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Where to stay in San Francisco

If you're a first time visitor to San Francisco, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in San Francisco.


What's the best area of San Francisco to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around San Francisco are: Hayes Valley, North Beach, Nob Hill, SOMA, Russian Hill, Tenderloin, and Cow Hollow.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Hayes Valley - this is one of my favorite places in the city and definitely one you can stay at."  See More

"As for the Marina District, there is cute boutiques and fun bars as well close to North Beach District, Golden Gate Bridge and Crissy Field."  See More

"North Beach - Also known as Little Italy, this area can get very congested as well, usually with tourists."  See More

"Other neighborhoods in that same area that you can look into are Nob Hill, Financial District, and SOMA."  See More

"One neighborhood that I would try to avoid is the Tenderloin."  See More

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  1. Hayes Valley
  2. North Beach
  3. Nob Hill
  4. SOMA
  5. Russian Hill
  6. Tenderloin
  7. Cow Hollow
What are some good hotels in San Francisco?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in San Francisco, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"I'm local but I still love taking the California Line Cable Car to Nob Hill and having a drink at Top of the Mark ."  See More

"Hotel Vitale is our favorite and the location is excellent."  See More

"The The Fairmont San Francisco is older and has old school rooms."  See More

"All the major hotels compete in gingerbread construction, and you can see the work at the St Francis Hotel Spa, Palace Hotel and San Francisco Marriott Marquis."  See More

"Cavallo Point has a great Thanksgiving lunch/dinner - it's in Sausalito but reasonably close to SF."  See More

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  1. Top of the Mark
  2. Hotel Vitale
  3. The Fairmont San Francisco
  4. San Francisco Marriott Marquis
  5. Cavallo Point
What if I want to explore San Francisco further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: Daly City, Sonoma, South San Francisco, Sausalito, Berkeley, Telegraph Hill, Oakland, Noe Valley, Colma, Tiburon, Chinatown, San Bruno, Vallejo, Emeryville, Little Italy, Embarcadero, and Bay Area.

Here's what Trippy members have said:

"I recommend you try a Best Western in South South San Francisco, Daly City or Millbrae."  See More

"Having a car is not necessarily an asset within the city of San Francisco, although it is very helpful if you wish to visit the wine country Sonoma,"  See More

"Sausalito if you love arts and crafts Alcatraz best is to reserve up front as early as possible Treasure Island (San Francisco) great views of the city by day and night and you dont have to pay the toll if you just go to treasure island and return back to the city."  See More

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  1. Daly City
  2. Sonoma
  3. South San Francisco
  4. Sausalito
  5. Berkeley
  6. Telegraph Hill
  7. Oakland
  8. Noe Valley
  9. Colma
  10. Tiburon
  11. Chinatown
  12. San Bruno
  13. Vallejo
  14. Emeryville
  15. Little Italy
  16. Embarcadero
  17. Bay Area
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

 John Carroll from Los Angeles asked:
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 samer Khawaja from Dubai asked:
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 Orel Pechter from asked:
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 Tatum Nansen from New Jersey asked:
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 Kate T from Boston asked:
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 Anna Giannarou from Athens asked:
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 Luke Klassen from Winnipeg, Manitoba asked:
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 Mayank Shrivastava from Bellevue asked:
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What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in San Francisco.

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  1. Ike's Place
  2. Swan Oyster Depot
  3. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
  4. Kokkari Estiatorio
  5. Tartine bakery
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in San Francisco? Click the blue button below.

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  1. Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Golden Gate Park
  3. Alcatraz
  4. Fisherman's Wharf
  5. Union Square
Where can I find out more about San Francisco?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from San Francisco locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about San Francisco.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into San Francisco? There are 3 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in San Francisco.

Don't forget to check what most people recommend is the ideal length of time to visit. Read more about how many days in San Francisco to stay.

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