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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 (3,135 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Hiller Aviation Museum, Museum of San Carlos …

฿2,596
Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

2620 Jones Street, San Francisco 94133

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4,071 reviews)

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Fishermans Wharf …

฿4,778
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 (4,851 reviews)

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

฿6,468
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco 94105

5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (3,553 reviews)

A member of The Luxury Collection of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, this legendary 1909 hotel in downtown San Francisco is 1 …

฿5,384
Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco 94102

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (8,376 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco …

฿4,501
Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco 94103

3.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (8,186 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Orpheum Theater and Asian Art Museum of …

฿3,231
The Park Central San Francisco

The Park Central San Francisco

50 3rd St, San Francisco 94103

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (7,392 reviews)

Located in the heart of the South of Market district (SoMa), The Park Central San Francisco is across from Yerba Buena Garden …

฿2,950
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

433 Powell St, San Francisco 94102

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (4,756 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, San …

฿3,522
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 94133

3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (4,887 reviews)

Located just 1 mile from Union Square, this Holiday Inn is within 2 blocks of Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.

฿3,641
Hotel Zoe San Francisco

Hotel Zoe San Francisco

425 North Point, San Francisco 94133

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (5,612 reviews)

Located in North Beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf and Ripley's …

฿4,578

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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/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.