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Hotel Whitcomb
Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco 94103

3.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (7,322 reviews)

Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks …

€144
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco

5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 94111

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,091 reviews)

The 17-story Hyatt Regency is located on the Embarcadero waterfront, across from the Ferry Building Marketplace, close to the …

€185
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

2500 Mason St, San Francisco 94133

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (4,892 reviews)

This smoke-free San Francisco Sheraton is within 2 blocks of the cable car turnaround and Pier 39, 5 blocks from Ghirardell …

€179
Pullman San Francisco Bay
Pullman San Francisco Bay

223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City 94065

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,545 reviews)

Set along a tranquil lagoon, this contemporary resort-style hotel is 11 miles south of San Francisco International Airport an …

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The Mosser
The Mosser

54 4th Street, San Francisco 94103

2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (4,886 reviews)

Conveniently located between the renowned Union Square shopping district and the Moscone Convention Center, this San Francisc …

€104
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

1075 Sutter St, San Francisco 94109

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (3,606 reviews)

Built in 1927, this 9-story downtown San Francisco hotel is 3 blocks from the California St cable car line, 6 blocks from …

€167
Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel
Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel

55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (11,054 reviews)

Just off Market Street, downtown San Francisco's major thoroughfare, this contemporary 32-story hotel is 1 block from San …

€141
Fairmont San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason Street Atop Nob Hill, San Francisco 94108

5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4,484 reviews)

Fairmont San Francisco is located atop swanky Nob Hill, the only spot in the city where every cable car line intersects. …

€232
The Marker San Francisco, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
The Marker San Francisco, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

501 Geary St, San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,918 reviews)

Eclectically decorated The Marker San Francisco, a 1910 Beaux Arts building, is within 2 blocks of Union Square and the Curra …

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Cow Hollow Inn
Cow Hollow Inn

2190 Lombard Street, San Francisco 94123

2.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,271 reviews)

Located in Marina District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Mason, Palace of Fine Arts, and Lombard Street. …

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Pocket Guide: San Francisco

Home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the original setting for what would become known as the Summer of Love, San Francisco's many associations with popular culture are hard to ignore. This former Gold Rush town, now California's fourth largest city, is laden with famous locations and movie imagery. Whether the city brings to mind Steve McQueen racing around the famous cityscape in 'Bullitt', or Clint Eastwood planning his escape from the infamous Alcatraz, San Francisco is etched indelibly on every moviegoer's mind.

The City's Story

However, delve into San Francisco's history and you'll find that, unlike the movies, the city has a real story to tell. San Francisco's population exploded with the Gold Rush of the 1840s, making it the largest city on the West Coast during that era. Banks, merchants (including the now famous Ghriadelli chocolatier), and the arrival of the first transcontinental railroad, brought enough wealth to build churches, theatres, and the first cable cars. San Francisco flourished, becoming a beacon of culture and lavishness in the otherwise underdeveloped American West. Prosperity during this period led to the construction of the city's countless Victorian-style homes and buildings, which have become a contemporary attraction among tourists and locals alike.

San Francisco has often been referred to as a hub of liberal thinking and mixing of cultures; it's well known as the site of the Summer of Love and an early leader in the United States' gay rights movement. Almost 40 per cent of the city's population was born overseas, creating a diverse mixture of people and neighborhoods, including one of the largest Chinatowns in America, Little Italy, and the Latin America-flavored Mission District. The city saw an influx of writers and artists in the 1950s, hippies in the 1960s, and another financial boom in the 1990s with the advent of the Internet - all of which have made San Francisco a wealthy city with a high standard of living and a robust entertainment and arts scene.

Something for Everyone

San Francisco is home to many iconic sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Coit Tower. Try a cruise for a great tour of the harbor or get a city pass to visit all the famous sights.

Numerous, undulating hills crisscrossed by cable cars are also characteristic of the city. A tight collection of distinct neighborhoods, San Francisco is easy to explore on foot (with a little help from the cable cars or a double-decker bus for the steeper hills). Find department-store shopping and entertainment in Union Square and the Financial District; souvenirs and tourists at Fisherman's Wharf; luxurious hotels and views on Nob and Russian Hill; and remnants of hippy bohemia in the Haight.

As the United States' second most densely populated (and highly visited) city, San Francisco offers new sights and treasures around every corner and something for almost every type of traveller.