Scarlet Huntington Hotel
Scarlet Huntington Hotel

San Francisco is full of beautiful, historic hotels that can cost you a fortune. While location is especially important in this city, it can be hard to find affordable accommodation in the main tourist areas. Luckily for you, we’ve found a range of properties that will fit your budget, and they’re also centrally located and offer great value. Here are five of our picks so you can spend your money on important things… like that second trip to In-N-Out.

The Scarlet Huntington Hotel  

At $246 per night, this is one of the more expensive properties on our list, but it offers solid value. This hotel, a Conde Nast Reader’s Choice, is situated near Union Square, just outside the Embarcadero. Each room is decorated with accents like velvet chairs, canopy beds, and gold-trimmed bureaus. On site, you will find The Big 4, a restaurant and bar that looks as though it was plucked out of the 19th-century — an ode to the railroad tycoons that give the hotel its name. Often compared to the Fairmont, the Scarlet Huntington Hotel comes at a much lower price with similar amenities and an even more unique feel.

The Villa Florence Hotel


Priced from $175 per night and situated right off Union Square, this property is meant to mimic the villas of Florence. Here, perks include recently renovated rooms, an expanded fitness center, and free wifi. We especially love the deals this hotel offers, like saving 20 percent by booking directly on their site, or saving an extra 10 percent on trips booked for 4 nights or more. There’s even a Giotto-style fountain in the main lobby.

The Nob Hill Hotel


Starting at $173 per night, this hotel is located in the scenic Nob Hill area. The ornately decorated, Victorian-themed rooms have a homey, relaxing feel that’s ideal for winding down after a day walking the city’s hills. Close to Union Square, Market Street, and Chinatown, this hotel is one of the best values in an area. (Many of San Francisco’s luxury properties are situated here.) Amenities include free WiFi, a fitness center, and complimentary wine and cheese from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  You’ll also find yourself close to Polk Street, a local hangout with a slew of bars, restaurants, and shopping, as well as the famed Swan Oyster Depot. 

The Stanford Court SF

This modern hotel starts at just $194 per night, a steal in Nob Hill that’s great for both leisure and business travelers. Their spacious rooms are tech-savvy and include WiFi. In addition, there are iPads and MacBooks in the lobby. This hotel also rewards guests for booking directly through their site — and while the offers often change — they’re currently offering a $30 food and drink credit to be used at the Aurea Cafe and Lounge, complimentary early arrival and late check out, as well as priority room upgrade privileges.

The Market Hotel San Francisco 

Priced from $242 per night, The Market Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that — like many of the other properties on this list — is offering deals for booking directly on their site. 15 percent off rooms, free WiFi, complimentary daily wine reception, and bike rentals make this AAA Diamond-rated property a great value. The luxury room accommodations include Jonathan Adler toiletries and plush pillow-top queen beds. We especially love the on-site restaurant Tratto that serves family-style Italian for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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