San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Vacations

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Your gay San Francisco vacation

San Fran’s LGBT scene is mature, developed, multi-faceted and so integrated into the fabric of city life that it’s like living in a parallel gay universe. San Francisco has an especially visible and large lesbian scene, with more women-focused establishments than cities twice its size. Beyond the classic gayborhood of the Castro, gays and lesbians can be found in every district of the city, but especially in lesbian-popular Noe Valley and the Mission and around the gay establishments of SoMa (South of Market).

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming San Francisco hotels

From $146

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 372 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 15% on your stay

Legendary Union Square hotel combines comfort, class The Westin St. Francis is the only hotel that actually sits on Union Square. The main building dates back to 1904, and many public areas boast the ornate columns, intricate woodwork and other design elements from this era. Perhaps the property's most famous... More

From $159

W San Francisco

4 stars
4.0 / 5 64 reviews

San Francisco, California

Chic, hip accommodations and on-site spa near Moscone Convention Center Located in the heart of the SoMa District, San Francisco's W Hotel is modern, sleek and sophisticated. The hotel is neighbors with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and sits a block away from the city's famous Yerba Buena gardens. It's... More

From $212

Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.1 / 5 189 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate Includes Breakfast

Intimate boutique comfort and personal attention right by Union Square"Handsome" and "debonair" are two words guests use to describe the Hotel Adagio, situated just two blocks from San Francisco's Union Square. With Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Mediterranean accents and an on-site bar that serves tapas-style... More

From $139

Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 328 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 30%

Intimate boutique hotel with outdoor pool just steps from Union Square This Union Square mainstay, dating back to 1908, mixes old and new under one roof. Older rooms bring with them a hearty dose of history; newer accommodations, completed in the last 15 years, are more spacious and have upgraded amenities.... More

From $198

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4 stars
4.1 / 5 285 reviews

San Francisco, California

Convenience for business travelers and families in SoMa The 39-story San Francisco Marriott Marquis caters to two very different customers: business travelers and families. On the business front, the property sits mere blocks from Moscone Convention Center and boasts 117,000 square feet of its own meeting space... More

From $118

Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 240 reviews

San Francisco, California

Asian flair, boutique comfort and Izakaya lounge in JapantownElegant furnishings and rice-paper screens characterize this 16-story Japantown icon, which anchors the east end of the Japan Center near Pacific Heights. The hotel opened in 1968 and was renovated completely in 2007. Guests of the Hotel Kabuki can choose... More

From $139

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 226 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 20% on your stay

Whimsical luxury at centrally located Fisherman's Wharf hotel Bright colors and bold patterns characterized a 2009 renovation at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf hotel. The result is a light-hearted, whimsical interior certain to make guests smile. A new lobby lounge provides the perfect spot for an afternoon snack... More

From $129

The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.2 / 5 171 reviews

San Francisco, California

Welcome to the New Nob Hill. Standing as a perfect reflection of the distinguished Nob Hill area in which it resides - elegant, timeless, celebrated, and now, with a $35 million dollar renovation, completely new is The Stanford Court, a Renaissance Hotel. Breathtaking views of the City and the Bay and luxurious... More

From $126

Hotel Abri

3 stars
4.2 / 5 74 reviews

San Francisco, California

Cutting edge and cool hotel in Union SquareFormerly the Monticello Inn, Hotel Abri, a Larkspur Collection Hotel, sits in one of the hippest areas in San Francisco off Union Square, surrounded by fashion boutiques, art galleries and theaters. The feel of this boutique hotel is cool and hip, with many gadgets at the... More

From $159

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.2 / 5 308 reviews

San Francisco, California

Sophistication with an Asian flair and an indoor pool near Union SquareHotel Nikko feels more like Hong Kong than San Francisco. The lobby is spacious, featuring white marble and rooms are minimalist in design. The on-site restaurant, Anzu, serves up Asian food with a Japanese focus. Distances at the on-site pool are... More

From $149

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 156 reviews

San Francisco, California

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Legendary grandeur with modern convenience and views in Union SquareGrand in architecture and design, the Sir Francis Drake is a majestic hotel with connections to the past and present. The restored 1930s lobby -- complete with classically attired doormen -- invokes the Italian renaissance, while rooms boast modern... More

From $238

San Francisco Marriott Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 84 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Convenience and luxury near Union Square, SoMa and moreLocation is everything for the San Francisco Marriott Union Square hotel. The property rises 30 stories above the confluence of a number of downtown neighborhoods, including Union Square, SoMa, the Financial District and the Theater District. It's also within walking... More

From $265

JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 37 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Discover the JW lifestyle at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. Distinguished among Union Square hotels, our luxurious guest rooms provide the comforts of home with the world-class amenities you expect. From lush pillow-top mattresses, ergonomic Herman Miller Aeron chairs and available 24-hour personal butler... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay San Francisco hotels

From $189

Argonaut, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 82 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 25% on your stay

