Where To Stay In San Francisco: 10 Great Hotels & Vacation Rentals - Updated 2024

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If you hear someone say I’m heading to Fog City, The Golden City, Baghdad by the Bay, or my favorite, Saint Frank, it means they’re going to the one and only, San Francisco.

The second most densely populated city in the US, behind New York City, San Francisco is famous for its temperate climate and balmy weather, the Golden Gate Bridge, steep rolling hills, cable cars, Alcatraz, and being a cultural and financial mecca of the West Coast. There are many reasons to go to San Francisco, and there are many places to stay.

Read on to find out about the 10 best hotels and vacation rentals in San Francisco!

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 04, 2024.

1. Renovated flat near Golden Gate Park (from 129 USD per night)

If you and your family or friends are looking for a relatively cheap accommodation to stay at for an extended amount of time, then take a look at this 1,200 square foot (111.5 sq m), six-room flat. The minimum stay is 30 nights, there are two bedrooms, a living room with a couch that pulls out, and a bathroom. It’s within walking distance of Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park, Golden Gate Bridge, the beach, and the San Francisco Zoo. It’s a great place to experience San Francisco from.

Renovated Flat Near Golden Gate Park VRBO

Price: from 129 USD per night

Number of Guests: Up to 5

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2. Castro Oasis (from USD 219)

The Castro Oasis apartment is in fact, a little oasis in the Castro neighborhood. The aesthetically pleasing apartment is 600 square feet (55.7 sq m), and comes with a bedroom, living room that extends into a kitchen, a bathroom, and a deck that descends into a tropical garden. Not a bad place to look at if you actually wanted to live in San Francisco. It is located near Noe Valley and the Valencia Corridor.

Stayed at this property?
San Francisco, California, United States
2.63 km (1.7 mi) from Precita Park
577 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great amenities nice kitchen comfortable bed gorgeous garden
comfy and cozy with nice nature and greenery in the back yard
the bed felt like a marshmallow; beautiful patio for breakfast
the apartment has everything to make a short stay comfortable including a washer and dryer
super comfy bed great linens and towels charming space with wonderful back deck and gardens
beautiful & clean location
dan’s place was fantastic and clean; dan even politely offered breakfast everyday
dan's place is extremely comfortable and clean
the place is comfortable extremely clean and felt like our own place
very clean and cozy suite easy to check in and check out
simply the perfect host
the host was wonderful - responsive and thoughtful
dan is an awesome host
the hosts really care about their guests and bend over backwards to make you feel at home
best host service i have ever encountered on airbnb
terrific location in the castro
beautiful location and accommodation
great location and amazing listing
a wonderful space and location
beautiful space and wonderful location
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3. Beresford Arms (from USD 114)

If price isn’t your primary concern, and you want to stay near the popular Union Square, at a hotel with all of the amenities and services that come with a class act hotel, then Beresford Arms is a great option for you. Beresford has an old Victorian charm with modern luxuries, and is a short walk to the cable cars.

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Beresford Arms

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 701 Post Street
4.51 km (2.8 mi) from Precita Park

Parking Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

4. Hilton San Francisco Union Square (from USD 230)

Without a doubt, this is one of the most tasteful and elegant hotels in San Francisco. This Hilton is located in the heart of the city, five minutes walking from the Powell Street subway station, a block from the American Conservatory Theater, and less than one mile from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each room comes with a flat screen TV and an array of amenities. The hotel also provides a health club, relaxing whirlpool, a restaurant, and a lounge area.

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Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 333 O'Farrell Street
4.34 km (2.7 mi) from Precita Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

5. Palace Hotel (from USD 373)

If luxury is your first and foremost concern, then take a look at Palace Hotel. All rooms come with leather tufted headboards, 11-foot (3.35 m) ceilings, bedside lighting, and high thread count linens. The hotel includes bars, a breath-taking crystal chandelier restaurant, a pool under a glass dome, a 24 hour fitness center, a spa with lounges, and 24 hour concierge. This is the epitome of a ‘grand’ hotel.

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Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2 New Montgomery Street
4.68 km (3.0 mi) from Precita Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

6. Spectacular Telegraph Hill Penthouse (from 400 USD per night)

If you and your friends or family want to just splurge and experience San Francisco in style, then this penthouse is for you. It’s a luxury three level penthouse that comes with a deck that provides a fantastic view of North Beach and the bay near the Golden Gate Bridge. There are three bedrooms and four bathrooms. Renting does require a 30 night minimum stay, so this is for the long, beautiful haul.

