Whether you call it Japantown or Nihonmachi, you'll be wowed by the sights and smells of this bastion of Japanese culture. Grab sushi, tempura or udon noodle dishes at one of the restaurants, or check out the shops in the sprawling Japan Center mall. Not forgetting the multi-tiered Peace Pagoda, a symbol of Japantown. The Castro District, San Fran's gay quarter, and the cultural hotspot of Haight-Ashbury are close by.
The heart-racing epicenter of business in San Francisco, the Financial District has a stunning skyline of gleaming high-rises – the Transamerica Pyramid is an icon of the city. All of this gives way to the palm-trees of the Embarcadero, an epic avenue that gives you perfect views of San Francisco Bay. Take a walk down to the Beaux Arts-style Ferry Building, which houses cool cafes and an artisan food market.
The most exciting waterfront district in San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf is home to Pier 39, where sea lions flap happily about in the sun while visitors chow down on chowder, look at the sharks in the Aquarium of the Bay, and hop on amusement rides. Mingle with the surging crowds amid the restaurants of Ghirardelli Square, or wander over to Hyde Street Pier to see the historic ships anchored there.
Fantastically well located for beginning your adventures on the West Coast, San Francisco International Airport is a mere 12 miles from the Downtown district. Getting to and from the city center is a doddle thanks to the BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit train network, which has a station at the airport itself. It's also your gateway to San Mateo, one of the thriving hubs of Silicon Valley.
One of the shopping meccas not just of San Francisco but the whole of the United States, Union Square is a teeming plaza crammed with huge flagship department stores, independent boutiques, bars, and art galleries. Just a quick stroll away, you'll find the huge exhibition complex that is the Moscone Center, while Modernist masterpieces and contemporary works can be relished at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
I enjoyed my stay very much. Hotel staff were very helpfull. The only problem was the barfridge that was not working. They replaced it twice, but it was still not working, and I never had cold drinks.y
"Excellent value for money"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 17, 2012
At first was taken aback by the small size of the room (pretty much only a bed) and sharing toilet and shower facilities was never my thing. But after a day or so you get used to it and it is fine as everything is clean. The location is perfect for conferences and shopping and the staff are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back again.
"Old world hotel, very comfortable and in the heart"
Reviewed by Washeelah O of "Cape Town South Africa" on
Apr 25, 2011
Kensignton park hotel is perfectly located for transport, shopping, dining and walking. Two minute walk from the cable car, Macy's, Saks of fifth Avenue, and other premium and well priced shopping locations.
The hotel is old and dates back to 1920s but is well kept and has spacious rooms
Will definitely go back there
"Lived up to all reviews and expectations"
Reviewed by Annabella H of "South Africa" on
Oct 27, 2010
Very friendly and welcoming staff. Location is very close to subway station and union square.
Free coffee and internet is a huge plus as during my stay at other hotels in the States you have to pay extra.
TV in the room was huge and bed/pillows very comfortable.