Staying in San Francisco
Chow down in Chinatown
A cultural and visual mishmash, Chinatown and neighbouring North Beach are great pockets to immerse yourself in the vibrant "Frisco" atmosphere. San Francisco accommodation abounds in and around Chinatown, with plenty of budget and single-room stays as well as higher end options leading into the heart of the city.
Here you will find the 5-star Ritz-Carlton – elegantly decorated with all the facilities you could possibly require – as well as the expansive Hilton Hotel and the luxurious Fairmont. From Chinatown, it's an easy trip to the Financial District, North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf, where you can jump on a ferry around the bay or out to Alcatraz Island.
Golden views from Golden Gate
Stay by the bay and see if you can spot the city's most famous icon: the regal red Golden Gate Bridge. At the northern section of San Francisco, the Golden Gate area includes the neighbourhoods of Cow Hollow, the Marina District and Pacific Heights, oozing Californian cool.
This affluent pocket of San Francisco offers plenty of things to see and do; a little more outdoorsy than the inland CBD and dressed with stunning Victorian architecture, with an undeniable neighbourhood charm. The main thoroughfare, Lombard Street, has accommodation of every ilk, from cosy motor inns to boutique lodges such as the Super 8 Hotel.
Airport stays in San Francisco
If you're in need of some serious sleep after touching down at the San Francisco International Airport, book your stay along Bayshore Highway or El Camino Real to be within easy reach of the runway. There are plenty of hotels surrounding the airport, including the comfortable Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn and the Ritz Inn San Bruno.
Within minutes of the airport you will find the Ramada Limited San Bruno, the Hampton Inn and Suites and the Holiday Inn Express. If you're looking for a little luxury as soon as you touch down, the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Waterfront have hundreds of rooms between them with deluxe suits for every taste for travel.