Finding an affordable hotel in a big city isn’t always easy. When you do somehow win the lottery and locate one, there are often a number of extra fees tacked on, or the hotel has absolutely no personality. That's where this handy guide of budget-conscious but tasteful options come in. Bookmark it for your next San Francisco visit.
Grab a sweet spot between Union Square and the Moscone Center at The Mosser. It may be 100 years old, but the hotel’s mix of Victorian architecture and modern interior design allows travelers to get the best of the city without overspending. Save even more if you opt for the European-style rooms with shared bathrooms, from $109 per night, or have one all to yourself for as low as $169. More to love: Wi-fi is complimentary.
Make Union Square your home with a room at the Chancellor Hotel, a historic boutique hotel on Powell Street. Pick a room with a view of the square and San Francisco’s famous cable cars, or snag one in the back if you’re looking for a little extra peace. Room rates start at $125 per night, and, like The Mosser, the hotel doesn’t nickel-and-dime you with wi-fi fees. Internet connection is included.
Nob Hill Inn
If you’re looking for a place that reminds you of old San Francisco, the Nob Hill Inn – complete with Edwardian-style rooms – is your spot. Don’t worry, your stay also includes modern touches like free wi-fi. One- and two-bedroom suites include kitchenettes, which is a great way to trim your dining budget, particularly if you’re staying for more than a couple days or love shopping the farmers market. Rates start at $135.
Inn on Castro
Get away from downtown and stay in San Francisco’s celebrated Castro neighborhood, the hot and happening center of the city’s LGBT community. In the Inn on Castro's eight rooms and suites, you’re smack in the center of it all, and the Edwardian hotel is an ideal spot for claiming that front-row seat. Rates start at $155 for rooms with a shared bath and $205 for those with private bathrooms. Come during Pride Week or in the middle of winter – the Castro is always one big party.
Westin St. Francis
Perched at the edge of Union Square, the elegant Westin St. Francis might look like it’s out of your budget, but shopping-minded travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s Macy’s Shopping Package. Offered through the end of 2014, the package includes a $100 Macy’s gift card each night of your stay, with rates starting at $269. That's like getting more than a third of your money back in the form of your most coveted souvenirs.