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With a cool California vibe mixed with glitzy European sophistication, San Francisco is a hub of ethnic enclaves and people wooed to the Pacific Coast. Visit hippie history in the Haight or shop the glamorous Union Square. Take a cable car up Nob Hill and swoon over Victorian homes and San Francisco Bay views.

Despite the city's high price reputation, CheapTickets can help you keep your San Francisco travel budget in check with these funds-friendly highlights.

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The Mosser Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 258 reviews
Modern boutique hotel with recording studio near Union Square Quirky, modern and ultra-hip, The Mosser Hotel is the only lodging option in San Francisco with a state-of-the-art recording studio on premises. Rooms in this Union Square hotel are clean and efficient. All have platform beds, while some have private bathrooms and others share. Annabelle's Bar & Bistro, the on-site restaurant, utilizes organic ingredients sourced directly from area farms. Highlights State-of-the-art recording studioOn-site Annabelle's Bar & Bistro Platform bedsWalking distance to shopping at Union Square and Westfield Centre mall Rooms "The Mosser," as it's known locally, has 166 rooms in all -- 112 deluxe rooms with private bathrooms and 54 "economical" rooms with shared hall baths for travelers on smaller budgets. Each room boasts platform beds and vanity sinks. Rooms also come standard with robes, ceiling fans, hair dryers and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms have windows that look out onto busy city streets; some even have reading nooks built into bay windows. Features Opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel, the historic property was completely redesigned in 2003 and now feels modern and chic. The centerpiece of that redesign was Studio Paradiso, a state-of-the-art recording studio that is available to hotel guests. Other standard amenities include ironing boards, two-line telephones and custom-designed furniture. In early 2010, the hotel announced a commitment to embrace eco-friendly products in all the rooms. The Mosser family donates a portion of all hotel proceeds to reforestation, literacy and educational projects.   Dining For a fabulous cocktail or tasty sandwich, pull up a stool at Annabelle's Bar & Bistro, a French-style eatery located on the ground floor. The restaurant features an eclectic wine selection. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (10 minutes walking)BART (15 minutes walking) Attractions Union SquareWestfield Centre shopping mall Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Business Free Wi-FiStudio Paradiso available for meetings Policies and feesNightly valet parking rate will increase in October as follows:Standard vehicle:  $39 + taxes ($44.46 after tax)Oversized vehicle:  $49 + taxes ($55.86 after tax)
Value Walking distance to Moscone Center & Union Square
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The Hotel California - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

3 stars
3.5 / 5 71 reviews
Named in 2006 "one of the best affordable hotels in San Francisco" by the New York Times, The Hotel California is in the center of the theater and shopping districts. * Two blocks off Union Square * Classic 1913 architecture * Newly renovated rooms * New workout facility * New Beautyrest mattresses * 300 thread count cotton linens * Award - winning restaurant * Friendly wine bar * Free lobby internet terminals * Valet parking available starting at $35 per night. The Hotel California is currently undergoing a remodel to bring guests an updated and more luxurious experience. Please visit the hotel website for more information.
Value Great location,free internet,afternoon reception
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Petite Auberge

