San Francisco accommodations are diverse, ranging from cozy inns and kitschy motels, to chic little inns and true grande dames, housed in century-old structures and sleek high-rises. While the tech boom has skyrocketed the prices of even some of the most dependable low-cost options, luckily, some Fodor’s faves still offer fine accommodations without the jaw-dropping prices to match those steep hills. In fact, the number of reasonably priced accommodations is impressive.
Not only have many city stalwarts been spruced up recently (including the Ritz Carlton, Hotel Monaco, Mandarin Oriental, Scarlet Huntington, Argonaut, and the Palace), but also this edition includes many exciting new properties: Hotel G, The Parker Guest House, and The Parsonage among them.
Also exciting is that new and established properties are trending toward the eco-friendly—San Francisco hotels are "going green" in a big way. The Orchard Garden boasts San Francisco's first all-new green construction, and many other properties are installing ecological upgrades. Also worth noting: almost all of the city's hotels are nonsmoking.
When contemplating a hotel stay in San Francisco, consider timing: if you're flexible on dates, ask the reservationist if there's a cheaper time to stay in your preferred travel window—for many hotels, weekends can offer better deals. Be sure to ask what's included in your room rate—one big unexpected extra might be parking fees, which are off the charts in San Francisco. Once you settle into your perfect room, remember this advice: when in doubt, ask the concierge. This holds true for almost any request, whether you have special needs or burning desires (if anyone can get you tickets to a sold-out show at the ACT or a table at the hard-to-come-by State Bird Provisions, it's the concierge). You'll likely be impressed by the lengths hoteliers are willing to go to please their guests.