Greater New York
Two adults traveling to San Francisco 4 nights mid October overwhelmed by hotel choices! Need a recommendation for a moderately priced centrally located hotel find
Hotel prices have spiked in San Francisco. You might consider the Mayflower Hotel, located a few blocks south of Nob Hill, and several blocks fromUnion Square. It's clean, reasonably priced and full of European travelers who recognize value. If you have a tiny car there is even free parking! www.sfmayflowerhotel.com/
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Hotels in SF have gone up dramatically over the past few years. The rates for each hotel also change a lot depending on the nights you will be there and how busy the city is on those nights. You can usually get better prices if you stay over a weekend. weekend nights. When I travel to SF, I usually go to the big travel websites like Priceline and Orbitz, plug in the dates I want to go, and then see what prices they have for the hotels in the center of the city around Union Square, the Financial District,Embarcadero Center, and SOMA (South of Market). If you have a choice of when to go, move the dates around and see if the prices vary from date to date. Once I establish the cheapest time frame to go, I usually check the prices of the 4 star hotels and sometimes the 3 star hotels. A lot of time there is little price difference between 3 and 4 star hotels.I then pick the hotels that look like the best deals and check their websites to look at each hotel if I have not stayed there and to see if the website offers a price that is equal to or less than the big websites. I also check the Priceline "Express Deals" and Hotwire which do not tell you which hotel it is, just a description and a customer rating. If you shoot for a customer rating of 8 or above, you usually end up in a pretty good hotel at a 15% to 25% savings. You may or may not be able to choose whether the hotel has a King bed or 2 beds on some of these deals. I suggest you do this, pick one or more hotels and then ask what everyone thinks of them. Good luck.
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As people have already mentioned, hotel prices are crazy here, even for something like a chain hotel with just the basics. You'll pay the same price (or less) for an entire apartment for the same amount of time through Airbnb.com or vrbo.com, and obviously it will be much much nicer!
Decent hotels in big American cities are painfully expensive -- that's just how it is. We stayed at Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel, and were pleased. The location is good -- right on a useful bus route, not too bad a walk from Japantown, Starbucks next door if you need that. The price wasn't as bad as Union Square choices. The room was comfy, modern and clean. (One downside -- concierge service was hit or miss. I can look things up on my phone as fast as that girl could.)
I thought the Galleria Park Hotel was an exceptional value last time I was in SF for business travel. The service was amazing and the location was perfect for access to downtown. The hotel operating group is http://www.jdvhotels.com/ and they have several different properties to select from at different price points.
Do you only want to stay in a hotel? You might want to try Airbnb where you can get an entire apartment for the cost of a hotel room or even less. Another advantage of airbnb is the convenience of location. I stayed at an apartment in Chestnut St- It is pretty cool. Near to the water and a good vibe all around.