3 stars
3.9 / 5 45 reviews
Experience a touch of France in downtown San FranciscoPetite Auberge is a charming little accommodation in an exciting district of San Francisco, and it offers a comfortable and intimate environment for guests from the moment they walk through its beveled glass French doors to the time they check out. Intricate French art decor, a cozy parlor and a hearty and crackling fireplace set an inviting European ambiance. Afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres make Petite Auberge guests feel at home, and a home-cooked gourmet breakfast prepared and served daily is reminiscent of French hospitality. 3 Reasons To Stay:Close to San Francisco and its fine diningIntimate and cozy accommodation with comfortable amenities and personalized serviceEasily connects to public transportation Petite Auberge RoomsElegant and intricate French styles are a staple at Petite Auberge, both in the common areas and en suite. Charming French armoires furnish every room, along with gas fireplaces that make travelers feel like VIP guests in an exotic Parisian mansion. Rooms offer short-term and extended-stay travelers all of the comforts of a home away from home, including bathrobes and satellite TVs. Grandiose shower and tub combinations, totaling 230 square feet, come with all deluxe rooms, perfect for Petite Auberge guests who wish to remain for extended stays and desire more space. Things To Do:Grace Cathedral (0.2 mi/0.3 km)American Conservatory Theater (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Union Square (0.3 mi/0.4 km)Theater District (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Nob Hill (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Cable Car Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km)St. Mary Square (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Old St. Mary's Cathedral (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Chinatown (San Francisco) (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Westfield San Francisco Centre Shopping Mall (0.4 mi/0.7 km) Policies and feesPets are not permitted at the Petite AubergeParking fee is $36 plus tax for standard sized cars and $45 plus tax for oversized cars.
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Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 332 reviews
Intimate boutique hotel with outdoor pool just steps from Union Square This Union Square mainstay, dating back to 1908, mixes old and new under one roof. Older rooms bring with them a hearty dose of history; newer accommodations, completed in the last 15 years, are more spacious and have upgraded amenities. There's an outdoor pool -- a rarity for downtown San Francisco -- a heated sauna and an on-site barbershop. One of the city's most popular taverns, The Daily Grill, is located on the ground floor. Highlights Serene outdoor pool with heated saunaStroll to some of the best shopping in townStellar on-site restaurant, The Daily Grill, serves up American classics.On-site barbershopDiscount coupons to nearby Macy's Rooms The Handlery has 377 rooms in all -- 284 in the "historic" section of the hotel, and 93 in a newer and recently renovated part. Newer rooms, dubbed "Premier," measure 450 square feet and look out on the outdoor pool deck. They also include bathrobes and electric shoe polishers. The older rooms, dubbed "Historic," are part of the original 1908 construction and include mini-refrigerators, in-room safes and ironing boards. Some of the latter rooms offer views of the San Francisco skyline; Wi-Fi is available in all (fees apply). Features The hotel has been family owned and operated since the 1920s. Service has been a strongpoint for all of those years; today the property employs multi-lingual concierges who arrange everything from dinner reservations to babysitter services. Other exceptional services include same-day laundry and dry-cleaning, as well as the on-site barber shop. All guests have access to a Club One fitness center one block from the hotel (fees apply). Grab a burger and a beer at The Daily Grill, a swanky but reliable bar on the ground floor. The weekend brunch here is rated among the best in the city (try the Bloody Mary and understand why). Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)Cable car stops (5 minutes walking)BART (15 minutes walking)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking) Attractions Union Square Theater DistrictFisherman's WharfEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Business Two sizable meeting rooms can be configured a number of ways.Additional meeting space inside on-site restaurant, The Daily Grill.Business CenterAudio/Visual equipment available for rental. Policies and fees Valet parking available (fees apply).
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The Cartwright Hotel Union Square

