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If you’re fortunate enough to live in San Francisco, there is rarely a need to ever leave the city limits to experience something new and exciting. This iconic City by the Bay is one of the best places in the U.S. for a staycation to get to know the local life on a whole new level. From luxury hotels to Airbnbs and VRBO properties, here are some of the best staycation destinations in San Francisco.
This popular and highly rated Airbnb property offers an entire guest suite that’s perfect for a staycation. It is a great pick for two guests and has one bedroom and one bathroom. You’ll enjoy views of the bay and Buena Vista Park from here and also the private garden deck that’s perfect for sipping a glass of wine. Measuring around 156 square feet, it is in a safe and convenient neighborhood and thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between guest stays for your health and safety. The property has no shared areas either. The interior space has mid-century touches and one-of-a-kind details for a memorable stay. The list of amenities includes self-check-in, kitchenette, Wi-Fi, TV, and bathroom essentials.
One of the best pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco, Hotel Nikko San Francisco is a boutique hotel near Union Square that offers Asian-inspired hospitality and luxury rooms and suites for your staycation. ANZU is the onsite restaurant, and there are also spaces for meetings, conferences, and events. The hotel has chic rooms and suites decorated with elegant Japanese-style décor. Guests that upgrade to an Imperial Club room get 24-hour in-room dining, a wine and beer reception each evening, light breakfasts in the mornings, and other elevated amenities. There’s a glass-enclosed pool here, a health club, Starbucks for your coffee fix, and a business center. Dogs 50 pounds or under are welcome for a $50 fee per day and an additional $150 one-time fee.
Here is a Financial District hotel that is bordered by Chinatown, Little Italy, Union Square, and the Embarcadero. It’s great for couples, business travelers, and anyone looking for a staycation. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, parking, and extended stay options for 30 nights or more. The Club Living Room has complimentary refreshments and workstations. Fish & Farm is the farm-to-table eatery that serves sustainable seafood onsite.
Here is a lovely tiny house option for a San Francisco staycation that’s private with modern and high-end finishes. The space measures about 200 square feet and was renovated in 2019. This Airbnb property has a bathroom and kitchenette off the main room, as well as a mini fridge, toaster oven, coffee and espresso makers, and microwave. It’s in the heart of San Francisco and close to mass transit. You’ll have your own private entrance from the street here while the owner stays in the main house onsite. The host meets guests upon arrival to provide information and a key. The shops, restaurants, and cafes of Cole Valley are just a five-minute walk away.
Taj Campton Place is a luxury staycation option in San Francisco that is along Stockton Street in Union Square. Many local attractions are within walking distance, including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Chinatown. Campton Place is the fine dining restaurant on site that serves Cal-Indian cuisine. In addition to its elegant rooms and suites, you can enjoy 24-hour in-room dining, complimentary Wi-Fi, the rooftop fitness terrace, business center, and much more.
Another great Airbnb option for a San Francisco staycation is this home for two guests that is close to Golden Gate Park. It has one bedroom and one bathroom and has been renovated to make it especially luxurious and private. The décor and amenities are elegant and classic. People love staying here so they can go to the beach, hang out in Golden Gate Park, and explore the surrounding area. The bedroom has a queen-size memory foam mattress. Other perks of staying here are the full kitchen, self-check-in, washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, and bathroom essentials provided.
You’ll get European-inspired lodging in your beautiful room or suite when you plan your staycation at the Marina Motel. It’s easy to walk to restaurants and boutiques from here and see the local attractions. There are cozy rooms here and also free Wi-Fi and parking. Dogs are welcome here to stay here with you, and dogs receive welcome treats and easy access to a dog-friendly neighborhood.
This VRBO property is a 2,000-square-foot house in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco. Up to four people can have a staycation here and use the two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a minimum three-night stay here. The building dates back to 1914 and was built using salvaged bricks from the 1906 earthquake. It was also the former home and studio of local designer Robert Hutchinson, so it has lots of unique craftsmanship touches. It has been welcoming guests since 2011. This loft has its own private entrance on Sutter Street and a private garage. Other perks are Wi-Fi, hardwood floors, a private deck with orchids and bamboo, and being close to exciting neighborhoods to explore on foot. This property gets glowing reviews and continuously makes updates based on guest feedback.
You’ll have an elegant staycation at the Omni San Francisco, which is located on the historic cable car line and a short walk from Union Square. There are sleek rooms and suites at this hotel, which also has a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, CDC-certified enhanced cleaning procedures, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, in-room dining, and both free and paid Wi-Fi. To stay in shape during your staycation, you can use the hotel’s in-room fitness kits and also play a round or two at the two local golf courses nearby.
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis is a towering hotel that offers a staycation experience and is close to many attractions. The rooms here have workstations, Wi-Fi, plush bedding, smart TVs, and mini-fridges to help you feel at home. Dine at the View Lounge for lovely views of San Francisco. The hotel’s fitness offerings include a 24/7 gym with machines and free weights.
This staycation hotel has spacious and comfortable rooms that include one, two, and three-bedroom suites. Guests who stay here get lots of personalized services, including airport transfer, luxury house car service, pre-arrival grocery shopping, and in-suite dining. You can also get a 24-hour fitness center, fitness apparel delivered to your room, an in-suite washer and dryer, and an in-suite massage. Numerous restaurant and bar options are right at your fingertips when you take a staycation here.
Hotel Zeppelin is a Union Square hotel that celebrates San Francisco’s bold and bohemian culture. Come here for a rock n’ roll experience and to be in the creative heart of the city. Mantel Bar is onsite for drinks and coffee, while the Rambler serves flavor-forward California fare. There’s also a fitness center with lots of workout equipment. This is an ideal place to be for unique shopping at the Ferry Building Marketplace and to check out the local farmer’s market. Don’t miss the murals at Clarion Alley while you stay here too.