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Lodging San Francisco - The Top Choices for Lodging in San Francisco - Hotel Palomar, Hotel Vitale, Ocean Park Motel

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San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations not only in the United States, but in the world. Sure, the city gets its fair share of business travelers, but by and large, most visitors are in the city for pleasure. San Francisco has a population of 815,358 and is located on California’s Central Coast. It the primary city in the San Francisco Bay metro area. The city is known for having a rich history of liberalism and is considered the birthplace of both the hippie movement and the gay rights movement in the United States.

There is no shortage of lodging in San Francisco. Lodging in San Francisco is most prevalent on the bayside shore of the city, but accommodations can be found near most of the major attractions and neighborhoods, including the following:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, and Ghirardelli Square – This is perhaps the most popular area in the city.
  • Golden Gate Park – The site of the famous bridge includes over 1000 acres of gardens.
  • Haight – The Lower Haight and Haight Ashbury are the bohemian neighborhoods of the city.
  • Chinatown – Has the largest Asian population outside of Asia. Rich in culture.
  • Castro – The vibrant center of the city’s large gay community.

Generally speaking, the ratings of lodging in San Francisco are directly proportional to the rates of the establishment. You can expect to pay a pretty penny for full service and any hotel rated above three-diamonds. The city is large enough, however, to throw in a few surprises. Here are three of the top choices for lodging in San Francisco according to consumer ratings:

Hotel Palomar

12 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Reservations: 866-373-4941
Phone: 415-348-1111

The Hotel Palomar is one of the most sophisticated choices in San Francisco lodging you can make. It is located downtown in the SOMA district and features an exclusive clientele of modern yet unique individuals and couples. This hotel has to become a fashion trend, and the guests prefer it remains this way. This hotel strives to make service an art form. It has been listed by AAA as four-diamond hotel since it opened in 1999. Amenities include wireless internet, a hosted wine hour each evening, a hotel shopping program, concierge, shoe shine, 24-hour fitness center, and in-room spa service. Guest dining is provided by the Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge featuring American nouveau cuisine. Rates range from $229 for deluxe rooms to $429 for deluxe suites. Discounts are available.

Hotel Vitale

8 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Reservations: 888-890-8688
Phone: 415-278-3700

The Hotel Vitale is a full-service hotel located between the Financial District and the Embarcadero Waterfront so it is ideal for those visiting for business or pleasure. The hotel has 1,600 square feet of event space and additional rooftop space that looks out onto the Bay, but it is known for its stylish circular suites with panoramic views. Amenities include a full-service penthouse day spa, business services, concierge, fitness room, waterfront jogging, and complimentary YMCA guest membership. Dining is provided by the Americano Restaurant & Bar, and room service is available 24 hours. This boutique hotel is a great alternative to the standard high-rise. Rates start at $259.

Ocean Park Motel

2690 46th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116
Phone: 415-566-7020

The Ocean Park Motel is one of the rare low-cost choices for lodging in San Francisco that is also highly rated. This motel is widely regarded as the first in San Francisco. It opened in 1937, the same year as the Golden Gate Bridge opened. Rooms are simple but immaculate. They are situated around a lush courtyard with an outdoor hot tub. The rooms are paneled in cedar and definitely have a feel for a time long past. The motel is located in the southwest of the city just one block away from the zoo near the pathways enjoyed by joggers and bicyclists that leads to Golden Gate Park. Rates range from $100 to $165 for single or dual queen beds and $165 to $195 for suites with three queen beds. Rooms with full kitchens are $15 to $25 extra.

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