PHOTO: Hotel Via

The Best San Francisco Hotels for Living Like a Local

Michele Bigley | January 04, 2018

Immerse yourself in San Francisco culture in these unique properties that promise to deliver a traditional SF experience. Know that what you might sacrifice in luxury will allow you to feel a part of the community's fabric. Here are our favorite spots to make you feel at home in the city.


Hayes Valley Inn

Why it made the list

Locals are vying to score a house in Hayes Valley, and guests of this sweet little inn get to bed down right in the heart of the action. Sure you have to share a bathroom, but this pet-friendly spot is located in the perfect spot, luring guests out to play in the shops, restaurants and museums that surround the property.

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Hotel Via

Why it made the list

Occupying a fab address in China Basin, this sleek hotel showcases the new SF, all glassy and slick. With its proximity to the bay and the ballpark, plus a slew of restaurants and bars, guests can experience the ease of city living.

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Proper Hotel

Why it made the list

Since it's opening in late 2017, this funky property has been a favorite for the after work crowd to linger in the comfy lobby, or up on the rooftop bar. Rooms might feel tight, but the fun bar areas remind you that SF's cool-factor is much in demand.

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Hotel Rex

Why it made the list

A favorite for the local literati, Hotel Rex is often host to literary events and gatherings. Though located in Union Square, the property is an institution that never lets you forget to historic roots of the city.

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Cow Hollow Motor Inn and Suites

Why it made the list

Stay in an apartment in the heart of the charming Marina neighborhood. Shop at the local grocer up the street and prepare your meals in the kitchen, get work done while you people watch, or sit on the couch and catch up on your favorite shows. Add free parking to the list and you see what these pads book up all summer long.

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