This week, local news radio station KGO interviewed me about what you get for your money at San Francisco’s most expensive hotels. It got me thinking about all of the City by the Bay’s hotels, and what perks you get at some of the city’s lesser known spots. Here are some of my faves.
Starting for budget travelers, you can’t be the views at Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel. In fact I might go so far as to say this is one of the best vistas at any SF lodging option. Perched on Fort Mason, guests can look out on the bay, Marin, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge for a steal!
Over in the Mission District, it’s hard not to fall in love with the service and attention you’ll get at the historic Inn at San Francisco. Sure it looks like your old Aunt Bertha decorated the joint, but that’s part of the charm. However the real perks (aside from the sun that shines on this side of the city) are the use of the hot tub and the lavish breakfast spread served daily.
Union Square’s serves up LA style at Hotel Diva, complete with celebrity handprints in the sidewalk, and plenty of pounded steel, funky common areas (including a vending machine burping out skateboard wheels) and sexy interiors. Once you check in, peek into the safe to find a fun souvenir, if you don’t use it that night.
Not to be sneered at in a city that charges up to fifty bucks a night for your vehicle to sleep is Columbus Motor Inn’s FREE parking right in the heart of North Beach/Fisherman’s Wharf area.
On the uber posh end of the spectrum, Pac Heights’ Hotel Drisco pulls out the stops for guests providing a gorgeous breakfast, a wine hour with a generous snack spread, and the kind of service usually reserved for the regal.
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