San Francisco Hotel Reservations – More Accommodations Options

We love staying in San Francisco hotels, as you've discovered while reading our reviews. We already picked the top San Francisco hotels in a few other articles —

Those are the hotels we recommended most highly, with our ratings ranging from Highly Rated Plus up to Superb-Plus! As we always do, we share our reviews and ratings and tell you the best way to make hotel reservations.

But, there's another grouping of hotels that, while we consider them less special, might well suit your needs if you're looking to save a bit of travel money or if you're in San Francisco for business. Find out what we think about these alternative accommodations plus how to save money on hotel reservations.

Serrano Hotel Union Square – Mid-Priced Downtown

Serrano Hotel Union Square

The Serrano was formerly one of the superb Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco and still retains much of the Kimpton charm with window seats, funky fabrics with wide stripes, and bold colors.

Recent guess reviews, though, have mentioned the need for repairs and upgrades at the Serrano. Find out more in our complete review.

Hilton Hotel on Union Square – Big & Predictable

Hilton Hotel on Union Square

There are three Hilton hotels in central San Francisco and with 4,000 rooms among them they are a big presence. The Union Square offering is the largest hotel in SF, taking up an entire city block.

Does big equal better, or does it result in impersonal corporate service? We'll tell you what this Hilton offers, what guests have to say, and reveal our final rating.

The Hilton Hotel Financial District – Business Class

Hilton Hotel Financial District

If you're going to be in San Francisco for business no doubt you're considering the Hilton Hotel's Financial District branch. You'll certainly get what you expect from the large Hilton brand as far as accommodations and services go.

But, would we stay here if we weren't in town for business? There have been a fair number of negative comments from guests about customer service and excessive fees, including a charge for WIFI. You'll want to find out more.

Hilton Parc 55 – Too Big For Its Boutique?

Hilton Parc 55

This centrally-located Hilton, only a block away from the company's hotel on Union Square, is the newest addition to it's SF grouping. From the Frenchified name it's clear that Hilton is trying to appeal to the boutique hotel visitor. But, with a whopping 1,024 guest rooms, can it be charming?

A current renovation may address some of the recent guest complaints about the need for a facelift, and there are some attractive dining options and suites available. The final verdict? Read on.

Comfort Inns in San Francisco

Comfort Inns in San Francisco

What do Comfort Inn and Hilton have in common? They each have three hotels in San Francisco. There are two Comfort Inns near the airport, in South San Francisco, and one with a pretty good central location near the bay and other city attractions.

We expected the good, solid basic accommodations with a "Good" rating from hundred of guests. (The bay location even has great views.) But we were pleasantly surprised by the "Highly Rated" airport west location.

Hotel Metropolis – Can Design Overcome Location?

Hotel Metropolis

The Metropolis is a new hotel, set in a 1920s Colonial Revivalist building, only 3 minutes away by foot from Union Square. A consideration, though, is that it's also on the edge of the Tenderloin, San Francisco's most unsavory district.

It's certainly a hotel with a modern, boutique feel, with nice design touches and colors throughout . Guest love that it's clean with good service and the price is right. They also like Farmer Brown's soul food restaurant. But, do design and price trump location?

The Opal Hotel – Central & Homey

The Opal Hotel

Rather than being in tourist-central around Union Square, the Opal is city-central on Van Ness Avenue at Geary Street, between SOMA and Pacific Heights, between Nob Hill and the Civic Center. But, it's easy to get around from there and Union Square is a 15-minute walk away.

The Opal is a simpler, rather old-fashioned sort of place, that one guest compares to staying at her great-grandmother's house (in a good way). It's affordable, clean, basic and comfortable. But, would we stay there?

The Beresford Arms Hotel

Beresford Arms Hotel San Francisco

There are two Beresford hotels in San Francisco, within a block or tow of each other and owned by the same family. Both are nicely located near Union Square and pretty much in the center of things. Given those locations either one might be worthy of consideration for your base in the City By The Bay.

Which one do you choose? In our reviews we'll tell you which one we favour and why.

Five North Beach Hotels

North Beach Hotels

While you won't find luxury 4-star and 45-star hotels there, North Beach is the place to be if you're looking for the center of the action around Little Italy, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf.

We've leafed through our little black hotel book and found three pretty nice small hotels and inns located in North Beach, as well as a couple that are… well, perhaps not as nice. Check our reviews.

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