The Best Cheap Hotels in San Francisco

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 28, 2019

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The 9 Best Budget Hotels in San Francisco

1. HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel – Budget

Set within Fort Mason, this laid-back budget hostel includes free breakfast, free parking, and spacious common areas, such as a TV room, game room, outdoor terrace, communal kitchen, and restaurant. Accommodation ranges from shared dormitories to private rooms, and the hostel is located a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and a 15-minute walk (0.7 mile) to Fisherman’s Wharf.

2. San Remo Hotel – Budget

Historic and good value hotel with a restaurant and self-service laundry (but no elevator), located a 10-minute walk (0.4 mile) from Lombard Street and a 9-minute walk (0.5 mile) from Fisherman’s Wharf. Rooms have antique furnishings, and in true vintage fashion, they do not have telephones or TVs; most rooms use shared bathrooms.

3. Hayes Valley Inn – Budget

Within steps of restaurants, shops, and music venues, this affordable guesthouse features rooms with shared bathrooms, a 24-hour front desk, self-service laundry facilities, and breakfast available for a fee. The Van Ness light rail station (0.4 mile, 7-minute walk) and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) are both a short walk away.

4. Mayflower Hotel – Budget

Located a 7-minute walk (0.4 mile) from Union Square and a 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) from Chinatown, this historic hotel has free breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Every room includes a private bathroom, microwave, and refrigerator; some rooms have kitchenettes.

5. Beck’s Motor Lodge – Moderate

Recently renovated and located a 1-minute walk (170 feet) from the Market St & Sanchez St light rail stop and a 7-minute walk (0.3 mile) from the Castro Theatre. Amenities include free parking, a rooftop terrace, self-service laundry facilities, and an elevator. All rooms have private bathrooms, refrigerators, coffee makers, and air conditioning.

6. Parker Guest House – Moderate

Charming mid-range hotel offering free breakfast, a daily manager’s reception, outdoor courtyard, lounge areas with a piano and fireplace, and on-site parking for a fee. Most rooms have private bathrooms, and the hotel is situated within walking distance of many restaurants, a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) from Mission Dolores Park, and a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile) from the Castro Theatre.

7. Inn at Union Square – Moderate

Located a 1-minute walk (250 feet) from Union Square and a 12-minute walk (0.6 mile) from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this boutique hotel features upscale guestrooms with marble bathrooms, tablets, refrigerators, and turn-down service. Hotel amenities include free continental breakfast, a free nightly wine reception, lounge with fireplace, valet parking for a fee, and 24-hour front desk.

8. Hotel Abri Union Square – Moderate

Boutique hotel featuring a restaurant, bar, and business center, and located close to both Union Square (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk) and Westfield San Francisco Centre (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk). Rooms have smart TVs, coffee makers, desks, and air conditioning; suites have larger floor plans with separate living rooms.

9. Yotel San Francisco – Moderate

Futuristic hotel featuring compact rooms with smart TVs, air conditioning, private bathrooms with rainfall showers, and “smart beds” with memory foam mattresses. The hotel is located a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile) from Westfield San Francisco Centre and 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) from Union Square. Amenities include a fitness room and 24-hour front desk.

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