San Francisco

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San Francisco showing a bridge and a bay or harbour

A city made for love, not walking – San Francisco is known for its great counter-cultural history and incredibly steep hills.

Conjuring up images of peace signs, psychedelic rock music and hippies with flowers in their hair, the San Francisco of today is all that – and now even more.

With such a rich history, the hippy dream is still alive and well in San Francisco but it has been somewhat replaced by the city’s growing reputation as a global technology and innovation powerhouse. Indeed, a tie-dyed shirt would look positively out of place in the city’s financial district! This said, the new San Francisco remains one of America’s most liberal and progressive cities and retains every bit of the laid back Californian atmosphere it’s so well known for.

Given the city’s remarkably steep hills, the San Francisco cable car system is a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to get about. Of course, it can be very enjoyable to simply walk but it can be surprising just how tiring traversing even a few blocks can become!

San Fran is known for both the distinctive nature of its neighbourhoods and the quality of its tourist destinations. If you’re new to the city, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to find your bearings and sample a little of San Francisco’s famously fresh seafood.

The Wharf is also home to several of the city’s most popular attractions such as family friendly Pier 39 with its shops aquarium, as well as the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Wharf even boasts its own wax museum! From there it’s just a short walk toward Union Square to indulge in some serious retail therapy.

Diversity is a very important characteristic for San Francisco, which is why simply exploring the various neighbourhoods can be very rewarding in itself. San Fran is home to the US’ largest Chinatown which can be explored independently or part of a walking tour. Little Italy is also a popular destination for tourists looking for a little something different, something that can also be found in Japan Town.

For a more traditional San Fran experience, the Embarcadero on the eastern seafront offers spectacular views across the bay and countless charming restaurants. If you’d prefer to make something for yourself, the Embarcadero also features an impressive farmer’s market selling the best in fresh local produce.

With so much going on, you may find yourself needing a place to relax. The Golden Gate Park (beside the iconic bridge) features 1,000 acres of delightful green space to wander about in – or for something very different indeed, why not head to Pier 33 and take a tour of the notorious Alcatraz prison island? Thankfully the ferry offers return tickets.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is S$173 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5Good! (3,108 reviews)
"Overall good"

Reviewed on 22 Sep,2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$267 per night from 16 Oct to 16 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, Warfield Theater, and Grace Cathedral. San ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,846 reviews)
"The front desk person was great! Room was clean and good view. however, the bar & restaurant was closed."

Reviewed on 23 Sep,2021

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is S$274 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,298 reviews)
"Very clean, the staff was very professional, and the property itself is great with very good and comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on 24 Sep,2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
3 out of 5
550 Gateway Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
The price is S$177 per night from 15 Oct to 15 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in The East Side, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cow Palace and Millbrae ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (265 reviews)
"I just loved the place. It was really clean and breakfast was delicious. Some parking problems but overall excellent place."

Reviewed on 22 Sep,2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA
The price is S$221 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Pacifica State Beach and Pacifica Pier. Ocean ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (811 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Front desk was great in communication since we were going to have late check in. Room was very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 21 Sep,2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Belmont
Homewood Suites by Hilton Belmont
3 out of 5
1201 Shoreway Rd, Belmont, CA
The price is S$180 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Belmont, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Elmar Beach, Marlin Park and Hiller Aviation Museum. Laurie Meadows Park and Los Prados Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (122 reviews)
"We really enjoyed the suite-style room as it afforded some extra space and a kitchen. Our only problem is that each suite has an adjoining room. There was a family in the room adjoining ours and starting around 6:30 am... for hours... their young children SCREAMED in high-pitched voices. The parents ..."

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Belmont
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