Nautical-themed luxury in National Park at Fisherman's Wharf In partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Kimpton-owned Argonaut Hotel makes its home in the circa-1907 Haslett Warehouse, next to the historic Cannery building. Decor here is all about a nautical theme -- compasses,... More

From $152

Palomar San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 37 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 10% on your stay

Hidden gem off the beaten track  Best described as a sort of boho-luxe style, the secluded Palomar San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel occupies the top five floors of a beautiful historic building set two blocks away from Union Square. The hotel decor is warm and inviting, with red accents, based loosely on the Art Deco... More

From $249

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 172 reviews

San Francisco, California

Winter Sale - Save 15% Non-refundable

Historic grandeur overlooking the Golden Gate City This Nob Hill mainstay, dating back to 1907, blends contemporary and historic tastes. Decorative touches such as marble floors and Corinthian columns evoke turn-of-the-century grandeur, while modern conveniences such as high-speed Internet and a full-service fitness... More

From $134

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 221 reviews

San Francisco, California

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Green boutique Nob Hill hotel blends history and eco-consciousnessGreen is the reality at the Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre property. The Nob Hill hotel is certified by the city of San Francisco as a green business, is one of the few hotels in town to have solar panels, and was the first hotel in the U.S. to receive the... More

From $129

Inn at Oyster Point

3 stars
4.2 / 5 25 reviews

South San Francisco, California

Newly renovated boutique style Inn located on the San Francisco Bay approximately two miles north of the San Francisco Airport. Expansive guestrooms feature triple sheeted comfort beds, fireplaces, and views of the bay. Complimentary continental breakfast delivered to rooms. On-call airport transportation available... More

From $129

BEST WESTERN PLUS Americania

3 stars
3.5 / 5 96 reviews

San Francisco, California

Funky SoMa hotel serves up retro style and custom burgers With a whitewashed pop-culture style straight out of South Beach, the Americania is one of the funkiest hotels in all of San Francisco. Each guestroom features retro-style furnishings and board games. Elsewhere around the property, understated references... More

From $398

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Jewel in San Francisco's crownThe Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco epitomizes the true meaning of luxury. This award-winning hotel is in a magnificent 1909 building complete with classical portico and columns, and recently completed a comprehensive $12.5 million USD refurbishment. Parallel 37 serves Californian and... More

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Sat, Dec 13 - Wed, Dec 17 $293
Los Angeles San Francisco Mon, Jan 12 - Wed, Jan 14 $135
Boston San Francisco Mon, Dec 8 - Thu, Dec 11 $326
Chicago San Francisco Mon, Dec 8 - Fri, Dec 12 $217
Denver San Francisco Wed, Dec 10 - Thu, Dec 11 $112
Washington DC San Francisco Sun, Dec 14 - Tue, Dec 16 $293
Seattle San Francisco Wed, Dec 10 - Mon, Dec 15 $137
Newark San Francisco Wed, Jan 21 - Mon, Jan 26 $302
Dallas San Francisco Wed, Dec 10 - Fri, Dec 12 $197
Minneapolis San Francisco Fri, Dec 12 - Tue, Dec 16 $177
Honolulu San Francisco Mon, Dec 29 - Tue, Dec 30 $448
Philadelphia San Francisco Thu, Jan 22 - Wed, Jan 28 $378
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San Francisco highlights

  • Seeing the sights

    San Francisco is like a movie set -- cinematic at every turn -- and every part of the city is steeped in history. There’s the enduring hippie-vibe of the Haight, crackling Chinatown, cafe-laden North Beach and the Union Square shopping district. Also worth seeing are elegant Nob Hill, the picturesque Marina area and the sweeping views of Twin Peaks.

    Can’t-miss landmarks

    Tourist-choked but still worth-it attractions include Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and above all, the 1,000-plus-acre Golden Gate Park, one of the world’s great urban parks. Here you’ll find the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the stunning de Young Museum, as well as miles of groves and trails.

    Eventful LGBT San Fran

    It seems that San Francisco is always having some sort of street fair or event, but most occur in summer and fall. The main gay events are the Pride celebration in late June, along with the huge LGBT film festival; the leathery Folsom Street Fair in late September and the smaller but also raunchy Up Your Alley Fair in late July. The locals-friendly Castro Street Fair (founded by the city’s early gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk) kicks off in early October.

Insider tips for San Francisco gay travel

  • Ditch the car

    BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains link the San Francisco and Oakland airports to the city. Most San Franciscans don’t even own cars, and getting around is a cinch with a well-developed public transit system of trams, trolleys and buses.

    Visit in September

    First-timers can be shocked at how cold San Francisco gets in the winter and even in early summer. The nicest weather is in September, the time to hit the area’s beaches and explore the outdoors. But it’s a good idea to pack a jacket any time of year.

    The weather is neighborhood-specific

    The Avenues (the westernmost parts of San Francisco) are known to be foggy even if the rest of the city is sunny, while neighborhoods south and east of Twin Peaks tend to be warmer.

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