San Francisco

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San Francisco showing a bay or harbour and a bridge

Streetcars rattle up and down the city famous for steep hills, hippie history and the toughest place to make a jail break.

Once the center of the counter-culture movement of the sixties, San Francisco is now one of the world’s technology powerhouses and a hub for start-up companies. Although you'll no longer find Janis Joplin or the Grateful Dead singing to sold-out crowds, the laid-back liberal atmosphere remains. Fleece jackets and tennis shoes long ago replaced suits and ties in the city’s Financial District.

San Francisco is known for its distinctive neighborhoods and tourist areas. Hitch a ride on cable car as it hauls you over the city’s steep hills to Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you can try fresh seafood or a bowl of creamy clam chowder. Browse bohemian bookshops and soak up some music history in Haight-Ashbury. Stroll through Union Square for some serious shopping, or hang onto your hat as you walk the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

The attractions here are as diverse as the weather. Experience the city’s multiculturalism in Little Italy or Japan Town. Take a walking tour of North America's largest Chinatown. Along the eastern seafront, stroll the Embarcadero, where you can dine with views over the bay or grab some fresh produce at the farmers’ market. Wander through the 1000 acres (405 hectares) of Golden Gate Park. Board a ferry for a trip to the seaside village of Sausalito. Don't forget your jacket as even on the sunniest day it gets cold out on the water.

For a change of pace, head to Pier 33 and jump on board a tour to Alcatraz Island. Listen to fascinating, personal accounts of life at one of the world’s harshest prisons or stroll the grounds and the old cellblocks. Tours are popular, so it's best to book ahead.

Weather in San Francisco can change by the hour and from one neighborhood to the next. For the best chance of consistent sunshine, visit September through November. Winter means wind and rain, but also the best deals for accommodation. The city is crowded in summer for festivals such as the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade in late June. This is one of the biggest celebrations of diversity in the country.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
The price is HK$785 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,586 reviews)
"Nice breakfast"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
The price is HK$818 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,356 reviews)
"Excellent sevice"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,254 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre and Warfield Theater. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,845 reviews)
"Emily at the check in desk is what customer service is all about! This hotel is my new favorite"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North
3 out of 5
The price is HK$888 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Cow Palace, Oracle Park and Twin Peaks. Chase Center and Mission Dolores Park are also ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,023 reviews)
"Clean Quiet easy freeway access"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
3 out of 5
The price is HK$1,238 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 9 miles (15 km) of San Francisco State University ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (907 reviews)
"i enjoyed the space for the amount of people we had and the location was ideal to visit the surrounding cities!"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
3 out of 5
The price is HK$997 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in The East Side, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 9 miles (15 km) of San Francisco State University ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (315 reviews)
"Very clean and spacious"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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