Touchstone Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

480 Geary Street, Between Mason Street and Taylor, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States
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86%

Satisfaction Very Good
Excellent
21%
27
Very Good
39%
49
Average
26%
33
Poor
6%
8
Terrible
4%
6

Value Score Average Value

Rated 12% higher but also costs 51% more than other 2 star hotels

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  • Families80
  • Couples65
  • Solo70
  • Business75

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Forum Posts

Airport to Union Square

by PocketRocket

We are arriving in San Francisco on an international flight on December 1st on a Wednesday afternoon. What is the best way to get from the Airport to Hostelling International Downtown San francisco?

Thanks

Lisa

Re: Airport to Union Square

by brotherleelove

Right at the airport you can walk outside and pick up a ride from the blue Super Shuttle van service. Door-to-door service.

http://www.supershuttle.com/en/SFOAirportShuttleSanFrancisco.html

Depending what you mean by "best"

by PR-7

The fastest and cheapest way to get from the Airport to downtown San Francisco is to get on the BART train at the Airport (just outside the International Terminal)

http://www.bart.gov/stations/sfia/map.aspx

and ride to the Montgomery Street Station

http://www.bart.gov/stations/mont/map.aspx

The ride will take about 30 minutes.

Now you're downtown and you'll have to get to Fort Mason. I do NOT recommend you take the Cable Car to do so.

Instead take the Muni #30, which goes almost direct from Market and Geary (ie, just one block from the BART Station) to just outside Fort Mason.

http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mmaps/documents/30-layer.pdf

Or you can take a cab once you get downtown, which will be a LOT cheaper than taking a shuttle from the airport.

Re: Airport to Union Square

by brotherleelove

The Hostelling International Downtown San Francisco locations are on Mason Street or Ellis Street, not at Fort Mason. The Powell Street BART Station is the closest Bart Station, about 6 blocks from the Mason Street location and about 12 blocks from the Ellis Street location. After a long, exhausting international flight you might just appreciate not having to deal with walking or changing from BART to a bus or taxi. I predict that the door-to-door Super Shuttle will be a welcome solution at approximately $17 per passenger.

Re: Airport to Union Square

by cochinjew

I agree that after a very long transpacific flight, a few dollars saved by taking BART is overruled by the convenience of door to door service with shuttle. you can take BART which is very convenient back to the airport when you leave. with luggage, even two or three "blocks" in america became weary..

Re: Airport to Union Square

by rkearns

or you could just take a cab for around 40 bucks if you're not on a tight budget. if you're tired from a flight, the last thing you want is public transit and then making transfers and walking with bags.... but those were all good suggestions.

Re: Airport to Union Square

by PocketRocket

Hi All,

Thanks for all the responses. Everyone's response were easy to understand and to research.

Thanks again

Travel Tips for San Francisco

Tips and tipping

by jcjlkrebs

Wether you are in San Francisco or any other major city or taking a cruise or an airplane flight, my wife and I always go to the bank and get about 100 one dollar bills, because you will need them for tipping at the airport, cruise ship terminal, tour guides, small purchases in central American countries, It is always nice to have the dollars available

Chinatown

by goingsolo

You can find the official entrance to Chinatown at the intersection of Grant and Bush streets. Its just a short walk from Union Square, so if you're staying in this area, its best to walk over, especially since the traffic is so bad. Several bus lines also run to the area.

Chinatown is a sprawling area that extends to the sidestreets bordering Grant Street. Here you will find a population of mostly Asians but also tourists and locals as well. There are tons of shops selling everything from touisty items to herbs and Asian statues. There are also numerous restaurants in the area, some of which are supposed to be pretty good and reasonable as well.

Despite the near grid lock of the pedestrian streets, I enjoyed Chinatown and would recommend at least a brief walk through of the area. Its great for window shopping and for finding interesting items to bring home, such as teas and herbs designed to cure all ailments, even those you don't know that you have.

Doing Alcatraz ? ... Book early

by nlswin1

Before we went to SF we booked tickes via the internet so that we were sure to have one when we arrived. and indeed lots of people couldn't go because all the boats were full that day. So when visiting SF just 2 days, make sure to reservate tickets before going.

PS we booked our tickets together with a tour:
http://www.allsanfranciscotours.com/Body.asp?Page=TourDetails&tour=SFO-B0002

Ride cable car, but stand in...

by Bavavia

Ride cable car, but stand in back( not inside of car) and look back as the car is going up the hill! Very invigorating! and very San Fransisco... Getting on the local bus and going downtown with no real destination in mind, got off at a stop near downtown and just explored area, ended up walking through Chinatown and miles ( up hills, I had to stop a few times because it is very tiring)!, but it was enjoyable, finished by having dinner at a local Italian restaurant where the staff was very courteous, the atmosphere was very comforting, and the food was out of this world and the price tag was very reasonable....

of course, visit Fisherman's...

by anna123

of course, visit Fisherman's Wharf! This is an area in San Francisco that is just filled with activity. There's the famous Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square as well as the USS Pampanito docked nearby. On the streets around this area, you'll see souvenir shops and you'll probably bump into a Wax Museum and the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. Along Jefferson street, you'll see the fish merchants busy at work.

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Address: 480 Geary Street, Between Mason Street and Taylor, San Francisco, California, 94102, United States