Spectacular Telegraph Hill 3BR Penthouse with Private Deck

Price: from 400 USD per night

Number of Guests: Up to 8

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7. Cozy Garden Cottage (from USD 114)

A high-end garden cottage is an apt accommodation in the wealthy and green San Francisco. Cozy Garden Cottage is in a backyard garden in Glen Park, five blocks from the Glen Park BART station. It is a studio with one bedroom and bathroom. At a cheap price and with a charming facade, this is a great cottage to spend a lovely night.

Stayed at this property?
San Francisco, California, United States
3.49 km (2.2 mi) from Precita Park
666 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the patio heater was perfect for the cold evening
use of the patio with table and chairs would be great to enjoy some summer sunshine
very cute cottage with everything we would need including water snacks and extra amenities in the bathroom
we even used the outdoor heater one night which worked nicely
easy check in by code free street parking good wi-fi and tv with a lot of channels
clean and nicely decorated
his place is clean comfortable and perfectly contained
the place is quite small but fairly clean
comfortable and cosy it was also clean and had great amenities
cute and clean space perfect for a long weekend in san francisco
great hosts and easy checkin
they were also super responsive when we had questions
eddie is a fantastic host
i highly recommend this host
great accomodation with great hosts
within walking distance of several good restaurants
the place is very cute in a really great location
great location on a quiet neighborhood street
great place close to public transit
the neighborhood was in the perfect location
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8. Potrero Hill Garden Cabana

Potrero Hill Garden Cabana is an ideal retreat after a day of exploring San Francisco, working, or visiting family and friends. Nestled in a garden, the reclusive flat comes with a bedroom, coffee bar, and bathroom. Mission Bay and South of Market, a famous startup hub, are nearby!

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2.36 km (1.5 mi) from Precita Park
551 reviews  
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests

9. Sunny Corner Noe Valley Victorian

Were you a fan of Full House? Then check this look-alike house out. In the lovely Noe Valley, this Airbnb is close to restaurants on Valencia Street, the San Francisco metro, BART, and downtown SF. Your room will have a queen bed, wood floors, and high ceilings. You will share a bathroom with other guests, and a woman and her teenage son live in the house. But they will be out of the house during work hours on the workweek. You should seriously consider this option if price is a high concern of yours and you want to be near downtown SF. The city is expensive and this accommodation is one of its cheapest in a good location.

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San Francisco, California, United States
1.43 km (0.9 mi) from Precita Park
392 reviews  
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air bnb is very pretty and comfortable
great place with comfortable amenities and plenty of sunshine
room had plenty of sunlight and good views of the street and beautiful backyard
our room was warm and cosy and fit our crib rental nicely
the room is my favorite i get the lovely corner room with views of the valley and garden
very clean and comfortable
beautiful super clean decorated quite house
everything was exceptionally clean
it was very clean
a clean place in a quiet neighborhood
they were all friendly
maria was a very kind host and her home was beautiful
she was very responsive and had great suggestions on where to go
and she's a great host too
she is super kind and really makes you feel welcomed
good location right near shops and restaurants and not too far from the castro
maria’s place is conveniently located in a lovely little neighborhood
great value and location
stunning place in a beautiful central neighborhood
a lovely house and a great location
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10. Ukulele room

A room, a bathroom, Wi-Fi, and access to a kitchen, all for 49 USD a night. It will be hard to find a better deal in all of San Francisco. The house is located in Mission District, the home of hipsters, trendy fashion, murals, and burritos. With a big double bed, and rooftop access, this accommodation is more than worth the 49 USD a night.

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San Francisco, California, United States
716 meters (0.5 ft) from Precita Park
157 reviews  
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room and house were exactly as described and it was a comfortable place to stay
the room was in fine shape and check in was super easy
the shower was warm with excellent pressure
the place is clean cozy and has all the necessary utensils for the preparation of meals
the ukelele room is perfect if youre looking for a place to sleep
the room is very clean all the sheets and covers smelled fresh
the room itself was clean enough
the bathroom/shower room was very clean
my room was clean and i didn't have any problems with it at all
clean practical colorful funky and artistically styled rooms
the hosts were great
leon is a great host
nice space in the mission district host was communicative and flexible
the host is nice ans will give you good advices if you ask
leon is a great host and everything is well arranged and comfortable
great location (a block from the bus stop) great value
great location (about 10 min bus ride to the central area of sf i think)
cool place in a great location
great location in a neighbourhood with a lot of character
this location is great check in with leon is very easy
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Now you know where to crash at Saint Frank!

You have plenty of options to choose from now: from a garden cottage, to a Hilton, to a penthouse. Don’t miss out on all San Francisco has to offer! Book a flight, and land in the City on the Bay tomorrow!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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