the Glen Park Station located just down the street, and you’re only 10 minutes away from the Union Square shopping district and the Powell Street cable car lines.
Each of the guestrooms offers affordable accommodations without compromise. Our upstairs rooms feature a private or shared bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub for one and views of the Diamond Heights hills. Our downstairs room with private bathroom features its own private side entrance. The price of every room includes:
Satellite TV and DVD player
Stereo CD player and radio with alarm clock
Wireless internet service – bring your own laptop or use ours (available upon request)
Microwave oven and refrigerator
Shared phone line - local calls are free
Hair dryer, iron and ironing board
The use of one Muni Fast Pass good for unlimited rides on BART (within San Francisco), Muni Busses, Metro trains and the cable cars
Complementary breakfast featuring an assortment of French pastries baked on the premises by our resident Pastry Chef Maria, a graduate of Tante Marie’s Cooking School
Great morning coffee or tea
Morning newspaper - San Francisco Chronicle
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