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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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King George Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 245 reviews
Considering its name and the British flag flying out front, it's no surprise that the King George Hotel near San Francisco's Union Square district has a decidedly European flair. Decorative touches are subtle but continue this theme: chess boards in every room, coats of arms, and more. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The on-site restaurant, Winston's Bar and Lounge, even serves imported beer. RoomsAccommodations -- 141 rooms and 12 suites in all -- vary in size and configuration but come standard with flat-screen televisions, pillow-top mattresses, MP3 docking stations and in-room safes. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access as well as nightly turndown service. Property featuresThe King George Hotel, a free-standing structure, dates back to 1914 and has been renovated numerous times since. It also is now a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests have access to a nearby Club One Health Club (fees apply), a full-service facility with spa, pool and fitness center. The hotel also offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). Grab a pint (what else?) at Winston's Bar & Lounge, a kitschy-but-lovable bar on the ground floor. The pub no longer serves food, but the scene is still lively on weekend nights. Valet and self-parking are available (fees apply). HighlightsComplimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet accessHop on any one of the city's cable cars down the streetUnion Square shopping is only a four-block walk from the hotel Nearby attractionsUnion Square (3 blocks)Theater District (4 blocks)Fisherman's Wharf (1 mi/1.5 km)AT&T Park (2 mi/3.5 km)Golden Gate Park (6 mi/10 km) Business24-hour business center in lobbyIntimate 500-square-foot meeting room TransportationSan Francisco International Airport (18 mi/30 km)Oakland International Airport (15 mi/25 km)Cable car stops (3 blocks)BART (6 blocks/1 km)MUNI bus (1 block) PoliciesThe hotel accepts reservations for guests under 18 years old given that parent/legal guardian guarantees payment for all charges. If legally emancipated, guests can present documents that prove emancipation and the ability to shoulder expenses at the hotel. Search ResultStately boutique hotel just off Union Square
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The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 719 reviews
The Opal of San Francisco is located in the Civic Center-Cathedral Hill neighborhood of downtown San Francisco and has been elegantly serving guests since 1908. Its graceful historic charm comes alive with the original woodwork, stained-glass windows, and antique furnishings in the intimate, comfortable rooms. Don't let the historic atmosphere fool you; the entire hotel is updated with plenty of modern amenities. Enjoy a hot meal in the 1950s-inspired dining room, Mel's. Chomp into a thick, juicy burger and chase it down with a sweet milkshake. Your mornings can be started with a delicious and complimentary home-cooked breakfast in the breakfast room. RoomsEach of The Opal's 164 guest rooms features central air and heat, cable television and complimentary high-speed Internet. (There's also free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby.) Suites include small sitting areas with plush sofas. A handful of rooms have windows that look out onto the bustling Union Property featuresThe hotel has received a three-diamond rating from AAA and was selected as the Crescent Hotel and Resorts "Hotel of the Year" in 2008. A baby grand piano welcomes visitors to the lobby of The Opal -- a public area decorated to invoke the way it looked when the hotel debuted in 1908. Elsewhere on the property is a 24-hour laundry facility (fees apply) and car rental desk (fees apply; rentals also can be facilitated by the concierge). Overnight parking is also available (fees apply).All guests have complimentary access to a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center. Guests also are entitled to a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning.After a long day exploring the city, grab a milkshake and a tuna melt at the on-site outpost of Mel's Drive-In, a 1950s-style diner that has become a San Francisco institution. The restaurant is open 24 hours on weekends. HighlightsThe hotel's downtown location puts you by popular San Francisco hot spots like Japan Town, Union Square, and Nob Hill. Over a dozen restaurants of varying cuisines are located within a few miles of the hotel. Indulge in fine cuisine at the Turtle Tower Restaurant or the ultimate in fresh seafood at Wayo Sushi. If you've had enough time on the town, enjoy everything the hotel has to offer. The modern fitness center has all the state-of-the-art exercise equipment necessary to keep up on your fitness routine. The concierge service will help you book tickets to local attractions or events while helping guide you around town.  Nearby attractionsUnion Square Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park TransportationSan Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)BART (18 minutes walking) PoliciesDebit cards are not acceptable at check-in. Overnight Parking is available (FEES APPLY). Search ResultStay at The Opal in San Francisco
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Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 384 reviews
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, the family-owned and operated Handlery Union Square Hotel is just steps away from the Powell Street cable car line, world class shops, the Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Enjoy traditional accommodations in the Historic Section or oversized rooms in the Premier Section. All 377 rooms feature wireless Internet access, mini refrigerators, and in-room safes. The hotel features on site valet parking, an outdoor heated pool, sauna, and room service. The Daily Grill, the on site restaurant, serves American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Please note: Parking is $52.00 per day, plus tax with unlimited in and out privileges. Additional charge may apply for oversized vehicles.
