San Francisco's vibrant arts scene, exciting tourist attractions, and
successful companies make it the ideal destination for pleasure seekers and
business travelers.No matter whether you're pursuing professional
opportunities or looking for a little rest and relaxation, InterContinental
Hotels Group (IHG®) hotels provide an ideal base for your San Francisco
adventures. Browse our website to find hotels close to all the sights and
experiences that make The City by the Bay a great American destination.
Things to See
No matter where you stay in San Francisco, you'll find amazing things to
see and do close to your doorstep. Its rich arts heritage is celebrated at
the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, and the de
Young Museum. The spirits of Beatnik writers and rock musicians who once
called Haight-Ashbury home are ever-present on its colorful streets, and
some would say that no San Francisco trip is complete without a visit to
Alcatraz Island and its former high-security prison.
Kids love meeting San Francisco's animal residents, from the exotic
creatures at the zoo to the sea lions congregating on Pier 39. The
Exploratorium and wax museum will keep little ones entertained.
Hotels in San Francisco
San Francisco has a diverse range of hotels, from luxurious downtown
establishments to budget-friendly chain hotels near the airport and
Fisherman's Wharf. Bed-and-breakfasts around Nob Hill and the Mission
District give travelers a taste of true San Francisco hospitality.
No matter where you stay, you'll find it easy to explore San Francisco on
foot or using public transport. Local
neighborhoods are small and easily navigated, so even newcomers find their
way around using buses, streetcars, and cable cars on the San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency which allow you to leave your car behind
and explore areas outside your hotel.
Where to Stay
San Francisco's downtown area is home to some of the city's most upmarket
hotels and designer label stores. If the area's too rich for your blood or
banking plans, it's still fun to people-watch from a Maiden Lane café. Most
tourists prefer to stay north of downtown in the Fisherman's Wharf area,
where they can stroll along the pier, catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island,
and chow down on some of San Francisco's best seafood.
Aging hippies and music buffs love the Haight-Ashbury nostalgia, while
Japan Town offers a taste of Asia with authentic sushi, relaxing day spas
and Kabuki theater. If business is what brings you to San Francisco,
consider staying in the Financial District or the South of Market area,
which puts you close to the Moscone Convention Center, and leading design
and tech firms.
How to Get to San Francisco
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is one of the largest in the
country and a natural choice for many air passengers traveling to San
Francisco. Most major airlines around the world operate flights to SFO,
which lies 13 miles from the downtown district. Travelers staying near
Union Square or the Convention Center will find catching the BART public
transportation system from the airport to be convenient, but a cab can save
you a long walk if you're staying near the waterfront. Certain hotels also
operate shuttle services for their guests, so be sure to ask.
Alternatively, consider flying in to Oakland or San Jose, which are both
within easy reach of San Francisco. Shuttle services operate along the 25
miles between Oakland International Airport and San Francisco. San Jose
International Airport is twice that distance removed from San Francisco,
but you can easily catch the CalTrain or a shuttle bus back to the city.
Often the flights to these smaller airports are cheaper, and they're not
prone to the delays that often come when flying through the fog back into