A Stay by the Bay: Affordable San Francisco Hotels near the Downtown

By Natalia Kvitek,

Staying Downtown in San Francisco means being close to the shops around Union Square, the squawks of the sea lions on Pier 39 and the massive vantage point of the Colt Tower.

Worn legs and feet (thank you Filbert Street and your 31.5% incline) can use nearby BART and MUNI stops with abandon or a trip on the quintessential SF cable car. An affordable stay near San Francisco’s must-sees? These rooms are the must-books!

Hotel near the Presidio

Monte Cristo B&B

Also near Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow

Monte Cristo Bed & Breakfast San Francisco

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If you’re celebrating the spirit of San Francisco’s hippie past, take a step back into history a bit further with a stay at the Monte Cristo B&B. Located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, the once bordello, saloon, and speakeasy also housed refugees of the 1906 Earthquake when most structures in the area had been destroyed. Outfitted with period furnishing, Persian rugs, hardwood floors and period wallpaper, it’s a feast of San Francisco flair. Included in your stay is a homemade breakfast of eggs, quiches, SF sourdough, pastries and more, taken privately in bed or the lovely breakfast room.


Hotel near Fillmore Street

Kimpton Buchanan

Also near Lafayette Park

Kimpton Buchanan Lobby San Francisco

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Why do so many leave their heart in San Francisco? Perhaps it’s the free love, maybe it’s the incredible mashup of cultures stemming from all corners for the world to congregate. The Kimpton Buchanan sits amid the Fillmore, Pacific Heights and Japantown, plucking style tips from each. The result is airy, modern yet zen rooms, perfect for unwinding from a day in the City by the Bay.

Kimpton Buchanan guest room Hotels near Golden Gate Park San Francisco


Hotel near Chinatown

The Stanford Court

Also near the Transamerica Pyramid and the Financial District

Hotel with a view of San Francisco

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Roosting on the top of Nob Hill, The Stanford Court’s city views never fail to remind you of the city you’re (temporarily) inhabiting. The integration of the latest technology from MacBooks and iPads to the electric vehicle charging stations comes naturally to this eco-conscious and techy, truly San Francisco hotel. Marathon walkers, the beds come as a welcome relief at the end of the day, especially when paired with that million dollar view.


Hotel near Japantown

Hotel Kabuki San Francisco

Also near the Fillmore and SF Jazz Center

Hotel Kabuki Lobby San Francisco

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The Hotel Kabuki reigns sleek and serene in the heart of Japantown. Bearing trademark Japanese relaxation elements like a garden with koi pond, the real beauty of the property can be found in the three-foot Japanese-style baths. Sweat it all out in the wood sauna, grab your custom soaking bath salt and strip your muscles any sores.

Hotel Kabuki San Francisco Double Guest Suite


Hotel near Haight-Ashbury

Sleep Over Sauce

Also near Hippie Hill and Haight-Fillmore

Sleep Over Sauce guest house bedroom

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Not quite a hotel nor a B&B, Sleep Over Sauce is a unique concept of living over the Sauce restaurant. Rooms are available individually but the entire eight rooms can be reserved together to accommodate you and your 16 closest friends. Before checking in, why not tuck into a portion of gooey mac and cheese. Settle the bill at the bar as the barkeep has the keys to your room!


Hotel near Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf

Hotel Zoe San Francisco

Also near Ghiradelli Square, Lombard Street and Russian Hill

Modern Design San Francisco Hotels

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The Hotel Zoe San Francisco ensures you get the full San Fran experience from the moment you walk out the door every morning. Inspired by the yachts that dock their anchors in the nearby Fisherman’s Wharf, the hotel has moved comfortably into the age of tech. Modern accessories including the convenient Cubie radios allow you to charge two phones and two backup power banks all at the same time- followers, get ready for an onslaught of Instagram stories.

Hotel Zoe lobby area


Hotel near the Tenderloin

Hotel Vertigo

Also near the Asian Art Museum and City Hall

Hotel from Hitchcock Movie

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If Hotel Vertigo looks familiar, it’s not just a deja-vu. Having played a cameo in Hitchcock’s classic “Vertigo”, the hotel plays the movie on a continuous loop in the lobby. Free WiFi, morning tea and coffee get you up and at ‘em every morning (or afternoon). The hotel’s punchy tangerine-dream decor is whimsical without forgoing on practicality. The Nob Hill location is posh SF at its best and a stay here guarantees your stay downtown will be spent in style.

Boutique hotel San Francisco Hotel Vertigo


Hotel near the Civic Center

USA Hostels San Francisco

Also near Union Square and the Orpheum Theater

Usa Hostel San Francisco private room

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If you’re coming with the entire posse, no one risks being torn apart between different hotels- this is where USA Hostels SF comes in. Everyone gets their own privacy pods in the dorm rooms but you’re never more than a few feet away from your travel pals. Free breakfast and use of the kitchen for cooking drive down the cost for the weekend making this a great option for budget-conscious SF visitors.


Hotel near North Beach

Boheme

Also near Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill

Boheme Hotel historic San Francisco

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Feel like you’re in Europe while still celebrating the spirit of San Francisco with Hotel Boheme. Built by Italian immigrants and preserved in the 1950s style of its North Beach neighbourhood, it reminds us of the beat poets that flocked to the city before the hippies took their hold. Practice your best poetry slam or read a book to unwind at day’s end.


Hotel near Union Square

Hotel Diva

Also near Market Street, Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Gardens

Hotel Diva Double Room San Francisco

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What could be better after a long day of immersing yourself in the day in the life of an Alcatraz convict than wrapping your body in 400-thread count sheets on a Serta Five Star Mattress? We’re willing to bet not much. Hotel Diva, one block away from Union Square, is perfect for any bon vivant’s quest into minimalist luxury. Free WiFi and an evening Sake hour are the perfect way to wind down from a day of browsing and buying..

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