Are There Any Affordable Hotels in San Francisco?

December 15, 2017

Learn the top affordable hotels in San Francisco!

It’s no secret that San Francisco is expensive. Between Silicon Valley tech employees moving to the area and the ever-growing Bay Area tourism, visiting this city is not cheap. If you’ve been wondering where to find affordable hotels in San Francisco, you’re not alone. While the city is filled with extravagant, luxury hotels, there are low-cost options.

To give you a glimpse into the affordable accommodations available, I’ve put together a list of 4 and 5-star hotels considered to be inexpensive in San Francisco. (Keep in mind, 1, 2, and 3-star hotels are available throughout the city, too.)

HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

Photo Credit: HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel / Facebook

If you’re really to save money while visiting San Francisco, I recommend making a reservation at HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. Although this is technically a hostel, private bedrooms are available to book. The private bedrooms rates begin at $110 and cap out at $159 per night, depending on the type of room you reserve. For adventurous travelers, dorm-style hostel accommodations are also available for $40-$55 based on the reservation type.

The hostel offers an on-site cafe which serves three meals a day including a complimentary hot continental breakfast. Other hostel amenities include:

  • A Lounge and TV Room
  • Self-Serve Kitchen
  • Outdoor Deck
  • Daily Activities
  • Paved Foot/Bike Paths to San Francisco Destinations

While a hostel may be more of a radical hotel choice for traditional travelers, the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf offers welcoming and inexpensive accommodations for all.

Kensington Park Hotel

Kensington Park Hotel

When looking for affordable hotels in San Francisco, consider staying at the Kensington Park Hotel. Conveniently located in the Union Square and Nob Hill neighborhoods, the low-cost accommodations at this hotel start at $155.20 per night. The hotel boasts Gothic-style architecture in a historic San Francisco building with inviting decor and pet-friendly rooms.

Guestrooms feature city views, bathrobes, an in-room safe, and complimentary WiFi access. Additional hotel amenities include:

  • Daily Tea Served in the Lobby
  • SFO Airport Shuttle (fee)
  • Valet Parking (fee)
  • Farallon Restaurant and Lounge

Villa Florence

Villa Florence Hotel

Starting at $159.13 per night, the Villa Florence hotel is positioned a few steps away from Union Square. Guests flock to this affordable hotel for comfortable rooms and convenient amenities at a reasonable price. While staying at the hotel, take a look around and admire the wealth of Italian decor.

The accommodations feature modern interior design, premium bedding, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and free WiFi access. Work desks and in-room safes are also offered. In addition, the hotel provides guests with world-class amenities including:

  • Fitness Center
  • Valet Parking (fee)
  • Breakfast (fee)
  • Concierge Services
  • 24-Hour Business Center
  • Room Service (limited hours)

Serrano Hotel

Serrano Hotel

The Serrano Hotel is found right around the corner from Union Square. Featuring an on-site fitness center, Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen, and complimentary WiFi access, you’ll have everything you need for an enjoyable stay. With rooms starting at $172.20 per night and up, these modest hotel accommodations are what you’ve been searching for. Guestrooms feature views of San Francisco’s bustling city, bath amenities, and an in-room safe. If you can’t leave your work at the office, take advantage of the ergonomic desk and workstation.

Since you’ll be seconds away from San Francisco’s popular Union Square, endless fun, food, and entertainment are at your fingertips. Take advantage of the hotel's other amenities, such as:

  • Valet Parking
  • Bellman Service
  • Complimentary Lobby Coffee
  • Pet-Friendly Accommodations
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Photo Credit: Hilton San Francisco Financial District / Facebook

Continuing the list of affordable hotels in San Francisco is the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. Located in one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods, this hotel puts you seconds away from Chinatown and downtown attractions.

Rooms begin around $179 per night and include granite vanities, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, and 250 thread count sheets. Plus, accommodations feature in-room fitness videos, coffee, and complimentary bathroom amenities.

While staying at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, take advantage of their long list of amenities, including:

  • Business Center
  • Airport Shuttle Service (fee)
  • Hotel Lounge/Bar
  • Pet-Friendly Rooms
  • Self and Valet Parking (fee)
  • Fitness Center

Since you’ll be within close proximity to San Francisco’s main attractions and landmarks, you can save money by walking or using a ride-sharing service instead of a rental car.

Inn on Castro

Photo Credit: Inn on Castro / Facebook

When you want to find affordable hotels in San Francisco, look no further than the Inn on Castro. This hotel is situated at Castro and Market Streets in the city’s welcoming LGBTQ+ neighborhood. You’ll be greeted with warm hospitality and comfortable room features such as a daily full breakfast included in your room rate. The Inn on Castro offers guests a variety of room types and rates, starting at $135 a night for a single room with a shared bath. The inn also offers suites and apartment-style rooms for higher prices per night.

While at the Inn on Castro, find comfort in the on-site amenities such as:

  • WiFi and Wired Internet Access
  • A Convenient Location
  • A Cozy Living Room
  • Breakfast Served Daily

With plenty of entertainment and transportation options within walking distance, this is an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers.

The Marker San Francisco

Photo Credit: The Marker San Francisco / Facebook

The Marker San Francisco is a boutique hotel also situated in the Union Square district. Although on the higher end of affordable hotels in San Francisco, this luxury hotel is well worth the price. With rooms starting at $169 per night, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s prime location for an adventurous Bay area vacation. Plus, this 4-star hotel has a multitude of amenities sure to please any type of traveler, such as:

  • Complimentary Coffee and Tea Served Each Morning
  • Pet-Friendly Accommodations
  • Unlimited Access to a Digital Library
  • WiFi Access
  • In-Room Yoga Equipment
  • Fitness Center
  • Bicycle Rentals

The guest rooms also include eccentric, modern decor, flat-screen TVs, and exclusive Jonathan Adler bath amenities. In addition, each room boasts an honor bar stocked with gourmet and organic treats.

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel

Last on our list is the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel. Offering reasonably priced hotel accommodations and amenities, the hotel is a great choice for visitors. Plus, with a prime location in Fisherman’s Wharf, guests can access the best of San Francisco in minutes.

The hotel is blanketed in ocean-inspired decor with guestrooms featuring either a city, courtyard, or pool view. Hotel rooms also include in-room movies and games (fee), a work desk, flat-screen TVs, and additional amenities. Room rates start at approximately $207 per night during the off-season.

While enjoying your stay at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, find time to experience the long list of hotel amenities such as:

  • Pet-Friendly Hotel Rooms
  • Heated Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Interactive Workspace Cafe
  • Self and Valet Parking (fee)
  • Airport Shuttle (fee)

3 Tips for Finding Affordable Hotels in San Francisco

Although several hotels in San Francisco offer low rates, this is not always the case. However, there are a few ways to find hotel deals in the Bay Area. If you play your cards right, you might get a 5-star room at a 3-star price!

Do Your Research
Don’t book the first cheap hotel you find. Always do your research! Look for seasonal deals, specific amenities, and last-minute discounts.

Travel in the Off-Season
Since San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, hotels offer the lowest rates during the off-season. Considering peak season is during the summer, book your vacation for the fall or winter. In fact, San Francisco experiences a bit of a heat wave during the fall for perfect vacation weather. Remember that San Francisco hotel rates tend to fluctuate. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, book your trip around the lowest possible rates at the hotel of your choice.

Book with Tripster
On top of already low hotel rates, you can bundle your hotel room reservation with your tour and attraction tickets for exclusive savings. Book everything you need for your trip with Reserve San Francisco and save more!

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