Cheap San Francisco Hotels Near Union Square



Cheap is a relative term, as we say in our article on cheap hotels in San Francisco. In this bayside city, with lots of demand for space and the priciest real estate in the country, hotels are going to be relatively expensive, even cheap ones. But, don't worry — here are the best cheap hotels around Union Square in the center of the city. Golden Gate Hotel is a veritable bargain at $180 compared to others in the area, like the Axiom Hotel that starts at around $500 per night.

Frugal travelers will have to compromise to go below $150. The most common complaints at those ultra-cheap hotels are thin walls, uncomfortable beds, and either hot or cold rooms. Here we've included San Francisco hotel options that hit the sweet spot — around the $200 per night — where you feel safe, sheltered, and have the chance of getting a great cheap sleep in San Francisco.

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Golden Gate Hotel

Golden Gate Hotel

This gem is also on our best San Francisco bed & breakfast list, but it's such a good choice that we're including it here.

Grab a room for two with a shared bathroom and the rate is well under $200 per night If you want a private bathroom (yes, we do), the rate is just above $200. Also note, the Golden Gate is a B&B so breakfast and afternoon tea are included.

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Rating = Highly-Rated
• 775 Bush Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

Hotel Beresford

Hotel Beresford

This small, hotel has old-fashioned decor, clean rooms and tidy bathrooms

The location is great and breakfast is included. Complaints are many, but remember this Hotel Beresford is less than $200 per night and includes your own bathroom. One constant complaint is that the breakfast is meagre. It's a continental breakfast, which translates into a few pastries and coffee. Guests enjoy the White Horse British pub that's connected to the hotel.

Rating = Good
• 635 Sutter Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

Touchstone Hotel

Touchstone Hotel

Guests love that the rooms are clean, the hotel is surrounded by great bars and restaurants, and the front staff go out of their way to please.

Yes, the rooms are small; yes, some rooms have an odor; yes, sometimes there is plenty of noise from outside. But remember dear reader, that this is a serious budget hotel and for its location, it's a great choice if dollars are limited. Guests also love David's Deli which is just off the lobby. Touchstone Hotel starts around $150.

Rating = Good
• 480 Geary Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

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Grant Plaza Hotel

Grant Plaza Hotel

You cannot beat this stellar location — it's right smack dab in the action in Chinatown, close to Union Square, North Beach and a BART Station.

Oh sure, the walls are as thin as rice paper and the mattress and pillows are as hard as yesterday's Chinese sticky buns, but remember this cheap sleep extraordinaire will save you dollars for a nice dim sum meal. The Grant Plaza starts at around $140.

Rating = Good-ish
• 465 Grant Avenue
• Neighborhood — Chinatown

Post Hotel

Post Hotel

This is where Dirty Harry would have stayed. (Cop Harry Callahan, as played by Clint Eastwood.)

It's a basic, no nonsense sort of hotel that has a very desirable address near Union Square and the Powell Street BART station. To set the record straight, the rooms are small and the decor is less than desirable. But even guests who complain about these very things are bowled over by the value for money and the convenient location. The Post Hotel starts at around $180.

Rating = Iffy
• 589 Post Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

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