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1. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 8y

hi there,

i am travelling to san francisco from 1 aug to 10 aug.

need some information and help from you guys.

1. i need a room for 1 night. doesn't have to be expensive. can u recommend a safe and clean hotel / hostel where i can stay? which area is recommended? from 2-10 aug i will be staying at the argonaut hotel. i think it's near the north beach area?

2. how do i get out from san francisco international airport to the town area? are there airport shuttles? i saw some online, but the comments were generally unreliable, etc. how long will it take from san francisco airport to north beach area (argonaut hotel)?

3. is public transport in san francisco reliable? if not, should i stay at a place that is accessible?

4. are there any hotels / hostels near bayview district? i have a friend living in / around that area, and i will be spending a day with him. don't wanna inconvenience him too much.

thank you!

2. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 8y

btw, what is the best way to get to las vegas from san francisco?

flying saves time. but what about price difference between a coach and a flight?

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

The Argonaut hotel is actually near Fisherman's Wharf and it's location makes it probably one of the best places you can stay anywhere in town--so you (or your travel agent) picked well for you already.

As far as getting to town from the airport, the cheapest and simpliest way is to get on the BART line, which leaves from the international terminal at the airport. Stay on it for 10 stops, getting off at the Powell Street station. (Cost will be $5.35 to go this far).

Then walk 1 block north on Market street over to where the cable car lines start. Tell them you want a ticket to the end of the line where the Maritime Museum/Buena Vista cafe are. If you bought the CityPass ($54 for 7 days), then this ride will be free--otherwise you'll have to pay $7 or so. Take the cable car through Chinatown to the end of the line and your hotel will be on the right side as you exit the cable car. (Make sure you get on the right cable car, because there are two that go to Fisherman's Wharf, and one of them will end about 5 blocks away from your hotel, while the one I mentioned you drop you off across the street.)

Oh, and all the public transportation in San Francisco is cheap and convenient. The cable car is the most inconvenient, but that's only because there is always a long wait for one due to their popularity.

Enjoy

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2008, at 1:28 PM by Calcruzer ]

4. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 8y

Sounds like a lot of pain is involved in getting from the Airport to Fisherman's Wharf! Haha. Well, I'm good with that anyway. Thanks for the detailed information, Calcruzer! :)

I've actually been to SF once, a long time ago, can't really remember what's fun there.

Anyone has suggestions? :)

5. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 8y

SF has the best public transit in the states! SF is also a very walk-able city, but be ready to tackle some hills. The BART is a great way to get into and out of town, and the cheapest. If you don't mind paying $40-50 usd, you can take a cab from the airport.

To get to Las Vegas... buy a one way ticket on Soutwest Airlines. With good planning and luck, you can find tickets from $49-99 usd.

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Quoting daphnemaia

hi there,

i am travelling to san francisco from 1 aug to 10 aug.

need some information and help from you guys.

1. i need a room for 1 night. doesn't have to be expensive. can u recommend a safe and clean hotel / hostel where i can stay? which area is recommended? from 2-10 aug i will be staying at the argonaut hotel. i think it's near the north beach area?

2. how do i get out from san francisco international airport to the town area? are there airport shuttles? i saw some online, but the comments were generally unreliable, etc. how long will it take from san francisco airport to north beach area (argonaut hotel)?

3. is public transport in san francisco reliable? if not, should i stay at a place that is accessible?

4. are there any hotels / hostels near bayview district? i have a friend living in / around that area, and i will be spending a day with him. don't wanna inconvenience him too much.

thank you!

For someone arriving from overseas you'll want transportation that's easy - I'd use SuperShuttle - very good and under $20. (don't know exactly - last time I used it 5-6 years ago it was $13.) and they take you to your hotel door. BART is good but after flying many hours you want something a little better than transit!

The Bayview District has no hotels other than a few cheap motels which I would not put my dog in!!! Seriously, even if you have a friend there, you would not want to stay down there (worst location in the city).

As another person said, the Argonaut is very nice, but not exactly cheap, and Fisherman's Wharf is too out of the way - you want something central I'm sure. I recommend the Union Square location because it's central with excellent shopping and transportation. I lived in the area 25 years so know it quite well. I like the small boutique hotels/|B&B's on lower Nob Hill/Union Square. The Beresford Arms is quite nice, and so is the Cornell Hotel. Both in the $100.-125. range. SF hotels book up quite early too, so be sure to reserve well ahead. If neither of those hotels is available, send me a PM for further recs (one must be very careful in SF - websites lie through the teeth as to location/quality, etc. and you don't want to stay in the slum area!!!)

7. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 8y

i've got my air tickets and accommodation settled.

how much do i need to budget per day for San Francisco and Las Vegas?

i don't need to live and eat like a lord :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2008, at 8:07 AM by daphnemaia ]

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

For SF I'd imagine you'd want to shop, travel around to see sights and eat. I'd budget $125.

For LV you can eat quite cheaply in the buffets, you'll want to play the slots, and see a show or 2. I'd budget $100.

Naturally you can do it for much less if you eat fast food, watch TV instead of the live shows, etc., but I'm thinking what the average tourist would need. The US is not a cheap country.

9. Posted by MarleneMax (Budding Member 49 posts) 8y

Lots of buffets in Las Vegas. I hear the one in Planet Hollywood hotel is good. If you want try to eat grand while in Vegas, I'd recommend Bobby Flay's La Mesa Grill at Casaers and Emeril's at MGM Grand. I had the best ever seafood appetizer and steak at La Mesa and while at Emeril's I had the best soup I've ever tasted in my life plus the pasta I had for dinner was fantastic. However it isn't cheap!!!

10. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 8y

I found a gem of a very economical bed and breakfast in San Francisco in the Haight Ashbury District. It's called "The Red Victorian" and their website is redvic.com. My 18-year old daughter stayed there with her boyfriend and they loved the area. They felt very safe and it was also extremely convenient to get around.

SF is one of the easiest cities in the world to visit. Public transportation is reliable, easy to use, safe, and cheap. Take a sweater - even in August it can get chilly. Have a great time!