4 Best Hotels in The Haight, the Castro, Hayes Valley and Noe Valley, San Francisco

Beck's Motor Lodge

$ | 2222 Market St., San Francisco, CA, 94114, USA

A handy Castro location, reasonable prices, and the holy grail of San Francisco lodging—free parking—make this courtyard-style motel with cool mid-century vibes a favorite. The spacious guestrooms have fun splashes of color, generous bathrooms, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, and there's a rooftop terrace for lounging in the sun. For those without cars, the historic F-line trolley passes the motel, and there are plenty of dining and shopping options right outside.

Pros

  • Free parking
  • Comfortable, spacious guest rooms
  • Splashy mid-century update

Cons

  • No breakfast
  • Not near blockbuster sights
  • Some street noise
2222 Market St., San Francisco, CA, 94114, USA
415-621–8212
hotel Details
58 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Castro

$$ | 4230 18th St., San Francisco, CA, 94114, USA

The Castro has been waiting for this brand-new, 12-room hotel, designed for travelers who appreciate smart design and embrace self-service. There’s no staff on-site—upon reserving, guests receive simple instructions for accessing the building, followed by a code for the front door, elevator, and room just before check-in. The five-story property is close enough to the action to be convenient and just far enough away to blend in with this lovely residential area. Done in crisp whites with colorful splashes, the small rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, a terrace, and clever details that maximize space (like under-the-bed luggage compartments and drawers) and Nespresso machines. In place of headboards, rooms have murals made up of tiny photographs of LGBTQ+ life that together form images of gay icons. Snug bathrooms have black fixtures and blue hexagonal tiles in cool designs; the marble-top sink is in the sleeping area. The hotel’s Lobby Bar next door and a rooftop lounge with firepit overlooking the neighborhood add hangout spaces.

Pros

  • Fantastic Castro location convenient to public transit
  • Assistance available 24/7 via text, chat, and email
  • Lobby restocking cabinet with extra tea, coffee, toilet paper

Cons

  • Lack of on-site staff not for everyone
  • Rooms are small
  • No daily housekeeping or luggage storage
4230 18th St., San Francisco, CA, 94114, USA
415-854–9029
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Inn at the Opera

$$ | 333 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA, 94102, USA
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Within walking distance of Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, this inn with small rooms with dark wood furnishings caters to season-ticket holders for the opera, ballet, and symphony; it's also been the choice for stars of the music, dance, and opera worlds, from Luciano Pavarotti to Mikhail Baryshnikov. The marble-floor lobby resembles the foyer of a finely appointed mansion, and nice touches in the guest quarters include queen-size pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, and terry robes. The room rate includes a continental breakfast. The lobby's softly lit Pläj Scandinavian restaurant is an intimate place for performers and audience members to congregate before and after shows.

Pros

  • Staff goes the extra mile
  • Good on-site dining
  • Prime location but a quiet block

Cons

  • No air-conditioning
  • Sold out far in advance during opera season
  • Difficult parking
333 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA, 94102, USA
415-863–8400
hotel Details
48 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Parsonage

$$ | 198 Haight St., San Francisco, CA, 94102, USA Fodor's Choice
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The two owners of this 1883 Victorian house, a historic landmark, have created a one-of-a-kind bed-and-breakfast steps from the lower Haight and Hayes Valley, with many of the original mantelpieces, fireplaces, and mirrors, as well as the ornate ceiling molding, still intact. The innkeepers treat visitors like houseguests, offering elaborate breakfasts—imagine starting the day with a goat-cheese soufflé with strawberry sauce—and after-dinner drinks and candies around twilight. Massive windows fill the rooms with light, and spruced-up bathrooms have large showers; several even have claw-foot tubs and fireplaces. Guests congregate in the downstairs area to watch TV in the parlor, read in the living room, or dine in the attractive eating area.

Pros

  • Handmade McRoskey mattresses
  • Relaxed, welcoming atmosphere
  • Superior breakfasts

Cons

  • Street parking only
  • Bygone-era feel not for everyone
  • Two-night minimum
198 Haight St., San Francisco, CA, 94102, USA
415-863--3699
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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