PHOTO: Phoenix Hotel

The 9 Best San Francisco Hotels for Budget Travelers

Michele Bigley | January 04, 2018

Sacrifice a little luxury to save your cash for San Francisco's big ticket destinations at this sweet budget hotels. Whether you want to stay in the center of the action or on the edge of town, we've compiled a list of our favorite low-cost options.


The Mosser Hotel

Why it made the list

An onsite restaurant, gallery and recording studio make this small modest property a worthy choice for those in town for a convention. Some rooms share a bathroom. Note that noise is occasionally an issue here, but night owls likely won't mind.

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Phoenix Hotel

Why it made the list

Sweet digs with a pool and an onsite restaurant make this Tenderloin property a favorite among visiting rock performers. The dicey neighborhood and party vibe might not inspire a good night's rest, but the price is right and the style is groovy, securing this bad boy on our list of budget faves.

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Columbus Motor Inn

Why it made the list

Free parking in North Beach, and just a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf, make this simple inn a steal for folks who don't want to be in the room much. Rooms won't have you bragging on Instagram, but they offer plenty of comfort after a day of exploring.

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Metro Hotel

Why it made the list

A sweet European-style hotel in a lively stretch of Lower Haight. This small hotel might skimp on space, but its location, kind staff, and back garden (ideal for sporting a glass of vino) make this a fine choice for those on a budget.

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Golden Gate Hotel

Why it made the list

A touch precious, and not ideal for people with pet allergies, this Union Square property offers typical B&B style furnishings without the hefty price tag. The effusive staff and original cage elevator up the ante.

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Hotel Beresford

Why it made the list

Right off Union Square, this historic building houses simple rooms decked out in antique furnishings. Check out the original fixtures lining the building and you'll see why this property lures repeat visitors.

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San Remo Hotel

Why it made the list

Nice rooms with high ceilings, close to both Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach, make this a budget traveler fave. Most rooms share bathrooms. The fab service and lovely historic decor make this hotel feel like a steal.

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Hayes Valley Inn

Why it made the list

A classic San Francisco experience centered in the pulse of Hayes Valley, this inn offers simple rooms, with nice touches like breakfast. Pets are welcome, as are children. Know that this property bills itself at European-style, which means you'll share a bathroom with your other floor-mates.

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Hotel des Arts

Why it made the list

Simple rooms are punctuated by floor-to-ceiling murals painted by world-class artists. Digs are small, but located in the center of the city, within walking distance to restaurants, bars and shopping.

At the crossroads of Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financ Read More

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