(Closed) NWR San Fran Advice hotels, etc

posted 8 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ok before I get into stuff to do here, does your Fiance know that Apple announced that it would no longer be attending MacWorld as of 2008? It’s still a big to do, but you won’t find them there.

If I were you I wouldn’t stay in the city, I was researching for myself (we’re going to a festival there this weekend and wanted to be able to crash in the city) and honestly, anything for under $250 is a shithole, pardon my language. There are some amazing hotels, but they are super expensive. We have lots of hotels near the airport, or in Napa, or anywhere on the peninsula. Even if you were to stay in Cupertino you’d only be 45 minutes from the city, by train/car whatever. All over the Peninsula is really nice.

As for food, make sure to go to the Crab House on Pier 39 if you like shellfish. This is my favorite restaurant ever! On Haight there’s a couple of Irish pubs that make great homefood, and Escape from NY Pizza is awesome if you’re on the go. I’d just Yelp restaurants, I find them all to be very accurate.

I recommend if you want to do museums/trolleys/The Rock that you should look into getting a CityPass. It grants 5 attractions for the price of one, and its good for 5 days.

If you get down to Monterey, go Whale watching!! In the early morning is best 🙂 Or the Aquarium, sea otters and penguins and badass octopi!

Let me know if you need any other advice!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Nah don’t worry about it, we do have a lot of hippies and homeless 🙂 For the most part it’s ok, there’s just a couple areas of the city you’ll want to avoid staying or walking around at night (the infamous Tenderloin district). There are hotels near the Wharf that are awesome (the Argonaut looks amazing!) but honestly you’ll find much better deals on places a little outside of the city. Lots of Holiday Inn’s and stuff for half the price.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Much better time of year to come out and visit anyway! BTW there’s a bunch of movie studios up here as well you can get tours of if you’re interested. I work for Dreamworks, if you want a tour of the studio I’d be glad to show you around 🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Living in San Francisco for over nine years, I can attest that the city has tons of affordable hotels (under $200/night) and while we do have a homeless population, so does any other major city.

Staying outside of the city can take its toll. Driving from Cupertino into the city can take over an hour each way and parking can run you $20+ for 6 hours (depending on where and when you park). Also, while we have a train (CalTrain), the hours have been reduced and it’s still a good walk or bus ride just to downtown. Your best bet would really be to stay in the city and then rent a car only for your trip to Monterey.

For city hotels, try the Joie de Vivre properties and the Orchard Garden Hotel. All of these should offer affordable rates. You could also use Priceline and limite your choices to three or four star hotels in the Financial District, Union Square, and Nob Hill areas.

The California Academy of Sciences is a not-to-be-missed stop as is Fort Point (under the Golden Gate Bridge) and Alcatraz. Also check out the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings, which offers amazing produce from hundreds of Bay Area farmers and vendors.

Enjoy your planning!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I always manage to get a good deal at Parc 55. Check out Expedia and other sites where they don’t let you know what hotel you’re getting, they just tell you the amenities and star rating.  Parc 55 is a very nice 4 star hotel and we’ve stayed there a few times for about $120/night..

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think the kimpton hotels are around $150 a night. check out bloomspot. There are always hotel deals on there.

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