By Vince Font

Pride parade, San Francisco. Credit: ingridtaylor.
Pride parade, San Francisco. Credit: ingridtaylor.

If you’re planning a California vacation to San Francisco for this summer’s Gay Pride festivities, you’d do well to pack for cool weather and heed Mark Twain’s famous words: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” But don’t go overboard — celebration events running from noon to the wee hours, including performances, dance parties, and after-hours clubbing will have you working a sweat in no time.

Now, where to unpack that rainbow hoodie and start the celebration? Finding LGBT friendly San Francisco hotels is as easy as finding popcorn in a box of Cracker Jack. You’re guaranteed at least one surprise, too. Depending on where within the city you want to stay, I’ve picked out a few of the swankiest yet affordable digs on offer.

Union Square/Nob Hill
Hotel Nikko‘s four-star accommodations situate you mere steps away from the classy Rrazz Room night club, and a stone’s throw from Union Square in the heart of downtown. Enjoy pampering in the form of Subarashee Yume pillow-top beds, large flat panel televisions (plus TVs positioned within bathroom mirrors), and a 15-meter heated indoor pool. Show your love to one another openly with pride — Hotel Nikko is recommended by Travel Alternatives Group for its LGBT friendliness.

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San Francisco Pride in bloom. Credit: ingridtaylor.

Fisherman’s Wharf
The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel gives you a brisk walk’s access to the touristy yet unforgettable Pier 39, where you can hop aboard a ferry to Alcatraz Island. Having just completed a $33 million renovation, each room features the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and WiFi access.

SFO
Breezing in and out for an overnight stay? The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is located 9 miles from downtown and 1.5 miles from San Francisco International airport. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, a fitness center, and the Bistro 123 restaurant and Martini Bar.

Book any of these three hotels now and you can save up to 35% off your stay as part of the Orbitz Summer Hotel Sale. You’ll often see even bigger savings when you book your San Francisco hotel and flight together.

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Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.

Tagged: California Vacation, Gay travel, Hotels

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