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Christiane Lalonde  Identity Verified
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Aug 11, 2008

I'm planning a trip to San Francisco by mid-September and I also wish to visit some of the National Parks on my way to Denver.
I am looking for some advice re lodging in San Francisco. Any good placesto suggest me? I need a place "downtown" or in a nice district.
Thanks for your help
Christiane


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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Some ideas Aug 11, 2008

What kind of budget do you have?

I just suggest you a couple of nice hotels that I really like, one is called the Sir Francis Drake (see link here: http://www.sirfrancisdrake.com ).
Another good one is the Grand Hyatt ( http://grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp ). They are both pretty good. If you like a cozier hotel, the Harbor Court is right at the Embarcadero ( http://www.harborcourthotel.com ). It's a boutique hotel (check out the Kimpton hotel chain as it has really nice properties, I really like it).

A tip: some downtown hotels in San Fran, especially those geared towards the business clientele, have lower rates for the week-end, so you can get really good rates if you're staying during the week-end.

Another tip: If you're renting a car just remember that parking is EXTREMELY expensive downtown San Francisco (a friend of mine paid about $60 a day, yeah, you've read well). I usually don't recommend it.
If you're arriving in SFO airport, it's better to get a shuttle (lots of hotels have free shuttles from the airport) and then just use the public means of transportation once you're in downtown San Fran.

I'll ask my colleague who used to live in San Fran if she can suggest some other (less expensive) alternative as far as hotels are concerned.


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Hilton San Francisco Financial District Aug 11, 2008

Highly recommendable. It's as central as it can get. The view from the rooms is incredible. The hotel was recently remodeled, everything is brand new and the bar is terrific. I absolutely loved the art installations in the lobby.

"Soaring 27 stories over the "City by the Bay", the landmark Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel offers stunning panoramic views from most of our 544 hotel guestrooms. Located in the center of the most exciting, bustling and culturally diverse area of San Francisco, California, the Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel rests at the crossroads of the Financial District, Chinatown and North Beach, which is an easy walk to the San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods and attractions:

• Union Square
• Embarcadero Center
• Fisherman's Wharf
• Nob Hill


The $45 million complete hotel transformation of the Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel offers an inviting atmosphere for work or play while staying in San Francisco, California."

http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFOFDHF-Hilton-San-Francisco-Financial-District-California/index.do


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teju  Identity Verified
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Suggestion Aug 11, 2008

Now that you have some recommendations about hotels, I wanted to suggest that you also visit Marin County if you have the time. Once you cross the Golden Gate, there's all these beautiful little towns, right by the ocean, one more gorgeous than the other, with great restaurants and shops. Don't miss Tiburon and Sausalito (with its houseboats). We used to live there a few years ago, and going to San Francisco was something we did as often as we could. If you are flying there, consider also going to Oakland, it's usually cheaper and the distance to downtown SF is almost the same as flying into the other airport.
A word of caution: even if you go during the summer, you will need a jacket, the temperature really drops at night. You'll be fine during the day, but things change quickly. It's very common to see tourists in shorts and tank tops freezing at night, buying cheap sweatshirts to try to keep warm. Have a blast and write when you get back to let us know how your trip went!


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Fanny Law
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suggestion Aug 12, 2008

You can check through by online website which is more details.

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Christiane Lalonde  Identity Verified
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Thank you Aug 12, 2008

Well thank you dear colleagues! These tips are very useful.
For the lodging, I am looking for something a bit cheaper. I was thinking maybe a Bed & Breaffast?
And what about renting something in Marin County?


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Hi Christiane Aug 12, 2008

Don't underestimate the midweek specials, the weekend specials and what not specials. Hotels will do just about anything to have their rooms occupied. I once managed to fly from Reno, Nevada, to Portland, Oregon, for 26 Dollars!

Check with your local travel agency.

If I have $ 60.00 to spend per night, I rather stay at a 3-Star hotel than a bed & breakfast.)

I hope you have a whale of a time in SF! Visit Sausalito! I envy you..)

Addendum:

Especially mid-September! Kids are back in school, no tourists.. you will get beautiful prices. And you get to pick..

[Edited at 2008-08-12 11:41]


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teju  Identity Verified
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Renting Aug 12, 2008

Christiane Lalonde wrote:Well thank you dear colleagues! These tips are very useful.
For the lodging, I am looking for something a bit cheaper. I was thinking maybe a Bed & Breaffast?
And what about renting something in Marin County?


Renting something in Marin County will probably will far more expensive than anything you may be able to get in the city. I rarely stayed in a hotel in SF since I lived in Marin (only once for an ATA conference at the St. Francis, and even with the discounted rates it was pricey), but as far as I can remember, there are several hotels/motels on Lombard that are not too expensive. Go to Travelocity, Orbitz or Hotels.com. Lombard is not downtown, but it's within walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf and many other things. You can always take public transportation everywhere. Good luck to you!


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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B&B Aug 13, 2008

Hi Christiane!

Here's some B&B to take a look at:

The Union Street Inn: http://www.unionstreetinn.com/ (lovely B&B, really centrally located)

Inn 1890: http://www.inn1890.com/ (rates start from $ 99.00 a night)

Golden Gate Hotel http://www.goldengatehotel.com/ (rates start from $ 90 a night if you share a bath. Love the kitty on the main page!!)

Ocean Beach B&B: http://www.oceanbeachbb.com/ (a room with a queen size bed is only $ 125.00 a night)

Nob Hill Inn: http://www.nobhillinn.com/default.htm (rooms start from $ 125.00 a night)

The Artists Inn http://www.artistsinn.com/ (no rate info that I could find on their website, so it's advisable to contact them directly)

Annie's Cottage: http://www.anniescottage.com/ (rates start from $ 160 a night, see website)

Inn San Francisco: http://www.innsf.com/ (lovely Victorian House, rates start from $ 120.00 a night)

Parker Guest House http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/ (rates start from $ 139.00 a night)

Chateau Tivoli: http://www.chateautivoli.com/ (a couple of rooms are priced at $ 100.00 a night)


Hope this might help.

L.


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