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.
"Enjoyed our stay"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 21, 2013
This was a great Hotel and location, staff were absolutely outstanding, Assisted with all our needs. Nothing was an issue for them. The only problem I felt, the room was a little small for my liking but otherwise, clean and fresh. And I suppose the location made up for that, very convenient especially for shopping and if you want to sight see using the hop on and hop of! I will definitely recommend. A big "thank you" to the staff.
A quaint, well located hotel, whose charming olde world decor marks it as something special. The shared bathrooms were always immaculately clean and, despite the proximity of the rooms, I found the other guests were of the quiet type also looking for something different in their accommodation.
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.