Before choosing a place to stay in San Francisco, the first step is to think about in which part of the city you want to stay. Each of San Francisco’s unique neighborhoods offer different attributes and personalities for visitors. While it is possible to walk, cab or take Muni and BART from one neighborhood to another, the ability to walk outside of your hotel room and be right where you want to be is valuable — especially if you’re only staying for a few days. Here's the skinny on some of San Francisco's most notable neighborhoods: Nob Hill If you're looking to stay in a classy neighborhood with excellent views right in the heart of the city, Nob Hill is the place to be. There are several excellent luxury hotels in Nob Hill. One of the most popular is The Fairmont San Francisco, which features a full-service spa and the quality of rooms you'd expect from a top-tier hotel. North Beach If you're looking for a more casual neighborhood, North Beach is a strong option. Within walking distance of both Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere, as well as a thriving "Little Italy." For an affordable place to stay with your children, try Hotel Boheme — a charming retreat in the area. SoMa The SoMa neighborhood is located South of Market (hence the name) and is arguably the cultural hub of San Francisco. Many of San Francisco's popular museums are located in SoMa, and the nightlife here — from trendy restaurants to buzzing nightclubs — is among the best in the city. For high-end accommodations with a view, the St. Regis is a good choice. The Mission The Mission is the heart of San Francisco's Latino and Hispanic culture, with more restaurants and art venues than you can count. There are also excellent views of downtown San Francisco, particularly from Dolores Park. If you're looking for low-key bed and breakfast-style accommodations, Nineteen 06 Mission is an affordable and charming option. Presidio The Presidio neighborhood, which includes the enormous park of the same name, offers panoramic views that combine the beauty of San Francisco with the natural beauty of the Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean. The Inn at the Presidio is historic and often appears on "Top 10" lists. Embarcadero If you want waterfront views, the Embarcadero is the place to stay. The city’s eastern shore is a cultural center for native San Franciscans and home to many outdoor events. For rooms with a view, the Hotel Vitale is a short walk to some of the best food and entertainment venues in San Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf One of San Francisco's most popular and iconic neighborhoods, Fisherman's Wharf is located along the northern waterfront and is home to a wide variety of shops, as well as the popular Anchorage Square and PIER 39. For chocolate lovers, Ghirardelli Square is nearby as well. For those who want something upscale, Hotel Zephyr offers an elegant and trendy nautical theme. Marina If you're fortunate enough to stay in the Marina, do yourself a favor and visit the Palace of the Fine Arts. Even if you just walk the grounds, you'll be blown away by the beauty of this iconic landmark. The Hotel Del Sol provides affordable lodging in the center of this district. Union Square From the public plaza that gave the neighborhood its name to the countless theaters, restaurants and shops radiating outwards, Union Square is the place to go if you want to quite literally be in the middle of it all. There are dozens of hotels to choose from in Union Square; however, a couple of our favorites are Hotel Nikko and Hotel Zelos. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco, you can save up to 30% on San Francisco Hotels with Booking.com.
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