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No doubt, San Francisco is one of most expensive cities in California to stay (SF actually has the highest rent rate in the country). But, between the vast opportunities for things to do (museums, shops, beaches, national parks nearby and so much more), a trip is well worth it! Ideal for any type of traveler, SF is a romantic place for a couple to go, and also has an abundance of things to see and do for the whole family.

We love this SF so much, we spent a bit of time researching some great rooms in San Francisco to stay — and because we want to optimize our time traveling by saving money, we focused on finding spots that are all less than $250/night.

We based our San Francisco recommendations upon:

• Proximity – Sure, you could stay outside of the city or closer to the airport for even less, but we would like to help you get into the heart of the city.

• User-ratings & comments – We don’t want to send you to one- or two-star locations. Our picks have great reviews and ratings.

• Ambiance – When visiting the City by the Bay, you just have to have culture and character.

The Chateau Tivoli — Alamo Square Historic District

This is without a doubt one of our favorite finds – The Chateau Tivoli is a lovely bed and breakfast, located in a classic of the city’s late nineteenth-century design. Built in 1892, this was originally a private home, now carefully redesigned into a nine-room B&B. Furnished with antiques, this B&B is open to individuals, couples, families, and businessman looking to stay in a central location of the town. It is located just one-and-a-half miles from Golden State Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. Chinatown, Union Square, and Downtown are all within a 10-minute drive, or accessible by other transportation.

The Jack London or Joaquin Miller rooms share a bath and are available for $130-$150/night for two, costing more on weekends. The Enrico Caruso and Isadora Duncan each have private baths and are available for $175-$200/night for two, and the prices go up from there. There are no televisions here, although there is wifi, and a lot of books and games are available. Breakfast, a wine-and-cheese reception, and tea and coffee are included. Who’s ready for a cottage getaway?


The Harbor Court Hotel — Business District

This lovely hotel is warm and inviting. Located in the business district, the Harbor Court Hotel is a short walk away from the Embarcadero and the waterfront. Also within walking distance are the Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace.

The lobby and rooms are modern in décor and comfort, and the hotel offers visitors a relaxing retreat on the SF waterfront. Queen and king rooms are available for between $219 and $249 (pricing is for two adults). A great option for those traveling on business, there’s a pool and gym on site — which means that you don’t have to give up your regular exercise routines while traveling. Room views include the city, the bay and interior courtyards.


Homestay Cottage — North Beach

If staying “at home” is more your style, there’s a cute bedroom available in a small cottage overlooking the bay. The owners are multilingual artists and writers, who enjoy poetry, travel and painting — so we bet they have a ton of interesting things to talk about. The home is in a quiet neighborhood, close to Chinatown. Pricing ranges from $80-$160/night and includes a light breakfast, so it’s a great option for anyone looking for a nice room to set up as a temporary home base in SF. You can find the listing via Homestay here.


Villa Florence — Union Square

Located on Powell Street in the heart of Union Square is the Villa Florence. As the name implies, the décor is Italian with 182 rooms in this charming boutique hotel. Villa Florence has all of the required amenities we look for in a space to stay, including wifi, an iPad docking station, and flat-screen TVs. We’re ready to snuggle up in the cozy, deluxe bedding and fluffy robes and order room service from their on-site restaurant.

Rooms here are often discounted to as low as $235 for two (we found regular listings via TripAdvisor for $242/night).

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Urban Solar Beach House — Oakland

It’s not every day that we find an Airbnb where we are completely obsessed with every detail, and we love the Urban Solar Beach House in Oakland. We’ve been to this listing in person, and it receives our full stamp of approval.

If you’re looking to visit one of the coolest urban destinations in the United States, San Francisco is just the place. If you haven’t been here, you must go. If you have been, you know you must go back. If you have a recommendation, please list it in our comments section or holler at us at @alltherooms.

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