San Francisco

Travel Guide
San Francisco showing a bay or harbour and a bridge

Tony Bennett famously left his heart here – and so will you. This city knows how to win your affections and keep you faithful to the last.

Everyone has a favourite picture of San Francisco. Historic trams, known locally as cable cars, rattling up impossibly steep hills; the iconic pillars of the Golden Gate Bridge rising romantically through the mist; hedonistic hippies preaching peace and love in Golden Gate Park; flamboyant street entertainers strutting their stuff along the Embarcadero … the list goes on.

This historic metropolis situated between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean is famously tourist-friendly. Its multicultural heritage and laid-back vibe makes visitors feel immediately at home. Whether you’re heading for the shopping nirvana of Union Square or soaking up the sunshine on Baker Beach, learning about American art in the de Young Museum or making friends with the sea lions on Pier 39, San Francisco will worm its way into your heart.

Take a trip across the bay to fashionable Sausalito, where the bohemian legacy of the artists’ community that thrived here in the 1950s and 1960s lives on in the gaily painted houseboats. Another popular ferry trip will deliver you to Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious maximum security prison where America’s most dangerous criminals were incarcerated. Tour the prison cells of murders and gangsters and feel the claustrophobia of the exercise yard with its tantalising views of the city across the bay.

Back on the mainland, celebrate your freedom with a feast of freshly caught seafood in one of the upmarket restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf. This historic area, once the hub of the local fishing industry, is still proud of its heritage. Wander along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building, a famous local landmark dating from the Spanish Colonial era, where the farmers’ market sells home-grown fruit and vegetables and freshly baked bread and cakes.

San Francisco has an unpredictable climate thanks to its proximity to the ocean. It can be scorching hot one minute and blowing a chill wind the next. September to November is usually pleasantly sunny, and winter is a good time to enjoy the superb cultural facilities and benefit from cheaper accommodation. At festival times the city is particularly busy, especially during the famous Pride Celebration and Parade in June, one of the largest events of its kind in the US.

Where to stay in San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Fully refundable
The price is €182 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,276 reviews)
"Friendly staff, cleanliness 10/10, overall great stay!"

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €208 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,402 reviews)
"Great hotel and location! Super clean and friendly, helpful staff. Great activities and bar area! Would stay here again and recommend it to others."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €219 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,998 reviews)
"Great location to see San Francisco sights and a very nice hotel."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonder Hayes Valley
Sonder Hayes Valley
3.5 out of 5
135 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is €211 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, concierge services and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Oracle Park ...
3.6/5 Good! (16 reviews)
Nice room
"First time using Sonder. Had some kinks with the app and check-in but other than that was very impressed. Wish the room had a fridge. Great location!"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2021

Sonder Hayes Valley
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Bruno. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"The staff here were very welcoming and very accommodating to our every whim. Excellent rooms as well."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
A beautiful golf ⛳️ course view backyard view +large studio + full bath+kitchen
A beautiful golf ⛳️ course view backyard view +large studio + full bath+kitchen
Daly City, CA
The price is €222 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this golf holiday home in Daly City. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions San Francisco Zoo and Twin Peaks are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Wonderful experience
"The room was pretty clean. The bed was comfy, and the view was amazing. Cami is so friendly, I would love to make friends with her, and she took care of everything well. The location was great, there is a grocery store next to it. Overall everything was excellent!"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2022

A beautiful golf ⛳️ course view backyard view +large studio + full bath+kitchen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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