Accommodation in San Francisco can be really pricey especially if you book it at the last minute. When we were there, hotels of low to mid range in the city center ranged from $200-$600 SGD per night. Crazy! We had originally planned to stay at a campsite located at the opposite end of the golden gate bridge. As such, we set out early in the morning from Lake Tahoe only to find out that it was fully booked three months before! It shouldn’t come as a surprise as it’s really cheap ($20-$25 per night) with the iconic golden gate bridge and a stunning city backdrop right in front of your eyes but it did, and we weren’t prepared. Instead, we were directed to China Camp State Park, located on the shores of San Pablo Bay. However, when we arrived, we experienced a sombre mood, there was no vibrancy around and the people seemed unfriendly. We felt uncomfortable and decided it was not the right place to stay the night.
Hence, we planned to stay in a KOA campground located in Petaluma. It was slightly further away from the city and was not very convenient. We decided to visit our friend along the way, and they were extremely generous and welcoming when they found out that we were struggling to find a place to stay. We were extremely fortunate and they even insisted on letting us stay for as long as we were in San Francisco.
I would recommend that you book the hotels earlier if you really want the convenience of staying in the city center. It will save you hundreds of dollars that way!
Camping is probably the cheapest way to stay in San Francisco but do reserve a slot at last a few months before. Break ins are rather common, so do keep your valuables with you or somewhere safe if it is not convenient to be brought around!
1. Kirby Cove Campground
This is where we wanted to stay. You really have to book months before your trip or at least call before you reach!
2. Rob Hill Campground
The reviews for this place were rather poor, hence we did not consider this as one of our options. However, if you do not have any other choices then maybe you should consider it, especially if you have decided to go to San Francisco at the very last minute. Do note that this campground is probably going to be full as well, due to its prime location just like Kirby Cove but try to call and check before heading down!
3. China Campground
It is really deserted, the signs were not very clear but if you really have no choice, it’s probably the best bet for you. When we were there, there wasn’t any tents set up and the place was really empty.
There are many hotels around but it really depends on where you want to stay. For me, if i were to go San Francisco again, I would choose to stay near Pier 39 because it’s so lively and most of the attractions are nearby!
Here are some hotels for you to consider:
3. Hotel Zephyr
These are relatively good and reputable hotels. If you book it early, you can probably get it for about $200-$300 SGD per night! It is still expensive compared to other places but remember that accommodation in San Francisco is really expensive. I would highly recommend you to book it earlier as you will definitely save a lot more money.Do note that most hotels in USA charge service fees so do check the information on surcharges before booking any hotels.
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