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Hotel Lodging in San Francisco and the Bay Area
Where to Stay in San Francisco
If you are planning to stay in the City, then your activity plans and your budget will dictate where to stay. The Fisherman's Wharf area hotels will put you at the heart of many of the city's most popular attractions. You will be walking distance to the wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, the cable cars and many fine restaurants, shops and galleries.
If you are here on business, then you may want to stay near Moscone center in the South of Market neighborhood, the Financial District or near Union Square. You will be in the heart of the city and have plenty of access to taxis and local transportation.
If you will be staying outside the city, then hotels abound around the three Bay Area airports, in downtown San Jose and Oakland, near Stanford University and UC Berkeley and in the Silicon Valley. Other smaller hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts can be found in nearly every community around the bay.
Saving Money on Hotel Stays
Hotel prices vary widely in the city but there are bargains to be found. One way to spend less is to stay outside the heart of the city, just a little removed from the action. The drawback is that you won't be walking distance to where you want to be and so you will spend more time in transit.
Bargains are also available in package deals that roll airline tickets, hotel stays and a rental car together. Check around for deals, they can be excellent.
On-line consolidators buy up hotel rooms directly from hotels and then resell them. The hotels use consolidators to get rid of excess inventory and the consolidators can charge any price they like, which is often less than the rack rate at the hotel.
Another way to save on a short stay is to avoid weekend stays. Weekend rates are often higher and rooms are harder to find. If you stay Monday through Thursday, you can often save 10 to 20%.
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