Hotels in SFrancisco

  • B71115

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    Apr 22, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    Found some decent-looking prices on hotwire. This is a tourist trip, doesn't have to be near a gay neighborhood. Four nights. Which would those of you who know SFO pick:

    1) 2-star hotel in Union Square West, $57/night;

    2) 2-star hotel in Nob Hill Area, $69/night;

    3) 3-star hotel in Fisherman's Wharf, $82/night.

    Been to the city twice but it's been a while. Are all decent/safe areas? The FWharf hotel sounds interesting and the price seems good.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 22, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    If you tell me the names of the hotels for each area that you listed, maybe I can help you.
  • B71115

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    Apr 23, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    You don't get the name of the hotel on Hotwire until you pay. I'm interested in the areas that the hotels are in. I know the wharf would be a nice place to stay and I suspect Nob Hill would be, while I've read the Union Square area has great shopping. But I don't live there or know the city well enough.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 23, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    The reason I asked is that a lot of sleazy, nasty areas of the Tenderloin, claim to be a part of Nob Hill. So, to be on the safe side, I'd avoid that. You are correct about the other two.

    I would recommend the Fisherman's wharf hotel. All tourists (and most natives) enjoy touring that area. Plus, there's a street car line that will take you from Fisherman's Wharf, down the Embarcadero, and up Market Street to the Castro.

    Union square has EXPENSIVE shopping. If you want something more reasonable and with a lot of variety, check out the Westfield Shopping center. When you're heading up Market Street, get off the street car at 4th Street. It's at 865 Market Street. When you're inside, look up at the domed ceiling. There's a big food court down in the basement where you can have coffee, or lunch, or both.

  • Webster666

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    Apr 23, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    This is the F-line, AKA the Market Street Railway. This is not the cable car line.
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    I agree with webster, Your best bet is fisherman's wharf if your doing the tourist thing. If I were you I would go to the Palace of Fine Arts! It is very impressive. I work in the area to I might run into you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    For the guessing game of the hotel I'd go with F Wharf also. At those prices it's risky in the City.
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    Apr 23, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
    Will you be renting a car while in SF or will yo be relying on public transit?

    If its the latter, I suggest something closer to the Muni underground below Market Street or the Geary 38 line.

    If you have a car, Fishermans wharf may be good-although if you stay around there you will spend 4 days meeting other tourists at the In and Out, etc.

    The cable car is invariably a long wait and can be done once, but should not be your primary connectio to the rest of the City.

    Why dont you use Tripadvisor.com instead?

    Not only can you get your booking done, you can see reviews, photographs by tourists.

    Not being able to select the hotel on hotwire is kinda crazy.

    Lastly, SFO is the airport, about 14 miles south of the City.
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    Apr 23, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
    I actually prefer hotels in the Union Square area. Anything near Fisherman's Wharf is a little too much like staying in a cheap carnival midway.

    But I'd think twice about leaping into anything at those prices. I booked one on Market Street for $50-something on one of those internet services, and it was extremely nasty. Mold on the walls, communal toilets, and some of the guests seemed to be paying hourly rates. Then when I showed up, they charged my credit card and orbitz (or whoever it was) also charged my card, so it was more than $100 per night. I don't think I ever did get a refund.
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    Apr 23, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    The Wharf is a total tourist trap to be avoided at all costs unless you are into that. Most of the locals avoid it like the plague.

    Union Sq is touristy w/o being overwhelming and also close to the subway. You can get just about anywhere on public transit within 20 minutes.

    Knob Hill is centrally located and a little more secluded (in terms of tourism) but can be a inconvenient if you are on foot.

    If you are looking for convenience, I'd try to be within about 4-5 blocks of market either direction.

    Welcome to SF!
  • B71115

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    Apr 24, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    Thanks. We're hoping to be without a car unless we rent one for a day or so to see something outside the city. Thanks for all the info. Very helpful. I can't wait. icon_biggrin.gif