Looking for a little help on the best location to stay when we are in San Francisco. The travel agent is saying near union square is the best place to find a hotel but in some hotel reviews its saying that area is a little unsafe..
The problem is that anything within 1/2 a mile of the square is labeled "Union Sq". What you want to avoid is the Tenderloin area which is the area south, or downhill from, Geary Street. North of Geary Street is quite safe, and I recommend this area myself. SF is such a tiny little city. I like the boutique hotels clustered in the area, also known as lower Nob Hill. I especially like the Beresford Arms at Post/Jones St., the Cornell Hotel at Powell/Bush St., and several others on Bush between Leavenworth and Stockton. The B&B's are quite nice also (in the Castro, Mission and Pacific Heights neighborhoods especially). I would not go under $100. a night - this is an expensive town!
Yes, Union Square would be a very central area to stay and is busy at night, but there are always taxis everywhere. Walking in the day time is fine plus Muni runs all along Market Street. Near Powell is an underground which will take you to many areas of SF quickly and BART, our transtube and airport service, reaching many small towns and areas in SF away from downtown, too far to walk. Pick a spot east of Taylor. Mason/Powell area is good to look. Use care as some of the big hotels are there like the Hilton, Parc 55, Nikko and others. I also love the B&Bs. Figure a good breakfast in savings once you pay your bill. This area is also near some museums, like our Modern Art and you can easily walk up Market to Civic Center and see the Asian Art Museum in the City Hall locale. Have a great time and return if you have more questions.
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thanks guys for the help gives a better idea of where to look for accommodation.
Sorry I'm a bit late in getting to your post...
There's a great, funky little place in Haight-Ashbury called the Red Victorian Inn. My 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend stayed there and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for an interesting, safe area and aren't expecting a 5-star hotel, this is the place. www.redvic.com
We stayed in a superb hostel called USA Hostels (http://www.usahostels.com/), that was located 5 mins walk to union square and pretty close to the BART.
It one of the best hostels i have stayed in since i have been travelling. Highly recommended!