Bloomberg Business reported in 2015 that the average hotel night stay in San Francisco was just under $400. After reading that number I got scared when I went to look for hotels for our Labor Day weekend stay. Holiday rates are always more! I found three San Francisco hotels that were (before parking) all under $200 and surprising all together under $400 (again, before parking).
The $400 nightly rate has been disputed and was suggested to be closer to $255 in 2015. You can read more on that here. However, in another report for 2016, the average nightly stay was said to be in the $320s. Either way, I’ve listed the three San Francisco hotels I stayed in, below and in order of preference. Please note, I am in no way recommending you stay at the hotel listed last.
San Francisco Hotels
We stay at this Hampton Inn the last night of our trip (Sunday). First of all, the view from this hotel was the best of the three (it was a higher floor, so duh), but the rooftop also had amazing views (main picture above)! Our stay at the Hampton Inn was short, but it was nice, clean and gave us a restful nights sleep.Our total, before parking and with points, was $134.21 (total price and breakdown, below).
The location is pretty central, however, I’m not sure I’d go walking around at night. Being that is central, they only have a valet parking option ($53+tax). If you’re willing to walk a bit, there is a $20-25 parking garage just a few blocks away. We had intended on using it, but were extremely tired and just ready to get in our hotel room and shower after our day at Muir Woods and in Napa Valley.
If you’d love to visit the rooftop terrace, but are planning to stay elsewhere, you can still access it! Hampton Inn is apart of the San Francisco’s publicly accessible spaces program, which means after 10 a.m., feel free to go up!
If you don’t mind driving into San Francisco everyday, here’s a budget-friendly hotel for you! Our room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites was a little older, but clean and spacious! They also have a pretty great continental breakfast and it’s close to the airport. And here’s the best part, parking is free and our total for a Friday night was $93.95!
The Fairfield Inn would also be a great place to stay if you needed to get a bit of work done while in San Francisco. It had multiple outlets for charging and desk.
Da Vinci Villa Hotel
I can usually get past less than stellar hotels, you’re only sleeping there right? Well, trying to sleep at Da Vinci Villa was the worst part of my experience.
I have used Priceline to “name my own price” several times the last few years. So again, I turned to it for a one night stay. I was shown a room for $137 a night so I went for it. After taxes were added it came out to $175.97 and then we found out we had to pay $40 on top of that for parking or try and park on the street.
Reasons to Not Stay Here
The portable air conditioner was so loud when it kicked on every hour, it woke us up and actually sounded like someone walking in the room. It was a pretty terrifying experience for 1 to 2 seconds until I remembered it was just the A/C. This was the night before we went to Muir Woods.
The bed was pretty firm, which some may like and the room was in pretty bad shape, just take a look at the pictures I’ve shared on TripAdvisor. I couldn’t bring myself to use the shower… with flies… When we first walked in, the room smelled moldy and I think they knew it too. One of the windows was open and when we closed it, and came back later, the smell had gotten worse.
Will this effect my future usage of Priceline? Unfortunately, yes.
San Francisco Hotels Breakdown
For those that are interested in the taxes and actual breakdown of charges, I’ve went ahead and listed them out for you! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.
|Hotel||Fairfield Inn & Suites||Da Vinci Villa Hotel||Hampton Inn|
|Guest Room||$85.00||$137.00||$115.25 + 19,000 points|
|Taxes & Fees|
Hi friends! This is one post of my blog series for San Francisco! Be sure to check out all the great blogs I will post for this semi-spontaneous Labor Day trip to San Francisco. Also, don’t be shy! Let me know if you’ve stayed in one of these San Francisco hotels and what you loved and *gasp* hated!