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San FranciscoUnited States of America

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

Top hotels in San Francisco

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is €87 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,255 reviews)

"Nice hotel very relaxed room is very comfortable and clean"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €106 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...

3.8/5Good! (2,410 reviews)

"Ok view I guess nothing special really. Non breakfast offered or anything"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is €173 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Union Square, SHN Curran Theatre, and Westfield San Francisco Centre. San ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,284 reviews)

"Absolutely stunning ! This was our second time staying in San Francisco but never stayed here and we will for sure be back !"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
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Holiday Rentals in San Francisco

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
3 out of 5
400 Concourse Dr, Belmont, CA
The price is €111 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Situated in Belmont, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Los Prados Park, Marlin Park and Hiller Aviation Museum. Laurie Meadows Park and Casanova Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,052 reviews)

"Overall the place is nice. Very quiet neighbourhood."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA
The price is €104 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 9 miles (15 km) of San Francisco State University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (651 reviews)

"I stayed out in San Bruno for a week with my children. The hotel staff was friendly and the rooms were nicely kept and beautiful. We felt so at home we were a little sad to leave. We will definitely be staying with Staybridge for our next family vacation!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Francisco
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Francisco
3 out of 5
2620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Located in North Beach, this condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street. Pier ...

4.4/5Excellent! (34 reviews)

"Good sized, clean rooms, friendly staff, excellent location for Fisherman’s wharf / Alcatraz & easy access via cable car/F line to Union Square. No in house restaurant but good options within 5 min walk."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Francisco
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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