Dreaming up your own version of the Summer of Love at the Outside Lands festival this summer in San Francisco? We know we are. From their eco-conscious initiatives like workshops about composting to solar-powered stages, water refill stations and encouraging festi-heads to come by public transport or bike all the way to the incredible live acts, Outside Lands is charged with good vibes.
This year, come party with Lorde, Solange, Alt-J and A Tribe Called Quest with a view of the golden arches. No option to camp means you won’t have to halfheartedly pretend you enjoy not showering for three days straight. To ease your distress of not sharing a stuffy too-hot or too-cold room with a family of mosquitos, we’ve handpicked some places for you to sleep and chill when the music stops.
Hotels near Golden Gate Park
Monte Cristo B&B
If you’re celebrating the spirit of San Francisco’s hippie past at Outside Lands, take a step back into history a bit further with a stay at the Monte Cristo B&B. Located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood just four miles from Golden Gate Park, 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.
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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. Interested in seeing this side of town once the free love partying is done? 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 the high of seeing a Tribe Called Quest kicking it. Plus, you’re not far away from shuttle service to and from the festival.
The Stanford Court
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. Utilizing the latest technology from MacBooks and iPads to the electric vehicle charging stations and more comes naturally to this eco-conscious and techy, truly San Francisco hotel. For tired-festival go-ers, the beds come as a welcome relief at the end of the day, especially when paired with that million dollar view.
Hotel Kabuki San Francisco
If you’ve raged a bit too hard at Outside Lands, the best medicine comes from the Far East. 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 of the festival grime.
Sleep Over Sauce
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 closest 16 friends. While you may lose each other between seeing Solange while the others seek out The Who, you can rest assured you’ll all meet up for some Sleep Over Sauce a few hours later. Plus, you are only a 12-minute walk to the Outside Lands shuttle pick up.
Hotel Zoe San Francisco
The Hotel Zoe San Francisco ensures you get the full San Fran experience even if you’re only in town for the festival. 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. You’re one bus ride away from the shuttle pick up and drop off and close enough to the pier’s sea lion colony to wave goodbye and hello with every return to the hotel.
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 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 festival downtown will be spent in style.
Usa Hostels San Francisco
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 festi-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 Outside Land-ers.
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 1950’s style of its North Beach neighborhood, 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 post-concert extravaganza.
What could be better after a long day of dancing to the likes of The Gorillaz and Lorde than wrapping your body in 400-thread count sheets on a Serta Five Star Mattress? We’re willing to bet not much. Less than a mile from the shuttle pick up point, Hotel Diva is perfect for any tribe’s quest into minimalist luxury. Free WiFi and an evening Sake hour are the perfect way to wind down from a weekend of screaming your love at the Golden Gate Park.
Where will we find you during Outside Lands 2017?
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