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San Mateo SFO Airport Hotel

Convenient hotel

The hotel was nice, very clean. Convenient with the airport shuttle. Upon arrival, I had to make several attempts to contact the hotel to request the shuttle. I spent over 1/2 hour trying to get a hold of someone. Once I requested the shuttle, it arrived quickly.

A verified traveler

3 months ago

5

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Excellent staff

Let us check in early at 9am no problems. After 24 hours travel this was so much appreciated. Also good food at bar.

A verified traveler

2 months ago

4

Tilden Hotel

Good value

Hotel lobby is clean, good looking (decor), very welcoming and comfortable. Adjacent coffee shop and bar are nice; odd hours, but coffee was excellent and cocktails were great. The toughest aspect of this stay was the location (Tenderloin). The homeless situation is the worst I have seen to date. The streets are filthy and the persons on the street near the hotel were quite aggressive towards us and other passersby. There isn't a bellman or anyone out front of the hotel to present authority or to reassure guests that they are safe once in the vicinity of the hotel. The hotel is walkable to all transportation, Union Square, Chinatown, SOMA, etc. - that's all great. But, getting through the difficult scenarios presented on the streets on your way to those places should be noted and something guests are prepared for.

A verified traveler

4 months ago

5

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Central location

Great location right off of union square. Friendly staff, clean rooms and comfortable beds. They have a really nice gym too. Beautiful lobby!

A verified traveler

2 months ago

Pro tips from our travel blog: Everything you need to know for a perfectly rewarding trip to San Francisco

San Francisco has cultures, cuisine and bridges galore

San Francisco offers one of the most culturally diverse vacations in the world for sophisticated travelers who want to experience a quirky, vibrant and aesthetically pleasing city. Business travelers can combine meetings or conferences with the extraordinary pleasure of relaxing in this charming seaside location. The City by the Bay features historic sites from California's Gold Rush days, stories and attitudes fostered when San Francisco served as the West Coast's major port, and distinctive Art Deco skyscrapers. There are lots of independent high-end boutiques, book stores, antique shops, galleries, free-trade coffee houses and one of the world's most diverse and upscale culinary scenes.


Things to see and do

You could spend weeks in San Francisco and barely sample the available attractions. The top attractions include:

The Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most photographed structures on Earth, the Golden Gate Bridge impresses travelers with its majestic beauty, staggering engineering, pedestrian walkway and bike traffic. Vehicles cross to and from Marin County at the rate of 120,000 per day. Gateway to California's wine country, the Golden Gate Bridge spans 1.7 miles.

Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinese community is the oldest on the continent and the largest in the world outside of Asia. Visitors enjoy authentic Chinese restaurants, markets and the crowded, bustling streets where mahjong players compete. There are Cantonese conversations, street performers, local pageantry and pagoda-tiled roofs.

Cable cars

Cable cars have been a symbol of the area since the 19th century, and the two remaining active routes are the world's last manually-operated systems. Cable car rides offer stunning views of San Francisco's steep hills, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Telegraph Hill and North Beach.

Fisherman's Wharf

Ride a cable car to Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll find specialty seafood restaurants, hotels, attractions, fishing piers, fresh seafood and produce in open-air markets, shopping, bay cruises and astonishing views.

Lombard Street

The world's most crooked street attracts visitors from all over the world, and its hairpin turns are designed to prevent uncontrolled descents on the street's steep gradient. The Russian Hill landmark thoroughfare passes some of the city's most stately mansions and features riotous colors from blossoming flowers in the spring and summer.

Haight-Ashbury

Famous in the 1960s as the center of the “Summer of Love,” the Haight-Ashbury district still attracts modern-day hippies and rock performers. The Bohemian ambiance now includes bars, vintage clothing stores, restaurants and boutiques as well as the book, record and alternative shops that made the area a beacon for the tie-dyed, flower-powered culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Hotels

San Francisco hotels include luxury five-star hotels with every amenity, boutique properties, budget-friendly Victorian bed and breakfast accommodations, and small European-style hotels. Find a room with a view of The Golden Gate Bridge, Telegraph Hill, Alcatraz Island or the North Beach Area. Although small geographically, San Francisco offers some of the most diverse and distinct neighborhoods that visitors would expect to find only in larger cities.


Best Time to Visit the San Francisco Bay Area

Temperatures in San Francisco range from the low 50s to the high 70s year-round, but the wind can make it seem colder. Visitors seeking summer sun and beach activities might be disappointed, but the surfing is good at Land's End. Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Although an exaggeration, the quote underlies the truth about the area, which can be foggy, cold and windy during the summer months. September and October are the most favorable months to visit the city, and early spring is also nice. Despite the cooler temperatures and windy conditions, people visit year-round for the remarkable attractions, restaurants and old fashioned charm of the San Francisco Bay Area.