There’s an old saying that if you want to get to know a culture, you sit down and eat a meal with the locals. When you visit San Francisco, that means you are going to do a lot of eating. You can taste, touch, smell, and see the world in one city, so we hope you can wield chopsticks and roll Ethiopian injera. Writer Benjamin F. Taylor once said, “San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home.” Anchor your upcoming excursion in the downtown area to easily explore a patchwork quilt of rich histories and vibrant communities. From a home base in one of our downtown San Francisco hotels, you can people-watch for hours in Union Square, walk to street markets of Chinatown, and climb the city’s famous hills. As you plan a getaway, we can help answer any questions about the quirky City by the Bay. Plus, when you book through Travelocity, you’ll save enough to order seconds at every inventive international eatery you experience.
Where Are the Best Hotels in Downtown in San Francisco?
Dubbed the “Paris of the West” and home to the largest Chinatown outside Asia, San Francisco is truly an international city, and downtown San Fran is the hub of it all. Book cheap hotels in downtown San Francisco with Travelocity to take in all the sights, scents, and flavors that float like the morning fog. Stay at Kensington Park Hotel or book a room at Hotel Grace - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality to be just steps from the shops and theaters around Union Square. You really can’t go wrong with any hotels in and around downtown, though. Check out these gems to be close to all the eclectic neighborhoods, amazing eateries, and interesting attractions:
- The Ritz-Carlton – As San Francisco’s only AAA Five-Diamond property, the Ritz-Carlton is head and shoulders above other options. The landmark hotel offers luxurious renovated guestrooms, globally inspired California cuisine, and a prime location in the heart of Nob Hill. Walk out the lobby doors, and grab a historic cable car to zip around town. After you’ve experienced San Francisco’s sizzle, end your day with an inventive drink at the on-site Parallel 37 cocktail bar.
- Monarch Hotel – Being on the western side of downtown, the Monarch is close to the Fillmore District and Japantown, as well as Golden Gate Park and the Presidio. With easy access to all of those neighborhoods and attractions, this boutique hotel is an ideal option for the wise urban wanderer. Once your long day exploring the international bazaar that is San Francisco has drawn to a close, it would only be fitting to enjoy dinner at one of the global options at the Monarch, including American, Italian, French, and Thai fare.
Where is That Famous Crooked Street in San Francisco?
Known as the “World’s Crookedest Street,” Lombard Street’s eight hair-pin turns zigzag between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets in the vintage neighborhood of Russian Hill. If you dare to drive this roadway lined with fragrant flowerboxes, take it slow and smell the roses. More than just one famous block, Lombard stretches across several neighborhoods on the north side of town, including Cow Hollow, Russian Hill, and Telegraph Hill—all the way up to the busy Embarcadero. Spend a quiet morning on the Presidio Golf Course, then cruise down Lombard from the Presidio to the pier with the waterfront always in sight. Stop for picture-perfect views of the city from the top of Russian Hill, and sample San Fran’s signature seafood dishes in Fisherman’s Wharf, where the world is your oyster on the half-shell.
Can I Ride a Bike From San Francisco to Oakland?
While taking your bicycle with you on the ferry is certainly easy and scenic, you can now cross “ride a bike from San Francisco to Oakland” off the list of experiences you won’t be denied, thanks to a new bike and pedestrian path. You’ll ride across Yerba Buena Island along the way, so wave at the Coast Guard as you pedal through. The entire route covers about 12 miles to downtown Oakland. Pause for a drink and live music at the historic Fox Theater before you spin back to for dinner in the Mission District.
Let Travelocity help you book your getaway by the gorgeous Golden Gate. You’ll be able to choose from our wide selection of impressive hotels throughout the Bay Area. And, you’ll save a ton of clams…and we’re not talking about the kind in your bowl of cioppino. The world awaits on the California coast—come and enjoy the smorgasbord.