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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 Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 622 reviews
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Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco

3 stars
3.4 / 5 447 reviews
Luxury meets history, vintage meets modern at Theater District hotel The Hotel Whitcomb has a place in San Francisco history like no other: Following the 1906 earthquake, the building actually served as City Hall. The majestic Theater District property still looks a lot like it did back then, with crystal chandeliers, Tiffany glass and Italian marble columns and floors. Made-to-look-old furniture highlights rooms upstairs, though modern conveniences abound as well. The on-site Market Street Grill serves up basic American fare. Highlights Historical spot -- the hotel once served as San Francisco's City HallLocated in the Theater District, across Market Street from the Orpheum TheaterOrnate preserved lobbyDine on classic American fare at The Market Street Grill Rooms High 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. Features Marble 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). Transportation San 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) Attractions Theater DistrictUnion Square SoMaEmbarcaderoMoscone Convention CenterAT&T Park Business 24-hour business center25,000 square feet of meeting spaceOn-site audio/visual expert to help with equipment
Value Complementary high speed wi-fi internet
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Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 327 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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Hotel Abri

3 stars
4.2 / 5 74 reviews
Cutting edge and cool hotel in Union SquareFormerly the Monticello Inn, Hotel Abri, a Larkspur Collection Hotel, sits in one of the hippest areas in San Francisco off Union Square, surrounded by fashion boutiques, art galleries and theaters. The feel of this boutique hotel is cool and hip, with many gadgets at the disposal of guests, and a slick, cutting-edge meeting room with complimentary Internet access and excellent audiovisual equipment. In keeping with the urban feel of Hotel Abri, the downstairs lobby offers a contemporary welcome, with a modern fireplace surrounded by leather chairs. 3 Reasons To Stay:Brilliant location at the heart of shopping districtCool and contemporary designState-of-the-art technology and business facilities Hotel Abri – A Larkspur Collection Hotel RoomsRecently redesigned, and working an urban, trendy vibe, the Hotel Abri has with 90 guest rooms, of which 24 are suites. Quirky and modern in style, and decked out in soothing neutral tones, the rooms do not stint on comfort, and feature the signature FeatherBorne beds as well as ergonomic chairs and workstations, well-stocked minibars and 42-inch LCD televisions. The urban suites are more spacious, and feature king size beds. Technophiles will adore the Hotel Abri, as all rooms feature the latest in cutting-edge technology, from iPod docking stations to complimentary wireless Internet access and connectivity panels to link up digital media for all your viewing needs. The private bathrooms come with a complimentary selection of toiletries and bathrobes. All rooms at the Hotel Abri – A Larkspur Collection are nonsmoking and include a complimentary newspaper. Things To Do:Moscone Convention Center (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Financial District (1.3 mi/2 km)Fisherman's Wharf (2.6 mi/4.2 km) Policies and fees Pet Policy: $75 non-refundable cleaning fee. One pet per room, maximum 60 lbs.Check-in age is 21 years old with proper ID and credit card
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Andrews Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 76 reviews
The Andrews Hotel is a charming, European-style hotel centrally located in San Francisco's renowned theater and shopping districts. Our small size -- just 48 guestrooms -- allows our friendly and courteous front desk staff to give you individual attention. Citysearch Voted the Andrews hotel 'Best hotel staff' 2006. The building at 624 Post Street was completed in 1905 just before the great earthquake on April 18, 1906. Because it was built as a Class a structure, completely supported by a steel frame, it suffered little damage. However, the fire that engulfed the city after the quake did some damage to the lobby and restaurant. After being repaired the following November for $38,000, the building assumed its planned role as the Sultan Turkish Baths, a gentlemen's bath and relaxation establishment. The large electric sign on the roof announced its arrival on Post Street. As a full service business, the Sultan Baths featured a restaurant on the ground floor. The next level housed a salt-water plunge, tiled hot room, and a rubbing room. On the third floor one could find a barber, chiropodist, and a bar and lounge. The fourth and fifth floors featured small sleeping rooms and a steam room. Finally, on floors six and seven, one could rent one of several small apartments, each containing a bedroom and a parlor. Rumor has it that, at one time, the establishment had a rather unsavory reputation. Valet parking is $34 + 15.5% tax for regular and $46 + 15.5% tax for oversized vehicle. Please be advised that valet parking fees will be higher on New Year Eve ( fees to be announced in December). Parking fees are subject to change without notice.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Sat, Jan 10 - Sat, Jan 17 $279
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Jan 7 - Tue, Jan 13 $135
Washington DC San Francisco Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $349
Boston San Francisco Mon, Dec 8 - Thu, Dec 11 $326
Chicago San Francisco Fri, Dec 5 - Thu, Dec 11 $246
Newark San Francisco Tue, Jan 20 - Mon, Feb 9 $328
Seattle San Francisco Tue, Dec 9 - Wed, Dec 10 $137
Atlanta San Francisco Thu, Nov 27 - Wed, Dec 3 $338
Dallas San Francisco Tue, Dec 16 - Tue, Jan 6 $237
Honolulu San Francisco Wed, Dec 3 - Sun, Dec 7 $454
Philadelphia San Francisco Tue, Jan 20 - Tue, Jan 27 $384
Denver San Francisco Wed, Dec 3 - Sat, Dec 6 $155
Baltimore San Francisco Fri, Dec 12 - Tue, Dec 16 $360
San Diego San Francisco Sat, Dec 13 - Tue, Dec 16 $151
Las Vegas San Francisco Sat, Jan 17 - Tue, Jan 20 $135
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Thu, Jan 15 - Sun, Feb 1 $277
Minneapolis San Francisco Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $263
Toronto San Francisco Thu, Dec 4 - Wed, Dec 10 $505
Raleigh San Francisco Sat, Nov 29 - Sat, Dec 6 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Wed, Jan 14 - Tue, Jan 27 $203
Orlando San Francisco Sun, Dec 21 - Tue, Dec 30 $306
Detroit San Francisco Tue, Dec 9 - Wed, Dec 10 $301
Beijing San Francisco Sun, Dec 21 - Mon, Jan 19 $976
Charlotte San Francisco Fri, Dec 5 - Wed, Dec 10 $391
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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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