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Orchard Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 140 reviews
As its name suggests, the residential-style Orchard Hotel is all about the environment. The boutique hotel was San Francisco's first hotel to become LEED-EB certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and it continues to tout a number of eco-friendly programs today. The hotel was built in 2000, and rooms still feel brand-new. Daffodil, the on-site restaurant, serves a variety of cuisines from all over the world. DiningDaffodil, the eclectic on-site eatery, pairs seasonal and local organic cuisine with wines from all over the world. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner only, though a happy hour menu spotlights a number of tapas-style small plate dishes. RoomsRelax and rejuvenate in one of the Orchard's 104 rooms, including nine suites. Armoires feature state-of-the-art DVD and CD entertainment centers and 27-inch flat-screen televisions. Guests will find large work desks, complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi and fully stocked mini-bars. Designed specifically for the Orchard, most of the furniture is made of wood from Bali. Bathrooms boast organic bath products. Property features The Orchard opened in 2000, making it one of the newest boutique hotels in San Francisco. When it opened, it became the city's first LEED-EB certified hotel. Since then, the property has collected a number of other accolades for its commitment to eco-friendly practices. The Orchard continues to refine its approach to green. Art is a common theme inside; a bronze-cast statue entitled "Spring Awakening" welcomes visitors to the lobby, and paintings and photographs in hallways upstairs are from local artists. While the on-site fitness is complimentary, guests also have access to a handful of independent fitness facilities within walking distance (fees apply). HighlightsEco-friendly programs and organic bath productsWalk to shopping at Union Square and Westfield Centre mallComplimentary business and fitness centers Nearby attractionsUnion SquareWestfield Centre shopping mall Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park BusinessExecutive boardroom is perfect for small meetings (seats 18)Wine Room available at the on-site Daffodil restaurantSpecial "Green Meeting" packageComplimentary Business Center TransportationSan Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)BART (20 minutes walking) PoliciesValet parking available (fees apply) Search ResultEco-friendly hotel near Union Square and steps from cable cars
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Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 532 reviews
Like the ever-evolving city that flows around the historical building, Hotel Whitcomb holds onto its past while adapting to meet modern needs. In the wake of a 1906 earthquake, the building served as the temporary city hall before re-opening in 1916 as a luxury hotel. Today, the grandiose Whitcomb Ballroom hosts conferences and weddings on its parquet dance floor. You'll step back in time when you enter the opulent lobby, which features crystal chandeliers dangling from high cathedral ceilings, marble columns and floors, Tiffany glass and polished brass accents. You can return to the present day when you use the free Wi-Fi or work out in the fitness center. RoomsHigh ceilings are common in the Whitcomb's 447 guest rooms and 12 suites. Furniture in these rooms has been specially crafted so it looks old. Accommodations come standard with modern conveniences as well, including flat-screen televisions, ironing boards and spacious workstations. Many also offer stunning views of San Francisco Bay, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. The Sunny Jim Suite also includes a wet bar and a dining area. Property featuresMarble floors, polished brass fixtures, Tiffany glass and fresh flowers accentuate the ornate Main Lobby. This area transports guests back to the turn of the 20th Century, when the building briefly served as City Hall. It became a hotel in 1916. It's also a great place to enjoy a coffee and read a complimentary newspaper. All guests have access to an on-site health and fitness center, dry-cleaning service (fees apply) and transportation to San Francisco International Airport (fees apply). Grab a homemade Dungeness crab cake at The Market Street Grill, the on-site restaurant. Customers enter through the Tavern Piano Bar, a classic lounge that can get downright boisterous on weekend nights. Valet and self parking are available (fees apply). HighlightsSituated on Market Street across from the Orpheum Theater, Hotel Whitcomb offers guests direct access to downtown San Francisco, SOMA, Mid-Market and Civic Center neighborhoods. Step outside to find a BART light rail and MUNI station entrance a few feet away. Several bus stops and Bay Area BikeShare stations are within a couple blocks, and the iconic cable car trolley is less than five blocks away. The main floor of the Hotel Whitcomb houses the Market Street Grill, where you can find a full menu of dining options, The Tavern piano bar and cocktail lounge, and a Starbucks. Nearby attractionsTheater DistrictUnion Square SoMaEmbarcaderoMoscone Convention CenterAT&T Park Business24-hour business center25,000 square feet of meeting spaceOn-site audio/visual expert to help with equipment TransportationSan Francisco International Airport (18 mil/29 km)Oakland International Airport (16 mi/25.7 km)BART (4 blocks)Cable car stops (6 blocks)MUNI bus (1 block) Search ResultStay at Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco, California
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Sat, Jul 11 - Mon, Jul 20 $336
Los Angeles San Francisco Mon, Jul 27 - Sat, Aug 1 $145
Washington DC San Francisco Sat, Aug 29 - Tue, Sep 8 $416
Boston San Francisco Tue, Aug 18 - Wed, Aug 26 $367
Chicago San Francisco Wed, Sep 2 - Tue, Sep 8 $218
Newark San Francisco Tue, Aug 18 - Mon, Aug 31 $398
Seattle San Francisco Wed, Aug 12 - Mon, Aug 17 $180
Atlanta San Francisco Tue, Aug 4 - Wed, Aug 5 $367
Dallas San Francisco Tue, Aug 4 - Wed, Sep 2 $253
Honolulu San Francisco Tue, Aug 11 - Tue, Aug 18 $571
Philadelphia San Francisco Wed, Sep 2 - Wed, Sep 9 $387
Denver San Francisco Sat, Aug 22 - Tue, Aug 25 $204
Baltimore San Francisco Tue, Aug 25 - Tue, Sep 1 $342
San Diego San Francisco Tue, Aug 4 - Wed, Aug 12 $217
Las Vegas San Francisco Tue, Aug 11 - Wed, Aug 12 $87
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Fri, Aug 28 - Tue, Sep 1 $335
Minneapolis San Francisco Tue, Sep 1 - Tue, Sep 15 $312
Toronto San Francisco Fri, Aug 21 - Tue, Aug 25 $421
Raleigh San Francisco Sun, Jul 12 - Sun, Jul 19 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Tue, Aug 25 - Tue, Sep 1 $238
Orlando San Francisco Wed, Aug 12 - Tue, Aug 18 $322
Detroit San Francisco Tue, Sep 1 - Sat, Sep 5 $328
Beijing San Francisco Thu, Sep 3 - Sun, Sep 27 $760
Charlotte San Francisco Tue, Aug 18 - Mon, Aug 31 $406
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  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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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