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 $228

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 356 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 15% on your stay

Three on-site restaurants provide a number of options for meals. Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina's newest creation, is a West Coast spin on the traditional steakhouse; the Oak Room offers a more traditional menu. Caruso's is the most casual of the three, offering light snacks and coffee in the lobby lounge. GeneralSan... More

From $273

W San Francisco

4 stars
4.1 / 5 65 reviews

San Francisco, California

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 also across the street from the Moscone Convention Center, making the on-site... More

From $231

Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.0 / 5 177 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate Includes Breakfast

"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 dishes, the hotel has a decidedly European flair. It also is intimate,... More

From $218

Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 295 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 30%

Located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, the family-owned and operated Handlery Union Square Hotel is just steps away from the Powell Street cable car line, world class shops, the Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Enjoy traditional accommodations in the Historic Section or... More

From $243

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4 stars
4.1 / 5 277 reviews

San Francisco, California

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 than any other hotel in town). On the family front, guests... More

From $241

Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 235 reviews

San Francisco, California

Elegant 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 between rooms with Eastern or Western flair. The O Izakaya Lounge... More

From $189

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 231 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 20% on your stay

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 (or drink); while the open-air "living room" is a great spot for... More

From $197

The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 225 reviews

San Francisco, California

The Stanford Court in San Francisco provides its guests with luxurious amenities, such as towel rack warmers, luxurious down bedding and pillows, and fast, free Wi-Fi. These amenities, in combination with the modern, urban furnishings, make the hotel a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Exterior rooms have expansive... More

From $186

Hotel Abri

3 stars
4.2 / 5 85 reviews

San Francisco, California

Formerly the Monticello Inn, Hotel Abri - Union Square 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 disposal of guests, and a slick, cutting-edge meeting... More

From $226

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.2 / 5 330 reviews

San Francisco, California

Centrally located near Union Square, Hotel Nikko San Francisco is a modern getaway in a historic location. If the weather is a bit misty, you can relax in the fifth-story heated pool in the hotel's glassed-in solarium. Let the stress of the day melt away in comfortable loungers with a drink in your hand and some yummy... More

From $231

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 143 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 10% on your stay

Grand 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 conveniences such as TV and high-speed Internet access (fees apply). Food... More

From $243

San Francisco Marriott Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 92 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Location 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 distance of Chinatown and North Beach. Rooms are... More

From $268

JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 36 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Discover the JW lifestyle at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. Distinguished among hotels in San Francisco, 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 $234

Argonaut Hotel a Noble House Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 80 reviews

San Francisco, California

In partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, The Argonaut Hotel, A Noble House 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, sails, rigging and ship wheels. The maritime motif continues... More

From $313

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 177 reviews

San Francisco, California

Union Square Fisherman's Wharf AT&T Park Golden Gate Park GeneralThe hotel has received numerous awards, including the AAA Four Diamond Award and ExxonMobil Four Star Award.Marble floors and Corinthian columns trimmed in gold accentuate the ornate Main Lobby. This area, spruced up in 1999, transports guests back to... More

From $208

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 223 reviews

San Francisco, California

City HallFederal BuildingSan Francisco Opera House Theater District Union Square AT&T Park Fisherman's Wharf GeneralWithout question, the Hotel Carlton's attention to conservation is a major accomplishment. Nearly one quarter of the hotel's energy is generated by the rooftop solar panel installation. All guests are... More

From $178

Inn at Oyster Point

3 stars
4.2 / 5 30 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 $186


3 stars
3.5 / 5 94 reviews

San Francisco, California

SoMaMoscone Convention CenterUnion Square EmbarcaderoAT&T Park Fisherman's Wharf GeneralThe hotel encircles a tranquil fountain courtyard -- a perfect spot to unwind with a good book on a sunny day. All guests have access to an on-site fitness center, an outdoor pool and a game room. Dry-cleaning, guest laundry... More

From $499

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

5 stars
4.4 / 5 23 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

The 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 international cuisines while the Lobby... More

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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Tue, Oct 6 - Tue, Oct 13 $278
Los Angeles San Francisco Tue, Sep 29 - Wed, Sep 30 $132
Boston San Francisco Sat, Sep 26 - Thu, Oct 1 $286
Chicago San Francisco Tue, Sep 22 - Wed, Sep 23 $127
Denver San Francisco Sat, Oct 3 - Tue, Oct 13 $174
Washington DC San Francisco Tue, Oct 27 - Tue, Nov 3 $282
Seattle San Francisco Sat, Sep 19 - Sat, Sep 26 $151
Newark San Francisco Wed, Oct 14 - Thu, Oct 15 $343
Dallas San Francisco Mon, Sep 28 - Tue, Sep 29 $204
Minneapolis San Francisco Mon, Sep 28 - Tue, Sep 29 $295
Honolulu San Francisco Mon, Oct 26 - Fri, Nov 6 $478
Philadelphia San Francisco Thu, Sep 24 - Tue, Sep 29 $366
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  • 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.

  • 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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