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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 / 5 633 reviews
Historic hotel and spacious suites -- walking distance to Union Square Dating back to 1908, this five-story Union Square hotel still boasts the stained glass windows, period antiques and other decorative touches that hearken back to a simpler time. Rooms are clean and efficient; spacious work desks are popular among business travelers. Other amenities include a complimentary on-site fitness center and 24-hour coffee and tea service, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet. Highlights Walking distance to shopping in Union SquareHistoric architecture, decorative touches24-hour coffee and tea serviceComplimentary breakfast buffet Rooms Each 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 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. Transportation San 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) Attractions Union Square Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Policies and feesDebit cards are not acceptable at check-in. Overnight Parking is available (FEES APPLY).
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Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 328 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 Whitcomb San Francisco

3 stars
3.4 / 5 457 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
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Hotel Abri

3 stars
4.2 / 5 75 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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Villa Florence

3 stars
4.0 / 5 111 reviews
When you're staying in San Francisco, our boutique hotel offers the perfect location and a warm, inviting welcome for your visit to the City by the Bay. The Villa Florence evokes San Francisco's Italian heritage through its luxury hotel decor, family-style hospitality and Italian spirit. Located in Union Square on the Powell Street Cable Car line, sixteen miles from San Francisco International Airport and five blocks from the Moscone Convention Center. All 182 deluxe guest rooms and suites have been completely renovated with stylish furnishings and upgraded premium guest amenities conveying contemporary Italian style. All guest rooms feature modern comforts and amenities such as L'occitane, plush towels, robes and slippers, LCD flat screen televisions, wi-fi,ample workspace and Boston Acoustics iPod docking stations. Villa Florence is pet-friendly and 100% non-smoking. Our San Francisco, California hotel is a modern-day Italian villa celebrating Italian-inspired fashion, food and wine. An oasis amidst the excitement of San Francisco's famous shopping and theater district, Union Square, and Moscone Convention Center. Our guests are embraced by our romantic Italian hotel, with its spirit of family and hospitality, and the luxury of modern amenities. An ideal location in fashionable Union Square may be the obvious reason for choosing our Italian style boutique hotel, but it is our spacious, luxurious San Francisco hotel rooms and first class service that inspire guests to return again and again. Our family-style hospitality and romantic Italian spirit remains unique among the city's boutique hotels. Our parking fee is $54.00 + tax per vehicle, per night.The Villa Florence offers room service. Breakfast is available from 6:30am-10am, dinner from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Late night dining is available. A kids menu is also available. Service fee of $18 covers unlimited wi-fi, local phone calls, and use of our business center.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Sat, Jan 31 - Wed, Feb 4 $283
Los Angeles San Francisco Sat, Feb 7 - Sat, Feb 14 $137
Washington DC San Francisco Wed, Feb 4 - Mon, Feb 9 $307
Boston San Francisco Wed, Jan 28 - Tue, Feb 3 $297
Chicago San Francisco Sat, Jan 10 - Sat, Jan 17 $246
Newark San Francisco Tue, Jan 13 - Tue, Jan 20 $292
Seattle San Francisco Tue, Feb 24 - Sat, Feb 28 $147
Atlanta San Francisco Wed, Jan 21 - Thu, Jan 22 $322
Dallas San Francisco Wed, Jan 14 - Wed, Jan 21 $217
Honolulu San Francisco Wed, Jan 28 - Tue, Feb 3 $454
Philadelphia San Francisco Mon, Jan 26 - Mon, Feb 2 $407
Denver San Francisco Wed, Jan 21 - Thu, Jan 22 $145
Baltimore San Francisco Sat, Feb 7 - Tue, Feb 17 $367
San Diego San Francisco Tue, Feb 24 - Tue, Mar 3 $161
Las Vegas San Francisco Wed, Feb 4 - Sat, Feb 7 $97
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Sat, Jan 31 - Sat, Feb 7 $277
Minneapolis San Francisco Sat, Jan 24 - Wed, Jan 28 $278
Toronto San Francisco Wed, Jan 7 - Wed, Jan 14 $491
Raleigh San Francisco Fri, Jan 2 - Fri, Jan 9 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Wed, Jan 28 - Sun, Feb 1 $197
Orlando San Francisco Thu, Jan 29 - Wed, Feb 4 $297
Detroit San Francisco Sat, Jan 24 - Fri, Jan 30 $277
Beijing San Francisco Sat, Jan 24 - Sun, Feb 1 $881
Charlotte San Francisco Thu, Feb 19 - Sat, Feb 28 $359
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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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