3 stars
3.5 / 5 130 reviews
The Cartwright Hotel Union Square offers charm and personality, while delivering great value, comfort and excellent service. Conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, close to shopping, dining, entertainment, the Financial District and the Moscone Convention Center, The Cartwright Hotel Union Square is the ideal destination for the savvy business or leisure traveler. 114 guest rooms, offer modern comforts and conveniences including a signature FeatherBorne Bed package, deluxe bath amenities, plush towels, LCD flat screen TVs, iPod docking station and free high-speed wireless Internet. Those looking to unwind are encouraged to relax in the lounge, accented by a cozy fireplace. Adjacent to Bar 1915 is a quaint gift and sundries shop, providing last minute essentials and souvenirs. Cartwright Hotel Union Square is pet-friendly and 100% nonsmoking. The Cartwright Hotel Union Square offers complimentary Coffee and Tea service which is available from 7am to 10am daily. Valet parking charge is $40.00 per night.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Wed, Mar 18 - Tue, Mar 31 $258
Los Angeles San Francisco Tue, Feb 17 - Sat, Feb 21 $141
Washington DC San Francisco Mon, Mar 9 - Mon, Mar 16 $290
Boston San Francisco Mon, Mar 9 - Thu, Mar 12 $244
Chicago San Francisco Mon, Mar 2 - Wed, Mar 11 $246
Newark San Francisco Fri, Feb 20 - Tue, Feb 24 $311
Seattle San Francisco Sat, Feb 14 - Sat, Feb 21 $142
Atlanta San Francisco Sat, Feb 21 - Wed, Feb 25 $316
Dallas San Francisco Tue, Mar 17 - Tue, Mar 24 $217
Honolulu San Francisco Wed, Mar 11 - Wed, Mar 18 $398
Philadelphia San Francisco Mon, Feb 23 - Fri, Feb 27 $383
Denver San Francisco Wed, Feb 25 - Mon, Mar 2 $165
Baltimore San Francisco Thu, Feb 26 - Tue, Mar 3 $369
San Diego San Francisco Sat, Mar 7 - Sat, Mar 14 $161
Las Vegas San Francisco Wed, Feb 18 - Tue, Feb 24 $97
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Sat, Mar 7 - Tue, Mar 10 $251
Minneapolis San Francisco Tue, Mar 3 - Tue, Mar 10 $308
Toronto San Francisco Tue, Mar 10 - Wed, Mar 18 $425
Raleigh San Francisco Sun, Feb 8 - Sun, Feb 15 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Wed, Mar 4 - Tue, Mar 10 $157
Orlando San Francisco Wed, Feb 25 - Mon, Mar 2 $300
Detroit San Francisco Tue, Feb 24 - Fri, Mar 6 $318
Beijing San Francisco Thu, Mar 12 - Sun, Mar 22 $940
Charlotte San Francisco Mon, Feb 23 - Tue, Mar 3 $361
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Best time to take a vacation to San Francisco

  • San Francisco is a great city to visit any time of the year, with a mild climate thanks to water on three sides. However, the summer fog is notorious, and many tourists on their San Francisco vacations find themselves purchasing sweatshirts to stay warm. The spring and fall are often warmer and sunnier, while winters can be rainy. Be aware that the City by the Bay is known for its microclimates, which means visitors need to be prepared for weather at nearly any time of year. A sunny day in Golden Gate Park can turn sharply cooler when a wall of fog blows in, while on the same day, the Downtown area is bright and warm.

Insider tips for San Francisco travel

  • Mission District

    The Mission District from 14th Street to 23rd Street offers a charming array of vintage stores and some of San Francisco’s best dining spots.

  • Outerlands

    Drop by Outerlands for the food if you find yourself hungry way out by Ocean Beach during your San Francisco excursion.

  • Twin Peaks

    San Francisco vacations are all about the views, and Twin Peaks offers some of the best in a 360-degree panorama.

  • Bourbon & Branch

    Speakeasies and handcrafted cocktails are all the rage in San Francisco, so head to Bourbon & Branch or Local Edition to see what the fuss is about.

  • Farmers Market

    The Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building is famous, but the all-day Wednesday Farmer’s Market at Civic Center Plaza has better value for fruit and produce.

San Francisco highlights

  • San Francisco highlights
  • Fisherman's Wharf

    This seaside enclave teems with San Francisco landmarks, including Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Watch colorful street performers along the promenade, and indulge in some of the best dining in San Francisco. Salivate over the locally-made chocolate and smells of fresh sourdough bread baking.

  • San Francisco Modern Art Museum (SFMOMA)

    From Frida Kahlo to Henri Matisse, discover a treasure trove of 20th-century artworks on your San Francisco vacation at one of the most renowned museums on the West Coast. Enjoy free admission on the first Tuesday of every month, or score half-price admission on Thursday nights.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    From its russet-painted towers to its sprawling span, you can't fully appreciate the scale of the Golden Gate Bridge until you're actually on it. Ride or walk across, or just gaze in awe at one from one of the many vantage points around the city on your San Francisco travels. Connecting San Francisco to Marin County, the bridge is the only road to exit San Francisco to the north, and is part of the historic U.S. Route 1.

  • Palace of Fine Arts

    Located in San Francisco's Marina neighborhood, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the few surviving structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Marvel the cinematic Greco-Roman style, and snap photos along the serene lagoon.

  • Asian Art Museum

    Experience the Orient on your San Francisco vacation. With a massive collection of Asian art from paintings to ceramics, the Asian Art Museum also boasts one of the oldest Chinese Buddhas on the planet. Visit on Thursday nights for the bargain $5 admission.

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