Layne Hotel on Jones Street sits at the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square district. It is a short walk from many of the city’s attractions, including Moscone Convention Centre, Chinatown, and North Beach. This budget boutique hotel retains its nostalgic charm in a magnificent 1912 building, while providing guests with modern amenities. Take the cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf and have a taste of San Francisco’s seaside fare. Enjoy a hard night of partying in the nearby entertainment centres without worrying about getting locked out of the hotel; there is no curfew here, so guests can saunter in freely even during the wee hours of the morning.
USA Hostels San Francisco, on Post Street, just three blocks from Union Square, offers an incredible value for money. Besides its great location, guests can enjoy free treats: all-you-can-make pancakes every morning, tea and coffee all day, in-room lockers, Wi-Fi access, and day storage of luggage after checkout. Activities include neighbourhood walking tours and weekly pub crawls. The accommodation is dormitory style with four beds to a room; great for travelling groups and families. Each room has a TV and refrigerator.
Highly recommended by travel guides such as Lonely Planet and Guide du Routard, the Dakota Hotel is a vintage 1920 accommodation right in the middle of downtown San Francisco. The building itself is considered a historical landmark, and all 40 rooms have large windows, old-fashioned steam radiators, and washbasins with separate hot and cold taps, giving them a charming retro atmosphere. All rooms have private bathrooms, phones, satellite TV, refrigerators, and microwaves. Free breakfast is provided every morning.
Other San Francisco budget hotels include Pacific Tradewinds Backpacker Hostel, HI-San Francisco-Downtown, and Green Tortoise Backpackers.